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SC orders forensic audit of Nestle water operations!

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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.

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Removal of encroachments continues

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KARACHI: The anti-encroachment drive in the city entered the third week as many illegal shops and encroachments were removed in two of the famous city markets -Aram Bagh and Light House on Monday.
This was the second major action after the action taken by the anti encroachments staff around the historical Empress Market said a statement.
Nearly 350 shops in Aram Bagh Furniture Market and 450 shops near Light House razed by the anti encroachments staff with the help of heavy machinery.
The action was monitored by the Metropolitan Commissioner Dr Syed Saif ur Rehman who said that these illegal structures were being removed on the directive of the Supreme Court and no one would be allowed to take even an inch space illegally.
He said that a total of 175 shops are registered with the Estate Department of KMC in the Aram Bagh Market and 297 are registered in the Lunda Bazar, which were divided and made 450 and 350 shops respectively by the shopkeepers.
He said that the district administration, rangers, police, cantonment boards, Sindh solid waste management board, SSGC, and K-Electric were also coordinating with KMC in this drive.

Relevant: Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar said that in the first phase of anti-encroachment operation, all hurdles and structures being removed from pavements and also from city drains. He said this while talking to a delegation of Sindh Tajjir Ittihad led by its chairman Jamil Paracha called on Mayor Karachi in his office on Monday, said a statement. He said that shopkeepers must not allow anyone to establish encroachments in front of their shops and markets. Traders associations submit a list of their markets and name and contact number of two focal persons so that the department concerned be advised to contact them before going to take action in such markets, he added. Representatives of different market associations on this occasion said that they support the action against encroachments and consider this good for the city.

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Restoration of Karachi Circular Railways

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Railways planning to sell around 10 commercial plots

KARACHI: City administration has started implementation work on the restoration of Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) as per directives of the Supreme Court.
In this regard, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shallwani visited all the KCR stations to inspect the condition of the tracks as well as platforms of the stations, said a statement on Monday.
He directed the concerned authorities to clear the bushes from the tracks and carry out the maintenance work of railway lines and get replaced the lines where it needed. Divisional Superintendent of Pakistan Railways Arshad Salam Khattak and Deputy Commissioners of all three districts concerned also accompanied.
The Divisional Superintendent of the Pakistan Railways briefed the commissioner about the action plan for the implementation they have made to start the service of KCR to the citizens. The restoration work should be undertaken on priority bases, he added.

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KU receives 12,135 admission forms 

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KARACHI: The University of Karachi (KU) has received as many as 12,135 admission forms for 1,767 seats of various bachelor and master’s programmes, the KU Public Relations Office informed today. 
The admission would be given on entry-test-based-results and the National Testing Service (NTS) would conduct written test on December 2. Along with the aspiring candidates of bachelor and master’s programmes, Doctor of Pharmacy (both morning and evening programmes) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (morning programme), are scheduled to appear in the entry test.
The written test schedule would be uploaded on official websites of KU and NTS. The websites are www.uok.edu.pk and www.nts.org.pk respectively. The KU would also inform the candidates through Short Message Service (SMS) and electronic mail (email). The KU would upload the link of admit cards, which would be provided by the NTS so that candidates could get printouts of their cards. Meanwhile, the entry test of the department of visual studies would be conducted at the department of political sciences at 10 am, on November 25.

The Vice Chancellor, KU, Professor Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan expressed his gratitude that candidates did not face any kind of difficulty this year while submitting their online admission forms. “We are receiving positive feedback about the recently launched online admission system on the Campus.” He said that some sort of difficulties may occur whenever the new task is initiated but our topmost priority was to provide better and standard services to the candidates. “Due to this online admission system, the candidates were not bothered to stand in long queues.”  The KU VC believes that this system would further improve and more facilities would be provided to the candidates next year.

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