School building being misused
Karachi, June 11: Several groups of people are misusing the premises of the Government Boys Secondary School, located in Sector No 4, Orangi Town. In the evenings, the school becomes a location to settle personal disputes among individuals as Jirga meetings often take place at the ground floor while drug addicts visit the building late at nights, the area people claimed while.
The school is situated next to the Mominabad police station but it is observed that police is not taking any interest to make the school a secure place for the students, they added. People living in the neighbourhood said that the school has two blocks. The school is closed these days due to summer vacations.
The locals demanded that the officials should take immediate notice of the matter and sweep out such elements before classes resume in August.
The building is in poor state as there are no ceiling fans and tube lights in most of the classrooms while the washrooms are in shambolic conditions.
According to area people, officials have never visited the building. It seems that the government has not invested a single penny on this school, they further said.
Sub Inspector Abdul Majeed Marwat, who is the Station House Officer of the Mominabad police station, said that the said school falls under the jurisdiction of the Pirabad police station.
"Although, the school is located next to our police station but due to bifurcation of town limits, the said school falls under the jurisdiction of the Pirabad police station and they would take action if any illegal activity is going on there," he said.
When contacted, the duty officer at the Pirabad police station said that they have not received such information yet. If the locals or the head master of the school felt that some suspicious activities were taking place on the premises of the school then they should lodge a report at the police station. The police would take serious action on the complaint, he added.
Several attempts made to contact the Executive District Officer, Education, and the Assistant District Officer, Education, Orangi Town but received no response.
However, the office of the District Officer Elementary told this correspondent that they have not received any complaint in this regard till date. The locals and the head master of the school should inform the authorities if they were facing any such issue, he added.
KU microbiologists identify new sub-genotypes
Karachi: Two new sub-genotypes of HIV-1 besides sub-type A are also present in Pakistan. These sub-types are CRF 10_AE and 02_AG. HIV typing and sub-typing data was not available for HIV strains circulating in Pakistan, thus, only 28 HIV A1 genotypes were reported.
This was said by the Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi while delivering the keynote address at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in America.
"We found the other sub-types by constructing the phylogenetic trees to trace the origins of HIV infection and its major modes of transmission", she said. Around 18 papers of the research scholars of the University of Karachi were presented in this largest annual gathering of microbiologists in the world.
The meeting was organized to highlight recent advances in microbial cell biology, genetics and physiology, environmental and applied microbiology, microbial ecology, clinical microbiology and the roles of microbes in health and disease.
The main goal was to provide a programme with the breadth and depth that showcased state of the art science. Dr Shahana, while presenting her paper titled 'Concentrated Epidemics of HIV, HCV, and HBV among Afghan Refugees', said about the potential high risk behaviour that is the causes of spread of HIV, HCV and HBV in Pakistan largely includes drug use and injecting drugs whereas promiscuity and homosexuality also contribute to it to some extent.
She added that Afghans in Pakistan represented eight per cent of the estimated Afghanistan population. They remain the largest single refugee group in the world for the past 21 years. The number of Afghan refugees in Pakistan in 2007 was estimated 2.46 million. US census found that 42 per cent Afghans in Pakistan lived in camps and 58 per cent in urban areas.
Dr. Shahana warned that high prevalence of HIV, HCV, and HBV among Afghan Refugee population in Pakistan was a cause of concern for public health professional as this is a potential source which may convert Pakistan from a high risk low prevalence country to a high prevalence nation.
She suggested that intervention including awareness, education, behaviourial change, services delivery, harm reduction measures etc are required on war footings to maintain low prevalence in Pakistan. Dr. Syed Ali Aga Khan University HospitalŮand two graduate students of University of Karachi Dr M. Rafiq Khanani and Dr. Saeed Khan collaborated in the research.
Passing-out parade of 1,785 police recruits held
Karachi: The passing-out parade of the 7th batch of the Eaglet Squad of the Sindh Police was held at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Elite Police Training Centre, Razzakabad, here on Thursday.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Sultan Salahuddin Babar Khattak, while addressing as chief guest at the ceremony, appreciated the performance of the recruits. He hoped that all passing-out recruits would perform their duties with honesty.
DIG Commandant Shaukat Ali Khan briefed the participants about the course and said that the Eaglet training was aimed at countering internal and external threats faced by the country. The recruits were highly trained to counter heinous crimes including bomb blasts, kidnappings for ransom and sectarian violence.
This training will also help the recruits to efficiently fulfill their duties in supporting citizens when they return to their regional areas.
Mirpurkhas students meet chairman BIEK
Karachi: Students should take initiative and come forward to eradicate cheating culture to avoid being labelled as cheats, Chairman of Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi, Anwar Ahmed Zai said to the students of Mirpurkhas on Thursday.
Around 40 students and teachers from interior Sindh arrived in the city to participate in the summer camp.
New format and pattern used during the examinations has made it quite difficult for the students to rely on cheating materials and other use of unfair means, Zai said. It has been observed that ratio of cheating has reduced in the examinations. The news