Nov 012017

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, said on Wednesday that she never passed the seniority line of PML-N and has no problem with any “uncle” in the party,  Express News reported. “Since PML-N [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz] is a democratic party, I can also express my opinion. I am not aware of any decision [taken in the recent London meeting] about not to give any policy statement on behalf of the party,” Maryam said while rejecting media reports claiming that the party had restricted Hamza and her on passing statements. Maryam, the political heir apparent to Nawaz Sharif, said only leadership can issue statements about the policy of the party. Rana Sanaullah denies Shehbaz will be PML-N’s candidate for PM’s slot The former first daughter said she is rarely reprimanded by her father Sharif who was disqualified by the Supreme Court over hiding asset details in the nomination papers for 2013 elections. Meanwhile, an important meeting of the ruling party chaired by her at Jati Umra, the residence of Sharifs, reviewed the preparations and strategy for the next year’s general elections. According to the party sources, Maryam advised for effective campaigning in the 2018 elections. They also said she would visit all the divisions and districts of Punjab, starting from southern Punjab. She has resolved to complete her campaigns before April next year. The post Have no problem with any ‘uncle’ in the party: Maryam appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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. Click for detailed story

Oct 252017

MULTAN: Member National Assembly Jamshed Dasti has extended support to Mufti Abdul Qavi, a suspect in the Qandeel Baloch murder case. Multan police have included the former member of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee’s name as a suspect in Qandeel’s case at the request of her father. The self-proclaimed actress and model Qandeel Baloch was strangled by her brother in the name of honour in July last year. The police had included Qavi’s name as a suspect in the case at the request of Qandeel’s father, Muhammad Azeem, who in a statement before the police suspected the cleric’s possible role in the murder that took place weeks after Qandeel posted her selfies and videos with Qavi on social media. Mufti Qavi arrested while ‘escaping’ to Jhang The MNA inquired after Qavi, who is admitted in a hospital following ‘cardiac arrest’. Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Dasti said a conspiracy was hatched to defame the religious scholar. “There is no evidence against Mufti Qavi,” he told reporters, adding that he will raise the issue in NA. “The PML-N is using Punjab police for its political motives to trap Mufti Qavi.”   The post Dasti extends support to Qavi in Qandeel murder case appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 112017

LAHORE  : The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has decided to ban the manufacture and sale of banaspati ghee by July 2020 due to its extremely hazardous effects on the human body. The authority has also decided to restrict the quantity of trans fats (trans-fatty acids) up to 0.5%. The Scientific Panel of the provincial food watchdog made this decision in a meeting here on Wednesday. The panel observed that a high quantity of trans-fatty acids, palmitic acid and nickel were used in manufacturing of banaspati ghee and served as a ‘catalyst’ that may cause fatal diseases like obesity, diabetes, mental diseases, heart diseases and cancer. As per Codex Alimentarius Commission standards, the expert panel has also decided to restrict trans-fatty acids up to 0.5 per cent. The authority has planned to give three years’ time to banaspati ghee manufacturers to shift or develop alternatives production streams. By 2020, it will completely ban banaspati ghee in the province. PFA Director General Noorul Amin Mengal said estimates suggest annual consumption of cooking oil and ghee for each person is around 18 kilogrammes in Pakistan, whereas it is merely three kilogrammes in Europe. “By keeping these facts in view, the public must be made aware of that olive oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil and other vegetable oil should be consumed instead of banaspati ghee.” He underscored that the PFA’s prime objective was to preserve the health of Punjab’s population at any cost. Hence, it decided to remove any obstacle in the way of this [Read More…]

Sep 272017
Security turns to insecurity: Opposition wants debate over police occupation of BHU

LAHORE: Opposition benches sought a debate over the hooliganism of police officials who were occupying the basic health unit of Lakhoki village where a picket had been established. Opposition leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed submitted an adjournment motion in the Punjab Assembly, claiming women patients, who approached the basic health unit, were suffering in their movement due to the presence of police officials. He said the police were meant to safeguard the lives and properties of citizens, but a section of the press claimed that these were the very officials who occupied a basic health unit. He said it was interesting that the police had the property vacated from land grabbers before taking it for themselves. He said in his adjournment motion that it was in Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shehbaz Sharif’s constituency where tall claims to eliminate “thana culture” were made. “However, the ground realities are completely different.” Rasheed sated the most of the rooms of the basic health unit were under the control of police officials, while no proper place was left for patients who approached these facilities. He alleged women were suffering a great deal due to the presence of police officials. He stated that the drug trade was also prevalent in the basic health unit and it was astonishing enough that a former PMA had also been occupied this unit for several years, but no action had been taken against him. He said residents had been complaining to the authorities concerned about the occupation of police officials, but [Read More…]

Sep 212017

LAHORE: The Punjab Healthcare Commission on Thursday ordered initiating of criminal proceedings against three quacks besides closing down their businesses and imposing a fine of Rs1 million. Punjab Healthcare commission Chief Operating Officer Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan said Banaras Hussain filed a complaint with the commission that he took his two children 13-year-old daughter Laiba and 16-year-old son Hiader Ali to Life Care Clinical Laboratory of Harpuki village, Gujranawalla where quack Nisar Ahmed started treatment, but their condition deteriorated and were shifted to another hospital. Tooth un-fairy: Citizens choose between quacks and string on a doorknob After investigating the case, the Commission imposed a fine of Rs0.2 million, stopped the lab from working and directed the authorities concerned to initiate criminal proceeding against the quack. In the second case, a resident of Kot Momin Ghulam Abbas took his pregnant sister to the Fatima Trust Hospital, Sargodha where a midwife Fatima examined and operated upon the patient, but too much bleeding led to her death. After investigation, the commission not only sealed the hospital, but also imposed a fine worth Rs0.5 million and directed the local authorities to register a case for initiating criminal proceedings. Spread of HIV and hepatitis accelerates as quackery peaks  In another case, Muhammad Amjad took his mother to Badar Clinic of Boya Aasal, Pattoki, where a quack Muhammad Tahir Tajammul initially prescribed medicines for 15 days, but afterwards carried out operation without the attendants’ consent. Upon worsening her condition, she was shifted to the General Hospital Lahore. [Read More…]

Sep 212017

MUZAFFARGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the country was facing power outages for the past 15 years and this agony would completely end this. How are you controlling load-shedding, asks SHC  He expressed theses views while addressing a public gathering in Muzaffargarh on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz announced that the 90-kilometre two-way Muzaffargarh-Dera Ghazi Khan road would be completed by June 30, 2018. He said macadam roads were being built in villages of South Punjab. Talking about the better health facilities for people of South Punjab, CM said Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital which has 130 beds now, would be upgraded to 250 beds by December 25. NEPRA says will take action on Karachi’s load-shedding “Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is working efficiently and honestly for the people of South Punjab,” Shehbaz said. “People who had been maligning PML-N, had never worked for the people of South Punjab and were only involved in corruption,” he remarked. “When dengue hit Peshawar, Khan Sahb was relaxing on mountains,” he said. Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2017. The post Load-shedding will completely end this year: Shehbaz appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 142017

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that the rule of the Sharifs will be over after September 17, hours after Maryam Nawaz said the election in NA-120 was a war against anti-democratic forces. “September 17 [day of the election] will mark the end for Sharifs,” Imran told supporters on Thursday evening. The NA-120 seat fell vacant after the disqualification of Nawaz as prime minister for concealing assets in his nomination papers. The by-poll is scheduled for September 17, and the main contest is between Kulsoom Nawaz and PTI’s Yasmin Rashid. PAT chief announces support for PTI in NA-120 by-poll On the other hand, Maryam Nawaz, while addressing her supporters, called Imran a puppet, saying [Nawaz Sharif’s] political rivals were cowards and liars. “Sharif’s rivals resort to conspire [against the government] despite being constantly defeated,” she added. The former PM’s daughter went on to call the Panama Papers probe a farce, saying it only focused on Sharif’s Iqama. She called upon her supporters to remain vigilant on the day of the election, saying the poll needs to be won with a wide margin. The post Sharifs’ rule will be over after Sep 17, Imran tells supporters appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 102017

LAHORE: The Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan will facilitate Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) to achieve various objectives such as creating a community of knowledge and practice, launching change making competitions to develop entrepreneurial drive among students and providing students access to financial resources. LCWU all set to become a ‘smart university’ In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations at the syndicate hall of the university. Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2017. The post LCWU steps for social innovation appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 102017
Artists portray life from a common eye

LAHORE: An exhibition, titled “The Five Star Show” featuring 23 artworks of five visual artists, is underway at the O Art Gallery. One of the artists, Razin Rubin says her paintings portray everyday stories and serve as a medium to distract her when she is unaccompanied and alone. Artists paint moods and architecture on canvas “I grew up in Sukkur, in a family where we all used to sit together and share our stories with each other.” She says after the loss of her parents, she started documenting herself in remembrance of her parents and continued the family ritual of telling each other stories. “I aim to highlight the world, we will be leaving for our younger generation to grow up, through my work,” says another artist, Noman Siddiqui. “A child in today’s world sees influential people with armed guards getting their ways. He watches movies, cartoons and video games, which glorify violence and mayhem hand-in-hand with luxury, this child is bound to develop a fascination with these things,” he says. Siddiqui’s art pieces in wooden and bronze medium are a social commentary on the rise of violence in a country where violence is already high. Artist Haider Ali Naqvi says much of the visual content in his work comes from places he has been to and from his experiences while living there. “I am greatly interested in the built environment, particularly architecture and spaces that we move into, out of, and across. Towers, bridges, poles, pavements appear throughout my work [Read More…]

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