PUNJAB University on Friday announced the results of various examinations. These exams include Masters of English Language Teaching and Linguistics (ELTL), semester system, session 2009-11, MPhil in Environmental Sciences, (semester system) spring, session 2007-2009, MPhil in Earth Sciences, (semester system) spring session 2007-2009 and MA French (semester system) session 2009-11. The detailed results are available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
ISLAMABAD – Saudi Minister for Culture and Information Dr Abdul Aziz bin Mohiuddin Al-Khoja Thursday visited Pakistan National Council of Arts and witnessed Quranic calligraphic exhibition and a cultural show.
Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan accompanied him during his visit to the PNCA. The Saudi minister for culture and information is on a three-day official visit to Pakistan on the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.
The Saudi minister was also a chief guest at a special musical performance by local artists, depicting Pakistani and Gandhara cultures. Besides poetry of Allama Iqbal, Sufi musical performance also marked the show. Besides the members of the Saudi delegation, Saudi Ambassador Abdul Aziz Al-Ghadeer, Information Secretary Taimur Azmat Osman and senior officers of the Ministry of Information were also present on the occasion.
ISLAMABAD – Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) and the Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, is holding its annual folk festival, popularly called as the Lok Mela, from today (Friday).
Lok Virsa Executive Director Khalid Javaid said the opening ceremony is scheduled for today Friday, 6 April at 11 am.
Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan will formally open the festival and will also perform the dastarbandi or chardarposhi of an established master artisan according to the Lok Virsa tradition.
The festival aims to revive endangered folk arts, crafts and music as well as to promote traditional practitioners associated with Pakistan’s folk heritage.
It will serve to disseminate the dynamic creativity of our countryside and give rural folk pride in their identity.
The focus of the 10-day festival is on provincial harmony and national integration, while highlighting the contributions of our artisans in building Pakistan.
Hundreds of master artisans, folk artists, rural musicians and folk dancers from all over Pakistan, including from the far-flung regions will participate in the festival, bringing with them their creativity in arts, crafts and innovation and win recognition for their talent at the national level.
“This unique event has become a symbol of the federation’s recognition and patronage of our rich cultural diversity and active participation of the people of Pakistan,” Javaid said.
The festival will feature artisans-at-work exhibition, especially designed pavilions depicting the culture and traditions of all provinces, including Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK, a silk route pavilion, exotic craft bazaar, stalls by non-governmental organisations, folk song and dance performances, musical concerts and special attractions for children and families.
The festival will remain open daily from 11am to 11pm and will continue till April 15 at the Lok Virsa Complex, Shakarparian.
ISLAMABAD – The International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) has started work on the project of Malik Meraj Khalid Housing Colony amounting to Rs 7 billion to provide a residential facility to its employees.
Visiting the site of the planned colony, IIUI Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik said the colony will be constructed soon and that complete funding will be arranged.
Project Director Aamir Ishtiaq said in the first phase, flats for about 1250 employees will be built and the provision of basic necessities will be ensured for which the university will issue Rs 20 million. IIUI President Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad and Vice President Dr
Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman were also present on the occasion. Earlier, Prof Dr Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman, kicked off a tree plantation drive in the university and said the organisation and individuals worked together.
He said no institution can grow without its employees. He stated that it is necessary for the growth of an institution that its employees have a bond with it. Dr Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman said all governments have contributed to the progress of the university.
He said the university has launched a tree plantation drive on its own and different departments have been directed to look after the tree plantation drive to make it a success. Dr Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman, Dr Khalid Masood and Female Campus Director Dr Zaitoon Begum planted the saplings. Dr Masood also inaugurated a tube well in the premises of the university.
Bomb disposal training
SADIQABAD – Bomb disposal training started on Thursday at the Civil Defence Department, Rahim Yar Khan.
The training session will be attended by officials of Rescue 1122, police as well as the representatives of various industries such as Ahmad Ghee Mills, Unilever, Nonia Industries, Fauji Fertilisers FFC and Fatima Fertilisers. The training started on the directives of Civil Defence Controller and District Coordination Officer Dr Ahmad Javed Qazi.
The bomb disposal training started first time in the district. During the session, the participants will be made capable to cope with any untoward situation. They are being trained about safety precautions pertaining to bombs by qualified instructors including Civil Defence Multan District Officer Tariq Waheed and instructor Ghulam Abbas from Jinpur.
In the wake of the prevailing situation in the country, the trainees will be make aware of all kinds of bombs being used in terrorist activities besides mines, mortar shells, time bomb, suicide jackets, local and foreign-made grenades and explosives with samples.
They after training will be able to identify such material with complete information. In the present circumstances, it is different and important training.
Flanked by Punjab Emergency Service Officer Dr Adil Rehman, Civil Defence District Officer Shabbir Ahmad Qazi inaugurated the training. On the occasion, the instructors informed the participants about the importance and utility of the training.
terminal and chronic diseases
LAHORE: A mini carnival for children suffering from terminal and chronic diseases was organised at the Children’s Hospital on Thursday under joint collaboration of hospital authorities and a local NGO, Rehel.
Free ice creams, popcorns, candyfloss and balloons were distributed among the 1,200 children who participated in the event.
blood disorders or cancer,
It is not possible for children suffering from terminal and chronic diseases, such as rare blood disorders or cancer, to move about or go to carnivals since they are too weak and need medical support beside them at all times. Since the children were not able to go out and have fun, the authorities planned to bring the carnival at their doorstep where they could have fun and enjoy to the fullest without any hurdle. The fair was organised within the hospital premises, so as to ensure emergency medical care was at hand. Several games and fun activities were a part of the carnival.
As expected, a large number of children with their families as well as doctors, nurses, and other staff of Children’s Hospital attended the carnival, which added more fun and colours to the event. The visitors also enjoyed exotic food and drinks, dancing and music, as well as sing-along session. staff report
Culture and Art Forum’s mushaira enthralls audience
KARACHI: Culture and Art Forum (CAP) oragnised a mushaira titled ‘Khuwateen Basant Mushaira’ featuring poetry of ten female poets at a local hotel here on Saturday. The event was presided over by Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) Chancellor ZA Nizami, while Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqui was the chief guest of the event.
The participants include Romana Roomi, Seema Ghazal, Huma Beyg, Dr Nushut Abbasi, Hejab Abbasi, Naseer Nazish, Shafiq Bano Barelvi, CAP chairperson Ghazan Jaffri, famous poetess Rehana Roomi, and Wajahat Naseem. All poetesses specially took the theme of Karachi situation in their poetry, depicting that the poets were sensitive members of a society and situation of society also affected them, they shared the feelings they experienced on unanticipated conditions and they believed they should consider serious measures to change the environment of society.
They also read their poetry on Basant, love and passion. A large number of people, including prominent and known personalities, was present on the occasion and overwhelmingly cherished the Mushira.
Dharkshan Jaffri started the event with the recitation from the Holy Quran then she invited CAP chairperson to delivered welcomed speech. In her welcomed speech, Jaffri said that before organising the event she was worried about the situation of the city, but she believed ‘Basant’ was the grace of Almighty Allah and she thanked all guest, including chief guest, to be a part of the event and prayed for the betterment of deteriorating law and order situation in the metropolis.
The advisor while addressing the event, said that all poetesses read beautiful pieces and some of them inspired her a lot. The situation of Karachi was different from our desire unfortunately, she added.
Farooqi further said, “I wish we could read those appreciating poetries which this metropolis deserve.” Today we should all stand together to bringing unity in country and we should fight against circumstances with great emotion, she said.
She said, “Shaheed Benazir Buhtto always said that we should bring women in all department of country and this event depict her feelings, where only female are performing.”
SSUET Chancellor Nizami said that it was an amazing event and he was feeling good to be there. He also declared to provide space for such type of events at SSUET in future. staff report
ISLAMABAD – Short Messaging Services (SMS) is a vital source of revenue for cellular companies and all cellular companies generated approximately 100 billion SMS in 2011.
This huge rise in the SMS traffic owes largely to the attractive and wide range of bundle packages being offered by all the operators. Daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly and even unlimited packages are being offered at very low rates by cellular companies to capture potential of this service.
An SMS is a vital source of communication, but the civil society looks concerned over these packages as youth is increasingly seen caught in amorous advances thanks mainly to cheap night packages offered by various Telecom operators in a bid to expand customer network.
The amazing part of this story is that almost all cable operators offer arguably cheapest call charges with almost entirely free Text messages offer with charges as low as 25 paisas by paying only nominal charges one can enjoy free talk on any number of one’s own choice.
Though there is a widely held consensus which cuts across all sections of society that Communication itself is not a bad thing since it helps people grow confidently and resolves issue besides providing opportunity to be in contact with loved ones. Its extensive use among youth is a cause of concern for elders. “The issue is not about call charges it is the negative use of the facility which bothers parents” said Najib Ahmad a government servant in communications department.
If mobile packages are free, the youth especially the students can use it for their study purpose. “By talking free the whole night they can make each other understand the difficult sums of science or physics or formula which they were not able to understand while sitting in the class”, he maintained.
He was of the view that the cheap communication is for the facilitation of the people and they can use it for positive purposes. Contrary to this, the social circles showed their concern over the increased immoral activities and held internet, facebook, cable and the cheap communication facilities mainly responsible in this regard.
Naseem Ahmed who is a retired professor said,” I can’t understand the useage of mobile night packages. What are they meant for and what these mobile companies want to communicate through these night packages.
Zehra, who is a house wife also looked worried over the night packages offered by the mobile companies.
She said these offers of mobile companies like talk free from 12am to 5am are beyond understanding. “It looks these are the free offers for the youth to communicate anything with their loved ones. It not only will keep them away from the teachings of Islam but also from their studies,” she added.
It looks it is a conspiracy against our youth, she claimed.
Disaster risk management plan to be ready before monsoon: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was working on a comprehensive National Disaster Risk Management Plan (NDRMP) to promptly meet the future challenges of floods, an official of NDMA said Wednesday.
Talking to APP, he said the NDRMP would be ready before the onset of monsoon. Special precautionary measures are being taken in 30 vulnerable districts of the country. National Disaster Risk Management Framework has also been formulated to guide the work of entire system in flood hit areas. It has been developed through wide consultation with stakeholders from local, provincial and national levels.
A fully trained and equipped rapid response force on the pattern of Rescue 1122 would be set up for quickly starting relief activities during emergencies in the disaster prone areas, he said. Likewise, Disaster Risk Insurance plan was also being finalized to provide help to the disaster hit people without wasting any time, he said.
Country is vulnerable to disaster risks from a range of hazards including avalanches, cyclones/storms, droughts, earthquakes, epidemics, floods, glacial lake outbursts, landslides, pest attacks, river erosion and tsunami, he said while referring to weather experts.
Risk Financing Fund would also be established in the country to meet any disaster without seeking funds from national or international donors, he said.
Lecture on ‘Deen Aur Saqafat ka Rishta’ tomorrow: Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in collaboration with Ministry of National Heritage and Integration has scheduled a lecture and discussion on ‘Deen Aur Saqafat Ka Rishta’ here on April 5.
Renowned Intellectual Professor Ahmed Rafique Akhtar will speak on the subject and discuss various aspects of the religious and cultural values in terms of mysticism and spirituality, said a statement issued on Wednesday.
LAHORE – The 64th meeting of Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) was held here on Thursday with Vice Chancellor Prof. I A Naveed in the chair.
The board considered the thesis reports of Dr Alina Amjad for M.Phil (Microbiology), Dr Abdul Rehman Khokhar, M Phil (Physiology), Dr Shahid Pervaiz, M S (Neurosurgery), Dr Muhammad Jawad Anwar, M Phil (Chemical Pathology), Dr Rubina Iqbal, M Phil (Pharmacology) and Dr Aamir Nazir, M.Phil (Physiology), spokesman of the varsity said on Thursday. The board approved panels of examiners for thesis submitted by Dr Raees Abbas, MPhil (Morbid Anatomy & Histopathology), Dr Aamir Nazir, M Phil (Physiology), Dr Muhammad Imran, M Phil (Physiology), Dr Sarfraz Khan, MS (Neurosurgery), Dr. Salman Yunas, MS (Neurosurgery), Muhammad Yasir, M Phil (Microbiology), Dr Hasan Mujtaba, M Phil (Oral Pathology), Dr Syeda Ijlal Zehra Zaidi, M.Phil (Physiology) and Dr Samina Khokhar, PhD Scholar.
LAHORE – Quaid-e-Azam Law College’s Kanwal Naz was on Saturday received the Best Speaker award in a declamation contest at the All Pakistan Law Moot held at University of Gujrat. The QALC team comprised Farhan Malik, Waqas Ahmad, Kanwal Naz, Onia Masood, Azam Siddique, Arsalan Ghous, Mustafa Aleem, and Neelam Pasha.
The senior faculty members of the QALC including Chief Justice (rtd) Mian Mehboob Ahmad, Justice (rtd) Nasira Javed Iqbal, Justice (rtd) Syed Afzal Haider, Justice (rtd) Sharif Hussain Bukhari, and Director Ch Muhammad Saleem and Principal Nafir A Malik have congratulated Kanwal Naz.
LAHORE – The recent initiative of the Punjab government to distribute laptops amongst thousands of brilliant students of public colleges and universities across the province has met with great success, said Minister Education Mujtaba Shuja Ur Rehman here on Saturday.
He said that the initiative has helped bridge the digital divide between the haves and have-nots, in terms of providing access to tools of modern education.
Talking about the market value of the laptops, the Education Minister Education said that a transparent procedure of open bidding was adopted in public procurement.
Comparative Statement of all participant firms was prepared and the lowest cost quoted by any participant firm is required to be approved.
“Directorate of IT Labs Project, School Education Department in the instant case, completed all formalities of procurement and through open competition and the lowest bidding firm was selected for purchase of laptop computers. Dell in Pakistan sells through authorised distributors and Inbox is one of them.