China machinery engineering corporation signed deal for indigenous coal in energy sector

A MoU was signed between the Punjab government and the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) for mechanical mining of indigenous coal in Salt Range here on Sunday.

Secretary Minerals Dr Arshad Mahmood signed the MoU on behalf of the Punjab government while Vice President Jingkai on behalf of the CMEC. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif . . . → Read More: China machinery engineering corporation signed deal for indigenous coal in energy sector

New National Hockey Stadium to be completed soon

The Shahnaz Sheikh Hockey Stadium in Rawalpindi will be ready to host international tournaments by the end of this year when an astrotruf and a pavilion will be constructed.

Talking to APP, Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh, who is also the national team coach, said the Punjab government . . . → Read More: New National Hockey Stadium to be completed soon

Protecting the democracy undemocratically

Determined to quell the protests of Tahirul Qadri and his supporters, the Punjab government — with, surely, the backing of the prime minister — has raised the stakes alarmingly.

A siege mentality combined with a reckless willingness to use the coercive power of the state against political opponents left the provincial capital, Lahore, in a . . . → Read More: Protecting the democracy undemocratically

Punjab world record attempt postponed due to security threat

LAHORE: The Punjab government’s attempt to set world record of singing national anthem by maximum people has been postponed due to potential security threat.

The provincial government sources revealed that there was red alert threat to easy and soft target of school and college children at the Punjab University New Campus venue.

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A major achievement for women of Pakistan’s Punjab

The provincial government, announcing to observe March 8 this year as Women Empowerment Day, has passed the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Bill 2013, at the Punjab Assembly.

The bill aims at giving more opportunities of socio-economic development to women and eliminating all kinds of discriminations against them.

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Local governments- a stage for political machinations?

By Sarah Eleazar

The upcoming local bodies’ election in Punjab has recently stirred a lot of controversy. The provincial assembly’s opposition benches have moved a petition against the Local Government Act 2013 claiming that holding party-less elections is a ruse by the ruling party to hijack the peoples’ mandate. It would turn the election in to . . . → Read More: Local governments- a stage for political machinations?

Punjab Govt supporting LeJ’s Malik Ishaq

Malik Ishaq enjoyed Punjab government’s financial assistance ever since the Sharif’s came to power in 2008, officials on condition of anonymity told The Express Tribune.

The accused terror kingpin belonging to banned Sunni outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), nominated in 44 cases in which 70 people were killed, allegedly received a monthly stipend, during imprisonment, from the Punjab . . . → Read More: Punjab Govt supporting LeJ’s Malik Ishaq

Elite schools in Punjab to reserve 10% seats for underprivileged students

By Mansoor Malik

LAHORE: The Punjab government has allocated Rs31.307 billion current and development budget for education sector for the financial year 2012-13, raising it by 15.35 per cent against current financial year allocation of Rs27.141 billion.

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Asma Jahangir reveals assassination threat

LAHORE: Human rights activist and prominent lawyer Asma Jahangir has accused “high-level security authorities” of having made a plan for her assassination. But she said at a press conference here on Tuesday that “I am not afraid nor will I leave the country”.

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Rs.38 billion unaccounted for by Punjab Govt

By  Anwer Sumra

The Punjab government is unable to explain where it has spent Rs38 billion, which is missing from its accounts for the current fiscal year, official sources told The Express Tribune.

The authorities are reluctant to reconcile the missing amount despite repeated letters of accountant general (AG), they said.

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