ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday approved the recommendations of the Central Selection Board for promotion of four officers from Grade 20 to 21 and one from Grade 19 to 20. The Foreign Service including M Younis Khan, Rab Nawab Khan, Fiaz Muhammad Khoso and Muhammad Nawaz Chaudhry were promoted from Grade 20 to 21. After being promoted from grade 19 to grade 20, Syed Nawazish Ali Shah, Deputy Scientific Adviser, has been elevated to the post of Joint Scientific
KARACHI – An anti-corruption court sentenced a Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) member and two others to four years in prison on Saturday on corruption charges. Judge Rashida Asad of the special anti-corruption court sentenced SPSC member Ramesh Udeshi as well as Rehana Minaj and Shahid Ahmed Khan to two years imprisonment in two separate offences.
The court also directed all the accused to pay Rs 50,000 each as fine, and failing to pay the same would result in additional
ISLAMABAD – Some of the country’s cellular service providers on Monday suspended Blackberry services to some diplomats and officials of foreign missions, triggering a controversy that finally compelled the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to withdraw its directive over the issue passed around two weeks ago.
However, PTA official told Pakistan Today that no direction was passed on to telecom operators to suspend Blackberry services to foreign missions or diplomats. “PTA
LAHORE – The Sheikh Zayed Hospital (SZH) will provide free pharmacologic drugs and ambulance service to employees and their families, SZH Chairman and Dean Dr Saeed said on Monday. He said that the administration’s first and foremost duty is to manage patients and look after their needs.
Hospitals are primarily constructed to cure and treat ailments that are contracted by patients, Saeed said. The SZH chairman delineated the fact that he would organise a complaint cell for all
LAHORE – Rescue 1122 released the statistics of their Animal Shelter Services, which took place in Lahore for 2010. The emergency services also operate in the rest of Punjab’s 36 districts for rescuing animals, found stuck or wounded in dangerous situations, and humans, threatened by dangerous animals such as snakes.
In fact the number of emergencies related to snakes has been the highest in number with about 46 snakes being removed from places which may harm either the snakes
LAHORE – LG Electronics, (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications recently organised an entertaining and interactive activity for its trade partners and official GSM dealers at its LG Mobile Care and Delight service center in Karachi.
The core objective of this activity was to improve dealer’s confidence on LG GSM products and most importantly receive feedback from dealers for rapid resolution. The activity was aimed to boost up secondary sales
COLOMBO – India and Sri Lanka on Friday signed an agreement to restart sea ferry services shut down for nearly 30 years, the latest sign of resurgent economic ties since the end of Sri Lanka’s quarter-century civil war.
The two nations gave no immediate timeframe, but said the service should start shortly.
“Sea passenger transportation between India and Sri Lanka is being established…to speedily restore the traditional links between the two countries,” a joint statement
Lahore – The emergency entrance of the Services Hospital has not yet been broadened despite Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaaz Sharif’s approval. Many critical patients continue to suffer and often die in the ambulances, owing to the choked service lane.
Almost a year has passed that the CM granted the amendment of the slip lane adjacent to Services Hospital, but the city administration has failed to implement CM’s orders. Patients continue to face difficulty in receiving first
ISLAMABAD – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to take Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration on board regarding launching of bus service in Islamabad.
“This was decided in CDA’s board meeting and Traffic Management directorate has been asked to give the project’s presentation to ICT,” a CDA official said, adding that two local firms had already been approved for the project in the last meeting.
The bus service will start with 35 buses, each with
KARACHI – The launch of Benazir Mobile Banking will bring about a new era of development and ensure larger women empowerment, said Adviser to Chief Minister on Information and Archives Sharmila Farooqui.
In a statement issued on Monday, the adviser said that the system would promote e-banking in the country and women would get access to major banking systems for the first time in the history of Pakistan. “With the launch of this banking system, the president has fulfilled another
LAHORE – During 2010, around 331 school teachers were removed from service by the Punjab School Education Department on various charges of corruption and misconduct, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The school education department also sent around 67 school teachers on compulsory retirement while salaries of around 1,614 school teachers were also deducted after disciplinary actions were initiated against them. Increments of around 296 school teachers were also stopped by the
BERLIN: Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed on Wednesday to end the country’s compulsory military service, government sources said, in what is the largest reform of the postwar army since its founding. The plan envisages cutting the number of troops by 65,000 to 185,000, and from July of next year ending a draft that has conscripted generations of young men to the federal army formed after Germany’s defeat in World War II.
It was unclear what effect the
ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was posthumously awarded the Service to Humanity Award by the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last week. According to a press release issued by the PPP media office, the special medal was received by former Senator Akbar Khwaja who attended the ceremony as an envoy of the PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.
The awards were given by the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at a special
STOCKHOLM: Twin blasts that rocked central Stockholm killing one man were on Sunday described as a “terrorist” attack by Sweden’s domestic intelligence agency Saepo. “We are opening an investigation into a terrorist crime,” Anders Thornberg, head of Saepo’s security unit, said a day after an apparent car bomb and a separate blast targeted Christmas shoppers in the Swedish capital.
The suspected bomber, whose identity has not been made public, was killed but Thornberg told a press
ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has planned to launch a new bus service by March next to meet the growing needs of commuters, traveling between the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. A CDA official informed Pakistan Today on Monday that two local firms had pre-qualified to run 35 buses on four proposed routes likely to be approved in the next meeting of civic body’s Board of Directors.
He said the successful bidder would get interest free government loan
A market survey evaluating the possible application of direct-to-home (DTH) telecom service is being conducted to determine the number of licences which will be issued, Mushtaq Malik, the chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), informed Pakistan Today on Wednesday.
DTH is a digital satellite service that provides television services direct to subscribers. “DTH is the requirement of the market now, and we support the introduction of