500 patients screened daily during health week

TAXILA:  Over 500 patients screened for epidemic and non-epidemic diseases on daily bases during the health week observed in tehsil Taxila from Monday. The health week was formally inaugurated here at Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) Taxila on Monday by local PML-N leader Syed Imran Shah. Medical Superintendent, Dr. Hooria Mohsin Syed  and deputy district officer health Dr Fareed Khan were also present on this occasion.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mr Shah has said that present government is committed to provide better health facilities to the masses at their doorsteps and organizing such weeks are part of a healthy society so that masses should be examined for possible epidemic and non-epidemic diseases.

Medical Superintendent, Dr. Hooria Mohsin Syed while briefing on this occasion has said that the health week this would be continued till February   24 for screening of hepatitis and other no communicable diseases in all health units.  She added that over500 patients screened daily during ongoing health week being observed in the tehsil headquarters hospitals and rural health centers in tehsil Taxila.

She said that the camp would have a special counter for Mother and Child healthcare and provide free medical tests facility, treatment, medicines, vaccinations and consultation. She said that at the free camps, all patients, especially women and children would be provided medicines and immunized against different diseases. She informed that during the week, community-based social mobilization activities helped mothers of the area to recognize the value of good health and hygiene for both themselves and their children. These include safe delivery practices, exclusive breastfeeding up to six months, adequate nutrition and preventing disease. “ During the camp, expected mothers were also counseled on home-based treatments for diarrhea and given information about gaining access to basic community health services”. She added.

Group involved in Child smuggling with fake Passport Document.

A group register an application of lost passport in different PS ratta amral in Rawalpindi after renewal of Fake new Passport they smuggled children to Gulf countries.

Report:Muhammad Tahir.

Islamabad: foreign smuggling group involved in Child smuggling in Islamabad. After renewal of passport gang smuggle children from Pakistan to Gulf Country. In the limit of Ramna PS whereas the citizen Nisar has lodged a report to the police that his two daughters, 10 years old Rahima and, 4-year-old Fatima kidnapped by her wife Maryam Noor with her brother Ehtisham Noor and one known person , they abducted my two daughters . Original Passport is in my custody. Defender said they have sent my daughter to Gulf Country with fake passport.
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According to the defendant, he applied to PS Ramna The case was registered , Asghar, the Investigation Officer of this case, said that no record in the PS rattan Amaral has been found on the front desk On which report new passport were issue .while Yasir Saad in-charge of Front Desk also confirmed and writes the report. While the raids are being hit for the arrest and unknown mills including both siblings have been done. FIA also working on it to recover the kidnapped Children

 

Punjab cabinet approves witness protection bill

LAHORE: The Punjab cabinet has finally approved the witness protection bill, providing measures that would prevent elimination, intimidation or winning over of witnesses and help ensure conviction of criminals and terrorists.

“The draft has been finalised and we are going to table it in the assembly,” said a senior Punjab government official on Sunday.

Witnesses are considered important for convictions in criminal and even terrorism cases in Pakistan as scientific evidence is merely taken as an expert opinion. But witnesses are often killed, browbeaten or bought because of lack of any protection for them from the state.

Official sources said the cabinet had finally approved the draft bill which was likely to be tabled in the current session of the Punjab Assembly for approval.

The bill was drafted by the home department last year but could not be finalised because of a different opinion by the law department that sent it to the advocate general for an independent view.

According to a copy of the finalised draft of the Punjab Witness Protection Act, 2018, there will be two witness protection units — one for offences of terrorism and another for serious offences.

The units will be supervised by a provincial-level board to be established under the home secretary. The board’s members will include finance and public prosecution secretaries, prosecutor general, additional IGs of counterterrorism department, special branch and investigations. It will also frame policy guidelines for witness protection.

The draft law allows a victim or a witness or any other person connected with criminal proceedings and those related to them to apply for protection. In response, the counterterrorism department, the public prosecutor or the court trying an offence of terrorism or of a serious nature may direct the unit concerned to assess the risk of any such person concerned with the criminal proceedings.

The non-court protection the unit will offer by its own or on the directive of the government includes close protection service, lodging in a safe house, temporary or permanent relocation at a safe place, change of identity, concealment of identity of the persons involved in the criminal proceedings and financial assistance.

Such protection will be free of cost and all departments, agencies or offices will cooperate with the unit for the purpose.

The court will give protection to a witness if he or she is fearful, under stress, is intimidated or dreads any harm to him, his family or property if he gives evidence, is disabled, under 16 years of age, and the victim of a sexual offence.

The court, while ordering protection, will also consider personal circumstances of the witness, including his or her opinion and belief, behaviour of the accused, his family or associates or any other persons towards him, the nature and circumstances of the offence and the report of the unit with regard to the gravity of the threat to the witness.

The unit or the court will also take special measures for the protection of a witness, including ensuring he or she is not seen while coming to the court, recording evidence in the court or leaving it, and recording of the evidence through video link.

The government will also be able to order jail trial of a case if a normal court house is not found safe for it.

The draft law allows a court to conduct in-camera proceedings of specific cases to ensure protection of witnesses. But this will not be done if the court decides that the cross-examination by the accused in person is likely to affect the voluntariness or quality of the evidence.

It empowers courts to disallow a question to the victim of a sexual offence relating to any sexual behaviour of the victim on any previous occasion with the accused or any other person, unless such a question is a relevant fact in the case.

The draft law also empowers courts to prohibit, reporting of the identity of a person connected with an offence of terrorism or a sexual offence or the identity of the members of his family in print, electronic or other media if he or she is under 18 years of age, and if the quality of the evidence of the person concerned will be diminished with the reporting.

The court, by its own or through an application, will order the preservation of the anonymity of the witness or of any person relating to the evidence of the witness. But this will be done only if the court is satisfied that under no circumstances the order will prevent the accused from receiving a fair trial.

The related measures will include withholding names, addresses, and identification details, allowing pseudonyms, disallowing during the trial questions that may reveal the identity of the witness.

Reporting in media the identity of such persons or violating their anonymity despite court orders would be an offence carrying up to three-year but not less than 30-day imprisonment, with up to Rs100,000 fine.

Consumers charged higher than actual fuel cost

ISLAMABAD: Power distribution companies charged about Rs3 per unit higher than the actual fuel cost in January as a petition has been filed in the Natio­nal Electric Power Regu­la­tory Authority (Nepra), seeking approval of fuel adjustment for a month.

In its petition, the Central Power Purchasing Agency-Guarantee (CPPA-G) repor­ted to Nepra that it had charged a higher reference tariff of Rs9.867 per unit in January but actual fuel cost turned out to be Rs6.90 per unit. Therefore, it said, there was a legal requirement to return Rs2.98 per unit to consumers.

The regulator is expected to hold a public hearing on the matter on Feb 22.

A relief in electricity rates for one month will not be applicable to residential and agricultural consumers with less than 300 units of monthly consumption as per decision of the PML-N government on the grounds that they are already being provided subsidised electricity and do not qualify for monthly fuel price cut.

It is a common practice that distribution companies charge power consumers significantly higher estimated fuel charge which is later adjusted against the actual cost in a subsequent month with the approval of the power regulator. The practice helps power companies generate billions of rupees as windfall from consumers in advance and have better cash flows without financing costs.

The CPPA-G informed the regulator that about 7,982 GWh (gigawatt hours) electricity was generated in January and 7,698 GWh could be delivered to distribution companies due to about 3.41 per cent losses in the transmission system. It said hydropower generation was too low because of canal closure on top of overall low water availability. The cheapest energy source (hydropower) had a total contribution of just 7.6pc in overall electricity supply, compared to 15.86pc in December.

The hydropower generation has a zero fuel cost. The country’s can­als are routinely closed for maintenance and repair every year for more than a month, usually from Dec 25 till Jan 31. Hydropower turbines become redundant during this period. Also, the wind and solar plants toge­ther contributed about 3.1pc energy with no fuel cost.

Furnace oil-based power plants contributed about 20.4pc electricity to the nat­io­nal grid in January, down from its 29pc share in Dece­mber and 9pc in November. The furnace oil-based generation cost increased to Ra10.42 per unit from Rs9.8 a month ago due to higher oil prices.

The natural gas-based generation maintained its contribution to overall power generation at 23pc in January. The fuel cost was worked out at Rs4.63 per unit, slightly higher than Rs4.49 in December.

However, power production from imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) surged significantly with almost 21pc share in the total supply as compared to a paltry 5.1pc and 9.3pc shares in December and November, respectively. The re-liquefied LNG-based power generation cost surged to Rs9.25 per unit in January from Rs6.33 in December.

The share of coal-based generation was reported at 14.34pc in January against 11.7pc in December and 13.4pc in November. Its fuel cost increased to Rs5.2 per unit in January from Rs4.3 in December

The price of electricity imported from Iran stood at Rs11.05 per unit.

In January, about 7,982 GWh electricity was generated at a total cost of Rs48.58 billion or Rs6.086 per unit, while 3.4pc lower supply was delivered to distribution companies at a cost of Rs53.04bn or Rs6.90 per unit.

As the actual generation cost was lower than it had already charged in connivance with the regulator, extra money collected from consumers would have to be refunded through adjustment in the next billing month.

PTI confirms Imran Khan’s marriage to Bushra Maneka in Lahore

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan married Bushra Maneka, a respected Pir [faith healer] in Pakpattan, in “a simple ceremony” in Lahore on Sunday, the party’s spokesperson told NNP.

Confirming Khan’s third marriage, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhary said that the ceremony was held at the residence of Bushra’s brother.

Nikah of Imran Khan and Bushra Maneka. ─ DawnNews
Nikah of Imran Khan and Bushra Maneka. ─ NNP

Party leader Inamul Haq told NNP that only close relatives, including the bride’s mother, and friends participated in the ceremony — Khan’s sisters, however, were not in attendance. Mufti Saeed performed the nikah in the presence of Awn Chaudhary and Zulfi Bukhari who appeared as witnesses, said PTI members.

The ceremony was a low-profile one as per the desire of Imran Khan, Haq added. He expressed hope that Imran Khan’s marriage would prove blessed not only for him and his wife but for the entire nation.

Imran Khan signing papers in Lahore at his nikah ceremony. ─ DawnNews
Imran Khan signing papers in Lahore at his nikah ceremony. ─ NNP

PTI leaders, including Naeemul Haque, Shireen Mazari, Jahangir Tareen, and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, congratulated Khan and his new wife on their marriage on Twitter.

Bushra Maneka is in her 40s, and belongs to the Wattoo clan, of which the Manekas are a sub-clan. Earlier, she was married to Khawar Farid Maneka, a senior customs official in Islamabad but parted ways in recent times.

The PTI chief has been married twice before. His first marriage was with Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of a British billionaire in 1995. The couple divorced in 2004.

Khan’s second marriage to Reham Khan dissolved 10 months after a public ceremony had taken place in January, 2015.

Speculation around third marriage

The News in an article published in January claimed that Khan had married for the third time in a secret ceremony on January 1, saying that Mufti Saeed had performed the nikkah. PTI had originally refuted the claim, calling the speculation “ridiculous”. A day later, however, the party had ‘clarified’ that Khan had only proposed marriage to Bushra Maneka.

Read: What brings PTI chief to a remote town?

Soon after, the party leader had also broken his silence on the speculation through a series of tweets, saying, “My only crime is wanting to get married”. Khan, who has two sons from his first marriage, had also appealed to people to pray for his “personal happiness”.

During an interview the same month, Khan had said: “I met Bushra [Maneka] almost two years ago. I will like to reiterate that every time I met her, with family and alone, she has been in purdah. My interest in her lies in the fact that I have not seen or met anyone with her level of spirituality.”

He had made it clear that he only sent the proposal for marriage after she divorced her husband.

Khan’s connection with the Manekas was confirmed by PTI leader Naeemul Haq in 2016 when rumours were doing the rounds that the PTI chief had married a UK-based relative of the family on the advice of his spiritual patron, Bushra Bibi, also known as Ms Pinki Pir.

Haq had then denied reports about Khan’s third marriage but confirmed in his tweet that his leader had “spiritual relationship” with the Maneka family.

A source close to the family had told NNP  that Khan first visited Bushra ahead of the NA-154 (Lodhran) by-poll in 2015 and was very pleased when Jahangir Tareen won the seat according to her prediction. Since then he has been visiting her regularly, the source had added.

Mumtaz Hayat Maneka, a young Aitchisonian from the Maneka clan, had said the PTI leader had a lot of reverence for Pinki Bibi as a true follower.