Danish School | UoP botanical garden

Contract for Daanish School
Mianwali, Jan 13: A board of governors has approved tenders for the construction of a Danish School for boys and girls near Harnoli and allowed two construction companies to start work.

The project worth of Rs350 million will be completed in nine months. A meeting of the board presided over by District Coordination Officer Tariq Mahmood awarded contracts to the lowest bidders on Wednesday.

Board members Malik Dost Mohammad, Hafeezullah Khan Niazi, Malik Zulfiqar Joiya, Brig Mohammad Yousaf (retired) and technical member for Danish Schools Mohammad Siddique were also present.

M/s M.A Engineering Services have got the contract for construction of academic block for boys, students hostel and external development work, while Nefkan Construction Company will build girls section of the school. Dawn

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PhD awarded
Lahore: University of Engineering and Technology Lahore has awarded first PhD degree in Architecture to Abdul Ghafoor. He completed his research under subject "To investigate the forces acting at religious magnet-the shrine in urban settlements and their impact on immediate surrounding" under supervision of Professor Dr Mahmood Hussain.

Currently, he is working in Punjab Auqaf Department as deputy director architecture.

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Harvard students visit LUMS
Lahore: The Pakistan Caucus at the Harvard Kennedy School, a student body working to promote Pakistan's image amongst the international students studying at Harvard University, visited Lahore University of Management Sciences here the other day.

The delegation comprised of 10 students who were given the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the Provost of LUMS Dr. Zafar Jqbal Qureshi regarding Public Policy issues in Pakistan.

The students from Harvard also interacted with the Deans, Faculty and members of the LUMS student society members and discussed how the educationalists and students from both countries can collaborate to reform the education system in Pakistan. A presentation on the Flood Maps which is a recent initiative taken by Dr Sohaib Khan was given, to show how the LUMS community is conforming to social responsibility. The nation

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Lahore: Punjab University Centre for Clinical Psychology organized one-day workshop on "What we know and what we need to know about Autism Spectrum Disorders" at the Centre. The news

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GCU orator leads team to India
Lahore: Government College University orator Isha Tariq is leading a five-member Pakistani delegation to Udaipur, India to attend the 16th International Youth Festival. As many as 200 students from various Asian and Saarc countries would showcase their culture by taking part in competitions like cooking, debates, paintings, drawing, slogan-writing etc.

The five member Pakistani delegation would spend one week in India and optimize the Pakistani culture on the Indian soil. Isha Tariq is the editor of the GCU literary magazine The Ravi for the year 2010-2011. She has been the topper in the first three academic years of BSc (Hons) Physics.

Talking to media before her departure to India, Isha Tariq said GCU is the only 147-year-old institution in Pakistan which takes pride in grooming Hindus and Muslims who rose to become noble laureates, men of letters and sportsmen both in India and Pakistan. Isha Tariq said she would like to bridge the gulf prevalent between the two countries through individual interaction among the youth of two counties. She said that they are also willing to meet the Indian Ravians who have studied from Government College before partition. The nation

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UoP opposes offices in botanical garden
Peshawar: The University of Peshawar has asked the provincial government to stop 'some political elements' from constructing offices in Azakhel Botanical Garden.

"Some political forces are against the uplift of this garden and want to construct several offices on its premises without taking permission from the authorities concerned," said a press release issued by the University of Peshawar.

It added that a specific lobby wanted to disturb the brilliant academic and recreation environment of the research facility. It said that BS degree programme was launched in the botanical garden with enrolment of hundreds of students. More than 10 PhD scholars were also doing their research at the garden, it added.

The park has also a flying club, which was set up with the fund provided by Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, who is also chancellor of the university.

"It was reported by the garden staff that on January 7, 2011, Mehboob Ali, local head of a political party, along with Zahid Akbar and Niamat Gul, the secretary of Azakhal Payan union council, came to the botanical garden and started constructing a boundary wall on its premises without any permission from either botanical garden staff, UoP or any relevant government body," the release said.

It added when the in-charge of the botanical garden tried to stop them, Mr Gul told him that they were doing so on the direction of Nowshera DCO.

The litigation officer of the university contacted DCO Zakaullah Khattak but he said that he was unaware of any such move. Mr Khattak denied having issued any instructions regarding construction at the botanical garden.

"He suspended Niamat Gul for facilitating illegal construction in the garden and using his name to undertake the illegal construction work. He appointed Nowshera ACO as an inquiry officer to probe the matter," the release said. It alleged that Nowshera DCO and Uop were being pressurised to allow illegal construction at the garden and refrain from conducting inquiry against the secretary of Azakhel Payan union council.

It is worth mentioning here that the 83 acres Azakhel Botanical Garden was handed over to University of Peshawar on 99 years lease for carrying out academic, research and recreation activities. Dawn

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Two teacher sisters die in Peshawar blasts
Peshawar: Two consecutive roadside blasts here Wednesday left two female schoolteachers dead and seven persons, including three children, injured.

A police official said the blasts took place in quick succession at Shagai Hindkian near Hassan Garhi, a suburban locality. "These were remote-controlled blasts. We have found battery cells and other material which show that the bombs were triggered by a remote-control device," he added.

The first blast took place when a private school van was passing through the area, an eyewitness said. The blast completely damaged the van and injured all the people on board, he said, adding that the bomb was planted under an electricity pole.

The blast was immediately followed by another one, which triggered panic in the area. Soon after the blast, rescue teams and volunteers rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to the Lady Reading Hospital where emergency had already been declared.

At the hospital, two female teachers, who happened to be sisters and were serving as principal and vice-principal of the private school, succumbed to their injuries, hospital sources said. A driver and six students were admitted to the hospital. One of the students was stated to be in a serious condition.

An official of the bomb disposal unit said that seven kilograms of explosive materials had been used in the first blast and four kilograms in the second one. Another three-kilogram device could not explode, which the bomb disposal official defused, the official said.

Those killed in the incident were identified as Nazakat (60) and Sameena (55), daughters of Abdur Rasheed and residents of Nishtarabad. The injured included Arifa Akhtar (23), Afsheen (20), Nousheen, Abdul Wahab (5), Mahnoor (5), Ms Mumtaz (17) and driver Mumtaz (50).

Security in the city was tightened after the blasts. Police at all the important places and already established checkpoints were put on red alert to avert any further mishap. Police also started search operation in the localities close to the site of the blast. No arrest was, however, made till filing of this report.

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PhD degree awarded
Peshawar: Hamid Gul of Pakistan Tobacco Board has received his PhD degree from the Agricultural University of Peshawar in soil and environmental sciences with 3.70/4.0 CGPA. His topic of research was 'Nutrients Losses Evaluation in Drainage Water of Mardan SCARP' which is the first of its nature. Experts of Morrisville State College, University of New York, evaluated his thesis. The news

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