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SC chastises LHC registrar over judicial complex

LAHORE: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday chastised the Lahore High Court (LHC) registrar in the open court for misleading the authorities about the newly-built Multan Judicial Complex and told the authorities to move all courts back to the old sessions courts building within 10 days.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar held proceedings on a sou motu notice taken on Multan’s Judicial Complex issue at Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry. Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan were members of the bench. Lahore High Court Registrar Syed Khursheed Anwar Rizvi and District Judiciary’s Director General Akmal Khan appeared before the court on directions of the court. On the court’s query, Rizvi said he personally visited the judicial complex in Multan and pleaded the court to explain the position.
Construction of the Multan Judicial Complex began in 2005 on 1,000 acres of land on Mattital Road but started proper functioning on Nov 14 when all courts were shifted there from the old sessions courts building.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar who personally visited the judicial complex on Thursday observed, “There is no need for explanation. I personally visited it. Just answer queries of the bench,” he said. “You brought me wrong information last night,” the judge said.–FIDA HUSSNAIN

LHCBA to go for legal action against Sharifs

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Bar Association Thursday announced taking legal action against Sharif family over allegedly doing anti-judiciary speeches.
The bar leaders also gave seven-day ultimatum to Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah to step down over Model Town inquiry report. They raised the demands at a press conference here on Thursday. Bar Secretary Amir Saeed Rawn strongly condemned Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz for allegedly provoking public against the judiciary. He said that the Sharif should tender apology before the public.–Staff Reporter
“Bar is planning to serve legal notice on Sharif family if they don’t apology the public over their speeches,” the Secretary said. He also came hard on Lahore High Court Registrar Syed Khursheed Anwar Rizvi for his role to destabilize the relation between bar and bench.

PHC session on MSDS for hakeems

LAHORE: The Punjab Healthcare Commission held the first session on the minimum service delivery standards (MSDS) for Hakeems on Thursday.
The training, which was attended by 24 Hakeems, was meant to train them in the better patient-care, treatment methods, provision of medicines, rights of patients, infection control, administrative matters, human resource and usage of the information technology. The aim was to improve the tibb treatment by implementing the MSDS, which have been developed recently for their outlets.
In his opening remarks, Director Clinical Governance and Organisational Standards Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Salariya highlighted importance of such trainings for Hakeems.
Chief Operating Officer PHC Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan mentioned that the training was meant to improve quality of the tibb healthcare service on pattern of the allopathic and homeopathic treatments. “The PHC is the first independent organisation making efforts for improving the health service delivery in all fields.–Staff Reporter
To meet this end, the Commission is providing training to all health service providers and healthcare establishments, both public and private, on the MSDS,” he said, while highlighting objectives of the trainings which aimed at betterment of the treatment facilities, curtailing failures of the health administration, better arrangements for patients, professional and high-level treatment facilities, etc.

LACAS team wins debating contest in Croatia

LAHORE: LACAS’ Team Sondhi won one of the largest and most competitive international debating tournaments, the Winter Holidays Open 2017, held in Zagreb, Croatia.
LACAS selected the top three students from their prestigious interschool Sondhi International Debating Championship who went on to beat 96 teams from all over the world to bring home the cup.
The Sondhi International Debating Championship, Pakistan’s oldest debating tournament, is now in its 30th year. Every year, during this championship, three top students are selected, trained and funded by LACAS to go to a renowned international tournament. During the three-day Zagreb tournament Team Sondhi won 5 of 6 preliminary rounds, entering the elimination rounds ranked 4th and with the highest average speaker points of all. They subsequently defeated teams from Croatia, the USA, Sweden and Slovenia. The three speakers from Team Sondhi, Sarem Ahmed Khan Leghari, Wisha Jamal and Asmer Asrar Safi ranked 5th, 6th and 9th, respectively.
Speaking about the victory, Ali Irfan Anwar, head of LACAS Debate, said, “Much credit to my co-coaches, students, and credit to the school and the administration on a wonderful achievement. LACAS and Team Sondhi have made Pakistan proud,” he said.–Staff Reporter

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