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‘Under grade’ DCO appointed

‘Under grade’ DCO appointed

PLG ordinance 2001 does not provides for DCO’s appointment under grade 21
Cheema was appointed secretary HED against rules as well, says an S&GAD official
There has to be a reason behind the appointment, says S&GAD Secretary
Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001
In every district, the government shall appoint a District Coordination Officer who shall be a civil servant of the Federation or of the Province, as far as possible in Basic Scale 20: provided that in a

Panic over nothing…

Panic gripped The Mall when late on Thursday night some locals informed police about a blast heard near Chanba House on back side of a local five star hotel.
A heavy contingent of police along with Rescue and Edhi officials reached the scene. A search of the area revealed nothing.
Locals claim the blast was heard within a radius of one km with people coming out of their houses after hearing the sound.
Fear gripped mall road when heavy contingent of Police and rescue

‘Lakh War Sadke’: Introspecting into the human

Provoking array of works by 5 artists opens up questions on ‘what it is to be human’
Delicious, scrumptious, appetizing yet leaving you for more, one might think that this article is about some gourmet item but these are the only things one feels after viewing Lakh War Sadke at the Alhamra Art Gallery.
A group exhibit consisting of works by really talented and thought-provoking young artists, showcasing a total of 51 works by five artists – Sarah Ahmed, Amra Khan, Ahsan

PhD scholars irked at HEC for delaying their studies abroad

Shocked students have resigned from their jobs but can’t go abroad for their degree
HEC executive director says students will be sent abroad as soon as funds are received
Around 400 PhD scholars face an uncertain future, as the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has delayed their departure abroad for their PhD degree supposedly because of a shortage of funds, while it had already asked them to resign from their jobs to take the degree. According to the pupils,

Govt to convert public sector schools English medium by June

Question hour began yesterday with the Punjab Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman put at the answering pedestal. The day was embarrassing for the minister as he was forced to apologise over various lacks in information provided by the education department on questions raised by the house.
Government schools to be English medium:
All public sector schools in Punjab would be converted into English medium by the end of this fiscal year, said the Punjab Education

Police constables protest against salary delay

CCPO spokesman denies protest at Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh
700 lower cadre police officials’ salaries were delayed
More than 100 constables and lower cadre officials from the Lahore Police protested inside Qila Gujjar Singh Police Lines on Tuesday against senior officials for delaying their salaries, said sources from the Lahore Police Operations Wing. However Rai Nazar, the capital city police officer’s (CCPO) spokesman denied any such protest.

PML-N’s “Defense Day for Democracy” in full swing

Leadership asks workers to prepare for Long March
Hamza Shabaz, Saad Rafique condemn Zardari,Musharraf
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) held a “Defense Day for Democracy” demonstration at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal today, condemning Zardari and Musharraf and asking the party members to prepare for a Long March towards Islamabad to rid the country of the virus of corruption.
Protesters swarmed on the Edgerton Road and the Mall hurling slogans of “Go Zardari Go”,

2 killed in road accidents

Two people were crushed to death by speeding vehicles on Tuesday while a boy lost his life after falling down from his house roof.
A speeding tractor-trolley crushed a motorcyclist in the Manawan police precincts. According to details, victim Maqsood, resident of Dogar Kallan village, was returning back home when the trolley hit him resulting in his instant death. After reaching the spot, police handed over the body to its heirs and registered a case against an

PU VC to welcome new graduation, masters students on 14th

Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran would address the welcome party of over 2,000 newly-admitted students of BA/BSc and MA/MSc to be held at the Faisal Auditorium, New Campus on Thursday, October 14.
PU Advisor Students Affairs (ASA) Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhry made this announcement while chairing a meeting to finalise the arrangements of the welcome party. Chaudhry emphasised upon the participants that they should exhibit a sense of

PU hostel boarders call off protest

Students end protest after Dr Akhter assures to take back mess dues’ increment
We had to protest as Dr Akhter was not heeding to our demands, says a hostel boarder
Jamiat was using protest for personal goals, says Dr Akhter
Punjab University’s hostel boarders called off the protest today after the PU Chairman Hall Council Dr Amin Akhter called on the hostel wardens and withdrew the increment in the mess dues, officials claim.
Dr. Akhter told Pakistan

MSF protests against Musharraf’s rule

Muslim Student’s Federation (MSF) held a protest rally against Musharraf’s military coup. The protestors marched from Regal Square to Assembly hall and blocked Mall road for 2 hours.
MSF activists chanted slogans against the former dictator and demanded the initiation of a judicial trial against his unconstitutional rule. The protestors stated that the dissolution of Nawaz Sharif’s government and the proceeding imposition of emergency were acts of treason. President

‘Overloaded trucks on the highway: accidents in making’

Overloaded and improperly loaded trucks were an important factor leading to accidents on the highways and motorways, said National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) Inspector General Dr Wasim Kauser while inspecting the N-5 central zone (Lahore-Multan-Rahim Yar Khan) with patrolling officers.
He said that overloaded trucks posed a very serious danger as they had a tendency to loose control especially during an attempt to avoid any collision with road side animals

PPMA to provide medicines to poor patients

Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) Chairman Khawaja Shahzeb Akram said the pharmaceutical industry would provide the Punjab government medicines for distribution to poor patients.
Shahzeb was leading a fifty member delegation in a meeting with the Punjab health secretary. Shahzeb said, “We will continue to support the health department”. He also briefed the Punjab health secretary on the problems faced by the Pharmaceutical Industry with regards

Accountability courts not producing verdicts

Long list of witnesses, use of unnecessary documents and delaying tactics by suspects main reasons for delay
The accountability courts in Punjab are not announcing verdicts of references within the timeframe given by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance 1999 due to a long list of witnesses, use of unnecessary documentary record and delaying tactics by the defence.
Accountability courts take several months to announce a verdict on a reference after

Mayo Hospital Superintendent denies doctor’s negligence

Mayo Hospital Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Zahid Pervaiz has claimed that the doctors of Mayo Hospital were not negligent whilst treating a patient, who died on October, 11.
He said that the patient, Shehzad, was being treated by an unqualified doctor before he was brought to the hospital on Friday October 8. The unqualified doctor had prescribed the wrong treatment, which led to the spread of infection in the patient’s body.
The patient was admitted in the

LHC directs SBP to submit loan write offs list

Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to submit the list of individuals whose loans were written off by commercial banks in the last 40 years.
State Bank of Pakistan Assistant Chief Manager Zahid Pervez appeared in the court of Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Shairf and requested an extension for submitting the list. Pervez submitted that he had only received a copy of the petition the day before and had forwarded it and sent it to SBP

Cancel Pakistan debts, urge campaigners

The anti debt campaigners in Pakistan called on the donor countries as well as the international financial institution (IFIs) to cancel all foreign debt of Pakistan owed to bilateral and multilateral creditors besides an immediate freeze on foreign debt repayments of Pakistan, here on Sunday.
Talking to the media at Lahore press club, the Campaign for Abolition of Third World Debt (CADTM) international member for Belgium Stephanie Jacquemont, who is currently visiting Pakistan to