Allama Iqbal Open University Postgraduate examinations

AIOU announced Postgraduate final examinations schedule
Islamabad, Nov 27: Final Exams of all postgraduate Programmes of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) for the Semester Spring will commence from December 08 across the country simultaneously.

This was announced by controller of Exams AIOU Hafeez-Ullah here Thursday. Roll No slips have been dispatched to all the eligible and enrolled students at their given addresses by Postal Mail Service.

All those students who will not receive their Roll No.Slips upto 5th December,2009 are advised to contact with the nearest regional office of the University. As well as downloading facility of roll no slips are also available on Website of the university.

However, students have to produce CNIC issue by NADRA or any other valid document having a photogragh for entry in the examination centers using web based roll no slips. This direction is issued due to prevailing security scenario for everybody's safety.

All students are also advised in their own interests to read the instructions mentioned on roll no,slip carefully before entering into the examination center.

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76 percent people prefer writing letters in Urdu
Peshawar: A recent Gilani Poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan shows that more than two third of all Pakistanis (76%) prefer writing letters to their near and dear ones in Urdu, 8% prefer writing in English and 3 per cent write letters in Sindhi.

The remaining 13 per cent use some other language or do not write letters or gave no response. The letter writers include those who get them written by others.

The poll was conducted among a sample of 2789 men and women from rural and urban areas of all four provinces during November 2009. Error margin is estimate is estimated to be approximately 2-3 per cent at 95 per cent confidence level.

A nationally representative sample of men and women were asked," if you write a letter to your friends, do you write it in English or Urdu?" Majority (76 %) said they write it in Urdu.

Findings of the survey reveal no significant difference in opinion across various demographics, except linguistic groups. The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistani, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. APP

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Penetration of broadband internet very slow
Islamabad: Participants at a discussion on Thursday said the government's broadband policy approved in 2004 envisaging wider penetration of "always on" internet connectivity with a minimum download speed of 128 kbps was in fact 'very slow'.

Sustainable Development Policy Institute's Study Group on Information Technology and Telecommunication in its meeting discussed the problems that hindered broadband growth in Pakistan. The speaker said with significant increase in tele-density, mobile coverage and infrastructure development and sharing, it was thought that there would have been speedier penetration of broadband, but "unfortunately these expectations have not been met." There were about 500 million broadband subscribers in the world growing annually at the rate of 17 per cent.

In Pakistan, there were about 485, 000 subscribers, which, in term of density, was only 0.26 per cent. Because of the vast infrastructure inherited by PTCL, it had the largest number of subscribers.

The discussants believed that since a major portion of the infrastructure was owned by the PTCL, which was reluctant to share it with other service providers, therefore they had to build their own infrastructure, which was an 'immense' waste of national resources. Neither the Ministry of IT and Telecom had provided any policy guidelines nor had the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) been able to break PTCL's monopoly, which was harming other operators, the speakers said.

"Although PTA had constituted broadband stakeholders group to facilitate solution to the problems that hindered rapid expansion of broadband subscribers' base but, unless Ministry of IT played an effective role and the PTA is made stronger and fully autonomous, broadband penetration in Pakistan is likely to be slow," said one of the key speakers. Dawn

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PAL awarded given to BB
Islamabad: The slain leader Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and a Swedish poet, Peter Curman, were conferred the first ever Quaid-i-Awam International Award for Democracy 2008, and Quad-i-Azam International Award for Literature 2008 respectively.

Pakistan Academy of Letter (PAL) announced the awards at a ceremony here on Thursday in which Presidential Spokesman Farhatullah Babar received the award on behalf of the Bhutto family while Peter Curman himself received his award. Both the award winners were also given prize money of Rs. 2 million each.

Farhatullah Babar read out the written message of President Asif Ali Zardari on this occasion. President Zardari in his message congratulated the PAL and its Chairman Fakhar Zaman for organizing the first ever award distribution ceremony of this kind as well as Peter Curman for being the first ever recipient of the award.

In his message, he said that Peter Curman was a poet of a generation that had seen so much strife and conflict but was not disillusioned and refused to give up hope. He further said that poet was not discouraged by the lost efforts of mankind that seemed to have failed to bear fruit and, like Iqbal, he believed in constant struggle.

He further said that he wished to facilitate all the democracy loving people of Pakistan for the conferment of the award of "Quaid-i-Awam Award for Democracy 2008" on the martyrdom of democracy, Benazir Bhutto. He asked that who could deserve this award more than her, who like her father willingly and knowingly laid down her life for the cause of democracy.

The President in his message said that literature and democracy were two distinctly different areas of human thought and activities but yet there was a thread to connect the both. "Both promote the diversity and plurality as great literature can flourish only in true democracy that is tolerant to the expression of divergent views," he maintained. Chairman PAL Fakhuruzaman said that Benazir Bhutto in 1995 had announced the institution of these two awards while inaugurating the International Conference of Writers but no one knew that she herself would be conferred that award after her assassination.

Peter Curman, the Swedish poet, brought out his first collection of poetry, Obs! Viktigt!, in 1965 and has written more than a dozen books of poetry, criticism and anthologies. He has also published Metdown (1998) described as, "A Novel about Love" and has translated John Lennon's lyrics into Swedish. He is boldly optimistic in the face of the sorrows of his life and love, courage of conviction, and hope are the cardinal points of his poetic faith.

He is also called the poet of peace, as his poetry for peace is not limited to any specific area of the world but is for the entire world. His poetry includes peace and human values and appeals to South Asians, as his poetry reflects the issues of South Asia while using the techniques of western poetry.

Meanwhile Swedish writer and poet Peter Curman on Thursday visited Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology, also known as Heritage Museum. The nation

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Eid gala at Air University
Islamabad: An Eid gala was celebrated Thursday, at the Air University, says a press release. The event was organised by the Cultural Society of the University headed by Ahmareen Farah just to see off the students in a happy mood for Eid holidays.

Zishan Ahmad, the president of the society was there with his camera ready to capture the event. There were free 'mehndi' and bangle stalls. Everyone sang along as Shahmir enthralled the participants by playing guitar.

The active participation of Shazia Akhtar, head Pakistan Studies Department, was highly appreciated. Despite the gloom and depression of last few weeks (after the bomb blast at Islamic University), the activities at Air University campus have once again picked up the momentum.

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No clue to missing VC
Peshawar: The whereabouts of Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel are still shrouded in mystery, as the authorities have failed to trace him despite a passage of 20 days and no group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

The academician was on his way to the university on November 6 when unidentified people picked him up from the Akhurwal area of Darra Adamkhel semi-tribal region.The political authorities and the security forces stationed in the gun-manufacturing Darra town launched a crackdown on Akhurwal tribesmen and suspected elements in the area but failed to locate the abducted vice-chancellor.

So far more than two dozens of the Akhurwal tribal people have been arrested and their properties sealed under the Collective Responsibility Section of the Frontier Crimes Regulations to pressure the tribe locate and recover the senior academician, who went missing from their area.

The political administration has warned of expanding the action against the tribesmen to the settled areas and sealing their property if they did not cooperate with the security forces in the early and safe recovery of the vice-chancellor.

Some officials in the political administration are of the opinion that the vice-chancellor has been shifted to Orakzai Agency, the stronghold of militants, by a particular group, which is waiting for the right time to make demands for the release of the vice-chancellor. The news

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Balochistan university Turbat campus
Turbat: Vice Chancellor University of Balochistan Professor Dr Masoom Yasinzai has said that establishing sub campus of the University in Turbat is part of vision of President Asif Zardari about the province aimed at removing educational backwardness and making minds of the youth fertile about knowledge.

He was addressing inaugural ceremony of Turbat Campus of UoB here Monday. He said annually four thousand students pass out from Mekran division while 1500 girls complete their education from District Kech (Turbat). But only 100 girls hardly have access to University. Chief Minister Nawab Raisani felt this thing and after consultation of his cabinet and efforts got approval of President for setting up University campus here.

He said four subjects would be taught in the first phase while these would be enhanced by including six more subject in March next year. He said examination would be conducted under semester system in the Turbat campus. He said agriculture and fisheries subjects would also be taught at this campus so that agriculture development could get start in the area.He also announced a bus for the campus.

Pro VC Dr Badal Khan, Nazim District Kech Abdul Rauf Rind also spoke on the occasion. They said a new history was being written today as setting up a University was long standing demand of the people which materialized today. PPI

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