Four of a family arrested in connection with child girl murder

Police Wednesday arrested two brothers and their parents in connection with the killing of an eight-year-old girl. Police officer Rizwan Omar Gondal told reporters that the girl was murdered after being raped by both the boys, identified as Irfan and Rizwan. He said the boys, took the girl to their home from the street when she was playing. They raped and then strangled her with a piece of cloth, he said, adding that the next morning, they loaded the body into an auto-rickshaw and fled after throwing it on a road, the policeman said. He told the reporters that the parents connived at disappearning the body with boys. The parents have also confessed to the police their involvement in this incident. –Staff Reporter

Nightingale of Desert to be remembered

Legendary folk singer Reshma’s 4th death anniversary will be observed tomorrow (Friday). Reshma was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz . She was born in Bikaner, Rajasthan to Banjara family in 1947. She has sung “Laal Meri” at Shahbaz Qalander’s shrine and got fame and later titled as ‘Nightingale of Desert’. Some of her famous folk songs include "Dama Dam Mast Kalandar", "Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera", "Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol" and “Lambi Judai”.–Staff Reporter

Anti-polio campaign from 6th

Anti-polio campaign, postponed in Lahore due to trike of dengue and polio workers, will commence from November 06. Chief Executive Officer (Health) Dr Yadullah said that three-day campaign will conclude on November 09. More than 10,000 workers will perform the duty. As many as 4452 teams has been constituted including 348 at bus stations, railway stations, entry and exit points and basic health units. As many as 167 transit-teams will also perform duties. Chairing review meeting on Wednesday, he appealed the citizens to administer anti-polio drops to very child of the age of five years. Dr Yadullah said that in case of any complaint people may contact the helpline for support. –Staff Reporter

Singer moves court against FBR

The Lahore High Court on Wednesday barred Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) from taking coercive measures against singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for recovery of income tax. Justice Shahid Jamil passed the order on petition moved by Rahat and directed him to avail first available remedy in the law by moving an appeal before the FBR. The judge also ordered FBR officials not to take any coercive action against the singer till decision on his appeal and disposed of the petition. Earlier, the petitioner told the court he was regularly paying income tax but the bureau illegally froze his bank accounts and accused him of not paying the tax for year 2015-16. –Staff Reporter

Psychological trauma centre to be set up

The Punjab University Centre for Clinical Psychology will establish a psychological trauma centre for people facing psychological disorders due to domestic issues, calamities incidents of violence, terrorism, accidents etc. Addressing the ceremony, PU VC Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasir said that administration would facilitate in establishment of centre. The VC appreciated the performance of students and announced Rs50,000 prize for them. Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar said that there were just 380 psychiatrists in the country for the population of 210 million people. Also, the Punjab University Examinations Department has declared the results of PGD Diploma in International Affairs annual 2016. Detailed result is also available at PU website –Staff Reporter

Young lawyers object to new

syllabus for civil judge exam

A group of young lawyers on Wednesday objected to new syllabus for examination of civil judges scheduled for November 15. Both male and female lawyers marched towards the courtroom of chief justice and chanted slogans against the new syllabus. The protesting lawyers said under the Punjab Services Rules, the High Court had no powers to change the syllabus. “Our future is on stake after the high court changed old syllabus,” a lawyer said. Earlier, a single bench of the LHC sent a petition on the matter to chief justice seeking a request to fix it before that judge who had previously decided the same matter. Farhad Ali Shah, member of the Punjab Bar Council, had moved the petition against the new syllabus for the civil judges’ examination. –Staff Reporter

Rs77m food licence fee collected

The Smart Food Licensing System by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) for Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has so far collected Rs77 million food licence fee in 7 months. The system was launched in April. So far 38,424 applications have been received and 9,386 Smart Food Licence Cards were issued while remaining applications are under process. In order to maintain food safety standards it is mandatory for any food business operator of any scale to obtain license from PFA to legalise his business. A smartphone application, Punjab Food Authority developed by PITB is available for free download from Play Store on iOS and Android phones. Following necessary verification of the applicant, the bank concerned issues chip-based smart food licence card. A citizen can also lodge complaints.–Staff Reporter

Orange Line weekly briefing

More than 76 percent of the civil work, 26 percent electrical and mechanical work were done on Lahore Orange Line. This was informed during the weekly progress review meeting held Wednesday with Commissioner Lahore Abdullah Khan Sunmbal in the chair. General Manager NESPAK Salman Hafeez informed the meeting that progress on package-I from Dera Gujran, GT Road to Chuberji was 87 per cent, on package-II from Chuberji to Ali Town was 59 per cent, on Depot near Dera Gujran was 81.5 per cent while on Stabling Yard near Ali Town it was 78.5 per cent. Construction of a 185-m long bridge on railway tracks near parachute colony was now in final stages, which was expected to complete by the end of this month. Diesel turning locomotive have also been imported from China for using in case of emergency and pulling trains to the depot in case of any breakdown. These locomotives have been parked in Depot at Dera Gujran, the meeting was told. –Staff Reporter