LAHORE Supreme Court
A TWO-member bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday lambasted officials of the education department for challenging the appointment of three PST teachers who withdrew salaries for 15 years allegedly on the basis of bogus appointment letters.
appointed as primary school teachers
Three teachers, Rafiq, Ismail and Sarwar, were appointed as primary school teachers in Nankana Sahib in 1993. An official of the education department, Zafarullah Bajwa, since retired as DDO, had issued their appointment letters. Later in 2005, the department found that the teachers’ appointment letters were bogus and dismissed them. They approached the Punjab Service Tribunal which restored them and the department assailed that order in the apex court.
National Accountability Bureau
On Thursday, a Punjab law officer tried to convince the court that the said teachers were cheats and got bogus appointment letters. The judges, however, turned down his arguments and said, “They (teachers) are only beneficiaries as someone else in the department helped them and those officials are the real culprits.” An inquiry against them should be forwarded to the National Accountability Bureau.
Justice Khilji Arif Hussain went on to say that the teachers were drawing salaries and were transferred to some other stations but no one in the department checked the record of their recruitment.The law officer pointed out that handwriting experts had recommended that signatures on the three appointment letters were not similar but he failed to produce the original letters to the court.
“How a handwriting expert could give opinion on a photocopy as it will not be admissible evidence under the law,” Justice Khilji added.Justice Khawaja put a query to the law officer that what proceedings had been initiated against delinquent officials of the department. The law officer replied that no action had been taken against any official.The judge remarked that no one bothered that the public money and it was being spent like “easy come, easy go.”
free laptops for students of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) LAHORE
A CEREMONY was held here on Thursday to distribute laptops among 1,159 students of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS).
PML-N leader MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif was the chief guest there. He said youth would be surprised to know that Pakistan despite among the top five producers of coal, salt, gas and milk was being treated as an orphan in the comity of nations due to its heavy debts and power loadshedding. He said the present rulers had destroyed economy of the country.
Provincial Minister Ahmad Ali Aulakh, MPA Khawaja Salman Rafique, UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, teachers and a large number of students attended the function. Earlier, a smartly turned out police contingent presented guard of honour to the students. The VC said Pakistan could progress if it developed livestock sector. He lauded CM.
AMBASSADOR of France
AMBASSADOR of France in Pakistan Philippe Thiebaud has said that Pakistan is one of the largest trade partners of European Union, adding that his country will promote relations between the two societies.
Department of French organised an inter-institutional speech contest
He was speaking at the Punjab University on Thursday where the varsity’s Department of French organised an inter-institutional speech contest in French language to celebrate Francophony Day.
The French ambassador, the guest of honour of the ceremony, also said they were keen to enhance Pakistani exports to Europe. He also said French was official language of over 30 countries and was spreading rapidly. He said French was not only a language of art and culture but also a huge literature of science and economics was available in the language.
PU Vice Chancellor Prof Mujahid Kamran, French Consular Mr Bessat, Alliance Française of Lahore Director Mr D Scobry and PU Department of French Chairperson Prof Dr Saleha Nazir, senior faculty members and a large number of students from different institutions were also present.
Prof Mujahid Kamran said Francophony Day was the best opportunity for the students to express better in the language they were learning. He urged the students to learn French and other important languages of the world. He thanked the French ambassador for collaboration with PU’s French Department and lauded the efforts of Prof Dr Saleha Nazir.
Dr Saleha Nazeer highlighted major achievements of the department and announced launch of 4 years BS (French) in the upcoming session. She said it was after a lapse of almost 40 years that the French Department had a faculty member with PhD in French.
In the speech contest, six institutions participated and Aitchison College got 1st prize, Alliance Française stood second and Kinnaird College bagged third prize. The speech topic was “Is today’s education adequate for our character building?” The students from LUMS, Lahore College for Women University and Fatima Jinnah Girls College also took part in the contest.
fake admit cards Karachi
As the sun shines down on a barren school court-yard from its mid-day peak, a group of mothers cluster under the shade of some thin bushes; some chat, others are carrying prayer beads in their hands. All of them are accompanying their daughters, who are in the middle of giving a three-hour paper.
SSC Exams 2012 part-i and part-ii Board of Secondary Education (BSEK)
According to the Board of Secondary Education (BSEK), 312,000 candidates appeared for the exam, which began on Thursday. Mobile phones are prohibited, generators have been arranged in case of power failures, and any unfair means will result in the registration of an FIR, the board claims. In Karachi, 250 examination centres have been set up, out of which 70 are considered to be ‘sensitive’. These include Lyari, Orangi, Landhi, Korangi, Baldia, Shah Faisal, Gadap and Bin Qasim.
All the mothers come with their own set of worries, owing to the examination system and the social status quo. “I hope my bachi does well, she studied so hard all year round,” says one anxious mother. “My son told my daughter to stop studying so hard, because a student with a better source would take her position,” says another.
“It is important for girls to study, they need to become independent too,” comments a surprisingly optimistic mother.
Three men walk in to the principal’s office. They are here to offer money for a particular student. “Come back later, when there are more important subjects, today is just Islamiat – a not so important exam,” says the principal.
According to the BSEK, a surprise visit was paid by Professor Mohommad Saeed and Razia Mallah, who are the chairman and controller of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), respectively. They visited Pak Turk School Shireen Jinnah Colony and Government Boys Secondary School Jet Line, where they found 21 fake admit-cards.
Chairman BIEK Prof Mohammad Saeed has sent a letter to Director Private Schools Sindh and Director School Education Karachi to take action against the negligence of the two schools.
According to an initial inquiry, it was found that two roll numbers from the Government Girls Qamr-ul-Islam School and another two roll numbers from the American Secondary School in Delhi Colony had been forged.
Incidents of violence were reported from Government Boys Secondary School Lyari, where teacher Muneer Ahmed Baloch informed that police had to be called to maintain law and order.
The exam ends — the students come out. Though it is a government school, there were not many reports of the use of unfair means. Yet, candidates who came out complain of poor lighting and power outages.
College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP)
The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) has been informed by the Saudi Council of Health Sciences that the accreditation of FCPS and MCPS has been implemented in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
After the decision, the MCPS doctors serving in the KSA have been given the status of specialist, while FCPS doctors would be equivalent to consultants. The SCHS informed the CPSP that the accreditation was implemented after a SCHS decree dated January 15, 2012.
CPSP Vice President Professor Muhammad Shoaib Shafi, terming the decision a great achievement, informed ‘The News’ on Thursday that earlier the MCPS doctors were given the status of residents in the KSA and they had to do evening and night shifts against an average salary of Saudi Riyals 8,500 to 10,000. “Now after implementation, the MCPS doctors would be able to get SR18,000 as specialists, while FCPS doctors would get SR33,000 plus as consultants.”
He said that Pakistani doctors serving in the KSA would benefit from the SCHS decision. “I have received a number of calls from Pakistani doctors serving in the KSA who informed that they have been informed of the pay raise after implementation of the MCPS and FCPS accreditation,” he said.
It is important that CPSP which is the highest degree awarding institution in Pakistan in post-graduate medical education in as many as 63 disciplines was established 50 years back under the act of parliament. The CPSP is an autonomous body that covers nearly 95 per cent of the total specialists in medical profession in Pakistan.
On Thursday, the Young Doctors Association appreciated the efforts of the CPSP in making possible implementation through which the FCPS doctors would be able to get status equal to consultants of other countries in the KSA.
promote social sciences in Pakistan,
The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) will host International Conference on ‘Emerging Issues of Social Sciences’ from April 27-29. Its aim is to promote social sciences in Pakistan, especially highlighting the research conducted by local and foreign scholars on various issues related to economy, state and society in Pakistan.
American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS),
The conference will be held in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), Council of Social Sciences (COSS), National Testing
Services, Inter-Universities Consortium for the Promotion of Social Sciences and Humanities in Pakistan and the Committee for Promotion of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Social scientists from all over the country and abroad will gather and address emerging challenges facing Pakistan under thematic areas of sustainable human development, internal and external challenges to Pakistan, cultural diversity, human rights and civil society and role of media. Around 80 abstracts have so far been received out of which 40 are selected for presentation in various thematic sessions of the conference that would be arranged into four plenary and several technical sessions.
The conference will be helpful in providing guidelines and suggestions to the policy making sector so as to help them take country out of the current quagmire that has badly afflicted it at this critical juncture.
Dr. Razia Sultana, chairperson of Department of History, QAU, said the initiative is an outstanding and timely effort to bring together scholars on a common platform to share their researches on various issues at the time when the country is facing various political, social and economic challenges.
“Interestingly, social science is the science of society that means that inherently it has to deal with the kind of challenges and issues confronting society, she said.
She said there are some of the key issues that need immediate attention of every segment of the society including security, terrorism, militancy, religious extremism, political crisis, institutional decay, rule of law, challenges of foreign policy and the role of civil society.
scholarships for the Primary and Middle Standard Examinations 2012
The Federal Government Educational Institutions (FGEI) (Cantonment-Garrison) Thursday announced scholarships for the Primary and Middle Standard Examinations 2012.
The results were announced at the Federal Government Public Secondary School, Mahfooz Road, Rawalpindi Cantonment. FGEI (Cantonment-Garrison) Director Brigadier Raheel Ashraf was the chief guest on the occasion. FGEI Registrar Examinations Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Qaim Raza Jaffry announced the names of students who got positions.
awarded medals, certificates and cash prizes
The chief guest awarded medals, certificates and cash prizes to students. Trophies were also given to the principals of schools whose students got positions.
In Primary Standard Examinations 2012, Abdullah Aijaz Butt secured first position by obtaining 573 marks out of 600 marks. Mahnoor Siddiqui was declared second by securing 563 marks. Javeria Siraj secured 559 marks and was declared third. Zainab Bibi secured 557 marks and was declared fourth. Mohammad Hassan Muzaffar secured 556 marks and was declared fifth.
All position-holders are students of the Federal Government Primary School No. 10, Wah Cantonment.
The Federal Government Primary School No. 10, Wah Cantonment, secured first position in the Primary Standard Scholarship Examinations 2012 among all academic institutions.
Middle Standard Examinations 2012,
In Middle Standard Examinations 2012, Iqra Sheikh of the Federal Government Girls High School, Multan Cantonment, secured 648 out of 700 marks and was declared first. Ayesha Kanwal of the Federal Government Girls High School No. 2, Chaklala Cantonment, Rawalpindi, got second position by obtaining 644 marks. Rabia Bint-e-Zafar of the Federal Government Girls Public School, Multan Cantonment, got third position by securing 643 marks. Sidra Aijaz of the Federal Government Girls High School No. 2, Wah Cantonment, secured 642 marks and obtained fourth position. Fatima Mubeen of the Federal Government Girls Public School, Multan Cantonment, got fifth position by securing 640 marks.
The Federal Government Public School,
The Federal Government Public School, Taxila Cantonment, secured first position in the Middle Standard Scholarship Examinations 2012.
In Primary Standard Examinations 2012, a total of 3,581 students appeared, among which 3,117 passed the examinations and the result was 87%.
In Middle Standard Examinations 2012, the total number of students who appeared in the examinations was 3,837 among which 3,453 passed the examinations and the result was 90%.
As many as 485 students of Middle Class will receive Rs600 per month for two years, whereas 300 primary class students would receive Rs400 per month for the next three years under merit scholarships.
Chinese scholars delegation
ISLAMABAD A Chinese del egation of research scholars from the School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Peoples Liberation Army (National Defence University) led by Colonel Pan Zheng visited the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) on Thursday.
Communist Party of China,
According to a press release, other members of the team were professors Liu Jianfei, Qin Zhilai, Mu Zhanlao and Commander Guo Ruipeng. A host of subjects concerning Pak-China cooperation in development projects, growing Indo-US strategic partnership, Pakistan’s interest in membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and China’s desire to join the Saarc as a full member, prospects of US withdrawal from Afghanistan, China’s role in ending the conflict in Afghanistan, India’s gain in technology transfer through its nuclear deal with the US and the need for exchange of scholars and growing interest in the Chinese language in Pakistan were discussed.
In other words, she is a lot like Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who on Tuesday tapped Ms. Black, 66, the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, to be the next chancellor of the New York City school system.
Mr. Bloomberg, of course, also built his fortune in media and wrote a book about how he did it. And no one would ever accuse the mayor of being ambiguous when it comes to conveying his expectations of his staff. Ms. Black, at the news conference on Tuesday where she was introduced, made no pretense of having any experience in education. Similarly, Mr. Bloomberg was a political novice when he ran for mayor in 2001. His explanation for picking her sounded a lot like his original pitch for himself: “Cathie is a world-class manager.”
Ms. Black, who was displaced this summer as president of Hearst Magazines, said that she was “very excited about this incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our young people.”
She will be the first woman to head the nation’s largest school system — as she was the first woman to lead the Hearst Corporation’s magazine division and, way back in 1979, the first female publisher of a weekly consumer magazine, New York. In the 1980s, she was publisher of USA Today, charged with finding advertisers for what was then a radically new product.
“Without her, USA Today would likely have failed,” said Allen H. Neuharth, the newspaper’s founder, who described Ms. Black’s management style as “aggressively diplomatic.”
He added, “She was very careful to outline what was expected of people and then try to help them live up to that expectation.”
At Hearst, she helped convince Oprah Winfrey it was time to extend her brand to publishing, personally visiting the talk-show host with a mockup of what was to become O, the Oprah Magazine — one of the biggest success stories in the industry. When it became clear that Talk magazine, a joint venture with Miramax edited by Tina Brown, was unlikely to succeed, she shut it down despite loud objections from Miramax and its brash co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.
“If the stockroom has to be cleaned out and there’s no one to do it, Cathie will roll up her sleeves and do it,” said Valerie Salembier, publisher of Harper’s Bazaar, a Hearst magazine. “The best thing about Cathie, after working with her all these years, is that you know exactly where you stand. She is very straightforward about what you could be doing or doing better.”
Having grown up on the South Side of Chicago, where she attended Catholic schools, Ms. Black moved to New York — she said Tuesday that was her “American dream” — in 1966, after graduating from Trinity College in Washington. She has homes on Park Avenue and in Connecticut, where her children attended private boarding schools. She is married to Thomas E. Harvey, a longtime lawyer for the Institute of International Education, which promotes exchange programs, and a regular donor to Republican candidates and causes.
In a 2005 interview in The New York Times, Ms. Black, the youngest of three children, said: “A lot of the studies would say generally the oldest child is the most ambitious, but for some reason I sort of got those genes.”
In her 2007 book, “Basic Black,” she recalls photocopying her résumé at the office of a job she was eager to move on from. An executive from the company later called her at home and said, “Next time you’re duplicating your résumé, Miss Black, I suggest you remember to take the original off the copier.”
After 15 years at Hearst, Ms. Black suffered her first major and highly public setback this summer when David Carey, a rival from Condé Nast, was brought in to replace her as president of the magazine division.
Her departure apparently came as a surprise to colleagues at Hearst, as her appointment did to senior officials in the Department of Education. One senior education official, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to talk to reporters, said many of the department’s leaders learned of Ms. Black’s selection right before it was announced, and few of them seemed to know anything about her.
At Hearst, Frank A. Bennack Jr., the chief executive, said in a memo to the staff that Ms. Black “goes with my blessing,” but suggested he had expected her to stick around longer. “Cathie’s handling of the transition with David, which admittedly we expected to take place over a longer period of time, has been exemplary,” Mr. Bennack wrote.
One asset she brings to her new job: knowing how to deal with strong personalities.
“I’ve joked that if you can work for Rupert Murdoch and Al Neuharth, you can work for anybody,” Ms. Black told The Times in 2005. Now she can add another media mogul to that list — Mayor Bloomberg.
David Carr and Javier C. Hernandez contributed reporting.
Sky News website hacking
London (CNN) — UK news channel Sky News said Thursday it had authorized its journalists to hack illegally into the e-mail of individual members of the public on two occasions.
John Ryley, head of Sky News, said the instances involved suspected criminal activity.
“We stand by these actions as editorially justified and in the public interest,” he said in a statement. “We do not take such decisions lightly or frequently.”
An external review of e-mail records is under way at the broadcaster’s instigation, he said, but no grounds for concern have yet been found.
“Sky News is committed to the highest editorial standards. Like other news organizations, we are acutely aware of the tensions that can arise between the law and responsible investigative journalism.”
Ryley said a journalist had been authorized on two occasions to access the e-mail of individuals suspected of criminal activity.
One case was that of Anne Darwin, he said. The British woman’s husband faked his death on a canoe trip in order to falsely claim life insurance payments. Sky News then passed the e-mails to the local police force, he said.
“Material provided by Sky News was used in the successful prosecution, and the police made clear after the trial that this information was pivotal to the case,” Ryley said.
Writing on the Sky News blog Thursday, Ryley said the company’s admission on hacking followed a story published by the Guardian newspaper examining Sky News’s role in the 2008 conviction of Anne Darwin.
He questioned the newspaper’s motivation for writing the story, saying it and other media organizations have previously admitted obtaining information in unlawful ways.
“Some of the most important stories have involved breaking the rules in some way,” Ryley said.
The news comes only two days after James Murdoch — the son of media magnate Rupert Murdoch — stepped down as chairman of satellite broadcaster BSkyB, which owns Sky News, part of the News Corp. empire.
His resignation came amid accusations that News Corp.’s British Sunday tabloid the News of the World systematically eavesdropped illegally on crime victims, politicians, celebrities and veterans in search of stories.
Murdoch has consistently denied knowing about the scale of phone hacking at the paper, which he ordered shut down last summer in the face of the scandal.
He referred to it in his resignation statement, saying: “I am determined that the interests of BSkyB should not be undermined by matters outside the scope of this company.”
He made clear he was trying to shield the satellite broadcaster from fallout from the newspaper scandal, saying: “I believe that my resignation will help to ensure that there is no false conflation with events at a separate organization.”
Labour member of Parliament Tom Watson, who has been a prominent figure in the probe into alleged phone hacking, told CNN the latest Sky News revelation was “pretty extraordinary.”
Watson said he wanted the new chairman of BSkyB, Nick Ferguson, to say whether the company thinks the practice was more widespread, when the board was informed and what safeguards will be put in place to stop it happening again.
In his statement Thursday, Ryley said Sky News had commissioned an internal audit of payment records, alongside the external review of e-mail records.
Any impropriety found would be swiftly investigated, he said. “We believe these proactive steps, undertaken at our own initiative, form part of the good governance procedures to be expected of a responsible news organization.”
London’s Metropolitan Police are conducting three investigations into alleged misconduct by journalists.
One involves potential computer hacking on behalf of newspapers, a second is focused on alleged voicemail hacking, and the third concerns allegations of police bribery.
The government also set up an independent inquiry to look into media misconduct, and parliament’s media committee has held hearings with witnesses including James Murdoch and his father.
James Murdoch resigned as chairman of News International, the UK newspaper publishing arm of News Corp., in February. The company said he would focus instead on its pay television businesses and broader international operations.
News Corp. shelved its plan to expand its ownership of BSkyB last summer as the phone hacking scandal broke.