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Drug addiction in female university students

47% of female drug addicts have university education: MNC
Islamabad, Jan 11: Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC) arranged an awareness workshop on substance abuse amongst women on Tuesday in Islamabad. The basic purpose of this training programme is to empower women to fight drug addiction successfully without violating religious values. Director General Planning and Monitoring Unit Muhammad Shahid revealed that women drug addiction in our country has increased alarmingly.

He also informed that 47 percent of women drugs addicts have acquired either college or university education and 21 percent of them have either primary or matric education. The major drug, which they use, is charas and its rate of addiction is 47 percent. Answering the question how drugs are provided to female addicts, he said 43 percent addicts' gets drugs from friends and 15.6 percent from neighbours. He also said that highest percentage uses drugs for pleasure and it is followed by stress related emotional, physical pain and domestic violence.

Narcotics Control Joint Secretary Zulqarnain Amir also addressed the gathering and said that Pakistan is a victim of drugs due to its proximity with world's largest producer of drugs i.e Afghanistan. He further said that although Pakistan seizes huge amount of drugs every year and international community acknowledges and appreciates our achievements in this regard, yet a significant amount of drugs is being used in our country. He said that MNC is arranging various programmes to sensitise masses not to use drugs. He also emphasised that female drug addicts should not be treated as culprit; rather a sympathetic attitude should be adopted towards them.

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Roots celebrates empowerment of girls
Islamabad: Roots School System, DHA-I Campus, Islamabad, held the inauguration ceremony of the newly renovated classrooms with modern furniture and fixtures at the Government School, Kothan Kalan, Morgah, Rawalpindi, as part of ongoing activities of Liberating the Girl Child Foundation popularly known as LGCF, says a press release issued here on Tuesday.

The chief guest on the occasion was Dr. Nafisa Shah, secretary of the Women's Parliamentary Caucus, and chairperson of the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) in Pakistan along with other guests of honour and social dignitaries of Islamabad and Rawalpindi were invited to witness this important event. The event was arranged by the Interact Club of Roots School System, DHA-I Campus, Islamabad, under the leadership of Neha Omair, president of LGCF and the Interact Club.

LGCF aims to give every child the best start in life and to open the doors of literacy and education for all the children of Pakistan, especially children from the rural areas of Pakistan. This idea of serving the girl child was conceived and developed by Neha Omair, then, a seventh grade student. This programme when presented at the Harvard University People-to-People Programme in 2010 received tremendous appreciation. LGCF has now evolved into a Rotary International organisation with more than 500 registered members.

Ms. Khadija Mushtaq Executive Director of the Roots School System, DHA-I campus, Islamabad, welcomed everyone at the inauguration ceremony and shared the success of the community service project of girl empowerment by LGCF with everyone. She has diligently been promoting and encouraging empathy and community services among all students.

Riffat Mushtaq, Founder of Roots School System encouraged and appreciated the Roots School System students' sensitivity and compassion towards the underprivileged section of the society and applauded their selfless efforts.

Dr. Nafisa Shah stressed that each girl of the project is the 'Malala' of Pakistan who can voice the indifferences and struggle to make a positive change around her. "Each young girl is a leader of tomorrow who can mutually cooperate with the government to initiate such enlightening programs and bridge the class differences that have been created in our society," she added.

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RSS has new student council
Islamabad: An oath-taking ceremony was held at the Roots School System (RSS), Sector C, DHA-II Campus, on Tuesday, with a view to enable students to regularise their own body and become disciplined and responsible citizens.

RSS DHA-II Campus Headmistress Sobia Aleem, in her opening address, emphasised on the need for students council and referred to it as a step forward in producing the future leaders imbued with true spirit of patriotism by developing in them skills and abilities to meet the future challenges.

RSS Founder Director Riffat Mushtaq was the chief guest on the occasion. She inducted Headboy Ibrahim, Vice Headboy Bilal Arshad and Headgirl Ushna Safdar and Vice Headgirl Mahnoor Hayat into the student executive council, after administering their oaths followed by other student council members. Badges and sachets were given to them that they received with pride and diligence.

Speaking on the occasion, Riffat Mushtaq congratulated and advised students to work with responsibility and dexterity. She described the school election as a platform for students to learn how to lead with example and work for betterment of the system within specified limits. RSS Executive Director Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq emphasised on leadership and determination of young people to make a revolutionary change in Pakistan.

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Students throng book fair at UoP
Peshawar: A rush of students and teachers was witnessed at the three-day book fair held at the University of Peshawar on Tuesday.

Arranged by the Study Aid Foundation, a project of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), at the PUTA Hall, the book fair was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor, University of Peshawar Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan.

At least 64 stalls of books, computer accessories, consultancies for study abroad and others were set up at the exhibition. In his inaugural address, the vice-chancellor termed book fairs as a very good move towards promoting reading habits among the students. "It is a fact that book reading is on the decline, one of the many reasons for which is the introduction of new information technologies and computers," he added.

However, books still remain the major tool for providing comprehensive and in-depth knowledge, he added. The vice-chancellor appreciated the efforts of the foundation for arranging the book fair for the third consecutive year. IJT Nazim Shah Zaman said that it had always been the prime objective of their organisation to arrange positive and healthy activities for the students.

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UoP students protest power cuts
Peshawar: Students of the University of Peshawar (UoP) Tuesday staged protest against the unscheduled power outages in the campus.

The students living at the UoP hostels marched on the roads in the university and chanted slogans against the authorities and the university administration. The protesting students said the university administration had collected Rs4,000 per head from the boarder students under the head of generator charges but the generators were not being used during power outages.

The students said the loadshedding had adversely affected their studies. They said the examinations of Biotechnology and some other departments were in progress but the students could not study due to the suspension of power. They asked the university administration to ensure uninterrupted power supply to them. The news

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