Punjab University BA/BSc Annual Examination registration

PU BA/BSc registration
Lahore, June 25: The Punjab University will continue registration of private candidates for BA/BSc Annual Examination, 2010, with single fee until June 30. The last date for registration with double fee is July 31. The single fee for registration is Rs 1,400. According to a press release here on Wednesday, the candidates, who have passed intermediate (FA/FSc) annual examination in 2008 and before are eligible for registration while candidates passing intermediate exam in supplementary examination, 2008, would have to attach attested photocopy of their failed result card of annual exam, 2008. The registration forms can be obtained from PU Information Centre, New Campus, University Sales Depot, Old Campus, and nominated branches of Habib Bank on depositing Rs 15. The News

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Staff College, NIPA, Services Academy under threat
Lahore: Three civil servants' institutions - the Staff College, National Institute of Public Administration buildings and Civil Services Academy - are considered to be under serious threat of the terrorist attacks, while the police and civil administration have been directed to take strict security measures.

Moreover, information about two terrorists, being feared to carryout attacks on the shrines, has been also provided to the police.

This has been not done for the first time, since information about the terrorist attack on the Police Emergency Response Centre 15 was also given in advance.

The communiquTs have been also marked to the Home Secretary, and heads of other law enforcement agencies.

The administration had been directed to observe extreme vigilance, and heighten the security arrangements, besides making all efforts for apprehending the planners and would-be perpetrators.

The officers have been also requested to place special emphasis for the advance information and intelligence.

Divisional Commissioner Lahore Khusro Pervaiz Khan has sent a letter to the Capital City Police Officer, Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) and the District Coordination Officer mentioning that there was a serious possibility of terrorist attack on the Staff College, NIPA and the Civil Services Academy.

The SSP (Operations) and the DCO have been directed to visit the College and Academy for ensuring ample security of sufficient and trained police personnel for protecting these two premises.

Secondly, they have been also directed to take precautionary and pre-emptive measures aimed at averting any untoward incident.

Moreover, they have been asked to make all efforts at identifying and apprehending the terrorists.

In another communiquT by the Commissioner, the CCPO and the DCO have been told about two terrorists, who could possibly target shrines of Sufi saints, especially, Darbar Data Sahib.

It has been mentioned that they have entered the City. Description of the terrorists has been given as well. One is named as 18-year-old Zubair, having small beard, round face and broad nose. Inayatullah is the second one, who is 22-year-old with long beard, and parting his hair in the middle. Both are said to be of middle height. The Nation

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Moot on modern trends in livestock Genomics
Lahore: A two day national conference on "Recent Trends in Livestock Genomics" began in the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore on Wednesday.

Dr Ashraf Tahir, Director of National Forensic Programme of the United States of America, inaugurated the conference arranged by the UVAS's Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Science Foundation.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz said that 21st century was the century of biology and biotechnology. He said the UVAS had successfully completed genomic mapping of Nili breed of buffalo and the same type of work was under way on Ravi and Nili-Ravi buffalos. Markers have been developed by the UVAS scientists for the breed identification as well as for confirming parentage of animals, he said and added that latest techniques of micro array analysis was also in use for selecting the superior dairy animals. He said the work on genetic characterization and patent registration of Sahiwal, Red Sindhi and Cholistani cattle breeds was well under way. He said the university had also started DNA fingerprinting of animals at its molecular biology lab.

Dr Ashraf Tahir spoke about various aspects of forensic science and its application in crime detection. Prof Dr Masroor Ellahi Babar said the genome research in livestock had progressed rapidly in the recent years, moving from rudimentary genome maps to economic trait maps and gene discovery. These advances are the result of animal genome projects following closely the footsteps of the Human Genome Project (HGP), opening the door to genome research in farm animals, he added. Dr Ahmed Ali said the conference would comprise technical sessions in which leading geneticists and molecular biologists would deliver scholarly lectures. In addition, a special lecture on the scope and application of animal forensics will be delivered by Dr. Ashraf Tahir from the USA.

The conference participants will also be given hands-on training on DNA extraction, sequencing techniques, cell culture, cytogenetic and gene cloning techniques. Researchers from the University of Health Sciences, Lahore College for Women University, University of Agriculture Faisalabad and National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Faisalabad and the UVAS are participating in the conference. The News

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