Pindi colleges academic blocks construction

Rs 394.1m for new blocks, labs in Pindi colleges
Rawalpindi, Nov 25: The provincial government has allocated Rs 394.1 million for the construction of new academic blocks and establishment of computer and science laboratories in Rawalpindi's seven boys and girls colleges, said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Hanif Abbasi on Tuesday.

During a meeting of the heads of the city's government colleges, Abbasi said efforts were underway to improve education and health facilities in the garrison town with the provincial government providing millions of rupees for the purpose. He said students would avail themselves of facilities of quality education after completion of these projects.

He said Rawalpindi would be made a model district regarding provision of quality education and health facilities, and speedy completion of development schemes was being ensured for the purpose.

The MNA said Rs 53 million was being spent on construction of new additional classrooms and auditorium in Government Degree College for Women, Dhoke Kala Khan, and Rs 4.1 million on construction of new rooms in Government College, B-Block, Satellite Town.

He further said Rs 25 million was spent on construction of a new auditorium in Government Waqarun Nisa Girls College, Tipu Road.

According to him, Rs 14.8 million is being spent on construction of Hashmat Ali Islamia College's new building. He said Rs 45.7 million had been allocated for the construction of Government Degree College for Women, Zafarul Haq Road, and Rs 70 million for the construction of new block in Government Girls College, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Road.

Abbasi said Rs 68.5 million was being spent on construction of 10 rooms and other schemes of Government Degree College for Boys, Satellite Town. He visited the city's various colleges and inspected ongoing construction work there. Daily times

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Students to get discount for public transport
Islamabad: With the efforts of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP), the menace of students climbing on the rooftops of public transport is finally going to be ended, as students would be offered discounts while travelling on public transport.

In this regard, a meeting was held here on Tuesday, which was presided over by Dr. Moeen Masood, SSP Traffic, Islamabad, and attended by vice principles of different colleges, Directors Education, Secretary Islamabad Transport Authority (ITA) and office-bearers of Public Transporters. The meeting thoroughly discussed matter of students climbing on rooftops of buses.

Dr Moeen Masood said, "All stakeholders including parents, office-bearers of public transport and college administrations have to play their due role to get rid of students travelling on rooftops. He said by fixing reasonable fare for students this menace could be controlled, he added.

He said to overcome the menace a close liaison among all stakeholders was the need of hour. To a query, he said fixation of fare was yet to be decided, however, ITP was intended to give maximum relaxation to students, as they were future of Pakistan. He said formal announcement of the fare amount was expected to be announced after EID.

Talking about the meeting's deliberations, he said all matters were thoroughly discussed and all stakeholders were agreed to give maximum relaxation to the students. He said that traffic education campaign was being launched in colleges to create traffic awareness among the students, as they were liable to follow the law. The nation

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Rootsians get commendation certificates
Islamabad: Twelve students of the Roots School System were awarded commendation certificates in different age groups of Commonwealth Essay Contest 2009.

Abdur Rehman, Hadia Iftikhar, Eman Riaz, Neha Omair, Matthew Pinho, Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Ammar, Fatima Shehzad, Hira Noor, Mahnoor Afgan, M. Saud Shahid and Shanzey Yousaf Lodhi have won high commendations and commendation certificates for their essays. The results were released on Tuesday by the Royal Commonwealth Society on their website.

The competition was organised in four age groups, which are called classes. They are: Class A (16-18 year), Class B (14-15 year), Class C (12-13 year) and Class D (under 12 years).

Every year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. Essays pour into the London office of the Royal Commonwealth Society in March every year. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the competition has been running for over 100 years and is firmly established as a highly regarded and popular international education project. With young people writing from all Commonwealth countries and territories, the competition enjoys much esteem and support throughout the Commonwealth. When essays were registered, they were distributed to twenty-four examiners for judging. The Commonwealth Essay Competition may be an agent for local and international social change, as it encourages literacy and reflective thought.

The competition offers young children the opportunity to make their voice heard on a global platform and encourages students to engage with issues, which are important to them.

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Book on Rumi published
Islamabad: An informative book on Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi has been published. Written about 75 year ago by a religious scholar Mir Waliullah of Abbottabad, this 529-page book is titled as 'Masnavi Maulana Rum Ka Mutala.' It vividly highlights philosophical thoughts and sufis' teachings of noted poet in simple Urdu. Both translation and comments book as a noble venture in the realm of literature.

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Education, health officials asked to join duties
Ghallanai: The political administration on Tuesday asked the staff of the Education and Health Departments to resume their duties within a week in their respective places or else resign.

Addressing a joint meeting of teachers and staff members of Health Department, who were called to Ghallanai to apprise them of the government decision, Assistant Political Agent Roshan Khan Mahsud told the participants that they must resume their duties in the areas where the operation had ended till December 1.

He said the employees who did not want to return to work should tender resignation paving the way for appointment of fresh staff, warning that services of those defying the orders would be terminated forthwith. "We have firmly decided to reopen all the educational institutions and health centres to facilitate the people," he said.

The official said that Pandyalai tehsil, Parang Ghar, Tarakzai, Halimzai, Khwezai, Anbar and Safi tehsil had been cleared in the operation and now there was no justification for dereliction of duty.

Officials of Education Department and leaders of teacher community also spoke on the occasion and put forward some demands. The news

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