HAFIZABAD - Due to the power cuts of up to 12 hours a day, powerloom owners and workers are facing starvation, Hafizabad Small Cotton Powerloom Industries President Yousaf Tehami said on Monday.

He said that the cottage industry was already in crises due to soaring prices of cotton yarn, but prolonged loadshedding had driven the owners to the verge of liquidation. He appealed to the government to take pity so that they could eke out a living for their children and families.

Preparations for Eid Milad in full swing: Preparations for the upcoming Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) are in full swing in the city and suburban areas. Different religious organisations have started decorating streets and thoroughfares with multi-colour flags and buntings. Workers of the Dawat-e-Islami have erected portraits of the Khana-i-Kaba and Masjid-i-Nabvi outside Akbari Gate.

Meanwhile, DCO Muhammad Asif and DPO Abdul Rab Chaudhry, while chairing a meeting of the District Peace Committee, appreciated local religious scholars for maintaining peace in the area.

They, however, urged them to ensure inter-faith harmony and keep a vigilant eye over suspected people to avoid any unwanted happening on the occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) on February 5. The DPO assured the participants of foolproof security. The clerics assured the administration of their efforts for maintaining religious harmony on the sacred day.

Rs0.6m batteries

burgled from

cellular co’s tower: Six bandits made away with batteries worth Rs0.6 million from the cellphone tower of a cellular company in Kaleki on Monday.

The bandits allegedly tied up the watchman of the tower, Saifullah, with ropes. Kaleki police are investigating.