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Education employees baton charged again
Karachi, Feb 19: Police resorted to a baton charge and tear gas shelling on former non-teaching
employees of the Education Department in order to stop them from trying to
protest outside the Chief Minister House on Friday.
The protesters had
gathered outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) for the second consecutive day to
press the authorities to reinstate them.
Police also gave them a
thrashing near Maulana Deen Muhammad Wafai Road to break up the protest.
The sacked (BPS-1 to BPS-4) contract employees had to face batons and
water cannon on Thursday when they started their agitation. Several of them were
also beaten up.
They wanted to stage a sit-in in front of the CM House
until their demands were accepted by the chief minister, who had terminated
their jobs after their three-year contracts expired.
On Friday, when they
tried to march on the CM House, the police used batons and tear gas shelling to
stop them. Meanwhile, eight people were detained.
The police had parked
vehicles on the road to create hurdles. The protesters succeeded in overcoming
the barricades, but the police intercepted them near the YMC, beat them, and
fired tear gas shells to disperse them.
Some of the tear gas shells fell
inside the YMC and near government buildings and private apartments, causing
considerable inconvenience among the residents.
The desperate protesters
once again managed to gather near Fawara Chowk and challenged the police to open
fire. Soon more police arrived to handle the situation.
former employees blocked the road adjacent to the KPC and demanded release of
the arrested protesters. The police responded by calling water cannon but did
not use it.
When the protesters refused to leave, the police released
the detainees. Following this, the protesters went back to their camp outside
On the directions of the CM and the governor, PPP leader Rashid
Rabbani, Information Minister Raza Haroon and Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed
held talks with the protesters. However, the central president of the Sindh
Education Department's Lower Staff Association, Darya Khan Jamali, refused their
The protesters made it clear to the visitors that they would not
leave the place till restoration of their jobs.
"We want permanent jobs
and will not accept any extensions. Only permanent job is our demand," Jamali
said. "We will continue our protest and not go back home without job
offer letters," he added.
"No more lollypops. The government had offered
three months' extension along with early release of blocked salaries. We want to
make it clear that we do not accept this offer. The same was offered by the
education minister, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, a few weeks back, but we refused his
proposal and now the government has sent ministers with almost the same
proposal," protesters said.
The Awami National Party's Sindh chapter and
the Pakistan Muslim League-Q expressed solidarity with the former contractual
employees. The news
"The teachers working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) have decided to boycott the classes and examinations for an indefinite period to protest against the authorities' failure to implement the package announced by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani."
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Moot on chemistry at DA College for Women held
Karachi: A science seminar was organised here on Friday by Defence
Authority Degree College for Women, Phase VII Extension on the eve of the
International Year of Chemistry 2011. Prominent scientist and a former federal
minister Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman was the chief guest. The topic of the seminar
was 'Chemistry- our life, our future'. The students gave thought provoking and
research oriented presentations on different facets of the topic implying
application of chemistry in various fields of sciences. app
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FDE teachers all set to come on roads
Islamabad: The teachers working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) are all set to
come on roads during the second phase of their boycott if their demands are not
met till Saturday, it is learnt reliably.
According to the information,
teachers are now thinking for various other options including protests and
rallies on roads if their demands are not met. Sources revealed that the next
strategy regarding second phase of the strike was discussed in detail during a
meeting of Federal Government Teachers' Association (FGTA) held here on Friday
but the decision was not disclosed.
Reportedly FGTA would hold a meeting
on Saturday afternoon in which the decision regarding the change of strategy
during second phase would be finalised. "Till now we were peaceful and staged
sit-in protests but we can't continue with this policy any longer," said a
teacher requesting anonymity.
It has been learnt reliably that the
decision regarding the protests and rallies on roads have been taken but the
teachers are now waiting for the response from the Education Ministry. "We will
wait till Saturday afternoon after which we will announce our next strategy,
that is, protest demonstrations on roads," he said.
According to the
sources, initially teachers were thinking that the issue would be resolved
immediately in the wake of centralised Class V examinations, but after its
postponement they believe it would take time. "In order to press the authorities
more effectively to resolve the issue and fulfil their demands, it is mandatory
to change the strategy now," said an official of the FGTA.
He said that
keeping the greater interest of thousands of innocent students and the most
crucial timing of end of final term, the high-ups concerned must move with the
supersonic speed and not at snail's pace.
"We have kept all doors open,
but at appropriate level. Uniform nomenclature of all institutions under FDE and
uniform nomenclature of all teachers of all levels with minimum BPS-16 for
teachers cannot be delayed any longer. These are the key issues besides many
others to bring the teachers and students back in the classrooms," said FGTA
President Azhar Mahmood Awan on Friday.
Shaheen Khan has said that directorate was making all out efforts to resolve the
issue. "We are continuously in touch with the teachers and making all possible
efforts for successful negotiations," she said.
The complete strike was
observed in 388 educational institutions even on fourth day where teachers
boycotted classes and raised slogans for their rights. The students also
accompanied their teachers in the strike and largely participated in protest
demonstrations outside the schools. The news
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'FDE, ministry using delaying tactics'
Islamabad: FGTA president Azhar Mehmood Awan said FDE and t
Ministry of Education had been using delaying tactics for the last three months.
"Now we have decided not to get trapped in their tactics of date after date to
implement the promised package," he added. "Till now teachers are peacefully
demanding their rights but if matter were not solved in next few days they would
not hesitate to extend their protest outside the campuses," FGTA president
warned, adding, so far no breakthrough has been made, as FDE and Education
Ministry high-ups are playing delaying tactics. Daily times
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AIOU announces essay writing competition on PAK-China friendship
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has arranged essay writing competition on
the topic "Pakistan-China friendship: Past, Present and Future" as ministry of
Education has declared the year 2011 a friendship year between Pakistan and
China. Director Students Advisory and Counseling Services, Zia-ul-Hassan Naqvi
said that all students of the university from all over the country can
participate, said a press release issued here on Friday.
He said that participants
should attempt in one language only either in Urdu or English with a total of
maximum 1500 words. He advised students to submit two copies of essay one in
hard form typed on A 4 size paper with 12 font size, times new roman style
spacing of 1.0 while the other through email firstname.lastname@example.org.
He said that copying is
strictly prohibited and shall lead to disqualification.
He informed the students
that the essay should reach latest by March 5 along with one page CV indicating
Roll Number, Registration number, Programme in which he/she is studying and
contact details of the participant.
He said that results would
be announced by the last week of March at the main campus of the university in
which cash award would be given to first three position holders respectively in
each language (Urdu and English).
He added that in addition
1st position holders would be given a chance to go to visit China with the
delegation of AIOU. app
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Students show skills in tailoring
Islamabad: The students of F.G. College of Home Economics and Management Sciences F-7/2
displayed their tailoring and stitching skills at an exhibition held in the
college on Friday.
The exhibition: 'Enchanting the World of Ideas,' displayed apparel and
household linens and accessories designed by students.
They not only designed clothes, but many of the work on display were
beautified through silk screen printing, block printing, tie and dye.
Speaking on the occasion the teachers of the college said such skills not
only grooms the personalities of the individuals but utilising such talents
would be a financial benefit for the students and their families. Dawn
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Seerat conference held at varsity
Peshawar: The International Islamic University School organised "Seerat Conference" in Khyber
Students from Play Group to Grade 10 participated in
the conference and spoke on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)
and presented Hamd and Na'at. They also spoke on various aspects of the life of
the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and his love for his family members as well
as for the whole of mankind.
Dr Abdullah said the present challenges
could be handled by following Quran and Sunnah. Otherwise, he feared, nothing
could save the people from failure. Speaking about the rights of men and women,
he termed women's education compulsory in keeping with the teachings of Islam. The news
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Suspended projects Hazara varsity assured of funds
Mansehra: Prime Minster Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday promised that the Earthquake Reconstruction and
Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) would soon release Rs430 million for the
suspended reconstruction projects of Hazara University.
According to a press release of the university, vice-chancellor Sakhawat
Hussain Shah met the prime minister in Islamabad on Friday and apprised him of
the difficulties being faced by the students and faculty members owing to
suspension of the reconstruction projects by the Erra.
Higher Education Commission chairman Dr Javed Khan Leghari was also present
in the meeting.
Mr Hussain told the prime minister that the Erra had stopped the payment of
Rs430 million, which was approved for the reconstruction of 10 academic blocks,
a hostel and residences of teachers, which were destroyed in the October 2005
Mr Gilani promised the vice chancellor that the Erra would soon release the
withheld funds of the university. He said that the government was making sincere
efforts for promotion of science and technology and higher education. DBA WARNS
The district bar association (DBA) here has asked the tehsil municipal
administration (TMA) to ensure provision of basic services to people otherwise
lawyers will besiege their offices.
Speaking at a press conference here on Friday, DBA president Naseem Khan said
that they had decided to besiege the offices of civic agencies if the officials
did not perform their duties to solve people's problems. He also said that
lawyers would not plead cases of those traders, who were booked for overcharging
and sale of inferior quality goods.
The decision was taken in the DBA meeting, which was attended by the
association's ex-president Shahjahan Khan, Mustafa Khan, Mushtaq Khan and
others. They said that the lawyers had decided that they would play an active
role for ensuring that basic problems faced by the citizens were duly addressed
by the civic agencies.
They regretted prolonged traffic jams in the city and said that people
remained stranded in traffic mess for several hours daily. They demanded of the
administration to clear encroachments from the city roads and take steps for
widening of the city's central square.
They said that the law and order situation in the city was uncertain and
robberies and street crimes were on the rise. "The life and property of citizens
are not protected and bank robberies are being committed in the daylight," said
the DBA president.
They said that there was no park and grounds in the city and young people
were attracted to unhealthy activities.
The lawyers said that the local administration had also failed to provide
drinking water to people and check the soaring prices of daily-use
They also demanded of the chief justice of Peshawar High court to take suo
motu action against officials who were not performing duties to provide basic
services to people.
They warned that if these problems were not solved they would besiege the TMA
offices on February 25. Dawn
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