Education employees baton charged again
Karachi, Feb 19: Police resorted to a baton charge and tear gas shelling on former non-teaching employees of the Education Department in order to stop them from trying to protest outside the Chief Minister House on Friday.
The protesters had gathered outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) for the second consecutive day to press the authorities to reinstate them.
Police also gave them a thrashing near Maulana Deen Muhammad Wafai Road to break up the protest.
The sacked (BPS-1 to BPS-4) contract employees had to face batons and water cannon on Thursday when they started their agitation. Several of them were also beaten up.
They wanted to stage a sit-in in front of the CM House until their demands were accepted by the chief minister, who had terminated their jobs after their three-year contracts expired.
On Friday, when they tried to march on the CM House, the police used batons and tear gas shelling to stop them. Meanwhile, eight people were detained.
The police had parked vehicles on the road to create hurdles. The protesters succeeded in overcoming the barricades, but the police intercepted them near the YMC, beat them, and fired tear gas shells to disperse them.
Some of the tear gas shells fell inside the YMC and near government buildings and private apartments, causing considerable inconvenience among the residents.
The desperate protesters once again managed to gather near Fawara Chowk and challenged the police to open fire. Soon more police arrived to handle the situation.
Meanwhile, the former employees blocked the road adjacent to the KPC and demanded release of the arrested protesters. The police responded by calling water cannon but did not use it.
When the protesters refused to leave, the police released the detainees. Following this, the protesters went back to their camp outside the KPC.
On the directions of the CM and the governor, PPP leader Rashid Rabbani, Information Minister Raza Haroon and Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed held talks with the protesters. However, the central president of the Sindh Education Department's Lower Staff Association, Darya Khan Jamali, refused their offer.
The protesters made it clear to the visitors that they would not leave the place till restoration of their jobs.
"We want permanent jobs and will not accept any extensions. Only permanent job is our demand," Jamali said. "We will continue our protest and not go back home without job offer letters," he added.
"No more lollypops. The government had offered three months' extension along with early release of blocked salaries. We want to make it clear that we do not accept this offer. The same was offered by the education minister, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, a few weeks back, but we refused his proposal and now the government has sent ministers with almost the same proposal," protesters said.
The Awami National Party's Sindh chapter and the Pakistan Muslim League-Q expressed solidarity with the former contractual employees. The newsYour Comments
Moot on chemistry at DA College for Women held
Karachi: A science seminar was organised here on Friday by Defence Authority Degree College for Women, Phase VII Extension on the eve of the International Year of Chemistry 2011. Prominent scientist and a former federal minister Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman was the chief guest. The topic of the seminar was 'Chemistry- our life, our future'. The students gave thought provoking and research oriented presentations on different facets of the topic implying application of chemistry in various fields of sciences. app
FDE teachers all set to come on roads
Islamabad: The teachers working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) are all set to come on roads during the second phase of their boycott if their demands are not met till Saturday, it is learnt reliably.
According to the information, teachers are now thinking for various other options including protests and rallies on roads if their demands are not met. Sources revealed that the next strategy regarding second phase of the strike was discussed in detail during a meeting of Federal Government Teachers' Association (FGTA) held here on Friday but the decision was not disclosed.
Reportedly FGTA would hold a meeting on Saturday afternoon in which the decision regarding the change of strategy during second phase would be finalised. "Till now we were peaceful and staged sit-in protests but we can't continue with this policy any longer," said a teacher requesting anonymity.
It has been learnt reliably that the decision regarding the protests and rallies on roads have been taken but the teachers are now waiting for the response from the Education Ministry. "We will wait till Saturday afternoon after which we will announce our next strategy, that is, protest demonstrations on roads," he said.
According to the sources, initially teachers were thinking that the issue would be resolved immediately in the wake of centralised Class V examinations, but after its postponement they believe it would take time. "In order to press the authorities more effectively to resolve the issue and fulfil their demands, it is mandatory to change the strategy now," said an official of the FGTA.
He said that keeping the greater interest of thousands of innocent students and the most crucial timing of end of final term, the high-ups concerned must move with the supersonic speed and not at snail's pace.
"We have kept all doors open, but at appropriate level. Uniform nomenclature of all institutions under FDE and uniform nomenclature of all teachers of all levels with minimum BPS-16 for teachers cannot be delayed any longer. These are the key issues besides many others to bring the teachers and students back in the classrooms," said FGTA President Azhar Mahmood Awan on Friday.
FDE DG Shaheen Khan has said that directorate was making all out efforts to resolve the issue. "We are continuously in touch with the teachers and making all possible efforts for successful negotiations," she said.
The complete strike was observed in 388 educational institutions even on fourth day where teachers boycotted classes and raised slogans for their rights. The students also accompanied their teachers in the strike and largely participated in protest demonstrations outside the schools. The news
'FDE, ministry using delaying tactics'
Islamabad: FGTA president Azhar Mehmood Awan said FDE and t Ministry of Education had been using delaying tactics for the last three months. "Now we have decided not to get trapped in their tactics of date after date to implement the promised package," he added. "Till now teachers are peacefully demanding their rights but if matter were not solved in next few days they would not hesitate to extend their protest outside the campuses," FGTA president warned, adding, so far no breakthrough has been made, as FDE and Education Ministry high-ups are playing delaying tactics. Daily times
AIOU announces essay writing competition on PAK-China friendship
Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has arranged essay writing competition on the topic "Pakistan-China friendship: Past, Present and Future" as ministry of Education has declared the year 2011 a friendship year between Pakistan and China. Director Students Advisory and Counseling Services, Zia-ul-Hassan Naqvi said that all students of the university from all over the country can participate, said a press release issued here on Friday.
He said that participants should attempt in one language only either in Urdu or English with a total of maximum 1500 words. He advised students to submit two copies of essay one in hard form typed on A 4 size paper with 12 font size, times new roman style spacing of 1.0 while the other through email firstname.lastname@example.org.
He said that copying is strictly prohibited and shall lead to disqualification.
He informed the students that the essay should reach latest by March 5 along with one page CV indicating Roll Number, Registration number, Programme in which he/she is studying and contact details of the participant.
He said that results would be announced by the last week of March at the main campus of the university in which cash award would be given to first three position holders respectively in each language (Urdu and English).
He added that in addition 1st position holders would be given a chance to go to visit China with the delegation of AIOU. app
Students show skills in tailoring
Islamabad: The students of F.G. College of Home Economics and Management Sciences F-7/2 displayed their tailoring and stitching skills at an exhibition held in the college on Friday.
The exhibition: 'Enchanting the World of Ideas,' displayed apparel and household linens and accessories designed by students.
They not only designed clothes, but many of the work on display were beautified through silk screen printing, block printing, tie and dye.
Speaking on the occasion the teachers of the college said such skills not only grooms the personalities of the individuals but utilising such talents would be a financial benefit for the students and their families. Dawn
Seerat conference held at varsity
Peshawar: The International Islamic University School organised "Seerat Conference" in Khyber Campus, Hayatabad.
Students from Play Group to Grade 10 participated in the conference and spoke on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and presented Hamd and Na'at. They also spoke on various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and his love for his family members as well as for the whole of mankind.
Dr Abdullah said the present challenges could be handled by following Quran and Sunnah. Otherwise, he feared, nothing could save the people from failure. Speaking about the rights of men and women, he termed women's education compulsory in keeping with the teachings of Islam. The news
Suspended projects Hazara varsity assured of funds
Mansehra: Prime Minster Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday promised that the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) would soon release Rs430 million for the suspended reconstruction projects of Hazara University.
According to a press release of the university, vice-chancellor Sakhawat Hussain Shah met the prime minister in Islamabad on Friday and apprised him of the difficulties being faced by the students and faculty members owing to suspension of the reconstruction projects by the Erra.
Higher Education Commission chairman Dr Javed Khan Leghari was also present in the meeting.
Mr Hussain told the prime minister that the Erra had stopped the payment of Rs430 million, which was approved for the reconstruction of 10 academic blocks, a hostel and residences of teachers, which were destroyed in the October 2005 earthquake.
Mr Gilani promised the vice chancellor that the Erra would soon release the withheld funds of the university. He said that the government was making sincere efforts for promotion of science and technology and higher education. DBA WARNS TMA:
The district bar association (DBA) here has asked the tehsil municipal administration (TMA) to ensure provision of basic services to people otherwise lawyers will besiege their offices.
Speaking at a press conference here on Friday, DBA president Naseem Khan said that they had decided to besiege the offices of civic agencies if the officials did not perform their duties to solve people's problems. He also said that lawyers would not plead cases of those traders, who were booked for overcharging and sale of inferior quality goods.
The decision was taken in the DBA meeting, which was attended by the association's ex-president Shahjahan Khan, Mustafa Khan, Mushtaq Khan and others. They said that the lawyers had decided that they would play an active role for ensuring that basic problems faced by the citizens were duly addressed by the civic agencies.
They regretted prolonged traffic jams in the city and said that people remained stranded in traffic mess for several hours daily. They demanded of the administration to clear encroachments from the city roads and take steps for widening of the city's central square.
They said that the law and order situation in the city was uncertain and robberies and street crimes were on the rise. "The life and property of citizens are not protected and bank robberies are being committed in the daylight," said the DBA president.
They said that there was no park and grounds in the city and young people were attracted to unhealthy activities.
The lawyers said that the local administration had also failed to provide drinking water to people and check the soaring prices of daily-use commodities.
They also demanded of the chief justice of Peshawar High court to take suo motu action against officials who were not performing duties to provide basic services to people.
They warned that if these problems were not solved they would besiege the TMA offices on February 25. Dawn