In brief

Stage actor looted

Robbers on Wednesday deprived a local stage actor of his mobile phone and valuables at gunpoint on the Davis Road. Police sources said that Qaiser Piya riding in a car was going to a market when two gunmen stopped him at Davis Road. The robbers fled after snatching cash and mobile phone from the victim. The police were investigating the incident.–Staff Reporter


Couple robbed


Two motorcyclists held up schoolchildren at gunpoint and snatched away cash and gold ornaments from their mother in the Nawab Town police precincts.  Muhammad Saleem told the police that his wife was coming back home after picking children from a nearby school when the robbers intercepted her in the L-Block area. The robbers pointed gun at her children and fled after collecting cash and gold ornaments. The police reached the spot when the robber had escaped.–Staff Reporter


Population research moot from 20th


Population Association of Pakistan (PAP) in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and Government College University (GCU) Lahore is organising a three-day research conference from December 20 at Bukhari Auditorium of the university. The 18th Annual Population Research Conference titled “Population Growth and Investing in Human Resource Development” will address the growth issues and its linkage with the sustainable development agenda, especially in the context of recent Population Census 2017.–Staff Reporter 


Minister counts anti-dengue feats


Minister Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Kh Salman Rafiq has claimed that the province has best dengue control system in the region and that time was not far-away when the health system would be up to international standards.  Speaking at a seminar arranged in connection with the Punjab Health Conventions Wednesday, he said that development in health sector at the level of district and tehsils headquarters was unprecedented in the history of Pakistan. Imran Nazir said that the government was reviewing regularisation of dengue workers.–Staff Reporter


Good news for PG trainees


Secretary of Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Najam Ahmad Shah has said that seats of postgraduate trainees would be increased according to the bed ratio of the hospital. Talking to delegation of Multan YDA (Reformers) led by Dr Mian Adnan at his office on Wednesday, he said that Nishtar Hospital-II would be established in Multan to cater the requirements of southern Punjab. Shah said that cadre of emergency department doctors would also be separated. He approved the setting up of Cath lab and angiography in the Nishtar Hospital. Moreover, 18-bed ICU would be established and additional ventilators also be provided.–Staff Reporter


Moonis worried about water


Pakistan may run out of water by 2025 if quick measures are not adopted now, said Pakistan Muslim League-Q leader Moonis Elahi. “Severe water shortage is already having negative impact on the country’s economic and health. The PML-N has criminally ignored water needs and allocated funds for the projects like Orange Line and Metro Bus, he said while addressing a meeting here Wednesday. According to a press release, he also quoted a recent study conducted by the Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources.

Moonis warned that by 2025 Pakistan water demand will have risen to 274MAF while its water supply will be down to 191MAF creating an unbridgeable water deficit of 83MAF.

He cited rapidly population growth coupled with poor water resource management, non-allocation of funds for building a sustainable water infrastructure and PML-N failure to prepare a comprehensive water policy as key reasons for the imminent crisis.

He also took swipe at the PML-N for its failure to develop consensus on the building of Kalabagh Dam.





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