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HEC will continue its operations, says Khosa

LAHORE – University of Veterinary and Animal Science (UVAS) Chancellor and Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa attended the 3rd convocation of UVAS at its Ravi Campus, Pattoki on Wednesday.’ Addressing the convocation, Khosa said the Higher Education Commission (HEC) would continue its operations because the 18th Amendment did not absolve the federal government from its responsibility to promote higher education. He said it was time to rectify the stigma on Punjab and its judiciary

Massive demos continue across Yemen

SANAA – Massive protests took place across Yemen on Sunday demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as the opposition joined a Gulf Arab meeting in Riyadh on a plan for the leader’s departure.
Security forces deployed heavily in Sanaa where hundreds of thousands of men and women took to the streets in protest against Saleh’s call for an end to men and women joining together in anti-regime protests, and calling for his ouster.
Protesters also took to the streets

Exports will continue upward trend

KARACHI – Pakistan is likely to achieve record exports of $24 billion in the current financial year 2010-2011, as exports have already clocked $17.79 billion in the past nine months.
Pakistan, which hit record exports of $19.5 billion in 2009 -2010 against the target of over $17 billion, is anticipated to reach another record figure of $24 billion under the current resilience in exports, sources told Pakistan Today.
Current exports, at $17.79 billion during July-March

Women referees continue training

LAHORE – Fourteen young women referees took part in the PFF Women Referee Consolidating Course at FIFA House, Lahore, organised by PFF, as instructors Salah Uddin Awan and Arif Siddiqui helped run through the rules of the game as well as the stringent guidelines the officials need to follow. The course will run until April 15. The second day included nine hours of intensive sessions.
The referees expressed their enthusiasm and hope for the development of soccer in Pakistan. PFF

Lawyers continue strike, two mine workers killed

QUETTA – Lawyers in Quetta continued their token hunger strike for the fifth consecutive day on Monday against the government’s failure to recover two of their colleagues, Munir Ahmad Mirwani and Agha Zahir Shah. Balochistan High Court Bar Association Secretary General and Lawyers’ Committee Spokesman Bashir Ahmed Qazi told reporters that despite lawyers’ hunger strike lasting five days, the rulers were doing nothing for the recovery of Mirwani and Shah. Separately two mine workers

Scholarships will continue after HEC: Rabbani

KARACHI – Federal Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination Mian Raza Rabbani has said that funds to scholars studying aboard would not stop and that they will continue to receive their scholarship as usual.
Speaking to the media at the Karachi Press Club on Saturday, he said that it was beyond his understanding as to why some elements were creating ‘a scary situation’ about the devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and misguiding the media and the people.
He

Military top brass vows to continue anti-terror war

ISLAMABAD – Top military brass on Friday resolved to continue the fight against terrorism and ensure the country’s security in the face of internal and external challenges. The 137th Corps Commanders’ Conference was held at the General Headquarters, Rawalpindi under the chairmanship of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani.
“The conference was part of regular monthly meetings,” an ISPR statement said.
“The forum was given comprehensive briefings on internal and

Anti-encroachment drive will continue for 5 more days

LAHORE – The anti-encroachment drive that set in motion in 35 different areas in nine towns on March 11 will end on April 5, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to a City District Government Lahore official, the decision came during a meeting to review the encroachment drive at District Coordination Officer (DCO)’s office on Thursday. He said that the deadline to stop the encroachment drive was March 31 but the meeting reviewed the results and decided to extend its deadline until

Patients suffer as Punjab’s doctors continue to strike

LAHORE – Hundreds of patients suffered as the strike of Punjab’s doctors continues for an increase in salaries on Thursday.
The ongoing strike has completed a month of protests in which the Young Doctors Association (YDA) demonstrated outside hospitals and administered treatment to patients in medical camps there.
Routine duty in several teaching hospitals of the province, including those in Lahore, is suspended due to the strike.
The YDA said the strike will continue

Yemen protests continue as security deteriorates

SANAA – Yemeni protesters demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Tuesday they would insist he leave power soon, blaming him for violence that has raised US fears of chaos that could benefit militants.
Explosions at an arms factory on Monday killed more than 100 people in a southern town where Islamists seemed to have driven out government forces, a reminder of instability that Saleh’s Western allies fear in the poorest Arab state.
Al Arabiya TV said

Haqqani to continue as ambassador to US: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Office on Monday clarified that Hussain Haqqani will continue to work as Pakistani ambassador at Washington. In response to media reports regarding possible replacement of Haqqani with another senior politician, the Foreign Office spokesperson termed these as ‘untrue’.
A section of press quoting sources had published that the government had decided to replace Hussain Haqqani with a politician who was also a former foreign minister. However, the Foreign Office

Imran threatens to block NATO supply if drone attacks continue

LAHORE – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has threatened to block the supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan if the US did not stop drone attacks inside the tribal areas of the country in a month.
Addressing a PTI rally at Qartaba Chowk against the desecration of the Holy Quran by a US priest, release of Raymond Davis and killing of innocent people in drone attacks, Imran asked the government to adopt immediate measures to stop the US strikes in the Tribal

Libya clashes continue despite no-fly zone

TRIPOLI – Fighting raged between forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi and insurgents in several towns on Tuesday despite a UN-mandated no-fly zone aimed at stopping the violence.
Meanwhile, as a senior US officer said Gaddafi forces were still attacking civilians, doubts persisted over the best way to continue the campaign to stop Gaddafi, and where it was leading. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said future actions of the coalition, which began airstrikes on Saturday

CNG holidays to continue despite winter’s end

LAHORE – Despite end of winter gas management plan, the CNG stations of the city would remain closed for two days. SNGPL had announced it shall to restore gas supplies to CNG stations after March 15th, 2011 and ending two-day gas closure in a week for CNG but the load shedding is all set to continue.
All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) has announced to hold protest against SNGPL injustice. APCNGA Supreme Council Chairman Ghayas Abdullah Paracha said that SNGPL has asked CNG

Railways asks SC to let Royal Palm contract continue

ISLAMABAD – Counsel for Pakistan Railways (PR) Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday to let its contract continue with the Royal Palm Gulf Club despite the fact that there could be lapses in the bidding process.
Aurangzeb said that PR was a federal government subject and therefore fell under the domain of the Council of Common Interests. He said the whole land was utilised to augment PR revenues and the accord with the companies was for

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