New date for postponed BCom paper announced
Karachi, Jan 28: The University of Karachi (KU) has announced that the postponed paper of BCom Economics Analysis and Policy Part I, which had been postponed due to certain reasons, will be conducted with special security measures on Feb 12 at their earlier designated centres, said a KU press release on Friday.
KU announces LLB examination 2011 result
Karachi: Examinations Department of the University of Karachi (KU) has announced the result of LLB final year examination 2011 on Friday. The first position was achieved by Shama Ajaz d/o Ajaz Ahmed bearing roll number 67816 with 1,340 marks out of 2100. Akash s/o Damro Mal (67504) with 1,309 marks got second position, while Faraz Uddin Amjad s/o Zahoor Uddin Amjad (67675) get third position with 1,300 marks. Daily times
KU students perform street theatre for flood victims
Karachi: There was much excitement outside what is otherwise a quiet village in Badin that is home to those affected by the recent floods. Children frolicked around, and inside a yellow tent, men and women sat in partitioned walls. A stage had been set up, and the villagers were eagerly awaiting the street theatre which was to be on display by the students of Karachi University.
The students arrived on time, with props, ajraks and cameras, and seem prepared to put on a great show. The troupe, known as KUMAK, has done theatre before, but this was their first attempt at street theatre.
The performance was an adaptation of a Sindhi play by Nisar Bhanbhan. The main themes of the play are the importance of female literacy and self-help. The plot revolves around a flood-affected village, where residents have lost hope after waiting in vain for help from the government. With nothing to eat and no jobs, a motivated young woman by the name of Nooran decides to take the situation into her hands and begins attending adult literacy classes. Though she faces resistance from her husband, Rahmo, and a number of other villagers, she continues undaunted, and, in time, convinces other women from the village to attend the class as well.
The cast was slightly disappointed to learn that their audience could only understand Sindhi. Nonetheless, there were some phrases of Sindhi in the dialogue, and the actors were successful in letting their expressions convey the message to the audience.
"The act was not easy: there was no music for added effect, and the sound system was at best primitive. Also there was language barrier with the crowd; we had to look at all these aspects," said Saad Rabbani, one of the actors.
The director of the play, Ismail Amin, called it "a satire about the urban-educated crowd, who think that because they are educated and can read and write, they can take the skills of the farmers, who provide our country with food, for granted".
"The idea was to boost the morale of these villagers, who have lost everything in the floods, yet have still had the strength to pull them selves up and rebuild everything from scratch." The carnival was organised by Women Industrial Social and Educational Society (WISES) as part of a project it undertook with Unicef.
PU VC appointment challenged
Lahore: The reappointment of Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran as Punjab University vice-chancellor has been challenged in the Lahore High Court.
Prof Dr Yousaf Hayat, a contender for the slot, filed a petition which stated that the reappointment of Kamran was not only a violation of the Punjab University Act but also violation of a Supreme Court judgment against reemployment of retired persons. He said the respondent had already completed his term as VC. He said the Punjab government, by reappointing Kamran as PU VC, also deprived eligible candidates of their lawful right. He urged the court to take notice of the 'illegality' and set aside the appointment.
report sought: The Lahore High Court on Friday sought report from Punjab chief secretary on a contempt of court petition filed by a girl seeking a vehicle under the Punjab Chief Minister's Yellow Cab Scheme.
Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan had directed the chief secretary to look into the matter and decide petitioner's application in accordance with law within two weeks. A master's degree holder girl, Hina Eithisham, had contended that the chief secretary had not yet decided her application. She had alleged political discrimination in the yellow cab scheme.
She pleaded that she applied for the provision of a cab after fulfilling all requirements set by the government. But, she said, her application was subjected to discrimination for being a daughter of a PPP activist.
She prayed the court to initiate contempt proceeding against the chief secretary and direct him to give her a cab being an eligible applicant. Justice Khan directed the chief secretary to file report on the petition within 10 days.
convicted: Additional District and Sessions Judge Nadeem Shaukat on Friday awarded life imprisonment to a drug peddler namely Zubair Muhammad nominated in two narcotics cases.
The court has also imposed a fine of Rs. Rs 100,000 on the convict.
Mughalpura Police had arrested Zubair Muhammad and seized 17 kilograms of hashish from his possession. The police had lodged two different FIRs against him under Section 9-C of the CNSA-1997.
On Friday, the court after hearing final arguments of both parties convicted Zubair. The convict will face further jail term in case of non-payment of the fine. research centre: The Lahore High Court chief justice on Friday inaugurated a research centre in the Judges Library Hall for the capacity building of judges.
According to a press release issued by the LHC, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, being in charge of the IT branch, had been assigned the task to supervise the project while Sessions Judge Javed Rasheed Mehboobi will assist him.
For this capacity-building initiative, five highly qualified judges have been selected from the lower judiciary of Punjab. They have been appointed as research associates by Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed.
To improve the quality of judgments by judges, the Centre has been equipped with the latest facilities like internet, e-mal and fax. In addition to the judges working at Principal Seat, judges holding court at its benches in Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur and Multan will also benefit from this facility. The research associates will promptly supply information to queries of their lordships regarding legal questions sent through e-mail, internet, fax or ordinary mode.
The books have also been catalogued topic wise in order to avoid inconvenience in finding books to the judges visiting the library.
Joint academic programmes
Lahore: The Government College University and Durham University, United Kingdom have agreed on collective research projects and joint academic programmes in the field of science, information technology, arts and humanities.
A press release here on Friday said decision in this regard was made at a meeting of Durham University, UK International Office Director Sharne Procter with GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Ikramul Haq and Director Research, Innovation and Commercialization Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt at the GCU Vice Chancellor Office.
Durham University have also shown interest in providing scholarships for deserving GCU students selected for joint-degree programmes in UK, Dr Muhammad Zakria said adding academic experts of both the universities would explore areas for research and joint-degree programmes. Both the universities also discussed information and data sharing for research projects. Prof Ikram-ul-Haq said he was confident of research and troubleshooting capabilities of GCU faculty. The news