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PFA seals cafeterias of five Schools

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:42
Lahore:10 November:To enforce the ban on sale of energy and soft drinks in schools and colleges, Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Thursday checked 487 cafeterias of different schools and colleges across the province. Officials said cafeterias of three schools in Lahore and two schools in Gujranwala were sealed for using expired cooking oil as well as selling Gutka. They said warning notices were issued to 81 schools across the province, which included 29 from Lahore. Meanwhile, PFA teams checked food and milk sale points around Data Darbar while 20 chicken sale points were sealed in Tolington Market. They said seven food points were sealed for using unhygienic ingredients and fine was imposed on six food points on different violations.The news.Lahore

Canadian team visits GCUniversity

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:40
LAHORE :10 November:Guru Nanak Educational and Sports Society President Kalwant Singh and eminent Canadian journalist Santok Singh Mander called upon the Government College University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah. GCU Sikh faculty member Kalyan Singh Kalyan was also present on the occasion.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

King Edward Medical University Convocation

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:39
LAHORE:10 november:The King Edward Medical University (KEMU) on Thursday held its convocation at university’s Patiala Block. Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana was the chief guest, while Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Rafique was the guest of honor at the convocation. The KEMU acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Qazi Muhammad Saeed gave a welcome address, while Registrar Prof Dr Irshad Hussain Qureshi presented a list of successful candidates to the Chancellor. Incumbent and former vice chancellors of medical varsities, principals of medical colleges, senior professors and faculty members, students and their parents attended the convocation. The chief guest conferred gold medals to 13 students. A total of 288 medical graduates received their degrees, while 22 students got their M.Phil degrees. Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana emphasised the graduates about self-accountability as any irresponsible behavior during their duties might cost someone’s life. “The doctors must respect their oath and never deny treating the ailing humanity,” he said. He also congratulated the teachers and parents of the graduates. foreign investors: Provincial Minister for Industries Commerce and Trade Sheikh Alla-ud-din said Punjab government would protect foreign investors in Punjab. He was chairing a meeting at Industries Department’s committee room on Thursday. He lauded PBIT role in attracting foreign inventors to Punjab. PBIT CEO Jhanzaib Burana, Secretary Industries Dr Mujtaba Paracha and Deputy Secretary Moeed Aman attended the meeting. Jhanzaib Burana briefed the meeting that MoUs with US healthcare company Trigis Health LLC and Esscom and a Korean company had been signed. Trigis Company will build a 500 beds Hospital in Mohlanwal, Lahore and Esscom will build a plant in Punjab to reduce electricity problems. The minister expressed hope that PBIT would promote valuable communication and utilise their resources to increase foreign investment in Punjab.The news.LahoreMedical College in LahoreKing Edward Medical University

Punjab University will remain closed of Urs of Hazrat Ali Hajveri

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:19
LAHORE :09 november: Punjab University will remain closed tomorrow (Friday) on account of “Annual Urs of Hazrat Ali Hajveri (RA). However, PU’s Gujranwala and Jhelum campuses will remain open, according to a press release issued here on Wednesday.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Virtual university of Pakistan organised a prize distribution ceremony

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:18
LAHORE :09 november: Virtual university of Pakistan organised a prize distribution ceremony in connection with "student week" on Wednesday at Alhamra Arts Council. A large number of students took part in a number of final competitions which were held during the ceremony. According to a press release issued here, Dr Naveed A Malik, rector of Virtual University (VU), applauded the organisers as well as the student societies for arranging such lively activities. He said such activities were needed for promoting a healthy culture. He said that most important outcome of the student week was that now all students of the university across Pakistan were more united. He urged all those concerned to plan more extracurricular events in a manner that all students might participate equally. At the end, prizes were distributed by Dr Naveed A Malik among the winner students. Various indoor and outdoor competitions were held during the student week of the university. The contests included quiz, photography, software programming, short play, E-gaming, painting, singing, badminton, cricket, table tennis and debate. The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreVirtual University

Saadi, Iqbal equally popular event organised by Lahore College for Women University

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:05
LAHORE:09 november:Allama Iqbal Day is celebrated with equal zeal and fervor across Iran as well. Pakistan and Iran can collaborate in numerous academic areas like literature, art and research. This was said by Iranian academicians in an event organised by departments of Persian and Urdu here at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Wednesday, according to a press release issued here. Professor Ali Bayat and Prof Muhammad Kiomursi from University of Tehran, Iran exchanged their views on Iqbaliat and said that Allama Iqbal is one of the most popular poets in Iran and his poetry is part of curriculum in secondary and higher education in the state. Dr Humera Irshad, head of Urdu Department and Dr Faleeha Kazmi, head of Persian Department told the guest professors that LCWU has set up a chair for Iranian poet Firdousi in the campus. A library at LCWU, set up with the support of Iran, has a unique collection of research work over Iqbal and Firdausi. Both universities decided to unite their resources and expertise for promotion of Urdu Language and Literature and inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard. Vice-Chancellor LCWU Prof Dr Uzma, in her address, pointed out the basis of Iran-Pakistan relations and appreciated the cooperation and efforts of Iran regarding Pakistan’s integrity and development. She said both countries have common literary and cultural heritage. Sheikh Saadi and Allama Muhammad Iqbal are equally popular in both countries, she added.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

King Edward Medical University wins GCU declamation

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:00
LAHORE:09 november: A team of medical students from King Edward Medical University (KEMU) has won the 37th All Pakistan Allama Muhammad Iqbal Bilingual Declamation Contest, hosted by the Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS). According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, an eminent lawyer, Old Ravian and former federal minister, was the chief guest at the final round of one of the Pakistan’s biggest debating galas while GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah was also present. About 300 best orators from 70 educational institutions of the country participated in the two-day event. KEMU medical student Arsalan Ali Khan was awarded the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medal for the Best English Speaker of the event. The medal was initiated by the Government College former principal the late MA Khan with a donation of Rs 500,000 in 2007. Kamran Hussain Hashmi from Faisalabad Medical University (FMU) secured the second position in the English debates. After a close contest in the final rounds, Information Technology University (ITU) Lahore student Muhammad Hadi was adjudicated the best Urdu speaker of the declamation contest and awarded with the Dr Majid Nizami Medal initiated in 2013 by the university’s debating society in the honour of the eminent Old Ravian journalist. Enshal Javaid from DOW University of Health Sciences, Karachi clinched the second position in the Urdu debates. In the final round, the serious topics that remained closely contested by the teams were: “There can be no true revolution without the liberation of women”, “The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house”, “We all arrive by different streets, by unequal languages, at silence” and “It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage.” In the humorous category, the participants enthralled the audience with their wit and humour particularly on the topics: “To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.”, “The personal is political” “I seek only the chase and not the quarry” and “Happiness is the longing for repetition”. A Ravian orator, Saad Khan, closed the House with his memorable speech. However, the GCU Debating Society as host didn’t contest for medals. Addressing the prize distribution ceremony, Ahmer Bilal Soofi said: “I was here many times on the stage, when I was student, as a debtor and in plays here, and I am extremely happy to notice that the GCU Bukhari Auditorium has not lost its vigour; the quality of content, the confidence of speakers, the reactions of audience, the dynamism, the overall atmosphere and excellent managerial management skills of hosts, that’s what makes Bukhari Auditorium what it is.” The former federal minister believed that Ravians were given a mandate for excellence.” The emblem of GCU was inscribed with a torch, not a candle, which means each student of this great institution has the duty not only to spread the knowledge but also lead others in his respective field,” he added. Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah congratulated the winners of the competition, saying that debates taught students how to disagree with others while paying respect to their faiths and ideas. He congratulated GCU Debating Society Adviser Siddique Awan and his orators on their excellent performances in debates championships all over the year, saying they had undoubtedly proved themselves to be the most outstanding torch bearers of the university pride. Danish Schools: The students of Punjab Danish Schools excelled in “NAB Inter District Declamation, Essay Writing, Poetry & Painting Competitions 2017” by getting 20 positions. According to a press release issued, boys of Danish School Chishtian (Bawalnagar) secured first position in English declamation, English essay writing and painting, second position in Urdu poetry. Girls of Danish School Hasilpur (Bahawalpur) obtained first position in English drama, English essay writing and Urdu poetry while third position in Urdu drama, Urdu essay and arts. Boys of Danish School Hasilpur district Bahawalpur got first position in English essay writing, Urdu Declamation and arts while they got second position in Urdu essay writing. Boys of Danish School Fazilpur (Rajanpur) secured first position in Urdu declamation, English poetry and English essay writing while third position in Urdu essay writing. Danish Schools Authority MD Brig. (r) Aamir Hafeez congratulated the students and their teachers on their splendid performance. He said the students of Danish Schools are showing excellent performance in academics, sports and co-curricular activities.The news. LahoreMedical College in LahoreKing Edward Medical University

University of Health Sciences declares MDCAT result

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:56
LAHORE:09 november: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) declared the result of Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT), 2017 on Wednesday. According to a press release issued here, a total of 48,533 candidates appeared in the test held on October 29, out of which 61.74pc scored 60 per cent and above marks, 14.38pc scored 50 to 59 per cent whereas 11.55pc candidates secured 40 to 49 per cent marks. Kumail Ijaz, son of Ijaz Hussain, and Muhammad Shoaib, son of Hafiz Muhammad Ismail, shared the first position securing 1076/1100 marks each whereas Hafiz Nadir Murtaza, son of Amjad Hussain, and Farah Saeed, daughter of Muhammad Saeed Akhtar shared second position securing 1070/1100 marks each. The eligible candidates will compete for 3022 MBBS and 175 BDS seats available in open merit in 17 public sector medical and three public dental colleges, respectively. The admission forms for government medical and dental institutions will be available from November 10 to November 17 (including Saturday and Sunday). All those candidates who have secured 83.4 percent and above aggregate marks according to the PMDC’s formula will be eligible to apply for admission on open merit. The first selection list will be displayed on November 29 whereas classes in all public sector medical colleges of the Punjab will commence on December 06. The admissions form and prospectus will be available, free-of-cost, at UHS Lahore, Nishtar Medical University Multan and Rawalpindi Medical University Rawalpindi.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreUniversity of Health Sciences Lahore

Late Zamurad Malik’s book published

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:54
LAHORE:09 november:Late Zamurad Malik was a scholar, critic, poet and teacher of great distinction. He is the first and the only critic who wrote articles on Punjabi contemporary literature. He was very popular English teacher in Murray College and Islamia College, Sialkot before he came to Lahore in early 70s and brought a new vision into the criticism of Punjabi and Urdu writings. Fakhar Zaman, a close friend of Professor Zamurad, edited and published his unpublished work in the form of book titled “Zamurad Malik – Shakhsiyat aur Takhleeqat”. The book is dedicated to his daughter Qurat-ul-Ain Malik. The book contains his Punjabi poems, a couple of Urdu short stories and essays. Various distinguished writers like Khalid Hassan, Amin Mughal, Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Shahid Malik, Akhtar Mirza, Zamurad Malik’s wife Zareena Zamurad, Professor Ashfaq Sarwar and Fakhar Zaman have written articles on the personality, writings and talent of the great scholar Zamurad Malik. Fakhar Zaman in his write up about Zamurad Malik said he was an institution in himself, he was a multi-dimensional personality who was well versed in subjects like Philosophy, Palmistry, Astrology, Painting and even Tarotology. Zamurad has left indelible marks on criticism of Punjabi literature because of his fresh vision. He died in an early age but he will always be remembered for his integrity, commitment and caliber, Fakhar Zaman said.The news. Lahore

Punjab University Teachers Front condemned new policy of Govt

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:53
Lahore:09 november: Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), Punjab University Teachers Front (PUTF) and several office-bearers of PU Academic Staff Association (ASA) have condemned new policy and process initiated by the government for the appointment of vice-chancellors in public sector universities and warned the government of agitation. According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, FAPUASA Punjab Chapter President Dr Javed Ahmed, PUTF President Prof Dr Sajid Rashid, General Secretary Dr Mahboob Hussain, ASA’s treasurer Dr Azhar Naeem, executive members Dr Ayub Afridi and Naeemullah, in a joint press statement, said the composition of Search Committee and the whole process reflected that private sector was being promoted and public sector was being ignored.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Islamic banking workshop held at COMSATS

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:04
LAHORE:07 November: Center of Islamic Finance (CIF) at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, in collaboration with Department of Management Sciences (CIIT-Isb) and State Bank of Pakistan, organised a two-day event capacity building workshop on Islamic finance. The opening ceremony was chaired by Faculty of Business Administration Dean Dr Prof Khalid Riza. Profound Ulma Ikram, renowned bankers, and officials of takaful companies attended this workshop. Bank Islami Pakistan Supervisory Board Chairman Mufti Irshad Ahmad Aijaz was the speaker of the event. He discussed all the dimensions of Islamic banking and answered the questions of the audience. The closing remarks and certificates were given by Department of Management Sciences Head Dr Aneel Suleman along with Associate Head Dr Fahim Aslam. The vote of thanks was extended by CIF In-charge Dr Abdul Sattar Abbasi.Published in Daily Times, November 7th 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahoreComsats Institute of Information Technology

University of Veterinary Sciences ranked among top 10 by HEC

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:03
LAHORE:07 November: The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad ranked the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore among the top 10 universities, in terms of sports, for the year 2015-16. UVAS was ranked in seventh position for men’s sports and eighth for women’s sports. HEC ranked the universities on the basis of overall results of intervarsity sports championships for 2015-16. The events spread over 30 categories of sports for men and 24 for women. UVAS got 682 points in men’s sports among 95 universities and 507 points in women’s sports among 47 universities of Pakistan. In HEC’s previous sports ranking, UVAS secured 10th position in both men and women’s sports. In the latest ranking, the university improved three positions to advance to seventh in men’s sports and eighth in women’s sports. UVAS ranked among top Asian universities UVAS has already been ranked by the HEC among top 10 universities of Pakistan in overall ranking. It was positioned among the 301-350 top Asian Universities, as per QS Asia University Ranking 2018. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha congratulated the faculty, staff and students on this achievement. He said that the university’s motto of “Provoking Potentials, Producing Professionals’ had fast moved the varsity towards a multi-level education and skill development institution. He said this was made possible by using knowledge, resources and skills for human resource development. He hoped the university would continue its journey of progress and development in the future.Published in The Express Tribune, November 7th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahoreVeterinary University Lahore

Public schoolteachers demanded govt revise school timings.

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:02
LAHORE:07 November:Schools in the province have been asked to follow a health advisory due to increasing health-related problems caused by the thick cover of smog. Public schoolteachers have demanded that the government revise the school timings. In a letter issued by the Punjab School Education Department (SED), all schools of the province have been asked to follow preventive measures to deal with the smog. The letter, sent to all District Education Authorities (DEAs) Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), ordered following of the advisory issued by the Punjab health department. The letter stated: “The health department has already published the preventive measures for smog in newspapers. Therefore, the instructions given by the health department may kindly be circulated to all field formation and to schools for observing these measures.” The letter further gives instructions which include drinking eight to 10 glasses of water every day, reducing outdoor activities, closing windows and doors of rooms and using masks and handkerchiefs by all students, particularly those riding on bicycles and motorcycles. It also advised not to use fans in classrooms or houses and not burn waste material. The letter encouraged the wearing of eyeglasses during journeys, frequent washing of the hands, face, nose and eyes. It told locals not to rub their eyes and avoid drinking cold water or beverages. Meanwhile, teachers are also concerned over the thick blanket of smog in different cities and are demanding the government revise school timings due to low visibility and health hazards. “Our primary students are the most affected by smog and there is also a low turnout in schools.”Express News.Lahore

Computer courses for traffic wardens

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:00
LAHORE:07 november:Lahore Chief Traffic Officer Rai Ejaz Ahmed said City Traffic Police (CTP) is being equipped with latest technologies. With the collaboration of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), computer courses have been started at Arfa Karim Information Technology Tower for paper-less working. Initially 120 traffic wardens would be trained in this course. These wardens would serve as duty officers and ticketing officers at important places. Duty roasters, order books and traffic arrangement programme would be sent online in all offices of City Traffic Police through the computerised system. He said the computerised system will not only improve the performance of traffic wardens but also be a time saving initiative. OPC: Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab has reclaimed Rs 11 million of an expatriate Pakistani. OPC Punjab Commissioner Afzaal Bhatti said that Gulzar Asmat Mirza, settled in the United Arab Emirates, lodged a complaint that he gave Rs 20 million to Muhammad Nasir of Okara district for business purposes. After one and half year, he demanded his amount back but Nasir refused to return. His complaint was forwarded to OPC Okara office. DIG Agha Yousaf made effort and reclaimed Rs 11 million in cash from Nasir. He would pay the remaining nine million in three months. Gulzar Asmat Mirza thanked the OPC team.The news.Lahore

Director for Punjab Lee Swanson visited Govt College University

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:59
Lahore:07 november: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Director for Punjab Lee Swanson on Monday visited the Government College University (GCU) Lahore to identify areas of cooperation for youth development. According to a press release, Lee Swanson held a detailed meeting with GCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah. Faculty deans Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid and Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed were also present.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreGC University Lahore

Lahore College for Women University and PCSW MOU

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:58
Lahore:07 november:The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to unite their resources to promote women empowerment. LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Uzma Qureshi and PCSW Chairperson Fauzia Viqar signed the MoU. Senior staff from both sides attended the event in Syndicate Hall of the varsity. Under this partnership, PCSW and LCWU would organize six seminars in LCWU in each academic year. PCSW would support LCWU for the development of course content on women’s empowerment and provide resource persons for extension lectures for students of Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) at LCWU. WILL would undertake research on topics suggested by PCSW and PCSW would appoint WILL students at internships. LCWU students from the media studies department would promote PCSW events. Fauzia Viqar lauded LCWU’s role in empowering women through education. She said PCSW is an organization committed to women development through promotion of awareness and act as a bridge between the government and masses on gender issues. She said the MoU would be helpful to collaborate on various skill and development programmes to strengthen the human resource needs of the country.The news.LahoreUniversity in LahoreLahore College for Women University

PTI motion against education policy

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:54
LAHORE:07 november:PTI MPA Dr Murad Raas has submitted an adjournment motion in the Punjab Assembly secretariat against the government’s failure to stop students from leaving public schools in Rawalpindi district. Citing a media report, the PTI legislator said in 950 government schools, the Pindi administration was not able to enroll new students and failed to stop students to drop out, adding the number of school leaving students was on the rise. He submitted that this increasing ratio was mainly due to changing of educational polices on regular basis. Besides, the shortage of teachers and facilities like computers, classrooms, toilets were also reasons behind the dropout in public schools.The news. Lahore

Construction ofCholistan University of Veterinary Sciences to be completed

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:22
LAHORE:06 November: The Punjab government which had approved the establishment of a new university named Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (CUVAS) in Bahawalpur will be completed soon as construction work was nearing completion. Hunting allowed across province sans Cholistan The PDWP had earlier approved its PC-I amounting to Rs2,395 million and the government had already allocated 1,000 acres of land in Bahawalpur for the university. The work for land levelling has also been completed and boundary walls are being constructed to launch it very soon. Around four sessions of training of its staff, including teachers, in Turkey had also been completed. UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, who was a focal person for execution of the project, said the livestock sector was a source of livelihood and food security for the people in the country especially in south Punjab. The sector had enormous potential for economic growth of the country.Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in Lahore

PU newbies break in with artwork at the Shakir

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:17
LAHORE:06 November:An exhibition titled as ‘Subjective realities’ was organised where 19 recent graduates of Punjab University (PU) College of Art and Design showcased their works to the public at the Shakir Ali Museum in the city. One of the artists, Zeb-Un-Nisa Asad’s thesis revolved around the phenomenon of over-thinking. Explaining the concept that drove her artistic process, Nisa said that everyone had passed through variety of situations and challenges during their lifespan which had helped them become better and practical every time. She said that she had experienced many similar challenges due to overthinking for the past few years. Those experiences had influenced her process of thinking with a visible impact on her work, she added. Lahore-based artist, Sidra Saleem Tahir, said that her topic revolved around human skin, its form and fleshed gestures. ‘Karachi looks like Karachi again!’ “From our childhood, we start to look at features of skin as an identity of certain individual in life and I have gone through many changes,” she said. According to Sidra, her work was not related to any specific identity or character but was a general exploration of recreating the form and gestures of skin. Revisiting forgotten heritage through art at the Karachi Biennale Another artist Zaunaira Sultan said that her work was a series of events that depicted most of our lives. She said that it included the stages everyone went through, how they changed us and how we redeem ourselves from the evil living within us. “I believe that every person has another side, a side that no one knows about except for that person. We have all done things in the past but how we deal with that remorse makes us who we are,” she added. Visual artist Aaisha Younas said that she wanted viewers to visualise current state of the art monuments through her thesis work. “Overlapping of massive structure in place of old buildings has become our socio-political priority,” Aaisha explained. “It causes deconstruction and ignorance from maintaining our historical architecture and opposite ways of conserving them,” she said. Saba Tanveer’s art series “The other side” was about paintings representing the ignored aspects of social phenomena that one should look upon. Artist Farkhra Asif’s artistic practice revolved around figurative art, basing her work on skin and figure and its connection with male and female mentality. The exhibition concluded on Sunday, November 5th, 2017.Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2017.LahoreUniversity in LahorePunjab University Lahore

Govt to construct SPU Headquarters with Rs636.7 million

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:14
LAHORE:06 November: The Government of Punjab is going to construct Specialised Protection Unit (SPU) Headquarters at Tehsil Ladheikay Uchey, District Raiwind at an estimated cost of Rs636.7 million. The building will also have a training school, indoor firing range, barracks, quarter of guards and tube well chamber OHR reservoir. Traffic police chief tells people not to panic Documents available with The Express Tribune showed that the training school in the building will cost Rs39.5 million, indoor firing range Rs26.5 million, tube well and turbine Rs16.1 million, upper barracks at a cost of Rs137.8 million, HQ at an estimated spending of Rs39.8 million, quarter of guards Rs10 million, Office of DIG (SPU) wing at a cost of Rs35.7 million and stores at a cost of Rs18.9 million. Besides spending at the above mentioned infrastructure building, Rs27.7 million will be spent on 10% External Development Charges, 5.6 million on 1% Horticulture Charges, 23.4 million on Mega Project Charges, three million on WAPDA & Sui Gas Charges, 11.8 million on Consultancy Charges and 30.2 million on P.S.T charges. IG Khawaja lauds Motorway Police SPU was a specialised force created for protection of foreigners and CPEC projects. Official website of Punjab Police stated that Special Protection Unit (SPU) was created on 23/10/2014 as a dedicated unit for the security of foreigners working at different projects of national importance in the province. Protection of the premises and important persons notified by Provincial Police Officer, the persons on high risk as notified by the Government of Punjab or IGP/PPO also fall in the ambit of SPU as per SPU Act 2016. Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2017.Lahore

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