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Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar presided over a meeting of Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Department at his office to review departmental performance and the progress made on mega health projects. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister stressed that every possible effort will be made for the betterment of the health sector. He pointed out that 27 percent increase has been made in the health sector budget along with starting of several health projects in far-flung areas. He regretted that the backward areas were also healthwise neglected in the past but the PTI government is following the policy of composite development in every sector. He directed that Nishtar Hospital-2 project in Multan should be completed soon and announced that he would visit hospital site during his next visit to Multan district. This hospital is being built with an amount of around eight billion rupees. The chief minister directed that construction work of the hospital building should be completed by next year adding that matters about Institute of Cardiology DG Khan should be settled as soon as possible. Residences for doctors and other staff will also be constructed in this cardiology institute. He added that a new building of Shaikh Zayed Hospital Rahim Yar Khan will be constructed with an amount of around six billion rupees. He directed to expedite the speed of work on this project and added that matters about hospital building in Gujranwala should also be completed soon. Alongside, a plan should be devised for the establishment of Institute of Blood Diseases, he added. The emergency of services hospital will be upgraded as a state-of-the-art facility and Punjab government will provide required resources in this regard. 

Usman Buzdar said that hospitals will be transformed as rehabilitation centres and patients will be provided with the best healthcare facilities. Improving the hospitals' conditions is a duty of the government and it wants to improve the standard of hospitals to such a level that foreign patients also come here for treatment, he added. The meeting was told that the contractor has been mobilized for Nishtar Hospital-2 project while 17 firms have submitted their pre-qualifications for DG Khan Institute of Cardiology project. Secretary SH&ME briefed about progress on ongoing health sector projects. Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid, CEO Infrastructure Development Authority Punjab and others attended the meeting. 


Provincial Minister HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine has said that morality and human rights are an essential component of every religion and it was the moral duty of all to spread the message of unity and harmony. He said that the ministry of HR with the collaboration of all stakeholders taking measures to protect the human rights in the province. He expressed these views in a meeting with a delegation led by Bishop Sibastian Shah. Bishop Sibastian Shah acknowledged the efforts of PTIs Government to promote peace and harmony among all religions. He said that believers of all religion have to work together to protect human rights. The minister said very soon a project will be launched regarding Harmony and safe Punjab with the collaboration of all stakeholders.


Information Minister Punjab Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan has said that journalist community has performed valuable service for the stability of democracy in Pakistan. As the Information Minister of the Buzdar Government, I will continue to do my utmost to ensure the dignity and employment of working journalists. The Minister expressed these views while talking to media persons at the Lahore Press Club. Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan met, greeted and presented a bouquet of flowers to the newly elected body of the Press Club. Vice President Qazafi Butt, Secretary Press Club Babar Dogar, Member Governing Body Shahid Chaudhry, Deba Mirza and other journalists were present on the occasion. Minister Information also distributed journalist support fund cheques to journalists' widows. He assured the members of the representative body of journalists that in collaboration with the Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, he will ensure the issuance of health cards to some six thousand journalists across Punjab. He added that funds for the development work of the journalist Colony F Block have also been appropriated and the project will also see positive progress soon.

Talking about the Opposition, he said that Opposition's support for the Army Amendment Act is commendable. Leaving all differences behind, the opposition should work to stabilize democracy in the country. Replying to a question on the issue of Nawaz Sharif's return to Pakistan, he said that the Interior Ministry and the Health Department are monitoring the matter very closely and the decision to extend Nawaz Sharif's stay abroad or return will be taken after inspecting his latest health reports. Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan said that the present government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, will complete in constitutional tenure.


Punjab safe cities authority arranged one-day conference on ‘Data & Privacy Protection Procedures (DP3)’ in PPIC3 headquarters here on Thursday. The conference was attended by the prominent lawyers, legal fraternity and scholars from around the country. Chairman Judicial Commission for Environment Justice (R) Ali Akbar Qureshi, Prof. Amirullah Khan Niazi from PU, DIG-IT Ghulam Mahmood Dogar, Former Chairman Punjab Bar Rai Bashir, Former Secretary Pakistan Bar Asad Manzoor Butt, Advocate Supreme Court Shahid Ahmed Paracha, Advocate Supreme Court Imtiaz Ahmed Kamboh, Sargodha University’s professor Saqib Ahmed, former additional advocate general Punjab Ahmed Rauf, former Assistant Advocate General Punjab Adnan Tariq and Assistant Advocate General Punjab Zafar Ahmed Sukhera participated in the privacy conference. Managing Director Malik Ali Amir briefed the participants about PSCA privacy policy in detail along with COO Akbar Nasir.

The managing director told the gathering that police communication officers deputed in PSCA have limited and controlled access to data. All cameras installed in the city monitor only public places, he added. Mr Ali Amir said that due to specific angles of CCTV cameras, nobody can monitor private/residential areas or private gatherings. All the officials of the Authority are constantly under the supervision of senior police officers. Sensitive cases are supervised directly by senior officers, he added. The chief operating officer said that the authority guides the field force in matter related to prevention of crimes and effective emergency response. Justice (R) Ali Akbar Qureshi expressed his views at the Data Privacy Conference, saying that the authority's steps to secure the data were satisfactory. Legal experts praised the efforts of the Punjab Safe Cities Authority and said that more awareness about privacy needs to be spread at the public level.



Chief Secretary Punjab Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan met with an eight-member delegation led by Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Chairman Asim Raza at Civil Secretariat here on Thursday. The Punjab government and flour millers agreed, in principle, to fix price of 20 kg flour bag at Rs 805 in the meeting. The delegates also informed the Chief Secretary about the problems being faced by them. The Chief Secretary assured that the Punjab government would extend full cooperation to resolve genuine problems of flour millers. The delegation comprised of Rauf Ahmad Mukhtar, Mian Riaz Ahmad, Habib ur Rehman Khan Laghari, Nawab Liaqat Ali Khan, Iftikhar Ahmad Matto, Hafiz Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Nasrullah Khosa. Secretary Food Waqas Ali Mehmood and officers concerned were also present on this occasion.     

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