Mass Transit Train Plan For Rawalpindi

To overcome the transportation problems of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) presented a mass transit train plan to Punjab Governor Latif Khosa, which was highly appreciated.

Governor said that mass Transit Train system in Rawalpindi has become a need of the hour and project would be initiated soon after the consultation with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. He said that he will convince the Prime Minister to commence the project as soon as possible.


Weather Turned Into Wet

Monsoon is a blessing in hot days of summer. Seeing clouds in the sky make people to thank God. For last three days the intensity of heat has been decreased due to rain in various parts of the country and it may rain for next few days as well.

MET department forecasts rain for next 36 hours and on the same side Flood Forecasting Division is also reporting low flood in the Indus at Tarbela, in the Kabul at Naushera and the Ravi at Balloki. Scattered thunderstorm/rain is also expected over Kashmir Lahore, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi divisions.

Roads and streets are immersed in rainwater and supply of electricity is also affected in different area. On the other hand the two provinces Sindh and Balochistan continued to face hot and dry weather.


Life Exists On Other Planets

A Russian scientist and astronomer predict that life exists on other planets and we will find that in another 20 years. Scientists expect humanity to encounter alien civilizations within the next two decades.

Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Applied Astronomy Institute, was quoted that 10 percent of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth. If water can be found there, then so can life, he said, adding that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head. “They may have different color skin, but even we have that,” he said.


Flood Measures on Approaching Monsoon

Monsoon has started and yesterday night had a first heavy rain which caused the reduction in severe hot. But if we look to the areas where the flood had created a huge destruction last year are still in danger. The Government of Punjab has taken few measures to control the situation after heavy rain in monsoon.

District Flood Relief Committee is formed and Additional collector Nadir Khan Chattha has been given added charge as district flood relief officer (DFRO). Lahore district is protected from flooding by the Shahdara and Sharqpur bunds on the right side and by Mehmood Booti on the left.

Fifty-eight “sensitive points” in the district have been identified. The main source of flood warnings will be the Irrigation Department and the police wireless setup. Wireless sets will be installed at Ravi Gauge Station and Ravi Siphon and they will relay information on discharge levels at Jassar, from where the water takes about 36 hours to reach Shahdara.

The Lahore Electricity Supply Company (LESCO), Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL), Solid Waste Management (SWM), Rescue 1122, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), the Parks and Horticulture Authority, Civil Defence, town municipal administrations, and livestock and health officials have also made flood contingency plans.

The executive district officer (health) will plan for and organise emergency centres for medical care during floods in the area under his jurisdiction. He will arrange for vaccinations and inoculations and ensure that supplies of antibiotics, oral rehydration solution (ORS) packets and anti-venom serum are adequate.


58th birth anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto

The 58th birth anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto will be marked in a befitting manner on June 21. The ‘Quran Khawani’ would be held on this very occasion and the ceremony would be held in Naudero. Blood donation camps would also be organized and the birthday functions would also be organized at the district level.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has paid rich tributes to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. He said that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto always remained committed to the welfare of the poor people. and President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani are carrying forward the mission of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

Sindh Women Development Minister Taqueer Fatima Bhutto and Sindh Electric Power Minister Shazia Marri also paid rich tributes to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.


Kalma Chowk Flyover, Unrealistic Deadline Affecting Quality

Deadline to finish Kalma chowk project is nearer and nearer and this unrealistic time limit pressurizing the workers and engineers. If this project would complete under stress then it would affect the quality.

Communication and Works Department’s Joint Action Committee chairman Engineer Safdar Raza told that Mughalpura overhead bridge was completed well in time under pressure from the chief minister but it contained many faults.

He said that Kalma Chowk was under immense pressure to meet the deadline of Aug 14 which was “technically and humanly not possible”. They were doing everything to meet the target under pressure from the government knowing  well that the time naturally required for ably constructing anything should not be compromised.


Shahbaz Sharif, The Richest Man of Punjab Assembly

On the property evaluation of our political leaders Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif found a richest member of the Punjab Assembly with assets of Rs489.64 million in the country and abroad.

His assets in Pakistan include a property in Murree worth Rs16.60m and agricultural property of Rs6.9m. He has shown an investment of Rs20.85m in sugar, textile and paper mills. He owns a gifted Land Cruiser worth Rs20.81m. He has secured mortgages of Rs146.25m and has liabilities of over Rs6m. He has Rs5.75m in bank account.

Mr Sharif has declared the value of his four properties in the United Kingdom at Rs175.6 million. His wife Nusrat owns a non-agricultural property of Rs177.20m and an agricultural land of Rs51.53m. Mr Sharif’s second wife Tehmina owns jewellery worth Rs5m and two cars.

Glance on property of other politicians

Abdul Qadir Gilani, son of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, has assets of Rs110.234m.

Chaudhry Moonis Elahi, son of former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi, owns properties worth Rs128.67m.

Sheikh Allauddin has assets of Rs1.10 billion, including investments of Rs333.64m in various commercial, financial and production units

Tariq Mahmood Bajwa has assets of Rs107.25m, including a flour mill worth Rs75m.

Speaker Rana Mohammed Iqbal has assets of Rs10.12m, including an immovable property worth Rs9.5m.

Ahmed Mujtaba Gilani, younger brother of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, has 23 acres of agricultural land worth Rs4.6m, 200 kanals of farmland worth Rs625,000 and a plot worth Rs141,667.

Rana Sanaullah has assets of Rs42m


Journalist Protests for Saleem’s Killing

The journalistic cadre Wednesday staged a sit-in to protest the dreadful killing of Shehzad who was kidnapped on 27th and found dead on 31st May 2011.

The protestors demanded an independent inquiry commission under the supervision of a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. They appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Choudhry to take a suo moto notice of the incident. The sit-in was organised on the call of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ).

A number of political figures participated in the sit-in and assured their ostensible cooperation. Pakistan Muslim League N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif termed the Saleem Ahehza’s killing the whole nation’s murder and demanded the authorities that the perpetrators be exposed and brought to the book. Journalist groups from different parts of the country kept joining the sit-in throughout the day. Every time they brought a new spirit to the protest. The protest was also attended by eminent personalities from print and electronic media. Famous anchorpersons joined the sit-in and conducted live transmission from the spot.


Longest Lunar Eclipse of 2011

Sky turned black when longest lunar eclipse of the history appeared last night and it remained for 100 minutes. People from different part of world enjoyed the worth watching scene. It was visible in eastern Africa, Middle East, Western Australia and Central and Southern Asia, including Pakistan.

The eclipse was the first full eclipse of 2011 and, at 100 minutes, was also the longest lunar eclipse in more than a decade. Although, clouds continued to be an unwelcome intrusion to many people, it was nevertheless, an experience to remember. Urbanites were at a disadvantage, since their view was hampered by both clouds and city lights, which is why, some devotees of sky life packed their bags and headed for the open skies for a more scenic vision. Nor were they disappointed, for during total eclipse when the moon’s light was practically non-existent, stars that would normally be dimmed shone down brightly at them.


Eight Wounded in Doctors Protest in Quetta

The doctors in Baluchistan have been on strike for the past couple of weeks to press the government to accept their demands. They want their salary and perks to be at par with those of doctors in the other provinces. At least eight doctors were injured today when police opened fire on their procession in Quetta while marching toward the Chief Minister’s residence.

One of the wounded doctors was in critical condition and at least 50 doctors were also arrested after police baton-charged and shelled the participants of the march.