KU MBBS, BDS exams | SU postpones exams | SSUET report

2nd Pro BDS suppl exam forms from May 20
Karachi, May 19, 2008: The University of Karachi has notified the candidates of all Medical Colleges affiliated with the University of Karachi that the examination forms and fees for the Second Professional B.D.S supplementary examination will be accepted from May 20 to May 30.

KU revises MBBS (B) 1st pro suppl exam: The University of Karachi announced on Sunday the revised programme of the first professional MBBS (Part-B) supplementary examinations 2008. According to a notification issued on Sunday, the papers will be taken on the following dates, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Psychology Department. The paper of Anatomy-II will be held on May 26, Physiology-II on May 28 and Biochemistry-II May 31, the handout stated. ppi

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Sindh University postpones exams
Hyderabad: Sindh University has postponed its first semester examinations for an indefinite period which were scheduled to be resumed from May 19.

This was decided by deans of faculties and other departments concerned at a high level meeting, presided over by acting vice-chancellor Dr Rafia Ahmed Shaikh on Saturday.

The meeting discussed the outcome of the meeting with DIG Police Hyderabad and parents of Abdul Nabi Brohi student of BS-III sociology who was murdered three days back.

The registrar of the university informed the meeting that DIG had assured that the people involved in the case would be arrested soon while the parents of the deceased student had demanded arrest of culprits without delay.

The meeting was informed that parents of the deceased had met Sindh University authorities on Friday and discussed the matter regarding arrest of culprits involved in the murder.

Keeping in view the prevailing situation on the campus and slow progress in the arrest of culprits as well as threats being received from different quarters, it was decided to postpone semester examination to avoid any untoward incident.

The meeting decided that new date for holding of semester examinations will be announced shortly while faculty members and staff of the teaching departments would be on their duties as usual.

Meanwhile the University authorities have decided to close the main gate of Boys Hostel at 12.00 night and taken measures to start checking at all entry points of the Campus as well as residential Colony of the University.

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Chandka Medical College may get varsity status
Larkana: Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said on Saturday that Ms Benazir Bhutto had wanted to convert the Chandka Medical College (CMC) into a fully-fledged medical university.

He asked the principal of the CMC Larkana to send a summery in this regard so that a bill could be tabled in the Sindh Assembly before the budget session.

He was speaking at a ceremony held here to mark the World Hypertension Day.Earlier a walk was held from the department of cardiology of CMC to create awareness among the masses about the hypertension.Senior professors, medical officers, paramedics and people from different walks of life participated in the walk.

Mr Khuhro urged upon the heads of education and health institutions to realise their responsibilities.

He inaugurated the Larkana Blood Bank near CMC Bridge Larkana and advised philanthropists to come forward and support the blood bank.

He announced an amount of Rs50,000 for the blood bank and stressed upon the need of joint efforts of government and civil society to work for the welfare of the masses. Dawn

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SSUET issues report on Karachi rainy season
Karachi: The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) has prepared a report on 'Rains in Karachi: Impact on civic services - some problem and solutions' in which it has urged that there is a need to immediately undertake and prepare a storm water drainage master plan.

A Disaster Relief Plan Cell was set up at the Institute of Human Settlements and Environment at SSUET. According to S.A.A. Kazmi, a geophysicist consultant for SSUET, Karachi falls in the skip zone and it is difficult to thus predict its rainfall. However, the city receives nearly 100 mm to 150 mm of rain on average per annum. Sometimes there is gap in yearly rainfall but an individual storm can be of considerable intensity. Also, 150 mm of rain per hour, falling for a continuous period of 8 to 10 hours can cause severe flooding, resulting in loss of life and property.

A drainage system of mainly 61 manmade and natural drains across Karachi has been neglected for many years; this has resulted in flooding during the rainy season as many of these drains have narrowed down due to build-up.

Re-silting and the cleaning of all drains by the CDGK and town municipal authorities have to become a continuous process.

The construction of dams and reservoirs outside urban areas for flood control and storage of water for irrigation and rainwater harvesting are key points in the report. The banks of nullahs need to be strengthened, the rehabilitation of worn out damaged drains needs to be carried out and the outfall structures re-modeled to permit the flow of rainwater disposal.

The report also claims that the most strategic and sensitive pumping station is located a Dhabeji, which supplies 80 percent of the bulk water supply to Karachi. It is situated 1.5 km from the coastline, making it vulnerable in the event of a cyclone or a tsunami. There are also other KWSB installations close to the sea, putting Karachi's water supply under threat of natural disasters.

With power shortages, the water supply is affected, causing a shortfall of 30 to 40 mgd. This is creating issues, especially in katchi abaadis, as they do not have proper water storage facilities. The report suggests alternate routes for a bulk water supply and suggests that all stations be provided stand-by generators.

The sewerage system of Karachi is equally comprehensive; this includes a system of trunk, sub-trunk, secondary sewers, lateral pumping stations and sewerage treatment plants. The problem arises when manhole covers are removed to drain rainwater. The sewers then become overloaded as rainwater carries in with it silt and debris. The sewers, which were laid a long time back, have deteriorated, proper maintenance was never carried out and many have collapsed. Power failures at sewage pumping stations cause a back flow, this results in an overflow from manholes, adding to the flooding. The report suggests that dewatering equipment and sewer-cleaning machines such as jetting and suction devices could be introduced and retrofitting projects be undertaken.

On June 27, 2006, 104 billboards came down during the monsoon, taking seven lives with them. It was recorded that the windstorm was at a speed of 60 nautical miles. The report suggests that billboards be redesigned to withstand harsh weather and also be placed away from pedestrian passages, utilities and should not obscure visibility. Billboards should only be granted permission if regulation and periodic maintenances are being met, to ensure safety and protection of life and this can be achieved by following international standards that regulate the uniformity in putting up and maintenance of billboards.

In the past two years there have been numerous cases of death by electrocution, caused by snapped wires. It suggests that KESC should prioritize the improvement of the physical conditions of HT and LT, PMTs, sub-stations, cables and wires to prevent more deaths. KESC is considering the possibility of earthing and grounding wires.

The report claims that the current city nazim of CDGK has taken a keen interest and is making dedicated efforts to minimize the intensity of problems during hazardous situations. He has provided the necessary institutional set-up by creating the post of executive district officer (EDO) municipal services and has also created emergency response centres.

The CDGK and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board intend to undertake an in-depth study on disaster mitigation as well. The Asian Development Bank under the mega-city project is funding the study. In January 2005, the CDGK prepared a report on identifying different types of disasters, natural or manmade. The report also contains information on different departments, their roles and functions before, during and after a disaster.

It is virtually impossible to achieve a 100 percent disaster-safe system, it is important for both the public and private sector to be capable of resolving the problem in the shortest possible span of time, both before and after the impact of a hazard, the report stated. Daily Times

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