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  1. The muscular men, 40 former SSG commandos and 14 wrestlers, will prevent manhandling against PFA officials in crackdowns. Photo: Geo News file LAHORE: In a unique development the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Wednesday announced the recruitment of wrestlers and former SSG commandos to its team to ensure the safety of food inspectors during raids. The muscular men, 40 former SSG commandos and 14 wrestlers, will prevent manhandling against PFA officials in crackdowns, a spokesperson of the agency said. The decision was made after incidents of PFA officers being taken hostage by restaurants and food factories resisting raids became common. "We will send the former Special Service Group (SSG) commandos with the director general and directors to the field," the PFA spokesperson said, adding that the decision was taken after frequent misbehaviour with field teams was reported. "PFA's teams have been targetted and tortured many times in the past." The muscular bodybuilders' and commandos will be given a special diet in order to maintain their physiques, the PFA spokesperson added.
  2. More than 85 daycare centers had so far been established while more such centers would be set up during current fiscal year- AFP LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheed-ud-Din on Tuesday said the Punjab government is setting up daycares across the province to facilitate women. She was speaking at the inauguration of daycare centers at Government Degree College, Satellite Town, Bahawalpur and Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture Multan. The minister said the daycares are being set up under a phased programme. More than 85 daycare centers had so far been established while more such centers would be set up during current fiscal year, she said. Waheed-ud-Din informed the participants that working women hostels were also being set up in various districts for the benefit of working women.
  3. Smog reduces visibility in Punjab. Photo: File LAHORE: As smog has subsided to a great extent in the province, regular timings have been restored for both private and government schools that will begin at 8:15AM starting today (Wednesday). Earlier in November, the Punjab School Education Department ordered the school timings be pushed, with classes starting from 9AM instead of 8AM but ending at the same time, 2:30PM. The step was taken in view of the intense fog that blanketed Punjab as it had reduced visibility to an extent that commuting had become difficult for citizens. During the days that smog persisted, many accidents occurred on the main roads of Punjab vehicles collided with each other ? in most instances there were multiple ones bumping into each other. The low level of visibility had forced authorities concerned to close sections of the motorway early in the morning almost every day. The routes that would be closed included the ones from Babu Sabu Interchange to Kot Momin, Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and Faisalabad to Gojra. Accidents continue, flight operations suspended due to smog in Punjab One killed as six vehicles crash into each other near Pindi Bhattian The issue was also by taken up by Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, who had ordered the environment secretary to inform the court about steps being taken to control the smog. The chief justice had also asked the secretary of an action plan regarding tree plantation. He observed that hundreds of trees had been cut in Lahore due to urban development, which resulted in a rise in pollution level.
  4. MULTAN: Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Monday night took notice of an incident of abuse at the hands of police, suspending the officials allegedly involved, a spokesperson for the office of the government of Punjab said. After ordering an inquiry into the despicable incident wherein two police officers severely beat up an elderly couple outside the office of Multan Development Authority (MDA), Sharif suspended the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and Station House Officer (SHO). The spokesperson added that Sharif has set up a committee in this regard, demanding that a report on the details of the incident be submitted in 24 hours.
  5. Smog in the provincial capital this month crossed all the international benchmarks as PM2.5 level-AFP LAHORE: The Lahore Court on Saturday directed the Punjab government to prepare and submit a revised policy on the issue of smog in the province in three months. The court was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Sheraz Raza against the government?s failure to take effective steps to contain smog. LHC chief justice Mansoor Ali Shah in a written interim order chided the government for wasting time on collecting data instead of taking steps for citizen?s health. The order said that the smog index has reached a dangerous level in the province and directed the government to immediately implement the health emergency plan. Relevant departments should create awareness about smog among citizens and ensure practical steps to rid the province of smog, Justice Shah said. The order also directs the government to clarify the role of health and education departments in the revised smog policy, besides asking the Met department to issue smog score on its website. The court adjourned the hearing until December 18. Smog in the provincial capital this month crossed all the international benchmarks as PM2.5 level, which is termed the most dangerous pollutant in the air across the world, remained between 450ug/m3 and 500ug/m3 against the notified standards of 35ug/m3 per day. As per World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, the daily average level of PM2.5 should not be more than 10ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 25ug/m3 in a day whereas as per a gazette notification of the Punjab government, the daily limit of PM2.5 is 15ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 35ug/m3 per day.
  6. About 15 bullet-ridden bodies were recovered a day earlier from Buleda area of Kech district in Turba LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested three agents from Sialkot and Gujranwala on the identification of families of people killed the Buleda incident. About 15 bullet-ridden bodies were recovered a day earlier from Buleda area of Kech district in Turbat. The men were deceived by human traffickers that they will be taken to Europe through Iran. Turbat killing: Victims? families left devastated as bodies reach home About 15 bullet-ridden bodies were recovered a day earlier from Buleda area of Turbat's Kech district The FIA arrested Tanveer from Sambrial town in Sialkot on the identification of families of Zafar and Ghafoor, who were killed in the incident. Two more agents, Zafar Iqbal and Haider, were arrested after identification by the heirs of the Ghulam Rabbani and Zulfiqar. CM Shehbaz announces monetary help for heirs Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has condemned the Turbat incident and called it barbaric. He has also announced monetary help of Rs1 million for each family affected by the incident. Vowing to root out travel agencies involved in human trafficking, Shehbaz said that Punjab police will work with the FIA to bring the perpetrators to justice.
  7. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/513766e0ea9ac14a9b0aa6c28c0ba32f.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMTYvMjAxNyA4OjAxOjU1IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9V2drLzJRdis4c3ZkeEJGczFOVzlKZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] LAHORE: The chief justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) took notice of torture of special needs children in Punjab after more such videos emerged on Thursday, showing staffers manhandling children in Sialkot. The videos that emerged Thursday showed a bus conductor forcing a girl to sit on the seat for two persons, and later slapping her. According to Sambrial assistant commissioner, the bus in which the conductor is seen torturing children belongs to Government Special Education School Sambrial, Sialkot. The school bus is run on Daska-Sambrial route. The conductor seen in the footage has been arrested and a case lodged against him. Higher authorities have also suspended the school principal and driver of the said bus, and ordered an inquiry. Fresh videos show special needs children being tortured in Lahore The clips show school staffers torturing children with disabilities Taking notice of the incident, the LHC chief justice ordered deployment of two unarmed guards on the school bus. Earlier, two different video clips of torture of special needs children of a government-run institute in Lahore surfaced on Wednesday. At least two such videos emerged last month, in which bus conductors were seen torturing children of Gung Mahal School for the Deaf & Dumb ? a government institute in Gulberg. The videos had drawn public ire prompting authorities to arrest the staffers and produce them before a court, where both the parties had informed the judge that they had reached an understanding. One of the clips, which surfaced on Wednesday, showed a school staffer arguing with and torturing a child. The other clip showed a staffer scolding a girl. He is seen picking the girl up and forcing her to sit on a seat in the school bus. The staffer, in the footage, is later witnessed slapping the schoolgirl for leaving the seat.
  8. A view of the meetings being held at Punjab House. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is holding meeting with various party leaders, government officials and allies at Punjab House. After arriving back at the Punjab House from the accountability court hearing, the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) president held meetings with Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmud Khan Achakzai. Others that are involved in the consultations include National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, PML-N Chairman Senator Raja Zafarul Haq, Federal Railways Minister Saad Rafique, State Interior Minister Talal Chaudhry, State Power Minister Abid Sher Ali and Senator Jafar Iqbal, among other leaders. The consultations include talks on the new delimitation bill, that will pave the way for the general elections next year, the ongoing political and legal situation in the country, as well as Nawaz's plans to launch a 'mass mobilisation campaign'. Sources said Nawaz will address a public gathering in Abbottabad on November 19, which will be the first of a series of rallies. However, Nawaz requested today, and was granted, an exemption from appearance request from the accountability court as he has to travel to London to spend time with his ailing wife. The former premier was disqualified as prime minister on July 28 this year by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case. He is facing three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau in the accountability court.
  9. LAHORE: Dense smog persisted in different parts of Punjab on Wednesday despite the rainfall. Traffic continues to remain suspended on few parts of the motorway due to low visibility. Pakistan Metrological Department has predicted rain in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir today. Meanwhile, due to better visibility, the M-4 motorway from Faisalabad to Gojra has been opened for traffic, however, authorities have strongly recommended commuters to drive carefully on the road. Traffic continues to remain suspended on various roads, including few parts of the motorway, due to low visibility. Photo: Geo News However, the environmentalists have predicted that rain in plain areas of Punjab will reduce the intensity and duration of the persisting smog. The Punjab government has imposed Section 144 in the province, banning the burning of crops, tyres, and garbage until further notice in a bid to mitigate the effects of the smog. Smog in the provincial capital had crossed all the international benchmarks early this week as the level of PM 2.5, which is termed the most dangerous pollutant in the air across the world, remained between 450ug/m3 and 500ug/m3 against the notified standards of 35ug/m3 per day. As per World Health Organization standards, the daily average level of PM 2.5 should not be more than 10ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 25ug/m3 in a day whereas as per a gazette notification of the Punjab government, the daily limit of PM2.5 is 15ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 35ug/m3 per day. It is pertinent to mention that Environmental Protection Department was concealing data about air quality and pollutants present in it whereas the above-mentioned scary data was revealed by air monitoring laboratories established by the private sector.
  10. At least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured in the police action against PAT workers during an 'anti-encroachment operation' LAHORE: The Punjab government on Tuesday failed to submit the inquiry report on the Model Town incident in the Lahore High Court. The provincial government's counsel Khawaja Harris could not appear in the court due to other engagements, due to which the report could not be submitted. A full bench of the LHC is hearing the government's appeal challenging the release of the report. At the last hearing, the bench asked Harris if he has brought along the inquiry report, to which the lawyer replied in affirmative. However, later the court said that it cannot hold perusal of the report due to shortage of time. The court had directed the lawyer to bring the report on November 14 (today) so the bench could examine it. LHC dismisses Punjab govt plea against release of Model Town inquiry report Acting CJ Justice Yawar Ali recused himself from the full bench earlier today after which a new full bench was formed Lawyers of the victims of Model Town incident and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) opposed the appeal in the last hearing, and said the public has the right to know details of the report and those responsible for the violence. The victims? lawyers, including Azhar Siddique and Khwaja Tariq Rahim, said that 14 people lost their lives and 95 others got injured in the incident. They requested the bench to set aside the government?s appeal. The government on the other hand contends that the report could affect the trial proceedings on different FIRs lodged in the Model Town incident. On September 21, a single-member bench of the LHC ordered the Punjab government to make public the judicial inquiry report into the Model Town killings. The order was read out by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi while hearing a petition by the families of those injured in the 2014 clashes with police in Lahore to make the inquiry report public. The government in its appeal against the decision, had challenged the jurisdiction of the single bench to give its decision on the report, on the grounds that as many as eight identical petitions on the same matter were already pending before a full bench. In the appeal, the government said it was neither asked by the single bench to file any reply nor was put on notice on the matter, adding that it was also not given any opportunity to explain its position on the case. A full bench, however, dismissed the plea on September 25 and observed that the matter will be heard on a daily basis from October 2. At least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured in the police action against PAT workers during an 'anti-encroachment operation'.
  11. Fog has also seriously disrupted the residents? mobility as visibility has plunged to as low as 0Km. Photo: Geo News Over the past 24 hours, a number of road accidents occurred due to low visibility, claiming lives of two people and wounding dozens at Kasur. Traffic continues to be adversely affected due to the weather, especially at the Motorway. Moreover, a number of international and domestic flights have either been canceled or postponed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport. Flights to Karachi, Muscat and Doha have been canceled. One dead as smog continues to disrupt daily life in Punjab Smog has also seriously disrupted the residents? mobility as visibility has plunged to as low as zero from Multan to Khanewal Meanwhile, a rain system has entered Pakistan. Quetta, Chaman, Noshki and other adjoining areas of Baluchistan have received first rainfall of the winter season. Pakistan Metrological Department has predicted rain in Karachi, parts of Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. The environmental experts believe that the rainfall will clear the smog enveloping the cities. The Punjab government has imposed Section 144 in the province, banning the burning of crops, tyres, and garbage until further notice. Smog in the provincial capital had crossed all the international benchmarks early this week as the lever of PM 2.5, which is termed the most dangerous pollutant in the air across the world, remained between 450ug/m3 and 500ug/m3 against the notified standards of 35ug/m3 per day. As per World Health Organization standards, the daily average level of PM 2.5 should not be more than 10ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 25ug/m3 in a day whereas as per a gazette notification of the Punjab government, the daily limit of PM2.5 is 15ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 35ug/m3 per day.
  12. Fog has also seriously disrupted the residents? mobility as visibility has plunged to as low as 0Km on the routes from Multan to Khanewal-AFP MULTAN/LAHORE: One person died and six were injured in separate road accidents in Multan and Punjab on Sunday as smog continues to disrupt daily lives of the province?s residents. The smog has also seriously disrupted the residents? mobility as visibility has plunged to as low as zero on routes from Multan to Khanewal. According to the Motorway police spokesman, visibility near Lahore-Bahawalpur National Highway has plunged to 50 metres while various sections of the motorway have also been closed for traffic. Flight and train schedules have been affected in the province over the last three to four days due to the bad weather, presenting difficulties to passengers. On Saturday, over 60 flights were cancelled coming to and from the provincial capital. Multan was also blanketed by fog, forcing the delay of five flights to and from the city, including Doha, Sharjah and Dubai. According to the Met office, the province is expected to see rain and chilly weather from tonight, after which smog is expected to decrease. Stat Report: Just how bad is Lahore?s air? Lahore?s air is unsafe and toxic. But just how toxic, few of us know. Air pollution is a silent, invisible and, until now, an unbeatable killer. India?s Delhi is grappling with the same public... Smog in the provincial capital had crossed all the international benchmarks early this week as the lever of PM 2.5, which is termed the most dangerous pollutant in the air across the world, remained between 450ug/m3 and 500ug/m3 against the notified standards of 35ug/m3 per day. As per World Health Organization standards, the daily average level of PM 2.5 should not be more than 10ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 25ug/m3 in a day whereas as per a gazette notification of the Punjab government, the daily limit of PM2.5 is 15ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 35ug/m3 per day.
  13. A man rides a motorbike as smog surrounds Minar-e-Pakistan in the background in Lahore. Photo: AP Dense smog persisted in parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Saturday morning, however, the sky is likely to be cleared as the met department has forecast rain in both the provinces. According to the meteorological department, rainfall with thunder is expected Sunday night in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Islamabad and upper Punjab. The downpour is expected to clear the sky of smog that has affected visibility in many areas of the country, especially Punjab, causing a number of accidents. Moreover, the thick layers of smog in the atmosphere caused power lines to trip. The Punjab government also announced to push forward school timings in order to ensure children do not have to travel to school at an hour when air is most dense. Smog in Lahore has crossed all the international benchmarks as PM2.5 level, which is termed the most dangerous pollutant in the air across the world, remained between 450ug/m3 and 500ug/m3 against the notified standards of 35ug/m3 per day. As per World Health Organisation standards, the daily average level of PM2.5 should not be more than 10ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 25ug/m3 in a day whereas as per a gazette notification of the Punjab government, the daily limit of PM2.5 is 15ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 35ug/m3 per day. It is pertinent to mention that Environmental Protection Department was concealing data about air quality and pollutants present in it whereas the above-mentioned scary data was revealed by air monitoring laboratories established by the private sector.
  14. JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman calls on Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman called on Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif today. Both leaders, whose parties are allied in the centre, have rejected calls for early elections in the country. Referring to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shehbaz said those who could not do anything in their own province are making these bogus claims. He said the country is being damaged by the deliberate campaign of lies and accusations, adding that unity, faith and grace are needed now more than ever. Earlier today, PTI Chairman Imran Khan reiterated his demand for early elections. Imran reiterates call for early elections citing poor economic, governance indicators PTI chairman says with economic disaster looming and paralysis of government, early elections are needed In a tweet, the PTI chairman said: ?With economic disaster looming and a complete paralysis of governance, Pak needs early elections to save and strengthen democracy.? Imran in earlier tweets made references to a World Bank report on the state of Pakistan?s economy that was released on Thursday. The report raised alarms for Pakistan?s economy and predicted that inflation would increase to six per cent next year as it linked Pakistan?s bullish economic prospects with the continuation of reforms to address the current and fiscal account deficits.
  15. Pakistani motorcyclists ride along a street amid heavy smog in Lahore. Photo: AFP LAHORE/ PESHAWAR: Many areas of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa continue to remain enveloped in smog, leading to the suspension of traffic at the sections of Motorway road on Friday. In view of avoiding traffic accidents due to low visibility, the motorway (M1) is closed for traffic from the Peshawar to Swabi, (M3) from Pindi Bhattiyan to Faisalabad, meanwhile, heavy traffic is suspended on motorway (M2) section from Lahore to Lillah interchange. A number of domestic and international flights from and to Lahore have been suspended. Besides, train schedules have also been affected amid low visibility caused by smog. The trains have been arriving four to 13 hours later than their scheduled time. So far, accidents caused due to smog have claimed many lives and left a number of people injured in Punjab. On November 7, one person was killed, many others injured as vehicles bumped into each other in accidents caused Tuesday due to smog. Six vehicles crashed into each other near Pindi Bhattian, leaving one dead and six others injured. On the other hand, 20 vehicles collided with each other near Faisalabad-Sial road, injuring many. Smog policy Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has ordered the secretary environment to inform the court about steps being taken to control the prevailing smog, reported The News. The chief justice also directed the secretary to give the action plan regarding tree plantation. The chief justice observed that due to urban development hundreds of trees had been cut in Lahore which had contributed to pollution levels to exponential height. During the proceeding on petitions of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Lahore President Barrister Walid Iqbal and others on Monday, the chief justice directed the secretary environment Saif Anjum to appear within 30 minutes in the courtroom. Saif Anjum appeared and submitted notified smog policy signed by the chief minister. He said the law secretary had notified the smog policy in the official gazette. Moreover, six air monitoring stations have been made functional to determine how much India was contributing to smog spillover effects in Punjab. He said that at present there was no scientific data available to determine air pollution level. Petitioner counsel Sheraz Zaka had submitted that in 1952 the great smog was faced by London which thereafter implemented environmental laws and in 1956 implemented Clean Air Act 1956. He argued that in order to curb air and noise pollution during the tenure of Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, coal industry in entire Britain was closed off. He had said that in Pakistan, the reason behind the smog was the lack of enforcement of environmental laws and dysfunctional central laboratory in Lahore which is due to the negligence of Punjab environmental protection agency. He had submitted that the government had not taken any adequate awareness measures among the public.
  16. The two-day event has been organised by the government of Pakistan and Special Monitoring Unit of CM. Punjab. Photo: Punjab government/Twitter LAHORE: Around 1,110 athletes are participating in the 17th Punjab Special Olympics, which was inaugurated at Punjab Stadium on Wednesday. The two-day event, which has been organised by the government of Pakistan, seeks to broaden horizons of people with disabilities and focuses on their inclusion in the field of sports. The 1,100 athletes from all over the Punjab are defying all odds by participating in the event and showing their athletic skills at the provincial level. The athletes are participating in a myriad of different sports competitions including athletics, basketball, badminton, bocce, cycling, football, table tennis, powerlifitng and swimming. Model Mehreen Syed, who also attended the event, said in a video message: ?I don?t like using the term special children as I think there are children with special abilities. They deserve an equal right to life.? She added, ?I am so happy SMU [Special Monitoring Unit] and Punjab government took this initiative. Athletes from different cities are participating in the event. These athletes also need to be appreciated.? Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif had shared a vision of ?No Athlete Left Behind? at the ceremony for athletes with disabilities from Punjab before the Winter Games. The event will culminate on November 10.
  17. A thick blanket of smog engulfs Lahore - Online LAHORE: There has been a change announced for school timings in Punjab due to smog. The Government of Punjab announced via a tweet that starting Wednesday schools in the province will open at 9 AM and close at 2:30 PM till further notice. On Friday schools would be closed at 12:15 PM. Smog continues to create havoc in the province with accidents leading to the death of one person on Tuesday. Several flights leaving from Lahore have either been cancelled or delayed, while the motorway has been closed at some sections. Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has ordered the secretary environment to inform the court about steps being taken to control the prevailing smog. The chief justice also directed the secretary to give the action plan regarding tree plantation. The chief justice observed that due to urban development hundreds of trees had been cut in Lahore which had contributed to pollution levels to exponential height.
  18. A view of thick smog on a road in Faisalabad. Photo: APP/File LAHORE: One person was killed while over 15 were injured, including students en route to school, in accidents as commuters are having harrowing times manoeuvring their vehicles on smog-hit roads in different parts of Punjab. In Pindi Bhattian tehsil of Hafizabad district, a speeding car plunged into a drain. Subsequently, one person was killed while another was injured. On Kala Bagh Road in Mianwali, a school van and truck collided due to low visibility, according to rescue sources. The accident left many schoolchildren injured. Seven dead, over 45 injured in smog-related incidents over two days Smog has caused disruptions in flights, road traffic and led to tripping of power plants leading to increased electricity load-shedding in the country A van hit a tree in Muslim Kot, Bhakkar, leaving three injured, rescue sources said. The same number of people was injured when a truck hit a van in Chichawatni. Five, including two children, were injured when two motorbikes collided in Jahanian, Khanewal. Besides road accidents, the supply of electricity to many areas has been affected as power lines have been tripping due to dense smog. Smog: What role can you play? A guide on steps people can take to combat smog Due to various power plants being shut down, there is a likelihood of load-shedding increasing in the country. An emergency plan will be put into action to deal with the issues faced by power division, added a statement released by the power division. Residents of various parts of Punjab continue to face health and commutation problems as smog engulfs most parts of the province, including province's capital Lahore.
  19. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/a0b61c60de8695f192228471bb7d7ffc.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvNC8yMDE3IDQ6NTY6MDEgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT0yUXFyNDk5T1pYZTFXVFM4MlJ1bStRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] LAHORE: A blanket of smog continues to cover Punjab forcing road closures, flight disruptions and power outages. Over the last 24 hours, road accidents due to low visibility claimed six lives, leaving over 40 injured. Smog ? a chemical reaction that causes air to be significantly polluted and hinders traffic visibility ? has impaired traffic routes as well flight schedules. The M3 motorway have been closed for all traffic while the M2 has been closed for heavy traffic. Extremely low visibility - 15 to 20 meters - is creating challenges for drivers leading to accidents. Road accidents Ten people were injured in a road accident on the M2 motorway near Faisalabad on Saturday morning. Over the last 24 hours, six people were killed and dozens injured in various accidents. Five people lost their lives while nine were injured in Kamonki when a passenger van collided with a bus on Friday. A truck-bus crash on the motorway near Jalalpur Bhattian left one man dead and five others wounded. Smog affects country's power distribution system Four nuclear power plants, Chashma I-IV, have been shut down in addition to four other power plants producing 4,250mw of electricity A multi-vehicle accident on M2 motorway ? near Sargodha section and involving eight cars ? left 10 people injured. The wounded were subsequently moved to Kot Addu Hospital, rescue sources said. A passenger van slammed into a truck in Sheikhupura, leaving 15 people injured. All the wounded belonged to the same family. In Lahore, four people were brought to a local hospital after they were injured in a car crash. Four others were hurt after an oil tanker ran over a motorbike before bumping into a truck in Arifwala. Flight disruption On the other hand, some five flights out of Multan and Faisalabad were canceled due to the dense haze. Smog: What role can you play? A guide on steps people can take to combat smog Earlier, three international flights ? en route to Faisalabad ? were disrupted; they were consequently diverted to Lahore. The smog has also triggered the closure of multiple sections of the motorway, primarily during nighttime. Motorway police commented that the visibility had dropped down to only 25-50 metres at various places from Lahore to Bhera. Authorities have, therefore, advised citizens to be careful while driving on highways and strongly recommended the use of fog lights. Power outages Various power plants tripped due to smog, causing prolonged electricity outages in different cities ? primarily in Punjab. The Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) has announced to carry out hour-long, scheduled load-shedding every hour today. On the other hand, the duration of power outages in many cities of Sindh has also been extended. Govt to re-open oil plants to overcome power crisis after smog The unprecedented severe dense smog is posing serious challenge to the national transmission system and the Power Division, a press release said In order to curb the shortfall, the government has announced to re-open furnace oil-based power plants. The Chashma nuclear power plants which - according to the Atomic Energy Commission - were shut down due to a fault in the NTDC system, have also resumed producing electricity. Health issues The thick fog that is blanketing large parts of the province has disrupted routine life by causing adverse effects on the citizens' health. Many people ? especially the elderly ? have been forced to stay indoors since they experience difficulty in breathing, skin and eye irritation, and coughs. City-wise visibility as per PMD Jhang: 10 metres Faisalabad: 30 metres Multan: 50 metres Sahiwal: 200 metres Lahore: 300 metres Khanpur, Nurpur Thal: 500 metres Inter-city road visibility as per Motorway police Pattoki-Chichawatni section: 0-150 metres Mian Channu-Khanewal section: 0-50 metres Mian Channu-Multan section: 0-50 metres Mian Channu- Bahawalpur section: 0-50 metres Lahore-Kot Momin section: 50-200 metres
  20. LAHORE: At least six people have been killed and 37 injured in incidents resulting from heavy smog in several cities across Punjab, Geo News learnt Friday. Five people were killed in Kamonki after a passenger van collided with a bus on Friday. The incident left another nine wounded. A man was killed and five others were injured in a truck-bus collision on the motorway near Jalalpur Bhattian. Smog affects country's power distribution system Four nuclear power plants, Chashma I-IV, have been shut down in addition to four other power plants producing 4,250mw of electricity A passenger van crashed into a truck in Sheikhupura, leaving 15 people injured. All the wounded belonged to the same family. In Lahore, four people were brought to hospital, who were injured in a car crash. Four others were hurt after an oil tanker ran over a motorbike before bumping into a truck in Arifwala. Health issues The thick fog blanketing large parts of the province has disrupted routine life by causing adverse effects on citizens' health. Many people have been forced to stay indoors, especially the elderly citizens, as they face difficulty in breathing, skin and eye irritation, and coughing problem. Flight disruption The dense haze caused disruption of three international flights, which were en route to Faisalabad. The flights were diverted to Lahore because of less visibility. Smog: What role can you play? A guide on steps people can take to combat smog The smog has also been triggering closure of multiple sections of the motorway, primarily during nighttime. According to motorway authorities, the visibility has dropped down to only 25-50 metres at various places from Lahore to Bhera. Officials have advised citizens to be careful while driving on highways and motorway, and strongly recommended use of fog lamps. Visibility in different Punjab cities, according to the Met Office: Jhang 10 metres Faisalabad 30 metres Multan 50 metres Sahiwal 200 metres Lahore 300 metres Khanpur, Nurpur Thal 500 metres
  21. Smog engulfs most parts of the province, including provincial capital Lahore. Photo: Geo News1 Lahore: Residents of various parts of Punjab continue to face health and commutation problems as smog engulfs most parts of the province, including province's capital Lahore. According to Motorway officials, visiblity has plunged to 25 -50 meters from Lahore to Bhera, as as thick smog ? an unwanted by-product of fog and pollution ? continued to persist in the air. As many as 12 people have been injured in a traffic accident involving a tractor trolly due to smog at Vehari. The motorway police have issued instructions to drivers to reduce speed and switch on fog lights to avoid any untoward incident. What is smog? Smog, also known as ground-level ozone, is a thick yellowish black fog which suspends in the air. It is caused when air pollution, emissions and fumes combine with fog and sunlight, forming a thick layer of smoke-like film in the atmosphere. According to experts, emissions from industries and vehicles and cutting of trees worsen the phenomenon. Smog kills: Accidents in Punjab claim one life, injure 14 Seven cars bump into each other on Jhang Road in Faisalabad The Met Office has released a weather warning describing the smog ? comprising nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and other aerosols ? as a result of cold high pressure in the upper atmosphere. Suspended matter accumulates in the lower atmosphere, colliding with water vapour which causes a chain reaction that produces smog. People may experience short-term skin and respiratory conditions such as eye irritation, coughing, throat/chest irritation and skin irritation as a result of smog. Health experts recommend artificial tears for eyes as one way of dealing with smog. The public is also advised to adopt preventative measures such as avoiding the outdoors and using face masks when going out, especially young children, elderly and patients.
  22. People ride qingqis and motorbikes amid smog. Photo: File One person was killed while 14 others were injured in different road accidents on Thursday that took place due to low visibility caused by smog in Punjab. Both the accidents took place in Faisalabad. On Jhang Road, seven vehicles bumped into each other on a single spot as thick layers of smog blanketed the air lowering visibility. The accident left five people injured, who were taken to the hospital, according to rescue sources. In another accident, a motorbike hit a donkey cart killing one person and injuring another, according to the police. The accident took place on Kalyanwala Road in Mamukanjan town of Faisalabad. Others were injured in similar incidents in different areas of Punjab. As smog persisted across the province, low levels of visibility were recorded in many cities Thursday morning. According to the meteorological department, minimum visibility was recorded at 400 metres in Faisalabad, while in Lahore it was 300 metres. In Sahiwal and Toba Tek Singh it was 20 metres. Residents face mobility, health issues as smog blankets parts of Punjab The motorway police have issued instructions to drivers to reduce speed and switch on fog lights to avoid any untoward incident The motorway police have issued instructions to drivers to reduce speed and switch on fog lights to avoid any untoward incident. Chief Meteorologist Mohammad Riaz has attributed the lack of rain, pollution, smoke from vehicles, factories and burnt crops to the worsening smog situation in the cities. He said the pollution could only be washed away by rain or strong winds. Smog, also known as ground-level ozone, is a thick yellowish black fog which suspends in the air. It is caused when air pollution, emissions and fumes combine with fog and sunlight, forming a thick layer of smoke-like film in the atmosphere. According to experts, emissions from industries and vehicles and cutting of trees worsen the phenomenon.
  23. LAHORE: The rescheduled Medical and Dental College Admission Test 2017 is being held in examination centres across Punjab on Sunday. Students are taking the examinations in 28 centres of 13 cities of the province. It was learnt that around 41,000 female students and 24,000 male students are giving the test today. In Bahawalpur, more than 3,500 students are attending the test. Strict security measures have been put in place to avoid any untoward incident. Around the examination centres, Section 144 has been imposed. The candidates are not allowed to take along digital devices. Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah had said on Friday that intelligence officials, besides authorities concerned, will monitor the medical entry test in Punjab. Intelligence officials to monitor medical entry test in Lahore: Rana Sanaullah Medical and Dental College Admission Test 2017 is due on October 29 While speaking to Geo News in Lahore, the provincial law minister said it was unfortunate the papers were leaked despite the vice chancellor of University of Health Sciences Lahore being hired on merit. The medical entry test is on the same day as the T20 match with Sri Lanka in Lahore. Addressing the matter, the law minister had assured that the test would not be affected due to the match. An accused was caught in Multan, after the Punjab government submitted a report to the Lahore High Court mentioning that the employees of University of Health Sciences were found involved in leaking the papers for Medical and Dental College Admission Test 2017. The high court had declared the results invalid and demanded new test should be taken for the admissions, after which the test was rescheduled for October 29.
  24. LAHORE: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday directed party workers to prepare for elections saying they will fully compete in Punjab this time around. The statement was made during the PPP co-chairman's meeting with party ticket-holders from Sargodha at Bilawal House Lahore. "The PPP will form the government not just in centre, but in Punjab too, after the next general election," he said. Maintaining the past general election as "RO's elections", the former president said results of such elections only measure political parties' rigging of polls, not their popularity. He claimed to change the political scenario in Punjab ahead of the election. "A party having loyal workers cannot be defeated by anyone in fair elections." "Some noted individuals have been in contact with us and soon some major announcements will be made," Zardari added.
  25. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/ba1e487d5f72b48096c23c4ef559f63e.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMjIvMjAxNyA2OjQ5OjI2IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9QVdsNVFKZHl5eGxmR1dUYkZSTVJOdz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) member Nadeem Afzal Chan on Sunday admitted that they could not mobilise the party in Punjab the way they were supposed to. The statement by the former PPP Punjab secretary general came days after he resigned from the party post. Speaking on Geo News programme 'Jirgah', Chan said, "We could not moblise PPP and Bilawal in Punjab the way we were supposed to; this is a failure." He said being the provincial secretary general said how would he stop others if he failed to stop his own brother from leaving the party. PPP Punjab secretary general resigns from post Sources reveal that the leader?s resignation was not accepted by PPP chairperson "I haven't left the party, only stepped down from the party post," the PPP Punjab leader said. Sources had earlier informed that the Chan?s resignation was not accepted by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who instead directed Nadeem to continue working on the post. Later, co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari had summoned the political leader to Lahore. Nadeem had reasoned that he resigned from the post as his brother Waseem Afzal joined political rival, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). ?Since my brother has joined political opponent, I should resign from the post on ethical grounds,? he had said.