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Punjab university B.Com, Pharm.D results 2009

Punjab university announces BCom, Pharm-D exams results
Lahore, Feb 16: The Punjab University (PU) has declared the results of BCom Part-I 2nd Annual Examination, 2009 and Doctor of Pharmacy, First Professional, Annual Examination, 2009.

The pass percentage in BCom examination remained 46.40 and in Doctor of Pharmacy 49.42. Detailed results are available at the Punjab University website

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PU date sheet
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has issued the written examination date sheet of Pharm-D, One Year Condensed/Deficit Course, 2nd Annual Examination, 2008.

According to a press statement, the examination will commence from March 1 and will conclude on March 22 next. Detailed date sheet is available at Punjab University website The news

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BISE facing severe financial crunch
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dera Ghazi Khan, is caught up in a severe financial crisis, as it is facing a deficit of Rs 167 million.

Member of Punjab Assembly Mohsin Khan Leghari said at a point of order that the board was faced with a severe financial crisis, and had requested one of its neighbouring boards to give it some money. He said the DG Khan BISE is an important education board of the province, but it is facing a deficit of Rs 167 million because it has distributed the money among position holders, especially among the winners of essay writing competitions. He said the board has more than 400 employees, but no money to pay them salaries or meet other expenditure.

He said that awarding cash prizes in such a manner could be a popular step by the Punjab chief minister, but it was unwise in terms of finances.

He said the DG Khan board is now looking for assistance from the Bahawalpur BISE, which itself is on the brink of bankruptcy. He said it is a very important issue, which should be resolved on an urgent basis.

Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman admitted that almost all boards were facing a crisis-like situation, but said the department concerned had sent a summary to the Punjab CM for financial grant.

During the proceedings of the House, MPA Sheikh Allaudin said that the roads of Lahore were being dug without any reason. He said this practice had caused corruption of millions of rupees without any check. He demanded formation of a House committee to look into the matter. PA Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan directed the law minister and the minister for excise and taxation to immediately look into the matter.

MPA Wallayat Shah Khagga said that doctors at the Sahiwal District Headquarters Hospital were on strike for the last 18 days, which was causing a lot of problems for the patients. He said the authorities concerned were paying no heed to the matter. Health Minister Nadeem Kamran said negotiations were in progress to address the matter. Daily times

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KU tree plantation drive
Karachi: Karachi University (KU) Landscape Department has started chopping down Eucalyptus trees from the KU campus to prevent the university and its environment from severe side effects of the tress as these trees caused massive loss to the university in the torrential rains in 2008.

Around 21 trees have been chopped down so far, while in response to this step the Karachi University is planning to launch a massive tree plantation campaign from 15 March 2010 at the varsity.

Conversely, the Eucalyptus tree has already been declared as serious threat to utility services, footpaths and sewerage lines of the metropolis; this situation had forced the City District Government Karachi and Sindh Environment Ministry to cut down more than 100,000 trees from the city.

Eucalyptuses are among the tallest trees in the world. Around three out of 21 chopped trees are near the International Relations Department, around seven of them are near the Political Science Department and remaining are near the Economics department.

KU Landscape Department Dr Moa-zam said that Eucalyptus trees had caused huge loss to KU administration when nearly 40 Eucalyptus trees fell down in the torrential rains.

"Plantation is purely scientific activity. I don't know who had planted these trees in the KU, as now they have to be chopped to protect our sewerage lines, fresh water lines, electricity wires etc.

Eucalyptus trees are also know to have adverse affect on underground water reservoirs, as they consume plenty of water that and there roots extend to long distances, damaging the sewerage and water supply lines", he noted. The nation

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Medical education, research
Karachi: Senior doctors at a medical symposium on Monday stressed the need to promote medical education and research activities to continue in medical institutions in order to improve healthcare services across the country.

They said that in today's world the in-service doctors too like other professionals were required to update their knowledge and have better understanding of diseases and come up with innovative ideas and answers to the emerging problems related to delivering health care.

The symposium is being organised as its 47th annual feature by the federal government-run Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. Director-general of the federal health ministry Prof Rashid Jooma, who also served the JPMC as its executive director before moving to Islamabad, was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of the symposium which will last for one week.

The tragic bomb blast that took place in front of the JPMC's accident and emergency department some days back was a recurring topic at the symposium as well, particularly when the executive director of the hospital, Prof Tasnim Ahsan, replayed a close circuit television recording while giving her inaugural remarks.

She praised the courage shown by her medical teams and administrative staff as they helped survivors of the blast especially as they were already busy extending medical care to victims of another blast which had taken place earlier the same day. She discussed the problems faced by the hospital staff and stressed the need for taking special measures for the security of the staff and patients at the hospital on a priority basis.

Prof Jooma expressed his solidarity with the healthcare professionals and other victims of the blast and saluted them for their bravery. "It was very traumatic and painful for us in the federal government as well," he said, adding that the hospital was required to have all its gates monitored properly and relocate and re-strengthen surgical, accident and emergency blocks in order to have safer places to treat patients.

While discussing the theme of the symposium, 'The role of symposia in education and research', the director-general said that it was unfortunate that little attention was given to scientific and research work in medical institutions but this trend should end now and doctors too should devote more time to such activities.

He said that for the first time in the country, the ministry of health had tasked the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council to activate its continuing professional development cell. The cell would work to improve the professional skills of doctors and motivate them to pay attention to generating new medical knowledge as well, he informed the audience.

He also said that the federal government in coordination with the provincial governments was working on developing some set of guidelines and legal provisions to minimise the cases of errors and negligence by doctors at public and private hospitals."Owing to recent cases of alleged negligence by healthcare professionals in the country, particularly in the provinces of Sindh and Punjab, the ministry of health is in the process of formulating a policy to ensure good quality and ethical practices of doctors," he said, adding that it was already under consideration of the government that some measures be taken to ensure availability of all required quality medical and allied facilities and gadgets in the healthcare centres owned by both the private-and-public sectors.

In a plenary lecture, Dr Zafar Sajjad of the Aga Khan University Hospital discussed the importance of continuous medical education and its processes. He said that the current state of affairs in the country with respect to these was not very encouraging. In a situation when a very limited number of doctors at some of the institutions were devoting their time to the CME there was a need to condition the CME with the promotions and salaries of doctors, he added.

Dr Huma Qureshi, director of the Pakistan Medical Research Council, said that the lack of revision of curricula, scarcity of supervisors, lack of time to do research due to overworked health providers, lack of funding, non-paying research jobs and lack of appreciation of research by users were the main hurdles in the improvement of the research culture in the country.

Dr Shaukat Ali Jawaid stressed making the symposia held by the medical institutions as a real source of academic activities, as they were in the 1960s and 70s, instead of making them social gatherings for entertainment and musical programmes.

Prof Ghulam Mehboob, chairman of the academic council and symposium organising committee, and JPMC joint director Seemin Jamali also spoke.

Swine flu

Prof Jooma, the DG health, said that 25 patients had died so far in the country due to swine flu, which, according to him, was in decline in Pakistan as well as around the world.

"We have received syringes, gloves and safety boxes from the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, the preventive vaccines against swine flu are still awaited," he said, adding that so far about 1,200 samples were tested to check the swine flu virus in the country, out of which 260 were found positive.

He also said that he was already consulting the provincial governments, including Sindh and Punjab, on the introduction of a set of legislation for the regulation of hospitals and improvement of service delivery there. "I have also talked to the health minister of Sindh, Dr Sagheer Ahmad, and have been given to understand that his department would defer the presentation of a draft bill on private hospitals for some time and wait for a national policy." Dawn

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Voice of a revolution
Lahore: Dr Fauzia Sidiqqui, sister of Dr Aafia Sidiqqui, on Monday visited various educational institutions in the city and briefed students about her sister's case.

Fauzia made speeches at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), University of Lahore (UCS) and Superior University, Raiwind Campus where a large number of students welcomed her and showed keen interest in the case of Dr Aafia, who is being detained in the US "for assaulting American personnel in Afghanistan".

Beside students, faculty members, the media and Insaf Students Federation activists were also present at the lectures. Speaking at LUMS, Fauzia appreciated the support of the students who had highlighted her sister's plight by staging protests across the city. Fauzia said the students had made her feel like 'family' by expressing their unwavering support for her sister.

Fauzia told students that Muslims around the world had protested against her sister's plight, and human right activists across the globe had condemned Aafia's detention by the US. She said her sister was the "voice of a revolution" which is why she had been arrested by the US. At UCL, she said the people of Pakistan were respected across the world for upholding their honour and dignity. She said she believed that people would continue protesting against US 'injustice' until her sister is set free.

At Superior University, Fauzia requested the students to participate in today's (Tuesday) rally at the Punjab Assembly hall to express solidarity with her sister. Daily times

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