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Sindh CM announced establishment of Medical College
Quetta Nov 21: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has announced construction of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College at Dera Murad Jamali on the request of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani.

Balochistan government has donated a piece of land measuring 300 acres for the proposed medical College. It was officially announced here Friday. F.P Report

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Colorful event marked Universal Children's Day
Islamabad: Global Peace Pioneers GPP here Saturday organized colorful art event in village Ternol with the children from various schools and Madrassas to mark Universal Children's Day. Children presented skits and tableaus highlighting their issues, right to quality education, expressed feelings and emotions through art.

To honor the day, representatives of the GPP, highlighted the importance of protection of child rights and emphasized about the awareness of the rights among children.

On the occasion Hina Iqbal, Chairperson GPP, said that in Pakistan more than 50 percent of the total population is child and out of which 70 percent of the children are not registered at the time of birth, especially girls, refugee children, and children living in rural areas. She said almost 25 million child population are not going to school, 10 million children are in child labor where they are exposed to all types of discrimination ranging from verbal to sexual abuse.

Talking to the parents, teachers and community members, she said that Pakistan is signatory of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and obliged to fulfill its provisions. These are the only segments of society that can play active role in socializing children according to the convention. Hina Iqbal emphasized the parents to launch a Child Rights Club at grassroots level where children can lead themselves to ensure action to promote and protect their rights.

Children pledged to form a citywide child rights club as one mechanism where by they could work together towards creation of a child safe and friendly city. This club will enable children to meet together to find ways to increase awareness and action about children's rights, she added. She urged the to increase budget allocation for children education and health care that are in serious disarray as children are the lifeline of the nation.

Universal Children Day was celebrated across the world with 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20th, to which all member states of the UN have ratified and Pakistan ratified it in 1990.

The Convention recommended that the day is observed also as activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.This day is also very important for all those segments of the society in Pakistan who play a significant role in the making or breaking the life of the children, whether they are parents, teachers, peer groups, the government and society.

Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi Friday organised a film festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The festival was organised by Department of Communication Sciences while the documentaries were provided by the UNICEF. The celebration aimed at screening short documentaries highlighting the significance of realising and promoting child rights.

The main objective of the festival was to generate awareness regarding children's rights and to plan future actions through enabling students to act as strong advocates for child rights in Pakistan. During the festival a Bengali film titled "A Kind of Childhood" was showed to the students of Communication Sciences, Gender Studies and Bachelors of Computer Arts. The film entails the life story of a Bengali child named Idris documenting the complexities of balance and survival in a unique and personal story of 'Childhood' experience.

The FJWU Radio VOW (FM 96.6 Mhz) also broadcast a special transmission to mark the day. Different reports and programs based on creating awareness on child rights were also aired.

Meanwhile, speakers at a seminar suggested the government to establish a Special National Fund (SNF) with the cooperation of industrial and trade organisations, politicians, chambers, NGOs and philanthropists for the poor families to relieve their children for education instead of doing labour in workshops, hotels and other work places.

Pakistan Aman Party (PAP) organised the seminar on the occasion of 'International Children Day' at Aman House Peshawar Road here on Friday. Chairman PAP Haji Mohammad Gulzar Awan, Pakistan Peace Foundation president Pir Mohammad Zahid, Mudassar Munir Paracha advocate, Shahid Waheed, Ch Khurshid Anwar, Syed Atif Raza and Begum Shaheen Bashir addressed the seminar.

Speaking on the occasion, Gulzar Awan said that a large segment of children were deprived of educational facilities while 75 percent had no health facilities. "Most of the labour-bound children have to feed their families as they have no any alternate for earning bread and butter," he added.

He said that government should address the compulsions that dragged the children in doing labour instead of having education. Meanwhile The Roots School System (RSS) celebrated Universal Children's Day in all its branches nationwide on Friday. The day was observed as 'day of sharing' to sensitise children on their basic rights and to share their experiences with children belonging to rural communities and under privileged segment of society.

Each branch observed the day in a unique way, but the objective was 'one' - awareness about rights of children. Children were invited from rural schools to spend the day with them and children shared their books, computer programmes and activities with them.

In some schools, children gave their visitors the title of king and queen and acted out small skits and role-plays. While in some branches they drew, painted together and played games.

Stories were read out to them. The teachers inculcated the spirit of sharing among the children.

A key objective of Universal Children's Day is to increase awareness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since its adoption by the United Nations, the Convention has been signed or ratified by more countries than any other international treaty. Over the past decade, the convention has proven to be a valuable tool for promoting the rights of children everywhere around the world.

Every branch prepared placards and white head bands with different slogans - 'Survival is the Basic Right of Every Child,' 'Health Services is our Right,' 'Every Child in the World has One Thing in Common - Their Rights,' 'Education is Our Basic Right' and 'Protection is the Right of All Children' and prepared a large backdrop of 'Child Rights' with the slogan written on it: 'The Only Way to Build a Better Future is With Children.' The children presented skits and spoke on child rights as well.

Universal Children's Day is a day to show children that they are valued members of society, and remind us that they need love and respect to grow to their full potential. It is an opportunity to increase awareness about the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It is a day to listen to children, to marvel at their uniqueness and all they have to offer. All students pledged to take care of other children and the adults also pledged to give the children their full attention for their survival, development, protection and participation. The news

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Indonesian media team visits IIUI
Islamabad: A three-member media delegation from Indonesia visited the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Friday. The team comprised Yulistiawan from TV One of Indonesia, Muhammad Subarakah from Republika Media Daily and Daud Fadilah, director, International News Department of Indonesia.

The delegation called on Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik, rector of the university who appraised the delegation about IIUI objectives, functioning and achievements. He said the university was fully operating and imparting education in traditional and contemporary fields of knowledge.

He said the university teachers, students and staff members were doing their best to revive confidence of the public, especially after October 20 bomb blasts. The Indonesian journalists showed keen interest in the university and appreciated it for its endeavours. Daily times

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Death anniversary of Faiz observed
Islamabad: Faiz Ahmed Faiz's 25th death anniversary was observed on Friday. He was one of the most loved poets of Urdu language. He passed away 25 years ago on Nov 20. He is the most-read poet of Urdu language after Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal.

Faiz was born on Feb 13, 1911 in Sialkot. He achieved command over Arabic and Persian languages during his high school education. Faiz did his MA in English in 1932 from Government College Lahore, and MA in Arabic from Oriental College. He joined the Army in 1942 and resigned as a Lt-Col in 1947. He remained editor of Daily Pakistan Times for many years. Faiz was a keen student of various traditions of classical poetry in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Arabic, Persian, and English among others.

Apart from being a great revolutionary poet, he was a great love poet, and there was no distinction between the two, love and revolution had become identical in him. Faiz is the voice of the conscience of the suffering humanity of our times. Faiz's 'Nuskha'a-e Wafa' is one of the most famous poetry books. He wrote Naqsh Faryadi, Dast-e-Saba, Zindan Nama, Dast Teh-e-Sang, Sir Wadi Sina, Shaam Shahre Yaran and Mere Dil Merey Musafir.

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Children's bookfair begins at NBF
Islamabad: Reading is essential for the children, as it helps them develop initiative, originality and character, besides providing varied entertainment instruction and invaluable experience, said Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani on Friday.

While addressing the audience on the occasion of the inauguration of Children Book Fair at National Book Foundation (NBF), he said that reading enables the children to see possibilities, alternatives and options that they could not see before.

"A child seeks meaning in its day-to-day life and wants to unfold the mysteries of the wonderful world of nature and intricacies of human relations and reading books lay sound foundation for a better tomorrow," he said while adding that lack of good children's literature was one of the reasons behind the lack of reading habits among the children.

While appreciating the efforts of NBF, he said that NBF is known for its efforts to recreate a link between books and readers and the inaugural session of this book fair is also a part of their endeavours. He said that these events will become memorable for children, helping them believe that reading books is fun and tells them a lot about the world they live in. The news

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Moot on water conservation held
Islamabad: A seminar titled 'water is life' was organized on Friday in Federal Government College for Women, G-10/4, to create awareness among masses about water conservation. The seminar was organized as a part of 60-day campaign which has been launched by Capital Development Authority and Pakistan Council of Research and Water Resources during which efforts would be made to create awareness among masses through poster, banners, electronic media, workshops, seminars, door to door awareness campaign by students visiting schools, colleges and universities. Addressing the audience, CDA's DG (Water Management) emphasized to save water from the domestic level and warned to stop the extra usage of water.

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WISH Declamation contest
Islamabad: Women Institute of Science and Humanities (WISH) is holding an inter-collegiate bilingual debate declamation on November 24, at 10. a.m.

Leading writer and Director General of Sustainable Development of Walled City Lahore Projects (SDWCLP), Orya Maqbool Jan, will be chief guest on the occasion, said a press release here Thursday. Students from different Institutions from all the country will participate in the declamation. The news

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