Rumours of explosives floating in schools
Lahore, March 14, 2008: Rumours of explosives in two schools on Thursday caused
panic among students and teachers, and compelled the administration of one of
the schools to announce a two-day holiday. An anonymous caller 'informed' the
administration of the Government Girls School, Mughalpura, about a bomb in the
school, which would explode in some time. Students and teachers ran out of the
school premises to save themselves. A bomb disposal squad immediately reached
there and searched the building for explosives, but found nothing. Another
anonymous call was received about a bomb planted in Beaconhouse School Thokar
Niaz Baig branch, after which the school administration immediately had the
building vacated and informed the authorities concerned. A bomb disposal squad
reached there and searched for explosives, but it turned out to be a prank call.
The school administration announced a two-day vacation and closed the school. A
member of the administrative staff said that students' parents had
also requested them to close the school for a few days. Colleges in neighbouring
areas as also considering closing the institutions for a few days until the
situation settles. Meanwhile, a rumour of a bomb explosion at Chauburji Chowk
also created panic among people.
Beaconhouse National University (BNU) students display work
Lahore: The Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Media School (MS) students on Thursday displayed their work on
Sixteen students showed up with different projects dealing with
different tolls and procedures for launching a successful media campaign.
A student Hina Butt's project was on the Tourism Industry. She
documented a ten-minute documentary showing various tourist spots of the city.
The documentary's main purpose was to highlight the importance of tourism and to
find factors that had affected it. The documentary said, "Lahore offers several
tourist places, like the Lahore Fort, the Shalamar Gardens, Badshahi Masjid and
Masjid Wazir Khan.
Neha and Anum projected the working of the SOS (Save
our Soul) Village. They emphasised that money was not everything, as it could
not buy love. The slogan of their media campaign was 'Time Not Money'. They said
many people were ready to donate money for the children at the SOS, but very few
agreed to spare time for them.
Babrak Khan's work was about the
preservation of culture. He focused on miniatures and other art motifs
reflecting culture and the need to protect them. Ridha's work was about an
educational institute. It showed how an organisation could effectively launch
its media campaign with limited resources to raise funds.
Khadeeja's work documented the hazardous effects of smoking and sheesha. They
said, "Many parents do not mind their children smoking Sheesha before them,
considering it a status symbol. Sheesha is as bad as smoking."
work projected the advertising campaign of a cellular company. She showed how an
effective campaign could attract a large number of customers.
Dean Dr Mehdi Hasan visited the stalls and appreciated the students. He said,
"Such exercises will help students to use media tolls appropriately and stand by
the truth and validity of news." Daily Times
Punjab University promotes 14 assistant professors
Lahore: The Punjab University has promoted 14 assistant professors, having
PhD degrees and 13 years of services in the university to their credit.
These assistant professors will be given the financial benefits of
BS-20. A notification D/2215-40/Est I Dated 13-03-2008 has also been issued in
Addressing the assistant professors, Vice Chancellor Dr
Mujahid Kamran said that it was very important to promote deserving teachers
because when teachers were deprived of their due right then they fell victim to
the frustration which affects their academic and research performance.
He said the promotions on merit would help eliminate frustration and
group politics from the campus. He said he wanted to provide a congenial
atmosphere to the teachers so that they could perform their teaching and
research duties in a better way.
The promoted assistant professors
thanked the vice-chancellor, and said merit based decision had established a
healthy relationship between PU teachers and the administration, and the
university atmosphere had been improved a lot compared to the previous years.
Among those who were promoted include Dr Fahim Aftab of Botany
Department, Dr Amtul Jamil Sami of IBIT, Dr Sikandar Sultan of Microbiology
& Molecular Genetics, Dr Ghazala Nasim and Dr Salik Nawaz Khan of Mycology
and Plant Pathology, Dr Shagufta Begum of Philosophy Department, Dr Shahida
Manzoor of College of Art & Design, Dr Riffat Munawar of Sociology, Dr
Kanwal Ameen of Library & Information Science, Dr Muhammad Saad Siddiqui and
Dr Ghulam Ali Khan of Islamic Studies, Dr Naumana Amjad of Psychology and
Applied Psychology, Dr Hafiz Abdul Khaliq of Institute of Education &
Research and Dr Miss Aisah Sitwar of Clinical Psychology Department. It is worth
mentioning that the university has already promoted 19 assistant professors with
having 17-year service and now the number of promoted assistant professors has
been raised to 33.
Thesis topics of 20 PhD scholars approved
Lahore: The Punjab University's Advance Studies and Research Board
(AS&RB) on Wednesday approved thesis topics of 20 PhD scholars of various
departments and institutes of the varsity.
The board also raised
objections to some topics and recommended modifications and corrections. The
board members asked the scholars about rational and methodology of their study
areas, and recommended various improvements in methodology, universe of the
research and proposed time periods.
The board's meeting was held under
the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran in the committee room
while Registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan and other officials were also
present. In the second session after studying reports on two PhD theses, the
board recommended awarding degrees to the research scholars in the light of
suggestions and recommendations by their examiners.
Those PhD scholars
whose thesis topics were approved include Masha Maqbool of Clinical Psychology
Department, Muzna Zahur, Muhammad Younas Khan, Muhammad Qasim and
Atteeq-ur-Rehman of Molecular Biology Department, Asad Shabbir of Mycology and
Plant Pathology Department, Sher Muhammad Sherawat of Zoology Department, Ashraf
Hussain of Environmental Science Department, Bushra Haider of Physics
Department, Muhammad Samiullah and Naseem Mahmood of Islamic Studies Department,
Syed Ali Raza of Kashmiryat Department, Rafya Tahir and Mamoona Khan of College
of Art & Design, Qamar Fatima of Political Science Department, Muhammad
Nadeem Iqbal of Special Education Department, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Shabbir
Ali, Muhammad Rauf and Abdus Sattar of Education Department. The News
35 students trained in archaeological skills
Taxila: Experts from the Federal Department of Archaeology and
Museums have imparted training in excavation, exploration and preservation to a
batch of 35 students from the Peshawar University.
officials, the experts including Project Director Mohammad Bahadur Khan and
Assistant Curator Abdul Ghaffor Lone taught the students the basic techniques of
identification of cultural material, stratigraphy and archaeological
investigation during the week-long session at the ancient Buddhist Monastic
Complex, locally known as Jinna Wali Dheri, some 15km from Taxila
The students, both male and female, were also trained in drawing
and conservation methods adopted for the preservation and restoration of ancient
Earlier, other students from the University of the Punjab, Lahore,
and University of Peshawar also underwent a comprehensive training programme at
It may be mentioned here that the Buddhist site has its own
significance in the field of archeological and the Buddhist history of Pakistan,
especially the Taxila Valley civilisation.
The site measuring 500 X 400
metres was a big complex of religious activities. A fair quantity of minor
antiquities, like coins of the Kushan dynasty, including Kanishka, Vasudeva,
Kidara Kushans and one silver coin of the White Huns; glass and shell bangles;
stone and terra-cotta beads; earthenware storage jars, bowls and small spouted
pots; metal objects consisting of large copper bells, iron arrowheads, fragments
of daggers and spear heads and nails; stucco heads of Buddha and Bodhisattva had
been excavated from the stupa area.
The most remarkable discovery from
Jinna Wali Dheri was the Buddhist mural painting, which most likely depicted
Lord Buddha surrounded by his followers.
In the past, excavators
discovered paintings of Gandhara civilisation in China and Central Asian states,
but this recent discovery was the first of its kind in Pakistan.
type of mural painting has yet not been discovered in any other Buddhist
sanctuary of Gandhara. Due to this unique discovery, now it is very clear that
the mural paintings discovered at sites in Afghanistan, China and Central Asia
belonging to the 5th-6th century originated from the soil of
Further excavation of the site may reveal more information
about this important medium of the Buddhist art of Gandhara.
view the importance of this site, the US government through the cultural wing of
its embassy in Islamabad has approved a $31,000 grant for the restoration,
conservation, preservation and publication of the site.
restoration and provision of tourists facilities at the site is in progress
since 2000 and is nearing completion. Recently, the main stupa of the monastery
was successfully exposed and its conservation is in progress. Dawn
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