Iqtidar Gilani

  • LAHORE - Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha has said that education, health, maintenance of law and order, setting up new universities, safe society for women and provision of clean drinking water would be priorities while making allocations for next fiscal year. Wrapping up pre-budget debate ...

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  • LAHORE - The controversy over additional marks for female students as an incentive for wearing Hijab (veil) came under discussion on the Punjab Assembly floor yesterday despite government’s backtracking on the issue. On a point of order, PPP’s Faiza Malik opposed the idea, saying it was ...

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  • LAHORE - The Ministry of Industries and Production has initiated an enquiry into the wrong and steep estimates of ex-Karachi fertiliser prices by the National Fertiliser Development Centre, which favoured fertiliser manufacturers and importers at the cost of poor farmers and the public ...

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  • LAHORE - Life came to a standstill in the heart of the City at peak hours on Saturday due to closure of busy roads for VVIP movement. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif participated in a seminar at Jamia Naeemia and inaugurated linking of front desks of police stations with centralized control room at ...

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  • LAHORE - Medical graduates from Pakistan will not be eligible for appearing in examination for registration as practitioner or doing post-graduation from any institution in the United States after 2023. By 2023, only graduates of medical schools accredited by the regulatory bodies in respective ...

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  • LAHORE - Scattered rain coupled with hailstorm and strong winds made weather pleasant on Wednesday with experts forecasting more intermittent rains during the next couple of days. Strong winds continued blowing throughout the day that helped maintaining the mercury to a low level. Rains and ...

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  • LAHORE -  The Punjab Assembly yesterday adopted two out of turn resolutions including the one condemning wave of terrorism and supporting ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad and the other appreciating state institutions for holding Pakistan Super League final successfully. The PA witnessed rare ...

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  • LAHORE - Chaos and confusion prevailed at city hospitals where the dead and injured of Defense Housing Authority blast were brought Thursday. Government had declared emergency at Lahore General Hospital (LGH) where most of the patients were shifted after the tragic incident. Delay in setting up ...

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  • LAHORE - Half of the rural health centres (RHCs) and basic health units (BHUs) in Punjab are practically dysfunctional either due to vacant posts or failure of the health mangers in ensuring presence of male and female medical officers. As many as 2,520 BHUs and 316 RHCs are working across the ...

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  • LAHORE - Lack of routine promotion and direct induction through Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) is causing students to come ahead of their teachers in seniority, creating restlessness in medical faculty. More than 300 FCPS doctors have been inducted directly as Assistant Professors, ...

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  • LAHORE -  The National Institute of Health in Islamabad has confirmed Pakistan’s first polio case of year 2017 in Lodhran district. This is the first polio case in the Punjab after 14 months. The Punjab remained polio-free in 2016 though the country reported 20 cases—eight each ...

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  • LAHORE - Chemists’ associations announced to call off their strike after successful negotiation with the government team yesterday, paving way for opening of medical stores Thursday. Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Kh Imran Nazir agreed to bring ...

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  • LAHORE - Most of the injured were still in a state of shock. Some were still unable to break the silence while others found it hard to make sense of what had actually happened. A few, however, narrated the incident in trembling voice. “I went to Bedon Road for taking ice cream. On seeing rush ...

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  • LAHORE - Closure of medical stores against recent amendments in Drug Act caused huge inconvenience to patients across the province including Lahore yesterday. As many as 14 bodies of manufacturers, distributors, retailers and pharmacists had announced strike to press for the demand of withdrawal of ...

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  • LAHORE - The Punjab government has banned the use, storage and procurement of unregistered stents, a practice already prohibited as per rules of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP). The move comes after fleecing of heart patients by the medical mafia and flooding of the market with ...

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  • LAHORE -  The Punjab Assembly yesterday approved four bills including The Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2017 with a majority vote, rejecting all amendments suggested by the Opposition legislators. The legislation removed bar on double membership of mayor, deputy mayor, chairman and ...

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  • LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly yesterday adopted two resolutions of public interest as the Opposition ended boycott after successful negotiations first with the government team and then the speaker. The Opposition stayed away from the house proceedings for two days to protest against what they ...

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  • LAHORE - Parts of the country received rains with snowfall over the hills yesterday, increasing chill in weather by decreasing in the mercury level. Rainfall of varying intensities, snowfall over the hills and continuously blowing winds caused decrease in temperature, increasing bite in weather ...

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  • LAHORE -  The Punjab Assembly witnessed uproar yesterday after the chair disallowed the Opposition Leader to speak on the issue of loans written off by the Bank of Punjab. Though the chair allowed Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed to move an out of turn adjournment motion, he was not permitted to respond ...

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  • LAHORE -  The Punjab Assembly yesterday passed the Punjab Civil Administration Bill 2017 with a majority vote amid walkout from the Opposition. The Treasury remained on the receiving end for lack of reply from the relevant department on questions relating to Metro Bus and Orange Line Metro ...

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  • LAHORE -  The Punjab Assembly yesterday approved two bills with a majority vote but not before five interruptions by Opposition in the form of pointing quorum. The PA passed The Punjab Urban Immovable Property Tax (Amendment) Bill 2016 (Bill No47) and The Punjab Urban Immovable Property Tax ...

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  • LAHORE - While Jashan-e-Baharan celebrations are starting in less than 20 days, the chances of 48-hour Basant festival in Lahore are diminishing with every passing day. As it is unclear yet whether Basant will be part of spring festivities or not, manufacturers, traders and kite lovers are getting ...

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  • LAHORE - Unavailability of implants at Jinnah Model Pharmacy has practically put to halt major surgical interventions at the second biggest tertiary care hospital in Lahore - Jinnah Hospital - for the last 10 days. Acting medical superintendent Prof Arif Tajjamal has imposed a ban on use of ...

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  • LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly plunged into disorder yesterday after the chair disallowed the Opposition Leader to speak on the issue of reference against the Chief Minister, causing legislators from both sides of the political divide to raise slogans against each other’s leadership. Opposition ...

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  • LAHORE - Widespread rains yesterday disturbed life by causing urban flooding, massive traffic jams and frequent outages. The rains, snowfall over the hills and strong winds increased the intensity of prevailing cold wave by decreasing temperature during the day and at nighttime. In Lahore, rains ...

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  • LAHORE - Experts have forecast intermittent rains/snowfall over the hills and for most parts of the country including Lahore during the next 24 hours. Widespread rains, strong winds, isolated hailstorm and snowfall over the hills caused considerable decrease in the mercury level, increasing chill ...

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  • LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly adopted four resolutions of public interest yesterday. On private members day, five resolutions were on agenda out of which four were passed unanimously while the remaining one was pended due to absence of mover, PTI’s Dr Murad Ras. The resolution moved by ...

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  • LAHORE -  Procurement of unregistered stents by Punjab Institute of Cardiology has put a question mark on impartiality of its chief executive as part of the committee headed by chairman Chief Minister’s Inspection Team to probe stent scam at Mayo Hospital. On the recommendation of ...

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  • LAHORE -  The mega scandal involving stent has not made any difference as all the cardiac centres including Punjab Institute of Cardiology continued treating patients needing Angioplasty as per the normal routine. After FIA confiscated huge quantity of unregistered stents of four companies at ...

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  • LAHORE - Three committees have been constituted at different levels to probe the incident of implanting unregistered stents at hospitals and devising a plan for registration of different brands with Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) though with little or no progress. The committee headed ...

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