PM orders setting up special units for provision of health cards

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday directed the federal and provincial governments and the State Life of Pakistan to set up special units to monitor the implementation of Sehat Sahulat Card programme. Chairing a review meeting on the historic

Zardari in Punjab

The PPP is making desperate attempts to revive its fortunes in Punjab. The party has been vanquished in the province and electoral politics is now polarized between the PTI and PML-N. The PPP, on the other hand, is trying to

Not Punjab’s culture

I once heard Maryam Nawaz say that when a man is frustrated, he uses a harsh tongue. She probably said this to appease her supporters. The result of her political upbringing was witnessed when one of her party MNA Shaikh

Secondary educational institutions reopen in Punjab, Sindh, and KP

KARACHI: All public and private educational institutions from secondary and above have reopened in Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday. The schools, colleges and universities have been asked to strictly implement the Standard Operating Procedures against COVID-19 to prevent

Chaudhry Nisar takes oath as member of Punjab Assembly

LAHORE: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan took oath as a member of the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday after the Assembly Secretariat found no stay order against his formally becoming an MPA. The estranged PML-N leader was administered the

PM praises performance of NAB, Punjab Anti-Corruption Department

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed satisfaction over the performance of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Punjab Anti-Corruption Department in the recovery of plundered wealth. In a series of tweets, the prime minister said both institutions were performing much

Water disputes

The water shortage crisis in the country is intensifying and has reached 17% due to the dwindling water flow in rivers. There is a conflict between Punjab and Sindh over the share of water while the Sindh Assembly witnessed ruckus

The return of Nisar

There is intense speculation over any winds of change in Punjab government. This has gained traction after the imminent return of former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and the formation of Jehangir Tareen’s like-minded group. Chaudhry Nisar is set

CM Buzdar reviews lockdown situation in Lahore

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Sunday visited several parts of Lahore without protocol reviewed the lockdown situation. The chief minister expressed satisfaction over the situation of lockdown in the city. He expressed gratitude to the business community for

Dr Yasmin Rashid hailed for fight against COVID-19 despite cancer battle

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has received praised on social media for fighting the coronavirus pandemic despite facing her personal struggle with cancer. Dr Rashid reportedly underwent breast cancer surgery five months back. The treatment was successful and

PM to lay foundation stone of South Punjab Secretariat in Multan today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Multan on Monday (today) where he will lay the foundation stone of South Punjab Secretariat During his day-long visit, the prime minister would announce 30 billion rupees development package for the city. He

Bed occupancy rate in Punjab public hospitals surges to 60%

LAHORE: The worsening situation from coronavirus has placed a strain on healthcare facilities as beds reserved for COVID-19 patients have been occupied by almost 60% across Punjab. Punjab Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department Secretary Barrister Nabeel Ahmed Awan said

CM Buzdar takes notice of missing vaccine doses from Lahore hospital

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has ordered an inquiry after some doses of COVID-19 vaccine went missing from a hospital in Lahore. CM Buzdar summoned a report from the health department and ordered an investigation into the missing vaccine

Eight family members killed in road accident near Burewala

LAHORE: Eight members of the same family were killed in a road accident in Burewala located in Vehari district of Punjab. According to rescue officials, an overspeeding truck hit a car near Kachi Paki Road Chak 463. The deceased including

Dozens of cases registered for not wearing masks in Lahore

LAHORE: Police have registered dozens of cases against people not wearing a face mask as authorities tighten restrictions and expedite action against the violation of safety precautions. The first case was registered on Sunday against a person at Islampura Police

Pakistan records 4,767 COVID-19 cases, 57 deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan recorded 4,767 cases from COVID-19 as the situation worsen from the novel coronavirus amid the third wave and more areas go under lockdown.   The latest statistics of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the coronavirus has

NCOC to deliberate on rising coronavirus cases in Punjab, KP today

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre will hold a special session today to review the alarming rise in coronavirus cases in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad. The session will be chaired by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad

Supreme Court orders to restore local bodies in Punjab

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has restored the local government system in Punjab and termed the Local Bodies Act 2019 in contradiction with the Constitution of Pakistan. A bench of the Supreme Court headed by CJP Justice Gulzar Ahmed, terming section

Govt to launch sub-urban housing scheme in Punjab: Shahbaz Gill

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill has said the present government has created an enabling environment for the promotion of housing sector in the country. Addressing a news conference, he said the mortgage financing facility

COVID-19: Smart lockdown imposed in various cities of Punjab

LAHORE: The Punjab government has imposed a smart lockdown in various cities across the province amid a rising number of coronavirus cases. The provincial government has imposed a lockdown in 16 areas of Lahore, 17 in Gujarat, 20 in Gujranwala

Punjab Police to introduce app for FIR registration

LAHORE: Punjab Police have decided to introduce a new app for monitoring all stages from application receipt to FIR registration to eliminate delays and create a hassle-free process. The app would initially be launched in Kasur as a pilot project.

Bilawal to meet Hamza Shehbaz, discuss in-house change in Punjab

LAHORE: After failing to dislodge Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has decided to oust Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. In this regard, PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will meet Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Hamza Shehbaz

Educational institutions in provinces except Sindh to open five days a week

LAHORE: Educational institutions in Punjab, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will now be open for five days a week as usual from today. According to details, normal classes of educational institutes have been restored in three provinces of the country for

Sarwar denies seat adjustment with PML-N in Senate polls

LAHORE: Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has dismissed the notion of seat adjustment with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the upcoming Senate polls on March 3. Speaking to media at a golf and social club, he said the PTI government

PM wants to see Lahore among developed cities: Firdous Awan

LAHORE: Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that overseas Pakistanis had been given lucrative investment opportunities for various projects as the role of private sector had been quite significant in the country’s economic

By-elections: Voting underway at four constituencies in Punjab, KP

SIALKOT: The voting process had commenced for by-elections in four constituencies including two vacant seats of the National Assembly (NA) and two seats of the provincial assemblies in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is holding

Punjab’s education minister tests positive for COVID-19

LAHORE: Punjab Education Minister Dr Murad Raas on Monday said that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and asked those who met him recently should also get themselves tested. The provincial education minister made the announcement on Twitter and prayed

Woman gives birth in hospital’s toilet after doctor’s negligence

LAHORE: In a recent bizarre incident,  a pregnant woman gave birth to a baby in a toilet of the hospital in Chunian Tehsil. The woman who delivered the baby on Sunday was admitted with labour pains to the THQ hospital

Doctor in Punjab forcibly sells newborn as parents fail to pay hospital bills

Tulamba: A doctor from a hospital in Punjab has reportedly sold a newborn baby by force after parents were unable to pay the hospital bills. As per the sources, a pregnant couple gave birth to a baby boy, however, poverty-stricken

Small dams to be constructed in Punjab

LAHORE:  An agreement to build small and intermediate dams in Punjab by the provincial government. According to details, Nespak and Irrigation Department have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to initiate the feasibility. It is an initiative to improve the