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CJ takes suo moto notice on exploitation of water by mineral water cos.

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday took suo moto notice on the exploitation of water resources by mineral water companies.
The chief justice took the notice while hearing a case regarding the Katas Raj and directed the authorities to submit data regarding water usage by the companies at night.
Attorney General for Pakistan and all advocate generals would convey the directions to all the mineral water companies, the chief justice remarked.
“Mineral water companies are acquiring water free of cost after installing turbines and then selling it at exorbitant prices,” he remarked.
“Water is very precious for us and we will take all possible measures to preserve water,” he added. The case will be heard on Saturday in the SC’s Lahore registry, the CJ remarked.

 

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4.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Lahore

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Landslides leave dozens missing

LAHORE: A minor earthquake of 4.1 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted the provincial capital and its adjoining areas on Sunday.
The tremors were felt in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Sahiwal, Okara, Kasur and other areas. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the epicenter of the earthquake was 24 kilometers east of Lahore near Pak-India border at 20 kilometers depth.

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5-Day anti-polio drive from Sep 24

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polio eradication campaign

RAWALPINDI: A five-day anti-polio drive would commence in the entire district from September 24.
During the campaign,2181 polio teams would go door-to-door and administer polio drops to 840,000 children less than five years of age, Chief Executive Officer (CEO- Health) Dr. Khalid Mehmood told the Media. He said staff deployed for the campaign has been issued special instructions and informed that no negligence in this regard would be tolerated.
Dr. Khalid said that 287 fixed centers and 287 transit points have been designated for the purpose. Moreover, he added that 217 Union council Supervisors and 448 area in charges have also been deployed for it. Sufficient quantity of vaccine is available, and no stone will be left unturned in our efforts to make the campaign a success.
The CEO
said Polio is a National issue and it is the responsibility of all to play an effective role to make the country Polio free
The CEO urged the citizens, particularly the parents, to come forward and play their role in the elimination of the crippling disease from society. “The parents should cooperate with the special teams so that the set target could be achieved.” He said continuous efforts were being made to control polio. Special teams have also been formed to cover areas from where complaints about unattended children are registered, he said, adding that special arrangements have also been made to cover Cantonment Board areas of Rawalpindi.

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PM for indiscriminate action against corruption!

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LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday directed the officers of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department to take indiscriminate action against corruption and expose the corrupt elements.
Chairing a meeting of the Directors of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department here during his visit, the prime minister said the government was prioritizing the revival of public trust on government departments that had been undermined by the corruption.
He viewed that the corruption was one of the major reasons behind the current economic condition of the country. The country had been dragged to the debt-trap by executing some of the projects in the past which had not been aimed at public welfare rather get the kickbacks.
The prime minister directed the anti-corruption department to improve its working and assured them of government’s all-out cooperation in their crackdown against corruption.
He also directed the department to reform the prosecution system as he desired them to support the poor man who is oppressed everywhere.

Relevant: Prime Minister Imran Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police had been reformed by depoliticising it which later had also won the public trust.
He said the PTI had earned double the votes of the previous election because the provincial government had reformed the institutions by establishing the meritocracy.
He said it was the police that had rendered huge sacrifices for the elimination of terrorism and revival of peace.
The prime minister assured the audience that the government would give the government servants record space to let them work independently and without any political pressure. He also advised them to value and not to waste the opportunity.
He said the professionalism disappeared when the police got politicized and recalled an instance when a police officer in Hafizabad had been found electioneering for the PML-N.
The prime minister said the government needed the civil servants’ support to change the mindset and provide relief to the masses.
He, however, also warned of strict action against the officers who would violate the officials’ discipline and recalled that two district officers and a police officer had gone to the public instead of complaining to their top hierarchy against the politicians.
He said the political opponents of the PTI had spent around Rs 151 billion on advertisements during last five years whcih could not work and contrarily the PTI got double the votes.
Premier Imran Khan said despite an end to the colonial rule, the colonial mindset could not be changed in the country as was evident from the luxurious lifestyle of the rulers.
He said the PM House of a debt-trapped country owned a fleet of 80 luxurious vehicles and 524 servants contrary to the 10 Downing Street of UK where the rulers lived a simple life.
He advised the district administration to improve the working of police stations in their jurisdictions to provide relief to the poor and also suggested to hold open courts to address public complaints.
The prime minister said complaint cells would be established at PM House as well as the Chief Minister House to respond to the complaints of the common man.
He admitted that the government servants were drawing the salaries far below the standard but added that the country was going through the tough circumstances and the pay structure would be improved with the betterment of the situation.

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