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Ransacking of BISE & revised results

Ransacking of BISE: Minister controls damage
Rawalpindi, Dec 17:All the 62 students arrested in the city for rioting and burning the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) office, were released on Friday as the education minister and secretary of Punjab took the board officials to task for delaying the exam results that provoked the rioting.

Minister Mujtaba Shujaa Rehman and Secretary Ijaz Munir, who appeared to be on a damage control mission, called the top BISE officials to the Punjab House in Islamabad to assess the post-riot situation and later held extensive meetings with school and college principals and parents of aggrieved students in Rawalpindi.

Sources privy to the meetings said that the minister grilled BISE chairman Dr Mohammad Ashraf and Controller Humayun Iqbal for failing to announce the "revised results" of the first year exams on November 30 and bringing bad name to the government of Punjab as a consequence.

At least they should have taken college principals into confidence who could have explained the problems that were delaying the results, the minister reportedly said.

That is what the minister and his secretary did in their meetings with college principals and students' parents. They assured that the new date of December 24 would be kept and appealed for calm until then.

Results of the first year exam had to be computed again as the original one were botched because of the teething problems in the online system introduced in all the education boards of Punjab.

No official press release was issued on the minister's activities but BISE spokesman Arsalan Cheema said that a report about the damages that BISE Rawalpindi suffered in the rioting by students on Thursday was handed to the education secretary.

Meanwhile, police set free the 62 students who were arrested for rioting and attacking the police who tried to stop them from causing damage to government property.

SHO Raja Qayoom of New Town police station stated in the complaint he registered about the incident that he had persuaded the first wave of protesting students to disperse. But then many more arrived and broke through the police line and barriers outside the BISE office and went on a rampage inside.

His FIR also alleged that BISE officials were approached to listen to the protesting students who wanted just an assurance from them but the officials did not come out.

SP Malik Matloob Hussain of Potohar police division said he and his seven men were hurt in the violence that followed.

"I was injured in my foot and am still in great pain," he said. "However, none of us was hospitalised." Dawn

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Student Council of BSS sworn in
Islamabad: The newly elected student council of Beaconhouse School System Margalla Campus (Boys Branch) sworn in a ceremony here on Friday.

The members of the student council serve as an effective link between the student body and the administration. They seek to address concerns of the student body and to foster a strong academic community abiding by the school policies. They vowed to abide by the creed of their Alma Mater and fulfill their duties according to their respective portfolios to the best of their abilities. Parents of the new student council also participated in the event.

The programme began with the recitation from the Holy Quran by Moazzam Ali followed by its translation and after the welcome note by Naila Sohail, General Manager North Ayesha Aziz was requested to take oath and confer the newly formed student council members with sashes.

The student body consisted of the following students who were brimming with confidence to shoulder the newly assigned duties were, Haider Babar Ali khan Head Boy, Deputy Head boy Sharoz Bakhtiar, House Captain Hawk Mustafa Shahzad, House Captain Kestrels Salar malik, house captain eagles Rohail Azhar, House Captain Falcons Zain Humayun, Sports captain Ahmed Nabi, President Debating society, Vice President Debating Society, President Science Society, Vice President Science Society, President Environmental Society , Vice President Environmental Society , President Community Services Society ,Vice President Community Services Society , President Dramatic Society, Vice President Dramatic Society, President Art Society ,Vice President Art Society president IT , Society Vice President IT society, President maths society ,Vice President maths society, President Literary Society Correspondent TBT, Assistant Correspondent TBT, President science society and Vice President science society along with senior prefects took the oath.

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IIUI seminar on media ethics held
Islamabad: A seminar on 'Media Ethics and Need for Press Council' was organized by Department of Media and Communication Studies (DMCS), IIUI at New Campus International Islamic University Islamabad here on Thursday.

Prominent speakers including Press Council of Pakistan Chairman Raja M. Shafqat Abbasi, former judge of Lahore High Court Pervaiz Shaukat, Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ) President Afzal Butt, Islamabad Press Club President Mateeullah Jan, Senior Journalist Dr. Nabi Bux Jumani, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences and Dr. Zafar Iqbal Head of DMCS attend the seminar and express their views on the topic.

Press Council of Pakistan Chairman Raja M. Shafqat Abbasi speaking on the occasion, said that Ethical Code of Practices has been finalised with the consensus of APNS, CPNE and PFUJ. He said Press Council of Pakistan is working day and night to improve media standards, so there should not be ethical issue in media at all. According to him Press Council of Pakistan is now fully functional. Abbasi said that media has played vital role in strengthening the democracy and creating the awareness among the society and PCP will strive for freedom of press, enforcement of the Ethical Code of Conduct. He said we have sent Ethical Code of Conduct to all press clubs and newspapers while asking to display the same in the respective organisation.

Abbasi also highlighted the need for responsibilities amongst working journalist and as well as those who are becoming a part of this profession. He said that media related institution are playing helpful role for improving journalist role in today's media.

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Student council's oath-taking held
Islamabad: In order to inculcate leadership qualities in students, the little scholars of The City School, E-11 Branch, took oath in a ceremony held here on Friday.

Headmistress Nargis Nasir highlighted the purpose of the event. She emphasized that in this highly competitive era schools have to provide opportunities to boost students' leadership qualities. We need to inculcate basic values of discipline in our children so that they feel the responsibility right from the early age, she added.

Shahida Qadeer, a politician, bestowed monitors with badges while MNA Sabeen Rizvi gave away sashes and badges to Head Boy Shah Hamdullah Marwat, Head Girl Arya Samady, prefects Shahmeer Ahmad Khan, Nawal Asim and Muhammad Umar) and assistant prefects Arham Umar Khan and Muhammad Taha Baig. The news

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