Jun 242017
 
Construction of new building of ayo Hospital to start after Eid

LAHORE: Construction of new building of North Medical Ward of Mayo Hospital would start immediate after Eid holidays. It would be a state-of-the-art building at the site of the old building which was… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jun 242017
 
Corrupt officials warned

MANSEHRA: Members of the Mansehra Tehsil Council have warned officials to avoid corrupt practices or else action would be taken against them. The warning came in a session held here on Saturday,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jun 242017
 
Little improvement in water supply situation in capital

Islamabad: The supply of 10 mdg additional water from the Simli Dam has been started due to which the situation of water shortage in the capital city witnessed a little bit improvement in last couple… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jun 232017
 
Saudi says suicide bomber killed in foiled Makkah plot

Saudi security forces said Saturday they disrupted a plot to attack the Grand Mosque at Makkah, home to the holiest site in Islam, just as Ramazan concludes. The Interior Ministry said it launched raids in Jeddah as well as two areas in Makkah itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighbourhood, located near the Grand Mosque. There, police said they engaged in a shootout at a three-story house with a suicide bomber, who blew himself up and led to the building's collapse. He was killed while the blast wounded six foreigners and five members of security forces, according to the Interior Ministry's statement. Five others were arrested, it said.Saudi state television aired footage after the raid near the Grand Mosque, showing police and rescue personnel running through the neighbourhood's narrow streets. The blast demolished the building, its walls crushing a parked car as what appeared to be shrapnel and bullet holes peppered nearby structures. The Interior Ministry “confirms that this terrorist network, whose terrorist plan was thwarted, violated, in what they would have perpetrated, all sanctities by targeting the security of the Grand Mosque, the holiest place on Earth.” “They obeyed their evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad whose aim is to destabilise the security and stability of this blessed country,” the statement said. The ministry did not name the group involved in the attack. The ultraconservative kingdom battled an Al Qaeda insurgency for years and more recently has faced attacks from a local branch of the Islamic State group. [Read More…]

Jun 232017
 
‘Trump Village’ unveiled in India ahead of Modi’s US visit

MARORA (India): A rural Indian settlement with little electricity or running water renamed itself “Trump Village” on Friday in an unusual gesture to the American president ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington.A huge billboard declaring “Welcome to Trump Village” in Hindi and English, accompanied with a beaming portrait of the US president, was unveiled in the tiny hamlet officially known as Marora, in the largely agriculture northern state of Haryana.Large posters of Trump adorned with marigold flowers were placed throughout the village of mainly mud-brick houses for a renaming ceremony, which was presided over by village heads and an Indian charity.But despite the bold lettering greeting visitors at the arched village gateway, the name change is not official or sanctioned by the government. The symbolic gesture comes just days before Modi’s first meeting with Trump this weekend at the White House.The water and sanitation group Sulabh, which has been installing toilets in the impoverished settlement, suggested the name change to the local council.Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said the idea sprang to mind during a recent visit to the US. “I was speaking there and I thought why not in the name of Trump?” Pathak said, adding other villages in the region had also been renamed in recent years.Aziz Ahmed, a villager, said he was sure the new name would stick even without official approval.Published in Dawn, June 24th, 2017 Click for detailed story

Jun 232017
 
Sugar production

According to some media reports, the Federal Ministry of Commerce has recommended the government to allow the export of 0.6 million tonnes of sugar, in addition to the 0.425 million tonnes already permitted, given the price of the commodity remain stable in the domestic market. The decision has been taken during monthly meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Sugar Monitoring Committee (IMSC) held recently at the Ministry of Commerce. The Ministry has successfully controlled sugar price at Rs56/kg in the holy month of Ramazan benefitting the consumers. The Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) has demanded the Ministry of Commerce for rebate of Rs15 per kg on the export of the additional 0.6 million tonnes of sugar as the international price has dropped from $540 per tonne to $400 per tonne. According to the PSMA, export of sugar would not be possible without the export rebate. Last year, the unprecedented sugar production of 7.05 million tonnes during the 2016-17 crushing season was the result of the government-approved export subsidy of Rs13 per kg. This facilitated mills to pay farmers their dues on time, in addition to earning foreign exchange for the country. The government should consider the demand of the PSMA for allowing subsidy on the export of sugar and enhancing the export quota of sugar. This will not only enable sugar mills to pay the outstanding dues of farmer, but also help earn the much needed foreign exchange for the country, which, as a result, may reduce trade deficit. Khan Faraz Peshawar [Read More…]

Jun 232017
 
Slow internet

It is unfortunate that internet services in Turbat are not up to the mark. Only a few companies are offering these services. Although they charge high amount, the quality of their services is bad. The speed of the internet is slow and it takes hours to download a single video or a document. Despite receiving several complaints, companies have still not done anything to resolve the problem of internet connectivity. The concerned authorities must take action in this regard and resolve the problem at the earliest. Essiyan Haider Turbat Click for detailed story

Jun 232017
 
Healthy food

One of the objectives of the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) is to ensure the provision of hygienic, healthy and fit for human consumption food items, open and packed, to the people throughout the province. PFA officials are frequently conducting raids on hotels, restaurants, and manufacturing and suppliers outlets to see that the food items are being manufactured in neat and clean conditions. The officials also make sure that adulterated food items or rotten meat, fruit, etc., are not served to customers. These efforts of the PFA are yielding good results. Now, according to some media reports, the food authority has taken another commendable step in the right direction to supervise canteens functioning in the schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and other public places. . The food authority has taken a commendable step. Many people eat food at hospitals, educational institutions, public and private offices and at open places in canteens and cafeterias without caring about the sanitary conditions. The authority should duly advertise this for the information of all companies running canteens and cafeterias. M Z Rifat Lahore Click for detailed story

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