Freight train launched to link Istanbul with Tehran, Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: A freight train service was inaugurated here on Tuesday with an aim to boost trade between Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati, along with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, inaugurated the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) freight train at Margalla railway station. Ambassadors of Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan were also present … Continue reading Freight train launched to link Istanbul with Tehran, Islamabad

Two men arrested for harassing woman police constable in Lahore

LAHORE: The Lorry Adda police arrested two young men for harassing a woman police constable at the Greater Iqbal Park here on Sunday. The constable (A) was discharging her security duty at the park when two suspects harassed her and passed derogatory remarks. A police official said some of her male colleagues, who were also on duty at the park, immediately overpowered the two suspects … Continue reading Two men arrested for harassing woman police constable in Lahore

Shortage of beds at hospitals affecting treatment of sick children

PESHAWAR: Shortage of children beds at government hospitals has been affecting the health of patients requiring specialised care as they are being referred from district hospitals to medical teaching institutions unnecessarily, according to paediatricians. They said that referral of children from different districts caused shortage of space in tertiary care hospitals in Peshawar. Pakistan Paediatrics Association (PPA) wants the district level hospitals not to refer … Continue reading Shortage of beds at hospitals affecting treatment of sick children

Pakistan, Oman take part in navy exercise

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy and Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) participated in a bilateral naval exercise titled Thamar Al Tayyib 2021 (TAT-21) in the North Arabian Sea. The exercise included participation of surface and air units, besides Special Operations Forces from both navies. The Omani Navy Task Group comprised RNO ships Al Dhaferah and Al Seeb and Royal Air Force of Oman’s maritime patrol aircraft. During … Continue reading Pakistan, Oman take part in navy exercise

Yet another online taxi driver found murdered in Lahore

LAHORE: Yet another online taxi driver was allegedly kidnapped and killed in Manawan police jurisdiction here on Sunday. The police said the body of the driver, Ashfaq Ahmad (42), was recovered with a bullet mark from a drain after some locals spotted it and called them. A police official said, Ashfaq was allegedly kidnapped by unidentified suspects from Sattokatla area a couple of days back. … Continue reading Yet another online taxi driver found murdered in Lahore

Sehat card to be launched in seven divisions next month, says Buzdar

LAHORE: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has said the government is launching a historic welfare scheme of Naya Pakistan Sehat Card from the next month for seven divisions, while families in Dera Ghazi Khan and Sahiwal divisions have already been given the health card facility. In a statement issued here on Sunday, the chief minister said in the first phase of the scheme being launched next … Continue reading Sehat card to be launched in seven divisions next month, says Buzdar

Power companies seek 116pc higher fuel cost charges

ISLAMABAD: Despite 67 per cent power supplies from cheap domestic resources with static prices, ex-Wapda distribution companies (Discos) have sought almost 116pc increase — Rs4.33 per unit (kWh) — in fuel price adjustment for electricity they sold in November to grab around Rs36 billion additional funds. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has accepted their petition for public hearing on December 29 to examine … Continue reading Power companies seek 116pc higher fuel cost charges

Govt may rethink energy subsidy policy as misuse surfaces

ISLAMABAD: Amid major gas supply constraints, the government may have to rethink its energy subsidy priorities after coughing up over Rs80 billion per annum in handouts to the export industry in the last over three years as it found little connection between subsidies and export growth, with the textile industry even reneging on its side of the pledge. A senior government official told Dawn that … Continue reading Govt may rethink energy subsidy policy as misuse surfaces

KP local govt polls seem swinging away from PTI

• Unofficial, initial results show JUI-F leading on Peshawar mayor seat, other fronts • ECP postpones polls in some areas after violence • Bajaur suicide blast kills ANP workers; anti-merger mob attacks minister’s vehicle in Kohat; Karak clash leaves two dead PESHAWAR: In the first local government elections since the merger of tribal districts with Khyber Pakhtun­khwa, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) appeared to be … Continue reading KP local govt polls seem swinging away from PTI

SC ruling to help retired judges join ECP earlier than two years

ISLAMABAD: In a rare exercise of its power to “read in” the law, the Supreme Court has done away with constitutional bar on the appointment of retired judges as members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) before completion of two years after their retirement. The court in a detailed order on a petition challenging the Sindh High Court’s judgement of June 12, 2020 validating … Continue reading SC ruling to help retired judges join ECP earlier than two years