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Namaz-e-Janaza of Kulsoom Nawaz offered!

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LAHORE: The Namaz-e-Janaza of Kulsoom Nawaz was offered here today that was attended by thousands, including politicians and party workers. 

After the Namaz-e-Janaza here body was taken to the Sharif’s sprawling palatial Jati Umra estates for burial at the private family graveyard. 

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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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Anti-polio campaign to start in Karachi from today

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KARACHI: Mass immunization campaigns, known as National Immunization Days (NIDs), would be started from today to administer anti-polio drops along with the supplement of Vitamin A to over 2.3 million children up to five years of age in all 188 union councils in the metropolis during seven days.
More than 9000 polio teams will perform their duties in the campaign, it was decided in a meeting chaired by Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Sualeh Farooqui, at his office, said a statement on Sunday. Briefing about security arrangements it was told the meeting that foolproof security arrangements have been made to ensure the security of polio teams. The meeting was attended among others by Municipal Commissioner KMC Dr. Saifur Rehman, all Deputy commissioners, all district and town health officers, officials of Police, Pakistan Rangers, Health
Department, Emergency Operation Centres (EOC). The Commissioner stressed the need to work with the focus based strategies addressing issues specifically in all areas.  He said that there is a great need to work for the improvement of micro plan and communication strategy. He asked the Deputy Commissioners to make all-out efforts to make the campaign result oriented. He urged the parents to cooperate with the polio teams to ensure their children are safe as a vaccine, given to them multiple times, can protect them for life. The Commissioner also stressed the need that efforts should also be made to administer polio drops to school going children of up to five years of age.
It was informed to the meeting that the Education department’s private school secretariat has instructed the concerned private schools to help the administration and cooperate with the polio teams in carrying out their duties for providing children the protection from the crippling decease. It was decided in a meeting that awareness campaign of teachers, as well as parents, would be initiated with the support of school administrations in coordination with the Directorate of the Private Schools. He said that polio eradication was a national cause and it would be the top priority of city administration to carry out its efforts for the elimination of poliovirus.

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MAJU, Azerbaijan’s varsity sign MoU for academic cooperation

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Fee-free university to open in Pakistan

KARACHI: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi (MAJU) and Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic cooperation with each other.
MAJU Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Dr. Kamran Azim and Rector, Khizar University, Dr.Hassan Niknafs have signed MoU.
This agreement is based on the reciprocity principle and expresses the genuine interest of both universities in exchanging students, scholars, academic information and dual degree programs, said a statement here on Sunday.
As per MoU, MAJU and Khazar University besides exchanging students and faculty/ staff will encourage the development and implementation of visiting scholars/tutors, cultural exchange, cooperative /collaborative research projects, cooperative (joint and double) degree and joint summer programs at respective campuses.  The term of this agreement shall be five academic years that is 2018 to 2023.
Both Universities will cooperate for short term training programs/ projects and service – learning programs, cooperative and exchange lecturing plans and lecture content, conferences and seminars, academic supervision of graduate /post-graduate students.
As per MoU in the event of students exchange, specific arrangement for payment of related expenses, including round-trip travel, board, lodging, tuition and health insurance will be agreed upon by both universities in advance.

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