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Summer fiesta beckons youngsters during vacations
June 18: Beginning of June every year is one month every student in a
school eagerly looks forward to, since that is when they have the start of
two-month-long summer vacations, allowing them to indulge in various activities
which they are unable to do otherwise.
While speaking to students across
Karachi about their summer vacation plans, many have already charted their
course of action. Some youngsters have made plans to travel northern parts of
the country to get away from the hot and humid weather of the city, whereas some
of them decided to join one of the many summer camps that have sprouted across
Muhammad Hasan Noor, a student of the federal board, is
leaving the city to visit upcountry areas. "My friends are waiting for me and I
will join them in Rawalpindi and then the group will move towards Abbottabad,"
"We have planned visits to valleys of Kaghan, Naran, Lake
Saiful Maluk, Ansoo Jheel (Ansoo Lake), Sabzazar. Then we will travel to
different districts of Punjab," he further said.
International tourism is
not as common due to expenses involved but Karachiites still love to travel to
various destinations within Pakistan during any vacation they get. Firdous
Anjum, a mother of two, said: "My husband has this year planned to visit some
place which is not visited often, just to explore it and avoid all the rush.
That will be real fun."
Summer vacations have also allowed youngsters to
pursue their favourite activities, including sports. "I was allowed to take part
in the football camp. I was planning for the training well before the vacations
but I had to wait for the holidays," Muhammad Ahmed Arif said. However, the
teenager added that this permission was granted to him only with the condition
of completing his homework.
Maha, who recently appeared in her
matriculation exams, said that she would like to join cooking classes. She added
that she would learn the art of cooking at home but also take admission in an
institute to discover new cuisines. Maha is also interested to find out courses
for house decoration.
Five-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim is excited as his
father has enrolled him at a summer camp.
This camp offers swimming
classes for younger children. "My child goes for swimming six days a week. It is
really good for him and he is enjoying it. Ibrahim talks a lot about swimming at
home and never misses any class," said Ibrahim's father, Kamil Abrar
Meanwhile, many youngsters who are not interested in outdoor
activities have found console-gaming and spend time at gaming zones. The gaming
zones organise competitions among children and offer expensive gift items to the
winners which encourages them a great deal.
"We can participate in
worldwide competitions as well. Every year, international organisations arrange
such events and teams across the globe take part in it," Abu Bakar said. Though,
Muhammad Farhan, who is fond of gaming, said that he prefers playing games at
home rather going to game zones.
Aside from video games, a lot of
different options are available for youth to get involved into. This
correspondent visited several localities and observed that snooker tables placed
at the roadside can be booked at fixed price. Similarly, a board game called
Dabbu, which belongs to the Carrom Board family, and Foosball, are most popular
for the locals as they are quite economical.
However few of these games are also putting negative impacts on the
children. Use of cigarettes, gutka and other forms of tobacco are quite common
at these places. Also, immature minds may adopt abusive words from these places
as unpleasant language is a routine. However, some responsible owners at a few
of these gaming places have imposed ban on swear words to maintain a friendly
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LHC halts road project for private university
Islamabad: The Lahore High Court on Thursday stopped the Punjab government from
spending about Rs70 million on the construction of 2 km dual road for the Beacon
House University, whose voice chancellor is a member of the PML-N Central
Executive Committee and former finance minister Sartaj Aziz.
order against the construction of the road was granted on Thursday by Justice
Ejazul Ahsan of the LHC on a writ petition filed by Mrs Zareena Saeed and others
who claimed that Sartaj Aziz was using his clout to further the business of
Beacon House University by using the state resources and now the Punjab
government was forcing small farmers to sell their land at a throwaway price.
The court issued the stay order to stop the acquisition of private land from the
villagers of Tarrogil Raiwind Road, Lahore,
The main petitioner, Mrs
Saeed argued, that the management of the university, a private enterprise, has
used its influence with the CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to acquire private land of
small farmers to construct the road at public expense.
said on April 2, 2010 notices were served on the landowners of village Tarogill
and village Janjatay by EDO Revenue, Lahore for acquiring their lands. She said
this was a glaring example of misuse of authority. She said public money is
being spent to exclusively benefit a private enterprise while the villagers
would not directly benefit from the project. She said the estimated cost of land
for the road is Rs.40848000 while the cost of construction of the road is
approximately Rs30 million. There is no village in the entire Punjab, which is
connected with dual carriageway at such cost, she argued. Ishaq Khan Khawakni,
who is one of the petitioners, said the CM Punjab should not allow the Revenue
Department to be used by a private party.
Punjab government spokesman Senator Pervez Rashid said he did not know the facts
of the case but as the case was now in the LHC, so the court would decide the
matter. He said if the Punjab government has done any thing wrong, as alleged by
the petitioners, then definitely the court would decide it on merit.
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Talent award show organised
Peshawar: The Islamia College University chapter of Islami Jamiat-e- Talaba Thursday arranged a
'Talent Award Show' to give away awards to the outstanding students of the
Former principal of Islamia College Peshawar Prof Dr Rasheed
Farooqi was chief guest at the ceremony, which was addressed by acting IJT head
of the university campus Peshawar Mian Shoaibuddin Kakakhel and Nazim of Islamia
College University Hafeezullah Khaksar, besides others.
urged the students to concentrate on studies to become good Muslims and
citizens. They said the students were a ray of hope for the Muslim world, which
was faced with challenges from all sides.
They said that becoming good
professionals was the need of the hour for the Muslim youth, but at the same
time they should be good Muslims as well.Later, Professor Rasheed Farooqi
distributed awards to the students. The news
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Workshop on research held
Baragali: The Area Study Centre, University of Peshawar, in
collaboration with Hanns Siedel Foundation, Islamabad, organised a seven-day
workshop in Baragali Summer Camp of the university.
Titled "Selection of
research topic, research method and writing MPhil/PhD dissertation" the workshop
was formally opened by Shafiqur Rehman, Dean Environmental Sciences, University
of Peshawar, and Dr Martin Axmann, HSF Resident Representative.
According to a press release issued on Thursday, presenters gave
informative lectures about research to the students of MPhil and PhD of
different universities of the country during the workshop.
concluding session of the workshop, Dr Sarfraz Khan, Director of Area Study
Centre, University of Peshawar, and Dr Mujib Rehman of English Department,
University of Peshawar distributed certificates among the participants. Dawn
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Peshawar: Sardar Ali, Associate Professor, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, has successfully
defended his PhD research work at the University of Education, Lahore in Applied
Mathematics in the field of mathematical modeling. His PhD thesis topic was
'Mathematical Models for the Efficiency of Flotation Process for North
Waziristan Copper Ore'. He worked under the supervision of Prof Dr Mir
Asadullah, Department of Mathematics, Comsats Institute of Information
Technology Abbottabad. Sardar Ali got published seven technical papers in
mathematical modeling in HEC-recognised journals and over 20 research
publications are to his credit. He did MSc in Mathematics from University of
Peshawar in 1975 and received his MPhil degree from Quaid-i-Azam University,
Islamabad in 1986. The news
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Peshawar: The St Marry's School shined in the annual SSC examination,
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Examination Peshawar by securing 100 per
A student of the school, Qazi Mohmmad Jamal, secured an
aggregate of 930 marks out of 1050, topping the school list. He termed his
success as a tribute to the staff and students of the institution. Dawn
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