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FPSC employees suspended for strike
Islamabad, Mar 06: Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Secretary
Bashir Ahmad Chohan on Thursday suspended the commission's 10 employees for
violating discipline. The suspension from service will remain effective till
further orders, said notices served on the employees. The suspended employees
are among many, who are observing a hunger strike against alleged corrupt
practices of the FPSC's senior officials including the secretary. Daily Times
"It is not fair to suspend the employees just litte mistake on going to hunger strike. The managemet can solve the issue by holding dialogue with their employee."
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Comstech announces grants for young scientists
Islamabad: The Organisation of the Islamic Conference Standing Committee
on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (Comstech) Thursday announced
fourteen grants amounting to 15,000 dollars each for young scientists up to the
age of forty years for the projects of maximum 18 months' duration.
Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) would also collaborate in
this vital effort aimed at encouraging the young scientists in the field of
science and technology.
Comstech has set March 31, as the first and
August 31, as the second deadline for submitting applications to either Comstech
Secretariat in Islamabad, Pakistan, or to TWAS in Trieste, Italy. The aspiring
young scientists must be resident nationals of any of the OIC member
Application forms and more information about eligibility
conditions, requirements, and contact person's phone numbers, email and postal
addresses is available at www.comstech.org and www.twas.org.
programme aims at encouraging the pursuit of scientific excellence in OIC member
states by identifying and supporting the best young scientists. It also aims at
counteracting the brain drain and reducing the exodus of scientific talent from
the Islamic countries.
The priority areas for research projects under
this programme include earth sciences, engineering sciences, information
technology and computer sciences, materials science including nanotechnology,
pharmaceutical sciences and renewable energy.
research programme for the scientists of the OIC member states is the outcome of
a bilateral Memorandum of Cooperation as agreed by both the organizations on the
eve of 25th anniversary celebrations and 19th General Meeting of TWAS from 10 -
13 November, 2008 in Mexico City.
During the meeting it was agreed that
TWAS would provide 100,000 dollar annually with a matching grant of 100,000
dollar by Comstech per annum to launch the cooperative
Comstech, OIC Standing Committee for Scientific and
Technological Cooperation, founded in 1981 is based in Islamabad and strives to
promote science, technology and research in the OIC member states. TWAS, Academy
of Sciences for the Developing World is an autonomous international organization
founded in Trieste, Italy in 1983 with the aim to promote scientific capacity
and excellence for science-based development.
IHC to hear FSc student's plea against FBISE
Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court will hear today (Friday) a student's
plea against the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE)
for not entertaining her application for re-assessment of her FSc
The single bench of Justice Mohammad Munir Peracha will hear the
plea of Maryam Syed.
Maryam Syed claims her application for re-assessment
was turned down thrice by the FBISE in 2008.
She said in her FSc (Part-I)
examination, she secured 405 marks while in Part-II she obtained 362 marks and
due to dissatisfaction with the marks she applied for reassessment. But the
board refusal deprived her of three valuable marks to clinch Grade-A in
The student said she had also filed application for re-assessment
before the expiry of set date but only Farah Dogar's application was
'A Voyage of Learning' held at City School
Rawalpindi: Nowadays children do not have hobbies that we used to have in
our schooldays. They spend most of their time in front of the TV and computers.
It is strongly suggested that children should indulge in some healthy activity
besides studies for the overall grooming of their personality.
cooking expert Kokab Khwaja shared these comments as she was invited as a chief
guest at the 'Delightful Voyage of Learning' at The City School,Cantonment
Nursery Branch, here on Thursday.
Kokab said that it is very good that
children indulge in school activities and work on projects given to them with
such expertise. Teachers should be equally encouraged as they are ones who
motivate children to work hard and present their hard work in front of the
excited parents who anxiously watch their children presenting their project with
confidence and poise.
Headmistress Naveeda Riaz
said "For a healthy competition we conduct such activities, which in turn,
provide great courage and confidence to children.
In 'Delightful Voyage
of Learning', classes were assigned different themes. The best part was that the
children who were repeating the lines about their project never got tired of
repeating them in front of guests and had the same energy level till the end of
the programme. There were children dressed as policemen, doctors, patients,
librarians, kings and queens. The topics given to them were people and places,
shapes, colours, world around us, numbers, garden and insects, sounds, words and
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More education funds for Fata
Islamabad: Federal Minister for Environment Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi
Thursday said that funds would be substantially increased and education
infrastructure would be upgraded for promotion of education in the tribal areas.
The minister was talking to a delegation of students of Government
Degree College Dara headed by In-charge of Fata Secretariat Special Programme on
Education Abdul Nasir.
The minister said that educational institutions
in use for other purposes would be evacuated and educational activities would be
promoted with the help of the assistance from Fata Secretariat and other donor
organizations. He directed Fata Additional Chief Secretary Habib Ullah Khan to
increase the study tours for the students of Fata and also increase the
scholarships for them.
He said that the students studying in other
colleges of Fata and the institutions across the country must be included in the
scholarship programme to promote the education in the tribal areas.
said that the students from Fata have educational capabilities equivalent to the
students from other parts of the country but they need moral and financial
Community school 'faces closure'
Islamabad: The National Education Foundation (NEF) is likely to close down
a community school in a slum near the Railway Carriage Factory.
had started a school in the slum some four months back on the request of Aims,
an NGO, but due to lack of interest on part of authorities and non-payment of
salaries the school is facing closure.
Initially four teachers were
appointed in the school on a salary of Rs3,000, but now only one teacher is
running the school as other three had left because of non-payment of their
At present Fakhar Zaman Kiani is working as a teacher on the
salary package of Rs4,000 by the National Education Foundation. Fakhar said that out of one hundred students only thirty have been left in the school.
There is also a rift between the Aims and the NEF, sources said, adding
that the National Education Foundation has decided to close down the school.
When contacted, NEF Assistant Director Kashif Sohail said
"The National Education Foundation has the possession rights and the said NGO
has nothing to do with the school." He added that it was their discretion to run
the school or close it."
"All teachers are getting their salaries on
time," he added.
When contacted, Aims official Waheed said "We had made
these sheds and on our request the NEF had adopted the school and if NEF is no
more interested we are ready to take it back." The News
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