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Food vendors near Islamabad schools

Food vendors near schools worried parents
Islamabad, Oct 19: The parents of children in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are worried over food vendors near the schools.

They have complained repeatedly to school officials about vendors selling spoiled food to children near the schools.

The vendors station themselves in front of schools when school is out, and sell a number of different types of food. Most of it is unhealthy, and the parents have called for an end to these sales.

A school official claimed that the school administration had contacted the concerned officials many a times about the sale of unhealthy food to children.

"We have complained about the problem, but we have not had any response from them. For our part, we are trying to educate the children so that they do not buy this food. Sami Shah, a resident of I-10 said the students buy food without knowing how substandard it was, where it came from or how it has been prepared.

Khuram, a father said he was afraid that children might catch some disease because of the food, since it was exposed to both sun and dust. "I have forbidden my son from buying from the peddlers," he said. A student Muhammad Khan said that vendors selling foods do not wash their dishes properly and swarms of flies keep hovering over the food items. "Those who sell cut fruit do not cover the fruit properly, which also attracts flies and dust," he added.

A physician, Dr Astori told this agency that the consumption of such eatables was not only dangerous, but poisonous too. There are flies and mosquitoes these days which spread diseases like gastroenteritis, typhoid and cholera," he remarked. When contacted, an official of District Health Office said, "We do take action against such vendors, and if they do not listen to our warnings, their goods are confiscated."

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UoP announced supplementary exam schedule
Peshawar: The Controller of Examinations, University of Peshawar, has notified for the information of all concerned that the schedule for submission of examination forms for B.Com Part I and II Supplementary Examination 2009 has been fixed.

According to details, the examination forms for the said exams can be submitted with normal fee till 31st October, with late fee till 10the November and with double fee till 20the November.

Forms complete in all respects of regular/late college students shall be sent by the principals of the concerned colleges along with a covering letter. Incomplete forms shall not be entertained in any case.

Charging excess fee than prescribed by the college/institution is a cognisable offence and if reported will lead to severe action or de-affiliation. However, the candidates who have failed more than four papers in annual 2009 examination are not eligible for supply 2009 examination. The news

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Speech competition at Bahria College
Rawalpindi: Students of Bahria Foundation College exhibited extraordinary oratorical skills in a speech and Qiraat competition held the other day.

Principal Syeda Aarifa Mohsin appreciated talented students. MPA Raja Hanif was the chief guest. He also awarded prizes to position holders in this competition and medals to winners of International Kangroo Mathematical Test.

Hanif told students to dedicate their efforts to acquire knowledge. APP

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Young children can wear contact lenses
Islamabad: Opposing the conventional wisdom of optometrists that children below the age of 12 cannot use contact lenses.

Myopia, or shortsightedness, begins around age 8. A three-month study of 10 nearsighted children showed nine of them handled daily disposable contact lenses with little trouble, Health News reported. Researchers from the Ohio State University found that many parents don't realise that their 8-year-old child can handle the responsibility of contact lenses, so they don't tend to ask them. But children in this study wore contacts without relying on their parents to put them in and take them out.

The researchers used daily disposable lenses to relieve the children of the need to clean and disinfect lenses. Optometrists don't recommend contact lenses for children younger than 12 because they believe they are not responsible enough to care for them.

But studies have shown 8-year-olds can put them in and out without help from parents. Similar results were seen from larger studies of children of this age who have used other types of contact lenses.

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Students protest Gilgit-Baltistan package
Abbottabad: The Karakoram Students Organisation (KSO) staged protest demonstration against the government's so-called Gilgit-Baltistan package, outside the press club on Sunday.

The protesters were led by Kashif Ali Bonji, Mujahid Ali, Mehr Baz, Manzoor Ahmad, Asmatullah, Akramullah and Tassawar Mehdi.They said before the Gilgit-Baltistan package, the political parties and the Kashmiri leadership was not taken on board. They added that 1.5 million residents of the region were ignored in the announced package.

They said that all the powers were vested in the president while a non-elected person was made chairman in the area. They said the Gilgit-Baltistan legislative council could neither elect chief minister nor governor. They demanded complete autonomy for the area. The news

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