ACE wants names of corrupt officials on ECL

The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has recommended the Ministry of Interior to put on the Exit Control List (ECL) names of four officers linked to the Saaf Pani Company corruption case.  It is worth mentioning here that ACE has arrested a manager of the company and obtained his five-day physical remand from the court. ACE officials are conducting raids for the arrest of others involved.  After publication of the news in the print and electronic media, the accused have gone underground.  Sources in the ACE said the chief executive officer of the company was a DMG officer and he was among the accused and those nominated in the FIR. Another officer, Awais Yasin, currently serving Lesco as secretary (companies), is a PCS officer. He is also wanted by ACE in the same case. The ACE director general has recommended the names of the officers on the run to be put on the ECL so that they cannot flee the country.  Four teams have been formed to arrest them. –Staff Reporter

 Assistant food controller nabbed

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore chapter arrested Assistant Food Controller Rana Khizar from Sheikhupura allegedly for making Rs56 million assets beyond known sources of income. According to NAB spokesman, a complaint was lodged with NAB during 2016 about alleged embezzlement by the official. During investigation, it was revealed that the accused had R 20 million assets and unexplained deposits remains Rs 36 million with his accounts, the spokesman said. After collecting evidence, NAB took him in custody from Sheikhupura and he would be produced in court (tomorrow) for seeking his physical remand for further investigations, he added.–Staff Reporter

 Two schemes approved

The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party on Friday approved two schemes of development sectors with an estimated cost of Rs1361.627 million. These schemes were approved in the 30th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2017-18 presided over by Chairman P&D Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan. Secretary P&D Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, all members of the Planning & Development Board, provincial secretaries concerned, Assistant Chief P&D Coordination-II Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal and other senior representatives of the departments concerned also attended the meeting. The schemes included: Feasibility Study for Desert Tourism in the Cholistan (PC-II) at a cost of Rs9.279 million and Remodeling of Nikki Deg Drain R.D 0+000-233+000, District Sheikhupura & Gujranwala at a cost of Rs1352.348 million.–APP

 Academic awarded US patent

Punjab University College of Information Technology Assistant Professor Muhammad Kamran Malik has been awarded the US patent titled, ‘System and Process for Natural Language Processing and Reporting’. Prof Malik said, “Organisations are in need for quick, usable intelligence in order to drive their business needs, such as market research and customer perception. Currently, a data analyst analyses data such as consumer reviews, product reviews, and marketing data to generate reports manually. Our invention is an interactive reporting system based on the processing of natural language, such as English, to automatically develop all reports that a data analyst usually generates manually." For his PhD research at PUCIT, Prof Malik worked on the Urdu Named Entity task, which is key to developing a search Engine for Urdu Language or we want to develop a Question-Answer System for Urdu Language.–PR

 Paramedics back nursing superintendent

Paramedical Staff Association arranged a meeting at Services Hospital on Friday to express solidarity with Nursing Superintendent Samina Yasmeen.  The meeting chaired by Chairman PSA Services Hospital Arshad Butt condemned malicious campaign against the Nursing Superintendent and vowed to extend full support to her for continuing services at the health facility. –Staff Reporter