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Air-rail traffic in Lahore disrupted due to dense fog

Metropolitan Cities
LAHORE: The air and rail traffic in Lahore was disrupted Tuesday due to dense fog. The thick fog reduced visibility to 50 meters on the runway of Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore. As a result, five flights were cancelled and the schedule of several others was reset. A Lahore-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK248 from Dammam was cancelled. A Quetta-bound PIA flight PK322 from Lahore was also cancelled. A Lahore-bound PIA flight PK323 from Quetta was also cancelled. A Karachi-bound flight PA405 from Lahore was also cancelled. A Lahore-bound flight PA406 from Karachi was also cancelled. A Lahore-bound flight EY241 from Abu Dhabi will reach its destination at 12:20pm with a delay of nine hours. A Lahore-bound flight PA471 from Jeddah will reach its destinatio...

Polythene bags manufacturing banned in Islamabad

Metropolitan Cities
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad District Administration has put a ban on the manufacturing of polythene bags within the limits of the federal capital in an effort to make city more environment friendly, according to a report on Tuesday. The district administration has also banned the use of polythene bags in weekly markets rather a stall selling woven or biodegradable bags will be set up in every weekly market. According to Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon, all wholesalers have also been banned from selling polythene bags. “Although, biodegradable bags are expensive but reusable,” he said. He further said that special instructions have been issued to all assistant commissioners regarding polythene bags ban. Moreover, there is a complete ban on polythene bags in big stores. He proposed t...

Suspect killed in Rawalpindi police encounter

Crime
Rawalpindi: A suspect was killed in an alleged police encounter in Morgah area of Rawalpindi on Tuesday. According to police sources, a patrolling team signaled a Honda car to stop at Jhelum Road but it ignored the police signal. Following that, the police started chasing the car. The occupants of the car opened firing on the police team when they saw the cops were chasing them. The police retaliated their fire and one of the suspects suffered critical injuries from the gunshot while his accomplices managed to escape. The wounded suspect was shifted to DHQ Hospital Rawalpindi where he died. Police sources claimed that they were involved in several muggings and used to rob overseas Pakistanis.

Punjab Assembly summoned on Jan 9

National
LAHORE: Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan has summoned provincial assembly session on January 9, according to the PA secretariat. “The Punjab Assembly session, which was scheduled to be held on January 11, will now be held at 2pm on January 9,” the notification said. On Dec 22, PA Speaker Sibtain Khan adjourned the session of Punjab Assembly without any proceedings amid ruckus by the opposition. Punjab Chief Minister (CMChaudhry Pervaiz Elahi is likely to take the vote of confidence from the provincial assembly next week, it emerged earlier, adding that PTI leadership has been informed about the development.

Flour prices hiked in Islamabad, Rawalpindi

Metropolitan Cities
RAWALPINDI: The flour prices have jacked up for the third time in the span of two days in Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Tuesday. As per details, the 15 kg flour bag is being sold at Rs 1915 after the increase of Rs 40. According to flour mills, the price of a 15 kg flour bag was Rs 1875 before. The sources said that the hike in flour prices is the outcome of mismanagement between the food department and flour mills. Earlier, despite the Prime Minister’s relief package, the government-run utility store corporation (USC) jacked up the prices of sugar, flour and ghee and other food items. The Utility Stores Corporation (USC) increased the price of sugar by Rs19 per kg, ghee by Rs75 per kg, and a 20-kg bag of flour by Rs496. The new prices would be effective at Utility Stores across the...

Workers association holds demo for payment of timely salaries, allowances

Metropolitan Cities
QUETTA: All Balochistan Municipal Workers Association on Tuesday demanded of the authorities to ensure payment of salaries in respect of permanent, casual employees and pensioners on first date of each month, pay gratuity to the retired and heirs of deceased employees of QMC, ensure payment of charcoal and boat allowance to the Beldars, increase salaries of casual employees in accordance with the notification issued by the government of Balochistan. These demands were made in the protest demonstration held in the premises of Quetta Metropolitan Corporation under the aegis of All Balochistan Municipal Workers here on Tuesday. Addressing the protest demonstration, speakers said that the authorities had turned a deaf ear to the genuine demands of Quetta Metropolitan Corporation despite the...