Tag: Punjab

‘UK to assist Punjab govt in health and education’

The British government will continue to extend cooperation with Punjab in the education and health sectors as well as supporting the province in its anti-terrorism initiatives, British Interior Minister Theresa Mary May said on Sunday.
May made these comments when she called on the Punjab CM here in the provincial metropolis. After meeting Shahbaz, the British interior minister, along with her team, attended a meeting of the Punjab Security Board at the Chief

Minimum wage, workers rights not being enforced by Punjab

The Punjab Labour Department has failed to ensure the rights of labourers in the province, as the political leadership is not serious in resolving the problems of workers, Pakistan Today learnt on Friday.
Labour protection: Punjab Labour and Manpower Minister Ashraf Sohna admitted in the Punjab Assembly that more than 30 million people were attached with the labour profession but the department had enrolled only 0.75 million people out of the total labour force of

Punjab props up beleaguered farmers

LAHORE: Punjab Agriculture Department has formally declared the commencement of the Rabi wheat season in arid (barani) areas. Provincial government has pledged to provide free seeds and fertiliser to the farmers with land holdings of 25 acres of land in districts ravaged by the massive floods.
The provincial government has determined the wheat crop target at 17 million tonnes, which is equivalent to last year's target. However, Provincial Agriculture Department believes that

Punjab CM speaks at biotechnology exhibition

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has called for developing a knowledge based economy through improving research and firming grounds for technological advancement.
He was speaking at the National Biotechnology Exhibition 2010 organized by University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) institute of biochemistry and biotechnology in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC), on Wednesday.
He said that it was only though developing technologies

‘Pamphlet wars’ over alleged threats to PUASA VP threaten JI’s hold...

LAHORE: The days of the political hegemony of the pro-Islami Jamiat Taliba and Jamaat-e-Islami-led Academic Group seems to be over after its members developed an internal rift over the issue of the life-threats received by Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) Vice President Dr Abdul Ghaffar, an active member of the group.
The Academic Group was the most powerful group in the university with the majority of teachers backing it in the university's electoral

Punjab Assembly in session; traffic jams

LAHORE: The Mall and its connecting roads were jammed thanks to the Punjab Assembly's (PA) session and the Islami Jamiat e Taliba (IJT) protest on Wednesday. Commuters going to office, school and shopping were complaining about the traffic jams on the roads connecting The Mall.
"Extraordinary security measures for VIP movement and security of the Punjab Assembly has affected traffic in Lahore's hub", said a motorist. Senior citizens criticized the way the Punjab government was

PPP accuses Punjab govt of corruption, raps bureaucracy

LAHORE: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislators' difference of opinion sparked the Punjab Assembly proceedings on Monday when the PPP members of provincial assembly (MPAs) condemned the 'indifferent attitude' of the bureaucracy leveled allegations of corruption against the Punjab government.
With Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal in the chair, the house proceedings were running smoothly until PPP MPA Shaukat Basra said that the MPAs

‘Punjab Food Quality Control Authority’s first draft prepared’

LAHORE: Recommendations for the first draft of the Food Safety and Standard Act 2010 and the Punjab Food Quality Control Authority have been finalised and the second draft would be prepared in light of these proposals and submitted to the special committee formed by the Punjab CM, Punjab Health Secretary Irfan Elahi said on Monday.
He made these remarks while chairing a meeting in the committee room of the Civil Secretariat, Lahore. The meeting reviewed in detail the methodology

LHC issues notice on petition against Punjab government’s ban on recruitments

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday issued notice to Punjab government on a petition challenging ban on appointments in grades 5 to 16 in provincial departments.
Advocate Alamgir Khan filed the petition stating that the government had put a ban on recruitments in grades 5 to 16 which had caused an increase in unemployment. He said the young educated people were getting involved in illegal activities due to joblessness. He pleaded that the government was constitutionally bound

Punjab govt’s Model Villages project likely to fail

The Punjab government has pledges for the construction of only 1,346 houses from various donors against its plans of building over than 20,000 houses under the Model Villages project.
Data available with Pakistan Today revealed that only seven percent of the houses could be constructed in accordance with the pledges made by various donors. The government would need Rs 6 billion to construct 204 model villages. However, neither does the government have the funds for

Punjab govt will seize sugar stock of defaulting mills: Sana

Law minister says 142 FIRs registered against owners and GMs of defaulting mills
Punjab government has decided to seize the stock of sugar mills for defaulting on the payments to sugarcane growers.
Punjab government has decided to attach the defaulting sugar mills stock with the payments to sugarcane growers as guarantee.
On Friday, Sana told the Punjab Assembly that sugar mills have paid around 97 per cent of total outstanding amount to the growers. "Out of

Punjab government resisting 80 percent hike in water tariff

The Punjab government is resisting imposing the 80 percent hike in the commercial water tariff fearing a backlash from the public already unhappy over the government's performance, Pakistan Today learnt on Friday.
According to a Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) official, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led Punjab government was not deciding the issue of the water tariff for the last six months. He said that the PML-N leaders were attending official meetings