Hundreds of citizens irked by prolonged unannounced loadshedding lost their patience and took to streets to vent off anger against the Mepco apathy here on Saturday.

The large number of protesters raised vociferous slogans against the government and blocked Masoom Shah Road by burning tyres. Public demonstrations against prolonged power outages continued in different areas of the Punjab. Prolonged power outages have disrupted daily life in almost all areas. Punjab is hit with worst electricity loadshedding this year where urban areas are facing 16 to 18 hours of electricity loadshedding and rural areas remain without power for 20 to 22 hours on a daily basis.

According to the Mepco, power deficit has reached 1,900MW in 13 districts of the company region. On the other hand, electricity demand in Faisalabad stands at 2,164MW whereas supply is recorded at 1,121MW.

SEMINARIES EXAMS: The annual examination of seminaries commenced under the supervision of Wifaqul Madaris across the country on Saturday. While inviting media and other sections of society to visit and inspect the examination system,  General Secretary of Qari Hanif Jalindhri said that a total of 1459 examination centres are set up in entire country to facilitate 237000 students taking examination. He said that the examination would continue till June 13 and 10000 examination staffers were deployed for this purpose. He said that Wifaq ul Madaris al Arabia was the largest educational network of the country which ensured conduct of examinations through indigenous resources.

anti-polio drive begins: District Coordination Officer (DCO) Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah kicked off the three-day round of national polio vaccination campaign by administering polio drops to a kid here on Saturday. Talking to the journalists on this occasion, he said that the district administration was determined to vaccinate every single child of Multan as all out arrangements are made for this purpose.

It may not be out of place to mention here that the district administration has already issued an order for conducting ‘forced vaccination’ of the kids under Section 144 PPC, hurling a warning to the people that if any citizens refuses to get his kid vaccinated or any one provokes citizens against polio teams through his actions or writings, action will be taken against him under CPRC 1898. The order binds all citizens to get their children administered polio drops.

Health sources said that over seven lac children up to the age of five years will be administered polio drops during the ongoing three-day campaign. The district health department has formed over 1750 teams to vaccinate the children. The teams will go door to door for vaccination while special teams will also be deployed at all exit and entry points of the district, airport, railway station, hospitals and dispensaries and bus stops to vaccinate the children.