CHINIOT/RAHIM YAR KHAN/HAFIZABAD - Twelve persons were killed while three others received injuries when a passenger van collided with a truck on Lahore-Chiniot Road near here on Monday night. According to District Police Officer Rao Qamar Zia, the truck collided with the van coming from Islamabad to Chiniot. After the collision, the CNG cylinder of the van exploded.
The injured were shifted to DHQ Hospital in a critical condition. The police and rescue teams reached the spot immediately.
TMA flayed for ‘illegally’ removing billboards
The Tehsil Municipal Administration of Rahim Yar Khan is “illegally” removing billboards in the city, said Chaudhry Nouman, the president of Rahim Yar Khan Outdoor Advertisers Association.
Addressing a press conference, he said that they installed all the billboards according to the rules and regulations and paid all the fees and taxes in this regard. He said that they also pay more than Rs15 million yearly in the shape of tax, Rs2 million site rent and Rs50.000 for NOC for almost 100 billboards in the city to the TMA. He said that they had invested more than Rs 4 million in the profession and almost 1,500 people are involved in the business. Nouman further said that they had got a stay order from the court but the TMA on the instructions of district administration was removing the bill boards that is defiance of the court ordrs.
He said that Punjab government gave the permission of outdoor advertising business according to Punjab Gazette number 322 dated 4-10-2010 and its schedule is already existing that is TMA-RYK-TOF 1710 03-05-2007. He said that TMA itself permitted NOC to an advertising firm to install two large bill boards in its premises but on the other hand, the administration has declared all other advertising firms as mafias, gangs and tax thieves. He said that administration because of political pressure was taking the action against professional advertisers.
Nouman appealed the authorities concerned to take an action in this regard and save the hundreds of people related to the profession from starvation.
Poor get free ration, stipends
A non-profit organisation distributes ration to 87 widows and other elderly deserving poor every month. Ch. Tariq Mehmood Yaqoob, the president of Al-Khidmat Foundation, told journalists that his foundation was supplying ration for Rs500 so that the recipients would not become beggars.
He further said that monthly ration included 10kg flour, 2kg ghee, sugar and pulses.
Moreover, it is bearing the expenses of Rs2500 per month each of 40 poor students for tuition fee, books, boarding and lodging. A free ambulance service has also been launched by the foundation. During recent flood, the foundation has provided free medical treatment and ration to over 3,000 flood affectees in the river belt area, he added. To question, he said that it selected the recipients after thorough inquiry.