LAHORE - Fire broke out at a noted Raheem Departmental Store in Allama Iqbal Town due to short-circuiting in power supply, as a result all the stock of goods available in the store turned into ashes. The storeowner Rana Azhar Abbas said that fire erupted in the store due to sudden return of power supply at 9am. Resultantly all tube lights and bulbs shattered owing to extra voltage of power, he added. He said that fire engulfed the whole store, causing a loss of hundred of thousands of rupees. However, fire brigade attempted to control the fire in tow hours, he added. Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan central leader Liaqat Baloch Sunday visited Raheem Departmental Store. He expressed sympathy for the loss due to fire outbreak. On this occasion he urged the government to investigate the fire incident and added that loadshedding and interrupted power supply were contributing a lot to this damage. Govt committed to set up computer labs at schools The Punjab government has allocated Rs5 billion in budget 2008-09 for the establishment of computer labs in government high and higher secondary schools of the province. A spokesman of IT Department said that with the addition of allocation for the establishment of computer laboratories, the total allocations for education sector in the budget 2008-09 would be over Rs27 billion. Similarly, the allocations for the computer education project would be reflected in the Annual Development Plan (ADP). The said project was not in budgetary proposals forwarded by the education department earlier, adding efforts in that connection were made following the announcement by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in which he had said over 4,000 public schools would be given facilities to impart computer education in the near future. The spokesman added that the announcement regarding the provision of computer education in all the high and higher secondary schools of Punjab was made by Shahbaz Sharif in his maiden speech after being elected as CM Punjab on June 8. Information Technology Department would fully cooperate and perform its duties in this regard, Spokesman concluded.