Rawalpindi Doctors security, salaries
Issues of security, increase in doctors salaries
Rawalpindi, Jan 01: Rawalpindi Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Thursday observed a complete strike at allied hospitals and
staged a protest demonstration at Holy Family Hospital (HFH) to press the Punjab
government for acceptance of their longstanding demands of security during
working hours and increase in salaries.
However, the doctors and
paramedical staff remained present in the allied hospitals Intensive Care Units
(ICUs) and Coronary Care Units (CCUs) and provided medical treatment to the
More than 200 doctors took part in the protest, They were
carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans "Ensure the safety of
doctors and paramedical staff during duty hours", "Stop implicating doctors in
murder cases", "Announce duty time frame for the doctors". They took a round of
HFH and registered their protest by standing outside every department of the
They also chanted slogans against their professors, highups of
health department and the Punjab government.
While addressing the
protestors at HFH, YDA City President Dr Haroon said the young doctors were
facing hardships while performing their duties in the government run hospitals,
as the government had provided them no security.
He said murder cases
were being registered against the doctors, which he said was an injustice. He
said YDA strongly condemned this practice. He said doctors had to work 70 hours
continuously, but they were not being given salaries.
He said if any
doctor had shown any negligence while giving medical treatment to any patient
then a neutral inquiry should be conducted against him/her. "No doctor can be
fired from his/her service even by the chief minister or prime minister without
holding a proper inquiry," he said.
Dr Madeeha said political influence
in government run hospitals should be ended. She said it was lamentable that
workers or leaders of political parties thrashed doctors and paramedical staff
Dr Shafique of Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) said professors
were usurping the rights of young doctors. He termed all the professors as
"Pharaohs" and urged the doctors to stand up against their wrong
Dr Bilal of HFHsaid a doctor earned equal to a labour and
his/her (doctor) salary should be increased. The YDA called off their strike
after the assurance of Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) Principal and allied
hospitals head Dr Musaddiq Khan that their problems would be solved as early as
Dr Musaddiq asked the YDA office-bearers to give him their
demands in writing so that he could forward them to the Punjab government. Daily times
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NCHD launched universal primary education programme
Islamabad: The National Commission for Human Development
(NCHD) Thursday launched 'Universal Primary Education Programme' covering 134
districts of Pakistan.
In this regard a training programme for the
district general managers (DGMs) was inaugurated by Special Assistant to Prime
Minister on Social Development, Shahnaz Wazir Ali. The training ceremony was
also graced by NCHD Chairperson Nafisa Shah.
Speaking on the occasion
Nafisa Shah briefed the chief guest about the role of NCHD for social sector
development. She said that NCHD has passed through an intense transition period
in which its programmes have been reviewed and integrated plans for universal
primary education including literacy have been evolved in consultation with the
provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Federally Administered Areas (Fata) and
She said that under the universal primary education,
the NCHD would be covering 134 districts of Pakistan enrolling 10 million out of
school children, collecting data of 22 million households.
She said the
programme also include training about 98,000 teachers on quality education and
reducing dropout ratio of students to less than 20 per cent.
the literacy programme, NCHD would be opening about 107,000 Adult Literacy
Centres enrolling around 2.6 million adults. Similarly, Nafisa Shah stated that
the commission focuses on identification of gaps and developing and introducing
best practices for filing the identified gaps with the involvement of all
stakeholders including local communities and build their capacities to continue
and replicate them independently. It has been engaged in fostering community
participation, developing management efficiencies while generating public
The NCHD chairperson further said that because of
its outreach, trained and dedicated human resources available almost in all the
districts of Pakistan, NCHD has the potential to be a lead support agency for
social development in Pakistan.
Speaking briefly Shahnaz Wazir Ali
highlighted the policy of the present government on social development with
regards to achieving the MDGs and 'Education for All'.
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Urdu literature research
Islamabad: Research is a base for innovation and diversification of any literature and Urdu scholars should
carry out more research for finding fresh perspectives on classical Urdu
literature, said Dr Mueenuddin Aqeel, head of Urdu Department of International
Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).
He stated this while presiding over
a seminar organised here Thursday. He said Urdu is a rich language, but there is
a dire need to work for its advancement. He also lauded the IIUI Urdu
Department's endeavour for launching a research magazine 'Mayaar'.
seminar was organised by IIUI's Urdu Department in collaboration with Islamic
Research Centre. Dr Najeeba Arif, Incharge Urdu Department IIUI, and Dr Sohail
Abbas Baloch presented research papers on the occasion.
Dr Najeeba Arif
in her paper on 'Cruelty of History and William Dalrymble's Point of View'
presented a detailed review of William Dalrymble's ideology and the background
of the topic discussed in his book.
Dr Sohail Abbas in his paper on
'Nameless Literature Terminologies and Their New Denotation & Explanation'
analysed Urdu literature, and on the basis of his research, commented that Urdu
dictionaries lack a lot of literary forms.
He also discussed 800 words
that could not be related to any specific grammar composition. In support of his
comments, he also presented poetic values of these forms.
Prof Fateh Muhammad, faculty members of Urdu Department and a large number of
students attended the seminar.
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IIU to build mosque
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) would build a central grand
mosque at its new campus in Sector H-10. The groundbreaking ceremony for the
mosque would be held in February this year.
A committee to supervise the project
was constituted at a special meeting held here under the chairmanship of
International Islamic University President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui.
Department of English Munawar Iqbal Ahmad has been appointed as convener of the
project. The news
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FJWU childcare seminar
Rawalpindi: Students of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) organised a seminar on Thursday for parents and
babysitters here at the 'Day Care Centre' of the university.
was aimed at creating awareness about matters pertaining to kids' diet, their
playing and sleeping hours and their safety. Different activities were also
organised on the occasion keeping in view children s' ages.
area, decorated with toys and other items, was demarcated to facilitate learning
of students. Puppet shows were also highlights of the seminar including that by
famous puppeteer Farooq Qaisar.
Samina Anjum and Saima Qadeer,
representatives of Children's Global Network, Pakistan, hailed efforts made by
the students and asked them to arrange more such activities for children in
The event concluded with a vote of thanks by FJWU Department of
Education Incharge Dr Mussarat A Sheikh. Daily times
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HEC chairman visited AAUR
Rawalpindi: Dr Javaid R Laghari, Chairman Higher Education
Commission (HEC), visited the Farmer Market Private Limited (FMP) Hydroponics
Plant at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR)
During his visit, the chairman praised the efforts and
commitments of the university administration for running the Plant with total
indigenous workforce and emphasised on the commercialisation of the project for
ensuring food safety for our future generations. Dr Laghari also paid tributes
to the agricultural scientists and all workers of the project for successfully
running the project.
On the occasion, Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan, Vice
Chancellor AAUR, briefed the HEC chairman about the process of taking over of
the FMP by the university and the different challenges faced during the process
to make the project operational.
Dr Khalid informed that the estimated
average daily production of the Hydroponics Plant is 2-3 ton and the Plant's
tomatoes are enriched with nutrients as compared to those produced in normal
soil. This system of production prevents the plants from getting in contact with
diseases, he further said.
It may be recalled that the University has
taken over the assets of the Hydroponics Plant on unconditional basis from an
international organisation, Farmer Market Private Limited. The Plant has a
capacity of 50,000 plants in its five-acre glasshouse, alongside integrated
facilities that include cold storage, packing and shipping facilities, offices
and residences over an area of 13.5125 acres.
This was a highly challenging task
and the University accepted it to ensure food safety in the country and generate
precious foreign exchange. The news
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