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Schools security following Marriott blast

Are you being watched?: Schools increase security following Marriott blast
Lahore, Sep 24: Private educational institutes around the city have increased their security measures following the blast at the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, learnt on Sunday.

The administrations of various private schools said that they have increased their security, adding, however, that they did not intend to shut down any schools.

Numerous educational institutes have, however, closed certain gates and demand that the students show their identity cards to enter the premises. The educational institutes, especially the elite private schools, have become more concerned since they heard a rumour that all American schools have closed because of security threats.

Earlier, there were a lot of phoned-in bomb hoaxes at numerous institutes like the APWA College, International School of Choueifat, Lahore Grammar School (LGS), Beaconhouse Defence, the National College of Arts, the Punjab University Institute of Art and Design and the Divisional Public School Township. All institutes tightened their security measures following these incidents, a practice they have been forced to continue following the Islamabad blast.

Two suicide blasts have previously occurred in the city near schools, one at the Naval War College opposite Aitchison College, Lahore and the other in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) building, which was located near Saint Anthony's High School and Sacred Heart. Several students were injured in the FIA blast.

On Monday, a rumour spread across the city that all American and elite private administrations were planning to shut down their schools for security reasons, but they informed that they were only increasing security measures, adding that they did not intend to close the schools.

American International School System (AISS): Sources at the AISS said that the school's administration was concerned about terrorist activities following the Islamabad blast, but added that they had already taken measures to increase security so they would not have to close the school.

Lahore Grammar School (LGS): An administrative official at LGS said that all LGS administrations have already installed closed circuit cameras at all LGS branches. They added that they have also increased the number of security guards on duty at each branch.

Beaconhouse School System (BSS): BSS Media Adviser Ali Tabraiz Bukhari said that the BSS would not be closing any branches, adding that it was satisfied with the security measures that it has already taken.

Salamat School System (SSS): SSS Administrator Sajjad Ahmad said that the administration has banned vehicles from entering their premises, adding that they have also increased the number of security guards.

ACE International School: ACE International School Principal Attia Shah said that she has security guards surrounding their schools, adding that she did not feel as though her school required any closed circuit cameras.

Lahore Lyceum: A faculty member of the school said that parents and teachers fear a terrorist attack, adding that the teachers' parents are also worried given the current condition of the country. She said that she has taken all necessary steps to ensure a safe studying environment.

Saint Anthony's High School: Principal Noel Cyprin said that since some students had gotten injured in the FIA blast, they have taken advanced security measures to prevent any re-occurrences.

The City School: A faculty member of the City School said that students, parents and teachers fear that the wave of terrorism present across the country might move back to the city. She added that fear has really struck in since the Islamabad blast. Increased security measures are being taken to ensure parents of the students' safety while at school, she added.

Lahore Presentation Convent: Lahore Presentation Convent Administrator Akramullah Sheikh said that hidden cameras have been installed around the school premises, adding that they have also increased the amount of security guards present. He added that they are checking all visitors and only allowing entry to students after they have presented their identity cards. Daily Times

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Hailey College directory of 1st MBA batch
Lahore: A directory of the pioneer graduating batch of MBA Insurance and Risk Management session 2005-07 of The Hailey College of Banking and Finance will be launched at the college premises on Wednesday, September 24. College principal Prof Dr Kh Amjad Saeed will later address a press conference to highlight the significance of this qualification being offered by the college, a constituent college of the University of the Punjab, Lahore, according to a press release.Aslam Sabir chairman Lahore insurance industry and other representatives will also speak on the Importance of the MBA program in Insurance and Risk Management to the industry, and its contribution towards accelerating socio-economic outlook of the country and the wellbeing of the people as enshrined in Article 38 of the Constitution of Pakistan. App

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'PU students' safety will be ensured'
Lahore: All possible efforts will be made to protect the lives of Punjab University (PU) students and upgrade the level of education, Governor Salmaan Taseer said on Tuesday. He said this to PU Vice-Chancellor Mujahid Kamran at Governor House. The PU VC informed the governor about the students' curricular activities and apprised him of the ongoing investigations of the police concerning the buried weapons that were recently found on the varsity's grounds. Daily Times

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