Deinotherium fossils discovered

Deinotherium fossils discovered

A unique discovery of the fossils of Deinotherium, primitive animal species, was found during an excavation at Lava village. This massive beast is known to have lived between Miocene and Pleistocene epochs. Its ancestors or descendants are not yet known with complete confirmation due to non-availability of fossil record. These newly discovered fossils are reported to be 14 million years old.
The excavation was conducted under the supervision of Chairman Department of

Where’s the CDGL? – Illegal stalls thrive on The Mall

Illegal roadside stalls continue to thrive at the behest of the City District Government (CDGL) officials, causing a loss of millions of rupees to the government exchequer and creating traffic problems in the service lanes on both sides of The Mall.
There are approximately 1,000 shops on the iconic Mall road and more than 5,000 people visit offices, banks and other work areas everyday. Illegal stalls, unchecked by the CDGL, have mushroomed on the service lanes of the

Unexpected CNG closure leaves citizens gasping for gas

CNG filling stations across the provincial capital remained closed on Wednesday due to unannounced gas suspension, causing inconvenience to the citizens.
CNG remained unavailable at all gas stations in Mughalpura, Dharampura, Cantonment, Upper Mall, Islampura, Gulshan Ravi, Allama Iqbal Town, Multan Road, Thokar Niaz Baig, Johar Town, Model Town, Garden Town, Faisal Town, Township, Gulberg, Defence, Cavalry Ground and other areas.
The All Pakistan CNG

Fazlur Rehman more enthusiastic about MMA restoration: Mir

Compared to the Jamaat-e-Islami, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) always demonstrated better compliance to the collective decisions of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and even now JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman seems more enthusiastic about reviving the forum than anything else, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith Pakistan chief Senator Professor Sajid Mir said on Wednesday.
Talking exclusively to Pakistan Today in the provincial metropolis, he said that the JUI-F and JI

89 dengue cases reported in Lahore in last 24 hours

As many as 89 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Lahore alone, while at least 10 have been reported in the rest of the province during the last 24 hours, according to a report issued by the Punjab Health Department on Wednesday.
According to the report, 12 new cases of dengue fever have been reported in the Services Hospital, eight in the Institute of Public Health, 13 in Ghurki Trust Hospital, 14 in private hospitals, one in Lahore General Hospital, 35 in

Tortured policemen waiting for justice

Despite the passage of four days, Liaqatabad Police is yet to register a case of torture against three policemen of the Muhafiz Squad, who were attacked by four unidentified armed men on Sunday, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to details, three Muhafiz Squad officials namely Naeem, Shahzad Iqbal and Shakeel were on routine patrol when they signaled the driver of a suspicious car bearing registration number 3522 to stop. The driver instead raced away, but the

Bank Road erupts in joy, mellows in grief over Asma’s win

Bank Road was simultaneously the scene of great joy and devastated grief in the provincial metropolis on Wednesday as destiny placed the highly coveted crown of the Supreme Court Bar Association president on Asma Jahangir’s head, while Ahmed Awais’ supporters were left baffled with the unexpected defeat.
The polling results dumbfounded the pro-judiciary faction of lawyers supporting Awais and sent a wave of jubilation through Asma’s supporters.
The ‘silent

Punjab govt’s austerity measures – No red tape for Civil Secretariat

Millions of rupees are being spent on the decor and repair of the Punjab Civil Secretariat when the government is tripping over itself trying to milk the provincial finances dry for the rehabilitation of flood victims, secretariat sources told Pakistan Today.
To utilize the maximum resources on the flood-affected districts of Punjab, the provincial annual development budget has been slashed by 30 percent while Rs 2.9 billion has been cut recently from the

J-Block park commercialisation plan raises alarm

Continuing the fresh wave of unauthorised commercialisation in Model Town, a plan has been finalised for converting a public park measuring 55 kanals into a commercial plaza in sheer violation of the building by-laws mentioned in the Model Town Society’s master plan, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The Model Town Society (MTS) has outlined the proposal to covert the park located in J-Block into a commercial plaza and decided to present the plan in the annual general

‘Breast cancer awareness vital to curbing rising cases’

Fifty percent of breast cancer cases were detected at the age of 46 years at an advanced stage when the cure had become next to impossible, Dr Zeba Aziz, Lahore’s first woman oncologist and haematologist, said on Tuesday. She was speaking at a seminar organised by the International Women’s Club (IWC) at a local hotel.
The IWC is a forum for spreading social awareness to address public issues and for the month of October they chose breast cancer as their theme. The

Frequent blasts: Living in the shadow of fear

Monday night’s cylinder blast at Barkat Market and the panic it created among the residents of the area and visitors reflects how deep fear of terrorism has entrenched itself in the lives of citizens.
“I was scared out of my wits,” said a local resident. “I heard the bang and I thought to myself, ‘oh no…not here now!”. This resident was not the only one.There were several others who felt this was probably another incident of a gruesome scenario in Lahore.
“I was

Terrorism needs to be dealt with iron fist:: CM

The menace of terrorism has to be crushed with an iron fist, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday.
The CM made the comments while presiding over a high-level meeting at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat held to review the law and order situation in the province after the Pakpattan bombing at the shrine of Hazrat Baba Farid Shakar.
Members of National Assembly (MNAs) Pirzada Imran Shah, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Member Provincial Assembly (MPA)

LHC seeks report on dengue outbreak

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday sought report and parawise comments from the Punjab health secretary, the district coordination officer and the Solid Waste Management managing director within seven days, on a petition claiming that dengue fever in Punjab was taking shape of an epidemic owing to negligence on the part of the government.
Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq passed the order on a petition filed by Ahmad Ghani, a resident of Lahore, through his counsel

FBR, Customs employees irked by illegal hirings

Illegal hiring of lower staff in the Customs Department has angered employees of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Customs Department, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to sources, dozens of lower division clerks (LDC) in Basic Pay Scale (BPS-7) were appointed across Pakistan, primarily in Lahore, in the last two months without following the rules of business.
According to sources, the high-ups of the FBR were not in favour of activating the Customs

Single entrance test for medical colleges from 2011

A single entrance test for admission to medical and dental institutions of Punjab for both FSc and non-FSc candidates will be introduced from next year, a spokesperson from University of Health Sciences (UHS) said on Tuesday.
The format, syllabus and model papers for the Entrance Test 2011 have been updated on the university website: The syllabus, focused on biomedical sciences, was designed by teachers from both FSc and non-FSC systems and was

Police comb Shah Di Khoi for militants, net PU employees

The Muslim Town Police conducted a late night search operation in the Shah Di Khoi area last week following information that militants were hiding there. They took eight suspects into custody that night, only to find out later that three of them were employees of the Punjab University, sources said on Tuesday.
The sources in Muslim Town police station said that police had been monitoring Shah Di Khoi for the last one month, as they had received a tip-off that

LCWU should send students for flood relief: Taseer

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer on Tuesday hailed the efforts of the students of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore and Taxila for helping the flood survivors of Hajipura and Nawabpura, and urged the Lahore College for Women’s University vice chancellor to also send her students to the flood-affected areas for rehabilitation work.
Addressing the 8th Convocation of the LCWU, Taseer said that during the floods, the whole nation showed unity and