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KU, BIEK postponed all examinations
Karachi, Dec 30: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) and Karachi University have postponed all the examinations which were scheduled for Wednesday (Dec 30).

According to BIEK chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, the Higher Secondary Certificate (Science pre-engineering and pre-medical), home economics supplementary examinations-2009 and CT/PTC annual examinations-2009 which were scheduled to begin on Wednesday (Dec 30) would now commence on Jan 4 (Monday) in accordance with the original date sheets already dispatched to all the educational institutions and examination centres concerned.

The new dates for all the postponed papers of Dec 30 and 31 and Jan 1 and 2 would be announced on Jan 6, he added.

Regarding the HSC (humanities and commerce) supplementary examinations-2009, the BIEK chief said that since no changes had been made in the schedule of these examinations, the HSC (humanities) group exams would begin on Jan 4 while the HSC (Commerce) group exams would commence on Jan 6.

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Punjab allocated Rs5bn for students, teachers
Taxila: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has allocated Rs5 billion for students and teachers to encourage them to show good results.

This was stated by Chairman Chief Minister Punjab Task Force on Elementary Education Mohammad Anwar on Tuesday while talking to newsmen after addressing as chief guest at a ceremony organised in connection with Quaid-i-Azam Day at a private school.

In this regard he said the Punjab government had set up Rs4 billion endowment funds for poor but intelligent students so that they could continue their studies from nursery to PhD level.

Similarly, he said, Rs1 billion has also been allocated for the teachers showing excellent academic results.

He said the chief minister was committed to raising the education standard.

He said that 34,000 educators were recruited on merit. He said that the establishment of IT labs in every high school of the province is significant achievement of the present government.

Earlier addressing the students and teachers of the private educational institution, he termed education as the only way to achieving progress pleading that quality education accelerates advancement and bring prosperity.

He said efforts were under way to introduce English as medium of education for subjects like mathematics, computer and science. Former Chairman Pakistan Steel Mills Lt General (retd) Abdul Qayyum also spoke on this occasion.

Meanwhile, Mayo Hospital (Lahore) administration regularised its 822 contractual employees working in grade 1 to 15 on Tuesday. The chief minister had issued orders of regularisation of 0.15 million contractual employees serving across the province.

A doctor of the hospital said the employees were hired in 2003 on contract basis including security guards, ayas, ward attendants and ward cleaners.

It is pertinent to add that some other hospitals like Jinnah Hospital and Services Hospital also regularised their employees few days back.

A doctor of the hospital said Mayo Hospital would get its employees trained by the rescue service 1122 to provide better reception to its patients. Sources in the health department said more than 190 employees of King Edward Medical University were yet to be regularised.

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Broadband, cellular services quality improvement
Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunications Authority on Tuesday formulated two sets of key performance indicators (KPIs) to improve and monitor the quality of service (QoS) of "fixed broadband" and "GPRS/ EDGE" networks.

The objective of introducing these KPIs was to create transparency and set monitorable standards in fixed broadband and GPRS/EDGE services to ensure consumers' satisfaction.

Extensive consultations with the relevant operators and stakeholders were carried out for the development of these QoS parameters.

The KPIs were finalised after discussing the varying views in detail with all bodies that were incorporated in the final version. The document was also available on PTA's website.

In a statement issued here, PTA said that the KPIs had been developed keeping in view their applicability, possibility of end-to-end testing (non-intrusive for network under test), ease of measurement, ease of understanding for a field testing person, similar treatment of rural and urban regions in terms of service offerings and a push for future improvement in wireless broadband networking.

According to PTA, the KPIs' suite enveloped parameters like network availability, service availability, link speed, retainability, bandwidth, contention ratio, round trip time, tariff comparison, customer service complaints, billing complaints and service provisioning complaints, as appropriate.

General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Enhanced Data rate for GSM Evolution (EDGE) were GSM wireless packet data transfer standards commonly referred to as 2.5G and 2.75G respectively. Using these networks, services like internet connectivity, push-based email solutions with attachment facility, pull-based services, instant messenger, etc., were being offered to help in accessing personal or official information while roaming locally or globally.

Better GPRS/EDGE networks were also necessary for introduction of more innovative value added services (VAS) in future.

According to PTA, KPIs for Broadband Services was an effort of "Protecting Consumer Interest and ensuring high Quality ICT services." Dawn

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Doctors to observe strike
Rawalpindi: Doctors at the three allied hospitals of the city would observe strike tomorrow (Thursday) against the harassment of doctors by patients' attendants, lack of security and salary related problems.

The doctors at Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH), District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital and Holy Family Hospital (HFH) would not attend the patients, Dr Muhammad Umar said. The strike call has been given by the Young Doctors Association, he said and added that however, the emergency patients would be attended by the doctors.

He said the doctors have unanimously decided to observe strike to condemn the growing incidents of harassment of doctors. The doctors' security is very poor at the hospitals, he added. APP

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China donated books to IIU
Islamabad: China has donated 510 books on history, sports, society, calligraphy, opera, medicines, heritage and folks arts to the students of International Islamic University (IIU). Some books are also on Chinese Culture.

For the help of students, China has also donated CDs and films. Cultural Counsellor of People's Republic China handed over these books, CDs and films to IIU's Chief Librarian, said a press release here Tuesday.

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ASIs Test postponed
Islamabad: Tests for recruitment of assistant sub inspectors (ASIs) and constables has been postponed.

The recruitment tests were scheduled in Punjab from January 1 to 3, NWFP from January 6 to 7, Gilgit from January 9 to 10 and Islamabad on January 12 to 13. New dates would be announced later.

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PGMI 3rd Convocation
Lahore: 3rd convocation of the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI), Lahore, will be held on Wednesday (today) at Al-Hamra Hall-I.

The degrees and medals will be awarded to 250 doctors who have completed their postgraduation since 1999 to date. The news

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