Wednesday, 30 April 2014

confrontation among institutions not a good omen JUI (F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman

LAHORE (INP): JUI (F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that all institutions must follow the role as enshrined in the constitution as confrontation between state institutions is not a good omen.
According to central media cell of the party, the JUI (F) chief was talking to party leaders Malik Sikandar Khan, Advocate, Maulana Syed Abdul Majeed Nadeem Shah and Maulana Amiruz Zaman on Tuesday.
The JUI (F) Chief said that there must be cooperation between all the institutions of the State and if they remain within their constitutional ambit, there would be no danger of confrontation.
He said the attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir was condemnable and emphasized the need for special care to get out of the situation that developed after the attack.
Talking to Maulana Mohammad Amjad Khan and Haji Shamsur Rehman Shamsi he said the JUI(F) has already expressed its reservations over the Protection of Pakistan Bill within and outside the Parliament.

He termed the bill as unconstitutional and against the principles of human rights.
He said peace cannot be restored until the country gets out of the war of others. He said the JUI(F) has always demanded a strong foreign policy and implementation of the Parliamentary Resolution and decisions of the APC to rid the country of bloodshed and blasts.
About increasing load shedding, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the government has no strategy to deal with the situation and was of the view that the rulers were following the dictates of IMF instead of implementing the manifesto of the party.
The JUI(F) chief said the national security policy has been framed to please the foreign masters which would not be acceptable to people and ulema.
He asked the government not to worry about religious institutions and pay attention to the resolution of problems of the people.  F.P Report

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Oxford University Press to organize a talk by Fahmida Riaz her book Hum Loag which is a collection of her three novels: Godavari, Zinda Bahar Lane, and Karachi

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KARACHI: Oxford University Press is organizing a talk by Fahmida Riaz on her book Hum Loag which is a collection of her three novels: Godavari, Zinda Bahar Lane, and Karachi. These stories deal with the nature of political violence in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Fahmida Riaz talks of her experience of exile in alien lands and about the internal exile that she underwent in her own land when her political beliefs and sensibilities made her unacceptable for an authoritarian regime. Fahmida Riaz is regarded among the front rank of writers and poets of Urdu. Respected and admired for her originality, her aesthetic excellence, and her candour, she has opened new vistas in Urdu literature. The talk will be held on Wednesday 30 April 2014, at the Oxford Bookshop, Khalid bin Waleed Road, Karachi, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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National Books Foundation (NBF) the National Book Day observed in the regional office

WAH CANTT (INP): Under the auspicious of National Books Foundation (NBF) the National Book Day was observed in the regional office here on Tuesday. 
The event was attended by prominent literary figures, poets, writers and people belonging to different walks of life. Speaking on the occasion, prominent Urdu poet and critic, Rana Saeed Doshi threw light on the importance of book and its role in personality building. He stressed the need of keeping in touch with good literary and knowledgeable books. 
He termed the books like oxygen for human being and said that life is incomplete without books and there is no alternate for it. Addressing the ceremony poet Talib Ansari urged for more frequent literary gathering and promotion of reading habit among common people. \”Some good words can lead the society from bottom to top.

The age we are living in is no doubt the age of technology but, we must have to attain our values. Which can only be achieved by reading good literature.\” Talib Ansari is an active member of literary circle Sareer-e-Khama. In this way, he recommended to writers to get closer to discuss contemporary literary and social issues.
Chief organizer of the Pakistan Youth League, Abid Hussain expressed grave concerns over the dying book culture. He said busy life has created distance between books and humans. He said that no one can afford expensive books and services of NBF are laudable in this regard.
Writer and journalist Shoaib Hamesh and columnist Malik Najeeb ur Rehman Arshad also addressed at the occasion. While, in charge of the NBF Wah branch, Muhammad Khaleel aimed high for organizing book festivals and literary gatherings in coming days. Event was co-hosted by Wah Cultural Forum.

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Chinese envoy greets Anusha on holding successful 3G, 4G spectrum auction

ISLAMABAD: H.E Mr. Sun Viendong, Chinese Ambassador called on Minister of State for IT Mrs. Anusha Rahman at her office. The Chinese Ambassador congratulated the Minister on the successful next generation (3G/4G) spectrum auction which was conducted in an efficient and transparent manner. While talking to the Chinese Ambassador the Minister shared that she had the honor to write the IT chapter of the PML (N) Manifesto and also got the opportunity to execute it as Minister.
She said that a condition was inserted in the IM (Memorandum of Information) that 4G spectrum would be only offered to those operators who will win 10 MHz of 3G spectrum and Chine Mobile succeeded to get 3G and 4G both. Now Government has one block of 4G spectrum available to be auctioned in the near future. The Minister further said that after 3G/4G auction, there is a need to work on building an eco system. China Mobile has agreed to establish research and innovation center for content development and focus on human resource development, training and transfer of technology.

An important component of building ecosystem is local manufacturing of mobile phones. We invite Chinese companies to come and participate in this venture so that we can locally manufacture smart phones to cater the fast growing market demand in the wake of 3G/4G technology. It is possible to enter into a public private partnership and utilise TIP (Telephone Industry of Pakistan) unit established on 100 acres, which can be used for manufacturing Mobile phones. The Government is also willing to consider tax concessions to these foreign investors in local manufacturing.

Chinese Ambassador, H.E Mr. Sun Viendong, appreciated the investment friendly policies of the present government of PML (N). He further expressed that the people of China always cherish and feel the warmth of this decade old friendship bond which we share with the government and the people of Pakistan and it further augmented during recent past.

The Ambassador appreciated the developmental projects of the Ministry of IT and ensured the Minister that he would engage with potential Chinese companies to invest in telecom sector of Pakistan, particularly in local manufacturing of mobile phones and applications development. F.P. Report


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Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part-I & II Annual Examinations Scorching heat, outages and exams BSEK Karachi Board

KARACHI – Ongoing Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part-I & II Annual Examinations have become a nightmare for students who are forced to appear in the papers during scorching heat while 70 to 80 per cent examination centres face loadshedding.
As mercury levels of Karachi hits 42 degree centigrade students are students facing intense problems in attempting their exams. On the other hand K-Electricity is also showing no mercy for students, teachers and other staff managing papers as loadshedding continues at exam centres.

BIEK Controller Examination Imran Khan Chishti told The Nation that almost 70 to 80 per cent of 108 examination centres, formed are in the grip of power failure. More than 200,000 candidates are enrolled in the intermediate examinations.

According to reports, many candidates had fainted during the exam while other candidates were seen sweating excessively. Talking about the issue, Prof Iftikhar Azmi, central leaders of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA), condemned the apathetic behavior of the K-Electricity, and said that the government should have played its due role.
“I am shocked over the behavior of the provincial government, which has no influence on the policies of K-Electricity towards loadshedding especially during the papers of intermediate examinations,” Areeb, a candidate suffering from loadsheeding in the papers. Exam centres face external threats: According to reports of different examination centres, prepared by BIEK, external elements are trying to influence various examination centres to facilitate cheating mafia in the absence of the Police and Rangers.
Following the reports, Chairman BIEK Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai has contacted officials of police and rangers, and requested them to deploy more personnel around the examination centres during papers.
BIEK Controller Examination Imran Khan Chishti said that during the surprise visit of special vigilance teams as many as 32 candidates were caught red-handedly while using unfair means in the papers held on Tuesday. Nation

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Additional Agency Education Officer expresses resolve to improve education

WANA: Additional Agency Education Officer Noor Ali Wazir expressed his resolve to bring revolutionary changes in the education system for the general benefit of the poor segment of the society. He said that he would not compromise on improving the education system in South Waziristan Agency while talking to media persons in Wana. He said that no nation could progress without providing quality education to the children. 

Developed nations in the world made education their top priority, and then they achieved their set goals in science and advanced technology, he added. He further said that those nations in the world lagged behind did not pay enough attention to education.
He stated that our ultimate aim is to make all non-functional schools functional with full cooperation of local community and political administration. F.P. Report

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Institute of Management Sciences (IMS), Peshawar, and the Federal Urdu University FUU win debate contests

ISLAMABAD – The Institute of Management Sciences (IMS), Peshawar, and the Federal Urdu University won the 16th All Pakistan Inter-University Debate Contest, in English and Urdu categories, respectively on Tuesday. The final round of the contest was held at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat in Islamabad.
Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning and Development, was the chief guest on the occasion. As many as 30 contestants belonging to public and private sector higher education institutions from all over the country participated in the contest.
Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, and the University of Balochistan, Quetta, stood second and third in the English category while University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, and Government College University, Lahore, secured second and third position in Urdu category, respectively. The winners of first, second and third positions were given cash prizes of Rs.60000, Rs.50000 and Rs.40000, respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the youth is Pakistan’s real asset who always performs excellently whenever they are provided an opportunity. He asserted that it was need of the hour to spread optimism in the society as some forces are deliberately spreading negativity especially among the youth. “No doubt, our country is facing a number of challenges but I tell you we have the potential and resources to overcome all the problems and to achieve that goal, our biggest asset are the youth of Pakistan,” said the Minister.
Ahsan Iqbal said that the Government was committed to the promotion of education, particularly higher education in the country and in four- year time the percentage for education budget will be increased from two per cent to four per cent. “We realize that it is essential to empower S&T professionals. There is no denying the fact that real socio-economic development cannot be achieved until research agenda is linked to the economic agenda and needs of the society. We are making efforts to bring academia, industry and the government on one platform to link our research and development activities with the socio-economic requirements.”
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, said that Commission has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote extra-curricular activities at university campuses. He said that the basic objective of this contest is to promote communication skills and critical thinking of students, enhance their understanding of socio-economic and political issues as well as divert their energies towards healthy activities and creative thinking.
The Chairman appreciated the government for increasing the education budget and for its further commitment for the upcoming year. “HEC stands committed to achieve its targets and further strengthen the universities of Pakistan so that these institutions play an effective role in country’s development. nation

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Mime art and puppetry exhibits students’ talent of Digital Advertising and Computer Graphics

ISLAMABAD (INP): In order to provide students of Digital Advertising and Computer Graphics an opportunity to showcase their unexplored talents as well as to promote the blend of local and modern western art namely puppetry and mime art, an art exhibition with the title of “Mime Art and Puppetry” was arranged by the Department of Mass Communication in National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, today.

A wide range of art work including drawings in pastel and charcoal, leather, oil paintings, and posters were displayed by the young student artists while a thought provoking documentary “Puppet never dies” and heart touching mime performance by a student received a lot of applause from visitors comprising students, faculty members, heads, and deans of the different departments of the university.
The visitors appreciated the blend of traditional and modern art in which the student painters and artists through the use of different media projected the history, development and decline of Mime art and Puppetry in Pakistan, particularly and in the world, generally, an art once known to be a great source of entertainment and information for young and elderly people alike. Though the beautiful mime performance by Sohail Chaudhry, 4th Semester Mass Communication, was an academic project, it was an encouraging initiative by any student to promote and create awareness about the dying art. Talking on the occasion, Coordinator of the event Miss Amna Zulfiqar said that \”this exhibition is a project for the students of Digital Art and Graphic Designing in their final semester and it provides them an opportunity to exhibit, market what they have learnt during the studies and find the ways where they can implement it. This is also a way to lend our hands to create awareness about world\’s declining languages, art, culture and traditions through such exhibitions, she added. F.P. Report

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GCU Urdu Department arranged a Mefil-e-Mushaira connection with the university’s 150the anniversary celebrations,

LAHORE – The GCU Urdu Department and Old Ravians Union in connection with the university’s 150the anniversary celebrations, have arranged a Mefil-e-Mushaira. GCU VC Dr Khaleequr Rahman was the chief guest, while, renowned poet Zafar Iqbal presided over. Thirty poets, including Attaul Haq Qasmi, Kishwar Naheed, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Khursheed Rizwi, Aslam Ansari, Sarmad Sehbai, Muhammad Khan Ashraf, Najeeb Ahmed, Dr Akhtar Shumar, Nasir Bashir, Jahan Ara Tabbasum and Yasmeen Hameed graced the literary sitting.


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Financial literacy critical in Pakistan one-day workshop on “Consumer Protection and Financial Literacy (CPFL)”

ISLAMABAD (Online): USAID Mission Director Gregory Gottlieb has said that USAID believes that financial literacy is critical to ensure that consumers are able to make smart financial decisions. He expressed these views at a one-day workshop on “Consumer Protection and Financial Literacy (CPFL)”, was funded and released by the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank in Islamabad.

Gregory Gottlieb said, “USAID believes that financial literacy is critical to ensure that consumers are able to make smart financial decisions. Strong financial consumer protection empowers the public to demand improved transparency and efficiency in the financial sector and at the same time play an important role in ensuring sensible growth.
Robust consumer protection, transparency and efficiency in the financial sector also build public confidence, thus encouraging positive financial activity that will stimulate economic growth, and also grow Pakistan’s credit markets.” More than 220 leaders and professionals from the financial sector deliberated on the study’s key findings and the next steps to improve the country’s policy and regulatory environment. A primary objective of the study was to increase Pakistani consumers’ financial knowledge and explain to them how to responsibly access needed financial services. F.P. Report

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