Benazir Bhutto Medical College establishment
Sindh CM announced establishment of Medical College
Quetta Nov 21: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has announced
construction of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College at Dera Murad Jamali on
the request of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani.
Balochistan government has donated a piece of land measuring 300 acres for the
proposed medical College. It was officially announced here Friday. F.P Report
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Colorful event marked Universal Children's Day
Islamabad: Global Peace Pioneers GPP here Saturday organized colorful art event in village
Ternol with the children from various schools and Madrassas to mark Universal
Children's Day. Children presented skits and tableaus highlighting their issues,
right to quality education, expressed feelings and emotions through
To honor the day, representatives of the GPP, highlighted the importance of
protection of child rights and emphasized about the awareness of the rights
On the occasion Hina Iqbal,
Chairperson GPP, said that in Pakistan more than 50 percent of the total
population is child and out of which 70 percent of the children are not
registered at the time of birth, especially girls, refugee children, and
children living in rural areas. She said almost 25 million
child population are not going to school, 10 million children are in child labor
where they are exposed to all types of discrimination ranging from verbal to
Talking to the parents,
teachers and community members, she said that Pakistan is signatory of the
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and obliged to fulfill its
provisions. These are the only segments of society that can play active role in
socializing children according to the convention. Hina Iqbal emphasized the
parents to launch a Child Rights Club at grassroots level where children can
lead themselves to ensure action to promote and protect their rights.
Children pledged to form a citywide child rights club as one mechanism where by they
could work together towards creation of a child safe and friendly city.
This club will enable children to meet together to find ways to increase awareness and
action about children's rights, she added. She urged the to increase
budget allocation for children education and health care that are in serious
disarray as children are the lifeline of the nation.
Universal Children Day was
celebrated across the world with 20th Anniversary of the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20th, to which all
member states of the UN have ratified and Pakistan ratified it in 1990.
The Convention recommended that the day is observed also as activity devoted to
promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the
children of the world. This day is also very
important for all those segments of the society in Pakistan who play a
significant role in the making or breaking the life of the children, whether
they are parents, teachers, peer groups, the government and society.
Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi
Friday organised a film festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the
Convention on the Rights of the Child. The festival was organised by
Department of Communication Sciences while the documentaries were provided by
the UNICEF. The celebration aimed at screening short documentaries highlighting
the significance of realising and promoting child rights.
The main objective
of the festival was to generate awareness regarding children's rights and to
plan future actions through enabling students to act as strong advocates for
child rights in Pakistan. During the festival a Bengali film titled "A Kind of
Childhood" was showed to the students of Communication Sciences, Gender Studies
and Bachelors of Computer Arts. The film entails the life story of a Bengali
child named Idris documenting the complexities of balance and survival in a
unique and personal story of 'Childhood' experience.
The FJWU Radio VOW (FM 96.6
Mhz) also broadcast a special transmission to mark the day. Different reports
and programs based on creating awareness on child rights were also
Meanwhile, speakers at a seminar suggested the government to establish
a Special National Fund (SNF) with the cooperation of industrial and trade
organisations, politicians, chambers, NGOs and philanthropists for the poor
families to relieve their children for education instead of doing labour in
workshops, hotels and other work places.
Pakistan Aman Party (PAP) organised
the seminar on the occasion of 'International Children Day' at Aman House
Peshawar Road here on Friday. Chairman PAP Haji Mohammad Gulzar Awan,
Pakistan Peace Foundation president Pir Mohammad Zahid, Mudassar Munir Paracha
advocate, Shahid Waheed, Ch Khurshid Anwar, Syed Atif Raza and Begum Shaheen
Bashir addressed the seminar.
Speaking on the occasion, Gulzar Awan said
that a large segment of children were deprived of educational facilities while
75 percent had no health facilities. "Most of the labour-bound children have to
feed their families as they have no any alternate for earning bread and butter,"
He said that government should address the compulsions that dragged
the children in doing labour instead of having education.
Meanwhile The Roots School System (RSS) celebrated Universal Children's
Day in all its branches nationwide on Friday. The day was observed as 'day of
sharing' to sensitise children on their basic rights and to share their
experiences with children belonging to rural communities and under privileged
segment of society.
Each branch observed the day in a unique way, but
the objective was 'one' - awareness about rights of children. Children were
invited from rural schools to spend the day with them and children shared their
books, computer programmes and activities with them.
In some schools,
children gave their visitors the title of king and queen and acted out small
skits and role-plays. While in some branches they drew, painted together and
Stories were read out to them. The teachers inculcated the
spirit of sharing among the children.
A key objective of Universal
Children's Day is to increase awareness of the Convention on the Rights of the
Child. Since its adoption by the United Nations, the Convention has been signed
or ratified by more countries than any other international treaty. Over the past
decade, the convention has proven to be a valuable tool for promoting the rights
of children everywhere around the world.
Every branch prepared placards
and white head bands with different slogans - 'Survival is the Basic Right of
Every Child,' 'Health Services is our Right,' 'Every Child in the World has One
Thing in Common - Their Rights,' 'Education is Our Basic Right' and 'Protection
is the Right of All Children' and prepared a large backdrop of 'Child Rights'
with the slogan written on it: 'The Only Way to Build a Better Future is With
Children.' The children presented skits and spoke on child rights as well.
Universal Children's Day is a day to show children that they are valued
members of society, and remind us that they need love and respect to grow to
their full potential. It is an opportunity to increase awareness about the
Convention on the Rights of the Child.
It is a day to listen to
children, to marvel at their uniqueness and all they have to offer. All students
pledged to take care of other children and the adults also pledged to give the
children their full attention for their survival, development, protection and
participation. The news
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Indonesian media team visits IIUI
Islamabad: A three-member media delegation from Indonesia visited the
International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Friday. The team
comprised Yulistiawan from TV One of Indonesia, Muhammad Subarakah from
Republika Media Daily and Daud Fadilah, director, International News Department
The delegation called on Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik, rector
of the university who appraised the delegation about IIUI objectives,
functioning and achievements. He said the university was fully operating
and imparting education in traditional and contemporary fields of knowledge.
He said the university teachers, students and staff members were doing
their best to revive confidence of the public, especially after October 20 bomb
blasts. The Indonesian journalists showed keen interest in the university and
appreciated it for its endeavours. Daily times
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Death anniversary of Faiz observed
Islamabad: Faiz Ahmed Faiz's 25th death anniversary was observed on Friday. He
was one of the most loved poets of Urdu language. He passed away 25 years ago on
Nov 20. He is the most-read poet of Urdu language after Dr Allama Mohammad
Faiz was born on Feb 13, 1911 in Sialkot. He achieved command over
Arabic and Persian languages during his high school education. Faiz did his MA
in English in 1932 from Government College Lahore, and MA in Arabic from
Oriental College. He joined the Army in 1942 and resigned as a Lt-Col in
1947. He remained editor of Daily Pakistan Times for many years. Faiz was a keen
student of various traditions of classical poetry in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi,
Arabic, Persian, and English among others.
Apart from being a great
revolutionary poet, he was a great love poet, and there was no distinction
between the two, love and revolution had become identical in him. Faiz is the
voice of the conscience of the suffering humanity of our times. Faiz's
'Nuskha'a-e Wafa' is one of the most famous poetry books. He wrote Naqsh
Faryadi, Dast-e-Saba, Zindan Nama, Dast Teh-e-Sang, Sir Wadi Sina, Shaam Shahre
Yaran and Mere Dil Merey Musafir.
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Children's bookfair begins at NBF
Islamabad: Reading is essential for the children, as it helps them develop
initiative, originality and character, besides providing varied entertainment
instruction and invaluable experience, said Federal Minister for Education Mir
Hazar Khan Bijarani on Friday.
While addressing the audience on the
occasion of the inauguration of Children Book Fair at National Book Foundation
(NBF), he said that reading enables the children to see possibilities,
alternatives and options that they could not see before.
"A child seeks
meaning in its day-to-day life and wants to unfold the mysteries of the
wonderful world of nature and intricacies of human relations and reading books
lay sound foundation for a better tomorrow," he said while adding that lack of
good children's literature was one of the reasons behind the lack of reading
habits among the children.
While appreciating the efforts of NBF, he
said that NBF is known for its efforts to recreate a link between books and
readers and the inaugural session of this book fair is also a part of their
endeavours. He said that these events will become memorable for children,
helping them believe that reading books is fun and tells them a lot about the
world they live in. The news
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Moot on water conservation held
Islamabad: A seminar titled 'water is life' was organized on Friday in
Federal Government College for Women, G-10/4, to create awareness among masses
about water conservation. The seminar was organized as a part of 60-day campaign
which has been launched by Capital Development Authority and Pakistan Council of
Research and Water Resources during which efforts would be made to create
awareness among masses through poster, banners, electronic media, workshops,
seminars, door to door awareness campaign by students visiting schools, colleges
and universities. Addressing the audience, CDA's DG (Water Management)
emphasized to save water from the domestic level and warned to stop the extra
usage of water.
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WISH Declamation contest
Islamabad: Women Institute of Science and Humanities (WISH) is holding an
inter-collegiate bilingual debate declamation on November 24, at 10. a.m.
Leading writer and Director General of Sustainable Development of Walled
City Lahore Projects (SDWCLP), Orya Maqbool Jan, will be chief guest on the
occasion, said a press release here Thursday. Students from different
Institutions from all the country will participate in the declamation. The news
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