Punjab matric examination 2010

BISE finalized all arrangements for Matric exams
Lahore, March 13: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, has finalized all arrangements for the annual secondary school examination-2010 to be commenced from Saturday.

The Board's Controller Examination Manzoor-ul-Hassan Niazi said that a total of 211,866 candidates of 10th class and 230,684 of 9th class are appearing in the examination.

The BISE established a total of 801 examination centres in its affiliated districts including 112 at Kasur, 91 at Okara, 72 at Nankan Sahib, 86 at Sheikhupura and 440 at Lahore. He said that role number slips of the regular candidate have been sent to the heads of their respective schools and of the private candidate have been posted to the addresses mentioned in their admission forms.

To a question, he said that effective measures have been put in order to check booti mafia, citing, the teams of Mobile Inspectors, Distributing Inspectors, Resident Inspectors and Chairman's Special Squad would check the centres and the entire examination process to ensure transparency and present their reports to the BISE chairman on daily basis.

Niazi said that a Control Room has also been set up in the Board office to address the complaints of the candidates as well as the examination staff. Control Room's contact numbers are 042-99200033-4, 99800192-97.

Following is the detail for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) s Annual Examination-2010 of other BISEs in Punjab: 200 centre and 65,000 candidate at BISE Bahawalpur; 144 centre and 50,000 candidates at BISE D.G.Khan; 483 centres and 124,600 candidates at BISE Faisalabad; 665 centres and 170,000 candidates at BISE Gujranwala; 459 centres and 113,330 at BISE Multan; 362 centres and 114,900 candidates at BISE Rawalpindi; and 235 centres and 70,000 candidates at BISE Sargodha. APP

Security for matric exams
Lahore: The Punjab home department on Friday asked for foolproof security arrangements in and around the centres for matriculation examination starting from Saturday (today).

In a letter to all the police and district administration officials concerned, the home department asked them to impose Section 144 at the centres, disallowing entry of unauthorised persons within 200 metres of the premises.

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Wails and woes of nurses
Muzaffargarh: Students getting training in a nursing school attached with the DHQ Hospital in Muzaffargarh have many complaints against the hostel and the hospital administration.

Most of trainee nurses are suffering from tuberculosis, typhoid, scabies and other diseases because of the unhygienic conditions of the hostel which, they claim, is not worth-living.

Zoya Naeem, a third-year student, said that dozens of trainee nurses were patients of TB, typhoid and other diseases, and many of them have undergone appendicitis operations.

She said the 240 students had only four washrooms in the girls' hostel which were in the utter state of dirtiness.

She said several students were suffering from scabies and other diseases, but the hospital administration never bothered to take action against the officials responsible for maintaining hygiene.

Zoya, who is herself a TB patient, said that she contracted the disease after she took residence in the hostel and, on the advice of the doctor, she moved to her home.

She said her parents later got her admitted to the DHQ Hospital, but the hospital administration refused to provide free medicines to her claiming that such a facility was only available to indoor patients.

Zoya said six students had contracted TB, some kidney diseases and scabies, and a dozen had to undergo appendicitis operation last year.

Six nurses who came to see Zoya said their hostel was the dirtiest place where no regular cleanliness was carried out. They alleged that high-ups hardly paid any visit to the hostel.

They said the administration provided them Rs6,500 scholarship per month, but the nursing school principal charged Rs1,650 per month from them as mess expenses.

They further alleged that the administration deducted Rs240 per day from their scholarship amount in case of one day leave, even on account of illness.

"Officials threaten them that practical numbers will not be given to them if they lodge any complaint against them. They also take expenditures from them during their training visit to hospitals in Lahore or other cities", they alleged. They said the DHQ Hospital had only one nursing patient room which remained jam-packed with students.

Medical Superintendent Malik Ashiq Husain said that TB was a common disease because most of students belonged to the poor strata of society.

He said that nursing school principal Mussarat came to the hostel from Multan only once a week and that she had handed over the charge to vice-principal Tahira for the rest of the days.

Mr Hussain said that he had checked the food of the hostel mess last month and found it below standard. Dawn

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Seminar organised at PU
Lahore: Punjab University's Department of History, in collaboration with Pakistan Study Center, organised a seminar "Restructuring Afghanistan" on Friday.

Carmela Conroy, Consul General, US Consulate, Lahore and Prof Dr S Qalb-i-Abid, Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities were the speakers.

Carmela Conroy shared her experience of American plans of restructuring Afghanistan. According to her, reconstruction in Afghanistan under the US and NATO was making an impact on Afghan society. "More Afghan children are enrolled in schools and women have been availing opportunities to work outside their homes", she added.

She conceded that the Bush administration's involvement in Iraq critically hampered these reconstruction efforts, as a large chunk of US money was diverted to Iraq. However, according to her, with the coming of Obama administration, more civilians had been engaged in rebuilding Afghanistan.

She dismissed any comparison of Pakistan with Afghanistan, as according to her, Pakistan was far advanced in population, life expectancy, literacy rate and health facilities.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr S Qalb-i-Abid mentioned that Pakistan faced serious challenges to its existence from very inception, adding it had security threats from within and outside.

"There have been leadership crises; lack of institution-building and constitution-making and then repeated overthrows of civilian governments", he added.

He pointed out that Soviet intervention in Afghanistan had very deep implications for Pakistan, South Asia and the rest of the world. Every national and international actor tried to take advantage of this issue. He further said for 10 years with US and Arab emirates' massive financial help, Gen Zia promoted jihad and so-called Islamisation of Pakistan Army. "Tons of arms and ammunition, training camps with CIA & ISI cooperation functioned with thousands of madrassas providing jihadis from Pakistan to fight against the Soviet Union", he added.

Afghan, Egyptian, Yemenis, Palestinians, Algerians, Uzbeks and Tajiks established deep relations within by Pakistan getting married with local women and then inter-married within their large families.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Mujahid Kamran also spoke while faculty members and students of History, Pakistan Studies, Philosophy and Political Science Departments attended the seminar.

Later, Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has stated that the country can achieve greatness through prudent and productive use of its vast natural and human resources.

According to a press statement, he was addressing the participants of a dinner hosted in honour of the workers of the Pakistan Movement on the conclusion of a two-day exhibition of rare photographs of the movement at PU New Campus on Friday. The PU hoisted the dinner in honour of Pakistan Movement workers to acknowledge their services and contribution to the freedom struggle.

Those who attended the dinner included Tehreek-e-Pakistan Workers Trust Chairman Col Jamshed Ahmad Tareen, Col Amjad Hussain, Syed Justice Aftab Farrukh, Brig. Zafar Iqbal Ch, Sardar Shujauddin Khan, Malik Hamid Sarfarz, Iqbal Khan Sunbal, renowned scholar Muhammad Hanif Shahid, MA Shaida, Malik Muhammad Tufail, Secretary NPT Shahid Rashid, eminent columnist Dr Ajmal Niazi, Allama Asghar Ali Kausar Warriach, Muhammad Musadiq, Registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan and other PU officials. The news

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KC seminar on terrorism
Lahore: Students of the Kinnaird College's (KC) Political Science Department, in collaboration with the Centre for Civic Education, held a seminar on the "Impact of Terrorism on the Youth" as the city was rocked by the twin bombings in RA Bazaar on Friday.

As the city mourned over the deaths of their loved ones, KC students condemned terrorism by presenting short documentaries and presentations, expressing their point of views on the heinous activity.

The seminar was held at the college's Haladia Hall, where renowned singer Abrarul Haq was the chief guest. Beside a large number of students, KC Political Science Department head Saira Malik was also present on the occasion.

The KC political science students presented video clips of different suicide attacks across the country and a documentary was also displayed about the sufferings of the families whose dear ones have been martyred in the rising number of suicide attacks. They also presented a short documentary about Sidra, a student of the International Islamic University, who was martyred last year in a suicide attack on campus. Daily times

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Promotion of education
Lahore: Punjab Minister for Education and Excise & Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman has said the critical issues like terrorism can be dealt in a better way through promotion of education.

Speaking at the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected office-bearers of the Punjab Government Schools Senior Staff Association (PGSSSA) at Government Central Model School, Samanabad, on Friday, he said teachers would have to perform their duties with more commitment and devotion. Earlier, the minister administered the oath of the newly elected office-bearers of the PGSSSA and also inaugurated the website of the association.

PGSSSA Central President Hafiz Abdul Nasir, speaking on the occasion, appreciated various initiatives of the Punjab government for promotion of education including setting up of computer labs in schools, establishment of educational endowment fund, regularisation of teachers and upgrade of posts.

He, however, expressed strong reservations over some initiatives including introduction of English as medium of instruction and Danish School System, saying the government should review these initiatives while keeping in view the ground realities.

The ministr further said the government had taken practical steps to implement the teachers' monetary package introduced by Chief Minister Punjab who had transferred Rs. 536 million to city district governments for the distribution of 1000 prizes at the rate of 50,000 each for the best performing teachers and incentive to the teachers of 20 % selected schools showing best result in examinations.

At the end, Fateha Khani was held for the martyrs of RA Bazaar attack and the participants also prayed for the early recovery of injured.

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ZAB book's edition
Lahore: President Asif Ali Zardari has agreed to be the chief guest at the book launching ceremony of the new edition of 'Maira Pakistan' (My Pakistan), which was authored by the founding PPP Chairman Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on the eve of his death anniversary in on April 4.

The book has been published by the Bhutto Legacy Foundation (BLF), headed by a close family friend of the Bhutto family, Bashir Riaz. The newly published book contains a historic letter written by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on April 22, 1984.

The letter states: 'My Pakistan' is based on constitutional statement submitted before the Lahore High Court (LHC) on March 6, 1978 against the illegal and unconstitutional detention of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in response to the allegations leveled against him by General Ziaul Haq.

The book was first published by Massawat Weekly International London in 1979. However, both the English and Urdu versions of the book were banned by the Zia regime. žMy PakistanÓ actually exposed the brutal atrocities of General Ziaul Haq.

The Bhutto Legacy Research Foundation was formed last year with a view to document the contribution made by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto for the cause of democracy in the country, and to pass it to the young generation. The news

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