RMC to get administrative control of housing society – Newspaper

RAWALPINDI: The Punjab government has decided to hand over administrative control of the Urban Housing Society Satellite Town from the Department of Housing to the Rawalpindi Metropolitan Corporation (RMC).

A senior divisional administration official told Dawn that all the matters will be settled by the housing and local government secretaries.

The case will be sent to the provincial cabinet for final approval.

He said the provincial government has asked the local administration to make arrangements, after which the RMC will be responsible for providing all the civic facilities.

When contacted, Commissioner retired Capt Mohammad Mehmood said there are administrative problems that need to be resolved.

Mr Mehmood, who is also the administrator of Rawalpindi, said: “The secretaries of both the departments have been apprised of the situation. The matter is now in the Cabinet Division for approval.”

The Satellite Town scheme was set up by the government in 1952-54 under

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SOCIETY: REVIVING THE PAKHTUN HUJRA – Newspaper

It is a chilly winter evening in Katlang, Mardan, as Yasir Ali puts dinner on the table for a guest in a hujra of the small village of Azi Khel. The guest is an old man who has come from Kohistan. He asks the boy Yasir Ali, “Where is that tall, handsome and white-bearded man who used to bring me food whenever I came here?”

“Oh, you talk about Muhammad Nabi Kaka,” Yasir answers. “He is no more with us. He died on Eid last year,” he says, with a deep sigh. The guest stares at the boy, motionless.

“Died?” the guest repeats, his eyes open wide in shock.

Then tears rush down from his eyes, and flow down his cheeks and beard.

“I have never met such a generous person [as him] in my life,” the old guest says in a low, quivering voice.

Yasir nods: “Yes, he was

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Lonely society – Newspaper – DAWN.COM

MANY causes have been sought for increasingly divisive politics: the false promise of neoliberalism and globalisation; resource scarcity; the 24/7 news cycle; soaring displacement, etc. But what if the answer lay in the human condition that these factors have collectively produced?

Writing for the Financial Times, Noreen Hertz argued that loneliness was making the world a “more aggressive, angry place”. That the Western world is increasingly lonely is known. According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, one in 20 adults in the UK report feeling lonely often or always. More than three in five Americans across generations also describe themselves as lacking companionship and feeling misunderstood.

Linking pervasive loneliness with political polarisation is not novel. Hertz cites the work of Hannah Arendt, who wrote that for people facing “isolation and lack of normal social relationships… it is through surrendering their individual selves to ideology that [they] rediscover their purpose and

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Pope says free market, trickle-down policies have failed society – Newspaper

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis said on Sunday that the Covid-19 pandemic was the latest crisis to prove that market forces alone and “trickle-down” economic policies had failed to produce the social benefits their proponents claim.

In an encyclical on the theme of human fraternity, Pope Francis also said private property cannot be considered an absolute right in all cases where some lived extravagantly while others had nothing.

Called “Fratelli Tutti” (Brothers All), the encyclical’s title prompted criticism for not using inclusive language after it was announced last month.

In Italian, Fratelli means brothers but it is also used to mean brothers and sisters. The Vatican said it was taken from the “Admonitions”, or guidelines, written by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th century to his followers and could not be changed.

The pope says in the first line of the 86-page encyclical that St. Francis had “addressed his brothers

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16 exonerated in Rs284m housing society corruption case – Newspaper

KARACHI: An accountability court has exonerated 16 people charged with corruption of over Rs284 million allegedly commited through illegal surrender of over 18 acres of Pakistan Post Office Cooperative Housing Society (PPOCHS) land.

The Accountability Court-IV Judge Suresh Kumar pronounced his reserved judgement after recording evidence and hearing final arguments from both sides.

The judge noted that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against the accused, and ordered their acquittal.

The accused included Kamran Nabi Ahmed, the chairman of the society when a suit was filed, Mohammad Jaffar Khan and former honorary secretary along with the management committee members, government officials and private persons — Arif Hussain, Ms Rubina Nafees, Ms Saima Mashkoor, Ms Nagma Sultan, Ms Tahira Sultan, Ms Ishrat Jaffar, Aun Saeed Hashmi, Wali Bhai Momin, Mubarak Ali, Mubarak Ali Rahim, Barkat Ali, Imran Mehdi Memon, Muhammad Akhtar Pathan and Imdad Ali Mughal.

According to the prosecution,

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Private society surrenders land to LDA Avenue-I – Newspaper

LAHORE: A private housing society has agreed to surrender its land to the Lahore Development Authority’s LDA Avenue-I scheme on Raiwind Road.

The society (Chiniot Housing Scheme) accepted the offer and would get 30 per cent of developed plots in return, according to officials.

According to proposal, the Chiniot housing society will surrender 1,555 kanals for merging it into the LDA Avenue-I housing scheme area. The LDA, in return according to an agreed formula, will give 30 percent developed plots of the total land to the society. This will enable the LDA to accommodate 613 plot holders of Avenue-1 scheme. “The decision will help resolve the 17-year-old issue,”said the official.

He said a philanthropist would bear the cost of construction of two mosques, one each in Jubilee Town and Avenue One. These mosques will be managed and maintained by the LDA. These mosques will have nothing to do with any

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