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December 20, 2007
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December 20, 2007

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Haemoglobin checkup camp held

By Our Correspondent

A ONE-DAY free camp of haemoglobin checkup for students was held at the Punjab University (PU) Model School. PU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr M Arif, addressing the inaugural ceremony of the camp, stressed to create awareness about health in students and advised the students to take part in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities beside their studies. He said practice of awarding best teacher award at school will be started soon. He also announced scholarships for needy students of the school. Dr Arif Butt appreciated the performance of university health centre’s doctors for conducting the camp.



Wapda promotes 34 officials

By our Correspondent

The Wapda has promoted 34 Senior Engineers (Non Generation) to the rank of Superintending Engineers (BPS-19) in a meeting of its Selection Board here on Wednesday. PEPCO MD Muhammad Baseer presided over the meeting. Those promoted include Khurshid Ahmed Sheikh, Fida Hussain, Abdul Jabbar, Abdul Wahid Khan, Abdul Hanan Khan, Imtiaz Gul Ghouri, Muhammad Ayub, Sharful Amin, Chandu Mal, Muhammad Zahir, Balighuz Zaman, Muhammad Latif Farooqi, Syed Asghar Imam Rizvi, Ejaz Rafique Qureshi, Muhammad Yousaf Mangi, Shah Nawaz Khan, Khalid Javed, Muhammad Naeem Khan, Khurshid Alam Rana, Khadim Hussain Baloch, Muhammad Rafique, Fiaz Ahmed Sheikh, Shakil Ahmed, Farmanullah, Zubair Malik, Abdul Shakoor Sheikh, Muhammad Akhtar, Muhammad Sharif, S Farrukh Ali Shah, Shamim Anwar Khan, Zahid Hussain Bhatti, Idris Ahmed Butt, Muhammad Akhtar and Malik Allah Bakhsh. Meanwhile, five Senior Engineers of Thermal Generation have also been promoted as Superintending Engineers. They include Tehzeebul Hussain, Ijaz Ahmed Memon, Ishtiaq Ahmed Mehr, Abdul Rahim Memon and Abdul Wahid Memon.



115 constables promoted

By Our Correspondent

CAPITAL City Police Officer IG Malik Muhammad Iqbal has issued promotion orders of 115

constables of Lahore Police to the rank of head constables and 11 junior clerks to the rank of senior clerks with immediate effect. The orders were issued at the meeting of Departmental Promotion Board on Wednesday. SSP Admin Farooq Mazher Khan and SSP D&I Ch. Sultan Ahmed were also present. It was the third meeting of Departmental Promotion Board in which constables and junior clerks had been promoted to the next ranks. Earlier, the Board had promoted 737 constables to the rank of head constable, 289 head constables to the rank of assistant sub-inspectors and 85 assistant sub-inspectors to the rank of sub-inspectors.



152 outlaws arrested

By Our Correspondent

KOTLAKHPAT and Sadr Divisions police arrested 152 outlaws during a crackdown on the illegal arms and proclaimed offenders. The police teams seized from them weapons including six Kalashnikovs, 75 pistols/revolvers, 45 rifles, 12 guns as well as 955 bullets. Eight proclaimed offenders involved in various heinous crimes were also arrested.



Appointment

By Our Correspondent

Ministry of Education, Islamabad, has appointed Prof Dr Hafiz Mahmood Akhtar as Director Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre (SZIC), Punjab University on contract basis for a period of two years. Dr Mahmood Akhtar has also worked as Chairman of PU Department of Islamic Studies.



SCBA strike camp

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE

THE Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Wednesday set up a hunger strike camp in front of the premises of the Supreme Court, Lahore Registry, in protest against working of a SC bench. The bench, for the first time after the November 3, started working at the Lahore Registry branch of the Supreme Court. The bench comprises Justice Fakir Muhammad Khokhar, Justice Mian Hamid Farooq and Justice Akhter Shabbir dispensed with 32 cases. Outside the Supreme Court, some 30 lawyers chanted slogans in favour of judiciary and called for boycott of court proceedings. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Chairperson Asma Jahangir, Professional Group Head Hamid Khan, SCBA Secretary Amin Javed Bhatti, Anwar Kamal advocate and others had attended the camp. Both the secretaries of the Lahore Bar Association, Shamim-ur-Rehman and Khawar Bashir, and Lahore High Court Bar Association Vice President Firdous Butt represented their bars. According to the lawyers’ plan on the arrival of the bench, the LBA was to take out a rally from Aiwan-e-Adl but it was cancelled.



‘No society can develop without education’

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE

WELL-KNOWN writer Hassan Nisar said no society can develop without education and rule of law while it is necessary for the ruling class to abide by the law in order to set example for others. He was addressing a seminar organised by Rotary International Club of Lahore, Mozang, on Wednesday. He said education is the backbone for the development of a nation but Pakistan still needs education with practical implication in different walks of life while the current education system of the country aims to create classes in the society and to keep the poor to a certain limit. He said NGOs like Rotary International are doing great job in the fields of health and education but no significant change can be brought in the country unless equal educational opportunities are given to all segments of society. He further said everything in the country, including the issue of equal education rights, is associated with the rule of law and no one is going to respect the law unless those, who are ruling the country, do so.



Christmas a blessing for everyone: Malik

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE

BISHOP of Lahore and Moderator Church of Pakistan Dr Alexander John Malik said in his public message that Christmas is the most holy celebration of Christians and it is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ while the day is a blessing on everyone across the board. In a special Christmas dinner organised by the Cathedral Church, he also wished best of luck and blessings on the country and the nation. He said children have a significant place on the event, as they keep waiting for the celebrations throughout the year in order to receive gifts from Santa Claus. The bishop also wished the country a happy new year and prayed that 2008 will be the year of development, peace, harmony and joys for the whole nation.



APDM decides drive from 24th to block elections

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE

THE APDM has decided to hold protest rallies and public meetings after Eid to foil the holding of upcoming elections. This was decided at the provincial meeting of APDM parties held at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf office here on Wednesday. PTI Punjab President Ahsen Rasheed has been made the convener of APDM Punjab and the members of the committee include Zafar Jamal Baloch, Waqas Jafferi, Yasin Tahir Baloch, Riaz Mohi ud Din Awan, Zulfiqar Qureshi, Farooq Tariq Mirza, Umer Sarfaraz Cheema Shabbir Sayyal, Imtiaz, Farooq Tarir, Safdar SindhuNaeem Shakir. Ahsen Rasheed said that the process of protest rallies and gatherings would start on Dec 24.



PCSIR chairman barred from making promotions

By Our Correspondent

JUSTICE Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi of the Lahore High Court has restrained the PCSIR chairman from making further promotions and sought an explanation from him why promotions had been made when the matter was already pending before the court. The court also directed the PCSIR Laborites, Lahore, director general to appear personally before the court on January 1, 2008. Bushra Khalid, a principal scientific officer at the PCSIR, Lahore, challenged the promotions process, stating that these promotions to the higher posts were being done under the amended PCSIR Employees (Services) Regulations 1981 without the mandatory approval of federal government. She pointed out that despite possessing excellent service record and achievements, officers junior to her and having less comparative merits had been promoted as chief scientific officers (BS-20) on pick and choose formula. She said she made a representation before the Selection Board which was still undecided, meanwhile, eight junior officers were promoted without disclosing reasons to her. Her counsel Mian Manzoor Hussain pleaded that on the last hearing, November 20, the court had sought report from the PCSIR chairman but he did not file it. To the contrary, he promoted a junior officer on December 15. The petitioner prayed that proceedings carried out by the Selection Board be declared illegal and the case of all candidates including the petitioner be placed before the board for reconsideration.



Loadshedding in city intensified

By Our Correspondent

THE loadshedding in the city has been intensified, as the WAPDA faced shortfall of 2500 MW on Wednesday, although power distribution authorities insist that the shortage was 1500 MW. The loadshedding in Lahore has increased to 4-5 hours of half hour duration at a time in most of the localities, though some posh areas experience less power shutdowns. The News has learnt that, with the closure of canals, WAPDA has lost power generation of around 3000 MW from Tarbela, Mangla and Ghazi Barotha. The impact of loadshedding is still low according to WAPDA employees because the consumption of power goes down during winter. They said similar shortages in summer will create unrest among the consumers. A WAPDA official said that the cut in gas supplies has also impacted power generation. He said WAPDA is producing full electricity from its thermal plants that use furnace oil as alternate fuel to natural gas. However, he added that some old thermal plants use diesel as alternate fuel to gas which is costly. He said WAPDA generates electricity from these units in extreme shortages only. He said the cost of converting these plants to furnace oil is equivalent to building a new thermal power plant. Meanwhile, WAPDA has requested the SNGPL authorities to restore gas to some of its plants during four EID holidays when the industrial and commercial consumption will be substantially. The authority officials hope that this will reduce the duration of loadshedding during holidays. It was learnt that the duration of loadshedding in villages and smaller towns is almost double than in Lahore. The WAPDA officials claimed that they announced schedule of loadshedding in the media but failed to provide a single clipping in this regard. Chairman WAPDA Shakeel Durrani agreed that people will be able to plan their schedule in a better way if they know the daily plan of loadshedding.



58 officers complete NMC course

By Our Correspondent

AS many as 58 officers belonging to various services including DMG has successfully completed the 87th National Management Course (NMC-87). Prime Minister Muhammad Mian Somroo distributed the course certificates among them during a special function. The course, started on July 22, 2007, was attended by officers of Grade 20. The Secretary Establishment also gave away the special certificates to the winners of cultural events of NMC-87. Those nine winners are Brig. Ahmed Mahmood Hayat, M Siddique Akbar, Kamram Ali Qureshi, Capt. (retd) Khalid Sultan, M Rafiq Hasan, M Shahzad Arbab, Mrs. Zarina N. Zaidi, Habib Ullah Khan and Ms. Fiza Muzaffar. The officers who won the first and second positions in different sports events were also awarded certificates.

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