Threat of terror attacks on school buses
Terrorists might attack school and college buses
Lahore, Nov 23: Following intelligence reports that terrorists might attack school and
college buses, top educational institutions in the city have deployed security
guards on their buses that pick and drop students.
had warned of attacks on students' buses following the suicide bombing at the
International Islamic University (IIU) in Islamabad last month. The
reports also warned that terrorist might hijack the buses to coerce the
government into fulfilling their demands, such as securing the release of their
colleagues, currently in custody.
Law enforcement sources said the
government had approached all school and college administrations and advised
them to enhance the security of their students, especially those who used
institutions' transport. They said a number of public and private-sector
educational institutions had immediately stepped up security of their students
and deployed guards on their buses and vans.
Kiran, a student of
Government College Gulberg, said that she used to feel insecure while traveling
on her college bus because of the deteriorating law and order in the country,
especially after knowing that terrorists had started targeting students. She
said had college administration had now deployed security guards on all the
college buses, due to which students had now started to feel
Upon contacting, the administrations of key educational
institutions including the Lahore University of Management and Sciences, the
Beaconhouse National University, the Government College of Home Economics (GCHE)
Gulberg, the Punjab University, the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU),
the Kinnaird College (KC) and the Government College University confirmed that
they had beefed up security for their students using the institutions' transport
The GCHE has also deployed guards on all its five buses, while
the KC and the LCWU have deployed their senior and experienced drivers and
conductors on all their buses.
LCWU Chief Proctor Dr Surriya said the
university administration had stepped up security on the campus as well as on
its buses and told the staff concerned to avoid allowing outsiders on board. She
also the junior staff had also been banned from using the buses because they
were solely for students. Daily times
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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif rewarded top scorers
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced that 50
position-holders of various examinations will be sent on a study tour of
educational institutions abroad this year adding two students each from other
provinces will also be included in this programme.
The CM was speaking
at a prize distribution ceremony held to honour position-holders of intermediate
examination of Punjab at the Chief Minister's Secretariat on Sunday.
CM gave away cash prizes of Rs 400,000, Rs 300,000 and Rs 200,000 to students
winning first, second and third positions in the intermediate examination
respectively and a cash prize of Rs 200,000, Rs 150,000 and Rs 100,000 to the
heads of educational institutions. He also announced similar cash prizes for
position holders from Balochistan who are currently visiting Punjab. He also
gave commendatory certificates to position holder students.
specially praised the performance of a position holder student, Laiba Mukhtar,
who is a Thalassemia patient saying she has proved that nothing was impossible
provided one was determined and committed. He also announced that the government
will bear all expenses on medical treatment of the student.
national resources were mercilessly looted under the supervision of former
rulers and problems being currently faced by people such as unemployment,
poverty and ignorance were the result of this loot and plunder.
those who got heavy loans waived with the connivance of a dictator and
misappropriated billions of rupees from Bank of Punjab by appointing their
favourite as its head despite opposition of the State Bank of Pakistan were
responsible for the present sorry state of affairs in the country. He said it
was indeed tragic that those who got loans of billions of rupees written off
were still leading a luxurious life but he was confident that they would have to
pay for their misdeeds.
The CM said on the one hand, the NRO had
weakened the foundations of the country while on the other hand, terrorism,
price hike and corruption was posing serious problems. He said democracy was not
the name of NRO, writing off bank loans and usurping people' rights but it was
aimed at serving people and utilising national resources for the benefit of
He said democracy had been revived after a long struggle but
there was still uncertainty in the country. He said it was unfortunate that
despite being a talented nation and having natural resources we were still
begging from others and were obeying their orders only for a meagre amount of
money. "There is a need to live within our own means instead of looking towards
others," he said.
Shahbaz said prosperity of the country depended on
prosperity of provinces adding misunderstandings between provinces would have to
be removed and equitable distribution of resources would have to be ensured.
He said it was need of the hour that grievances of the people of
Balochistan should be redressed and their rights should be upheld. He said on
behalf of PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif he would like to assure Balochi brethren
that their due rights would be protected and the PML-N would fight for their
cause. The CM said the quota of students of Balochistan in institutions of
professional education in Punjab had been increased adding Punjab government
would provide free educational to Balochi students who have a certificate from
Balochistan government that they cannot bear educational expenses.
Adviser Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Provincial Minister for Education
Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Provincial Minister for Prisons Abdul Ghaffoor, Member
National Assembly Saira Afzal Tarar besides members of national and provincial
assemblies, heads of educational institutions, teachers, parents and columnists
attended the ceremony.
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Govt taking steps for education
Lahore: Renowned singers Shehzad Roy and Jawad Ahmed called on Chief
Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Sunday.
meeting, Shehzad Roy said that after Karachi, the Zindagi Trust would make two
schools in Punjab centres of excellence out of which one would be set up in
Lahore and the other in southern Punjab.
According to a handout, the
chief minister said the Punjab government would extend all-out cooperation to
the singers in their efforts for the promotion of education. He said both the
schools should be of the highest standard. He commended the Zindagi Trust for
the promotion of education and added that the Punjab government was attaching
top priority to the uplift of education sector and revolutionary measures were
being taken for the purpose.
The CM said that in order to provide
quality education to people, Danish Schools were being set up in the far-flung
and backward areas of the province. He said that the schools would not only be
of the highest standard of education but free boarding and lodging facilities
would also be provided to the poor students. He said the Punjab Educational
Endowment Fund had been established for polishing the talent of promising
students. Mrs Shaista Pervez Malik and Schools Secretary Aslam Komboh were also
present. The news
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Private students seek fee exemption
Gujarnwala: The students of private educational institutions have called
upon Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to exempt them from admission and
registration fee for the annual secondary school certificate examination 2010
like regular students.
Speaking at a meeting here on Sunday, Javed,
Usman Naveed, Khalilur Rehman and Mubashar, the students of a private
institution, said their parents were already burdened by heavy fees of their
institutions and other expenditure so they should be exempted from exam and
They called upon the chief minister to immediately
look into their demand because the board had already announced the admission
schedule for private candidates. Dawn
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Civil society demands civil defence training at schools
Lahore: Educationists, security experts and students have demanded the
government restart the National Cadet Corps (NCC) programme and focus on
scouting and civil defense training in schools to better prepare to cope with
the threat of a terrorist attack.
Experts said that awareness programmes
in educational institutions on how to deal with such emergencies would not only
make the students feel more secure, but would also instill a sense of
responsibility to fight terrorists. Schools and educational institutes were
closed across the country after last month's terrorist attack on the
International Islamic University Islamabad, in which at least six students were
killed and several others injured. Most of the schools have re-opened but a
cloud of uncertainty hangs over whether they are adequately secure against any
Teachers and students believe that in addition to
arranging proper security measures for educational institutes, there was a dire
need to equip them with physical training on the pattern of civil defence. They
also believe the NCC programme should be restarted and that girl guides and
scouting training should also be used.
Scouting is presently being
practiced in some government schools, however it is not known to be very
effective and only a handful of students are able to benefit from it. The NCC
programme aims at providing defence and survival training to students who could
voluntarily join the programme. It used to be taught in educational institutes
but was abolished some 10 years back.
Sobia Samreen, deputy head
mistress at the Lady Mclagan Girls High School, said increasing security in and
around institutions was needed, adding that students must also be taught
physical training like girl guides, NCC, scouting, civil defence and first aid
"so that they feel more responsible and secure".
Ahmad, a public school teacher, said scouting could play a vital role in helping
nurture the youths' character, promoting their physical, mental and spiritual
development and making them well-disciplined, useful and good citizens.
Lahore Education Executive District Officer Dr Arshad said his
department was planning to provide training to students on civil defence
patterns, adding that scouting was already being taught in government schools.
Liaqat Bhatti, Civil Defense district officer, said that his
department was giving training to public institute students under its available
He said the training programme included guidelines on how to
avert any possible terrorist attack and how to respond to any emergency
situation. He said the department welcomed private schools to join the training
programme since they were free of cost. Daily times
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Nursery kids need an hour of exercise
Islamabad: Nursery children need an hour of daily physical exercise for their future good
health, says a new study. John Reilly and colleagues at Glasgow University
studied 545 children at 36 nurseries in Glasgow.
The researchers monitored the
children who had the recommended adult level of exercise - 30 minutes, three
times a week, reported the online edition. But this activity was not
enough to affect the children's body mass index (BMI), the researchers
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CPSP Training course
Lahore: College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), Regional
Centre, Lahore, organised a training course on medical education for medical
teachers, which was attended by 30 professors from civil, army and private
medical institutions from across the province. Prof Zafarullah Chaudhry,
President CPSP while addressing the participants, said that medical education
was a backbone of the development of medical profession, adding that CPSP was
offering post-graduation in this field for the last six years.
In this way, the
postgraduates of the medical education will provide facility for the development
of this important department in the medical institutions of the country. He
further said that the standard of training would increase residency programme
and electronic monitoring. Prof Khalid Masood Gondal, Regional Director,
apprised the participants of the steps taken for the development of Regional
Centre, Lahore. The news
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