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Students try suicide for tutor's sake
Lahore, Feb 12: On the heels of the Wednesday's suicide bid by PU Plant Pathology Department's students, three students of University of Education tried to commit suicide when a good number of their peers were protesting over "illegal termination" of Professor Anwar Pasha and his wife, Shaheen Pasha.

The students, including Umair Iqbal, Imran, and Atif, tried to commit suicide, but the security personnel and policemen did not let them do so, said an Insaaf Students Federation spokesman.

The said students gathered on the mall road and chanted slogans in favor of their demands and also staged a sit-in in front of Governor House Punjab on The Mall for the restoration of said professors.

They were of the view that Acting Vice Chancellor has terminated above said professors on personal reasons and with their termination students were facing education losses.

Traffic on Mall road remained jam for long time and in the meanwhile some officers of Punjab governor house appeared and took some of the students for dialogues in side governor house. But the students told the media men that the officers did nothing but told them that the Punjab governor was not in Lahore, adding that their meeting would be arranged with him within 15 days. On this reply the students came out and started protesting again. They pledged that their protest would remain continue till the restoration of terminated professors.

The angry students said that they were being ignored constantly and Punjab government has also paid no heed towards their problem only a committee was formed to solve the problem which did nothing so far.

Meanwhile, Punjab University's Academic Staff Association (PUASA) president Prof Dr Mahr Muhammad Saeed Akhtar and other office bearers on Thursday alleged the Vice Chancellor was following pick and choose policy in case of transfers of teachers, appointments, inquiry culture, grant of monetary benefits and selection boards etc.

PUASA office bearers said that VC was not holding elections of different bodies including Senate, Syndicate and the Academic Council while further alleging the eligibility, selection and promotion cases in most of the varsity's departments had not been finalized even after the lapse of statutory period. They claimed that the case of Additional Registrar Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir was finalized within three months. Perks and privileges awarded to a first cousin of the VC, Dr Mansoor Sarwar, were allegedly not extended to other eligible faculty members, they blamed.

They demanded immediate removal of the Punjab University's Additional Registrar Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir and Treasurer Ms Uzma Ikram alleging the officers had jeopardized the academic and financial activities on campus due to their alleged incompetence.

They demanded the implementation of "one man, one post" formula saying it had been long standing demand of the varsity faculty members.

The Punjab University spokesman termed the PUASA's press conference baseless saying senior teachers had distorted the facts and trying to bring a bad name to the repute of the institution. Denying allegations of favoritism levelled against Professor Dr Mansoor Sarwar, the spokesman reminded that Mr Sarwar was appointed PUCIT Principal in 2006 by the-than vice chancellor Lt Gen R Arshad Mehmood. Usually, the press release said, 1 man 1 post

policy is followed. But because of some unavoidable circumstances, the varsity sometimes had to give an additional charge to anyone according to his ability and capacity, it added. The spokesman clarified that the ASA presented CoD two times to the V.C office but in their own meeting they decided to meet Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran in press.

Results: Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the results of DMRT, Part-I, Supplementary Exam 2009, DMRD, Part-I, Supplementary Exam 2009 and Doctor of Pharmacy, Second Professional, Annual Exam 2010. The nation

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PU students protest
Lahore: A large number of the Punjab University (PU) students on Friday gathered at the varsity hostel No 1 and expressed concerns over poor security situation.

The students had gathered in connection with a stolen bike of a student from the PU Political Sciences.

The student, Ahmad, was allegedly deprived of his motorbike from the hostel area recently.

The PU students condemned the administration for deteriorating security arrangements within the varsity campus and the hostels.

They also demanded removal of the present security high-ups.

However, it is pertinent to mention here that the PU administration has been advising the students and the visitors to park their bikes and vehicles at designated places only.

Some officials termed the increasing incidents of motorbike theft sheer carelessness of the students and the visitors, saying the administration had ensured maximum security arrangements on the campus.

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Hepatitis B camp at UoE
Lahore: A vaccination camp for Hepatitis "B" was held at the University of Education, Township campus, on Friday. The camp, held under the supervision of varsity's Medical Officer Dr Sadaqat Ali, was aimed to educate the students about this disease, procurement of superior vaccination on concession rates and to make sure better medical facilities. UoE's Acting VC Dr Farhat Saleem said the varsity had promised to provide quality education to students. She added that no effort would be spared to provide all the facilities to students, so that Pakistan could stand among the progressed nations. The news

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CM urged to appoint competent UHS VC
Lahore: Young Doctors Association (YDA) has announced to launch protest if a retired professor or a principal of a private medical college is given the charge of the Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences in near future.

In a statement issued here on Friday, YDA has demanded of the Punjab Chief Minister to keep in view the principle of seniority cum fitness and UHS ordinance 2002 and appoint a senior and capable Prof from government sector hospitals as the VC UHS. YDA believes that if the post is given to a Principal of a private medical college then the standard of education would deteriorate and UHS will also become a tool in the hands of mafia just like the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council PMDC.

PMA body meeting : The General Body of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Lahore will meet on Saturday with Dr Yasmin Rashid in the chair.

The report of activities of two years of PMA Lahore would be presented and a strategy would be finalised to meet the demands of the special salary package and service structure reforms for doctors before the next budget.

Other organisations of medics are also being invited to the meeting to evolve a joint strategy on important issues.

11 nurses appointed : The Punjab government has appointed 11 nurses at Services Hospital Lahore to overcome the shortage of paramedical staff at the healthcare centre.

In a ceremony at the Services Hospital on Friday, Medical Superintendent Dr Muhammad Javed has stressed upon the newly appointed nurses to perform their professional duties with zeal and dedication. He also urged the nurses to deal patients and their relatives with politeness.

Nursing Superintendent Malika Shaheen hoped that the newly appointed nurses would do their best to service the suffering humanity. The nation

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GCU's 111th Annual Sports Day ceremony held
Lahore: The inaugural ceremony of the 111th Annual Sports Day of the Government College University (GCU) Lahore kicked off at the university ground on Friday.

The ceremony began with a grand march past, which was attended by hundreds of students, university faculty members and old Ravians. As many as 30 university departments and institutes took part in the march past. However, the GCU Botany Department bagged the prestigious trophy of the Best March Past Contingent while GCU Department of Political Sciences stood second.

The Department of English, owing to its discipline and uniformity, was declared third. The GCU athletes, led by the GCU 110th Annual Sports Day record-holder (Javelin Throw) Altaf Hussain, took oath that they would take part in annual games abiding by the rules and in the true spirit of sportsmanship for the glory of sports and the honour of their teams. GCU musicians, hailing from the Nazir Ahmed Music Society (NAMS), presented a new anthem for the 111th GCU Athletics Meet.

In his message on the annual sports day, GCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Khalid Aftab, said sports make a person a better human being, adding that it teaches tolerance and encourages the spirit of competitiveness. He advised the university students never to compromise on the standards of sportsmanship. "Sportsmanship is more important than winning an event," Dr Aftab added. He appreciated the participation of students in the annual sports day and congratulated those sportsmen who bagged top positions in the competitions held at the opening ceremony.

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PEF to launch skill development programme for matric students
Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has decided to launch Skills Development Program for the Matric students in the Districts of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Muzaffargarh in the first phase of the plan.

Managing Director (PEF) Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani announced the plan during departmental meeting at his office on Friday. Ali Sarfraz CEO of Punjab Skills Development Fund Company along with Sarah Saeed, PEF-DMD (Ops). Tanvir Ahmad Zafar, PEF-Project officer (Donor Relations) Samreen Sajjad and other officers also attended the meeting.

The meeting reviewed the project of imparting technical & vocational skills to the students to improve their economic future in their later life. It was observed that the students should be capable English language as a beneficial skill. The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) MDs said that education is a necessary talent, which gives confidence and strength to the youth to excel in practical life. He said the schoolsgirls, in the Southern Region of the Province, could be trained as school teachers by imparting them necessary English language competency.

The meeting agreed that the students should be trained in line with market needs so that they may not end up as jobless youth. It was also agreed that education must help the youth to understand their life goals. The meeting hoped that the skills development program would help the students to emerge as a trained human resource of the country. Daily times

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PAL celebrates poetic wisdom of Faiz
Islamabad: Pakistan Academy of Letters on Thursday celebrated the poetic wisdom of Faiz Ahmad Faiz in a seminar marking the centenary celebration of the great poet recognised universally as the poet of the masses.

Meher Ghulam Farid Kathia, former state minister for education was the chief guest at the seminar while National Language Authority Chairman Iftikhar Arif presided over the session. Eminent literati Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik, Agha Nasir, Ishfaq Saleem Mirza, Yousaf Hassan and Sarwat Mohyuddin shared their views on the life and works of Faiz.

Canada-based Pakistani literati and author of many books on Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Ishfaq Hussain, also presented his paper on Faiz. A special film on Faiz Ahmad Faiz was also screened on this occasion. Dr. Colonel Abdaal Bela, Acting Director General PAL, read out an article on Faiz by eminent scholar and the producer of the film Helen Goodway. Dr Ravish Nadeem conducted the proceedings of the seminar.

Speakers paid rich tribute to Faiz for his courage, ethics, and his immense contribution in Urdu poetry and literature. They expressed the view that the name of Faiz Ahmed Faiz is immortal in the annals of history now due to his contributions to the Urdu language and literature and the society in general.

PAL's publication series initiated under the special instructions of President Asif Ali Zardari, a book titled "Faiz Ahmad Faiz in Beirut" was also launched on the occasion which covers the life and activities of Faiz Ahmad Faiz during his stay in Beirut as expatriate.

Ghulam Farid Khatia addressed Faiz as one of a few major poets in Urdu and the only poet after Iqbal who got universal recognition. He said that Faiz voiced the problems and miserable conditions of liberals and oppressed people from marginalized sections of society in his writings.

He said that during his involvement in progressive movement, Faiz not only made its pace fast, he also proved this opinion through his poetry that great literature can be produce under the umbrella of some specific ideology.

Iftikhar Arif said that after Iqbal, Faiz is the most dynamic literary personality who made great impact on our national literary history. He said that Faiz is the most popular poet and enjoyed the status of legend in his lifetime as progressive idealist and humanist poet nationally as well as internationally. Faiz presented specific ideology in his prose writings regarding life and poetry as well, he added. He said that though it has been over two decades that Faiz left us, yet he is more loved, strengthened, popular and relevant than before and after Iqbal, the number of written material on Faiz remains distinct and different in every respect.

Agha Nasir said that Faiz Ahmad Faiz was kind, soft hearted and coolheaded person. He was honoured as an intellectual and graceful person and he feels honoured to have met Faiz and gain his kindness and special attention. Ishfaq Saleem Mirza said that Faiz Ahmad Faiz's life is versatile and multi-dimensional and it is not easy to cover a complete sketch of his life in one session. He said that Faiz brought forward the poetic traditions of Ghalib and Iqbal through his poetry.

Yousaf Hassan said that in the discipline of knowledge, Faiz preferred class struggle over enlightenment and in the area of art he gave preference to artistic and aesthetic characteristics, the combination that enriched his poetry with beauty and energy.

Ishfaq Hussain said that Faiz Ahmad Faiz personality has become a symbol of Pakistani literature and culture. With his remarkable contributions as a film producer, teacher, journalist, poet and intellectual, Faiz made great impact on his era, he added.

Sarwat Mohyuddin said that Faiz's popularity and status in world literature could easily be assessed by the fact that everywhere in the world people love his poetry and programmes are being held to celebrate his 100th birthday. She said that Faiz's message for the freedom fighters of Palestine and Africa is still honoured in Tunis, Jordan, Egypt and all other countries of the world with common history of struggle.

Helen Goodway in her article writes that the life and works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz were, and are known beyond the boundaries of the Urdu-speaking world. Faiz was recognised as a figure of political, as well as literary importance by the USSR. In 1962, he was awarded the Lenin International Peace Prize. Goodway informs through her article that there has been a fairly recent publication of a biography of Faiz in Russian by the great expositor of Faiz's life and work Dr Ludmila Vassilyeva.

Faiz's poetry has been translated into many different languages, notably into several languages of India, including Bengali, as well as German, Swedish and Russian.

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Moot on minimal access surgery begins at FUMC
Islamabad: The 2nd International Minimal Access Surgery Conference began at the Foundation University Medical College (FUMC) of the Fauji Foundation Hospital here on Friday. The conference will continue till February 13.

The opening session was held at the FUMC auditorium here on Friday. It was presided over by Fauji Foundation Managing Director Hamid Rab Nawaz.

In the opening session, Major General (r) Naseem ul Majeed extended warm welcome to the guest lecturers and participants of the conference. He said that laparoscopic surgery is the need of the day. He said the conference will be interesting for the participants as it is a blend of surgical education, discussions on current surgical issues and comradeship among surgeons. The first day of the conference focused on training in laparoscopic surgery and role of laparoscopic surgery in gynaecology. The panellists of the morning session on the first day of the conference were Dr. Ghazala Mehmood, Dr. Saad Rana, Dr. Rizwan Chaudery and Brigadier Shahida Akhter.

Brigadier Shahida Akhter, in her lecture, said that laparoscopic surgery training should be implemented in surgical units of all teaching hospitals.

Professor Zafar Ali Chaudery emphasised on the need for involving postgraduate trainees in laparoscopic surgeries and make facilities available in the emergency for postgraduate trainees as a major part of their training in the emergency department.

Professor Asif Zafar Malik shared his experience of establishing a laparoscopic training unit at Surgical Unit-II of the Holy Family Hospital. He has established a laboratory at his unit where all trainees of the Rawalpindi Medical College and allied hospitals are enrolled for a modular training programme.

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Students present thematic plays and songs
Islamabad: Highlighting importance of wetlands for conservation and preservation of the natural environment students presented thematic plays and songs at the concluding ceremony of 10-day event organised here in connection with World Wetlands Day.

The ceremony jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment and Pakistan Wetlands Programme attracted a large number of students, faculty members and representatives of different environmental organisations operating in the country.

The event was designed to create a sense of awareness among students about the role forests play in the natural environment. This opportunity to celebrate the value of forests came together with the UN declaration for 2011 as the International Year of Forests, an ideal time to start thinking about this precious resource.

A total of five plays were selected for award distribution ceremony and all of these focused on the value of forests and wetlands that not only provided vital sinks for greenhouse gases but also presented a unique ecosystem that supported a rich population of biodiversity and life.

The students of Roots School System (Junior Branch) presented the play titled 'Lost Woods'; Schola Nova titled 'Wetlands Blind'; City School titled 'A Message'; Roots School System (Westridge branch) titled 'Role of Forests as a Vital Essence of Water and Wetlands', and Angelique School titled 'Wetlands for Forests and Forests for Wetlands'. A song was also presented by Zainab Fatima and Tahir Naeem while Nasir Malik showed the theme promo of the ceremony.

The event succeeded to get engaged more than 3,000 students from around sixty public and private schools. A range of activities was organised during the event to enable the students to express their views on the subject through arts, debate, 3 D Models, nature photography, plays and poetry competitions.

Addressing the ceremony Minister for Environment Hameedullah Jan Afridi said children were main stakeholders and their important role could enhance the struggle to cope with environmental challenges such as global warming and climate change that have started posing threats to very existence of mankind in the world.

"Global environment challenges need concerted efforts on the part of every individual to find out ways and means for protection of the natural environment. We are now no more able to further ignore environmental degradation because it can turn the situation from bad to worse in the coming days," he said.

Hameedullah Jan Afridi said the event would serve as a knowledge sharing avenue where students along with their families and friends had the opportunity to exchange their views and also learn from environmental experts about the significance of forests and wetlands.

He urged the students to play their due role in combating deforestation and wetlands degradation practices that have been causing a loss up to one billion rupees per day to the country already facing financial constraints.

Dr. Ghulam Akbar, national programme director of Pakistan Wetlands Programme, said wetlands are characterised by soil that is saturated with water, which means it is the home of aquatic flora and fauna and terrestrial flora and fauna.

"It is also an area of transition, which means that animals that live there, and vegetation that flourishes there, can only live there and nowhere else," he said.

He said there are many aspects of wetland preservation, but the three most important elements are protection, exclusion, and education.

Syed Mehmood Nasir, inspector general forest at the environment ministry, said the ability of wetlands to recycle nutrients makes them critical in the overall functioning of earth and no other ecosystem is as productive, nor as unique in this conversion process.

Later, the Minister for Environment gave away prizes to students who secured top three positions in various competitions. The news

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