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Railway minister calls on Punjab CM LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique called on Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Raiwind on Monday.The minister invited the Punjab Chief Minister to visit Pakistan Railways and see its working and provide guidance to overcome its problems.Khawaja Saad Rafique said the Punjab government would provide financial assistance in sport activities of the Pakistan Railways.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2013 ...

Minister concerned over trains delay LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday expressed great concern over delayed arrival and departure of trains.Presiding over a meeting at railways headquarters, the minister directed the railway officials to overcome the problem besides improving the condition of the Pakistan Railways.The meeting discussed rationalization of fares on different sections and the signalling system. It also discussed how to man all unmanned level-crossings. Pakistan Railways (PR) has restored the service of Awam Express ...
Nandipur case adjourned for three weeks ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned hearing of Nandipur Power Project case for three weeks while issuing notice to the Attorney General for assisting the court on the matter.A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed heard the case.The Chief Justice remarked that the court had to see that who caused the delay in completion of the project.However, Mian Israr, counsel for Babar Awan ...
Hajj quota cut not on Government Scheme: Religious Ministry ISLAMABAD: The 20 percent Hajj quota cut has not been imposed on Government scheme pilgrims and all 86,021 successful applicants would go to perform Hajj this year, said an official of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Monday.Talking to APP, he said, the cut in government scheme pilgrims would have inflicted huge losses to the government as 125 buildings, having capacity to accommodate 87,882 Hujjaj, had already been hired.The total rent of the buildings ...
Pervaiz Rashid hopes recent agreements with China would be turning point for Pakistan's economy ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says the government wants to address issues pertaining to energy‚ economy and security on priority basis. In an interview‚ he said that all energies are being used to resolve serious problems of the country.The minister hoped that the agreements signed with China during recent visit of the Prime Minister would be turning points for Pakistan's economy. He said the PML- N government favours talks with Taliban for peace in the ...
CNG stations move LHC against safety inspections LAHORE: A number of CNG filling stations has approached the Lahore High Court (LHC) against a decision of their safety inspections.In their petitions, they submitted that Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and the Explosive Department were both putting pressure on them by claiming their authority for inspection.Despite paying fees to both departments, station owners are threatened with licence cancellation, they added. They pleaded the court to determine the department which had third party inspection ...
LB polls in cantonment areas: ECP asks Defence Ministry for legislation RECORDER REPORTISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday directed the Ministry of Defence that it needed legislations for enabling the commission to hold local body elections in cantonment boards.The last elections in cantonment boards were held in October 1998 and the cantonment boards have been without public representation for 14 years. Pakistan People's Party government had granted a one-year extension to 31 cantonment boards in 2012 which would expire on May 5 this ...


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