Issues of security, increase in doctors salaries
Rawalpindi, Jan 01: Rawalpindi Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Thursday observed a complete strike at allied hospitals and staged a protest demonstration at Holy Family Hospital (HFH) to press the Punjab government for acceptance of their longstanding demands of security during working hours and increase in salaries.
However, the doctors and paramedical staff remained present in the allied hospitals Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and Coronary Care Units (CCUs) and provided medical treatment to the patients.
More than 200 doctors took part in the protest, They were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans "Ensure the safety of doctors and paramedical staff during duty hours", "Stop implicating doctors in murder cases", "Announce duty time frame for the doctors". They took a round of HFH and registered their protest by standing outside every department of the hospital.
They also chanted slogans against their professors, highups of health department and the Punjab government.
While addressing the protestors at HFH, YDA City President Dr Haroon said the young doctors were facing hardships while performing their duties in the government run hospitals, as the government had provided them no security.
He said murder cases were being registered against the doctors, which he said was an injustice. He said YDA strongly condemned this practice. He said doctors had to work 70 hours continuously, but they were not being given salaries.
He said if any doctor had shown any negligence while giving medical treatment to any patient then a neutral inquiry should be conducted against him/her. "No doctor can be fired from his/her service even by the chief minister or prime minister without holding a proper inquiry," he said.
Dr Madeeha said political influence in government run hospitals should be ended. She said it was lamentable that workers or leaders of political parties thrashed doctors and paramedical staff on duty.
Dr Shafique of Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) said professors were usurping the rights of young doctors. He termed all the professors as "Pharaohs" and urged the doctors to stand up against their wrong policies.
Dr Bilal of HFHsaid a doctor earned equal to a labour and his/her (doctor) salary should be increased. The YDA called off their strike after the assurance of Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) Principal and allied hospitals head Dr Musaddiq Khan that their problems would be solved as early as possible.
Dr Musaddiq asked the YDA office-bearers to give him their demands in writing so that he could forward them to the Punjab government. Daily times
NCHD launched universal primary education programme
Islamabad: The National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) Thursday launched 'Universal Primary Education Programme' covering 134 districts of Pakistan.
In this regard a training programme for the district general managers (DGMs) was inaugurated by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Development, Shahnaz Wazir Ali. The training ceremony was also graced by NCHD Chairperson Nafisa Shah.
Speaking on the occasion Nafisa Shah briefed the chief guest about the role of NCHD for social sector development. She said that NCHD has passed through an intense transition period in which its programmes have been reviewed and integrated plans for universal primary education including literacy have been evolved in consultation with the provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Federally Administered Areas (Fata) and Gilgit-Baltistan.
She said that under the universal primary education, the NCHD would be covering 134 districts of Pakistan enrolling 10 million out of school children, collecting data of 22 million households.
She said the programme also include training about 98,000 teachers on quality education and reducing dropout ratio of students to less than 20 per cent.
While under the literacy programme, NCHD would be opening about 107,000 Adult Literacy Centres enrolling around 2.6 million adults. Similarly, Nafisa Shah stated that the commission focuses on identification of gaps and developing and introducing best practices for filing the identified gaps with the involvement of all stakeholders including local communities and build their capacities to continue and replicate them independently. It has been engaged in fostering community participation, developing management efficiencies while generating public private partnerships.
The NCHD chairperson further said that because of its outreach, trained and dedicated human resources available almost in all the districts of Pakistan, NCHD has the potential to be a lead support agency for social development in Pakistan.
Speaking briefly Shahnaz Wazir Ali highlighted the policy of the present government on social development with regards to achieving the MDGs and 'Education for All'.
Urdu literature research
Islamabad: Research is a base for innovation and diversification of any literature and Urdu scholars should carry out more research for finding fresh perspectives on classical Urdu literature, said Dr Mueenuddin Aqeel, head of Urdu Department of International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).
He stated this while presiding over a seminar organised here Thursday. He said Urdu is a rich language, but there is a dire need to work for its advancement. He also lauded the IIUI Urdu Department's endeavour for launching a research magazine 'Mayaar'.
The seminar was organised by IIUI's Urdu Department in collaboration with Islamic Research Centre. Dr Najeeba Arif, Incharge Urdu Department IIUI, and Dr Sohail Abbas Baloch presented research papers on the occasion.
Dr Najeeba Arif in her paper on 'Cruelty of History and William Dalrymble's Point of View' presented a detailed review of William Dalrymble's ideology and the background of the topic discussed in his book.
Dr Sohail Abbas in his paper on 'Nameless Literature Terminologies and Their New Denotation & Explanation' analysed Urdu literature, and on the basis of his research, commented that Urdu dictionaries lack a lot of literary forms.
He also discussed 800 words that could not be related to any specific grammar composition. In support of his comments, he also presented poetic values of these forms.
Rector IIUI Prof Fateh Muhammad, faculty members of Urdu Department and a large number of students attended the seminar.
IIU to build mosque
Islamabad: The International Islamic University (IIU) would build a central grand mosque at its new campus in Sector H-10. The groundbreaking ceremony for the mosque would be held in February this year.
A committee to supervise the project was constituted at a special meeting held here under the chairmanship of International Islamic University President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui.
Chairman Department of English Munawar Iqbal Ahmad has been appointed as convener of the project. The news
FJWU childcare seminar
Rawalpindi: Students of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) organised a seminar on Thursday for parents and babysitters here at the 'Day Care Centre' of the university.
The seminar was aimed at creating awareness about matters pertaining to kids' diet, their playing and sleeping hours and their safety. Different activities were also organised on the occasion keeping in view children s' ages.
A playing area, decorated with toys and other items, was demarcated to facilitate learning of students. Puppet shows were also highlights of the seminar including that by famous puppeteer Farooq Qaisar.
Samina Anjum and Saima Qadeer, representatives of Children's Global Network, Pakistan, hailed efforts made by the students and asked them to arrange more such activities for children in future.
The event concluded with a vote of thanks by FJWU Department of Education Incharge Dr Mussarat A Sheikh. Daily times
HEC chairman visited AAUR
Rawalpindi: Dr Javaid R Laghari, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), visited the Farmer Market Private Limited (FMP) Hydroponics Plant at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here Thursday.
During his visit, the chairman praised the efforts and commitments of the university administration for running the Plant with total indigenous workforce and emphasised on the commercialisation of the project for ensuring food safety for our future generations. Dr Laghari also paid tributes to the agricultural scientists and all workers of the project for successfully running the project.
On the occasion, Prof Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan, Vice Chancellor AAUR, briefed the HEC chairman about the process of taking over of the FMP by the university and the different challenges faced during the process to make the project operational.
Dr Khalid informed that the estimated average daily production of the Hydroponics Plant is 2-3 ton and the Plant's tomatoes are enriched with nutrients as compared to those produced in normal soil. This system of production prevents the plants from getting in contact with diseases, he further said.
It may be recalled that the University has taken over the assets of the Hydroponics Plant on unconditional basis from an international organisation, Farmer Market Private Limited. The Plant has a capacity of 50,000 plants in its five-acre glasshouse, alongside integrated facilities that include cold storage, packing and shipping facilities, offices and residences over an area of 13.5125 acres.
This was a highly challenging task and the University accepted it to ensure food safety in the country and generate precious foreign exchange. The news
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