BSEK announced Class IX and X Annual Examinations schedule
Karachi, Jan 14: The Annual Examinations- 2010 for Class, IX and X, Board of Secondary Education, Karachi (BSEK) will commence from March 24.
A decision was taken in this regard by the Steering Committee for Education, Sindh. The controller of examinations and chairmen of all educational boards participated in the meeting.
In order to curb the cheating culture, the participants also gave approval for the new question paper format. From this year onwards, 20 per cent of the question paper will be based on objectives, 50 per cent would have short questions and 30 per cent descriptive questions would be a part of the questionnaire.
Meanwhile, practical exams are schedule after the theoretical exams and results would be announced by July 31. The newsYour Comments
Youth found shot dead after clash at college
Karachi: A student of a degree college was found shot dead inside an apartment complex on University Road hardly an hour after two rival groups of students used arms in a clash outside the college on Wednesday.
The clash, which occurred outside Gulistan-i-Jauhar Degree College in the morning and led to the blockade of University Road by activists of one of the student groups, forced police to intervene and resort to a baton charge to disperse the crowd. Within an hour, the police were informed about the presence of a student's body at Sheraton Square, located in the neighbourhood.
"The body was found from the parking lot of the apartments," said an official at the Mubina Town police station.
"The victim was bleeding which suggests that he was shot minutes before the information was passed on to the police."
He said the body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for an autopsy.
Mystery behind the murder deepened when the police found out the victim's identity and realised that he was enrolled with the same college where the two rival groups had clashed.
"As we see it, the young man became a victim of indiscriminate firing by the student organizations in the clash," said SHO Zahid Soomro of the Mubina Town police station, adding that the clash occurred between the All-Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation and the Pakhtoon Students Federation.
"He didn't have any record of student activism, neither did he belong to any of the student groups which clashed with each other on Wednesday." The victim was identified as 23-year-old Sajid Abbas, son of Mohammad Shifa. The police said he was a resident of Chishti Nagar, Hazara Goth, in block 4-A of Gulshan-i-Iqbal.
The police, however, remained clueless about the exact motive and people behind the killing of Sajid, who hailed from Gilgit-Baltistan and settled in the city along with his family a few years back.
"He was the student of Gulistan-i-Jauhar Degree College," said Sub-Inspector Jehangir Bhutto of the investigation section of the Mubina Town police station. "He sustained two bullet wounds each in the head and the chest. Since he remained unidentified for some time, his body was shifted to the Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth, where his uncle, Shakil Abbass, recognised him."
He said that an investigation was still on, explaining that the police were tracing eyewitnesses and collecting evidence to determine the actual incident which led to the student's murder.
The student organisations came up with different claims about the murder. In the Sachal area, the police found a body bearing torture marks. The police said that area people from Abdullah Shah Ghazi Goth approached the police station with the information about the presence of the body.
"The victim clad in khaki shalwar-suit looks in his mid 40s," said an official at the Sachal police station.
The victim sustained no bullet wound. He was badly tortured that led to his death, said an official of the medico-legal section of the Abbassi Shaheed Hospital.
The police said that the body was shifted to the Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth for want of identification. The police were tracing the family links of the victim before lodging a case. Dawn
DUHS workshop on Swine Flu
Karachi: A workshop on swine flu was held at the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) on Wednesday.
Organised by the Association of Health Journalists Pakistan (AHJP), the main objective of the workshop was to provide information and awareness to the reporters about swine flu as well as to train them on reporting of such diseases.
Dr Farhan Essa Abdullah, Professor of Medicine at DUHS, spoke about the facts and origins of swine flu and informed that the statistics shared by the presenters were taken from the US Centre for Disease Control. He said that it was high time that Pakistan should have a department which could record data of diseases and infections so that people and doctors are given a clear idea about a pandemic when it hits the nation. He further added that people in Pakistan die of common cold and diseases which hamper the progress to reach important health goals.
Speaking about swine flu in his presentation, Dr Abdullah highlighted how the disease came to fore. "When influenza viruses from different species infect pigs, the viruses swap the genes and a combination of all these viruses combined together emerges as swine flu."
The speakers also had a message for reporters urging them to report responsibly and to avoid the impulse to create panic among the masses. Dr Shaheen, Associate Professor of Pathology at DUHS, emphasised the need to reduce fear and panic in the people and to provide information that can help them.
Meanwhile, she said that doctors and reporters are at risk of getting infections and at the same time needed to protect themselves by maintaining a distance of one meter from people infected with flu. She admitted that it might not be possible but care and caution was advised.
Associate Professor of Medicine at DUHS, Dr Iftikhar Ahmed, however had a different point to raise and said that whoever controls the media, controls the mind so concerted efforts of media, institutions and professionals will help in putting across news that is informative and promotes awareness rather than creating sensationalism.
Sindh Minister for Health, Dr Sagheer Ahmed said that the government is responsible if proper health care is not given to the people.
At the same time, the health sector also faces problems as most of the priorities are decided by those who have no idea about the job, he said. "Departments who are in charge of the financing must be questioned too as they are the ones taking decisions."
Later, the health minister along with Vice Chancellor DUHS Dr Masood Hameed Khan also presented certificates to the health reporters appreciating their efforts in their respective fields.
FUUAST workshop participants
Karachi: The Department of Botany, the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUAAST) has asked the teachers and students, who are willing to attend a four-day workshop in April this year, to submit their research papers by February 10, 2010.
The papers should be sent to Foreign Faculty member Dr Moinuddin through local mail or e-mail.
The workshop will help in the methodology of collecting data of natural disasters and envisage new methods and coordination during such calamities.
SSUET academic year began
Karachi: Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) began its new academic year on Monday with an orientation ceremony.
Vice Chancellor, Prof Syed Nazir Ahmed and General Secretary, Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association, Engr Zakir Ali Khan, addressed the new students.
The VC informed the students that the institute was not receiving any grant from the government but its well wishers were providing some assistance.
Freedom of Information
Karachi: Pakistan needs to revamp the legislation and mechanism of the Freedom of Information Act as the biggest problem the country faces is corruption and favouritism.
This was stated by the Principal, Sindh Madressatul Islam College (SMIC), Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh on Wednesday. He was delivering a lecture on 'Freedom of information in Pakistan' at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIC.
"The right to information has been accepted as a fundamental human right by the United Nations.
Accordingly, several countries in the world have enacted legislations to facilitate their citizens to an easy access to the government-held information and records.
This resulted in transparency and eradication of corruption and subsequently led to good governance," he maintained.
Pakistan has the distinction of becoming the first country in South Asia to promulgate the Freedom of Information (FoI) Ordinance in 1997, but this was an extremely flawed version as the ruling classes never wanted to allow the citizenry to get the so-called 'sensitive' information, Dr Shaikh claimed.
Dr Shaikh further said that after reluctant efforts spread over more than five years, another flawed version of the law in form of another FoI Ordinance was issued by the President in 2002.
Later on, it was provided the constitutional cover under the 17th Amendment, making it an Act, he said. The news
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