March 2009

LAHORE: Musharraf charged with treason in petition filed with SC

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An advocate on Tuesday filed a petition with the Supreme Court charging former president Pervez Musharraf with ‘high treason’ and seeking his trial under Article 6 of the Constitution. The advocate, Zahid Hussain Malik, has also asked the court to direct the government not to allow Musharraf to ‘escape’ from the country. The petitioner’s lawyer said that Musharraf’s actions of November 3, 2007 were tantamount to subversion of the constitution as outlined in Article 6. Read More »LAHORE: Musharraf charged with treason in petition filed with SC

Air travel and health problems

International travel will be doubled as projected by international Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) by 2020. A survey report by world trade organisation in 2006 showed that out of 840 million passenger more than 50% were on leisure trip, 17% business while 27% to meet friends while others non specific. Such a huge bulk of people, being transported across boards is causing a lot of health hazards.

There are many factors which augment such health problems and include long hours of travel, stress, unfamiliarity to new destinations and unawareness to precautionary measures. Some non-human causes are varying atmospheric pressure vs. Cabin pressure, (which is lower at cruising height (35-42000 ft) than sea level). Moreover cosmic radiations in space, ozone and crossing of time zones are other contributing factors. Due to all above stimuli, air travel may not be so pleasant as fancied, so “welcome onboard” may sound, “unwelcome aboard”!Read More »Air travel and health problems

ISLAMABAD: Tarin hints at capital gains tax on real estate

Sajid Gondal

The Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance Shaukat Tarin has hinted at the imposition of capital gains tax on real estate deals and indirect taxes on the service sector in the next budget.

Talking to Dawn, Mr Tarin said there was no justification for not taxing capital gains on real estate and service sector.

The government, he said, was exploring all avenues to expand the tax base and all people who should pay tax but were not doing so would be brought into the net.Read More »ISLAMABAD: Tarin hints at capital gains tax on real estate

Indian hand seen in attack on Lanka’s team

A rocket launcher used by a gunman in an attack is seen in Lahore.-AP

By Zulqernain Tahir

LAHORE: The rocket-launchers and explosives used in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team are in the use of Indian forces, Dawn has learnt.

According to a forensic report, four rocket-launchers and nine explosives seized from the scene are factory-made and used by Indian forces.

Forty grenades, 10 sub-machine guns (SMGs), five pistols, 577 live rounds of SMGs and 160 bullets of pistols were also found there. The terrorists had fired 312 bullets, two rockets and detonated two bombs.

‘No suicide jacket was found at the scene, suggesting that they were not on a suicide mission. The SMGs used in the attack are of Russian, German and Chinese made,’ an investigator told Dawn on Monday.Read More »Indian hand seen in attack on Lanka’s team


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One night an unlucky son wrote a letter to his father from the death-cell, “Not even a single moment of peace calm and tranquility. Twinges of repentance and pangs of agony don’t let me wait for my death anymore ….I lost you, I lost everything. I am ending up my life.”  Next morning the jail staff found the dead body of the young man in the cell. The post –mortem reported that the young man had choked his breathing by blocking his nose and his mouth with his own hands. That is how the story of a young man Hatim Qureshi came to a tragic ending. He had killed his step-mother and injured his father few years back. It is said that the father could not bear the grief of his son’s suicide and died very soon.Read More »THE SNAKE IN THE GRASS

Traffic jams harm the heart

Forget road rage. A new study out of Germany has uncovered evidence that getting stuck in traffic prompts an even more serious and immediate consequence — a much higher risk for suffering a heart attack.

The finding does not isolate which particular virtue of road congestion — stress, pollution, car exhaust or noise — might be the driving force behind the apparent cardiovascular threat.

However, after a four-year analysis of nearly 1,500 heart attack cases, the authors came to the conclusion that making one’s way through traffic — whether as a driver, a rider of public transport, or even a bicyclist — seems to more than triple the chances for experiencing a heart attack in the first hour immediately following exposure. Read More »Traffic jams harm the heart

Lahore Rapid Mass Transit Rail project revival amid controversies

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By Moayyed Jafri
AFTER remaining dormant for years, the Lahore Rapid Mass Transit Rail Project (LRMT) is finally being revived despite all controversies.

The Asian Development Bank and the Steering Committee for the LRMT have agreed to employ a transactional adviser to set the project wheels rolling as the June deadline for the cooperation nears. In a meeting on Friday, the transactional adviser, which most probably will be a marketing/consultancy firm, will market the project in the international arena to attract investors on the Build Own Transfer (BOT) basis, Planning and Development Chairman Sohail Ahmed told The News. In 1993, the World Bank funded ‘Lahore Traffic and Transport Studies’ proposed an underground railway system to ease traffic problems. Read More »Lahore Rapid Mass Transit Rail project revival amid controversies

Pakistan National Savings schemes attract over Rs130bn

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ISLAMABAD: The Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) has crossed the Rs130 billion mark by luring investments in savings schemes till March 20 against a total target of Rs150 billion for financial year 2008-09.

Official sources confirmed to The News on Saturday that the finance ministry had set a target of Rs150 billion in investments in various schemes offered by the National Savings Scheme (NSS).

The target was set on the basis of introducing three new schemes including short-term financing certificate as well as a paper offering an attractive rate of profit to overseas Pakistanis sending remittances home.Read More »Pakistan National Savings schemes attract over Rs130bn

UPS, generator sale surges in Lahore

Manzoor Qadir

The recent spell of load shedding in the city ahead of start of summer season has pushed the sales of electricity generators and UPS by 25 percent up as compared to previous months.

The new phase of the load-shedding, which is expected in the coming months manifold expressed apathy of the government and private power companies, who thus far have miserably failed to come up with any solution of the persistent power crisis.
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