BAHAWALPUR - The officials and workers of the TMA took to the streets to protest against registration of "what they called" fake cases against their colleagues and inappropriate behaviour of the police. They blocked the road at Fareed Gate by parking tractor-trolleys, bring the traffic to a halt for more than an hour.

The protesting TMA Officials demanded withdrawal of FIRs registered against their colleagues after they refrained the police officials from setting up a checkpost on TMA land. They also warned to close down the sewage line of the city if they were not provided with justice.

As per detail, a few days ago the police started building a checkpost on a piece of land owned by the TMA without any prior approval of the higher ups which was vacated by the TMA. In reaction to the TMA step, the police registered cases against the TMA officials.

Addressing the protesters, Apca Divisional President Hafiz Akhtar Rana said that the Punjab Police which supposed to be protectors had become oppressor, adding that the police took over the TMA land for the establishment of checkpost without following legal procedure.

He stressed that they did not want any conflict between the departments and if the Bahawalpur DPO intended to establish the checkpost on the TMA land he should follow the legal procedure. The speakers warned that if the 'fake' cases were not withdrawn till December 10, the TMA City's cleanliness staff, water supply and disposal staff would be on road to get their voice heard. 

BISEB declares schedule for matric exam: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Bahawalpur announced the schedule for matriculation examination which will commence from March 2, 2013. According to the notification, December 24, has been set as the last date for the submission of online admission form. Students can also obtain admission forms from their nearest branch of UBL for Rs100 which can be submitted online.

The BISEB has also established 35 centres throughout the Division to facilitate the students about the problems in online admissions. No fee will be charged in these facilitation centres.

Iodine deficiency discussed: Refresher training for Salt Processors jointly organised by the Health Department and the Micronutrient Initiatives was held here. Addressing the programme EDO Health Dr Abdul Rauf appreciated the salt processors for their efforts for ensuring adequate salt iodization. He shared that iodized salt programme in Pakistan was making great progress and achieving the desired results. He discussed the iodine deficiency disorders and role of salt processors.

DFP IDD/USI of Dr Nawaz trained participants about the process of salt iodization. He informed about the legislation and shared that processing import and selling of non-iodized salt was banned in the district.

USI Field Officer Bilal Murtaza shared that the Micronutrient initiatives had supported the Health Department in establishing quality control labs to monitor quality at salt iodization at district level. Similar lab has also been established in Faisalabad and iodized salt sample are analyzed here, he added.