PU harassment case | Study on smoking sheesha
PUASA divided over harassment case
Lahore, Nov 15: The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) seems
to have divided over alleged sexual harassment case involving a senior
The split is evident from two press statements issued separately by PUASA President and Secretary on Saturday.
President Dr Mahr Saeed Akhtar claimed that the association's executive
council had demanded the varsity's authorities play its role in ending
Punjab University's media trial in the said alleged harassment case, as
the varsity's Public Relations Department had failed to do so.
He also said the meeting had demanded immediate judicial inquiry into the alleged incident.
the PUASA President's statement was contested by association's
Secretary Javed Sami in a letter addressed to him. A copy of the letter
was forwarded to the media by the PU's Public Relations Department.
the letter, the PUASA Secretary, who is also PU's Resident Officer
(RO-I), said the meeting did not term it failure of varsity's PR
Department to stop the media trial. He said print and electronic media
was independent and the same could not be stopped from reporting any
He further said the meeting did not demand judicial
inquiry of the alleged incident, as a department inquiry was already
under process and its findings were expected in a couple of days.
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HEC best teacher award for PU prof
Lahore: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has conferred the Best
University Teacher Award for the year 2009 on Punjab University's
Faculty of Education Dean Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal in recognition of
his contribution and performance in the field of education and
According to a press statement, the award consisting of a
certificate and cash prize of Rs 100,000 would be given Dr Hafiz
Muhammad Iqbal in a ceremony to be held on December 1, 2010. Prof Dr
Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal has published more than 50 articles/papers in
journals of international repute and has over 30 years of varsity
teaching experience to his credit for promoting the cause of education
in the country. In acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution, the
Government of Pakistan also awarded him a civil award "Izaz-e-Fazeelat"
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PU Pro VC off to Japan
Lahore: Punjab University Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry has left for
Japan to represent Pakistan in the 3rd International Conference on
Ceramics to be held in Osaka from November 14 to 18, 2010. According to
a press statement, he has been invited as a speaker to present his
paper on Nov 16. The news
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Study shows 'dark side' of sheesha
Lahore: A study carried out by medical experts and students of the Allama Iqbal Medical College
claims that mushrooming sheesha (aromatic smoking) outlets in the city
pose a serious threat to the health of teenagers, especially the girls.
"This habit was found to be most prevalent in the 16-25 years age
group with 70 per cent sheesha smokers being male and 30 per cent
female," the study says.
It also apprehends use of prohibited and addictive substances in more
than 30 per cent of the sheesha outlets, either by the owners or
The study says the sheesha smoking may result in low fertility rates
among girls and increase the chances of fetal abnormalities
(Teratogenesis), posing a major threat to their health.
"One puff of the sheesha smoke contains more than 5,000 active
chemicals out of which at least more than 100 are carcinogenic and more
than 25 per cent have serious addictive potential", the study claims.
Most of the tobacco and sheesha wholesalers have their outlets around the Qadhafi Stadium.
The sheesha smoking is going on unchecked in some local parks as
their managements were reportedly encouraging it in open spaces, the
It mentions one such park located near Kalma Chowk where teenaged
boys and girls regularly indulge in sheesha smoking. The park, with the
permission of Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA), offers three open
sheesha bars which attract many a visitor to the activity, the study
It says sheesha smoking is associated with heart disease, stroke,
muscle and joints ailments, headache, and may also lead to cancers of
lips, tongue, mouth, lungs, stomach etc.
It is apprehended that addictive drugs like cocaine, marijuana and
heroine are being added to the flavoured tobacco either by the
managements of these outlets or by the customers themselves.
The researchers claim to have surveyed as many as 100 sheesha outlets located in various areas of the city to compile the data.
The study claims the business which was initially confined to posh
city areas was now taking roots in the low-income localities as well.
The researchers, in this connection, have mentioned that many sheesha
outlets have sprung up even in the streets of the Walled city.
It is learnt the issue was also discussed at length in a joint
meeting between AIMC people and Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Punjab
officers on Friday where the participants showed serious concern over
these mushrooming outlets.
The principal author of the study and AIMC Principal Prof Javed Akram
and ANF Punjab Joint Director Lt Col Chaudhry Iftikhar Ali also
attended the meeting which decided to first launch an awareness campaign
about the hazardous effects of sheesha smoking on youths' health. Legal
action against such outlets was also considered as a later course.
Prof Javed Akram said the study was also being published in some
research journals of Europe. He said besides posing a serious threat to
teenagers' mental and physical health the sheesha smoke also affected
those sitting in the vicinity of the smokers, which is called
second-hand or passive smoking.
"I think sheesha smoking may become a major public health challenge
in near future as more and more teenagers are indulging in it," he said
and stressed the need for legislation on the issue, besides registration
of these outlets with the regulating agencies.
He said the areas of Defence, Allama Iqbal Town, Gulberg, Cantonment
Board, besides some elite hotels and restaurants, were hotbeds of the
He urged the ANF to randomly examine the sheesha outlets to check the use of drugs with addictive potential. Dawn
"I didnt agree with this statement that sheesha smoking causes lung cancer other other diesease mentioned above.because i havent heard or seen any patients in hospital,but the issue of sheehsa smoking is not big,the cheif Minister should take an action other areas which are more important.(Alcohol and drugs)There should be age limit for smoking sheesha.If he government is making legislation they should consider the age limit not completly banning the sheesha.if they ban the sheesha smoking all the sheesha smokers will automatically will start smoking cigrette which is more dangerous.But i agree to some extnet that there should be checks and balances on the sheesha lounges ."
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Undergraduate medical college at LGH soon'
Lahore: Parliamentary Secretary of Health Dr Saeed Elahi has said that
the recommendations for setting up of the undergraduate medical college
and nursing and paramedic institute in Lahore General Hospital (LGH)
will soon be sent to the Punjab chief minister.
He said that it will greatly help make the LGH a world standard hospital.
Saeed Elahi said this after inaugurating a free medical camp and an
awareness walk on the World Diabetes Day at the LGH, according to a
handout here on Saturday. He appreciated the efforts of Prof Tariq
Salahudin for equipping the Post Graduate Medical Institute/LGH with
modern facilities. Dr Saeed Elahi urged the media to play due role in
creating awareness among the masses regarding diseases.
occasion, Principal Prof Tariq Salahudin informed that the doctors from
the PGMI were serving the ailing humanity not only in Pakistan but also
in other countries as well. He said that a state-of-the-art diabetic
centre had been established in the hospital where all diagnostic and
treatment facilities had been provided.
King Edward Medical
University former Vice Chancellor Dr Mumtaz Hassan said the PGMI had a
historical background in medical education which rendered tremendous
services in this regard.
Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab, Dr Imran Hassan
Khan and other medial specialists also addressed the event and briefed
the participants on the complications of diabetes. They said that
diabetics should adopt the habit of daily walk and exercise at morning
and evening times for their health. They said, "If we adopt practically
the slogan of prevention is better than cure, we could live healthy life
and save our budget spending on medical treatment."
sugar tests have been conducted and free medicines also provided to the
patients at the free diabetes medical camp. LGH MS Dr SD Khan, faculty
members, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff were also present on the
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Science Museum Day
Lahore: Science Museum Day was celebrated at Kids Galaxy School here
the other day. The school children set up different stalls related to
Science while Maj (r) Farooq Haris was the Chief Guest on this occasion.
Addressing the children, Maj (r) Farooq Haris said that informal
education is also as important as formal education. He said that
Bangladesh has good education system if compared with Pakistan because
they had focused on education. Chaudhry Iftikhar said the children in
Pakistan had great talent and they should just be provided
opportunities. School Principal Ayesha urged the government to focus of
education syllabus. The nation
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