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QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution regarding the establishment of a Provincial Finance Commission for distributing resources among the provincial government and the local councils. After tabling the resolution to no avail in the last session, MPA Yasmeen Lehri tried again on Tuesday where she got unanimous support of the house. During the session, Excise and Taxation Minister Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel assured to take up the resolution as per the recommendations of the assembly in the next formal meeting of the provincial cabinet. He pledged to support the move in letter and spirit during the cabinet meeting. In her speech, Lehri strongly argued that three other provinces of Pakistan had adopted the Provincial Finance Commission resolution decades ago, while Balochistan lagged behind. “Ignoring the issue will pile up problems of the poor people in the region,” she added. Balochistan jails termed the worst for juvenile prisoners The MPAs were of the view that the Provincial Finance Commission would help resolve many problems by making the distribution of resources more just and fair between the provincial government and the local councils. In the past, the ruling coalition government, mainly the religious partners, had opposed the move to establish the Provincial Finance Commission as they wanted to monopolise the available resources of the province and keep local councils out of the loop. On the issue of security and safety on highways all over Balochistan, the house decided to summon officials of the National Highway Authority. It was suggested that the [Read More…]

Oct 312017
 

As cars and motorbikes multiply the nation’s cities, often with arterial infrastructure that has not been much updated since Independence, are a traffic nightmare. Karachi is a polluted and seemingly endless jam, Lahore is currently choking in a smog that is part down to traffic and part down to unregulated industrialisation — and now the police in Quetta are getting to grips with the traffic. There is to be an e-challan system and tighter and timelier action taken against those violating traffic laws. The burgeoning education industry contributes twice a day to the chaos — as it does virtually everywhere — and the ban on heavy vehicles entering the city before is being strictly enforced. Of particular note is the installation of 33 ‘spikes’ on various roads. There are a crude but effective way of ensuring that traffic flows in the desired direction. No figures are available as to how many cars or trucks had their tyres shredded before the message was received and understood. The traffic police have a thankless task. They are usually undermanned and under-resourced, work in the midst of the worst of the carbon-monoxide emissions that go with their duty stations and are rarely thanked for anything. Traffic management systems — defining lanes and creating islands to aid flow — are improving, but items such as traffic lights at busy complex junctions are something of a puzzle to drivers unused to such regulation as motorists in Bahawalpur have recently discovered. This is one of those problems [Read More…]

Oct 312017
 

LAHORE: Punjab University spokesman Khuram Shahzad denied reports which quoted Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir as saying that he refused to do some work requested by the Punjab Higher Education Minister. ‘Universities must be govt accredited’      The spokesman said the vice chancellor had not given any such statement or impression in his address during the varsity’s 135th anniversary celebrations. He said Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani and Vice Chancellor Dr Nasir enjoyed good working relations, but some people were spreading rumours which went against the larger interest. Also, Dr Nasir said he has established a merit policy in the university and it would not be compromised at any cost. QAU among world’s top 500 universities He was addressing a ceremony organised by Directorate of Students Affairs to celebrate the 135th birth anniversary of PU at Faisal Auditorium on Tuesday. Students Affairs Director Shahid Gul, Deputy Director Zubair Akram, senior faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2017. The post PU rubbishes rumours of noncooperation appeared first on The Express Tribune.

Oct 312017
 

No matter how hard the leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz argue against fissures within the ruling party, discordant voices are shrill enough to be heard across the divide. Their message is both loud and clear and aimed at convincing the ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, that excessive and undue focus on personal matters was hurting the country’s as well as the party’s interests. This is simple but sound advice and crucial to leading the ruling party out of its state of confusion. Of late in particular party leaders seem to be talking at each other rather than to each other. Even as other political groupings have been revving up their political engines by unveiling their manifestoes and starting modest mass contact campaigns, the ruling PML-N seems quite listless by comparison — weighed down by its own woes. As the next election draws closer — the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) says it could be as soon as July 2018 — the PML-N may dig itself deeper into a hole. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi ruffled plenty of party feathers when he recently talked of a technocrat government and the remarks were not taken too well by other political outfits. At this juncture, it is important for the PML-N leaders to revisit their harsh, uncompromising stance against the superior judiciary and the establishment. They must understand that the ouster of the prime minister was not triggered by conspiracies and elaborate plots, as acknowledged by the party’s stalwarts. Now is as [Read More…]

Oct 312017
 
PAKISTAN TOPS ICC T-20 INTERNATIONAL TEAM RANKING

Pakistan tops ICC T-20 International Team Rankings with the highest 124 points. New Zealand is at second position with 121 points while West Indies is at third position with 120 points. It is the first time that Pakistan has achieved this highest position in ICC T-20 Team Ranking. Source: Radio Pakistan

Oct 312017
 
CREATION OF THIRD DISTRICT IN KOHISTAN FACILITATING PEOPLE IN AVAILING BASIC FACILITIES AT THEIR DOORSTEP: KHATTAK

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says creation of third district in Kohistan is facilitating the people in availing basic facilities at their doorstep. Talking to a representative delegation from Kohistan in Peshawar on Wednesday, he said the provincial government is considering the feasibility of new tehsil of far flung union councils of Upper Kohistan to help its people. Pervez Khattak said the creation of new districts and tehsils will usher a new era of development and prosperity in Kohistan. Source: Radio Pakistan

Oct 312017
 
DRY WEATHER TO PREVAIL IN MOST PARTS OF COUNTRY

Mainly dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours. However, foggy and misty weather conditions are expected in plain areas of Punjab, particularly in Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions and upper Sindh during morning hours. Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning: Islamabad and Muzaffarabad twelve degree centigrade, Lahore seventeen, Karachi twenty-two, Peshawar fifteen, Quetta seven, Gilgit three and Murree nine degree centigrade. Source: Radio Pakistan