Swat students' conundrum
Swat, Sep 01: The board of intermediate and secondary education (BISE) Malakand covers the districts of Malakand, Dir Lower, Dir Upper, Bajaur Agency and Chitral. Thousands of students appeared in the FA/FSc exams conducted by the board in April-May 2009. However, due to the military operation in Malakand both Part-I and Part-II exams were postponed though one or two exams of both classes were left. The NWFP government then announced a one-year promotion for all matric and FA/FSc students of the Malakand board.
In July, the Malakand board announced the result of FSc Part-II though the result of FSc Part-I was not released. In late August, the board said that FSc Part-I students would have to appear in the exam in November. Thousands of students like me who took the FSc Part-I exam are in a fix as to what is our status now. If we take the exam in November, when will we attend classes for Part-II? Remember that colleges under the Malakand board close for two months in the winter.
With the Part-II exam in April 2010 does the board expect us to take two board exams in six months? Why should we be punished for something that is not of our making? The NWFP chief minister and education minister are both kindly requested to come to your rescue. -Saima Jan, Govt Girls Degree College Khar, Bajaur Agency (The news)
IDPs BA, B.Sc exam from Sept 7
Peshawar: In view of the existing situation as was due to the displacement of families of the candidates, it is notified that the BA/Bsc/B.Th/ B.Sc nursing annual examination 2009 of University of Peshawar for Swat, Malakand and Bara is rescheduled to commence from 7th September, 2009, with the revised date sheet.
According to the notification roll number slips of all the candidates have been dispatched at the addresses of the candidates mentioned in their examination admission forms.
However the students, who do not receive their roll numbers by 4th September, 2009 are required to contact the examination section, University of Peshawar in person along with two attested copies of NIC and DMC of the last examination, for getting duplicate slips.
Candidates failing to receive duplicate roll number slips in time after that, the entire responsibility of having missed examination shall rest at his/ her shoulder, the notification concluded. F.P. reportYour Comments
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'Makers of Pakistani Literature' wins laurels abroad
Islamabad: 'Makers of Pakistani Literature' publication series is not only appreciated in the country but also abroad, said Fakhar Zaman, PAL chairman in a briefing on books on life and works of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Habib Jalib and Iftikhar Arif.
He said Dr Naheed Qasmi, Saeed Pervaiz and Abdul Aziz Sahir had compiled books on Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Habib Jalib and Iftikhar Arif respectively for PAL.
He said these three writers were considered popular figures in the country. He said Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi was known as epoch making writer. "As a writer, he had many aspects. All his life, he struggled against tyranny. He was not only a poet but also an epoch writer," he said.
Qasmi was an ideological writer who did not make ideology merely a slogan but also practiced it. He said Habib Jalib was a brave and resistant poet. His words were so powerful that they threaten tyranny and he wrote poetry in public style, which was very popular. Daily times
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Jaswant Singh's book selling like hot cakes
Islamabad: Jaswant Singh's book, 'Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence', is selling like hot cakes in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The different booksellers had imported more than 3,000 copies in twin cities on Saturday and by Monday morning all the copies had been sold out.
It may be recalled that the book by the former Indian Minister for External Affairs, Jaswant Singh has created furore in India as the author was branded unpatriotic, expelled from his party, BJP and reviled as a 'Jinnah Lover'. The picture of the Quaid-e-Azam is quite different from the ones presented through all these years after the independence.
"I have never seen such a response to any author in about 30 years of being in the book selling business," a shopkeeper in Rawalpindi told Online. "My basic purpose of buying this book is just to know what compelled the BJP to take the severe action against its senior party leader," said a reader.
The sale of the book is good in fact it is better then any other book at the moment, another bookseller in Islamabad told Online. This Jaswant Singh's book is selling like hot cakes in Rawalpindi. I sold more than 20 books on a single day (Sunday), he added. The shopkeepers informed Online that customers thronged the store to get a copy of the book, but many returned empty handed. The news
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PAL publishes three more books
Islamabad: The Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has published three more books on the lives and work of literary icons of the country including Habib Jalib, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi and Iftikhar Arif.
Briefing the media on the books published under the "Makers of Pakistani literature" project, Chairman PAL Fakhar Zaman said the books in the series had won appreciation.
He said these books can be compared to any research and literary book in the world.
Saeed Pervaiz, Dr Naheed Qasmi, and Abdul Aziz Sahir have compiled the books on Habib Jalib, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi and Iftikhar Arif.
He said these three writers were considered popular figures of the country.
Habib Jalib was a blunt poet with a class of his own in resistant poetry. He avoided the path of expediency and denied to accept golden offers made to him and chose to remain steadfast with his ideology.
His stand against dictatorship was very clear and his tenor reflected the sentiments of the common people.
His words were so powerful that they threatened tyranny. A caravan of oppressed labourers and workers joined him as he emerged as the public poet of his time. Mr Arif said Qasmi was known as an epoch-making writer. As a writer, he had many aspects. Throughout his life, he struggled against tyranny.
He was not only a poet but also an era and tradition in himself. Qasmi was amongst the writers who not only propagated an ideology but also practiced it.
He said Iftikhar Arif is a prominent poet of present era and has made a separate identity. He has a unique style with strong relation with his society and culture.
He said these books would be a source of information for scholarly and common readers alike. Dawn
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