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A six day training program for the first batch of staff hired for clinics being setup under Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute's Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment Program (PKLI-HPTP) started this morning at PKLI site on Bedian road, Lahore. The HPTP program is a flagship initiative of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif whereby government of Punjab is collaborating with PKLI&RC to set up and run hepatitis clinics in 36 districts of Punjab where free screening, vaccination, and treatment will be provided to the community. The trainees present included medical officers, nursing and other paramedics that will be deputed at these clinics of PKLI. In the first batch of 40 trainees attended the training and assured their commitment to eliminate hepatitis and to take forward the vision of CM Punjab and PKLI of hepatitis free Pakistan.   


Information & Culture Department of the Punjab will observe the 70th Independence Day celebrations throughout the month of August in a befitting manner. This was stated in a meeting presided by Provincial Minister for Information & Culture Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, here today. Secretary Information & Culture Jahangir Anwar, Additional Secretary Muhammad Shahid Iqbal along with all the heads of attached departments and their representatives attended the meeting. 
While giving details of the activity plan, Additional Secretary Information & Culture Muhammad Shahid Iqbal said that Punjab Information & Culture Department has chalked out a comprehensive plan of different attached bodies of Information & Culture Department to celebrate the 70th Independence Day. He said that all buildings of Information & Culture Department shall be illuminated on Independence Day whereas all officers and officials of the department and its attached bodies shall wear Pakistan Flag Badges throughout the month of August. Flag hoisting ceremonies could be held at all attached bodies of Information & Culture Department, he added. According to the program, Lahore Arts Council (Alhamra) will host a grand program of national songs sung by famous singers. Special seminar on Independence Day celebrations with participation of top celebrities of Pakistan will be held along with painting exhibition with the title of “Colors of Pakistan”. Azadi walk with famous artists will also be held and a painting competition amongst the students of Fine Arts Departments of colleges and universities will be held at Alhamra. Moreover, an Azadi mural painting display on famous points of the city along with folk dances festival will also be held throughout the province. Shahid Iqbal further apprised the meeting regarding Punjab Council of the Arts (PUCAR) programs chalked out to celebrate Independence Day such as national song competition amongst the divisional level winners of Chief Minister’s Talent Hint (Music) Program, display of Anthology of Pakistan Movement at all Divisional Arts Councils, thematic dramas competitions, photo exhibition (Azadi Ka Safar), and folk dances festival. Punjab Institute of Language, Art & Culture will on-air Jashan-e-Azadi special transmission on FM-95 in which interviews of celebrities, musical evening comprising Punjabi national songs and Jashan-e-Azadi Mushaira will be held. Lahore Museum Lahore will hold photographic exhibition of Pakistan Movement, special exhibition of Relics of Independence Movement along with a special exhibition “Meet the Migrant” on this occasion. Additional Secretary Information concluded that Directorate General Public Relations Punjab will ensure special and befitting coverage of all these events of Independence celebrations on print and electronic media.


The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party approved two development schemes of Energy & Health Sectors with an estimated cost of Rs. 9462.105 million.
These schemes were approved in the 4th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2017-18 presided over the Chairman P&D Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan.
Secretary P&D Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, All Members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial Departments also attended the meeting.      
The approved development schemes included: Khadim-E-Punjab Ujaala Program (South Punjab) at the cost of Rs. 8969.269 million and Establishment of Regional Blood Centre at Faisalabad and Up-gradation of Existing Blood Units Mayo & General Hospitals Lahore with Assistance of KFW at the cost of Rs. 492.836 million.


High powered committee for the skill development by the CM Punjab was presided over by the Punjab Minister for Labour and Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar. Minister Industries Sheikh Allauddin, Chairman P&D, Secretary Labour, Secretary Industries, Special Secretary Higher Education, Director Schools Education and Senior Representatives of TEVTA, PVTC, PITB, PSDF, Agriculture, Primary & Secondary Health, Specialized Health & Medical Education, Livestock & Dairy Development, Mines & Minerals, Social Welfare, Home, Population, LG&RD, Cooperatives and PBTE attended the meeting.
A detailed review was taken on the skill development strategy growth of the Punjab government. This committee is constituted on the directions of Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif not only to assess the skill development programme and to cope up the target set out by the Punjab government. i.e. two million by 2018 but also to further make innovative developments in this programme. This committee is constituted in collaboration with almost all the provincial departments in order to have maximum input of all the departments and to have first hand information. It was told in the meeting that Punjab government is going smoothly in the accomplishing of its two million skilled people programme. TEVTA, PVTC and PSDF are the major stakeholders and training providers 55000 skilled labour have completed their training in 2016-17.
On this occasion, Minister Labour told that there is no doubt that we are achieving the set targets but there is a dire need to institutionalize the system so that there should be continuity in the programme which will further produce positive results. Moreover, he directed all the departments to come up with the detailed reports that how far and how much they have dispensed skilled labour. He further directed to work together in order to accomplish the desired goal within the specified time.


Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Punjab Ali Jan Khan presided over the 165th meeting of Provincial Quality Control Board in his office. 86 cases were presented in the meeting, out of which warning issued to pharmaceutical companies in 12 cases, whereas 10 cases adjourned while 05 dropped and inspection ordered in 5 cases. The meeting decided to grant prosecution of 54 cases and referred the cases to Drug Court.
The pharmaceutical companies which have been prosecuted included LAEMA Chemi KPK, Medicon Pharma KPK, Qamar Cotton Industries Okara, Kohinoor Industries Sahiwal, TAGMA Pharma Lahore, LISKO Pharma Karachi, Gulf Pharma, Glitz Pharma, B-U Pharma Multan and TAS Pharmaceutical Kahota. Besides, Additional Secretary Drug Muhammad Sohail, Chief Drug Controller Punjab, Secretary PCQB and other concerned officers attended the meeting.

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