Karachi inter supplementary results 2009

BIEK declares Science General, Pre-Engineering supple results
Karachi, March 12: The results of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Part-II Science General Group and Pre-Engineering Supplementary Examinations 2009, was declared by the Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi (BIEK) on Thursday.

According to Controller of Examinations, BIEK, Prof. Agha Akber Mirza, 420 male candidates appeared in the Science General Supplementary Exams. The total number of those registered was 435 out of which 195 candidates passed the exams and overall pass percentage was 46.43 per cent, he said.

Meanwhile, 356 female candidates were registered out of which 340 appeared, out of which 146 were declared passed. The overall pass percentage was 42.94 per cent, he said.

On the other hand, 5,849 male candidates registered for the Pre-Engineering supplementary examinations and 5,679 appeared, Mirza said. Out of which 2,696 were declared pass and the overall pass percentage was 47.47 per cent, he added.

The total number of female candidates registered was 1,710 while 1,649 appeared in the exams, adding he said that 655 passed the exams. The overall pass percentage was 39.72 per cent.

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FJMC affiliation case hearing adjourned
Lahore: A special division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday adjourned until March 22 the case hearing of a Fatima Jinnah Medical College's affiliation with the University of Health Science.

The court adjourned the hearing at the request of the counsel for the Punjab government as he could not file his reply.

On the last hearing, the LHC had suspended the Punjab government's order under which the FJMC was disaffiliated with the University of the Punjab,linking it to the UHS. The bench comprising Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan ordered the counsel for the Punjab government to file his reply till next date of hearing.

Previously, the court had sought minutes of meetings which decided FJMC's affiliation with the UHS.

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Commonwealth writers prize
Karachi: Pakistani writers in English are the introductory cards that writers of older Pakistani languages sent out to the world.

These views were expressed by noted poetess, political, and social activist Fehmida Riaz. She was speaking as chief guest at the ceremony to honour the winners of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2010 at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Thursday evening.

Ms Riaz said that these writers carried a big responsibility since they had to speak to audiences from the West where highly critical and analytical thinking was the order of the day. She reminded them of the difficulty such a role entailed in the present-day world given the turbulent times we all were living in, what with all the suicide bombings, the crippling ethnic and sectarian strife, the ever-deepening economic depression, and all the killings and mayhem.

It was amid this scenario, she said, that a heavy responsibility devolved on the writers in English to positively project their culture and their heritage, "A writer in English is such a novelty to the West", she remarked.

Pakistan, she said, was a late starter in the field of English writers vis--vis India and the gap had to be filled in, she said. However, she lauded the achievements of Pakistani writers.

The Best First Book Prize (regional) for 2010 was bagged by Danyal Moeenuddin for his work, "Other Rooms, other wonders". The book is set mostly in southern Punjab.

British author, Rana Dasgupta, bagged the award for his "Solo", a book that revolves around the memories and daydreams of Ulrich, a hundred years old blind man in Sofia in Bulgaria.

Noted journalist Muneeza Shamsie, Regional Chairperson of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2010, Committee, said that appreciation of different cultures was imperative to international understanding. She stressed the correlation between literature, art, culture, and architecture. Freedom of thought and expression, she said, was essential to nurturing an intellectually flowering society. She said this while announcing the setting up of the liberal arts department at the school.

Aisha Dar, head of the nascent liberal arts department, said that liberal arts fostered creativity, creative thinking, effective communication, strength of character, and a spirit of enquiry.

Muhammad Hanif, the first-ever Pakistani winner of the Commonwealth Prize in 2009, for his book, "A Case of Exploding Mangoes", read portions from his book, including the one recounting the first meeting of General Ziaul Haq's first cabinet meeting after clamping of martial law in 1977.

The portion was punctuated with highly witty and humorous remarks and quips and gave a humorous twist to an otherwise somber subject.

Noted television personality, Nimra Bucha, read passages from Danyal Moeenuddin's book, "Other Rooms, Other Wonders". It was a good presentation with Ms Bucha's crisp accent, well-modulated voice, and effective cadences.

Another TV celebrity, Talat Hussain, read passages from "Solo" by British prize winner, Rana Dasgupta. Talat's well-modulated voice, conforming to the rules of theatrics, gave a poignant colour to the passage he read. The programme was compered by noted TV talk show host, Ayesha (Tammy) Haq.

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Students visit SHC
Karachi: A delegation of around hundred class VIII students from Dawood Public School visited the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday as a part of their study tour. The delegation, which was also accompanied by teachers, was guided by the court's staff on the directive of the Registrar SHC.

The students experienced the court room environment and, for the first time in their lives, witnessed the courtroom proceedings. They saw the judges giving orders, lawyers presenting cases and the audience witnessing the proceedings.

The delegation was also taken to the record room and the correspondence room from where court orders are sent and received. They were also given a briefing by secretary services to the Registrar, Sadaqat Ali Shah, about the court procedures as well as the importance of law, values and mutual respect in the society.

The students were highly impressed and interested in the court's procedures and asked several questions, during the visit, to know more about the legal system and the court's work method. The students said that it was once-in-a-lifetime experience for them as it was rare to get any opportunity to visit a place like the SHC.

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Disable student admission
Karachi: Ten-year-old Shiraz was disabled for life after his legs were auto-imputed in February 2006, because a callous industrialist had dumped toxic waste in plots no. F-620 and F-621 in the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE). He was finally admitted on Wednesday at The Lee Rosary Secondary Public School in Metroville, SITE.

The dumping of toxic waste claimed the life of another child, Iftikhar (aged eight or nine), while Shiraz was disabled for life as a result of deadly chemicals thrown on these plots. As many as 20 children in total were burnt by the chemicals.

The incident brought furore in the media, prompting local activists, Noor-ur-Rehman and Nawab Ali, to establish an "action committee" against heinous crime and the dumping of toxic waste in the area. The committee led to the formation of a small NGO - Society for Safe and Healthy Environment. The "action committee" filed a petition in court; and Faisal Siddiqui advocate fought the case pro bono and emerged victorious.

On July 26, 2006, a divisional bench of the Sindh High Court, comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Nadeem Azher Siddiqi, ordered that industrial waste should not be dumped in plots no. F-620 and F-621 in SITE - Pakistan's largest industrial estate.

Prior to the accident, Shiraz was studying in Class-I at the Gover ic surgery at the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK).

On Thursday, a jubilant Shiraz said that he was very happy about getting admission at a school. He added that he wanted to become a computer engineer. "I did not go to school on Thursday because I went to court. The judge asked me what happened to me and I said I was playing cricket and went to the dump to fetch the ball and got burnt," he said.

Though the court has ordered that toxic and industrial waste should only be dumped in filling sites meant for this purpose, unscrupulous industrialists continue to dump it unabashedly in open plots.

Five children - Umar, Zulfiqar, Mazhar, Abid Ali and Niaz Mohammad - were burnt in Mansehra Colony, Landhi, recently where some industrial units had dumped industrial waste in an open plot despite specific court orders that such material should be dumped in filling sites only. The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency has also come under fire because it has failed to halt such practices. The news

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