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All Pakistan Science Conference on Genomics at Karachi University
Karachi, Dec 23: Conflict and war over the world's energy resources will remain inevitable unless other resources are explored to meet energy needs of the world today.

Prof Syed Arif Kazmi of HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi University (KU), expressed these views during a session of the 4-day 35th All Pakistan Science Conference on Genomics held here on Monday.

The conference is being held in the auditorium of International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), KU, and jointly organised by the KU Faculty of Science and Pakistan Association for Advancement of Sciences. Hundreds of Pakistani scientists and experts from all over the country and abroad are participating in the conference with an objective to review the problems faced by the experts in their disciplines.

Pakistani scientists from US, UK, Canada, Iran, Uganda and Somalia are also participating in the conference, in which nearly 300 research papers will be read out.

Prof Kazmi said, "During the coming century, the increasing population of the world and the ever-improving standards of living of the vast majority of the world's population will bring the traditional energy resources under tremendous pressure. Conversely, the wider use of these resources is damaging the environment in an irreversible manner.

F. Saher of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, said the prevalence of hepatitis B in cardiac patients is double than in that in the normal population indicating that heart patients are at higher risk of HBV. She said that hepatitis viral was an infectious hepatic disease associated with inflammation of liver. She said that HBV was one of the commonest infectious diseases worldwide while the cardiac patents needed to be cautious from fatality of the disease.

Taranum Ruba Siddiqui of Pakistan Medical Research Council said that the prevalence of hepatitis B and C infections in eye patients posed risks and dangers for doctors as well as other patients in hospitals and OPD. The alarming percentage of positive cases of these two viral infections gives us an idea of the risks involved and emphasizes us to adopt such practices that ensure the infection control measures, she observed.

Marium Ghani of KU Department of Microbiology stressed the need for discovering new anti-microbial compounds with diverse chemical structure and novel mechanisms of action for new and re-emerging infectious diseases. She added, "However, researchers are increasingly turning their attention to folk medicine, looking for new leads to develop better drugs against microbial infections."

Sikander K Sherwani, KU Department of Microbiology, indicated that pseudomonas, a type of bacteria, infection was most often associated with contact lens wear.

He said, "Nonetheless, we have not been able to trace how and why were these lens contaminated yet it is strongly speculated that they might have been contaminated with pseudomonas while handling with hands, water and contaminated protein fee solution.

"Moreover it is suggested that such contact lens associated keratitis and corneal ulcers can be prevented, if patients contact the physicians when they develop the early signs like a red or irritated eye and follow the strict hygienic conditions. The Nation

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International book fair 2008 from 26th at the Karachi Expo Centre
Karachi: The Fourth Karachi International Book Fair 2008 begins on December 26 at the Karachi Expo Centre.

Organised by the Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association (PPBA) in collaboration with the National Book Foundation, the fair will continue till December 30.

Book on conflict management
The University of Karachi's department of international relations has announced that a book titled "Conflict Management and the Challenge of Peace" has been published under its programme - Peace studies and conflict resolution.

The book comprises contributions from Lt-Gen (r) Talat Masood, Prof Swaran Singh, Justin Alexander, Ganesh Aryal, Salma Malik, Sumanasri Liyanage, Tehseen Nisaar, Zafar Jaspal, Farhan H. Siddiqi and other scholars.

Case studies of Jammu and Kashmir, Iran-US nuclear conflict and conflict management mechanism in former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka are some of the subjects discussed by the authors. App

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Sindh lecturers demand posting in front of the Parliament House
Islamabad: Lecturers from various districts of Sindh staged a protest here in front of the Parliament House on Monday demanding issuance of their posting orders by the provincial government.

A protesting lecturer said that 91 candidates cleared their written tests held under the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) for the posts of college lecturers in January 2006.

The result of the lecturers, he said, who cleared their written examination was published in newspapers and interviews were also conducted but their posting orders were not issued.

"Despite all this exercise, we were refused the posting orders by the Sindh government," he said, adding that the lecturers sought assistance from the Sindh High Court which later ordered the government to issue the posting orders.

"We will daily protest in front of the Parliament until issuance of the posting letters" he said. The protestors later dispersed peacefully. Dawn

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"THIS IS TO INFORM ALL THAT WE ARE SPSC PASS LECTURERS WAITING FOR POSTING. WE ARE RECOMONDED BY SPSC BUT GOVT IS RELUCTANT TO APPOINT US SAYING THAT THIER CASE RELATES TO ARBAB GOVT.WE ARE GIVEN OFFER LETTERS AND IN THE REPLY WE SUBMITTED OUR ACCEPTANCE.THEREAFTER THE CM QAIM ALI SHAH DENIES TO APPOINT 639 OFTHE 650 LECTURERS WHILE THE 11 ARE ARE GIVEN APPOINTMENT LETTERS SUPPOSEDLY FAVOURABLE.THIS IS A CLEAR DISCERMINATION MADE TO MINT THE MONEY."
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