The City Control Room set up in 2008 at Allama Iqbal Chowk to control street crimes here has become non-functional due to the apathy of the Sialkot police and the district administration.

The police and the administration had jointly established the control room on September 20, 2008 under the supervision of the district coordination officer and the district police officer to monitor and control the anti-stated activities especially street crimes.

Special computers and CCTV cameras were affixed there to monitor the situation as it was to be linked with the DPO office in district courts to help the people. Now, all the computers and CCTV cameras donated by the local traders and common public had been stolen.

When contacted, Sialkot DPO Dr Shehzad Asif vowed to make the control office functional soon by seeking full technical cooperation of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and giving its control to some reliable and responsible official.

CLINICS SEALED: During a crackdown, health teams sealed one private hospital and 10 clinics of quacks for allegedly administering veterinary or expired medicines for human being’s treatment.

The sealed clinics are located in various areas of Sialkot city. District Health Officer (DHO) Javaid Warraich said that challans of the sealed clinics have been sent to the Drug Court Lahore.

He said that the noose around quacks had been tightened and stern legal action was being taken against them as they had been playing  with the precious human lives.

RAIN: The entire Sialkot region received heavy rain along with lightning, thunder and cold winds coming from the neighbouring icy Alps of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. These winds continuously blew and made the weather much cold.

The rains ended a three-week dry spell of severe cold in Sialkot region. The people welcomed most awaited rain as it will be helpful in averting the seasonal diseases caused due to prolonged dry spell of cold. The MET office Sialkot has forecast more rain in the region.