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IJT and PU to organize book fair jointly
Lahore, April 21: The 24th annual book fair of Punjab University will be held on 22nd April, under the aegis of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and Punjab university administration. IJT had announced its book fair on 21 April whereas University administration had announced 23 April. A meeting was held here the other day between university administration and IJT members in which it was decided that book fair will be held on 22 April with collaboration of both parties. The book fair will continue for four days and conclude on 25th of this month. Prominent social and political personalities will participate in the book fair. The availability of all types of books will be ensured at the book fair. Nazim Islami Jamiat Talaba Punjab University Qaisar Sharief said that book fair and computer exhibition is a positive activity introduced by IJT. Ppi

PhD degrees awarded at PU
Lahore: Punjab University has awarded PhD degrees to Muhammad Farooq Haider. Muhammad Farooq Haider S/o Ghulam Muhammad has been awarded PhD in the subject of Islamic Studies after completion of his thesis entitled 'Books on Ibne Jawzi in the Field of Quranic Sciences: An Analytical Review'. He completed his thesis under the supervision of University of Sargodha Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr M.Akram Chaudhry. M.Javed S/o M.Asghar has been awarded PhD in the subject of Urdu after completion of his thesis entitled 'Syed Abul-Aila Madoodi-As-Prose Writer'. He completed his thesis under the supervision of PU Department of Urdu Ex-Professor and Chairman Prof Dr Rafi ud Din Hashami.

PU declares MEd result
Lahore: Punjab University Examination Department has declared the results of Master of Education (MEd), Semester System, Session 2008. Detailed result is also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. F.P. Report


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LUMS students protest death of colleague
Lahore: Hundreds of students of Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) staged a strong protest demonstration shortly after a rashly-driven luxury vehicle of a local businessman's son allegedly crushed a BSc student of the varsity to death and injured two others in Defence area early on Monday.

Several roads of the Cantonment area remained blocked to traffic due to eight hours long uninterrupted agitation and sit-in by the students. Initially, the police was reluctant to lodge an FIR knowing that all the joy-riders belonged to wealthy and influential families. However, the protest by the students that continued for eight hours forced the police to register the FIR.

According to some eye witnesses the joy-riders were performing screeching, a favourite sport among the upper class youth, when the car got out of control causing the accident that claimed the life of the young student.

The deceased, Wohaib Alam (22) and his class fellows Majid Nawaz and Habib Tariq were going to a local market for breakfast on a car (LWR-9972) early morning on Monday at around 4:15am. As they reached near KFC (Defence), a Parado jeep coming from the opposite side turned turtle due to over speeding and rammed into their car after rolling for quite a distance, a DHA security official said.

SP Cantt Ghulam Azfar said that the parado was being driven by a youth Bilal Sheikh, son of Sarfaraz Sheikh, a Garden Town resident and owner of flour mills while his friends Asad Sultan, son of an army officer, and Muhammad Danish, son of Abdul Sultan, a businessman, were other occupants of the jeep.

On the claims of the agitating students that the parado riders were under the influence of drug, the police sent their blood samples to the laboratory for examination. SHO Defence said that according to doctors, the medical reports would be issued within three to four days.

The terrible accident sparked protest among the LUMS students as no less than 600 students including females reached the spot and started agitation against the incident.

A university student Salman who reached the spot after 10 minutes of the incident told this scribe that he found three varsity students lying in pool of blood on the road. He said one of the injured students later identified as Wohaib Alam had succumbed to injuries on the spot while the others were crying for help.

Quoting a DHA security official, Salman said that he witnessed a rashly-driven parado jeep rolling on the road. Suddenly the jeep rammed into the car of the students and resultantly all the youngsters sitting inside the car sustained multiple injuries, he said. One of the jeep riders, Danish, also received minor injuries while the others two youngsters remained unhurt in the accident, he further said.

The police, however, arrested Asad and Danish after the DHA security personnel immediately got hold of them while their other friend, Bilal Sheikh, fled from the scene leaving the jeep on the road. The police later seized the vehicle. The injured students were immediately shifted to the National Hospital Defence from where Majid was shifted to the Lahore General Hospital. They all three were residents of Multan and presently staying in the university hostels.

Quoting the other injured student, Habib Tariq, a police investigator told this scribe that he saw the parado zigzagging on the road. As the driver applied brakes it turned turtle and collided with another vehicle.

Majid said that he had witnessed such scenes only in English movies. Apparently it seemed that the jeep driver was under the influence of alcohol, he told the police officer. He further said that it was electric pole that saved their lives as it (electric pole) had reduced the speed of the parado.

The news of Wohaib's death landed like a bombshell in his family when the university management informed them about the incident.

Meanwhile, Defence police faced tough time from both the university students and the accused parties. Around 600 students continued agitation from early morning till noon demanding strict legal action against the accused youngsters and occupants of the parado jeep.

During the protest demonstration, senior police officers held negotiations with the students but of no avail as they were insisting to get a copy of an FIR from the police nominating all the three riders.

The students also asked the police high-ups to medically examine the jeep riders claiming that they were under drug influence.

Meanwhile, PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique also reached the site and informed them that an FIR had been registered while the police teams had been dispatched for the arrest of the jeep driver.

SP Cantt Ghulam Azfar said that one of the arrested accused was the son of an army officer. According to the preliminary investigations, he said, the accident took place due to rash driving. Defence B police registered an FIR on the complaint of the injured student. One of the arrested accused, the son of the army officer, has been kept in another police station not the concerned one. The Nation


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Police confused over student's death
Islamabad: Bhara Kau police Islamabad seemed confused into the investigation of an accident case in which a student of local college was killed after being overrun by a van when the conductor allegedly pushed him.

Fahim Haider, a 3rd year student at a local college, lost his life in a road accident about five days before. The driver and conductor of the van managed to escape following the accident.

When contacted, Investigation Officer ASI Umer Hyat said that the driver Kamran Hafeez s/o Hafeez has been arrested by the police while the conductor is still at large. He said police are looking into the matter and trying to arrest the conductor.

Meanwhile, Naib Muharrar of Bhara Kau police station, Muhammad Jehnagir told that matter has been settled and it is too late to ask about this case.

Station House Officer Bhara Kau police station Abdul Rasheed Niazi, who was in Faisalabad when contacted for comments, said the driver has been arrested while conductor is reportedly escaped in Azad Kashmir. When asked that Naib Muharrar is telling otherwise, he said " I am in Faisalabad and do not have further information.

Our job is to arrest and challan the accused. If parties settle anything, it is upto them. There might be some progress in this regard," he maintained. However, he could not elaborate exact situation after investigation into the case. App


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34000 vacancies in education department
Lahore: Secretary School Education, Nadeem Ashraf has directed all the EDOs (Education) of the province to ensure the provision of lists of 20% schools of every district by May 15 for payment of performance allowance to the teachers and completion of recruitment of educators. He was addressing the meeting of EDOs (Education) and District Monitoring Officers of the province, here today. He said that the government has allowed recruitment on 34,000 vacancies for the provision of teaching staff in schools so that the teachers could be appointed in schools according to the enrollment of students.

The process of recruitment could be completed as early as possible so that non-functional schools could be made functional, he added. Nadeem Ashraf said that the government has taken a number of measures in education sector and launching of English medium classes in government schools is of special importance on which the masses have shown very encouraging response. He said that it is the responsibility of the administrative officers to ensure the provision of all facilities for English classes including required staff and books in selected schools so that confidence of the people could be restored in government schools.

The Secretary said that Rs.50 thousand are being provided to every government school, out of which an amount of Rs.25 thousand has been released. He directed the district officers to spend this money on repair and construction of computer lab room and other necessities. He further said that the government has started performance allowance for teachers displaying outstanding performance in education sector and for this purpose it is necessary to send the lists of 20 per cent schools of every district by May 15 on the basis of outstanding performance in primary, middle and matric examinations so that payment of performance allowance could be ensured by June 30.

The meeting also reviewed pending audit paras, implementation of reports of monitoring officers, illegal occupation of school lands, judicial cases and matters of nonfunctional schools. F.P Report


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Examination paper for SDO post in WAPDA leaked out
The examination paper prepared for WAPDA SDO posts has been canceled after leaking before examination date. However, controller of examination said paper has been canceled for some unknown reasons. At least 7, 000 candidates reached Lahore to attempt the paper. Other reports said at least 7,000 employees of WAPDA of sub engineer level would attempt the examination held for OSD post. The question paper has been leaked before the set date to promote some specific employees for the interest of high ups of WAPDA. The Nation


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