J-Block park won’t be turned into commercial plaza for now

J-Block park won’t be turned into commercial plaza for now

LAHORE: Succumbing to stiff public pressure, the Model Town Society (MTS) has shelved its controversial plan to convert the J-Block park into a commercial plaza and constituted a eight-member committee to decide the park’s fate measuring 55 kanals located at the right side of the Model Town Morr’s entrance, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The decision was taken place during the society’s annual general meeting held at the MTS Head Office on Sunday after some society members blasted

WASA to review daily wagers’ termination

LAHORE: Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Managing Director Javed Iqbal has sought a detailed report about the daily wagers who had served for many years and were sacked after being considered as temporary employees appointed during the monsoon season.
The decision was taken after an uproar against the termination of more than 1000 daily wagers. WASA spokesman Imitaz Ahmed told Pakistan Today that WASA MD had directed all SDOs to prepare a report on the complete case history of

Arresting Data Darbar, Gamay Shah terrorists could take months: CCPO

LAHORE: It could be months before the police is able to trace and arrest the terrorists involved in the Data Darbar and Karbala Gamay Shah incidents, CCPO Aslam Tareen said on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference at Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh, Tareen admitted that investigations into the attacks were showing little progress, but promised that the people involved in the incidents would be arrested soon. Responding to a query about police officers who avoid registering

Unbiased dengue bites Chinese workers as well

LAHORE: Liu had had little idea of viral diseases, let alone dengue, in his entire life. Being a civil engineer from the Sichuan University, China, working on a Punjab government project in Lahore, it was the last thing he should be bothered about.
As an employee of the state-owned China Construction Company, completion of the Lahore Technology Park had mainly occupied his mind throughout his three years in the city. It was almost ten days ago that he heard of the deadly dengue

Anti-IJT stance put Baloch in hot water

LAHORE: Affiliation with the Teachers’ Front, having leftist ideas and being anti-Islami Jamiat-e-Talba (IJT), are stated to be the reasons behind the suspension of Punjab University (PU) College of Earth & Environmental Sciences (CEES) Principal Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch, who was being threatened with dire consequences from ‘quarters with vested interests’ active in the varsity, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to CEES teachers, Baloch was facing charges of sexually

Religious group organises rally against shrine blasts

LAHORE: The Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz organised a rally on Monday at the Mall Road against terrorist blasts at various religious shrines and staged a sit-in outside the CM’s House.
The rally started from the Data Darbar and was attended by around 200 to 300 people mostly belonging to various religious seminaries, a number which was confirmed by an intelligence official. The participants chanted slogans against the US, UK, Jews and other Western countries.

Shrine attacks – Protest brings Lahore to a halt

LAHORE: Traffic remained at a halt at Lahore’s major roads due to a protest by the Tahafuz e Namoos e Risalat Muhaz on Monday whom traveled across the road.
Commuters were disturbed by the traffic blockades and found themselves stationary on the city’s main arteries for hours at a stretch. Traffic at The Mall, Davis road, Bhatti gate, Jail Road and Ferozepur Road was choked as the rally proceeded towards the CM House.
During the same period, traffic was also choked for more

Violent guards, complicit administrators – PU guards thrash IMPP students outside VC’s office

LAHORE: The Punjab University (PU) turned into a battlefield on Monday, as varsity security guards thrashed students of the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology (IMPP) including girls outside the VC Office.
The students were protesting for their demands when the security guards charged at them and started beating them black and blue. To make things worse, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, the varsity registrar, resident officer and Hall Council Chairman Dr Amin Ather acted like

156 new dengue cases in last 24 hrs!

LAHORE: During the last 24 hours, 142 cases of dengue virus in Lahore and 14 in the city suburbs have been reported, which are being treated in various government hospitals figures issued by the Punjab Health Department said on Sunday.
The figures continued to claim that around 1,599 patients have recovered from the dengue virus and been discharged from government hospitals, while 157 dengue patients are still being treated. One patient was reported to have expired of the disease

CNG closure this week too, and for three days

LAHORE: Commuters continue to suffer and complain as with the two-day scheduled CNG closure, an extra one-day closure will be observed this week on account of a protest by the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) against the two-day closure.
The gas will remain suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday as scheduled, and on Thursday APCA will shut down the stations in protest. “The government has closed the CNG stations for two days a week and we are closing one day in protest.

‘Classical music returns, only to fade away’

LAHORE: On the last day of the All Pakistan Music Conference (APMC), the public mood was eager but slightly downcast; the four-day long musical journey was now coming to an end. The festival at the Alhamra Arts Council had drawn in crowds of devoted classical music listeners, some of those who would stay from beginning to the end of the concert.
Music festivals like APMC are a serious method of promoting classical music culture in the country. Considering that there are only a

‘Independent judiciary possible if judges are appointed on merit’

LAHORE: Independence of the judiciary is possible if judges are appointed on merit, newly-elected Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jehangir said on Saturday.
“Presently most of the judges are good but a few have not been appointed on merit,” she said while addressing lawyers at the Lahore Bar Association (LBA) where she went to thank lawyers for their support in her victory. “If lawyers are tortured then it means that the judiciary is not independent. We

LHC CJ orders judicial inquiry into LDA torture incident

LAHORE: Taking notice of the torture on a former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) school teacher and journalists from a private television channel, the Lahore High Court chief justice on Saturday ordered a judicial inquiry headed by Cantt Magistrate Masroor Anwar to ascertain the facts of the incident.
The inquiry will begin on November 1 (Monday) and the magistrate will submit its report to the LHC in 48 hours. Fouzia Iftikhar Khan had visited the LDA Building on Friday along

Corruption mars Lahore Ring Road’s completion

LAHORE: The future of the Lahore Ring Road (LRR) project, brainchild of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, is again looking dark, as three major packages of its northern loop planned to be completed in the current fiscal year, have been shelved after alleged misappropriations and slow delivery of payments to the contractors, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Although other packages of the LRR project would continue according to the original roadmap, the scrapping

Private hospitals, labs making money off dengue

LAHORE: Private hospitals and laboratories continue to cash in on the dengue epidemic as the dengue fear grips the city, while an increasing number of patients pour in.
A survey of major private hospitals and laboratories reveals that extremely high prices are being charged for the diagnosis and treatment of dengue and huge profits were being made out of a facility that was available free-of-cost in government hospitals.
The survey included National Hospital Defence,

Unprepared for dengue – 40% of dengue screening results false’

LAHORE: The rapid screening method being used in a majority of public sector hospitals to detect dengue virus is not recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as 40 percent of the screening results are false, senior doctors told Pakistan Today on Friday.
They said that the mostly available diagnostic tool of screening through kits for the detection of dengue virus was not a quantitative method, as a significant number of test results were “false positive” or “false

LDA guards beat up journalists trying to protect woman from violence

LAHORE: Security guards of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) attacked the staff of the Dunya TV channel when they tried to rescue an elderly woman (an ex-LDA employee) from being beaten by the guards at the LDA Building on Egerton Road on Friday.
Fouzia, a teacher sacked from the LDA School in Johar Town, had approached the LDA along with court orders for her reinstatement. She was trying to meet the LDA’s top brass when security guards headed by Sohaib Abdul Rehman began