جدید تعلیم میں لیپ ٹاپ مددگار ثابت ہونگے، مریم نواز


مسلم لیگ ن کی رہنما مریم نواز کا کہنا ہے کہ میاں نواز شریف کا قوم سے وعدہ ہے کہ وہ معیشت کو مضبوط کریں گے اور تعلیم کے شعبے میں بہتری لے کر آئیں گے۔کنیرڈ کالج لاہور میں طالبات کو لیپ ٹاپ دینے کی تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے مریم نواز کا کہنا تھا کہ 21 ویں صدی سائنس اور انفارمیشن ٹیکنالوجی کی صدی ہے۔ جس میں جانے کے لیے جدید تعلیم کو سیکھنا ضروری ہے لیپ ٹاپ اس میں مددگار ثابت ہوں گے۔ مریم نواز کا کہنا تھا کہ طالبات کو ماضی کی طرح ہتھیار نہیں معلومات کا ذخیرہ دے رہے ہیں۔ خواتین کو معاشی لحاظ سے مضبوط کرنے کیلیے تین ماہ کے بعد اینڈوومنٹ فنڈز دینے کا سلسلہ شروع ہو جائے گا۔
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سلمان خان کے بعد شاہ رخ خان بھی باڈی گارڈ بن گئے


با لی ووڈ کے با ڈی گا رڈ تو سلما ن خا ن ہیں لیکن کترینہ کیف کے با ڈی گا رڈ شا ہ رخ خان بن گئے ہیں ۔ یہ عہدہ شاہ رخ نے اس وقت سنبھا لا جب وہ کترینہ کے ساتھ اپنی آنے والی فلم کی شوٹنگ مکمل کر واکر لند ن سے ممبئی ائیر پورٹ پر پہنچے ۔ اس موقع پر شا ہ رخ نے کترینہ کو لو گو ں کے ہجوم سے بچانے کا کا م بخو بی سر ا نجا م دیا اور لا ؤنج سے گاڑی تک پو را وقت نہ صرف کترینہ کے آگے آگے چلتے رہے بلکہ اپنے ہا تھوں سے لو گوں کو کترینہ کے قریب آنے سے بھی روکا۔

مہران بینک اور حبیب بینک تحقیقاتی رپورٹس گم ہوگئیں، اٹارنی جنرل


اٹارنی جنرل مولوی انوار الحق نے سپریم کورٹ میں بیان دیا ہے کہ مہران بنک اور حبیب بنک کمیشن کی تحقیقاتی رپورٹ گم ہو گئی ہے ، چیف جسٹس نے کہا کہ یہ عام معاملہ نہیں ، رپورٹس کا بندوبست کریں ،چیف جسٹس نے اٹارنی جنرل کو حکم دیا کہ آئی بی سربراہ سے بات کریں اور آدھے گھنٹے میں پنجاب حکومت گرانے کے لیے 27 کروڑ جاری کرنے کی وضاحت کریں۔ چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چودھری کی سربراہی میں تین رکن بنچ اصغر خان کیس کی سماعت کر رہا ہے ، چیف جسٹس نے کہا کہ دونوں رپورٹس اہم ہیں جن میں یونس حبیب کی سرگرمیوں کا ذکر ہے انہیں نظر انداز نہیں کیا جا سکتا۔۔ چیف جسٹس نے اٹارنی جنرل سے کہا کہ رپورٹس گم ہو گئیں ہیں تو خود ہی اس کا کوئی بندوبست کر لیں ، وہ خود ہی بہتر جانتے ہیں کہ علاج کیا ہے، عدالت بہت سنجیدہ ہے، یہ عام معاملہ نہیں، ، جسٹس طارق پرویز نے کہا کہ یہ رپورٹ عوامی اثاثہ تھی، کیسے گم ہو گئی ، جسٹس خلجی عارف نے استفسار کیا کہ رپورٹس کی گمشدگی کا ذمہ دار کون ہے؟رپورٹس دراصل اپنی جگہ موجود ہوں گی ، آپ چھپانا چاہ رہے ہیں،چیف جسٹس نے اٹارنی جنرل کو ہدایت کی کہ وہ آئی بی کے سربراہ کو عدالت بلائیں اور انہیں کہیں کہ وہ پنجاب حکومت گرانے کے لیے27 کروڑ روپے جاری کرنے سے متعلق وضاحت کریں، یہ 1990 کا دور نہیں ، تمام ایجنسیوں کو عزت کا خیال کرنا چاہیے، انٹیلی جنس بیورو کے صوبائی بیورو بھی حکومت گرانے کے لیے کام کر رہے ہیں ، عدالت نے اٹارنی جنرل سے جواب طلب کیا تو انہوں نے پیر تک مہلت مانگ لی جس پر چیف جسٹس نے کہا کہ انہیں پندرہ دن دیئے گئے تھے ۔ آئی بی سربراہ کی تردید یا وضاحت نہ آئی تو اخبار کی خبر کو درست سمجھا جائے گا، آئی بی کے سربراہ کو پوچھ کر بتائیں کہ پیسے کس کو دیئے گئے، جسٹس خلجی عارف نے کہا کہ ہاتھ وہ چھپاتا ہے جس کے ہاتھ گندے ہوتے ہیں۔

تیزی سے کے گرتے بالوں کا مکمل علاج ممکن ہے۔۔۔۔


سر کے کم اور گرتے بالوں کے بارے میں طبی ماہرین کا کہنا ہے کہ یہ مرض عورتوں کے مقابلے میں مردوں میں زیادہ اور کم عمر سے شروع ہو جاتا ہے۔ یونی وسٹی آ ف پنسلوانیا کے سائنس دانوں کی تحقیق کے مطابق مردوں کے سر کے وہ حصے جو گنج پن کا شکار ہو تے ہیں وہاں ایک خاص قسم کا پوٹین پی جی ڈی ٹو کی وافر مقدار موجود ہو تی ہے۔

گنج پن کا شکار سروں میں اس پروٹین کی مقدار بالو کے مقابلے میں تین گناہ زیادہ ہوتی ہے ماہرین کا کہناہے کہ اس پروٹین کے باعث اکثر مرد وں کے بال گر نے شروع ہو جاتے ہیں ۔تحقیقی ٹیم کے مطابق اگر پی جی ڈی ٹو کی مقدار ادویات کی مدد سے معمول کے مطابق کر دی جائے تو گرتے بالوں کو روکا جا سکتا ہے ماہرین کا کہنا ہے کہ اس کاص پوٹین کی دریافت کے بعد گج پن کا علاج مکمل طور پر کیا جا سکتا ہے۔

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کراچی: پیرا میڈیکل سٹاف کی ہڑتال کا ساتواں روز، ایک اور بچہ جاں بحق


کراچی میں پیرامیڈیکل سٹاف کی ہڑتال ساتویں روز بھی جاری ہے۔ نیشنل انسٹی ٹیوٹ آف چائلڈ ہیلتھ میں احتجاج اور ہڑتال کے باعث ادارے کے متعدد وارڈز میں کام بند ہے جبکہ ایک اور معصوم جان احتجاج کی نذر ہو گئی اور اپنوں کو سوگوار کرگیا۔

قومی ادارہ برائے اطفال کے احتجاجیوں کے مطالبات تو معلوم نہیں کب تسلیم ہوں گے تاہم ہسپتال میں کام بند ہونے کی وجہ سے شہریوں کو شدید مشکلات کا سامنا ہے۔ وزیر صحت سندھ ڈاکٹر صغیر احمد نے نرسز اور پیرا میڈیکل سٹاف کے تمام مطالبات کو تسلیم کرتے ہوئے انہیں جلد حل کرنے کی یقین دہانی کرائی تھی تاہم عملے نے ا سے ماننے سے صاف انکار کردیا۔

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2M viewed oldest handwritten Holy Quran


Nearly two million people from all over the world have viewed China’s oldest hand-written copy of the Holy Quran in the museum in which it has been housed since 2009.

Guarded day and night by an elder of Salar ethnicity, the historic multi-volume religious work is found in the Hand-written Quran Museum in Jiezi Mosque in Salar autonomous county of Xunhua, China’s only Salar autonomous county.

“This is our treasure, one of the world’s most well-preserved hand-written copies of the Holy Quran,” said Nurimani, the prized exhibit’s 60-year-old guard,whose Muslim group is credited with bringing this copy to the region around China’s Yellow River.

NKorea test fires short-range missiles


North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its west coast, believed to be part of a test to upgrade capabilities, said news reports published on Friday, quoting South Korean military officials.

North Korea has raised tensions in recent weeks by announcing it would launch a rocket to put a satellite into orbit, but regional powers are urging Pyongyang to drop the plan, saying it would violate U.N. Security Council resolutions.

North Korea launched two short-range missiles believed to be surface-to-ship missiles from its west coast Thursday morning, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted government officials as saying.

“The launch is believed to be to upgrade missile capabilities and not related directly to the North’s long-range missile launch,” the newspaper quoted a military official as saying.

Reclusive North Korea has said it is merely sending a weather satellite into space, but South Korea and the United States say it is a disguised ballistic missile test.

The North has said the launch would take place between April 12 and 16. The planned launch, which has even drawn criticism from ally China, will mark the 100th birth anniversary of state founder Kim Il-sung.

Shutter down strike in Quetta today


A Shutter down strike would be observed here today (Friday) in protest against the killing of eight people in various firing incidents.

The burial of eight victims would take place today.

On Thursday, some unidentified miscreants opened fire at a vehicle, killing at least five people including a woman and injuring several others at Spini Road in Quetta, deceased were on a car coming from Hazara Town to Quetta.

The incident fomented restlessness among the citizens. Some angry people going on the rampage, opened fire which killed a policeman on the spot and police post was torched by the protesters.

The protesters entered into a school and set fired the girl’s school however the students along with their teachers left stranded at the torched government school located at Barori Road.

The case of policeman killing has been registered. Police have also arrested three accused Ghulam Yahya, Zulfiqar and Abdullah.

Hazara Democratic Party and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party announced to observe strike on Friday. Awami National Party, Tahafuz e Azadaraan council, Balochistan National Party, Jamhuri Watan Party also supported the strike call.

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Section of Tax Ombudsman website hacked


A section of the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) website has been hacked by Indian hackers on Friday.

The hackers have hacked the home page of the FTO website titled ‘About FTO’ which is currently displaying Indian heroes, Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev pictures.

The web page also shows ‘Hindustan Jindabad’ and ‘Jai Hind’ with a couplet and an email address.

SC declares RPPs contracts void ab initio, orders action against Raja


The Supreme Court (SC) has termed the agreements of Rental Power Projects (RPPs) unlawful and held Ministry of Finance, Wapda, Pepco as well as Gencos responsible for inflicting huge losses to the national exchequer, Geo News reported.
The SC also ordered legal action against former water and power minister Raja Pervez Ashraf during whose tenure these projects were approved/set up.

The verdict of corruption in the RPPs was announced by the SC today that was reserved on December 14, 2011.

The order asked the legislators to play their role in strengthening the sovereignty of the country.

The court said massive embezzlement was found in the affairs of Sharaqpur Power Plant, Reshma Rental Generation Company Limited, Karkey Rental Power Plant and Gulf Rental Power Project.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been directed to proceed against the responsible and submit report fortnightly.

On December 14, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry regretted that the government had committed so many blunders just to get 500MW of electricity and paid billions of rupees for a mere 207MW after three years.

The two-member bench of the apex court, comprising Chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, heard a suo moto case, along with two identical petitions, filed by Federal Minister for Housing and Works Faisal Saleh Hayat and PML-N MNA Khawaja Asif, alleging huge corruption in the awarding of RPP contracts.

The verdict

(i) Prior to the introduction of RPPs, the system of generation of electricity under the control and management of Ministry of Water & Power, WAPDA, PEPCO, GENCOs, etc., had sufficient potential to produce more electricity, but instead of taking curative steps for its improvement, including clearance of circular debt of the IPPs or resorting to other means of generation of electricity, billions of rupees were spent on BHIKKI and SHARAQPUR RPPs, which proved complete failure because the object could not be achieved as the shortage of electricity persistently continued, and yet more RPPs were installed;

(ii) The Federal Government/WAPDA/PEPCO/GENCOs had failed to control pilferage of electricity from the system because of bad governance and failure of the relevant authorities to enforce the writ of the Government.

Therefore, the Government is required to improve the existing system of generation and transmission of electricity, by taking all necessary steps, including clearing of circular debt, etc., so that electricity can be generated to the maximum capacity;

(iii) The contracts of all the RPPs – solicited and unsolicited, signed off or operational, right from BHIKKI & SHARAQPUR upto PIRANGHAIB, NAUDERO-I & NAUDERO-II were entered into in contravention of law/PPRA Rules, which, besides suffering from other irregularities, violated the principle of transparency and fair and open competition, therefore, the same are declared to be non-transparent, illegal and void ab initio.

Consequently, the contracts of RPPs are ordered to be rescinded forthwith and all the persons responsible for the same are liable to be dealt with for civil and criminal action in accordance with law;

(iv) On accepting the ADB’s report, 9 out of 19 RPPs were allowed to operate, details whereof have been mentioned hereinbefore. Subsequently, 6 out of 9 RPPs were discontinued either having been signed off or having failed to achieve the target COD whereas remaining RPPs, i.e., KARKEY, NAUDERO-I and GULF are functioning, but they are producing electricity much less than their generation capacity, except GULF which is producing electricity close to the agreed capacity. PPR (Piranghaib, Multan) has not generated electricity at all, although down payment was made to it, which has not been returned. As far as RESHMA is concerned, though it achieved partial COD, but the same was not accepted by NEPRA. BHIKKI and SHARAQPUR were paid exorbitant rentals in billions of rupees, but generation of electricity was much below the agreed capacity;

(v) The production from the RPPs is far below the maximum capacity agreed between the parties as per the terms of the RSCs, which is evident from the above charts. The cost per unit kWh is also on the very high side. These RPPs have not achieved target COD. The contracts of all these RPPs are not transparent, as it has been discussed hereinabove, therefore, the same are hereby ordered to be rescinded forthwith;

(vi) The Ministry of Finance, WAPDA, PEPCO as well as GENCOs are responsible for causing huge losses to the public exchequer, which run into billions of rupees by making 7% to 14% down payments to, and purchasing electricity on higher rates, from RPPs, therefore, steps are required to be taken to effect recovery of the amounts with mark up outstanding against the RPPs whose contracts have been signed off or who had failed to achieve COD within the stipulated time in terms of the performance guarantees;

(vii) The RPPs mode of generation of electricity has proved a total failure and incapable of meeting the demand of electricity on a short term basis. The cost of electricity so produced is on very high side and is not commensurate with the provisions of section 7 of the Act, 1997. As per latest report, KARKEY and GULF are producing only 31 to 81 MW and 51 to 61 MW at an average cost per unit kWh of Rs.35/- to Rs.52/- and Rs.18/- to Rs.19/- rupees respectively, as per information supplied in October/November, 2011, which also are subject to adjustment of fuel cost component and NTDC overhead transmission charges on account of which prices are likely to increase enormously. Thus, it is clear violation of the rights guaranteed to the citizens in terms of Articles 9 & 24 of Constitution and the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Power Act, 1997;

(viii) It is the constitutional requirement that every action of Governmental authorities should be aimed at socioeconomic development of the country. In terms of Constitution and Act, 1997, the NEPRA is mandated to safeguard the interests of the consumers, but the concerned officials of NEPRA failed to perform their duties diligently;

(ix) All the Government functionaries, including the Ministers for Water & Power holding charge in 2006 and onward and from 2008 to onward, during whose tenure the RPPs were approved/set up and Minister as well as Secretary Finance holding the charge when the down payment was increased from 7% to 14%, prima facie, violated the principle of transparency under Articles 9 & 24 of the Constitution and section 7 of the Act, 1997, therefore, their involvement in getting financial benefits out of the same by indulging in corruption and corrupt practices cannot be overruled in view of the discussion made hereinabove. Consequently, they are liable to be dealt with under the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 by the NAB;

(x) All the functionaries of PEPCO, GENCOs, PPIB and NEPRA along with sponsors (successful bidders) who had derived financial benefits from the RPPs contracts are, prima facie, involved in corruption and corrupt practices, therefore, they are also liable both for the civil and criminal action; and

(xi) The Chairman NAB is directed to proceed against all the persons referred to in subparagraphs (iii), (ix) & (x) above forthwith in accordance with law and submit fortnightly progress report to Registrar for our perusal in Chambers