PESHAWAR: The first edition of the Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Sports Festival underway amidst great fun here at Hayatabad Sports Complex today.
Member Provincial Assembly Rabi Basri was the chief guest on this occasion in a grand opening ceremony held at Hayatabad Sports Complex while the Taekwondo event of the Festival was formally inaugurated by former Sports Minister KP Syed Aqil Shah here at Qayyum Sports Complex.
Administrator Hayatabad Sports Complex Syed Jaffar Shah, Director National Book Foundation Murad Ali Mohmand, Olympian Nasrullah, officials, players and a large number of spectators were also present.
In the opening match of the football, Sheikh Club Mardan upset Hayatabad Football Academy team by 3-2 in a thrilling match. Hamza, the center striker, was the star for Skeikh Club Mardan who scored three goals including a hat-trick while for Hayatabad Football Academy Roghan and Shah Nawaz scored one goal each.
In the Badminton event Bannu, Peshawar, Abbottabad, HEC Junior, and Senior teams advanced to next round after securing victories against their respective rivals.
In the first Bannu defeated Dir Lower by 2-0, Peshawar beat Charsadda by 2-0, Abbottabad recorded a victory against Nowshera by 2-0 while HEC Senior and HEC Junior teams beat Swat and Malakand teams in straight sets.
Male and Female players from across the province are taking part in other games comprising Table Tennis, Taekwondo.
Ban on high beam lights, drones in funnel areas
PESHAWAR: Deputy Commissioner Peshawar, under section 144 has imposed ban on use of high beam laser lights at shops or advertisement sites situated in funnel areas due to its adverse affects on landing of commercial planes.
Ban has also been imposed on possession and flying of drones by civilian in funnel area and commercial usage of rooftop of high rise public and private buildings with windows in upper stories facing landing zone of commercial planes.
Anyone found violating the order would be prosecuted under section 188.
The ban has come into force forthwith and would remain enforced for 30 days, said a official statement issued here.
Women’s bicycle rally cancelled in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: A scheduled bicycle rally, in which 35 women and transgenders were supposed to take part here today, has been cancelled due to objection by certain groups.
According to details Zama Jawandoon, an organization working for women’s rights was all set to hold the ‘peace rally’ but the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F), Jamaat-i-Islami, and other religious parties held that would spread obscenity.
Due to the threat of protests by these parties, organizers opted to cancel the rally: “After receiving information about a possible protest against the race, police contacted the organizers and they revealed that the rally had been postponed,” SP Cantt Wasim Riaz confirmed.
Peshawar: 31 carwash service stations sealed
PESHAWAR: Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) and the district administration in a joint crackdown sealed 31 unregistered car wash service stations in different localities here today.
Teams led by Additional Assistant Commissioners Shehbaz Khattak, Saman Abbas WSSP Zonal Manager Engr Turab Khan, Engr Fakhar Alam, others raided hotels and wedding halls in different localities said the spokesperson.
The crackdown was launched after the district government decided either to register or close the unregistered services stations, wedding halls, and hotels if their owners were not willing to register
The teams also issued notices to 60 hotels, services stations and wedding halls for getting unregistered water connection and warned the owners to get their properties registered within three days.
After expiry of the deadline, the unregistered hotels, car wash, and wedding hall would be sealed under the Local Government Act.
They were also directed to get No Objection Certificate for using water from government-owned tube-wells or pumping out water from their own bore wells.
Raids were conducted in Hayatabad Phase-III chow, Board Bazar, University Road, Tehkal, Gulberg, Kohat Road, Nauthia, Bara Road, Umer Gul Road, and Nawa Killay.
The owners expressed a willingness to get their connections registered. Besides, the consumers were also sensitized about water conservation and timely payment of municipal bills.
They were told that the timely payment of municipal bills would bring improvement in services delivery.
Several shopkeepers were also fined for dumping waste on roads and warned to dispose of it properly in containers or place it before their shops so that WSSP sanitation staff could pick it.
Chief Executive Officer WSSP Engr Khanzeb Khan asked the zonal managers to ensure timely recovery of arrears in their jurisdiction that would help the urban utility improve its services.
“We clean your streets and drains and provide safe water at a nominal bill of just Rs330 per month to domestic consumers while charge car wash, wedding halls, and hotels just Rs5500 which is not that big
the amount,” he said.
He added that amount collected through their bills would be spent on improvement in services to keep their environment clean and drains open.