Sindh University teacher's murder probe

Probe into SU teacher's murder sought
Karachi, Jan 25: Voicing concern over the closure of the Sindh University for the past 22 days, the Karachi University Teachers Society (Kuts) has urged the Sindh government to immediately order a judicial inquiry into the murder of Prof Basheer Ahmed Channar so as to give an exemplary punishment to the culprits involved in the heinous crime.

Endorsing the Sindh University Teachers' Association demand for a judicial inquiry into the killing, Kuts president Prof Mutahir Ahmed said in a statement that the government should accede to the demand of the university teachers without any further delay as SU students had already suffered a lot in the wake of the university's days-long closure.

He said that the need of the hour was to restore academic activities to the Sindh University campus and it was possible only if the university's protesting teachers were taken into confidence and their demand for initiating a judicial inquiry into the incident was met immediately. Dawn

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Commission demands renovation of 2,638 damaged Sindh schools
Hyderabad: The People's Accountability Commission on Floods (PACF) on Tuesday strongly recommended the renovation of 2,638 partially-damaged schools and provision of transnational school structures for 1,342 totally-damaged schools in the flood-affected districts of the Sindh province.

A joint press conference was held at a local press club in Mirpurkhas where the members of the PACF regretted that even those schools which were damaged during the floods of 2010 have not been reopened by the government. Still eight thousands schools are not yet rehabilitated in upper districts of the Sindh, they added.

Releasing its tenth report in a local hotel of Mirpurkhas, PACF member Mohammad Saleem Abbasi said that 75 per cent children have been deprived of education. Schools have been not renovated nor have students been given an alternate means to continue their education. He added that its alarming situation regarding providing education to people of the Sindh that the government could not achieve its target to impart education to 388,509 students who were affected due to the 2010 floods.

He said that the government has only provided education facilities to 29 per cent students and only ten percents schools have been rehabilitated out of 10,348. It was surprising that government authorities could not allocate specified budget during the flash appeal 2011 for uplifting of those schools which were damaged during rain flood in 2011 in lower districts of Sindh.

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KU's fee schedule for reserved seats
Karachi: The University of Karachi (KU) announced on Tuesday the fees submission schedule for the candidates, who have been granted admissions on reserved seats. The candidates have been directed to submit their fee on January 25 at the United Bank Limited, University Campus Branch, from 9am to 1pm. The candidates have been asked to bring the required documents to complete the admission formalities.

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Expo on Chemistry held
Sukkur: A travelling expo on 'It's all about Chemistry' was held at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, jointly organized by Pakistan Science Foundation Islamabad, Embassy of France and Science Centre, France on Tuesday.

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Book fair at UAF
Faisalabad: UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan inaugurated a four-day book fair at the university on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Iqrar termed the book fair an encouraging move towards boosting up reading habits among students. He said the objective of the event was to promote book reading habit in the society and ensure provision of books at discount rates. He said the habit of reading books was very important not only for education and research but also to develop one's character and personality. He said the trend of book reading was decreasing due to the use of internet. The book fair consists of 32 stalls and offers 0.15 million books to students at subsidised rates. Publishers from across the country are participating in it. The news

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LUMS inaugurates new building of business school
Lahore: The Lahore University of Management (LUMS) inaugurated its new building of the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) on Tuesday. The ceremony was attended by the pro-chancellor, rector, faculty members, donors, members of the management committee, advisory board, SDSB dean and the distinguished alumni.

According to information provided by LUMS, the building is a generous gift by the Dawood family and will house the SDSB faculty, staff, MBA and Executive MBA classes.

Various speakers shared their fond memories of the school's infancy stages and gave details of future plans during the ceremony. Addressing the ceremony, the rector, Abdul Razak Dawood, said that the day was a proud one for the school and marked the start of a new era in the pursuit of excellence and growth. He said that the school was fully committed and dedicated to contribute in knowledge generation and dissemination in the field of management and this purpose-built facility will provide the requisite infrastructure to fulfil this mission.

Speaking on the occasion, SDSB Dean Dr Arif Nazir Buttthanked said the aim of the school was to produce leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who will reshape the economic opportunities in the country and contribute to society.

Also present on the occasion, Bob Collins, reminisced about the days before the first classes were scheduled to be offered and how everything came about just right with the support of the visionaries who were all giving back to LUMS even today. The building will be formally launched on the LUMS Annual Convocation in June. Daily times

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GCU holds music concert
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) on Tuesday organised a music concert to pay tribute to the music maestro Prof Tariq Suleman Khan Farani for his 40-year invaluable services for the art, music and varsity.

Renowned musicians and singers Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, Ustad Shuakat Ali, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Jawad Ahamd, Musarrat Abbass, Zaheer Abbass, Imran Jafferi and Ghulam Ali also addressed the ceremony.

Government College University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman awarded Prof Farani "GCU Award", "Certificate of Appreciation" and cash award of Rs 50,000, saying Prof Farani had selflessly devoted his life to the music and Government College University.

Classical Singer Ustad Hamid Ali Khan said GCU's Nazir Ahmad Music Society (GCU-NAMS) was the biggest teaching centre of music and art in Pakistan, as it produced galaxy of stars for Pakistan like Shafqat Amanat Ali, Ali Zafar, Waris Baig, Jawad Ahmad, adding his two sons had been trained in music at Government College University NAMS by Prof Farhani.

Shafqat Amanat Ali declared legendary Prof Farani as his mentor who showed the world renowned singers light and helped them to climb the ladder of stardom. "I will always be indebted to Farani Sahib," Shafqat said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Punjab government has banned music concerts by educational institutions. However, the Government College University spokesperson said that Tuesday's event was not entirely a music concert rather an event organised to pay tribute to varsity's music maestro Prof Farani.

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FSc student commits suicide
Lahore: A student of FSc committed suicide after her parents stopped her from appearing in the supplementary exams in the Shahdara police limits on Tuesday.

The victim was identified as Nadra, daughter of Liaqat Ali. A police official said the victim had failed in one paper of FSc over which she requested her parents to let her appear in the supplementary exams. However, her parents admonished her over failure and stopped her from appearing in supplementary exams.

On Tuesday, she got dejected over the attitude of her parents and swallowed poisonous pills. She went unconscious and was rushed to a local hospital where she died. Police handed over the body after legal formalities.

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Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) is organising an international seminar on Human Disaster Management on Thursday (tomorrow).

The seminar is being organised in collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK. Prof. Timothy O'Dempsy, Director of Studies for Humanitarian Assistance Programmes at LSTM, will be the guest speaker. The theme of the seminar is "Role of Academia and Media in Human Disaster Management".

A formal agreement of cooperation will be signed between the UHS and LSTM to devise joint strategies for promoting awareness, providing cheap and affordable preventive solutions and encouraging indigenous research on tropical diseases such as tuberculosis, typhoid, hepatitis, dengue, malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

The seminar will be attended by representatives of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Global Change Impact Studies Centre Islamabad and Punjab Emergency Services (Rescue 1122). Besides, a number of NGOs and representatives of print and electronic media will also participate. The news

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