LAKKI MARWAT, April 17: A cadet college will be set up in Abakhel area on the outskirts of Lakki city as Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has already approved the project, says MPA Yasmeen Zia.

Addressing a cheque distribution ceremony here on Tuesday, she said that the project would cost Rs700 million. She said that people of the area would get an opportunity to equip their children with quality education after establishment of the college.

The ceremony was organised by social welfare department wherein 165 special persons received cheques as financial assistance. District Coordination Officer Nisar Ahmad, Syed Khalid Israr Shah, District Social Welfare Officer Obaidullah, District Zakat Committee chairman Mamraiz Khan and local leaders of Awami National Party were also present on the occasion.

The MPA said that government launched several projects to provide facilities to special persons and womenfolk. “During the last four years, the government restored peace and brought normalcy to the volatile parts of the province,” she said.

Ms Zia said that ANP lawmakers, leaders and activists rendered great sacrifices for restoration of peace. She said that government made special allocations for uplift of backward areas including Lakki Marwat to bring those at par with the developed parts of the province.

Meanwhile, elementary and secondary education department organised a certificate and prize distribution ceremony in Government Primary School Kala Manjiwala here on Tuesday.

Executive District Officer (Education) Haji Meer Azam was chief guest while DDO Rehmatullah Khan presided over the event.

ADOs Hameedullah Khan, Abdul Rehman Rashid, Aqal Wazir, Qadeer Shah, Saleh Badshah and Nisar Muhammad and All Pakistan Teachers Association district general secretary Haji Abdul Rahim, Shakir Tajazai, parents and notables of the area also attended the ceremony.

Mr Azam awarded ‘teacher of the year’ certificates to best teachers in recognition of their services. He also gave away trophies and prizes to the students who got first, second and third positions in the examinations.

The EDO called upon the teachers to impart quality education to students and concentrate on their character building.

He said that patriotism and love for religion should be promoted among students through education.

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PESHAWAR, April 17: The Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation (BKTEF) on Tuesday began a two-week training workshop on performing arts and music.

The training workshop was formally inaugurated by legendary artist Sayed Mumtaz Ali Shah alias Shah Jee. A number of well known artists, singers, musicians, journalists and civil society activists participated in the ceremony. The workshop will be concluded on April 30.

The workshop “polishing creative expression of the youth’’ is part of series of training workshops organised by the BKTEF to revive the indigenous art, culture and heritage of Pakhtunkhwa.

This workshop includes lectures and practices on drama, acting and theatre performances and musicology.

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LAHORE: An exhibition of paintings, Journey Through Canvas, by an Islamabad-based couple, Mansoor Rahi and Hajra Mansoor, was held at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Tuesday. 

Through their paintings, the couple aims to apprise youngsters about the historical and cultural significance of their homeland. Hajra’s artworks, under the title ‘MASK’, show human figures, especially women adorned in traditional clothes with historic figures painted on walls in the background.

Meanwhile, Rahi’s work, titled ‘Resurrect Rock Series’, is a vision of free expression with evident use of spontaneous brush strokes. Images of life springing out from lifeless rocks reflect magical evocation of colour, structure and void.

The exhibition was received warmly by the faculty and students at the LCWU, who lauded the work of both the artists.

KARACHI – A function was held to celebrate World Book Day at the Defence Authority Degree College for Women Phase-VIII on Monday.
Qudsia Akbar, a former president of the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, was the chief guest on the occasion. She highlighted the importance of reading books for development of one’s personality. Qudsia said that books impart knowledge, enhance one’s vision and bring a vivid transformation in life.
She added that a book is the best and most trustworthy companion in life. Qudsia said that there is a dire need of promoting culture of reading, as it brings refinement, tolerance and accommodation in society.
She stressed that the same is essential to combat the prevalent wave of militancy, extremism and violence that has engulfed the country.
Defence Central Library Secretary Col (retd) Rafat Naqvi said that the strength of a nation depends on its intellectual and literary prowess.
He stressed the need of having a network of public libraries in the community for making a progressive, dynamic and confident nation.
Naqvi elaborated that there is very little in the way of human achievement, knowledge or wisdom that is not confined between the covers of a book.
He said that through books, one could have contact with the greatest minds ever produced, roll back the centuries and peer into the future, and get inspiration and intellectual strength. A declamation contest was also held on the occasion, in which students made eloquent and thought-provoking speeches highlighting the significance of reading books and its impact on human behaviour.
An innovative documentary film prepared by the Library Science Department of the college was also shown.
Earlier, the Principal, Prof Samia Sadia, highlighted in her welcome address the achievements of the college in the field of academics and other co-curricular activities.
She commended the Library Science Department of the college for organising a literary and informative function in a befitting manner.
At the end, the chief guest distributed prizes and certificates among the winners of the declamation contest. A large number of students, faculty members and prominent citizens had attended the function.

SLAMABAD – The Federal Directorate of Education-run educational institutions will announce merit list for admissions tests of Class I, session 2012-13, today (Wednesday) 
The regular classes will start from April 23 (Monday) at all Islamabad model schools and colleges. The admission tests for class-I were held at Islamabad model colleges for boys in sectors F-8/4, F-7/3, G-10/4, F-10/3, I-10/1, I-8/3, F-11/3, F-11/1, G-11/1 and Islamabad College for Boys in G-6/3 and Islamabad model colleges for girls in sectors F-6/2, G-7/4, F-10/2, F-8/1, G-10/2, I-8/4, I-10/4, Korangi Town and Islamabad College for Girls (ICG) F-6/2.
Evening shift for class-I is available in all model colleges except IMCB, F-11/3 and IMCB, G-11/1.
However, the directorate is issuing registration forms for class prep till April 20 and receiving till April 23 while the written tests will be conducted on April 26.
The merit lists will be placed on May 2 and the classes would start from May 7.
The admission forms can be obtained and submitted at Islamabad model colleges for boys (IMCB) in the sectors G-6/3, F-8/4, G-10/4, F-10/3, F-11/3, G-11/1 and Islamabad model colleges for girls in the sectors including F-6/2, F-7/2, F-10/2, F-8/1, G-10/2, I-8/4 and also from Islamabad College for Girls (ICG) F-6/2. Evening shift for class Prep is not available in all the model colleges except ICB G-6/3 and IMCB F-8/4.
About the eligibility, the directorate said the parents of children must be the residents of Islamabad while those living in Rawalpindi but serving in government/semi-government organizations in the capital are also eligible to apply for the admission.
The age limit must be at least four years but not more than five years as on March 31 according to `B’ form issued by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and the admission forms must have attested copies of relevant certificates or documents.

Admissions being offered at SMI Model School

KARACHI: Limited seats are available in class V to VIII at Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) Model School for Boys and Girls. Those desirous of securing admission may obtain the registration form from the admission committee with a payment of Rs 200 on working days, an SMI statement said here on Tuesday. It said that the admissions would continue till April 21. The written test would be conducted on April 23 at 11:00am at the premises of the institution. app

College principal among four fall prey to violence in city

Staff Report

KARACHI: Four people, including vice principal of Jinnah Polytechnic College (JPC), were killed in separate acts of sectarian killing and violence in different parts of the city on Tuesday.

Vice principal of JPC Imran Zaidi, 48, a resident of North Karachi, Sector 11-A, was going home in his car from the college when two armed men, riding a motorcycle, opened indiscriminate fire on him near Matriculation Board office within the limits of North Nazimabad police station, leaving him seriously injured.

The culprits fled after swift operation. The injured was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

SP Tanveer Alam Odho said the police had recovered four empty shells of 9mm pistol from the scene and according to eyewitness, both culprits wore helmets. He said initially, police believed that sectarian killing was the motive behind the incident, but police was investigating the case from other angles. Later police handed over the body to the family. The victim was the father of two children.

Tension gripped several areas of the city, including Rizvia, Malir Jaffar Tayyar Society, Ancholi, Abbas Town and other areas, where heavy contingents of police were deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

Majlis Wahdat Muslimeen leader Maulana Ali Anwar has strongly condemned the killing of Zaidi and said that around 23 Shias were killed in the city this year but the government had failed to arrest any killer. No case was registered till filing the report.

In another incident, a drug addict was shot dead and other injured at a ground near Mujtaba Mosque, Korangi, within the limits of Awami Colony police station. The incident took place in Korangi, Sector 35.

Shaukat, 55, and Imran, 40, were sitting at the ground near Mujtaba Mosque, where two armed men opened fire on them, resultantly both received serious bullet injuries. They were sent to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where Shaukat succumbed to his injuries.

SHO Javed Brohi said the victim was the resident of same area where incident occurred and he was taking a drug with his friend when unidentified men targeted them, adding that the victim family did not show doubt over any one but police believed that the victim’s accomplices might be involved in his murder. Police have registered a case against unidentified men.

In yet another incident, a man was shot dead at a shop within the limits of Sachal police station. The incident took place at Fancy View area where two armed men shot dead Zarat Gul, 55. The body was shifted to JPMC for medico-legal formalities.

SHO Azhar Ali Iqbal said the victim was the resident of Gulshan-e-Maymar and used to run heavy vehicles machinery. “He was the father of four children and his family said that he had enmity with his relatives in tribal area,” said the SHO. Later, police handed over his body to the heirs.

Separately, police found body of a young man from the roof of a building in Ranchore Line within the precincts of Eidgah police station. Twenty-six-year-old Ismail, was the resident of Ranchore Line.

DSP Zahid Siddiqui said the victim was missing since Monday night after exchanging hot words with his family. The officer said the motive of death was yet to be ascertained and he had some torture marks. The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for postmortem and later handed over to his family. The victim was unmarried and was working in a private company. No case was registered till filing the report.

NUML holds awareness seminar on thalassaemia

Staff Report 

ISLAMABAD: An awareness seminar on danger, causes and fight against thalassaemia was held on Tuesday in the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), in collaboration with Thalassaemia Awareness and Prevention in Pakistan (TAPP). 

Speaking at the seminar, TAPP President Ayesha Abid told a big gathering of male and female students that “choice is yours! Either get yourself tested for thalassaemia carrier status before you tie the knot or suffer the regrets, psychological stresses, financial burdens, life-long trauma, costly medications and other enormous challenges. Therefore, every one of you needs to get yourself tested before it tests you”.

She also briefed the students and other participants about the kinds of thalassaemia and informed them that more than 10 million people had thalassaemia minor, but the danger arose when two thalassaemia minor carriers got married. Therefore, it was the responsibility of institutions, teachers, parents and media to create awareness against such marriages because all those children who suffered from thalassaemia needed blood transfusion from the very young age of three months and it continues with them for the rest of their lives.

Samiul Haq, father of Nimar Sami, suggested the students should have themselves tested and ascertain what precautions needed to be adopted by them if any one of them was a carrier of thalassaemia. NUML Rector Major Gen (r) Masood Hassan, while speaking on the occasion, appreciated the efforts of the TAPP for such a humanitarian cause.

The seminar was also attended by NUML Director General Brig Azam Jamal, Dr Amina Aziz and students.

24th Annual Cultural Week begins at IIUI

* Students urged to pay attention to research, modern knowledge

Staff Report 

ISLAMABAD: The 24th Annual Cultural Week started at the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) on Tuesday with Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari in the chair. 

Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Yaqoob Ahmad Khan was the guest of honour on the occasion. IIUI Vice President Dr Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman was also prominent on the stage.

The ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates and Somalia participated in the opening ceremony. China, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Kenya, Bangladesh, Iran and other countries set up their stalls to highlight their culture.

The most attractive stalls were set up by students of Afghanistan featuring different aspects of Afghan life, food and literature.

At stalls of other countries, students showcased their cultural symbols and dresses of different cultures.

Similarly, students from all the four provinces of the country set up their stalls to highlight culture of their areas. There was a special focus differentiating the culture of rural from urban areas.

All departments of the university also set up their stalls offering insights into subjects like international relations, Islamic art and architecture, Shariah and law, psychology, sociology, mass communication, etc.

Addressing the opening ceremony, IIUI President Dr Mumtaz Ahmad said 9/11 was a watershed because after this event the world started looking at Islam as a religion of violence.

In 1980s, some forces preached only jihad in Muslim countries, but after 9/11 the same forces changed their direction and emphasised that Islam is a religion of peace. He stated it was true that Islam is a religion of peace but at the same time jihad is part of it.

Dr Javaid Laghari said he was impressed to see comity of different cultures at the campus. He said the students should work together to tell the world that Muslim youths were peaceful and productive part of it. He urged students to pay attention to research and acquisition of modern knowledge and called upon students and teachers to embrace new technology. He said World Bank had placed focus on higher education, skilled knowledge, technology, innovation and research and universities should tap into this interest of the international monetary institution.

He said the HEC would encourage all innovative ideas so that those seeking employment start creating employment. He reiterated that the Muslim youths should pull together in the filed of research and higher education.

UAE Ambassador Essa Abdullah said students were the real assets for the future of Ummah. He said his country was contributing in the improvement of falling economies of Muslim countries. Thousands of Pakistanis are working in the UAE, which they take as their second home, he said, adding that the UAE had established 22 universities in 40 years and now students from all over the world come to the country for studies.

He said the UAE was running a project for development of infrastructure, healthcare and education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

IIUI Rector Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik urged Muslims not to forget their duties and the facts that Islam was a religion of peace and harmony.

Dr Sajidur Rehman prayed for the troops still unaccounted for at Siachen. Student Adviser Dr Safeer Awan also addressed the ceremony and thanked the guests. Iranian ambassador will open the ceremony on female campus today (Wednesday). The event will continue until April 2.

Community school teachers demand payment of salaries

 

PARACHINAR: The teachers of the community schools in upper Kurram Agency asked the government on Tuesday to release their salaries withheld for the last 10 months.Talking to reporters in Parachinar,

the headquarters of Kurram Agency after a meeting, they said they had not received salaries for the last several months.

 

They said the community schools were facing serious financial problems as the officials concerned were least bothered about such institutions.They said thousand of students were studying in the 45 community schools established by the government in Kurram Agency. They asked the federal government and Governor Masood Kausar to release their salaries forthwith and reserve special seats for teachers in regular government schools jobs.