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Effects on school children due to advance clocks

Advancing clocks hitting hard the school going kids
Peshawar, Oct 17: The government's decision of delaying the turning back of clock by one month is really hitting hard the school-going kids. It is not very pleasant to see kids waiting for their school vans in dark and shivering with cold (weather in Abbottabad and its surrounding has become chilly) due to this decision. We do not need electricity at the cost of miseries of our children. So please turn back the clock as soon as possible. I hope other concerned parents would also join me in making this demand.Abbottabad. The news

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Sports activities to be restarted in NWFP schools
Peshawar: The public sector educational institutions in NWFP would hold the sports activities after four-year of break to inspire students and strengthen the nursery of the youngsters, said sources. The sports contests could not take place after the 2005 devastating earthquake and in the flowing three-year; it was not possible to assemble students for the sport due to continued terrorists' activities.

Sources in education department said on Thurs-day that the Executive District Officers (education) met with the officials concerned in Peshawar a few days back and it was decided that the sports activities would be resumed by the schools managements this year. They were told that they were no longer in position to keep the students of the educational institutions away from the sports, said the sources, adding that putting aside the speculations that there would no sport activities this year.

The sources said that all preliminary discussions and planning have been completed and the expenditures would be made from the sports fund by each education institutions. However, they were warned that the scout fund should only be used in the scout activities and it was made compulsory for all educational institutions that they have to participate in scout this year. The sources said that some of the principals and headmasters were hesitating to hold the games, saying that God forbids but if any untoward incident occurred what they would say to their parents. "I was not in favour of games because the time of the students had already wasted when the educational institutions were closed down before the summer holidays due in influx of the internally displaced persons from Swat and Buner," said a headmaster.

However, the sources said that special security measures would be taken and the general secretary of sports at each Tehsil level and head of the institution have to inform the nearest police station about their activities. The sources said that officials told to the heads of the institutions that alongwith information they should send an official letter to police about their sports activities and the name of the institutions who would contests. The sources said that it has been planned that the activities would be kicked off in the last week of the current month and it would continued till the end of the next month but the district level contests would be completed till November 15.

The lists of the students should be finalised by the Physical Education Teachers till October 25 and that should be handed over to the zonal secretary. The sources said that the literary contests, drama and arts contests are also included in these activities. The EDOs (education) were advised to supervise the activities in their reparative districts.

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PAL published book on Iqbal in Sindhi language
Islamabad: The Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has published a valuable book on National Poet of Pakistan Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal under the project of 'Makers of Pakistani Literature'.

Written by renowned critic and researcher Dr Rafiuddin Hashmi, the Sindhi translation of the book is done by Manzoor Ali Vasreo.

The book carries a comprehensive sketch of the personality and works of Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal.

While introducing the book in a briefing, PAL Chairman Fakhar Zaman said that the book will be a major source to understand our national hero. He said that not a single book on Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal's life and works is available in Sindhi language and PAL is proud to launch this book on Dr. Mohammad Allama Iqbal as the first of its kind in Sindhi language.

Fakhar Zaman further said that the purpose of this project is to get the Urdu readers informed about the works and personalities of major writers in all Pakistani languages.

He said that PAL intends to publish these books in all Pakistani languages as well the book on Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal is the first step.

Commenting on Iqbal's writings, Fakhar Zaman said that progressive point of view of Allama Iqbal needs to be highlighted and focused in the literary and academic sphere.

He stressed the importance of re-discovering and re-interpreting Allama Iqbal's enlightened philosophies in the present frame of reference.

Fakhar Zaman expressed hope that Pakistani literature is enriched great works of great literati that are equivalent to international standards and there is a need to promote such works around the world. He expressed hope that the book on Iqbal will be welcomed by Sindhi readers and will be a reference book for scholars and academics. The news

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Salaries of 15 teachers stopped for being absent
Karak: The newly transferred Executive District Officer (EDO-Education) Asamul Haq has stopped the salaries of 15 teachers on their absence from their official duties during his surprise visits to different schools of the district here on Thursday and warned the teachers to regularize themselves in their duties or face the music.

The EDO along with the Deputy District Officer (DDO-Education) Mansoor Khan Khattak paid surprise visits to government boys high schools Mithakhel, Dabb, Jandri and Shah Saleem, government girls high schools Mumbati Meenakhel and Karak city, government boys middle school Mirzakhel, Teeran Koi, Karak city, Algaddi Sherqi and government girls and boys primary schools Easak Chountra, Easak Khojak, Nawaz Koroona, Gul Hassan Banda, Hukami Banda and Shahzad Banda and found 15 male female teachers absent from their duties and the EDO directed on the spot to stop their salaries.

He informed during the visits that in first phase the absent teachers would be warned and their salaries would be stopped while in second phase the habitul absent teachers would be suspended from their services and asked the teachers to make themselves regular in their duties otherwise strict disciplinary action would be taken against the absent teachers. The EDO resolved that he would not sit in his office but would visit to every school of the district to get first hand information about the urgent problemsbeing faced by the teachers and added that not only he would regularize the teachers but also would resolved their petty nature problems in his school so that he could visit the office for the resolution of his problems.

Asamul Haq asked the teachers to focus on their basic job of teaching to the students to make them good citizen and realize the dream of our Quaid to make Pakistan an educated one. He said that heavy responsibilities have been fallen on the shoulders of the teachers by making the country an educated country to increase its literacy rate up to 87 percent till 2015 according to millennium development goal. The EDO said that there was no room for those teachers who were not performing their duties habitually and urged on them to change their attitude otherwise they would face the disciplanary action. He resolved that strict action would be taken and examplay punishment would be awarded to the teachers who were not performing their duties.

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