Ranger’s stray bullet kills elderly man

Ranger’s stray bullet kills elderly man

LAHORE – A man was killed by the stray bullet in the Khana Police station precincts on Wednesday. The relatives of the deceased alleged that the bullet was fired from the Rangers firing centre near their home.
The deceased was identified as Haji Maqbool Ahmad, 63-years-old, a resident of the Engineers Town, Defence road. The nephew of the deceased Zeeshan told Pakistan Today that on the day of incident, Maqbool was reading newspaper on his terrace when a stray bullet hit his

Silence in the streets

LAHORE – All major markets of the city were closed on Wednesday in condolence of the slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer.
Provincial government’s offices, educational institutions, business centres and markets at The Mall, Hall Road, Gulberg, Abid Market and Liberty Market remained closed. The small markets at Model Town Link Road, Township, Garden Town, Iqbal Town and Shalimar areas remained opened. Customer count remained low at the markets, which were open. “There was hardly

Cm’s orders disobeyed – Services Hospital’s service lane still not broadened

Lahore – The emergency entrance of the Services Hospital has not yet been broadened despite Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaaz Sharif’s approval. Many critical patients continue to suffer and often die in the ambulances, owing to the choked service lane.
Almost a year has passed that the CM granted the amendment of the slip lane adjacent to Services Hospital, but the city administration has failed to implement CM’s orders. Patients continue to face difficulty in receiving first

Tolerance is the key to the future: Kasuri

LAHORE – Former Foreign Minister and senior leader of PML-Q Likeminded group Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri while condemning the assassination of Governor Salman Taseer said nation must work above the sectarian divide to save the country from extremism.
Recording his reaction over the killing of slain Governor Punjab with Pakistan today here Wednesday, he said that the brutal killing of Punjab Governor was a question mark over the changing mindset of fanatics and if it was not be

UHS medical entry test is prejudiced, says students

Lahore – Parents of students have expressed their reservations against the newly proposed uniform syllabus of medical entry test for both Fsc and A-levels students by the University of Health Sciences (UHS), Pakistan Today has learnt.
The medical entry test conducted by the UHS has been marred in controversies for a past few years, as A-level students claimed they were at a losing end in a test which they claimed favoured Fsc students. Several protests have been held in previous

Science students prefer matric to O-level

Lahore – Students seeking professional education have started preferring Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) system and have started opting for Matriculation and Intermediate instead of General Certificate of Education (GCE), O and A-levels, has learnt.
Various families, especially of doctors and engineers, are forcing their children to follow the Pakistani educational system as they consider that the course taught in engineering and medical colleges are based on

Madrassa sodomy victim still awaits justice

LAHORE – Sabzazar police has not yet arrested the three accused who sodomized an 8-year-old eight days ago, police sources said on Wednesday.
Sources said that the victim Umer Shahzad, a resident of Shadiwal, studied at a local madrassa, Noor-ul-Furqan, located a few yards away from his house. Some eight days ago, second to the administrator of the aforementioned Madrasa, Qari Sadaqat, along with his two unidentified accomplices, took Umer Shahzad to an under construction house

Four injured in car CNG cylinder blast

LAHORE – As many as four people received minor injures as the CNG-gas cylinder exploded in the precincts of the Munawah police precincts here on Wednesday.
According to Edhi officials, four men including Abbas, Umar Hayyat and Shehzad while the fourth remained unidentified, sustained injuries when a CNG cylinder exploded with a bang. The CNG cylinder exploded when the cylinder being filled at local CNG gas station.
An Edhi ambulance reached at the spot instantly and

Struggle for Labour declares 2010 ‘Year of anti labour’

Lahore – Struggle for Labour forum’s President Abdur Rauf and General secretary Ashfaq termed 2010 as the year of anti labour, they said that through the implementation of Punjab Industrial Relation Act, rights of the labouers were seized, whereas less than 50 labourers would not be able to make trade unions, they added.

CM approves grant for PU Jehlum

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved a supplementary grant of Rs 70 million during the current fiscal year 2010-11 for completion of establishment of Punjab University, Jehlum campus.
The expenditure will be incurred on completing the remaining construction work of the PU Jhelum campus after approval of feasibility report, issuance of administrative approval by the competent authority in addition to observance of all codal formalities, so that imparting of

ARCHAIC WISDOM – Factual errors found in science textbooks

Lahore – The spectrum of education revolves around the quality of teachers and the textbooks and the situation becomes hopeless when the children are taught obsolete and even factually incorrect information. Pakistan Today has learnt about a number of such factual inaccuracies in various science textbooks of different grades.
NEBULA VS GALAXY: For instance, in the science textbook for eighth standard, the chapter “Galaxies and Stars” has numerous mistakes. On page no 161, the

City tense after Taseer’s murder

LAHORE – The city’s situation became extremely tense as news of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s assassination spread in the governor’s hometown and aerial firing incidents were also reported in some areas. All major markets and other business centers were closed on orders of Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) Ahad Cheema.
Cinemas and theatres were also closed to mourn the governor’s assassination and the DCO said that the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) closed

Others may also be in danger: NGOs

LAHORE – NGO’s expressed their concern on Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s assassination and fear that Asiya’s blasphemy case, which had instigated certain groups against the governor, had also provoked the condemnation of human rights organizations that stood up against the blasphemy law.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) was first to condemn the assassination of Taseer, expressing grief and alarm at his murder and calling it a manifestation of growing intolerance in

Taseer was denied funds for bullet-proof vehicle

LAHORE – Late Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer had demanded a bullet proof vehicle from the Punjab government, but the summary was rejected by the Punjab chief minister over financial constraints, Pakistan Today has learnt. Taseer had sent a summary to the provincial government to release Rs 25 million for purchasing a Mercedes Benz.
The summary was sent to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on November 9, last year. However, the government rejected the requisition owing to the

PA discusses obscenity and vulgarity in stage dramas

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly (PA) on Tuesday discussed obscenity and vulgarity in name of stage dramas held at various theaters of the province and members of the provincial assembly (MPA) urged authorities concerned to take serious notice of immoral scripts and semi-nude dances being staged in theatres. Members of both the treasury and opposition benches expressed their concerns during the question-hour session of the 22nd Punjab Assembly session held under Punjab Assembly Speaker

Legal fraternity condemns Taseer assassination

LAHORE – The lawyers’ community condemned Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s assassination in strong words and expressed deep shock over increasing intolerance and religious extremism in society. People’s Lawyers Forum (PLF) Punjab strongly condemned the unfortunate assassination of Taseer and termed it a cowardly act by enemies of Pakistan and democracy.
PLF Senior Vice President Malik Nasir Awan and Additional General Secretary Rana Sufyan Arshad said that Taseer was a great

Salmaan Taseer – A lover of arts and culture

LAHORE – Arts and culture being the least significant arena of interest for many politicians, Salman Taseer differed greatly. He took up a sustained effort to promote artists, especially from the youth, and encouraged women and young girls to step forward in their fields.
Last week, Taseer had showed his support for literature when he hosted a tea for an Indian writer and mystic, Muzaffar Ali. Even in the book launch, Taseer said that Islam was a religion of peace and tolerance,