St Patrick's High School 150-year celebrations
150-year celebrations begin at St Patrick's High School
Karachi, May 08: The legendary St Patrick's High School Karachi on Friday
organized a colourful inaugural ceremony to herald the year-long
celebration in connection with the 150 years of the school, which
culminates next year on May 6, 2011. More than 1500 people attended the
glamorous event which was followed by a fabulous display of fireworks
and sumptuous dinner.
The school premises were decorated with
fairy-lights and all its majestic buildings gave a fairy-tale look
which brought back memories for the many alumni who attended the
function. The old boys met with their revered teachers, exchanged and
rekindled old friendships and joined the management and students of the
school in ushering a full year's celebration.
chief guest His Lordship Evarist Pinto, Archbishop of Karachi, was
given an impressive guard of honour by the boys scouts troupe and the
school's famous Brass Band. In his opening remarks, the school
Principal Rev. Fr. Joseph Paul eulogized the vision and foresight of
the founding fathers and elaborated on the multi-faceted sections on
He said: "St Patrick's has produced many distinguished
personalities of all ranks and stature, it is a large school catering
to all strata of society with more than 5,500 students on its rolls and
a staff of 350 dedicated teachers and office managers." He welcomed all
guests, including former principals, teachers and ex-students who had
turned up in large numbers.
The scrumptious ceremonious cake
was then cut by Bishop Evarist Pinto, along with Rev. Fr. Joseph Paul
and the Vice Principal Rev. Fr. Norbert Mendonca. Schoolchildren
surrounded the cake cutting ceremony and waved sparklers. The Little
Shamrocks, an all-boys choir, gave an enchanting rendering of "I have a
dream" and "I like to teach the world to sing" - two immortalized songs
that conveyed messages of a good future for the school and of love,
brotherhood and friendship. This was followed by a video presentation
of the history of school prepared by a local television channel.
the occasion, Archbishop Evarist Pinto congratulated the management of
the school and appreciated the progress the institution had made
despite the continuing pressure for admissions and room for expansion.
He praised the founders of the school and all subsequent priests and
teachers who dedicatedly served the institution. Appreciating the
arrangements, Bishop Evarist congratulated the organizing team for
putting up a grand show and hoped that the school would continue to
follow in the footsteps of the motto "Service to God and Country".
organisers team was led by Jeremy Nazareth who was also the Master of
Ceremonies for the evening and did a splendid job. The Shamrockerz - a
musical group comprising ex-students gave a remarkable performance of
old time favorites in English, a medley which left many old teachers
and students swinging to their gyrating beat.
performance in Urdu, a mix of popular songs, was also the highlight of
evening. The audience joined in the singing by clapping of hands and
cheered the performers.
Two former students Shahid Feroz and
Kadir Shajani, the latter, President of the Old Patricians, also spoke
on the occasion and paid rich tributes to the school, teachers and the
good times they had on campus in their early youth. Shajani said: "I
would like to congratulate everyone today who is a Patrician, wherever
you are, you have made the school proud by your character, achievements
and most importantly, as a good human being - qualities we inherited as
students of this great institution." The old boys' network of the
school is an expanding group and can be reached at
In his vote of thanks, Vice Principal
Rev. Fr. Norbert Mendonca thanked the Archbishop of Karachi for gracing
the occasion, former principals, vice principals, teachers and
ex-students, the performers of the evening, and also had a word of
praise for his staff and students who combined well to put up a fine
performance. This was followed by the singing of the school song by all
those present in the background of a grand fireworks display which
brought the ceremony to a befitting close.
"our school st.patricks is 150 years old. im very happy about this."
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan
"iam proud of being st patricks student.i love my school"
City, Country: karachi pakistan
"IT HAS A VERY LARGE HISTORY"
Name: Wasi uddin
"this is world best school"
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KU employees stage protest
Karachi: The Employees Welfare Association,
University of Karachi (KU) staged a protest demonstration against the
atrocities being committed with employees of the Shaikh Zayed Islamic
Centre and Biotechnology Departments, here on Friday. They gathered
outside the Administration Block of the varsity, raised slogans and
then staged a sit-in in front of the Vice-Chancellor's office. They
demanded early release of salaries for the employees and asked the
government to take action against the fake degree holder employees of
KU as per law.
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Promulgation of PIDRL demanded
Karachi: In a discussion arranged by Pakistan Institute of Labour
Education and Research (PILER) in collaboration with the Karachi Press
Club (KPC) on Thursday, prominent labour leaders, former judges,
lawyers and representatives of the civil society demanded of the
government to immediately promulgate the Provincial Industrial
Relations Legislations (PIDRL) and make it a part of the 18th Amendment.
constitutional lawyer and President of the Sindh High Court Bar
Association Justice (Retd.) Rasheed A. Rizvi observed that the
announcement of the New Labour Policy was included in the ambit of the
federal government after the abolition of the concurrent list under the
18th Amendment as labour is now a provincial subject. "It can be a
policy statement by the prime minister but it has no legal status after
the latest Constitutional amendment. I think we cannot accept this as a
labour policy because only provincial governors can issue an
ordinance," he said. He added that the federal government could have
issued directives in principle as allowed in the Constitution to the
provincial governments for making their own policies and labour laws.
No effort has been made on provincial level in the advance, he said.
the joint declaration, the participants welcomed the announcements made
in the policy about improving the status of labour including the
increase in minimum wage to Rs 7000, increase in some amount under the
Workers Welfare Fund and the decrease in retirement age of the coal
mine workers to 50 years. They also expressed concern over the neglect
of workers and trade union rights in agriculture, fisheries and home
Senior trade union leader Farid Awan said
that the main fault in the labour policy was that it was not made
according to the ILO conventions already signed by the Pakistan
government. "The prime minister had earlier pledged in the National
Assembly that all the labour laws would be made according to ILO
Conventions. Pakistan is the only country which has ratified a large
number of ILO conventions, but we are also the largest violator of
these conventions," he said.
Central Chairman of All Pakistan
Trade Union Organization Habibuddin Junaidi recalled that since 1997,
all the legislation was made against labour and trade unions. He said
that during that period downsizing occurred in a large scale in which
almost 1 million employees were removed by both the democratic and
Labour leader Noor Mohammad said
that the Industrial Relations Act (IRA)-2008 was about to expire on
April 30, 2010, but the present govt has not made a serious effort to
bring another law and allowed it to be lapsed.
Vice Chairperson of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) pointed out that
fishermen are not considered as workers under the labour law and there
is no mention of fishermen in the New Labour Policy. She added that
since most of fishermen were illiterate, they are unaware about the
Qamar ul Hassan of IUF Pakistan said that every
PPP government worked for the welfare of workers, however, the informal
sector workers and govt employees have been ignored in this policy.
Ahmed of National Labor Federation said, "All facilities are available
to only registered workers, whereas most of the workers particularly in
the informal sector do not get appointment letters. Majority of workers
are unregistered, so only registered workers would be able to get
benefit from this policy."
Shafiq Ghauri of National Trade
Union Federation, Manzoor Badayooni of Peoples Labour Bureau and Farhat
Perveen of National Organization of Working Communities also spoke on
the occasion. Other speakers included Ayoub Qureshi of Pakistan Trade
Union Federation, Abdul Shakoor of Karachi Powerloom Workers Union,
Rehana Yasmin, and Shafeeq Qureshi. The news
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