CM launches distribution of solar panels among students

PUNJAB Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday launched the programme of free distribution of solar panels among 25,000 talented male and female students of government schools and colleges of Lahore under Khadim-e-Punjab Ujala Programme at University of Engineering and Technology Auditorium.

When the chief minister arrived at the auditorium of the university, thousands of male and female students warmly welcomed him.

During his speech, the students had been raising slogans continuously, upon which, he asked them to remain silent, and then silence prevailed in the hall.

Shahbaz Sharif criticised the steps of previous government of Ch Pervaiz Elahi and said that these were the elements which had no concern with the welfare of the people. The chief minister also criticised the “Parha Likha Punjab Programme” of Pervaiz Elahi and said that crores of rupees were wasted on the publicity whereas no practical step was taken for the uplift of education sector.

He said that 70 per cent girl students were getting solar lamps and they were far ahead of the boys.

He said that if the situation remained so, there would be a Khadima in place of Khadim tomorrow.

MoU: A Memorandum of understanding (MoU), was signed between Punjab government and Asian Development Bank (ADB) under public-private partnership for promotion of cooperation in energy sector at Model Town here on Wednesday.

Under the MoU, collaboration will be made in energy-related projects for alternative water, coal and other energy sources.

The energy secretary signed the MoU on behalf of the Punjab government while a representative of Asian Development Bank signed the document on behalf of the bank.

The ceremony was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, planning and development chairman, information secretary and Country Director of Asian Development Bank Pakistan Resident Mission Warner Liepach and other representatives.

Under the MoU, Punjab government and Asian Development Bank would identify various energy projects and, after making initial review, would extend cooperation to each other.

Condolence: Shahbaz Sharif has expressed sorrow over the death of noted poet, writer and founder of Human Guides Mian Iqbal Akhtar.