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Sindh University announced bachelors degree test date
Hyderabad, Nov 6: The entry test for admissions to bachelors degree programme in all disciplines of the University of Sindh will be conducted on Sunday, Nov 8, 2009 at the Allama II Kazi Campus, Jamshoro. The university authorities on Thursday reviewed the arrangements for the entry test, which includes security arrangements at the campus.

The meeting decided that security gates would be installed at entry points and admission cards issued by director admissions would also be checked at entry points. No mobile phone, handbag, purse or books will be allowed. The candidates have been advised to collect their admit cards from the Sindh University Model School, Hyderabad, by Nov 7, 2009. The news

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Clash of students, BIEK employee wounded
Karachi: An employee of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) received a bullet wound and two students received minor injuries when two groups clashed over wall chalking on Thursday, police and witnesses said.They said the clash initially started near a CNG filling station located in the vicinity of the board office.

They said that when a group of students resorted to indiscriminate firing, activists of the rival students organisation ran into the BIEK office to take refuge.

However, they were chased by their rivals and in the process an employee of the BIEK, Noman-ul-Haq, was shot in his armpit.

Noman was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was admitted.

Sources said that some activists belonging to a student organisation took away weapons from two guards deputed at the board office.

Meanwhile, the Shahrah-i-Noorjahan police on the complaint of the BIEK secretary, Professor Naveen Haider, registered an FIR (No.540/209) against unidentified culprits under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 324 (attempt to commit qatl-i-amd), 392 (punishment for robbery) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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NAPA students won hearts in India
Karachi: A team of National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) graduates returned to Karachi last week from Amritsar, India, after a successful show at the South Asia Foundation Festival for Peace-2009. They had performed an experimental play, titled "Jaaney Pehchaney Ajnabi", under the direction of Zain Ahmed. The efforts of the troupe were largely appreciated.

"We received a brilliant response and the crowd was overwhelmed by such an experimental theatrical performance by a troupe from Pakistan," Zeeshan Haider, a member of team said. He added that the unique thing about the performance was that there were no inanimate props; the performers were themselves converting into chairs and other required props.

Other members of the group were Ali Rizvi, Paras Masroor, Aiman Tariq, Kashif Farhad, Farhan Saqib Khan, Maria Rabab and Mohsin Ali. They were lead by NAPA faculty member, Zain Ahmed.

Members of the group said that this was the first time that NAPA students received international experience, which has proved to be very helpful. They said that they "learnt a lot" from actors "from the other side of the border."

N.K Raina, a well-known theater artist from India, was so pleased with the performance that he expressed his intentions to have a cross-border collaboration of theater artists.

The South Asia Foundation Festival for Peace was a 15-day festival which included people from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. NAPA and Ajoka were the only two Pakistan-based theater groups that were invited to perform in the festival. Individual Pakistan-based performers who were part of the festival include Sheema Kirmani, Sania Saeed, and Tina Sani. The news

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Iqbal Day holiday
Karachi: The University of Karachi and all colleges affiliated to it will remain closed on Monday (November 9) on account of Iqbal Day. This was announced by a KU spokesman here on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq said on Thursday that every district of Sindh will be provided Rs100 million during the current financial year for repairs of schools in their respective jurisdiction.

He said that the funds were being allocated from the Rs8 billion given by the World Bank to the provincial government for the purpose. The funds would be spent annually for a period of four years. Dawn

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15 more education centres soon
Karachi: Education development centres, established by the city government in order to improve the standard of education, have started working in Landhi, Jamshed and Liaquatabad towns, Acting City Nazim Nasreen Jalil said on Thursday. She was addressing the 'All Karachi Debate Competition 2009', which was organised jointly by the Dhaka Group of Educational Institutions and Daaira-Adab-o-Saqafat.

Jalil, who was the chief guest at the event, said that education development centres will soon be set up in every town under the jurisdiction of the city government.

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'High blood pressure leading cause
Karachi: Researchers at the Aga Khan University on Thursday said that high blood pressure (HBP) is the leading cause of death in high and low income countries. Quoting a research conducted from 1990 to 1994 by the National Health Survey of Pakistan, one in every three people over the age of 45 suffers from high blood pressure.

The doctors said that despite convincing evidence, low blood pressure reduces the chances of death, heart problems, strokes and kidney disease. Blood pressure control rates remain poor in most developing countries. In Pakistan, poor health literacy, unhealthy lifestyles and a lack of awareness contribute to the high blood pressure problem, which is further compounded by a poorly regulated and disorganised health care system.

"The strategy proposed by our trial is simple and can easily be integrated into the existing health care system of Pakistan and many other developing countries: one general practitioner training session per year coupled with health education at home by trained community health visitors," said Dr Tazeen Jafar, Professor of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, AKU, the leading investigator on the study.

"This is encouraging because it provides hope of success if similar strategies are implemented in other countries facing the pandemic of high blood pressure and associated morbidity and mortality." The study, launched in 2003 and funded by the Wellcome Trust, UK, is based on a two-pronged approach. Community health workers were trained to provide knowledge on the harmful effects of hypertension and to share options for non-medical interventions to prevent and control blood pressure and heart diseases.

"We talked to families about weight loss strategies, the need to exercise, how to quit smoking, how to reduce salt and saturated fat intake, and to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in their diet. In some cases, this was quite new for certain communities. "We saw that patients in groups receiving both health worker care, as well as updated physician care, had the greatest improvement in blood pressure," said Dr Jafar. "These results can help develop a cost-effective strategy to prepare a sustainable and implementable nation-wide blood pressure control programme."

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Khuhro met schoolchildren
Karachi: Private schools should also be brought in the ambit of national curriculum of the National Education Policy, said Sindh Assembly Speaker, Nisar Khuhro, while addressing members of the Children's Association which is a part of AGHS Child Rights Unit (CRU).

One of the integral points in the National Education Policy calls for a uniform system of education in all the public-sector schools of the country, and Khuhro said that it would be highly discriminatory if the policy of national curriculum was limited to government schools. Talking to various school children who had come to share their agenda of discussion and implementation of the Child Rights Commission (CRC) at the Sindh Assembly, the speaker promised to work for the promotion of child rights.

Meanwhile, students raised different questions regarding education, child labour, and other issues pertaining to children. Mehreen, a student of City Cambridge School questioned about the formation of Child Protection Bureau in Sindh, which is already active in the Punjab and looks after child beggars.

At the end of the one hour meeting, students were optimistic. A student of SOS school said, "We are hopeful, and are great looking forward towards the implementation of the CRC". The news


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