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Ban on 'objectionable' concerts in campuses

Public, private campuses: House wants concerts banned
Lahore, Jan 26: The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution seeking a ban on 'objectionable' concerts in all public and private educational institutions in the province.

The resolution was moved by PML-Q's Seemal Kamran who wanted a ban on all concerts by the educational institutions, terming them unethical.

Rana Sanaullah Khan said the resolution had been moved in reaction to a recent concert by a private institution at the Alhamra Cultural Complex where three girl students died in a stampede. He said all concerts were not unethical and he had no objection to the resolution if it contained the word "unethical concerts."

He said the news of the event was marginalized because the institution belonged to the owners of a media house. The media would have made it an issue had there been a government institution involved, he said.

Rana was quickly obliged and the resolution was adopted by inserting the word of his choice - 'objectionable' concerts.

The house also adopted four other resolutions and kept another pending because of the absence of its mover. The fifth resolution sought to be moved by PML-Q's Amna Ulfat about a request to the federal government to ban showing of Indian movies in Pakistan was found infructuous after the law minister said the subject had been devolved to the provinces and Punjab was adopting the relevant law.

Ms Samina Khawar Hayat's resolution was adopted. It sought recommendation of the house to the federal government to grant blue passports to the MPAs as were being given to the MNAs and senators.

The second adopted resolution was moved by Chaudhry Zaheer, asking the provincial government to make the federal government save wastage of billions of dollars obtained as foreign loans for running Scarp tubewells.

The third adopted resolution was moved by Ms Humaira Owais Shahid which recommended the provincial government adopt population control steps, form a comprehensive related policy and allocate funds for the purpose in the next budget.

The fourth adopted resolution was moved by Chaudhry Amir Sultan Cheema, demanding proper waiting rooms for the attendants of patients in all government hospitals in the province.

The resolution which was deferred was moved by Mr Ziaullah Shah, seeking boundary walls around all graveyards in the province, and steps for curtailing theft of shrouds and the occult there.

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Schedule for admission forms
Lahore: The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education has announced that candidates can submit their admission forms for intermediate Part-I and II annual examination for 2012 with single fee from Feb 7 to March 2, with double fee till March 12 and with triple fee till March 22. Dawn

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Students protest 'discrimination' in CM's laptop scheme
Lahore: A large number of students belonging to the School of Allied Health Sciences, attached with the Children's Hospital, on Wednesday staged a protest against Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Punjab government for not registering them in the free laptop scheme.

The students gathered in front of the Lahore Press Club around 12:30pm, carrying placards and chanting slogans against the HEC and Punjab government for ignoring them in the laptop scheme.

The protesters said that School of Allied Health Sciences was affiliated with the University of Health Sciences (UHS) where at least 400 students were enrolled in BSc (Hons) and DPT programmes.

They said that according to the advertisement, all registered students for MS, LLM, PhD and MPhil programmes would be getting free laptops.

They explained the set eligibility criteria of distribution of 100,000 laptops among the youth, which included all the students enrolled in the four-year bachelor programmes.

In the case of annual examination system, students who had scored more than 60 percent marks in the last year's result were eligible for the laptops, whereas the percentage set for students studying in the semester system was 70 percent, they said, adding that the eligibility criterion for post-graduate students (Part 1 and 2) was also the same. Moreover, the top 100 students of each Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education of Punjab are also to be awarded with the laptops, they elaborated.

The protesters argued that the concerned authorities had first registered them for the laptop scheme but later raised objection over the institution's registration.

They alleged that the objection was baseless and the real reason for the discrimination was a tussle between the Punjab government and HEC.

The students said that they were equally eligible for the laptops, adding that medical students were the servants of a society in the truest sense since it was the medical sector that took care of the ailing human beings in filth, risky environments and during spread of contagious and deadly diseases like dengue, bird flu and others.

They added that the medical students served the public even when others from their profession were sitting on the roads protesting for their genuine rights. Daily times

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Three officials appointed in LCWU
Lahore: The Punjab governor/chancellor has appointed people on three vacant posts in Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on contract for a period of three years with immediate effect.

According to a press statement issued here Wednesday, Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa made the appointments under section 14(1), 15 and 16 read with section 9 (7) the Lahore College for Women University, Ordinance 2002.

The appointees are: Ms Tanzeela Qamar, Registrar, Dr Tahira Aziz Mughal, Controller Examination and Abdul Ghaffar Ali, Treasurer. The Higher Education Department secretary notified the above said posts.

These top three posts had been vacant since last one year and different people had been working against these posts as additional in charge. A search committee interviewed candidates for these posts in September last year.

LCWU PhD: Sadia Arshad, lecturer at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), has been recommended for the award of a PhD from the university in the subject of Fine Arts. According to a press statement on Wednesday, the thesis Sadia Arshad was "Themes and sources of current generation of Pakistani artists (1997-2007)."

The research was carried out under the supervision of Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood, Professor of Fine Art Department, LCWU. The news

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