ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Monday sought permission letters for water boring allotted to the cement factories while summoning officials concerned of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allowed them. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo moto case regarding drying up of the Katas Raj Temple pond. During course of proceedings, the chief justice observed that owners of the cement factories should fulfill their corporate duties instead of just making money. He remarked that he would have closed down the cement factories depleting the underground water level in Chakwal. The counsels for the cement factories apprised the bench that they hired experts to find out alternate options instead of the underground water but its cast would be in billions.
April 23, 2018 20:03 UTC
The students were holding placards, showing different messages calling for justice in the Kathua rape and murder case. Clashes between the troops and the protesting students erupted in Baramulla as well, as the authorities closed all the exit points of the Boys Higher Secondary School after the students staged protest inside the school premises. The students took out a protest march raising slogans in favour of freedom. The students of the Government Higher Secondary School in Ganderbal district also hit the streets to express solidarity with the Kathua rape victim. The students staged sit-in at main roundabout on Srinagar-Leh Highway and blocked the busy highway for hours.
April 23, 2018 20:03 UTC
NAB chief suspends a deputy director in LahoreISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Javed Iqbal on Monday ordered an inquiry against former minister Sadiq Umrani for purchasing five acres of disputed land of the Balochistan Clerks Association on low price. Taking notice, he ordered NAB Balochistan director general to probe the matter. The NAB chief also suspended NAB Lahore deputy director with immediate effect on the charges of inefficiency and negligence in the performance of the official duties. An inquiry had been ordered for completion of all formalities including opportunity given to the official to defend charges against him as per law. Moreover, a formal inquiry has been started against a deputy director in Sukkur who was suspended on the direction of the NAB chairman for three months on the charges of misconduct.
April 23, 2018 19:52 UTC
Hearing the case, he said that the disappeared girls were his children. He said that they knew that the officer concerned roams unconscious with a journalist following visiting a BBQ shop. The court while ordering to present the two girls at any cost during the ensuing hearing the high court has adjourned the hearing till May 2. On the other hand, the father of the two girls said that his daughters will be recovered within two minutes if a case was registered against the investigating officers. He said that the court should be informed why the case has been registered after a lapse of two months.
April 23, 2018 19:52 UTC
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Monday hinted that the Parliament could take up reforms in the process of Senate elections soon after the budget session. Talking to the seasoned journalist, analyst, Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami, Sadiq said, “The reforms (in Senate elections) can be done after the budget session. It will be in favour of all political parties.”He expressed the need to bring reforms in the process of Senate elections which would be in favour of all the political parties. Moreover, he said that record legislation had been done during the ongoing constitutional tenure of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government. He said Pakistan Tehreek -e-Insaf (PTI) had always used derogatory language against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and its leadership but voted in the favour of PPP candidate during the Senate elections.
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan on Monday said that the conversion of traditional brick kiln into environment-friendly zig-zag brick kiln would help reduce 30 to 40 per cent coal consumption. The minister said that there were 18,000 traditional brick kiln while local coal was source of running around 15,000 and it was difficult to convert all of them, but efforts were being made to achieve the task and convert them into zig-zag brick kiln. The under-developed countries are most affected by the climate change and do not have modern technology to combat climate change. The Brick Kiln Association president urged the government to make model zig-zag brick kilns and arrange tanning programme for the environment-friendly kiln. On this occasion, Ambassador of Nepal Sewa lamsal Adhikari said that his South Asian country would cooperate fully traditional brick kiln in converting the zig-zag brick kiln.
ISLAMABAD: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Sultan Azam Temuri on Monday directed the police officials for strict action against those illegal occupying the properties of others and involved in harassing people through aerial firing. He asked for briefing ad checking of the performance of investigation officers on regular basis and strict action against those involved in sluggish policing. He directed all police officials to improve their performance by effectively combating crime and ensure arrest of proclaimed offenders at the earliest. He said that the investigation on pending cases should be completed at earliest as progress on such cases would be reviewed soon. He also asked to ensure registration of the cases on merit and win the support of people through performance.
ISLAMABAD: A ground-breaking collaboration between the United Nations (UN) and the governments of China and Pakistan has greatly helped the people affected by natural disasters and displacement in Balochistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Under the programme, assistance was provided to those people who were returning to FATA and those who were still displaced. Due to China’s contributions, the WFP procured and distributed food assistance, including yellow split peas, iodised salt, vegetable oil and ‘Mamta’ – a nutritious supplementary food. In addition, around 5,600 children under five months and pregnant/nursing mothers received six months of support to prevent malnutrition. By providing assistance to the most vulnerable families, China Aid was helping the marginalised communities to manage shocks and build a foundation for the future.
April 23, 2018 19:29 UTC
PESHAWAR: Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation (PEDO) has entered into an agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADP) for financing the construction of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) biggest ever 300 megawatts (MW) hydropower project at a cost of US $ 645 million on Kunhar River near Balakot area of Mansehra. The project would also add over Rs eight billion per annum to the resources of the province. The ADB had already arranged funds for the project, which would be released in a timely manner (approximately 60 months). Khattak pointed out that the KP government had started work on 2,500 MW hydel power generation from its own meager resources by signing an agreement for 668 MW with the private sector. The province also signed agreements with Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) for the generation of 506 MW energy while another agreement was signed with China for a 610 MW power project.
April 23, 2018 19:07 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairperson Marvi Memon held a meeting with UN Deputy Secretary General (DSG) Amina J. Muhammad in New York. Marvi proposed the concept aimed at institutionalisation of the Social Safety Nets (SSN) within UN system for social inclusion of vulnerable families. She also proposed to create a knowledge portal for the UN based on BISP experience. The UN DSG welcomed the proposal to create a forum or collaboration mechanism in the UN.
April 23, 2018 18:55 UTC
PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) Central General Secretary and former Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain alleged that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is trying to delay the provincial budget owing to allegations of corruption against 20 of its lawmakers by party chief Imran Khan. “If the PTI government fails to present the budget, it would be a great injustice to people of the province,” he remarked. Allegations leveled by the PTI chief were of a serious nature and needed thorough investigation, he added. He also said that KP Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak should take a fresh vote of confidence to prove that his party still enjoyed a majority in the provincial assembly. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had taken serious notice of corruption in PTI’s Billion Tree Tsunami project and illegal recruitments in KP Ehtesab Commission.
April 23, 2018 18:33 UTC
Talking to media persons outside the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court, the minister said whenever Nawaz Sharif goes abroad, the opponents of PML-N feel happy and express the view that he would never return. She pointed out that exemption had been granted to Imran Khan time and again who was facing a case of terrorism and attack on the parliament and PTV headquarters. She said that the allegations levelled against Nawaz Sharif by the head of Panama JIT Wajid Zia in the Avenfield case had been shot down during the cross-examination by the lawyer. The statement by Siraj-ul-Haq had endorsed the PML-N apprehensions and Imran Khan by announcing the names of the PTI MPAs had also reinforced them, she added. Marriyum said that Punjab had taken the lead in raising the voice against those who sold their votes.
April 23, 2018 18:22 UTC
Lt Gen Senanayake acknowledges sacrifices of Pakistani nation and the armed forces in the fight against terrorISLAMABAD: Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake, called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday. Matters relating to bilateral defence relations and mutual cooperation were discussed during the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office, said an official statement. PM Abbasi intervenes to resolve KE, SSGC spatHe said that Sri Lanka is keen to further strengthen its ties with Pakistan and promote multi-faceted cooperation in the areas of security and defence. Earlier today, PM Abbasi visited Karachi to resolve the ongoing spat between Karachi’s electric utility and the southern gas company, announcing gas supply starting today. He directed the authorities concerned to resolve the outstanding matters between the two entities within 15 days.
Source:The Express Tribune
April 23, 2018 18:00 UTC
The violent assault in the Argentinian city of Cordoba left her former partner with 90% of his genitals hacked off. Barattini has now revealed why she carried out the attack in an interview from jail, where she is being held in pre-trial detention. Indian woman slices off drunk husband’s penis when he tries to rape her in front of kids“I cut his penis but not completely; I injured him. Felipe Trucco, one of the mutilated man’s lawyers, said his client still needs more surgery after sustaining the shocking injuries. Woman cuts off musician’s penis and testicles with garden shearsOfficers do not believe Barattini was staying at Fernandez’s property when she carried out the attack.
Source:The Express Tribune
April 23, 2018 17:54 UTC
LAHORE: Four former hockey players have written to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Hockey Federation (FIH), alleging that the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) officeholders are involved in the embezzlement of finances and not letting go of their positions even though they have long surpassed their legal terms. “Thus, as per constitution there exists no legal body and the present body has become defunct,” an excerpt from their letter reads. “There is absolutely no check and balance on the finances of the PHF and a number of cash withdrawals have been made by the PHF from banks without observing formalities,” reads another excerpt. The quartet further claims that PHF President Khalid Khokhar forbade Congress members from talking about a congress meeting held in January this year, going as far as threatening them with legal action if his orders were not followed. “The prime minister and president should take notice of this,” he urged and challenged the four to “present proof or else avoid levelling allegations.”He waved off any serious concerns as he claimed that “the FIH does not have any jurisdiction over Pakistani matters.”
April 23, 2018 17:11 UTC