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UoP BA, BTh, BSc nursing supple exams schedule
Peshawar, Dec 20: The University of Peshawar (UoP) here Saturday announced date-sheet for B.A/B.Sc, BTh, B.Sc nursing Part-I & II supplementary examinations 2009. A press statement from Controller of Examinations Iftikhar Hussain Khan said that the examinations would start from January 12, 2010 and would end on February 13.

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SDC unveiled an important training programme
Islamabad: Skill Development Council (SDC), Government of Pakistan, has unveiled an important training programme to meet the ever-growing need of the country, according to a press release. The courses include Modern Secretarial & Office Management Techniques from December 12 to February 1, Professional Photographer from December 24 to January 30, and 3D Studio Max & Adobe Photoshop from December 24 to January 30.

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Science Foundation performance
Islamabad: Standing Committee on Science & Technology Saturday expressed concern over the performance of Pakistan Science Foundation for not achieving its main objectives of promoting and developing science culture in the country.

The Committee also expressed concern over the non-implementation of the directions, issued by the Standing Committee, and directed the Ministry of Science & Technology to streamline the affairs pertaining to the appointment of the heads of the organisations.

The meeting was held in the Parliament House under the chairmanship of MNA Dr Abdul Kadir Khanzada to look into the affairs of Pakistan Science Foundation. The committee directed the ministry to provide the record of the appointments of PCSIR and PCRWR chairmen. The news

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IT education for girls
Islamabad: "Learning about and with information technologies can build girls' confidence." This was the experience of Sumaira Tabassam, participant in training session on "Empowering Women Through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)".

She teaches computer skills to children and youth in Muzzafargarh district. The trainees' own confidence in the use of various ICTs, such as radio, internet and satellite phones, for gender equality was strengthened during the two-day training arranged by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on December 16 and 17 in Islamabad. Participants included women and men from NGOs from all four provinces. In a diverse manner, their organisations are working for women's rights and empowerment in Pakistan.

The training built on pioneering research that the SDPI conducted on "The Gender Digital Divide in Rural Pakistan - To Measure and to Bridge It," i.e. differences between women and men in access to and use of ICTs in rural areas of the country.

One of the main findings included the important role of the radio in rural settings. Radios are available in a large share of rural households. Women can access them comparatively easily in terms of permission required for use. Also, the study emphasised that constraints for women's mobility and other social norms have a significant impact on women's ability to access ICTs, such as PCOs or computer centres.

The role of such norms has so far been ignored by the government's IT policy and private companies' strategies to reach out to the rural population. Dr Karin Astrid Siegmann, Visiting Fellow SDPI shared these findings with the participants during the training.

Building thereon, Ms Rafia Arshad, UKS Foundation, Islamabad, and Dr Rasheeda Panezai, MAHEC Trust, Quetta, built the participants' skills in the practical application of ICTs for women's empowerment. Ms Rafia familiarised students with the production of community radio programmes that address women's issues and involve women as producers.

She explained that UKS' approach to empowerment through radio emphasised women's many achievements rather than bemoaning their miseries. Radio is very powerful tool for awareness-raising in particular because of its wide outreach and low costs. During her interactive session, participants developed outlines of radio programmes featuring the problems of their areas, such as girls' education in nomadic areas of Balochistan or Karo-kari in Sindh.

Dr Rasheeda explained how MAHEC Trust has utilised satellite phones to reduce maternal mortality in the sparsely populated border districts of Balochistan. The satellite phones provided to traditional birth attendants (TBAs) helped pregnant women from far-flung settlements to access hospitals and medical practitioners in a timely manner. With the phones, the female health workers could arrange transport for expecting women in an area with poor road and public transport infrastructure.

"This way, not only many lives have been saved. The control over the satellite phones also empowered female health workers, many of whom are illiterate," stated Dr Rasheeda proudly. Ms Nazima Shaheen, Project Coordinator SDPI shared further examples of ICTs' uses for gender equality and women's empowerment, such as in the area of marketing of women's handicraft products via the internet or awareness-raising about water management and hygiene.

Participants themselves shared many examples of how the use of ICTs can build women and girls' capacities and empower them. For instance, women trained in computer centres in Jamshoro did not only acquire new IT skills, but also gained confidence to move outside their houses and take part in public life. These women were the only female participants in a recent demonstration against Talibanisation. The nation

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Quaid-e-Azam week at PNCA
Islamabad: Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) will start weeklong cultural activities from today (Sunday) to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The Quaid-e-Azam week will start with the screening of the movie `Jinnah', based on the events from the life of the great leader and sacrifices made for Pakistan.

The movie shows will continue till December 26, while on December 23, painting and speech competitions would be held among children of various educational institutions of the twin cities.

On December 24, a puppet show would be organised for children, featuring national songs, skits, folk stories and other items at the National Art Gallery.

Meanwhile, PNCA will hold a condolence reference to pay homage to the services of legendary artist, Ghulam Rasul.

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Students blocked Highway
Karak: Police Saturday baton-charged Government Postgraduate College students, who staged a protest rally against the lack of transport facility. The demonstrators blocked the Indus Highway at Jail Chowk. The news

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