LAHORE: The Supreme Court (SC) today ordered a forensic audit of Nestle drinking water operations.
The bench appointed Kokab Jamal as the forensic auditor and sought a report within 15 days regarding cost, rates, and others. The bench also ordered for checking the quality of all major mineral water brands. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, passed the orders while hearing a suo motu notice regarding the alleged exploitation of groundwater resources without any charges and its fitness for human consumption.
At the outset of proceedings, the chief executive officers/ representatives of major mineral water companies appeared before the bench on being summoned. The chief justice noted that the companies were paying almost nothing as the tariff for extracting groundwater, but they were selling their bottled water at exorbitant rates.
He asked that the companies should sit with the government and decide an appropriate rate, adding that the WASA board had already suggested an increase in the tariff. He said that Nestle earned six billion rupees in profit last year. Aitzaz Ahsan, on behalf of Nestle, requested for one-month time for submitting proposals on the matter.
However, the chief justice declined the request and ordered a forensic audit of Nestle mineral water and sought report within 15 days. He also observed that big societies including Bahria Town, which gets water from the ground, charges residents for the same. These societies do not pay anything to the government, he observed and added that the court would take up the case of big societies soon.
Anti-polio campaign to start in Karachi from today
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.
MAJU, Azerbaijan’s varsity sign MoU for academic cooperation
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.
President condoles with Amal’s family
KARACHI: President Dr. Arif Alvi Saturday visited the family of Amal, 10-year-old girl who was killed during an alleged police encounter, and offered his condolences with her father Umar Adil and the bereaved family.
The president, on the occasion, also directed the concerned departments to immediately investigate the incident, said a press release.
On August 13, during an alleged encounter between policemen and the muggers, Amal who was sitting in the back of her family’s car was fatally hit by one of the bullets in Akhtar Colony area.