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Medical student catches 'death'
Lahore, July 31: A third year medical student of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) lost his life in a tragic incident. He sustained minor head injury while catching a ball in a cricket match played at the university ground and he was taken to the hospital where he died.

The victim student Usama Qamar chased the ball that was high in the air and succeeded in catching it (ball) but at the cost of his life, the victim student's class fellows said. They said that he was brilliant student and had topped in the first and second year of MBBS exams.

"It was the last catch of his life," Muhammad Qasim, another class fellow of the victim said and burst into tears while recalling the past time he had spent with him in the class and the hostel.

The victim student's parents were also doctors and settled in Canada for the several years along with their other family members. They sent him Pakistan to get medical education on his wish.

He was elder from his two brothers and a sister and was residing in the house of his aunt in the City.
Usama was asked to field near the boundary of the ground and when the batsman hit the ball in the air for six, he chased the ball and ultimately caught it. He then lost his balance and his head hit the ground when he fell down.

The other players started celebrating the victory unaware of Usama's condition who had fallen unconscious. When the students came to know about the situation they rushed him to the emergency department of the Mayo Hospital where doctors disclosed that his condition was much critical perhaps due to brain haemorrhage. The doctors performed CT Scan and other medical investigations and the reports revealed that the student was suffering from chronic hypertension. The reports further detected 36 hours old bloodstains in the brain vessels of the patient showing that he was a serious patient but neither he nor his class fellows were aware of his disease.

He was immediately shifted to the Neurosurgery department ICU from where the doctors shifted him to the Cardiac Surgery ICU due to poor condition of equipment and was kept under intensive care of the senior doctors.

All the professors of the KEMU and senior doctors of the Mayo Hospital paid visit frequently and examined the patient by providing treatment. However, despite all efforts, the student breathed his last on Thursday.

The news of young son's death landed like a bombshell on his parents and other family members in Canada who could not reach Pakistan till the filing of this report. The Nation

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"brother of my friend hamza."
Name: qasim
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"He was not only my cousin but a brother to me. Its not only a huge family loss but also a big national loss. Allah hum sab ko sabar dai. "
Name: Sajjad Qamar
City, Country: Toronto, Canada

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NCA graduates display bold concepts of creative diversity
Islamabad: The group exhibition titled 'Pushing the Boundaries' opening at National Art Gallery on Wednesday showcased a vast collection of bold and intense concepts of creative diversity displayed by 16 young graduates from National College of Arts (NCA).

The exhibition presents a great opportunity for the art connoisseurs to see the works of young professionals and their fresh approaches in different disciplines of art, design, sculpture, miniature, and Multimedia Arts. A rich sampling of art, radiating the enthusiasm and conviction of young minds, blazed off the walls of NAG, inviting attentiveness and appreciations. One may not agree with certain images, but the efforts of the young artists to enrich and enhance the world of contemporary art must be appreciated. The curator of the exhibition Amna Tariq best described the show as 'An ensuing saga of the making and breaking of artistic conventions'.

Tauqir Nasir, the new Director General of Pakistan National Council of the Arts inaugurated the exhibition with words of great appreciation for the 'most inventive, thought provoking, and inspiring visuals that may help push the boundaries of the conscious mind'. He described the diverse works put on display by the young group of artists, as a promising omen for the art of the country.

The group of NCA graduates with honour and distinctions to their credit comprises Amna Tariq, Ayesha Zulfiqar, Maryam Tahir, Ali Baba, Noor Ali, Hira Mansoor, Qurat ul ain Shams, Sajjad Agha, Huma Iftikhar, Naureen Qamar, Mahnoor Hussain, Hajra Haider, Saba Raza Khan, Sadaf Farooq, Navid Hussain, and Sahar Suhail.

The display comprised works executed in traditional formats, such as sculpture, painting, etching and miniature, along with works in other media too, such as digital print, instillation etc. However, beyond the classification of genres, it is the inspiration that takes a work into the realm of art in a creative quest. The intensity of expressive contemplation and the unique engagements with ideas that make the exhibition an extraordinary visual experience, both for the artists and viewers. From issues of violence, terror and socio-political turmoil, the young graduates have touched the core of problems faced by us today. Some of the works also explores the themes of alienation, gender and identity crisis, along with a number of works, which stem from personal experiences of the artist. Diversity of concepts and imagery, the existence and relevance of issues and concerns aside, the most exciting feature of the exhibition was the sophisticated order of display that enhanced the formal qualities of each work and established a conceptual link between them.

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250 female students from Malakand get scholarships
Peshawar: Two hundred and fifty female students of the University of Peshawar hailing from the restive Malakand Division were awarded scholarships here Wednesday.

The Pakistan Association Dubai, a non-government organisation of Dubai-based Pakistanis, arranged the scholarships for the militancy and military operation-affected students.

A ceremony was arranged in collaboration with Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) at PUTA Hall on the campus, with Higher Education Commission Regional Director Farmanullah Anjum as chief guest.

Puta President Dr Arbab Khan Afridi, Pakistan Association Dubai President Riaz Farooq Sahi, relief in-charge of the association in Pakistan Naveed Anwar and others were present.

Each student was given away Rs5,000 cash, while those who had sustained injuries during the military operation were awarded Rs10,000 each. The total amount distributed amounted to Rs3 million.

The organisation has already awarded scholarships to 500 students of the volatile Malakand Division at the rate of Rs3,000 each. A total of Rs2.4 million were distributed to the students at a ceremony arranged at a local hotel a few days ago.

Speaking on the occasion, Riaz Farooq said that at a time when a lot of charity organisations, government functionaries and individuals were busy in relief activities for the displaced people of Malakand, they selected a sector that had been ignored.

He said education was the worst affected sector of the entire episode. Female education became the most severe target, as female students and teachers were banned from going to schools and their infrastructure was blown up.

Looking at the dismal situation, he said, they focused their attention on restoration of educational activities inside Malakand and to extend financial support to Malakand students studying in other areas. He said after the distribution of scholarships among the male and female students, they would arrange bags and uniform for 12,000 students. He also resolved to rebuild the girl schools blown up during the past two years. He said their organisation would also set up a health facility at Thana town of Malakand at a cost of Rs1.5 million. Dr Arbab Afridi also explained the relief activities carried out by PUTA during the last two months.

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Exam schedule for NWFP lawyers
Peshawar: The NWFP Bar Council has announced schedule for written examination for the lawyers of High Court and lower courts of the NWFP. A statement issued here Wednesday said the examination for Hazara division lawyers would start from August 5 at the High Court Circuit Bench in Abbottabad. Exam for the candidates from Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi, Malakand region, Kohat and Hangu would be conducted at the Peshawar High Court on August 6. The candidates of southern districts, including Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Karak and Tank, would appear in the exam at High Court Circuit Bench in Dera Ismail Khan on August 12. The News

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