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Punjab, Sindh agree on enhanced water releases

Punjab, Sindh agree on enhanced water releases

ISLAMABAD: To limit the hydel power shortage to 1500MW from the estimated 3500MW, Punjab and Sindh on Tuesday agreed to increase water releases during the forthcoming canal closure period – December-January.
According to official sources, the agreement was reached during an inter-provincial meeting chaired by Minister for Water and Power Pervez Ashraf to review the current water availability, forthcoming annual canal closures and its impact on hydropower generation.
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Punjab lost Rs 2.91b to bad debts

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government suffered a loss of Rs 2.9 billion as it failed to recover loans forwarded to certain autonomous bodies having little payback capacity or eligibility to avail such loans, said a report by the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP).
The report said the Punjab government granted loans in violation of rules to some financial and non-financial institutions for execution of various development and non-development projects from its own resources or through

CM says Watan Cards distributed in Punjab

LAHORE: The distribution of Watan Cards amongst flood affectees of Punjab has been nearly completed and 95 percent calamity-stricken people have received assistance by this transparent process, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday.
He made these remarks while chairing a meeting regarding construction of model villages in the flood-hit areas, distribution of Watan Cards and provision of free fertilizers, seeds, quilts, blankets and warm clothes to the flood victims

Irregularities in Green Tractor Scheme cost Punjab Rs 2b

ISLAMABAD: The PML-N’s Punjab government blatantly violated rules and regulations to accommodate its favourites and party workers by doling out tractors under the Green Tractor Scheme, incurring a loss of Rs 2 billion resultantly.
According to the Auditor General of Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) report on the accounts of the Punjab government for the year 2009-10, the Agriculture Department initiated the project during financial year 2008-9 to provide tractors to the farming community

Punjab CS blocking Javed Mahmood, Sami Saeed’s promotion

LAHORE: The promotion of former Punjab chief secretary Javed Mahmood and Additional Chief Secretary Sami Saeed to BS Grade 22 has fallen into uncertainty Punjab chief secretary Nasir Mahmood Khosa is strongly opposed to the elevation in the province’s bureaucratic hierarchy, sources revealed on Sunday.
Officials privy to this development told Pakistan Today that Khosa and Mahmood had strong differences, which could be evident from the fact that the former was not even comfortable

Punjab government flouts LHC orders on illegal speed breakers

LAHORE: Despite calling upon the federal government to implement verdicts of the superior courts, the Punjab government and its entity, the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) has not implemented the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) judgment ordering the removal of all illegal speed breakers in Lahore with immediate effect, Pakistan Today has learnt.
LHC Chief Justice (CJ) Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on November 3 had ordered the municipal authorities to remove all illegal speed breakers

Dissent against proposed tax ‘reforms’ resounds throughout Punjab

LAHORE: The business community and traders of the provincial capital has spurned the reformed General Sales Tax (GST) and 10 percent Flood Surcharge. Criticism of the new tax regime has mounted as business leaders claim that the government is putting additional burden on the existing taxpayers instead of widening the tax net.
Speaking to the Pakistan Today, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik said that imposition of the reformed GST and a 10

Paying for a result card – LHC CJ summons report from Punjab CS

LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif has ordered the Punjab chief secretary to submit a detailed report on Nov 15 on the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore’s revenue generation strategy and the government’s declared policy of offering free education to students.
BISE Lahore recently started collecting Rs 450 from each student for issuing Matric and Intermediate result cards. During the suo motu proceedings, BISE Chairman Dr Akram

Punjab Police, ISI officials thrash and detain journalists

LAHORE: Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) sleuths and police constables thrashed and detained journalists over a minor issue in front of the office of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the Civil Lines Police precincts on Wednesday.
The journalists from print and electronic media staged a protest forcing the Civil Lines Police to register cases against the security personnel. The police later arrested four including Asim, Tanveer, Farooq, Baber of the Tipu Company after

Political change to start from Punjab next month

LAHORE: The possibility of an imminent political change at the top has gained credence once again with increasing brinkmanship and political manoeuvring involving all major political actors in Pakistan.
Sources said the chances of change at the top had become almost a reality and that too not a distant one. It was leant that the process of change would start from the Punjab, where the PPP and the PML-Q have reached a political understanding to topple the PML-N government in the

Fallout from accusations – Punjab govt to remove beds from faculty retiring rooms

LAHORE: The Punjab government is planning to remove beds from the retiring rooms of teachers of public sector universities after Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch of the Punjab University was alleged to have harassed his female colleagues in his retiring room almost six months ago, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Department heads, principals, directors, deans and senior administrative officials in the public sector universities are entitled to use beds in retiring chambers. A senior official of

Punjab acquiring 100,000 tonnes of sugar to resolve crisis

LAHORE: In a bid to rein in the price of sugar in the province, the Punjab government has decided to acquire 100,000 tonnes of imported sugar from the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP).
In this regard, Punjab Food Secretary Irfan Elahi has left for Karachi to purchase the requisite sugar stock. Talking to reporters at the airport, Elahi said the provincial government had decided to control skyrocketing price of sugar and he was going to Karachi to make immediate arrangements

PML-N govt did nothing for Punjab: Elahi

LAHORE: Instead of threatening another long march, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) should tell public what it had done and achieved to eradicate inflation and unemployment in the province of Punjab, PML-Quaid’s central leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said while addressing an Okara workers’ meeting in Lahore on Sunday.
Nawaz Sharif needed to reform his younger brother before telling others what to do, he said, adding that the decisions of the incumbent government had broken the

New PPP Punjab president by next week

LAHORE: PPP Co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari is likely to announce the new leader of the party’s Punjab chapter by next week, Pakistan Today learnt on Saturday.
Party insiders claimed that the PPP high command had finally decided to nominate an appropriate candidate so that coordination between the PPP central and provincial hierarchy could be improved.
Sources said Zardari delayed the nomination keeping in view the problems experienced by the party in the past when

SC summons Punjab CS over prisoners’ abduction

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench on Monday summoned the Punjab chief secretary for today (Tuesday) to explain why 11 prisoners, allegedly abducted from Adiala Jail, could not be recovered so far.
The bench consisting of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday was hearing a case involving the alleged abduction of 11 prisoners involved in heinous crimes from Adiala Jail by intelligence agencies.
The

‘Q’ forward bloc swears loyalty to ‘N’ in Punjab

LAHORE: Following the meeting between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) that racked up a storm in the political arena, the PML-Nawaz on Friday had an “important” meeting with the PML-Q forward bloc in Punjab to take a fresh oath of loyalty.
The meeting, held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, was hosted by Chief Minister’s Senior Adviser Zulfiqar Ali Khosa, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Hamza Shahbaz and Abid Sher Ali.

PPP joining Opp in Punjab if ‘N’ doesn’t behave

ISLAMABAD: Disappointed with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has asked his party leadership to explore ‘other options’ as he now feels that enough is enough and the time has come to deal with the Sharifs-led party in the Punjab politically because a policy of reconciliation is not working any more.
Insiders told Pakistan Today that on the suggestion of the prime minister, the PPP leadership has decided that the party will sit on the

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