Exams scheduled for today postponed
Karachi, June 04: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Sindh Technical Board (STB), the University of Karachi (KU) and the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) have postponed their examinations scheduled for Friday due to the expected heavy rainfall. The postponed papers of Islamiat and Pakistan Studies of BIEK would now be held on June 28. The postponed papers of TSC and DAE of the STB would now be held on June 15 and 23, respectively. The new dates for the postponed papers of the KU and FUUAST would be announced later.
Registrar, University of Karachi (KU), Prof. Kaleem Raza Khan, has announced that all examinations (morning and evening) of KU scheduled for Friday (today) are hereby postponed. The new dates of postponed examinations will be announced later, he added. The news/ppiYour Comments
Smoking in Karachi girls schools rises
Karachi: Prof Nadeem Rizvi Head of Chest Diseases Jinnah Postgraduate Medical (JPMC ) and President Pakistan Chest Society has said that according to a recent research, smoking in girls schools of Karachi has risen to 16%.
He said this while addressing a press conference here. Prof Rizvi drew attention to the harmful effects of tobacco marketing that is targeted towards women and girls.
Women are a major target of opportunity for the tobacco industry, which needs to recruit new users to replace the nearly half of current users who will die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases.
He demanded that all forms of direct or indirect marketing of tobacco products must be banned. How can we allow promotion of a product which is responsible for 100,000 deaths annually in the country, questioned Prof Rizvi.
Prof Javaid Khan official of National Alliance for Tobacco Control and Head Section of Chest Diseases at AKUH said that all doctors are morally bound to educating the public on health related issues.
"Research shows that even a brief three-minute advice by doctors on quitting smoking brings about significant results. It was unfortunate."
He said that tobacco use in the form of gutka and pan masala is on the rise, especially among children, resulting in increasing incidents of head, neck and mouth cancers. "Pakistan currently tops the global list in oral cancer," he said.
Citing another research on Shisha use, Khan said that over 50% of university students in Karachi were found to consume tobacco in this form. An hour of Shisha use was equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes, he warned.
Dr Shahina General Secretary of Pakistan Chest Society and Consultant of Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases said that around 1500 young people take up smoking everyday, helped by aggressive marketing by tobacco companies. Dr Shahina said that city governments need to initiate an education campaign on tobacco and its hazards in schools and colleges. The newsYour Comments
Teachers' demands accepted
Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah announced on the floor of the Sindh Assembly on Thursday that the demands of the teachers who were on strike had been accepted.
The teachers were demanding teaching allowance and time-scale.
The chief minister regretted the misunderstanding that developed between the teachers and the government and assured the teachers that the government would look after their interests.
Announcing the acceptance of their demands, the chief minister said the education and finance departments were being consulted on it and expressed the hope that the teachers would now discharge their duties properly. Dawn