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MA previous results
Hyderabad, April 17: Sindh University announced on Thursday the result of M. A. previous external examinations 2008.

About 2,835 candidates appeared in the examination while 1,957 cleared all subjects. Dawn

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Karachi University announced BEd forms date
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) has announced that the examination forms and fee for BEd (both morning and evening) supplementary examinations 2008 may be deposited by candidates at their respective colleges from April 20 to 25.

The prescribed fee is Rs2,800, including a Rs500 late fee, according to a KU statement. Ppi


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KU conducts new research on anorexia nervosa
Karachi: Researchers at the University of Karachi (KU) Department of Biochemistry have discovered that the appetite of patients suffering from anorexia nervosa could be increased by administering an amino acid called Triptophan into the body.

Anorexia nervosa is a disorder that decreases appetite and the will to eat. Dr Darkhshan J. Haleem, senior professor at the department, along with her PhD student Tafheem Malik, found out that starvation for long periods decreases the production of serotonin in the brain. The administration of the amino acid Triptophan alleviates the levels of serotonin, thus inducing hunger in the patient.

Both Malik and Dr Haleem will travel to Chicago to attend the 24th International Symposium on Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolism and Function being held from June 29 to July 3.

"Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric illness that describes an eating disorder characterised by extremely low body weight and body image distortion, with an obsessive fear of gaining weight," explained Dr Naeem Siddiqui, a psychiatrist working with the Aga Khan University and the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplant.

According to him, individuals who have anorexia are known to control body weight by voluntary starvation, purging, excessive exercise or other weight control measures such as diet pills or diuretic drugs. The disorder is a complex condition involving neurobiological, psychological, and sociological components, and can ultimately lead to death. While the condition primarily affects adolescent females, approximately 10 per cent of people diagnosed with it are male.

While the diagnosis of anorexia can be aided through biological tests, the diagnosis is based on a combination of behaviour, physical characteristics, reported beliefs and experiences of the patient. Anorexia is typically diagnosed by a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist or other suitably qualified clinician. Notably, diagnostic criteria are intended to assist clinicians, and are not representative of what an individual sufferer feels or experiences while living with the illness.

"The majority of research into the incidence and prevalence of anorexia has been done in Western industrialised countries, so results are generally not applicable outside those areas," said Dr Siddiqui. However, recent reviews of studies on the epidemiology of anorexia in Pakistan have suggested an incidence of between eight and 13 cases per 100,000 persons per year, and an average prevalence of 0.3 per cent using strict criteria for diagnosis. These studies also confirm the view that the condition largely affects young adolescent females, with females between 15 and 19 years old making up 40 per cent of all cases, although the condition is not limited to any age or demographic. Furthermore, the majority of cases are unlikely to be in contact with mental health services.

"Socio-cultural studies have highlighted the role of cultural factors, particularly through the media, such as the promotion of thinness as the ideal female form in Western industrialised nations," said Dr Anjum Ara, professor at the KU Department of Psychology. Although anorexia nervosa is usually associated with Western cultures, exposure to Western media is thought to have led to an increase in cases in non-Western countries. However, other cultures may not display the same worries about becoming fat as those with the condition in the West, and instead may present with low appetite with the other common features.

Anorexia is thought to have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Approximately six per cent of those who are diagnosed with it eventually die due to related causes. The suicide rate of people with anorexia is also higher than that of the general population, and is thought to be the major cause of death for those with the condition.


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BIEK exam forms date extended
Karachi: Keeping in view the hardships and in the interest of students, the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has extended the dates for acceptance of examination forms for Science (Pre-Engineering, Science General and Pre-Medical), and Home Economics and Commerce (Regular and Private) Groups HSC Part–I or Part-II (combined if eligible) or improvement of division and additional subjects all groups (regular and private) for Annual Examination 2009, with effect from April 18 to April 21. A late fee of Rs2,000 has been levied, BIEK Controller Examination Professor Agha Akbar Mirza said on Thursday. Students will submit their examination forms and fee in the booth of the United Bank Ltd (UBL) BIEK North Nazimabad after necessary verification and endorsement of fee on the examination form from the sections concerned, Professor Mirza said. The News


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Ebad set to 'correct' BSEK's affairs
Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad is planning to remove Brig (Retd) Muhammad Shafiullah Qureshi from the chairmanship of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) for taking the Board out of the present administrative turmoil, created especially after the termination of three officials of the BSEK, it was learnt on Wednesday.

Sindh governor is paying special attention to the affairs of the BSEK, as the administration of the BSEK was being criticised for failing to organise SSC examinations smoothly and transparently in the metropolis. Taking notice of mismanagement and corruption at BSEK, members of Sindh Assembly, belonging to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), have sent brief details to the MQM chief Altaf Hussain regarding the BSEK, according to sources in the MQM. Conversely, the higher authority of MQM has directed its party workers and office bearers to stay away from the affairs of examinations, it is learned.

It is expected that Sindh governor would take action against the administration, over the reported flaws in the examinations' affairs, and encouraging cheating mafia to do corruption freely especially during examinations.

According to views of the board's employees, gathered by us, the board is facing severe mismanagement and administrative problems due to the negligence of the present chairman, who has completely failed to manage both administrative and examination affairs of the board.

They said, "The performance of the board can easily be gauged from the fact that the BSEK official website still carries the names and messages of those officials who had already been removed from their jobs on the orders of the governor. BSEK is really in need of an able leadership to gain its reputation again." The Nation


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13,000 teachers to be hired in Sindh
Karachi: As many as 13,000 primary, secondary and higher secondary school teachers would be hired in the province, according to a statement issued by the spokesman of the Sindh Education Department on Thursday.

He said that the process of recruitment in this connection has been started, and added that necessary steps have been taken to ensure that the hiring process is based on merit and conducted in a transparent manner.

He said that the entry test would be conducted under the auspices of the Sindh University at the district level on April 24 to 26. The finances for the hiring of the teachers would be made available by the World Bank under an agreement with the Sindh Education Department.

The agreement is for a period of three years during which the World Bank would provide a sum of 100 million dollars every year, which would cover teachers' salaries, upgradation of schools in the province and the maintenance of the school buildings that are in a dilapidated state. He added that the hiring process would also be monitored by the donor that has sent a team for the purpose. The News


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Book bank for needy students
Karachi: A group of Christian community has established a Book Bank Project to help the needy and poor students of the community who cannot afford to buy the new textbooks of the new academic year 2009, the spokeswoman of the project said on Tuesday.

She said that Book Bank Project had been initiated first time to help the needy students of the community and people could submit the old text books of their children who have been promoted to the next classes.

She said that the text books from class 1 to 10 including Cambridge School System would be submitted in the Book Bank Project which was established under the supervision of Father Edward, Parish priest, at St Patrick Cathedral, in Saddar, Karachi.

The spokeswoman said that it was felt that due to the inflation in the society, the poor parents cannot afford the high prices of new textbooks and their children would suffer. Therefore, it has been decided to establish the Book Bank Project, where old textbooks would be collected for distribution among the needy students of the community, she added. She mentioned that the old textbooks should not be in torn and dilapidated condition. They should be readable and in good condition so that children could use these books to complete one year. She appealed to the parents of those children who have been promoted to next classes to submit the textbooks for needy children.

The parents and children can contact, in this connection, to Father Edward, Parish priest, at St Patrick Church for submitting the textbooks in the Book Bank Project in the morning and within the school timings. The Nation


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Islam teaches tolerance: VC
Hyderabad: Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui has said the Holy Quran focuses on the unity of mankind and teaches tolerance.

The message in the Holy Quran is of universal harmony, peace, security and submission to Almighty Allah, he said at a lecture on 'Religious Tolerance in the Holy Quran and Message of Brotherhood', organised by the Department of Sindhi as the concluding session of founder's week celebrations on Thursday.

The vice-chancellor said it was a great honour for him that he had learned recitation of the Holy Quran from great scholar Allama I.I.Kazi, and his central point of philosophy was based on the teaching of the Holy Quran.

He urged students to regularly read the Holy Quran and understand it, and also to follow its teachings. Regular recitation of the Holy Quran could improve students' memory, he said and added that people could find solution to their problems in the holy book.

Mr Siddiqui also recited many versus from the Holy Quran and translated them to prove his point that the Holy Book teaches respect for human being and service to mankind.

Dr M. Qasim Bughio, Dean Faculty of Arts; Dr Noor Afroz Khoja, chairperson of Sindhi department, and Prof Abdul Ahad Azad Kazi also spoke on the occasion.


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Prize distribution
The Bureau of STAGS, University of Sindh, organised a prize distribution ceremony to award prizes and appreciation certificates among winners of an essay writing competition.

Two students from each Institute and department participated in the competition held as part of the founder's week celebrations.

Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqui distributed prizes and appreciation certificates among the winners. Dawn


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