Corrupt Practices: Raiding team exposes illegal exam centre
Karachi, Mar 27: A special vigilance team of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) caught 30 male and female candidates of class X who were sitting for an exam in an illegal and unauthorised examination centre in Shah Faisal Colony.
On a tip off, the special vigilance team comprising District Officer (Education) Ahmed Nawaz Niazi, Education Officer Abdul Lateef Mughal and a representative of the board, raided Al-Umer Foundation School, which was being used as an examination centre despite the fact that it is not an official exam centre of the BSEK.
The official centre designated by the BSEK for the candidates belonging to the Al-Umer Foundation was the Agro Technical School. "The superintendent and the lower staffers of the designated centre transported the exam material including answer copies, questionnaires, and attendance sheets to the Al-Umer Foundation School," said the inquiry report of the vigilance team. The report discloses that the parents of the 30 candidates, whose Science Group English Compulsory papers were being solved by unauthorised people in collaboration with the school teachers, were also present at the centre.
The report stated that the superintendent and the staff responsible for letting the students of the Al-Umer Foundation sit for their papers in their own school will be suspended. The vigilance team also found an answer copy with serial number 2509209 of BSEK that was left by a candidate who fled the illegal centre when the raid was conducted. In its report, the team recommended that the registration of Al-Umer Foundation should be cancelled immediately. "The candidates should be re-examined for the last two papers," it further said.
When contacted, BSEK Spokesman Imran Tariq, who is also the Assistant Controller of Examination, told this scribe that the board would take strict actions against the elements involved in setting up the illegal exam centre. "The future of the 30 students of Al-Umer Foundation, whether they should be prohibited in sitting for the exams for the next three years or be re-examined, would be decided after consulting the vigilance committee," he added.
73 cases of cheating reported: On Thursday, the vigilance teams of BSEK caught 73 students at different exam centres cheating and recovered unauthorised material in their possession while sitting for their exams. Daily TimesYour Comments
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Teenaged UTP taking Matric exams from Central Prison
Karachi: Sixteen-year-old Nabeel Mirza, an under-trial prisoner, is appearing for matriculation examinations as a private candidate from Central Prison Karachi. He is accused of murdering four members of a family, including the mother and her three children, in December last year in Khawaja Ajmer Nagri.
Mirza is the only teenager from the Central Prison Karachi who is sitting for the exams. On his request, the Prison has been made his examination centre, and the board has also arranged for invigilation at the prison.
Mirza, along with his friend Zubair, had allegedly murdered the woman and her three children in cold blooded act of revenge. Zubair's mother, Shabana, was allegedly involved in an illicit relationship with a man named Jameel, the husband of the deceased woman and father of her children. This relationship enraged Zubair, and resulted in the murder of Jameel's wife and three children.
According to available details, on December 12, 2008, at about 4.00pm, Zubair went to Jameel's house and asked his wife for the keys of the upper portion of the house. When Seema Chachi (as the murderers referred to the murdered woman) asked why he needed the key, he replied that he had forgotten to take his trousers.
Once he received the keys, Zubair went to the upper portion of the house, and called Nabeel upstairs as well. In the meantime, 8-year old Osama also came upstairs chasing Nabeel, and asked him to play with him. Instead, Nabeel immediately tied Osama's hand and stabbed him. Osama's elder sister, 9-year old Saima, also came into the room and upon seeing her brother's dead body, started shouting and asked them what had happened. The boys caught hold of Saima, and killed her.
Having killed two children, the duo locked the upper portion and came downstairs, where they the youngest daughter, four-year-old Ramsha. They took her to another room and slaughtered her as well. The boys then placed a knife on Seema Chachi's neck and told her not to shout, before tying her hands and murdering her.
The accused Zubair further revealed that after committing these crimes, they stole a gold chain, a cell phone, a small generator and a DVD player. They then locked Jameel's house and went back to their respective houses. Zubair informed the investigators that he had kept the gold chain and the cell phone at Nabeel's house, while the generator and the DVD player were lying at the shop of a man named Ali in Sector-5A1. The investigators conducted raids and recovered the robbed property. The News
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Karachi Uiversity exam rescheduled
Karachi: The external registration unit of the Karachi University on Thursday announced the date for the submission of registration forms of MA, double MA and improvement of division.
The forms will be entertained with the original fee of Rs1,800 from March 30 to April 6. Change of subject will be allowed with prescribed fee of Rs400 till April 6.
The university has also announced the date for submission of registration forms of BA, BCom, BOL and BSc improvement of division.
The forms with Rs1,800 fee will be accepted from April 1st to April 13.
Change of subject will be allowed with the prescribed fee of Rs500 till April 13.
The Karachi University has announced that the examinations 2009 of surgery-I paper, BS physiotherapy, third year, which was earlier scheduled to be held on March 18 but was postponed, will now be held on March 28 (Saturday) at the same time and venue. Ppi
BIZTEK seminar calls for direct Senate election
Karachi: Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed has called for the election of the Senate of Pakistan through direct vote, because "the current electoral process had become a sham, in which seats are bought and sold, making it a mockery of justice."
Justice (retd) Ahmed expressed his views on Thursday at a national seminar on "Constitutional Reforms: Back to 1973 Constitution or a New Consensus" at the Institute of Business and Technology (BIZTEK).
Justice (retd) Ahmed, who has earned respect and admiration of the nation by refusing to take oath under Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) in October 1999 and then taking the cause of social justice that included contesting election against General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, was candid in demanding seats for industrial and agricultural labour to gradually break the hold of the feudal lords in the National Assembly.
He suggested that the power should be vested with the Senate and not with the assembly as that could virtually monopolise the hegemony of a big province against the smaller ones, creating a sense of deprivation that could harm the federation. "The President should also be elected through popular votes to keep away the induction of the Presidents who are embarrassment to the nation". He also reminded the audience that autonomy to the provinces was essential for the progress of the country. He criticised the forces who were trying to malign Islam and Muslims for earning goodwill from the west.
Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid agreed with the premise of Justice (retd) Ahmed but wondered how this could be implemented in Pakistan where feudal and industrial lords and bureaucrats have occupied the assemblies for such a long time and the middle class finds it difficult to enter it. "We need social engineers to guide the country to safer path. Politicians are plunderers. They lack vision," he said, castigating mainstream politicians.
Director Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi (KU) Dr Syed Jaffer Ahmed proposed that the 1973 Constitution should not be aborted totally. "The discrepancies and amendments by the military dictators or civilian governments should be removed from the Constitution and new amendments that are advantageous to the people should be added.
Veteran Journalist M.B. Naqvi criticised the government for 'handing over' its economy to the IMF. "We have agreed to their terms and conditions disregarding the disastrous results to our country. Five million working age youth are ready to work every year. But there are no jobs. The rulers need aid for their luxurious lifestyle. They do not care about the people."
Earlier Dean Management and Social Sciences BIZTEK Dr Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, in his welcome address, reminded the audience that the 1956 Constitution was the beginning of the ever widening rift between East and West Pakistan that culminated in the secession of the Eastern wing. "It is rather surprising that the amendments in 1973 Constitution were initiated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto merely a couple of month after its adoption in April 1973".
PAF-KIET revisits groovy '70s
Karachi: The iconoclastic style and fashion of the 1970s was the flavour of a nostalgic evening, and high platform shoes and psychedelic pants shimmered amidst a potpourri of colours, as the student body of Pakistan Air Force-Karachi Institute of Engineering and Technology (PAF-KIET) put together a memorable event on the night of March 22, 2009.
'Retro Hip-Hop 70s' was the theme of the event that was hosted for the commemoration of Pakistan Day, celebrated on March 23. Groovy afros and ascots were in vogue yet again, atleast for the evening, as students thronged to the institute to rekindle the spirit of the 70s. Looka-likes ranged from those of Sharmila Tagore to Dev Anand, as well as those of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, while one was very likely to bump into those sensual and groovy cats of the 70s.
The event was divided into three segments. Various troupes of students demonstrated their acting talents as they performed skits, tableaus and dance performances. The settings and backdrop of these performances were reminiscent of the 70s in its style and splendor.
The second segment saw the immensely popular Karavan band give an electrifying performance much appreciated by those present at the PAF-KIET's City Campus.
The third segment commenced at the stroke of midnight, as the Pakistan flag was unfurled along with the recitation of the National Anthem, and a special performance by the students in honour of the occasion.
Furthermore, a food court was also set-up offering a variety of cuisines ranging from the trendy to the traditional.
A certificate distribution ceremony was also held on the occasion. Midah Najmi was recognised as Miss Campus for her brilliance in academics we well as the Miss Evening Award for her impressive attire that was a manifestation of the 70s fashion. Aarish Ali was given the Mr Campus Award while Mr Evening Award was bagged by Shahzeb Khan.
Air Marshal Azim Daud Pota, a celebrated hero of the 1965 war, was also present at the occasion and appeared to enjoy the proceedings as much as the students.
Commemorative stamp for Habib Public School
Karachi: Pakistan Post is releasing a commemorative postage stamp of Rs5 denomination on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Habib Public School, Karachi, on March 29. The stamp is designed by Aftab Zafar and printed by the Pakistan Security Printing Corporation, Karachi. The News
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PCS exams from April 6
Hyderabad: The Sindh Public Service Commission announced on Thursday that the combined competitive examination 2008 would be held from April 6 to 21.
He clarified that there was no overlapping or clash of dates for CSS examination 2009 being conducted by the Federal Public Service Commission and PCS 2008 being conducted by the SPSC and advised the candidates to contact the SPSC controller of examinations for details. Dawn
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