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The International Youth Day (IYD) Pakistan

Youth Day
Lahore, Aug 12: The International Youth Day (IYD) will be observed across the world including Pakistan on Wednesday (today).

The day is a great opportunity to rally support and get key actors involved including government, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, businesses besides young people to focus on what has been done to further the World Programme of Action for Youth.

On the IYD, different youth organizations will organize meetings and hold forums, public discussions and information campaigns in support of young people focusing on youth issues and how they can be addressed.

A major focus of the day is practical action to further encourage the empowerment and participation of youth in the processes and decisions that affect their lives. The media has especially an important role to play in support of the observance of the day to promote public awareness of the youth's issues. This year, to commemorate the day, young people aging from11 to 25 from all around the world can submit photographs and drawings to participate in a global photographic competition 'Shoot Nations'.

A selection of photographs will be presented to the United Nations and displayed at UN Headquarters from 3-14 August in commemoration of International Youth Day. The United Nations Programme on Youth is encouraging youth organisations around the world to host community barter fairs for International Youth Day.

Remember, with bartering, there is no money involved but only pure exchange of goods and services. In the provincial metropolis, Youth Parliament of Pakistan, a national institution for young people established by Abrar-ul-Haq, will observe the IYD. The news

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Nepotism, favouritism alleged in selection process
Islamabad, Aug 12: The deprived youth once again feel betrayed over the selection process for the National Youth Award 2009 that to be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth Affairs today (Wednesday), it has been learnt reliably.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs has finalised the list of candidates for the National Youth Award and Jinnah Youth Award-2009 and the investiture ceremony is going to be taking place today at the occasion of the International Youth Day.

According to official document, the Ministry had invited nomination from the Pakistan nationals including AJK for the said awards. As per laid down selection procedure, two tier procedures was adopted firstly preliminary selection committee had a series of meeting from July 16 to July 21, 2009 to shortlist the nominations. Finally the committee members had recommended 61 names out of total 817 applications received for 16 different categories of the National Youth Award-2009.

Thereafter, final selection committee of National Youth Award was held under the chairmanship of Secretary on August 4, 2009. The Committee includes members from different federal ministries, provincial secretaries of Youth Affairs Department and two experts.

The committee recommended 22 youth from all over Pakistan for 15 different categories for the National Youth Award 2009 and three (one for Organization and two for individuals) for Jinnah Youth Award 2009.

However, once again the youth alleged the authority for its nepotism in selection process saying that the violation of set rules and favouritism was practised in removing youngsters from the awards.

"I was unjustly removed from the selected list of candidates of the National Youth Awards last year, after that I made a group of deprived youth with the name of "Voice for Youth Rights" and raised voice against the authority," Hanaan Abbasi, a youngster informed.

This year too, he maintained, "I applied for the said awards, but I have faced the same experience as a result of my efforts against the Ministry."

Today, Another deprived youngster Sajad Nisar opined that he registered complaint with the Minister for Youth Affairs, whose response was encouraging.

This scribe time and again tried to contact the Joint Secretary of Youth Ministry, Naeem Baig for seeking his comments on the matter, but all in vain.

However, when approached another official of the Ministry he was of the view that there mush be equal representation of provinces, but the selecting committee has chosen only one youngster from Sindh province. In 2007,the National Youth Award Scheme was initiated for recognising the achievements of the young people in their lives and the volunteers working for the welfare and development of the youth. Under this scheme there are two types of awards including the National Youth Award and the Jinnah Youth Award. The National Youth Award for those youngsters, who excel in the field of Literature, culture, education, science and qirat and Naat, Management Sciene, agriculture, computer science and information technology, environment, technicians, paramedics and skilled workers and for special youth. Jinnah Youth Awards for the volunteer organization for their outstanding achievements in the field of youth welfare and development.

The award comprises a cash award of Rs 50,000 for each awardee accompanied by a shield and certificate. The Nation

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Youth key to sustainable development: NA speaker
Islamabad: National Assembly Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that proper utilisation of the youth potential could steer the world out of crisis recently being faced by it.

She termed youth, key partner in sustainable development of the world. She said this in her message on International Youth Day, to be observed on 12th August under the auspices of United Nations. She said that the world was facing multiple interconnected crises with severe and far-reaching impacts that fall disproportionately on the youth.

The speaker said that let us all resolve on this day to invest in and protect our most valuable resource, and give young men and women a fair and full stake in our society, and in its success.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that young people have proven themselves to be key partners in sustainable development; therefore, they should be engaged by the governments and communities to formulate poverty reduction strategies, entrepreneurial schemes and many other policies and initiatives.

She said that youth deserve our commitment for full access to education, adequate health care, employment opportunities, financial services and full participation in public life. Youth comprises more than 25 per cent of the world's working age population yet accounted for 40 per cent of the unemployed.

In view of the global economic downturn; the youth unemployment may continue to climb, therefore, government should ensure financial, education and technical support made available to young people, and help them realize their potential.

Dr. Fehmida said that the country was currently passing through a crucial period of history. The future of the country depends on the youth since active participation of educated young population plays vital role in development of the nation.

She said that this situation necessitates intense efforts from both public and private sectors to play their role in transforming this populace into educated and trained human resource for the mutual benefit. The news

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Madrassa teacher beats child with iron rod
Rawalpindi: A madrassa teacher beat up his nine-year-old student with an iron rod and burnt his hands with cigarettes in Rawat on Sunday. Zaheer Hussain, of Dhoke Kangal, told police on Tuesday that his nephew Asif Hussain, 9, was expelled from a Navy Road madrassa on the charge of stealing a computer. He said on Monday morning when his brother went to the madrassa to take his son home, he found the child crying in pain. Hussain quoted the child as saying that his teacher Hafiz Majeed along with senior student Khizar beat him black and blue with an iron rod; burnt his hands with cigarettes, and kept him in a darkroom on Sunday night. He said the child had wounds and bruises all over his body. Police sent the madrassa student to the Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital for medical examination and began investigation into the case. Daily times

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Rawalpindi: Muhammad Umar Farooq, student of St. Marks Cathedral High School for Boys, Satellite Town, got 921 marks and Arifa Afzal, a student of St. Marks Cathedral High School for Girls, Rashid Colony, Sadiqabad, secured 961 marks in the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examination of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, says a press release. Both the students stood first in their classes.

Talha Hamid, a student of Sir Syed Public School, Tipu Road, secured 882 marks in the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examination 2009, held under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rawalpindi, says a press release issued here Tuesday.

Mahrukh Khan, a student of Anglo Arabic Public Girls High School, Satellite Town, secured 871 marks, in the Secondary School Certificate, Annual Examination 2009 held under the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rawalpindi, says a press release issued here on Tuesday. The news

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