KEMU sexual harassment

KEMU pro faces sex absue probe
Lahore, June 16: King Edward Medical University Vice Chancellor has constituted an inquiry committee to look into a sexual harassment incident wherein Director Human Resource and KEMU PRO Dr Tabassum allegedly harassed a female student of Allied Health Sciences (Speech Therapy) couple of days ago, sources in KEMU said on Wednesday.

The accused asked the student to spend some time with him but she refused to do so, sources claimed.

The reason behind this blackmailing was told that Tabassum had witnessed the said girl with a boy in an objectionable condition a week back and then started forcing her to spend time with him. In the meantime, Tabassum kept messaging on her cell phone which he got the very first day when he witnessed her with a boy. He also called her in his office repeatedly and every time asked her to meet him in evening.

On the day of incident, Tabasum called the girl in his office and expressed his desire once again but the girl refused and covertly recording his voice in her cell phone. Interestingly she also told him that she has recorded his voice and left his office. The doctor became worry and ran after her in the KEMU corridor from his office to Pathology Department room no 13.

He was constantly allegedly demanding her cell phone on which she strictly warned him not to touch her. This scene was witnessed by a lady doctor and security guards. Professor of Psychiatry on listing hue and cry came out of his office to rescue and save the girl from the doctor.

When contacted KEMU VC Professor Dr Asad Aslam said that he had constituted an inquiry team comprising Professor Dr Ahmad Waseem Yousaf, Professor Fareed Ahmad and Professor Sameena to look into the matter and report him within three days. He said that female student, with her mother, visited his office on Wednesday afternoon and said that no such incident was happened with her. The girl said that Dr Tabasum was just like her uncle and they have family relations with him, and all it was being done to defame their family. Dr Asad said that even then he had ordered inquiry as there was general perception that incident happened.

Office-bearers of Pakistan Medical Association Lahore chapter have condemned the issue and demanded thorough probe and action against the responsible. When this scribe tried to contact Dr Tabasum, his cell phone remained switched off despite repeated calls.

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BZU students run amok, vandalise press club
Multan: The students of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) turned Multan Press Club and Abdali Road into a battlefield when they got provoked during a protest and attacked the press club with bricks and stones on Wednesday, leaving at least nine reporters and photojournalists injured, half a dozen cars completely ruined and the building of the press club badly damaged.

The district police arrested 37 assailants along with two BZU buses while hunt was on to capture the remaining ones. University sources disclosed that the busses the students were riding were also forcibly grabbed by them from the transport section.

The mysterious delay in appointment of a Vice Chancellor at BZU by the Punjab Government has started producing fruit as violent clashes and incidents with active involvement of varsity's students have become frequent. The university is without administrative head-the Vice Chancellor-for more than one and half month.

The attackers badly thrashed the journalists as a result of which a photojournalist Ayyaz Sheikh got broken his arm while the thumb of another photographer Kh Ashraf was fractured. Similarly, a reporter of a local newspaper Zafar Iqbal, cameraman of a news channel Qara Haider and photographer Sohail Qureshi also received serious injuries.

"We strongly condemn it. They have committed terrorism against our institution. They've attacked such a platform that offers relief to every one without any discrimination. We demand strict action," said Shakil Anjum, president of Multan Press Club. He said that it was a direct attack on freedom of press.

Although police did not give any response despite repeated calls from the journalists to Police 15 centre and the Cantt Police station, the CPO Multan Amir Zulfiqar Khan visited press club later on and assured the press community that strict action would be taken against the attackers. "We'll not let any assailant go scot-free. Strict action will be taken against them," he added. He said that FIR would be registered in light of application given by the administration of press club while the loss suffered by the club and journalists would also be compensated.

Witnesses said that the incident took place when a photographer tried to cross the road on his motorbike while the students of veterinary science department were staging a sit in after blocking Abdali Road against non recognition of their degrees. The students snatched motorbike from the photographer and beaten him up. "When other colleagues from press club rushed to rescue him, the angry mob encircled them and started thrashing them too," said Khalid Ch., a photojournalist and eyewitness. Later on, the students pelted stones on press club building, shattered window panes, smashed the front and back screens of journalists vehicles and shouted slogans.

Traffic got suspended on Abdali Road because of the incident as police blocked the road from Nawan Shehr up to Abdali Masjid. Heavy contingents were deployed at the spot after the incident.

The BUZ administration, on the other hand, strongly condemned the attack and declared that an inquiry would be launched to find out the elements involved in it. "Once the persons responsible for this tragedy are located, strict action will be taken against them," added BZU spokesman Mirza Ijaz while talking to this scribe. He said that the students forcibly suspended university shuttle service, snatched the busses and drove them to the press club. He suspected that some external elements were also involved in this incident. The nation

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ICCBS-KU, Australian university form research link
Karachi: The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (KU) and the Murdoch University, Australia, have signed a contract to conduct collaborative research and training placement in the field of Organic Chemistry.

While paying a visit recently to the ICCBS, Prof John Edwards signed the contract on behalf of the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, a spokesman for the ICCBS said on Wednesday. Conversely, Director ICCBS Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary inked the agreement.

Prof John Edwards lauded the efforts of Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman and his whole team for making the ICCBS the finest institution in the world. Both the institutions have agreed to enhance relations between the two universities and to develop academic exchange in the field of Organic Chemistry. They have also agreed to identify team members to work on joint research projects.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary said that the ICCBS at the KU premises was one of the finest academic establishments in the developing world. The ICCBS had a large network of collaborating centres around the world and large numbers of scientists were regularly visiting the ICCBS institutions for joint research and academic training, h said.

Dr Choudhary welcomed Ahmed Magdy Mustafa, an Egyptian national and student of the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, University of Murdoch, to Pakistan as part of the deal.

Mustafa, who is a research scientist and currently studying in Australia, has been invited to conduct collaborative research and training placement in the field of Organic Chemistry starting from June, 2011, for a period of 11 months under the joint project of the ICCBS and the Murdoch University.

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KU wins Asia leadership award
Karachi: The CMO Asia, Singapore, has selected Karachi University Business School (KUBS) for the 'Innovation leadership award' 2011. The award consists of a trophy and citation which will be received by the Chairman KUBS Prof Dr Abdul Rehman Zaki on July 22 at Suntec, Singapore. Dr Zaki has said that it was a great honour for the School and this had been possible because of the collective efforts of students, staff, the dean Faculty of Management and Administrative Sciences and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Karachi Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui. The awards are presented to individuals and institutions who have surpassed several levels of its excellence and set an example of being a role model and exemplary leadership.

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A guide to Urdu literature
Karachi: In a unique collection of editorials titled 'Maqalat-e-Iftitahya', writer Syed Meraj Jami has effectively exposed the flaws within the current trends in Urdu literature while giving guidelines for writers as well as publishers to avoid adulterating this rich and beautiful literary language.

The compilation consists of Jami's editorials written for the Urdu literary magazine, 'Safeer-e-Urdu', for which he works as an editor.

Although published from London, his work was acclaimed by both Pakistani as well as international writers, and his worthy approach to the issues faced by Urdu literature today finally prompted the publication of Jami's editorials under one heading.

'Maqalat-e-Iftitahya' is a remarkable literary venture, as it not only highlights the serious problems being faced by Urdu writers, it also shares Jami's own views on various dimensions such as language, prose, poetry, promotion of literature on the national as well as international front and many others.

Jami has also included his commentary on the merits of literary awards handed over by the government and the poor quality of some literary publications as well as the passive role that readers play in this paradigm today.

Even the opening note contributed by eminent Indian writer Dr Satia Pal A'anand was commendable for its articulation of Jami's central themes.

Through his editorial dialogue Jami has pleaded the case of who he believed were noteworthy writers and publishers without sparing his criticism for those who he opined exploited readers as well as some writers in the name of literature. The news

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Kohat Cadet College bags top positions in SSC result
Kohat: Four students of Cadet College, Kohat, grabbed top three positions in the result of Secondary School Certificate examinations-2011 of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Kohat, here on Wednesday.

Cadet Aamir Iqbal and cadet Imdadullah excelled in the examination by sharing the top position with 966 marks each of the total 1,050 marks, while cadet Haroon and cadet Asammullah stood second and third with 965 and 962 marks respectively in the overall result of science group.

Among female students, Maria Saleem and Rakheema Naseem of Iqraa Public School, Kohat, clinched first and second position, securing 937 and 936 marks, respectively. Gul Saanga of Sir Syed Public School, Karak, obtained 922 marks and got third position in the board exams.

The BISE chairman, Prof Noorullah, gave shields and English dictionaries to all the outstanding candidates at a ceremony attended by teachers and families of the students.

In the humanities group, Mahboobul Haq of Center of Speech and Hearing, Mardan, got first position with 849 marks, Mohammad Adnan of Government High School for Deaf Children, Kohat, second with 840 marks and Salman Shaukat of the same Mardan center third by obtaining 839 marks.

Speaking at a press conference, Prof Noorullah said that 19,580 candidates appeared in the 10th class (science group) examinations and 16,630 were declared successful with the overall pass percentage of 84.93.

He said that 21,164 students appeared in the 9th class (science group) examinations and of them 13,425 cleared the exams. The pass percentage remained at 63.43.

He said that this time the results were also available on mobile phones for the convenience of students. They should simply write roll number followed by bisek and send it to 1818.

The board chairman also gave shields to the vice principal of Cadet College, Kohat, Noor Ahmed and principal of Iqraa Public School, Haroon Niazi for their hard work.

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Summer vacations: Some schools flouting govt directive
Peshawar: Despite scorching heat in the capital city, authorities of some private schools are not implementing government orders to close down their institutions for summer vacations.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Department, through a notification, has already announced summer vacations from June 1, directing the administration of all the public and private schools to shut their institutions from June 1 to August 31.

Following the directives, summer vacations have commenced in most of the private schools in the city, but some schools are still sticking to their routine.

Amid continuous heat wave, the students of such private educational institutions are suffering a lot in the congested classrooms, parents of several children told this correspondent on Wednesday. T

he frequent power outages are also adding to the misery of the students.

"When there is no electricity we are unable to study due to heat and suffocation," said Ali Jan, a students of class-2 of a private school.

Mushtaq Ahmed, whose children are enrolled in a private school, said that he was worried about the health of his children because they return home when the heat was on its peak. Quoting his son, he said that several students had fallen unconscious during the morning assembly in their school during the last few days.

When contacted, Director Academics and Regulatory Authority Alamzaib Khan said that he had already directed heads of all the schools to allow students avail of summer vacations otherwise strict action would be taken against them. "Now we send police to forcefully shut schools defying the orders," he said. Dawn

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Students showcase 23 projects at UET exhibition
Peshawar: The final year students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar showcased their capstone engineering projects in an open exhibition here at the UET Peshawar.

The exhibition featured 23 projects displayed by the students. They officials of the Pakistan Tobacco Company, the sponsor of the event, adjudicated the projects. Muhammad Fahad Khan, Moizur Rehman, Abdul Rizwan and Adnan Rasheed's Mechanical Regenerative Braking System for Bicycles was declared the best project and the students were awarded Rs15,000 cash prize.

The solar powered Biogas generator, which was designed by Watan Yar Khan, Adnan Khan, Suhaib Ilyas and Zain Arsalan Arifeen, secured second prize and they were awarded Rs10,000 cash prize.

The Hydraulic Pressure Test Rig, designed by Shahid Iqbal, Asif Ayaz and Muhammad Asif, and Solar Air Dehumidifier design of Syed Waqar Haider Kazmi, Zakir Khan, Safeer Khan and Faizan Khan were adjudged third. Both the groups were awarded Rs5,000 each for their effort. Prof Dr Rizwan Mehmood Gul of the Department of Mechanical Engineering was the facilitator at the event.

Prof Dr Azzamul Asar, the Dean Faculty of Engineering, as the chief guest appreciated the efforts of the students and faculty of the department of mechanical engineering and distributed shields, certificates and cash prizes among the winning students. The news

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