SARGODHA   -   Regional Election Commissioner Amir Javed said on Monday the election commission had finalized all arrangements for by-election on two seats of provincial constituencies of Khushab and Bhakkar districts being held on July 17.

Talking to the media, he said that 94 polling stations had been declared sensitive, of them 34 polling stations of PP-83 Khushab-II and 60 polling stations of PP-90 of Bhakkar-II where police along with Rangers would be deployed. He said that PP-83 Khushab-II seat was vacated by de-seating of dissident MPA Ghulam Rasool Sangha where eleven candidates were vying for by- election.

Amir Javed said that a total of 322,555 voters including 167,578 male and 152,977 female voters would exercise their right to vote in the election in PP-83 Khushab-II.

For this purpose, 213 polling stations, of them 52 polling stations had been set up for male voters and 52 female voters while 109 combined polling stations had been set up where 1668 polling staff would perform their duty.

He said the seat of PP-90 Bhakkar-II was vacated due to de-seating of dissident MPA Saeed Akbar Nawani where 15 candidates were on the run in by-election. The Regional Election Commission Sargodha said that a total of 249,306 voters including 132,725 male and 116,581 female voters would exercise their right to vote in PP-90 Bhakkar-II by-election.  He said that 246 polling stations have been set up, of them 36 polling stations were for male voters and 36 female while 174 combine polling stations where 1840 polling staff would perform their duty.

Business hours violators to be dealt with strictly:DC

Deputy Commissioner Sargodha Imran Qureshi on Monday said that shopkeepers who violate directives regarding closure of markets by 9 pm will be dealt strictly as per law.

Talking to APP, the DC said that the objective of minimizing business hours was to conserve energy.

He directed all assistant commissioners to hold meetings with traders and business community for compliance with government orders regarding markets closure timings,adding that he emphasized AC to check closure of all marriage halls/banquets by 10.30 pm, markets by 9 pm,hotels,cafes and other business activities by 11 pm.

“Medical stores, hospitals, petrol pumps, CNG stations, bakeries and milk shops would be exempted from the closure orders,” he added. He warned that strict action would be taken against violators.

Railway to restore travel facilities to journalists

Chief Executive Officer Pakistan Railway Corporation Farrukh Taimoor Ghazali on Monday said that steps were under way to provide best travel facilities to journalist community.

Talking to journalist community here,he said the Pakistan Railway would restore all travel facilities for the journalists in private railway coaches likewise the government railway coaches,adding that ‘half fare policy’ of Pakistan Railway for private coaches services would also restore soon for journalists.

Warning notices served to defaulters

Sargodha Circle office, on the directions of Faisalabad electric supply company (FESCO), has decided to recover pending dues from various departments including Health, Police, Railways etc.

According to official sources,Circle office Sargodha management has already served the notices to those government departments who were defaulters of power bills amounting to billions of rupees since many months.

The deadline of June 30 has been given to all the defaulters, said sources.

Five drug peddlers held

Police on Monday arrested five drug peddlers and recovered narcotics from their possession.

According to a police spokesman, the teams of various police stations conducted raids under their jurisdiction, nabbed five accused and recovered 3.6-kg charas, 65 litres liquor from them. They were identified as Mazhar,Umar,Qasim,Amir and Nawaz. Cases were registered against the accused.