LAHORE - Traders have rejected the governments directives regarding closure of markets, commercial centres, plazas and shops at 8:00pm across the City on Friday and continued their business even after 9:00pm. Most of the shops in the provincial metropolis remained opened as businessmen and shopkeepers refused to close their business in the areas of Moon Market, Icchra, The Mall, Hall Road, Liberty Market, Yateem Khana Chowk, Shahdara and other areas in the City. The traders and shopkeepers talking to this scribe said that they were already facing losses in their businesses on daily basis due to the massive loadshedding and this new decision of closing business at 8:00pm would intensify their miseries. They said the government should provide electricity to the people instead of making futile plans about saving energy with the closures of business activity at their peak hours. On the other hand District Coordination Officer Sajjad Ahmad Bhutta himself tried to force the shopkeepers for closing their business at 8:00pm on The Mall, which was strongly rejected by the businessmen. The DCO ordered the staffers of the related department to disconnect the supply of electricity of the shopkeepers and traders who were not ready to shut down at 8:00pm. DCO Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta said that the traders would not be allowed to continue their business after 8:00pm even with generators or UPSs. Talking to representatives of traders associations, CNG stations and hotel owners on Friday, he said special teams had been constituted to ensure implementation on energy conservation plan in their respective areas. The DCO during his visit announced that the shopkeepers would be arrested who did not close their shops and businesses by 8:00pm. Ceremony Al-Khawrizmi Institute of Computer Science, UET will hold certificate distribution ceremony to graduates of Huawei UET Telecom and IT Centre (HUTIC) providing GSM technology on Saturday (today) at 2.45pm.