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Punjab govt to provide farmers with free smartphones

Cameraman: Khawar Mahmood SHEIKHUPURA: Punjab government has decided to provide free smartphones to farmers in a bid to use technology to bring about better results in the field of agriculture.  The smartphones will be handed out to registered farmers who will use to it ascertain when to water crops and how much fertilizer to use….

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Thank you Punjab for making PSL 2018 a safe event: Najam Sethi

LAHORE: Najam Sethi has thanked Punjab and its administration to make Pakistan Super League a safe event. Two eliminators of this year’s edition were played in Lahore under tight security arrangements. “Thank you Punjab Govt and Admin for working day and night to make PSL3 safe and sound for all,” the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman…

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Traffic wardens in Lahore hand out flowers, sweets to citizens

LAHORE: Traffic wardens throughout the city were distributing sweets and flowers among citizens on Tuesday ahead of the first playoff between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators.  The Old City was abuzz with excitement and anticipation as foreign cricketers arrived with their local counterparts to play the first playoff between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. Also…

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Three injured as car hits protesting students in Sialkot

Reported by: Shehzad Ahmad SIALKOT: Three female students were injured when a car hit them on Monday outside a college in the city. The students were protesting against the principal of the college when the incident occurred.  The students had blocked a route near the college and burnt tyres as they protested. Unidentified persons told…

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Rain may play spoilsport in PSL playoffs

Reported by: Ali Hashmi LAHORE: The highly-anticipated PSL playoffs to be held in Lahore could be affected by rain.  According to the Met department, north Punjab is expected to receive light rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday. The two PSL playoffs will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21 respectively. It is not…

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Inter-provincial games commence with colourful ceremony in Peshawar

Report by Fayaz Ahmad Cameraman Hayat Khan PESHAWAR: The fourth edition of the inter-provincial games in Peshawar commenced  with a colourful opening ceremony that featured a splendid blend of cultures.  Participants from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan showcased regional dances with finesse at Qayyum stadium in Peshawar. Players taking part in the tournament…

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PTI to battle mafia in upcoming election: Imran Khan

LAHORE: PTI chief Imran Khan said on Saturday that his party would fight against the country’s mafia in general elections 2018.  Imran Khan was speaking to PTI’s social media activists at an event held in Lahore. The cricketer-turned-politician said that had it not been for social media, PTI would not have gained traction with masses….

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Flood-like situation in KP, FATA, Kashmir

PESHAWAR: Rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir caused flood like situation in the mountainous regions on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the Met Office predicts more downpour. Westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist till Thursday, according to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). Weather Forecast for night: Rain-thundershower…

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Imran challenges PML-N workers to hurl shoe at him

PIND DADAN KHAN: PTI chief Imran Khan on Wednesday challenged PML-N workers to throw a shoe at him.  Addressing PTI supporters from atop a vehicle in Pind Dadan Khan, Imran Khan said that PML-N leaders were afraid to go out in public these days since they were afraid someone would hurl a shoe at them….

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Faisalabad hospital stops salary of employee for exposing corruption

Reported by: Shaheen Shehzadi FAISALABAD: The Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology took action against an employee on Tuesday for exposing corruption that amounted to hundreds of thousands of rupees.  The hospital administration has stopped paying salary to Naveed, a grade four employee who raised his voice against purchase of low quality and overpriced supplies. “All I…

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Senate elections: Where is Shehbaz Sharif?

Reporting by Usman Khan Although Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has been officially elected PML-N’s President following Nawaz Sharif’s ouster by the Supreme Court, the younger Sharif appears to have no role in the decision-making process. The PML-N president has been missing in recent party’s meeting held in connection with the election’s campaign of Senate’s chairman…

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Govt to provide smartphones to farmers

LAHORE: Punjab government will give 110,000 smart phones to the farmers with an objective to keep them updated about agriculture department recommendations about the crops. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will inaugurate a scheme on Monday. The registered farmers under Khadim-e-Punjab Kissan Package will have to pay 500 to 1000 rupees for acquiring one smart…

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Statement from Aurat March Lahore, 2018

By: Nighat Dad LAHORE: International Women’s Day 2018 was marked by the Aurat March Lahore that brought together individuals and collectives from across Lahore to march in solidarity to women’s rights and the feminist movement in Pakistan. Similar marches were also conducted in Islamabad and Karachi. The march commenced from Hamdard Hall, Lytton Road, for…

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Upcoming general election will be a referendum: Nawaz Sharif

BAHAWALPUR: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that the upcoming general elections would be a referendum in which the voice of the people will be heard loud and clear.  Addressing a PML-N rally at Bahawalpur, Nawaz said that he loved the city from the bottom of the heart. “For me, Bahawalpur is like…

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Under-construction stadium in Sialkot goes to waste after contractor flees

Reported by: Shahzad Ahmad Cameraman: Azik SIALKOT: An under-construction cricket stadium in Sialkot has gone to waste after the contractor who was supposed to build it has fled.  Pasrur’s Choonda Stadium has been withering away as the contractor responsible for building it has abandoned the project. The under-construction stadium has been seized by influential persons…

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KP, Balochistan gain more NA seats in preliminary constituency delimitation

By Zahid Hussain ISLAMABAD: Punjab’s share on the general seats of the National Assembly has gone down by seven constituencies, according to a preliminary list of constituency delimitation released by the Election Commission of Pakistan on Monday. Out of a total of 272 National Assembly’s seats, Punjab’s share in the lower house has been reduced from…

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PTI’s Chaudhry Sarwar wins Senate seat

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Saturday won a Senate seat from Punjab by obtaining 44 votes, according to unofficial results. Later, talking to the media, Chaudhary Sarwar thanked Allah Almighty for blessing him with the success. He also thanked all those who voted for him. The former Punjab governor hoped that PT…

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CM Shehbaz congratulates PML-N-backed candidates for Senate win

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated PML-N-backed Senate candidates over their victory in the Senate’s elections. In his fecilitation message, CM Sharif said newly-elected senators should utilise their energies for supremacy of the constitution, rule of law and strengthening of democratic system and play their role in legislative process. The chief minister…

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ECP bans mobile phones in Senate elections

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians will not be allowed to being their mobile phones during the Senate elections on Saturday . ECP announced the code of conduct for Senate elections. According to ECP, the parliamentarians will not be allowed to cast their votes without the Secretariat Card. The Commission has not allowed the provincial assemblies and National Assembly…

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Snow expected in Punjab, northern Pakistan

NEWS DESK: Snowfall is expected in certain parts of Punjab and northern areas in the next 24 hours. On Friday and the night before, a fresh spell of rainfall hit different parts of the country with heavy rains in Islamabad and Lahore. The weather turned pleasant in Murree and Abbotabad after the downpour. “A westerly…

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Ahad Cheema was arrested after approval from relevant authorities: NAB

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) stated in its response at the Lahore High Court on Thursday that Ahad Cheema was arrested in accordance with the law and after relevant authorities had given their approval.  This was stated by the prosecutor of the accountability bureau during a hearing of the petition filed against Ahad Cheema’s…

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