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Inter-university bilingual debate competition

Students exhibit talent in debate, essay contests
Islamabad, April 27: An inter-university bilingual debate competition was held Tuesday at the Islamabad campus of Preston University.

Students from Hamdard University, International Islamic University, SZABIST, Iqra University, Wish University and Preston University, Islamabad, Kohat and Peshawar campuses participated in the competition.

In English Debate, Syed Shan Junaid from SZABIST, Islamabad grabbed 1st position. Second position was bagged by Amber Malik from the International Islamic University, Islamabad while Tahreem Gul from WISH University secured third position in the competition.

In the Urdu Debate competition Rimsha Mehmoob from International Islamic University, Islamabad, won the first position. Junaid Tariq of SZABIST, Islamabad stood second while Javaria Sami of Hamdard University was declared third.

A prize distribution ceremony for awarding prizes to first, second and third position holders of the Essay Writing Competition was also held on Tuesday. Students of Iqra University, Hamdard University, Fatima Jinnah Women University and Preston University participated in the competition.

In the Essay Writing Competition, Sarah Farid of Iqra University grabbed first position. The second position was awarded to Maria Javed of Preston University, Peshawar campus. Uzma Aleena from WISH, Islamabad and Jawad Hassan from Preston University, Islamabad, shared the third position.

Preston University Chancellor Dr. Abdul Basit, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed prizes among the position-holders of bilingual debate and essay writing competitions.

Addressing the winners of both competitions, he said that performances of the students particularly those who won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions were truly remarkable. He congratulated the winners on their achievement and also for winning laurels for their respective institutions.

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'Spring Splash 2011'
A weeklong festivity organised by the Preston University, comprising several inter-university competitions, kicked off in Islamabad on Monday. The events of the first day included badminton and table tennis competitions at the Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Preston University Chancellor Dr. Abdul Basit said that Preston University has always attached immense significance to co-curricular and extra curricular activities. "It has done so, with the expressed intent of providing its students an opportunity to employ their energies productively, not only on the academic front, but also in other equally important areas," he said.

He said that the inter-university competitions organised by the Preston University provide the students' community of the country a unique opportunity to unleash their talents in activities other than education. "All sports activities ensure physical fitness that is required to excel in every sphere of life," he said.

He called upon the students' community of Pakistan to focus on sports and other extra curricular activities, besides education, so that they could ensure rounding off their personalities and emerge as successful people in their practical life and career.

On the occasion, he also profoundly appreciated the efforts of those at Preston University, who have worked incessantly and tirelessly to put together this grand weeklong festivity.

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Rootsians get over $100m scholarships
Rawalpindi: The students of Roots School System, DHA Phase-I Campus, have obtained scholarships amounting to over $100 million for four years of undergraduate studies, and approximately $60,000 for summer placements in top universities of the world, says a press release issued here on Tuesday.

RSS Director Khadija Mushtaq stated this while addressing a press conference to announce excellent results obtained by its 'A' Level students in connection with upcoming annual High Achievers Award Ceremony.

She said, "This year, our students have gained coveted acceptance offers from top universities including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, U Penn, Williams College, Johns Hopkins, TUFTS, Duke and Brown. We have established a reputation for successfully gaining top Ivy League and Oxbridge universities acceptances, and this year was no different."

Mohammed Ibrahim was outstanding, gaining acceptance offers from Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth, all on $62,000 scholarship per annum for 4 years. Waleed Chaudhry from Brown on $60,000 scholarship, Dure Aziz Amna from Yale on $54,000 scholarship, Rehman Shukr received offers from U Penn, Cornell and John Hopkins on $55,000 scholarship, Hassan Kiani from Oxford University, Shizza Fatima from John Hopkins on $50,000 scholarship, Talal Javais Qadri from Duke on $60,000 scholarship, Abdur Rehman from Tufts on $52,000 scholarship, Hamza Farrukh from Williams College on $52,000 scholarship, Mahnum Shahzad from Richmond on $54,000 scholarship, Ibrahim Omer Khan from St. Lawrence on $54,000 scholarship.

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FGGMS students excel in scholarship exam
Islamabad: The students of Federal Government Girls Model School (FGGMS) G-9/3, clinched top seven positions in the 'Middle Standard Scholarship Examination' conducted by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE).

Federal Government Girls Model School (FGGMS), G-9/3, maintained a historical record by obtaining seven top positions and 17 scholarships among all the model and federal government colleges.

This year, Middle Standard Scholarship Examination was conducted by FBISE for the first time and the results were announced on April 18.

According to the FBISE results, Bushra Farid of FGGMS, G-9/3, secured first position with 378 marks out of 400.

While Sabrina Rana and Laiba Atta-ir-Rehman of the same college got second position with 371 marks. Saba Bashir obtained third position with 369 marks. Moreover, fourth, fifth and sixth positions were secured by Maria Malik, Marium Pervaiz and Aneeqa Shamim of the same college, securing 368, 367, and 366 marks respectively.

19 students of Federal Government Girls Model School (FGGMS) G-9/3 appeared in the Middle Standard Scholarship Examnation. All the students of the school passed the exams with A+ Grade and the overall result remained 100 per cent. The GPA of the school remained 6.

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Only 20% of 800 destroyed schools rebuilt in Hazara
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was informed on Tuesday that though the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) had demolished 800 school buildings in Hazara division after the October 8, 2005 earthquake but very few of them had been rebuilt to date.

In support of a question posed by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl lawmaker Mufti Kifayatullah from Mansehra, almost all public representatives from Hazara division spoke one by one and said that in collusion with some army high-ups the construction company even demolished school buildings that weren't damaged in the earthquake as under the contract a million rupees was allotted for the demolition of the building.

They also accused the construction firm of shifting the materials from the demolished schools that was worth millions of rupees. Besides Mufti Kifayatullah, PML-N MPAs Javed Abbasi and Sardar Aurangzeb Nalotha, PML-Q lawmaker Qalandar Lodhi and independent MPA Habib-ur-Rehman Tanoli spoke on the issue during the question-hour.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Schools and Literacy Sardar Hussain Babak said the government was planning to rebuild these schools in phases as reconstruction of all schools at one time would need huge amount of money. However, he said that neither the public representatives nor the local people had raised their voice against the then army generals for demolishing the non-damaged school buildings. "The previous provincial government had also not objected to the irregularities in the name of reconstruction of schools in Hazara division," he added.

Javed Abbasi said they had raised the issue for the fourth time on the assembly floor but no solid reply or surety was given by the government for taking action against those who were involved in this dirty practice. He said that 54 schools were demolished in Abbottabad district but only 20 percent work had been done to date, forcing the schoolchildren to sit under the open sky or to go to other schools located far away.

The provincial assembly was told that 249 schools in the provincial assembly constituency (PK-55 Mansehra) were damaged as result of the 2005 earthquake but only 91 schools had been rebuilt while 64 were still under construction.

Lawmaker Qalandar Lodhi said that about 800 schools in six districts of quake-hit Hazara division had been demolished. He claimed most schools were deliberately demolished for minting money as the contractors were awarded one million rupees contract for demolishing a school building. Habibur Rehman Tanoli said that the contractors had even shifted the valuable material from the demolished buildings.

In reply to another query, the provincial education minister said the mosque or Maktab schools would be converted into primary schools for which budget would be allocated in the upcoming annual budget.

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Elders demand repair of school
Miramshah: Tribal elders here asked the government to repair the dilapidated building of a local school in Miramshah, headquarters of North Waziristan, on Tuesday.

The elders said that the building of the Government High School in Miramshah was crumbling, posing threat to the lives of hundreds of students sitting on the floor.

They said repair work had not been carried out since establishment of the school. The elders said the school lacked science laboratory, library, clean drinking water, furniture and electricity. They said there were cracks in the walls and roofs.

They complained that a taxi stand had been set up near the school, disturbing the peaceful educational environment. When contacted, an official of the Agency Education Officer said the government had been providing funds for the repair of the projects under maintenance and repair (M&R) but these were being spent on the security arrangements. The news

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