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HU exams delayed after fire at hostel
Mansehra, Nov 30: The Hazara University (HU) postponed the midterm examinations
for a week after an inferno reduced to ashes over 25 hostel rooms early
The fire, which erupted in the Boys Hostel because of the
short-circuiting, engulfed entire building within a short span of time.
Over 102 students were present inside the hostel when the fire broke out
but all remained safe while their goods and the building were reduced
A student told reporters that some of the students busy in
preparing for the examination, which were scheduled to be held on
Wednesday, awakened the sleeping students, however, no casualty was
reported in the incident.
The fire tenders and rescuers of the
Mansehra Tehsil Municipal Administration reached the spot and
extinguished the fire after two-hour efforts. HU Vice-Chancellor Dr
Sakhawat Shah, who rushed to the scene along with the faculty members,
postponed the midterm examinations for a week and constituted a
committee to probe into the incident. The committee, being headed by Dr
Habib, the chairman of the Botany Department, would present its report
within a week.
Dr Sakhawat Shah also met the affected students and
said the boarders would be shifted to a new hostel, where construction
was still underway.
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Varsities reopen as teachers call off strike
Peshawar: Academic activities in all the public sector universities of
the province were restored on Monday after 21 days as the teacher
community called off their strike against the kidnapping of Ajmal Khan,
vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University.
After the release
of the second video of Ajmal Khan on November 7, the Federation of All
Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA), Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa chapter, announced boycott of the classes and demanded of
the government to expedite the efforts for safe recovery of the
kidnapped vice chancellor. The decision was seconded by the
vice-chancellors committee of all the 14 government-run universities and
the next day they had announced to close down the academic institutions
of the province for indefinite period.
committee later announced that the universities would reopen on November
26. But, the teacher community decided to resume academic activities
from November 29. The teachers were wearing black armbands to register
their protest against the kidnapping of the ICU vice chancellor.
Students of various faculties expressed satisfaction over
the reopening of their departments. They said that due to teachers'
strike for their salaries and security issues, their studies badly
suffered. They hoped that the academic session would now continue
uninterrupted so that they could cover their course before their
preparation leaves of examination.
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KU biology moot from Dec 1
Karachi: The 10th Biennial Conference of
Pakistan Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is being
organised by Dr A.Q.Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetics
Engineering (KIBGE),University of Karachi, in collaboration with
Department of Biochemistry, International Centre for Chemical and
Biological Sciences (HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry), Dr Panjwani
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, and National Centre for
Proteomics, University of Karachi, from December 1-5, 2010. The aim of
the conference is to explore and understand the impact of new
development and enhancements of biomoleculars involved in different
complexities of life. The news
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Convocation 2010 of IBA Karachi
Karachi: The Convocation 2010 of the Institute of Business
Administration (IBA) Karachi will be held at its main campus on Nov 30
(today). An official of the institution said on Monday that Sindh
Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan,, who is also the patron of the
institute, has been invited as the chief guest at the ceremony. The
governor will also award medals, shields and certificates on the
occasion. 187 BBA and 103 MBA degrees would be conferred at the
Convocation. In all seven gold medals, to those who excelled in various
disciplines, will also be awarded on the occasion. app
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Roots Olympiad concludes at NAG
Islamabad: The four-day Roots Olympiad 2010 came to an end in a
ceremony held at the National Art Gallery (NAG) here on Monday in which
students rocked the audience with their enthralling performances.
dancing and much more glued the audience to their seats who kept on
applauding the performers with their claps and hooting. The classical
performance by Salik Shah was among those performances which depicted
the talent hidden in young people of the country. In order to show the
strong ties between the students of Roots and Beaconhouse, Salik Shah
and Mubin Shakoor performed a duet.
Addressing on the occasion, South
Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) Director General Maria
Sultan stressed on the role of a teacher in inspiring and motivating
young people. "No country can progress on the road of prosperity without
its most precious human resource - the teacher," she said.
that the new education policy has been announced and "we are introducing
reforms to bring in qualitative change so as to raise the standard of
education at par with international standards." "We have embarked on a
journey and to be able to enhance our quality of education we are
imparting rigorous training to teachers so as to equip them with modern
skills and knowledge to be able to educate our children in the best
possible environment. We know it would require commitment and dedication
of the government and all members at the helm of affairs in the field
of education to work on war-footing to be able to realise the ambitious
targets set forth by the government. We plan to achieve universal
primary education by the year 2015," she said.
appreciated the performance of students and said that Roots achievements
have raised our heads in pride and has further strengthened our belief
in the tremendous potential of our young generation who indeed are the
leaders of tomorrow's Pakistan.
Roots School System (RSS) Director
Faisal Mushtaq said: "We are committed to improve the educational
experience of our students and with this in mind, we came up with the
idea of holding the Roots Olympiad to stimulate interactive learning
among the youth."
Over 1,000 students from Saint Mary's Academy,
Lahore Grammar School, Westminster College, The City School, Imperial
International, Sheikh Zayed International Academy, ACE International
Academy, Bahria College and Roots College International, DHA, &
Roots College, Satellite Town, were present in the ceremony.
end, awards were distributed among the winners and formal closing of the
Roots Olympiad was announced with a pledge to come together with the
same enthusiasm and spirit next year. Earlier, a live concert featuring
'Noori' was organised on Sunday night at NAG. The concert was a part of
social events organised in connection with the Roots Olympiad 2010.
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Islamabad: Taking notice of the spread of pornography among children
through unregulated Internet cafes, the Child Complaint Office (CCO),
Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat, has started working on a draft of suitable
government legislation and monitoring mechanism.
The monthly review
report of CCO from January to October 2010 mentions that the office has
requested Save the Children Sweden to assist them in formulation of the
draft so that such malpractices can be stopped at this stage by
following the best practices of other countries.
The report mentions
that in the past few years, the access to Internet in Pakistan is
growing at a very fast rate and major number of users access it at the
numerous unregulated net cafes spread throughout the country. It says
that the vast majority of the clients at these cafes are children and
"Many cafes have been openly displaying dirty movies,
pornography and gambling games on their computers and due to this reason
children are facing several protection issues at these cafes which not
only include viewing of pornographic material but also the risk of them
being sexually abused and exploited."
The issue that was raised by
civil society members was then taken up before the Ministry of Social
Welfare and Special Education and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
(PTA) by sending them letters attached with a concept notes dealing with
the background, legal status, what needs to be done and the way
The PTA in their reply stated that the matter falls under
the purview of Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) and also
attached a copy of the letter that had been issued by MoIT for the
regulation of cyber cafes in the year 2003.
The letter stated that
MoIT is already in the process of preparing a graft computer related
crime bill, which will encompasses prosecution and punishment for all
computer related crimes. Besides that, they said that they had already
ordered for blocking of pornographic websites.
However, the MoIT also
mentioned that the cyber cafes should not be licensed as they do not
offer any services falling in the regulatory domain of PTA. "Such a
regulatory setting could impede the usage of computers and internet
through cyber cafes," the MoIT expressed concern. Keeping this in view,
MoIT stated that no policy instructions under Act of 1996 seemed
Head CCO Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi said
that they have proposed MoIT that the CCO would provide them with
information regarding best practices in the world where such restriction
had no impact on the overall use of Internet. "We are constantly
perusing the case as we believe that there should be some monitoring
mechanism for the Internet cafes."
Qureshi said that issue of
unregulated Internet cafes is in the agenda of Child Rights Steering
Committee (CRSC), a committee of 20 members that include representatives
of all relevant ministries and civil society organisations working for
the rights of children. He said that once the model law is formulated,
it can be provided to provinces for its adoption in Provincial
Assemblies. The news
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