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Islamabad 07 Nothing can dampen the joy of an Eid shopping spree Residents of twin cities continue to flock to bazaars, shopping malls despite massive inflation
AnF foils bid to smuggle drugs to Beijing RAWALPINDI APP
The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) foiled a bid to smuggle heroin to Beijing and arrested a person from Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Sunday. The accused was identified as Maqsood Ahmed Jalal, who hailed from Azad Jammu Kashmir. The accused was trying to smuggle 1.5 kg heroin in his coat and shoes. The ANF registered a case and started investigating the matter.
lHC benches formed for vacation week RAWALPINDI APP
The Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial constituted one division bench and two single benches for LHC Rawalpindi bench. The move has come in the sixth week of court summer vacations. Court vacations would end in September, but a regular bench with voluntary rotating judges would hear various cases during this period. The divisional and single benches would comprise of Justice Najam ul Hassan and Justice Imtiaz Ahmed, who would listen to cases until the end of the summer vacations.
eSPITe load shedding, price hikes and inflation, shopping for eid is in full swing, with buyers high in spirits purchasing clothes, accessories and gifts in various markets and shopping malls across the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. As soon as mid-Ramadan approaches, people start shopping for various items for eid, which include apparel, children garments, fashion accessories and a variety of other products. Most women get busy purchasing
Fitrana fixed at rs 80 per person ISLAMABAD APP
A religious scholar, Maulana Shoaib said that the minimum amount of Sadaqa-e-Fitr or Fitrana has been fixed at Rs 80 per person this year. Fitrana is paid as money or in kind to the poor before the occassion of eidul-Fitr. The amount has been fixed at Rs 80 according to the market price of 2.23 kilograms of flour. People who want to pay Fitrana equal to the price of barley, dates and other edibles, should pay Rs 220, Rs 1,120 and Rs 1,600 per head respectively. every adult Muslim must pay Zakatul-Fitr before eid prayers if they possess excess food. The amount is also paid for people who are dependent on a single bread winner within a household. Sadqa-e-Fitr could be given to close relatives, neighbors, seminary students and the poor.
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items for their family to celebrate eid in a befitting manner, while children look forward to celebrating the festival in a myriad of colors. "Due to the price hike, it is difficult to buy every thing one wants, but still people forego affordable items and go for expensive things as eid-ul-Fitr comes once a year and people celebrate it in a festive mood," said Ajmal, a shop owner at a local market. Constant load shedding and rising temperatures also create hurdles in shopping during the day and most people prefer to go shopping in the evening, causing markets to get crowded in the late hours, he said.
The trend of arranging special exhibitions for women and children before eid has increased during the last few years, creating shopping opportunities for buyers and huge revenues for sellers alike. Several days before eid, popular and unknown brands set stalls up along corners of markets, while couture and jewelry designers select hotels and art galleries to display their wares for status conscious people. Besides popular brands, home based workers including females also create paraphernalia for eid and demonstrate their skills, which not only bring in a respectful earning for them, but also keep
them aware of new trends in the market. Besides displaying typical items catering to women and children, the days leading up to eid also invite bangles and henna experts on these stalls arranged specifically for females. "The days after mid Ramadan provide us with the perfect extravaganza at affordable rates at these exhibitions," said Myra, a visitor at an exhibition. "Arranging exhibitions are a way of gaining more profit with less investment as rented outlets have become expensive and buyers visit these outlets mostly during the last days of eid,â€? a private event management company official said.
CDa permits eid stalls on footpaths ISLAMABAD APP
The Capital Development Authority has temporarily relaxed its anti-encroachment drive to facilitate residents of the federal capital during eid shopping. Vendors, shopkeepers, and stall holders would display eid-specific items outside their shops to attract customers. CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal told agencies on Sunday that the decision
was taken on the request of shopkeepers who wanted to erect outdoor stalls. He said that the number of customers was increasing as eid neared, and the relaxation in anti-encroachment drive was important to facilitate buyers. He added that only the stalls selling Ramazan and eid items were allowed to encroach on footpaths. He further stated that the stalls would be cleared out immediately after eid to maintain the beauty of Islamabad
In the past few weeks, the CDA had launched a drive against encroachments in the city on the directions of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). According to the chairman, all footpaths would be completely purged of encroachments in the final stages of the strategy. He added that the enforcement Directorate of the department would be strengthened to achieve the goals set by CDA.
improved water level brings no respite from outages ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The current spell of rain has increased water level at the reservoirs in and around the twin cities but has failed to provide respite to the masses from load shedding. The water level in Simly Dam, Rawal Lake and Khanpur Dam has considerably improved after the heavy rains. Residents of the twin cities said that power outages were rampant during the day and were only relaxed during night time. According to experts, water level at Rawal Lake dam has improved by 2.5 inches and is expected to rise further by 7-8 inches. The improvement in underground water level failed to facilitate citizens who complained that the problem of water scarcity existed in many areas of the city. Residents of sectors I-10 and G-10 said that an artificial water crisis was developed in their areas to benefit the business of private tankers, which were earning Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,700 per tanker.
Steps taken to ensure safe CNG usage ISLAMABAD APP
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has chalked out a plan to ensure safe usage of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in the country. A source within the ministry revealed on Sunday, that more than 100 workshops all over the country had started certifying vehicles after inspect-
ing their CNG cylinders. The workshop has been approved and certified by Chief Inspector of explosives (CIe) and Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP). The campaign aims at identifying unapproved CNG kits for vehicles, and replacing them with proper cylinders. The source disclosed that HDIP and CIe were evolving criteria for installation of CNG system in Public Service Vehicles (PSV) and private transportation. He added that uncertified ve-
hicles would not be issued fitness certificate and route permits by transport authorities, and wouldnâ€™t be allowed to fill gas from CNG stations. He further said that the government with the approval of economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (eCC) banned import of CNG cylinders and conversion kits since last December. Company fitted cylinders in vehicles is completely banned. The source identified seven approved CNG conversion kits for vehicles.