Good story books at affordable prices
Parents want good books at affordable prices for children
Islamabad, Oct 13: To teach your children a good moral lesson before they go
off to sleep, it is advisable to read out a story to them.
believe that reading a story with one's child not only stimulates
development of the child's brain, but also fuels a close emotional
relationship between you and your child.
Unfortunately, not many
parents these days have time for this useful tried and tested exercise.
However, those who can spare time and are interested in reading a good
story to their child say that buying new storybooks is fast becoming a
difficult and expensive proposition.
They also claim that not
many choices of brand-new storybooks are available in the market. "At
book stores and book fairs, one can only find the same substandard
fairytale stories, puzzles and colouring books," said Naeema Shafaq, a
mother of two.
"I fail to find anything except for the same
imaginary heroes in every book that has no connection with the real
life," she pointed out. Sharing some other observations, she said that
even in good book stores, all that is available other than fairytales
are activity books or stories of Disney movies.
complaining that choice for informative books in such stores was very
limited, she regretted that those available were unaffordable for
majority of the people. Same is the case with Urdu books with not many
good ones being available. Whatever stuff there is, either lacks in
presentation or is written in difficult language.
"If I buy some
Urdu magazines for kids, my child does not find it interesting enough
to read," said another worried mother, Anila Saleem. Manager of a book fair Shahid Nadeem said that they prefer to
sell the stuff that was in demand in the market. "Children are only
interested in books that have Superman or Spiderman printed on them no
matter if it is a colouring book or a drawing book," he said, adding
that good storybooks were usually very expensive and parents had the
tendency to spend less on such things.
"Super heroes and
colouring books are sold like hot cakes only because these are cheap
and kids are attracted towards them," he said. Pointing out a good spot
to find interesting, informative and colourful storybooks for kids,
behaviourist Noreen Seher said that old bookshops could be a good
choice for parents who genuinely want to buy enjoyable stuff for their
children. The problem with old bookshops, she said, was that books were
not displayed in an organized manner and parents need to spend some
time to find a good buy.
"The best way is to take out ample time
and visit these shops on weekends along with your children," she said,
adding that it would also develop interest of book reading in the
child. The old bookshops across town are frequented by people because
of the comparatively lower prices of books on offer and the chance of
finding a rare title or two. "Who knows when you might strike gold,"
says Noreen. The news
"I agree, it is a total criminal act on the part of govt to torture the students , cream of the nation leaving them in the middle of nowhere with excellent score in fsc."
City, Country: Rawalpindi. Pakistan
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Gujrat varsity students face transport problems
Gujrat: Excessive admissions to different departments of the
University of Gujrat have created transport problems for the students
as they have to wait for hours for university buses to arrive at the
campus and then leave for homes.
The university admitted two
weeks ago around 2,500 students to graduate and degree programmes of
the School of Art and Design, faculties of basic sciences, CSIT,
engineering and technology, languages and humanities and social
sciences, School of Law, Department of Mass Com and Media and the
School of Business and Management Sciences. The university, however,
failed to arrange adequate transport to cope with such a huge influx of
students, sources say. Prior to new admissions, the number of
university students was 3,500.
The campus of the Gujrat
University is situated in the Hafiz Hayat locality, 20 kilometers from
the Gujrat city. The university busses ply different routes across
Jhelum, Gujranwala and Gujrat districts to pick and drop the students.
A number of students said they had to wait for hours
to be picked up by the university busses and then again had to wait for
two to three hours at the campus to get on vehicles to reach home. The
university has two hostels, one for women and another for men, which
could hardly accommodate around 500 students.
the university charges them Rs3,150 per head per semester for the
transport facility. But they pass through the agony of waiting for
hours to reach or leave the campus. They said the university had better
arranged a good fleet of buses before admitting them.
student said the traveling agony had taken its toll on his studies as
it had become very difficult for him to concentrate on the syllabus
after a hectic day at the university and then arriving at home after a
troublesome journey. Seeing the delayed arrival of buses, many students
use public buses. Sources said the university administration admitted
such a big number of students due to political pressure.
Akram Bhatti, the university registrar, said the administration was
aware of the problems being faced by the students, adding that the
situation would be improved in next two months when five new busses
would be added to the 22-bus fleet of the university.
there were even complaints of the shortage of classrooms but the
administration had managed it quite well. He said with the completion
of the construction of new academic blocks, the shortage of classrooms
would also be overcome.
He said admissions had been carried out after the approval of the university syndicate. Dawn
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Entry tests for professional colleges
Islamabad: An honest and upright student burns midnight oil for two years and gets 950 plus
and even around 1,000 marks out of 1,100 in the HSSC examination, but
somehow fails to qualify the so-called entry test conducted by
provincial governments, his entire labour goes to the dogs and his
future ruined. He may become so frustrated that he may quit studies
If the so-called entry tests are so sanctimonious
that they can reduce the board examination results to zero, it is
better that boards of education should be sent packing and let the
entry test be a safe backdoor for the blue eyed.
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SSC examination position-holders to visit Murree
Rawalpindi: The top three position holders of Class 10 will pay a visit to Murree
today (Tuesday) on the special invitation of Punjab Chief Minister Mian
Shahbaz Sharif. According to details, the students would go on their
visit under the supervision of the Rawalpindi Board. During their
visit, the students would be awarded with the guard of honour. They
would be served as official guests and presented high protocol.
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Wiping out dentist phobia now in our hands
Islamabad: Through the latest laser technology, dentistry here in Pakistan will
reach new heights, as it will allow patients to undergo treatment with
70 per cent less pain and lesser side effects after surgical
This was revealed by Prof Dr Norbert Gutknecht, an
expert in laser dentistry, who was invited by Riphah International
University to create awareness about Laser Dentistry in Pakistan as
well as to inform about the RAK College of Dental Sciences (RAKCODS) in
UAE (sponsored by Riphah University) that is currently offering courses
in BDS and would shortly offer MS in Laser Dentistry.
Norbert Gutknecht - President World Federation of Laser Dentistry
(WFLD) from the Clinic of Restorative Dentistry, Periodontology &
Preventive Dentistry, Aachen, Germany - is here in Pakistan to conduct
awareness about the field of Laser Dentistry as an option for
postgraduate education at RAKCODS along with catering to all queries
regarding advanced technology for dentists at Riphah University.
Dr Norbert said they are happy
to inform dentists here about Laser Dentistry, which is quite new here,
adding that Pakistan could become a huge market for Laser Dentistry, as
this is the first time that any South Asian University has shown
interest in this field.
Though expensive, this technology is
more reliable, less painful and patient friendly, he said adding, "It
is basically a combination of conventional and latest treatments, under
which the procedures are done through regular treatments while laser
techniques are used to eradicate any infection and bacteria." He said
the technology could be used to identify carries, tooth decay,
infectious gums, etc, and would become a future tool of conventional
dentistry, taking the field a step further.
"We are trying to
create a new image here in dentistry, as the fear of dentists prevails
among patients of every age bracket - from children to adults. Now,
with the introduction of the laser treatment, the whole perception of
dentistry will change, making people feel more comfortable to visit
dentists, while a new generation of patients can be created, who can
motivate and guide others to try this method for their dental
procedures. Eradicating the dentist phobia is our objective and
patients can visit us as comfortably as they visit their physicians,"
Dr Norbert said.
He further said that the nature of tooth
carries and quantity of decay could also be evaluated
through laser diagnostics, which is quite common in
"The decays can now be evaluated without sitting on a dental chair or
conducting an X-Ray. The best part is that surgical treatments can be
done by laser without any incision made by a scalpel," he said.
and pigmentation of gums can be treated by laser, as it can destroy
micro-organisms and avoid infection. It also causes a significant
reduction in bleeding, and can also be used for the whitening and
bleaching of teeth," he said.
Dr Asma Ahmed, Faculty Member
RAKCODS, who is currently pursuing her PhD in Laser Dentistry in
Germany and accompanying Dr Norbert, claims to be the first laser
dentist of Pakistan.
She was of the view that as a
Pakistani, she feels the responsibility of implementing these techniques
here in the country, adding that they are open to invitations from any
Pakistani university to introduce Laser Dentistry to make dentists
aware of the technology and implement it accordingly. The news
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