Motorway accident, 31 students killed
31 students among 37 killed in deadly Motorway accident
Rawalpindi: Thirty-seven passengers, including 31 students, were killed on Monday night while over 67
were critically wounded when a school bus carrying 105 students of the Millat
Grammar School Faisalabad turned turtle on the Motorway.
occurred at a sharp turn on the Motorway's Emergency Booth-223 at Beat-7 on M-2
(North) near the Salt Range after the brakes of the bus failed, police sources
said. Hospital police fear the death toll will rise.
The students were
on a field trip and were on their way back to Faisalabad when the bus met the
accident. Army Commandos have been called in aid of the National Highway and
Motorway Police (NH&MP) rescuers to rescue students trapped in the wreckage
of the school bus. 100 students, five teachers and other staff members were on
board when the accident occurred, police sources said.
The bodies of the
students and staff members have been shifted to General Hospital Chakwal while
the injured were taken to an army hospital in Kallar Kahar. Inspector General
NH&MP, Zafarullah Khan and Regional Police Officer (RPO) Rawalpindi Range,
Captain (retd) Zubair confirmed the death toll.
Police sources, quoting
statements of the injured people said that the students of Millat
Grammar School were signing songs and enjoying themselves when the deadly
A state of emergency was declared upon receiving the
information of the accident while rescuers of the Motorway Police rushed to the
scene with ambulances. The area police reached there soon after.
Police sources said that many students and staff members were trapped in the
wreckage of the bus, crying for help. The Motorway Police authorities sought
help from the army whose commandos reached to the scene and participated in the
Zafarullah Khan, present at site of the accident,
confirmed the death toll to this correspondent saying a sate of emergency had
been declared to tackle the situation. He said he called the army commandos
(SSG) to assist motorway rescuers. "Rescue work was completed with the help of
army commandos and area police after about two hours of the occurrence of the
accident at about 11.30 pm," police sources said.
The heirs of students
killed or injured in the deadly accident started reaching the Chakwal and Kallar
Kahar hospital late Monday night to enquire after their loved ones. The hospital
administrations are handing over the dead bodies to their heirs after conducting
external post mortem.
The death of the innocent students has left many
question unanswered. When contacted Traffic Management Experts they
said the accident occurred due to various reasons including a road engineering
fault and the plying of defective vehicles on the motorway. They said many
horrific accidents had taken place in the last many years at the same sharp turn
but the government had not taken any action to remove the flaw.
worth mentioning here that the system of fitness certification given to public
service vehicles (PSVs) is totally rotten, corrupt and unprofessional. Motor
Vehicle Examiners (MVEs) are legally empowered to check the fitness of vehicles
and issue them certificates to ply on the roads under the Motor Vehicle
Ordinance 1955 and Motor Vehicles Rules 1969. These MVEs come directly under the
supervision of DCOs but the district administration has given free hand to MVEs
and they have been found to be issuing fitness certificates even to faulty
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Islamabad: The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) would hold the
supplementary examination of the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) on
The roll number slips of the candidates appearing in the said
examination have been dispatched at the addressees given by them in the
In case, the roll number slips if not received by any
candidate, he/she should immediately contact the following officers of the Board
at the given telephone numbers for obtaining the same.
examinations (conduct) telephone number. 051-9250606 fax no. 051-9250607, Deputy
Controller of Examinations (HSSC Conduct) telephone no. 051-9250619, Assistant
Controller of Examinations (HSSC Conduct) telephone no. 051-9250641 and
Assistant Secretary one window cell telephone no. 051-9250651.
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QAU announces scholarship for flood affected students
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association (QAUAA) on Wednesday announced scholarship to help students of the
university belonging to the flood affected areas.
This assistance would
be provided to the enrolled flood affected students at QAU which would include
financial assistance for meeting the expenses incurred on academic fee, hostel
dues and mess charges.
QAUAA Secretary General Murtaza Noor said that the
members of the Alumni Association would repeat the same spirit, which had been
shown during earthquake 2005, and previous floods.
He said that for
making the process transparent, all the possible measures would be taken
including sorting help of administration, departmental heads of QAU and National
Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). He has also appealed to the alumni
members to contribute generously to the relief fund established by QAU and its
Alumni Association. This assistance would be additional to already announce 35
need based scholarships.
QAU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Masoom Yasinzai had
also urged the alumni members to come forward to help the flood affected QAU
student in this critical time otherwise these students would be unable to
continue their studies.
QAU and QAUAA had already signed Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) to extend cooperation for the benefit of the present and old
students of the university. Under the MOU, it was decided that QAUAA would offer
certain Need Based Scholarships to the students of QAU.
establish a separate head for these offered scholarships as on the pattern on
Dr. Razi-u-din Siddiqui Scholarship Programme. QAU would financially support any
student who gets education at QAU from remote/hard areas of Pakistan. QAU would
also assist the students of QAU in career counseling and job placement. Both the
organizations would stay in touch to undertake different welfare programme for
the benefit of students. app
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AIOU budget approved
Islamabad: A meeting of the Finance Committee of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) was chaired by AIOU
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi, which approved budget of the
university for financial year 2010-2011 unanimously, says a press
Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, MNA and Barrister Syed Feroz Jamal
Kaka Khail were also present in the meeting. Student Support Fund set up by AIOU
to help poor, deprived, isolated, needy and deserving students has been
appreciated by all the members.
Eid bonus granted to university s
employees on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and others has also been approved. With
reference to saving fund, Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi highlighted that
energy efforts are being made to make proper utilization of energy so as to
reduce financial burden.
The members wanted to hold a special meeting of
the committee to formulate financial planning for batter utilisation of the
budget as the Higher Education Commission has reduced the grant to AIOU. The news
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