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PPSC exam from March 2
Lahore, Feb 21: Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has announced that competitive examination for the posts of Female Civil Judges Cum Judicial Magistrates (BS-17) in the Lahore High Court will be held from 02 March to 08 March 2009. The exam will be held at the examination hall of Government Postgraduate Degree College for Women, Wahdat Colony, Wahdat Road, Lahore. The News

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Students set bus on fire after it crushes fellow
Lahore: A law student of Quaid-e-Azam Law College was crushed to death by an over-speeding bus bearing the number plate SI-4665 near Niazi Chowk in Shafiqabad police precincts, after which fellow students set the bus ablaze on Friday.

The victim, Muhashar Ashraf, was a resident of Dao Kay area of Muridke. The driver managed to escape from the scene. Soon after the incident, the students set the bus on fire. They staged a protest to condemn the incident and blocked the GT Road for hours.

They demanded the immediate arrest of the bus driver. A heavy contingent of police reached the spot and dispersed the students after assuring them of the immediate arrest of the driver. The body was sent to the city morgue for an autopsy. Police took the bus into custody after registering a case against the unidentified driver. Daily Times

Punjab Law College student distinction
Students of the Punjab Law College, Akif Tahir and Sidra Akram, won first positions in the Urdu Debate Competition and the Urdu Declamation Competition respectively in the All Pakistan Inter-Collegiate Competitions held at the Minhaj University, Lahore. The News

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LUMS celebrates 'Jashn-e-Faiz'
Lahore: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Friday organized a 'Jashn-e-Faiz' at the university's campus, to pay homage to poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz during his month of birth.

The festival included a conference, an exhibition, reminiscences, poetic tributes and a concert. In the conference, leading academics presented papers on various aspects of Faiz's poetry.

The exhibition consisted of Faiz's diaries, letters, awards, documents and personal photos. Faiz's belongings were provided by his family for the exhibition. The exhibition displayed his Lenin Peace Prize 1962, Abu Ali Ibne Sina International Prize 1985 and original manuscripts of his poems and letters that he wrote to his family members.

Speaking at the conference, Faiz's daughter and eminent artist Salima Hashmi shared her memories of the legendary poet. She said the establishment had always interfered with Faiz's work, but he never bowed to the pressure. She shared the memories of the time that she spent with her father.

Noted critic and writer Asif Farrukhi said Faiz had enriched the Urdu language with his diction. He said Quratulain Haider had mentioned Faiz in the English version of her novel 'River of Fire' and at least two of her books were associated with Faiz's work.

LUMS Literary Society Patron Naeemul Haq recited verses from the Faiz's poetry.

Afterwards, a concert was held that featured renditions of Faiz's poems in semi-classical music by an upcoming band called 'Laal' and two classically trained young singers.

GCU teaching in line with modern trends'
Lahore: The changing trends of the world call for modernisation in every field and the Government College University (GCU) has kept its teaching methods in accordance with modern trends, GCU Vice-Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab said on Friday.

He was addressing the prize distribution ceremony of the Annual Inter-Departmental Sports Tournament. Daily Times

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"I would love to hear more of the Jashn-e-Faiz from anyone who attended please! Especially Salima Hashmis account... and also if anyone has any personal memories of Faiz I would be very interested as I am researching a book on Faiz and his wife Alys. Thank you!"
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BZU seeks govt help for peace on campus
Multan: The Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) administration and Multan division officials held a rare meeting on Friday to discuss the deteriorating law and order on the campus.

Besides BZU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Muhammad Zaffarullah and his administrative staff, Commissioner Muhammad Ali Gardezi, District Coordination Officer Fazeel Asghar, Regional Police Officer Arif Ikram and City Police Officer (CPO) Saud Aziz attended the meeting.

A university spokesman said senior police officials and district officials had assured the VC of their cooperation to maintain law and order on the campus.

The CPO said that the university administration had called the meeting.

Additional Registrar Sohaib Rashid said the meeting had already been scheduled. Sources, however, say the meeting was called after the VC met Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday. His meeting with the chief minister was arranged by a parliamentarian.

Sources claimed the VC had informed Mr Sharif about illegal activities of a students wing of a political party on the campus besides increasing interference of parliamentarians of a party and some university staff which had led to deterioration of law and order. On the directions of the chief minister, police and administrative officials held the meeting with the VC.

Mr Rashid denied the meeting of the VC with the chief minister separately and said Dr Zafarullah had only attended a ceremony in Lahore where the chief minister was also present.

It was learnt that some staffers who are believed to be associated with a religious organisation had demanded on Feb 13 sacking of the resident officer Rashid for his failure to maintain peace in the university after a clash between two groups of the People's Students Organisation and manhandling of a hostel superintendent allegedly by a student.

The university administration on Thursday not only removed the resident officer from his post but also abolished the post. Mr Rashid says that the maintenance of law and order in the hostels is the responsibility of wardens and superintendents.

Missing student found dead
Gujranwala: A matric student who was kidnapped by unidentified people from Mandiala Warraich one month ago was found murdered near the village on Friday.

Amir Ilyas Hera, a student of the Rahwali Government High School, went missing on Jan 21. The Cantonment police registered a case after 11 days on the report of his brother, Qamer Ilyas.

When police found the body it was packed in a sack while torture marks were seen on his body.

The motive behind the kidnapping and killing could not be ascertained so far. Police shifted the body to District Headquarters hospital for autopsy. Dawn

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