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'Devolution of power': Punjab cabinet approves draft of Local Government Act

The new LG system will "empower" the people through devolution of power at the grassroots.

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Lahore: The 49 provincial cabinet meeting, which met here under the chair of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday, approved several laws along with consensus approval of the draft of Punjab Local Government Act 2021.

In-principle approval was granted to Immovable Public Property (Elimination of Encroachments) Ordinance 2021 which would allow the imposition of damages on land grabbers along with the elimination of encroachments on state lands.

The occupants involved in the occupation of state lands will have to pay damages on a daily basis. The meeting decided to hand over the issue of amendment in the land revenue act for deciding about new administrative units to the cabinet standing committee for legislation.

The meeting reversed the decision to increase commercial property tax to provide relief to the traders. Those who have deposited commercial property tax amounts would be adjusted in the next tax fees.

The cabinet also approved immediate recruitments on vacant posts of the school education department and directed the department to take further action in this regard. Formal approval of setting up six cement plants was also granted to provide jobs to thousands of people.

The meeting also approved the amendment in Provencal Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1965 for the registration of electric vehicles.

It directed to constitute a ministerial committee to decide about the agreement between the excise department and NRTC while giving in-principle approval of an agreement for installing radio frequency identification device (vehicles passport) in vehicles.

An approval was granted to give 85 million rupees payment to affected people of Sahiwal and Sialkot under Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Programme phase-I following a social safeguard policy.

The approval was also granted to bring improvement in financial management and procurement of irrigation department projects of more than 5 billion rupees value.

The draft of the agreement and allied matters were approved for handing over the control of the WAPDA managed lower portion of the Chashma Right Bank Canal to Punjab in the light of decisions of the council of common interest (CCI).

Under this, repair and maintenance of the lower portion of the Chashma Right Bank Canal would be the responsibility of the irrigation department Punjab.

A relief package was approved to redress the losses that occurred to rabi crops in 2020 due to torrential rains and hailstorms in Noorpur tehsil. It also approved rules and regulations for the post of COO PHEC.

The cabinet granted ex-post facto approval to police chowkis, circles and police stations set up during the last two years. An amendment in the schedule of inspectors and sub-inspectors was approved under Appointment and Conditions of Service Rules 2013 along with the approval of the amendment in service rules of special branch posts.

The establishment of Saakar police station of border military police in Koh-e-Suleman area of DG Khan was accorded as well.

The meeting adopted rules for the appointment of the chairman and CEO of Punjab Aab-e-Pak Authority. Punjab Development Authorities Private Housing Schemes Rules 2021 were also approved under the Punjab Development of Cities Act 1976. LDA's rules would apply to all the development authorities in Punjab.

The cabinet approved the transfer of the Sargodha medical college and medical college Gujrat to the specialised healthcare and medical education department. Similarly, the recruitment against 1142 vacant educators' posts in DG Khan was allowed.

Revised rules for Ombudsperson Punjab Nabila Khan were also passed along with the endorsement of decisions made in the 48th cabinet meeting and 63rd meeting of the cabinet standing committee for finance and development.

Decisions made in the 70th to 74th meetings of the cabinet standing committee for legislation were endorsed as well. 

Faisal Ali Ghumman

Mr. Ghumman is a seasoned journalist who has 19 years of diversified experience in print, electronic and digital media. He has worked with 92 News HD, Daily Pakistan Today, Daily The Business, Daily Dawn, Daily Times and Pakistan Observer as News Reporter, Feature Writer, Editor, Web Content Editor and Article Writer. Mr Ghumman has graduated from the Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan and is currently enrolled in M.Phil in Mass Communication at the University of Punjab.

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World’s oldest female Test cricketer dies at 110

She worked with British intelligence during the war

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London: Eileen Ash, the oldest-ever Test cricketer, has died at the age of 110, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Saturday.

Ash, a right-arm seam bowler, who made her Test debut against Australia in 1937, represented England seven times on either side of World War II, retiring in 1949.

She worked with British intelligence during the war and played golf until the age of 98.

Ash was honoured by being chosen to ring the bell at Lord’s before England Women’s victory in the 2017 World Cup final.

ECB managing director of women’s cricket Clare Connor said: “Our sport owes so much to its pioneers and Eileen was one of them. I am deeply saddened to be saying goodbye to her today.

“(England captain) Heather (Knight) and I went to visit Eileen about six months before the 2017 Women’s World Cup — she was 105 at the time — and it was one of the most remarkable experiences.

“Eileen taught Heather yoga, we played snooker, we drank cups of tea and we leafed through newspapers and scrapbooks celebrating Eileen’s time as a player in the 1930s and 1940s.

“She regaled us with some amazing stories, including how she came to have her bat signed by Sir Donald Bradman at a French restaurant in Sydney in 1949.”

 

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Deadly attack on Turk President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan foiled

The bomb was affixed to the undercarriage of the officer’s private car

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Ankara: An alleged attack on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been foiled by the security officials in the city of Siirt, the Turkish Presidential office confirmed.

A small explosive device was reportedly attached to a car belonging to a police officer who was supposed to secure a rally attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday.

The bomb was affixed to the undercarriage of the officer’s private car and found before he left for the rally, Turkey media said.

The explosive was found on the officer’s vehicle in the province of Mardin, around 125 miles from the rally in the city of Siirt, the report said.

The officer had been assigned to the rally and was a member of the riot police.

A bomb disposal team removed the device without causing any injuries, the report said.

Security officials are investigating the incident.

Turkey has been battling the Kurdish PKK group in the area for decades.

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Sindihis celebrate culture day with traditional zeal, fervor

Various programmes have been organized at government and no-government level across the province to celebrate the day.

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Karachi: Sindh Culture Day is being observed with traditional zeal and fervor on Sunday (December 5) to promote the centuries old culture of Indus valley civilization. 

Various programmes have been organized at government and no-government level across the province to celebrate the day.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in his message on the occasion of Sindh Culture Day said this day gives us the lesson to respect all traditions and customs without any discrimination.

He said this day is the day against racism, extremism and discrimination.

Meanwhile, a Sindhi Culture rally was organized by PTI leaders in Umerkot today.

Addressing the rally, Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed severely criticized the performance of Sindh government.

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