A memorandum signed by around 1,200 people including women has been sent to the Punjab chief minister for early local bodies elections so as to solve the people's problems at local level.

The signitaries of the memorandum mentioned the Constitutional Articles 32 and 140-A under the 18th Amendment to the 1973 Constitution in favour of their demand. They demanded early announcement of a date for the LB elections in Punjab.

"LG system is the best way to promote and strengthen democracy so the government should hold the LG elections in the province to provide some relief for the masses for solution of various problems," said the people belonging to all walks of life during a signature campaign.

Around 1,200 political and religious activists, minority representatives, candidates, social, cultural and literary figures, women, students, traders, lawyers, workers and journalists signed the memorandum.

PML-N leader Syed Tabish Alveri, PTI district president Farzand Ali, Ch Tariq Majeed, Ch Javed, Muhammad Tasleem, Kausar Parveen and Khalida Parveen were prominent among the signitaries.

Syed Tabish Alveri, ex-MPA, was of the view that the government fully believed in public rights and well aware of the importance of LB elections.

RS56M SCHOLARSHIPS: The Higher Education Commission has announced to offer scholarships worth Rs56 million to 540 deserving/talented students of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur for higher education.

This was disclosed by IUB Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar during interviews for the selection of deserving candidates in this regard.

The vice-chancellor appreciated the HEC's announcement and termed it a healthy sign for the bright future of the deserving students as less developed areas need such support more than the posh areas. Deans Dr Memona Ghani, Dr Asghar Hashmi, Dr Faizul Hassan Nasim, Zulqarnain Malik and other senior faculty members were also present.