Food minister pledges to protect farmers rights

Punjab Minister for Food Bilal Yaseen has pledged to continue surprise visits to sugar mills till the end of crushing season. He said that the government will leave no stone unturned for protection of rights of the farmers.  The Minister for Food was talking to representatives of sugarcane growers at Sugar Mills on Saturday.  He visited Hunza and Hussain Sugar Mills in Tehsil Chak Jhumra and Jaranwala and resolved the issues of growers of less payment on the occasion.   Adviser to CM Punjab Rai Haider Ali Kharal, ACs Sheheryar Arif, Afifa Najia, police officers and other officers were also present.   Bilal Yaseen said that on the special instruction of CM Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, entire administration has mobilized to protect the rights of sugarcane growers and issues o less payment, cutting in weight are being resolved on the spot.   He assured the farmers of all relief from the government and directed the district administration to strictly follow weighing standards and issue CPR of Rs.180 per maund at any cost.  He stressed to take action against any role of middlemen.  –INP


Customs to help PU for conducting modern research

The Customs Department will facilitate the faculty and students of the Punjab University, an oldest seat of learning, for conducting research on modern scientific lines and study the Federal Board of Revenue trade facilitation concept being implemented across the country. It was decided at a meeting between Vice Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr. Muhammad Zakaria Zakar and Collector Customs (Appraisement) Lahore Muhammad Jamil Nasir held at new campus here Saturday. VC said that faculty, research scholars, Phd, M Phil and master students of Institute of Business Administration and Institute of Administrative Science and Hailey College need proper forum for carrying out research and practical study of various policies of the Pakistan Customs.  Collector Customs in principle agreed to facilitate the PU students in all sections of the model collectorate of customs Lahore and five Additional Collectors and 10 Deputy Collectors posted at various departments in city including at Dry ports Mughal Pura, Prem Nagar, Thokhar Niaz Baig will provide all sorts of assistance whatever required academically to them.  About practical exposure, Collector said that desirous faculty and students will be briefed on the spot how examination is conducted and how declaration of goods is checked and monitored.  VC said that a high level joint meeting of the Deans, heads of the teaching departments concerned  and Principal of Hailey College will be convened shortly to work out a strategy how PU can utilize this offer to maximum extent for help building confidence in students.  –INP


FJMU-PU pact on research

Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) and University of the Punjab signed an MoU on Saturday for collaboration in the field of research and curriculum development.  Vice Chancellors of both Universities- Prof Khalid Masood Gondal and Prof Zakria Zakar signed the document. As per the Mou, FJMU will provide advisory services and allow its faculty to act as a visiting teacher at the PU. PU will offer opportunities for education and research for the faculty development through short and long courses. Both the universities shall collaborate for improving quality of programs, curricula, examinations and research in the field of health sciences. –Staff Reporter