A spokesman of the Punjab Health Department said on Friday that 79 new positive cases of dengue virus have been reported, while 27 new patients had been admitted to different teaching hospitals during the last 24 hours. The spokesman said that 103 dengue fever patients were currently under treatment in the hospitals.

As many as 66 animals including four common leopards, two of which cubs, died at the Marghazar Zoo over the past five years.

This was disclosed by Cabinet Division Minister In-Charge Babar Awan in a written reply to a query in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The committee on blending of ethanol for motor vehicles and bio-fuel technology held its first meeting under the convenorship of President Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd (ZTBL) Zaka Ashraf here on Wednesday.

The high-powered committee was constituted by the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, said a ZTBL press release.

Illegal parking in front of private and government collages on Jail Road, in Gulberg and other parts of the city, has paralysed traffic movement and poses a significant security risk.

The federal government has released Rs 15 million as first installment for construction of Khanpur Dam water supply phase-III scheme to counter water shortage in Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonment areas.

The Pak-EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has objected to the proposed dualisation of Garden Avenue due to the absence of environment rehabilitation plans.

With dengue fever on the rise and an average of 25 cases of the disease being reported every day on average, the Anti-Malaria Department of the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) has only fumigated less than half the city.

A UNDP sponsored windmill-run water desalination plant has been installed in Badin coastal area, which provides one thousand gallons pure water per day, it was learnt on Thursday. Badin Rural Development Society, an allied NGO of Nice Link, undertook the project costing Rs 3 million.

Capital Development Authority (CDA) is planning to launch Carbon Credit Project to make Islamabad a carbon neutral city.

The project is aimed at decreasing carbon emissions in the city and controlling global warming. The CDA has identified some sources to utilise them for carbon credits, said Sajjad Shah, CDA Environment Wing

Provincial Minister for Environment and Alternative Energy Askari Taqvi laid the foundation stone of the first solar energy laboratory at Hamdard University on Thursday.