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Rs59 million for 10 schools in rural areas
Islamabad, Oct 21: A number of development projects, including those relating to education and health, are being launched in rural areas of the capital under the Islamabad Development Package.

Chief Commissioner Fazeel Asghar stated this while chairing a meeting here on Tuesday to review the progress of ongoing projects in rural areas.

The meeting was informed that an amount of Rs59.894 million has been allocated for repair and maintenance of ten school buildings. The officials of the local government and rural department of the ICT were asked to prepare the estimates of the project.

The meeting was informed that 14 development schemes relating to construction and repair of roads, water supply schemes and pavements of streets involving a cost of Rs33.765 million has been completed while work on 31 schemes is in progress. So far an amount of Rs61.286 million has been spent on these 31 schemes.

The district health officer was asked to ensure immediate recruitment of doctors and other staff for three mobile dispensaries and launch the mobile service in rural areas immediately and identify basic health units and rural health centres there for renovation and upgradation of facilities. The news

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Malik summoned meeting with heads of educational institutions
Islamabad: In the wake of suicide attacks in Islamic International University (IIUI), the Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has summoned a meeting with the heads of all educational institutions located in the Federal Capital. The purpose of the meeting is to beef up the security of theeducational institutions in collaboration with the administrations of the institutions, he told media persons here on Tuesday after a visit to IIUI.

He said the meeting will also determine the level of threats received to different educational institutions, adding, "we have already informed about the security threats to education institutions but they were operating at their own.He said the suicide attacks in IIUI was due to security lapse on behalf of the security staff of the university, adding that a university's security guard deployed outside the female campus saw the suicide bomber when he was entering the campus.

But the security guard did not stop the entry of suicide bomber while considering him an employee, he said adding the investigation is underway and the culprits would soon be brought to justice.Replying to a question, he said, "the education institutions could be closed down if we consider it necessary."The Minister said the country was in the state of war and the extremists want to destabilize the country with such desperate attacks. "They (terrorists) should know that such desperate attacks cannot deter the government resolve to fight out terrorism," he added.The Minister said the suicide attacks occurred outside Islamabad and ordered the enhancement of the zonal security.He further said the terrorist attacks at the Islamic University have proved that they, the terrorists, were neither the well wishers of Islam or Pakistan.To another question, he said all the Afghan Imams (clerics) are advised to voluntarily leave the country and Madaris if they do not want to harm the sanctity of Madaris.

He appreciated the students of Punjab university for supporting Army's operation against terrorists in South Waziristan.He said that he would soon unveil a new security plan, under which community policing would be promoted to cope with terrorism and extremism.Earlier, he visited the new campus of International Islamic University, where two suicide attacks killed six persons injuring more than 15 others. He also visited PIMS and inquire after the injured of the blasts and prayed for their early recovery. app

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Teachers' role reassessed in current scenario
Islamabad: The teaching profession is considered in Islam to be on the highest rank of nobility, as teachers are responsible for imparting education and knowledge to those around them.

Teachers need to play a serious role in the current situation in order to lead children to the right path. Teachers must be given due importance and motivation in order to help children in character building. It's high time that teachers must prepare children for a peaceful tomorrow.

In this regard, The City School Zone VII Northern Region has developed many training programmes to provide teachers to be acquainted with the tools, mentors and hands on experience they need to be professionally trained. Research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school related factor influencing student achievement. The City School train and support both teachers and educators, in order to meet the challenges faced by the students of today in terms of self-assurance.

To give due acknowledgement and appreciation to the teachers of their hardwork, a get-together was organized by the Regional Academic Coordinator Itrat Rubab. The programme consisted of beautiful displays, skits, songs and interesting games for the teachers followed by the dinner.

While addressing the teachers, Itrat Rubab said that we all know that teachers' role is mandatory for students because she has the responsibility of grooming the children along with parents. We should be proud to be affiliated with such a noble profession.

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Chinese team visited NUML
Islamabad: A five-member team from Hanban, China, visited the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) here on Tuesday, says a press release.

Hanban is a department in the Chinese Ministry of Education, which works for promotion of Chinese language. Dr Hu Zhiping, director general of Hanban, led the team.

During their stay in the university, members of the Chinese team and members of the Council of Confucius Institute at NUML discussed the development plan of the institute.

The Confucius Institute at NUML has been recently ranked in third position worldwide out of the total of around 400 institutes. This ranking is based upon the academic and administrative achievements.

Ealier, the members of the Chinese delegation visited the Confucius Institute, Sports Gymnasium, Faculty Hostel and Central Library.

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PAL announced Kamal-e-Fun Award 2008
Islamabad: Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has announced to confer Kamal-e-Fun Award for the year 2008 to the progressive writer and intellectual from Balochistan, Abdullah Jan Jamaldeni.

PAL Chairman Fakhar Zaman said that Abdullah Jan Jamaldeni is one of the major writers of Balochistan and it is the first time that PAL has given this award to any writer from Balochistan.

The writers, poets and progressive intellectuals from all over the country welcomed PAL's decision and congratulated Abdullah Jan Jamaldeni.

Fakhar Zaman added that it is also an honour for PAL that it awarded a progressive intellectual and writer of a calibre and status of Abdullah Jan Jamaldeni.

"The progressive writer did a great work for the promotion of culture and language in Balochistan and bringing the Pakistani languages close to each other," he said.

Abdullah Jan Jamaldeni was born on May 8, 1922 in Noshaki District Chaghi among his books 'Lut Khana', 'Margwameena', 'Lenon Ki Kitaab' and 'Balochistan Main Sardari Qabaili Nizaam ka Siyasi Pas Manzar' are the major ones.

The panel which took decision regarding the award included Dr. Mohammad Ali Siddiqui, Dr. Fahmida Hussain, Mohammad Ayub Baloch, Masood Ashar, Saleem Raaz and Afzal Ahsan Randhawa.

The Kamal-e-Fun award is worth of Rs500,000 and is given annually to Pakistani writers and intellectual in recognition of their life long literary achievements. The literary personalities who have been conferred this award include Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Intezar Hussain, Mushtaq Ahmed Yousafi, Ahmed Faraz, Shaukat Siddiqui, Munir Niazi, Ada Jaffery, Sabho Giyan Chandani, Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch and Ajamal Khattak. The news


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