LAHORE: A mother thwarted the abduction attempt by making hue and cry when unidentified men tried to snatch away her two-year-old son in the Walled City, police sources said Tuesday. Ayesha Sajid told the police that she was coming back after visiting her relatives’ house in Bhatti Gate when two men tried to snatch away her minor son, Muhammad Zaid. As she made hue and cry, the abductors fled from the scene. Police have registered a case and are investigating.–Staff Reporter

Baloch lauds French efforts

QUETTA Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Wednesday lauded the services of French government for exploring and preserving archeological sector of the province.

Talking to French Ambassador to Pakistan Phillipe Thiebaud in Quetta, he said that the law and order situation in the province had improved to great extent during past one year. “The provincial government is specially focusing on education sector and would allocate 25 per cent of funds for this sector in upcoming budget,” he added.

The CM told the French ambassador that in order to provide relief and alleviate poverty, his government was making serious efforts to develop agricultural sector. “Government is also providing facilities to fishermen and striving hard to promote and improve the quality of export of marine products as per with international standard,” he said.

The French ambassador said that his country would provide PhD and MPhil scholarships to the students of Balochistan at university level in archeology sector.

The CM also informed the diplomat that his government was also endeavouring to improve women education and would seek international support in this connection. The two sides also exchanged views on various issues of mutual interest and the chief minister also invited the French envoy to visit Gwadar city.

Meanwhile, a delegation of World Health Organisation (WHO) headed by its representative Dr Nima Saeed Abid called on the Balochistan CM. During the meeting, the WHO representative apprised the CM about the activities of WHO carried out in health sector and lauded efforts of provincial government for eradication of polio.–Bari Baloch

Illegal gateway exchange raided

LAHORE: The FIA Cyber Crime Circle on Wednesday conducted a successful raid and seized illegal gateway exchanges in the area of Sabza Zar, Lahore.

According to the FIA sources, a house on Jhugian Shahbdin road near Main Bazar Sabza Zar was raided by the team and 2 Voip gateway exchanges, a laptop, PTCL Modem and TP link router were recovered. A case has been registered against Muhammad Yaqub and Raja Awais, while raids were being conducted for the arrests, said FIA spokesperson.–Staff Reporter

PU lecture on budget

LAHORE: Senior analyst Prof Dr Aqdas Ali Kazmi has said the prospects of Pakistan’s economic survival are contingent upon two conditions namely doubling the tax-GDP ratio and completely over-hauling the expenditure priorities.

He was addressing a seminar on “The Federal Budget 2014-15 and Pakistan’s Economic Prospects” arranged by Punjab University Pakistan Study Centre. Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities Prof. Dr Massarrat Abid, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. Addressing the seminar, he said the total size of the budget of about Rs 4.0 trillion, 13.6 percent of GDP, indicated a squeezed fiscal space due to abysmally low tax effort at 9.7 percent of GDP. He said a small fraction was left for a host of social and economic services, civil administration, subsidies and overall development. He said that the government should keep health, education, industry, energy and water resources on priority. –Staff Reporter

In her presidential address Dr Massarrat Abid highlighted the major problems Pakistan had been facing for last several decades, emphasizing on the country’s imbalance in resources and her expenditures. She said the culture of tax evasion and the growing debt needed to be dealt with on top priority basis by the leadership. The lecture was followed by a question-answer session shared by the faculty as well as the students of the Pakistan Study Centre.

Dr Malik to chair ICEIMB moot



Punjab University Dean Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences Prof Dr Ehsan Malik has gone to Toronto, Canada to participate in the 27th International Business Research Conference 2014 and ICEIMB 2014: International Conference on Economics, Industrial and Business Management” 2014  which is being organised this week.

Dr Malik will not only chair academic session but has also been requested to participate as program chair in International Conference on Economics, Industrial and Business Management  from June 16 to June 17 at University of Toronto. Delegates from all over the world are participating.