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18/01/17

The Department of Ophthalmology, Lahore General Hospital has started, first time in Pakistan, the treatment of blindness by adopting modern technique of change of cornea in a successful manner. This type of first operation has been carried out successfully by restoring the vision of a 12 year Alishba of class 5 the last day. The parents and relatives of Alishba has expressed their gratitude and thanks to Prof. Dr. Abdul Hayye, the head of surgeons team and Principal PGMI and LGH Prof. Ghiyas un Nabi Tayyab who bore all the expanses of this successful operation. This type of operation, called DSEK in medical language, has been conducted first time in Pakistan successfully by Prof. Abdul Hayye, in-charge unit II of Eye Department, LGH. Alishba, daughter of one Habib Ahmed, a resident of Kot Abdul Malik is first beneficiary patient from this technique in which cornea is changed. Doctors of the department themselves contributed the amount for buying cornea from Sri Lanka, preparation of cornea from FEMTO laser and expenses of operation. Prof. Abdul Hayye told in this regard that it is a modern way of treatment which will help removal of cornea related complications giving back the blessing of visibility to many patients in Pakistan. He said that it was matter of pride for us that LGH has taken initiative in Pakistan to start this type of operations.

Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute and LGH Prof. Ghiyas un Nabi Tayyab congratulated Prof. Abdul Hayye and his staff and said that his success will add the good name of the hospital. He said that all the departments of LGH are advancing because LGH administration is focused on research and enhancement of doctor’s professional capacity by conducting training workshops and medical symposiums.

18/01/17

Vice Chairperson Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab, Shaheen Khalid Butt informed that Chief Minister Punjab has Accorded approval to set up a dedicated desk for overseas Pakistanis in Lahore Development Authority (LDA). Giving detail in this regard, he said that this desk would facilities expats regarding sale / purchase of their properties and provide up dated information. He further told that Chief Minister has instructed the relevant department to fully cooperate with OPC in Connection with resolution of the problems faced by Overseas Pakistanis and necessary orders in this regard, have been conveyed to the departments concerned. Shaheen Khalid Butt told that setting up of dedicated Police Station / facilitation center for Overseas Pakistanis in four divisions of the province including Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and D.G Khan is in the final stage and these centers would become functional soon. He further said that establishment of OPC is the vision of Chief Minister Punjab who is fully committed for the solution of the expats Problems. Shaheen Khalid Butt told that the CM Punjab personally monitors the performance of OPC and so far half of received complaints of the Overseas Pakistanis have been addressed by OPC.

17/01/17

On the recommendation of Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh. Salman Rafique, the Vice Chancellor University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Prof. Dr. Fazal Khalid has agreed to name the Stadium of the University after religious scholar Junaid Jamshaid. Kh. Salman Rafique said that a formal ceremony would be held on February 6. The family members of Junaid Jamshaid would also attend the function. He further said that a plaque of the name of late Janaid Jamshaid would be fixed in the stadium. It is pertinent that Junaid Jamshaid who was martyred in plane crash near Chitral, was the class fellow in the University and close friend of Kh. Salman Rafique. In this connection, Minister Health Kh. Salman Rafique called on the Vice Chancellor UET Dr. Fazal Khalid on Tuesday and thanked him for giving approval for naming the stadium after Junaid Jamshaid. 

17/01/17

Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin has paid surprise visit to various restaurants and food manufacturing factories of Gujranwala. The Minister ordered to seal famous sweet brands, candies and slanty making production unit. Bilal Yasin also ordered to seal JJ Food Industry, Capri Toffee makers, Mughal Mehal Hotel, Sheltan Hotel, production units of Salman Sweets and Sialkot Sweets. These famous brands and hotels were sealed for using of chemical colors, unhygienic cleanliness situation usage of expired oil and absence of tagging over meat.

Provincial Minister Bilal Yasin has said that to provide healthy and fully nutrient food to common man is priority of Punjab government. Punjab Food Authority is doing operation across the province without any discrimination. Bilal Yasin has expressed these views while talking to the media at Gujranwala, today. During his visit, the Minister ordered to seal Salman Sweets and Sialkot Sweets, famous brand of Gujranwala over extreme unhygienic condition and usage of textile color instead of food color which is highly dangerous to human health. The Minister also expressed displeasure over the dirty condition and presence of flies and cockroach in production area of these brands. The Minister also visits Mughal Mehal Hotel where he found expired food items and meat was being used by the hotel management. The Minister ordered to impose one lakh fine to Mughal Mehal Hotel. Bilal Yasin also issued notice to Shahbaz Tikka Shop and Mian Food Industry. Earlier, Minister visits various restaurants and food factories in Gujranwala, Bilal Yasin spent five hours long visit to Gujranwala district. Deputy Director Food Authority Rabia Haider, Deputy Director Food Badar Rameez and officers from Food Department were accompanying the Food Minister at this occasion.

16/01/17

A meeting of special cabinet committee on promotion of low cost housing schemes with the fund generation by public-private partnership joint ventures was held today in ACS Conference Room, Civil Secretariat Lahore under the Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shmail Ahmad Khawaja. The meeting discussed the mode of public-private partnership transaction structure, financial viability, projects cash flow, key financial parameters options and evaluation criteria for pre-qualification. It was identified in the meeting by the CEO Urban Sector Planning & Management Services Unit Punjab Dr. Nasir Javed that three land parcels in Lahore are being considered for development of public-private partnership projects. According to the master plan of the proposal, upfront land sale will be done on equity based investment. These three land parcels include Lahore Omni Bus Service Depot, Ferozpur Road Lahore, Food Godown at Guru Mangat Road Gulbarg Lahore and the upfront area of Building Road and Research Center adjacent to Jinnah Hospital at Canal Road Lahore.  the recommendations of the Special Committee constituted by the Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has also decided to take advice from financial, legal and  technical consultants apart from conducting Real Estate Market Study before sending it to the Punjab Chief Minister for his final approval. The joint venture holding company which would be engaged in this project will also incorporate a parallel construction project of low cost housing for the poor people at large, the expenditure on which will be incurred from the profitability of the three land parcels in different areas of the Lahore City where commercial plazas and residential apartments in the shape of towers which will be available to the interested well to do people on market rates. The meeting accorded conceptual approval of the master plan and suggested that Punjab Land Development Company and Housing & Urban Development Department would also be incorporated in the project which is basically meant for culmination into materializing low cost housing schemes in Lahore and its suburbs. This model would be replicated in the other big cities of the province. A conducive atmosphere has been provided for local as well as foreign investors in the Punjab by current regime under the dynamic leadership of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, the ACS added.      

CEO Urban Sector Planning & Management Services Unit Punjab Dr. Nasir Javed, member P&D on Finance Risk Management Unit of Public-private partnership Agha Waqar, Director General LDA Zahid Akhtar Zaman, Project Director Punjab Land Development Company Moazzam Iqbal Sipra participated in the meeting.             

A meeting of special cabinet committee on promotion of low cost housing schemes with the fund generation by public-private partnership joint ventures was held today in ACS Conference Room, Civil Secretariat Lahore under the Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shmail Ahmad Khawaja. The meeting discussed the mode of public-private partnership transaction structure, financial viability, projects cash flow, key financial parameters options and evaluation criteria for pre-qualification. It was identified in the meeting by the CEO Urban Sector Planning & Management Services Unit Punjab Dr. Nasir Javed that three land parcels in Lahore are being considered for development of public-private partnership projects. According to the master plan of the proposal, upfront land sale will be done on equity based investment. These three land parcels include Lahore Omni Bus Service Depot, Ferozpur Road Lahore, Food Godown at Guru Mangat Road Gulbarg Lahore and the upfront area of Building Road and Research Center adjacent to Jinnah Hospital at Canal Road Lahore.  the recommendations of the Special Committee constituted by the Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has also decided to take advice from financial, legal and  technical consultants apart from conducting Real Estate Market Study before sending it to the Punjab Chief Minister for his final approval. The joint venture holding company which would be engaged in this project will also incorporate a parallel construction project of low cost housing for the poor people at large, the expenditure on which will be incurred from the profitability of the three land parcels in different areas of the Lahore City where commercial plazas and residential apartments in the shape of towers which will be available to the interested well to do people on market rates. The meeting accorded conceptual approval of the master plan and suggested that Punjab Land Development Company and Housing & Urban Development Department would also be incorporated in the project which is basically meant for culmination into materializing low cost housing schemes in Lahore and its suburbs. This model would be replicated in the other big cities of the province. A conducive atmosphere has been provided for local as well as foreign investors in the Punjab by current regime under the dynamic leadership of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, the ACS added.      

CEO Urban Sector Planning & Management Services Unit Punjab Dr. Nasir Javed, member P&D on Finance Risk Management Unit of Public-private partnership Agha Waqar, Director General LDA Zahid Akhtar Zaman, Project Director Punjab Land Development Company Moazzam Iqbal Sipra participated in the meeting.