Academic activities come to a halt in Gujrat: College violence
Gujrat, Jan 30: All colleges in the district observed a complete strike on Thursday against police torture on students and teachers of the Zamindar College on Bhimbher Road on Wednesday.
Police authorities have suspended from service Civil Lines Station House Officer Maulvi Sharif and Inspector Abdul Qayyum Gondal for their action against students and teachers.
Students and teachers of the Zamindar College demonstrated outside the principal office against the construction of a wall on what they say college land, and police torture on the students and teachers on the college premises. The placards-waving protesters amid anti-government chants demanded action against the police.
District Bar Association and Pakistan Medical Association activists also took out protest rallies against the police. The colleges in Sara-i-Alamgeer and Kharian also boycotted classes and took out protest rallies to express solidarity with the students of Zamindar College.
The Civil Lines police registered a first information report of the Wednesday incident. Sources said the version of both parties – college teachers and students and the police – was also mentioned in the case. District Police Officer Riaz (DPO) Nazeer Gara said police would not arrest any student. He suspended Civil Lines SHO Maulvi Sharif and Inspector Abdul Qayyum Gondal.
DPO Gara and Superintendent of Police (headquarters) Afzaal Kausar visited the college to listen to the students and teachers. Students and teachers demanded a criminal case against City DSP Sikandar Ghuman and Inspector Sharif.
Pakistan Muslim League-N MPA Nasir Mehmood also visited the college but the protesting students raised slogans against him and asked him to take action against the police officers.
Former chief minister Pervaiz Elahi and MNA Chaudhry Wajahat Husain telephoned Zamindar College Principal Prof Mumtaz Warraich and expressed solidarity with him. They condemned the construction of the wall on the disputed land as well as the police action.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took a note of the incident and appointed a two-member inquiry team, consisting of Board of Revenue member Akhlaque Ahmed Tarrar and Gujranwala Regional Police Officer Zulfiqar Cheema to probe into the issue. Dawn
Imperial College launches charity initiative
Lahore: Dusk to Dawn is one of the many charity and community development projects created through the Leadership and Community Development Program (LCD): a 4-month course at the university headed by Badia Raza, a senior member of the Imperial College of Business Studies (ICBS) faculty.
The goal of Dusk to Dawn (project members: Salman Arif, Maryam Zahid, Maryam Arif and Salman Maqbool) was to recondition the status of 10 houses on Fazal Street, Garhi Shahu. The group attained sponsorships from private companies to repair the houses' interiors, cement work, maintain cleanliness and provide house-hold fittings - heaters, fans and interior lighting. Clothes (jackets, sweaters, shalwar-kameez suits) were also distributed to the families to aid them during the winter. The group of four also visited Ayesha Public School on numerous occasions to deliver lectures to the children on daily health and safety-related issues. Daily TimesYour Comments
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English speech competition ends
Lahore: The English speech competitions at the secondary level, held under Chief Minister Punjab Speech Competitions, concluded on Thursday.
As many as 48 male and female students participated in these competitions and expressed their views.
While announcing the results, focal person Haji Muhammad Dogar said the manner in which the students participated in these competitions showed that they were very talented and if provided opportunities they could make their mark.
In girls competitions, Nida Toor of Punjab School Township Lahore, Aisha Aslam of Safa Educational Complex Okara and Rimsha Mehmood of Chenab College Chiniot got first, second and third positions respectively at the secondary level.
In boys-category, Ahmad Murtaza Wali of Satellite Public School Shakargarh, Ahmad Hassan of City Star Public High School Faisalabad and Syed Hammad Ali Shah of Military College Jhelum stood first second and third respectively. The News
Khwaja Farid College upgraded
Lahore: The Punjab government has upgraded Khwaja Farid College, Rahim Yar Khan, as sub campus of the Islamia University Bahawalpur.
According to a notification issued by the Higher Education Department, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved upgradation of the college.
According to university sources, upgradation of the college will benefit thousands of students of four tehsils of Rahim Yar Khan district. App
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