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Mr Zaidi : New BSEK chairman
Karachi, May 19: Syed Anzar Hussain Zaidi took over as chairman of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi on Wednesday.

An official of the BSEK said Mr Zaidi presided over a meeting of the relevant officials and said that the papers of the SSC annual examinations 2011 of the BSEK concluded on May 16. Now the evaluation of the answer scripts would be taken up. app

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Teachers boycott exam
Dadu: Lecturers and professors boycotted examinations for class xi and xii at Degree College Boys Johi on Wednesday in protest against behaviour of external of college Mr Mazhar Loond. After boycott, they also observed hunger strike.

Talking to journalists, Professor Aziz Kingrani, Prof Sain Bux Rind and Prof Hafiz Ghulam Nabi, said that the controller of examinations of Hyderabad board had deputed a junior lecturer Mazhar Loond who until now was a probationer.

They said that the external forced the staff to search students during papers of mathematics and physics. They said that on refusal, Mr Loond misbehaved with the staff.

They demanded of the minister for education to order cancellation of his deputation otherwise the boycott would continue. Dawn

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Moot on biotechnology on Saturday
Karachi: The Pakistan Biotechnology Information Centre (PABIC) is going to organise a one-day seminar on "Application of Modern Biotechnology" on May 21 (Saturday) at 11am at the Latif Ebrahim Jamal (LEJ) National Science Information Centre of the University of Karachi (KU).

The event will also include the launching of ISAAA brief 42 and a press conference in the end of the seminar. Professor Dr Anwar Nasim, Adviser Science, COMSTECH and Director ICCBS Professor Dr M. Iqbal Choudhary along with other experts would brief a press conference just after the seminar at 1pm at the same venue (LEJ National Science Information Centre, KU).

The basic theme of this event, organised by PABIC, situated at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), KU, is to raise awareness about the tremendous potential of biotechnology commercialisation for the sustainable development of the economy of Pakistan.

Professor Dr Anwar Nasim, Adviser Science, COMSTECH, will be the chief guest, while Director ICCBS Professor Dr M. Iqbal Choudhary, Dr Faheem Tahir of National Institute of Health, Islamabad, President Pakistan Biological Safety Association Dr Erum Khan, Dr Qaiser Mahmood Khan of NIBGE and Dr Saifullah Khan of ICCBS will speak on the occasion.

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Facebook case hearing adjourned
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday adjourned until Thursday (today) the hearing of a writ petition seeking ban on a social networking website, Facebook, in Pakistan for allegedly holding a competition of sacrilegious caricatures of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

The court adjourned the hearing as a deputy attorney general did not turn up to represent the government.

Petitioner Muhammad & Ahmed, a public interest litigation company, through its chairman Muhammad Azhar Siddique Advocate, submitted that the website was going to hold objectionable and blasphemous contest under the name of "2nd Annual Draw Muhammad Day, May 20, 2011." The petitioner submitted that the Civil Lines Police Station SHO be directed to register a criminal case under Section 295-C and other relevant provisions of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against the perpetrators for holding of fresh competition.

The petitioner has sought directions for the federal government to stop display of material with respect to blasphemy of any religion or the Holy Prophet (PBUH) on Facebook and all other such websites in Pakistan.

He said the government be directed to establish a permanent authority, with legal status, which would monitor such objectionable activities across the world, so that blasphemy of Holy Prophet, including the holy personalities of all religions, could be stopped. The news

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Tevta Skills Expo to open on 23rd
Lahore: The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority is organising the two-day Tevta Skills Expo 2011 to showcase products made by students at Alhamra Hall from May 23. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is scheduled to inaugurate the event.

In order to select students' products for the exhibition, Tevta organised student skill exhibitions at district and zone levels across the province. Some 500 students from 30 government colleges of technology presented 400 projects, 1,400 from 315 vocational training institutes exhibited 1,300 projects, 85 students from 13 service centres presented 100 projects and 50 apprentices from five apprenticeship training centres displayed 60 projects at district and zone levels skill expos.

District and zone committees consisting of teachers and experts evaluated students' products and selected 1,310 projects and models prepared by 1,305 students belonging to 259 Tevta institutes across the province. These projects and models would be displayed at the Tevta Skills Expo-2011. Dawn

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Seerat moot at PU ends
Lahore: A Two-Day national Seerat Conference titled "Aman-e-Aalam Aur Uswa-e-Hasna, Asri Tahayydat-o-Masail," organized by the Department of Islamic Studies, concluded here at PU New Campus on Wednesday.

A press release said senior scholars, directors and literary personalities from around the country presented their key papers during the conference.

Dr Dost Muhammad, Dr Ehsan-ul-Haq, Dr Sanaullah Bhutto, Dr Ashraf Shaheen, Dr Baqar Khan Khakwani, Dr Noor-ud-Din Jami, Dr Abdul Quddus, Dr Abdul Rauf Zafar, Dr Mumtaz Ahmad Salik, Dr Ghulam Ali Khan, Dr M Hammad Lakhvi, Dr M Saad Siddiqui, Dr Ishtiaq Gondal, Prof M Azmat, Prof Mian Akram, senior columnist Haroon-ur-Rashid, Haroon Kokan from Turkey and Dr Akhtar from Jamia Millia Delhi presented their papers on the occasion.

All the papers presented in the conference will be published in a special issue of Department's research journal "Al-Qalam." The news

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IUB VC presented research report
Ahmed Pur East: Faculty member of the Geography Department, Islamia University Bahawalpur Dr Muhammad Mushahid Anwar called on Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar and presented a report about his research visit to the Canadian Universities.

He also presented his letter of appointment as Adjunct Professor for five years by the Thompson Rivers University. The VC felicitated him on achieving the fellowship of the Commonwealth Universities Association. The nation

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Allowing extra time to ex-DD Colleges' niece
Kasur: Female candidates appearing in the FSc annual examination staged a demonstration against the superintendent for giving extra 20 minutes to a relative of former Deputy Director Colleges Sheikh Zahid.

The protesting candidates said that Surraya Shirazi, superintendent at Government Degree College for Women Centre-A, had given extra 20 minutes to Sheeza Rauf, niece of former Deputy Director Colleges Sheikh Zahid. They alleged that Sheeza's father Sheikh Rauf Ahmed was a friend of Lahore BISE Secretary Tahir Mushtaq. They also alleged that Superintendent Surraya Shirazi was the neighbour of former DD Colleges Sheikh Zahid and she was appointed the superintendent on his recommendation. They said that the centre staff had snatched their papers five minutes before the stipulated time.

They also chanted slogans against the examination staff. They demanded Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the education secretary and the DCO look into the matter and take action against the superintendent and other staff for favouring a candidate. Later on the assurance of Deputy Director Prof Zafarullah Bhatti that action would be taken against responsible people, the candidates dispersed. The news

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