Rocketing textbook prices worry parents, teachers

Rocketing textbook prices worry parents, teachers

LAHORE – The private publishers have increased the prices of outsourced textbooks from 57 to 257 percent, Pakistan Today has learnt. The increase in prices serves as a reminder to the government to take notice of corruption of private mafia and faultiness in Textbook and Learning Material Policy (TLMP) that is barring education for the poor.
PARENTS, TEACHERS CONDEMN: Parents and students condemned the authorities; the Punjab government and the Punjab Textbook Board (PTB), for

Barelvi-Deobandi turf wars – Who rules the DHA mosques?

LAHORE – The Defense Housing Authority (DHA) has long been considered a bastion of liberalism, but it is now being claimed that its management is under the sway of a particular ideology. Sectarian trouble is brewing in DHA as the hard-line Sunni Tehreek (ST) is actively pursuing the interests of the “disgruntled” Barelvi community against alleged disparities in the recruitment of mosque khateebs, khadims and moazzins in the area. Pointing a finger at the Religious Affairs Department

Anti-encroachment campaign starts today

LAHORE – Lahore District Coordination Officer DCO Ahad Cheema inspected the machinery and the task force that will take part in the anti-encroachment campaign that starts today at 8:00 am. After the inspection, the machinery and forces were sent to their respective towns where they will start wiping out encroachments. The DCO made it clear to all officers that no injustice shall be done with anyone and in case of any resistance, all the lawbreakers shall be prosecuted lawfully and

GCU gets acting VC

LAHORE – Prof Dr Ikramul Haq, a noted biotechnologist and Sitara-e-Imtiaz professor, took charge as acting vice chancellor (VC) of the Government College University (GCU) on Thursday. The Old Ravians’ Union thanked Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman on Ikram’s appointment. Prof Ikarm was working as GCU Faculty of Science and Information Technology dean and Institute of Biotechnology director. He did his post doctorate from Cornell University,

‘Bhatti’s murder not an excuse for blasphemy laws’ repeal’

LAHORE – Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder was ‘deplorable’ but they will not allow paving way for amendment in the blasphemy laws, under the cover of this incident, Jamiat Ulema Pakistan (JUP) Secretary General Qari Zawar Bahadar said on Thursday in a press conference at the Lahore Press Club. He said that JUP has decided to hold Tahafz-e-Namoos-i-Risalat Conference at Minar-i-Pakistan on 27th of this month. He said if the ‘rulers’ tried to amend the blasphemy laws or release Raymond Davis,

Ghurki’s Qul held

LAHORE – Politicians, bureaucrats and party workers attended the Qul of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Khalid Ghurki on Thursday. Rasm-e-Qul for late Khalid Ghurki, senior leader of PPP, former National Assembly member and husband of Federal Minister for Environment and Women Development Samina Khalid Ghurki, was held at several mosques while special arrangements for women were made at his DHA residence. A Quran Khawani was held for the deceased at this occasion which continued

Pathanay Khan – a legend

LAHORE – Eleven years have passed but yet the legend of the great Pathanay Khan still remains, whose lilting sweet yet pain filled Saraiki songs are absorbed by lovers of folk music. Pathanay Khan or Ghulam Mohammad, was born in 1926 in the village Basti Tambu Wali, situated in the heart of the Thal Desert, several miles from Kot Addu, Punjab. When he was only a few years old, his father, Khameesa Khan, brought home a third wife after which his own mother decided to leave her husband.

PA session today – PPP lawmakers longing to show their teeth

LAHORE – The 23rd session of the Punjab Assembly (PA) will be held on Friday (today) under the chair of PA Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal amidst strict security arrangements. The house proceedings will start at 3:00 pm and soon after the recitation of the holy verses from the Quran and Naat, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will make its maiden entry as opposition after being a part of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)-led government for the period of over three years.

Threats become important after recent terrorist attacks

LAHORE – Recent terrorist attacks, one near an office of a secret agency and another in the midst of a crowded funeral, had not only claimed the lives of dozens of people and injured hundreds more, but had also has increased the significance of threats received by these agencies, sources told Pakistan Today. Sources said that two terrorist attacks, which took place on successive days in Faisalabad and Peshawar, had forced people and law enforcement agencies to review all threatening

Parliamentarians to resolve education policy issues

LAHORE – parliamentarians’ caucus has been set up on Thursday with the collaboration of UNICEF and Punjab education department to make efforts at policy making level for the promotion of education without any gender discrimination. “After Nepal, Pakistan is the second country where such a caucus has been established with UNICEF’s cooperation. According to UNICEF statistics only 20 students, out of a hundred enrolled in Pakistani schools, appear in Matric examination. After Nigeria and

Specialists raise consciousness about kidney disorders

LAHORE – Every year almost 17,000 people fall victim to kidney failure across Pakistan, Shaikh Zayed Hospital Chairman and Dean Professor Dr Muhammad Saeed said on Thursday. He expressed these views during a seminar held at Shaikh Zayed Hospital to mark the World Kidney Day. The International Society of Nephrology has selected “protect your kidneys and save your heart” as the theme for this year. In his speech, Dr Saeed said that the main cause of this fatal disease was diabetes, high

LCWU holds debating competition

LAHORE – An Inter-Collegiate and Inter-University debate competition was held at the Lahore College and Women’s University. The competition was organised by the English debates society. The participant colleges included Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Government College University, Queen Mary College, Samanabad College and College of Home Economics.
The topic of the competition was “Sterility of emotions is the gift of technology”. Saleha Cheema from Fatima Jinnah Medical College

SAP-PK commemorates Women’s Day

LAHORE – South Asia Partnership-Pakistan (SAP-PK) organised a seminar in commemoration of the 100th International Women’s Day tilted “Farmer Women in the Post-Flood Situation” at the Punjabi Complex, in Qaddafi Stadium. Addressing the seminar, Shabnum Rashid from SAP-PK highlighted the importance of International Women’s Day while voicing her concerns over the gaps in the ongoing relief and rehabilitation programmes.
She demanded land reforms to provide economic space to flood

Seven-year-old boy sodomised, killed

LAHORE – Kabeer Saleem alias Vicky, 7, a prep-class student and and a resident of Kot Khawaja Saeed, was killed by unidentified men after sexually assualting him in Gujjarpura Police precincts on Thursday. Police said that around 9am on Thursday, Gujjarpura Police received a call at rescue 15 number by a laborer, who informed them about the body of a minor boy buried under sand inside an under-construction boys high school building located in the same area. Local police reached the

Education emergency in Pakistan- Citizens show concern at PETF report

LAHORE – Educational experts and citizens, on Thursday, have expressed concern over the revelations of the report issued by Pakistan Education Task Force (PETF) that says that Pakistan has been crippled by an education emergency that threatens tens of millions of children. A senior analyst and Pakistan Law College Principal Dr Humayun Ehsan said no government throughout country’s history was serious for promoting education. He said that the current leadership lacked political will,

‘Govt must conduct LB polls without more ado’

LAHORE – SPO, a non-government organisation, in collaboration with Action Aid, organized a one day consultation seminar on local government issues and challenges faced by the office bearers of different Punjab districts, civil society and media at a local hotel on Thursday. MPA Amna Ulfat, Ayma Mehmood, Local Government Association Director Anwar Hussain, Advocate Qazi Mobeen, Regional head SPO Salman Abid, Syed Shahabuddin, Irfan Hote from Action aid, Laila Azhar from Home Net, Zafar

SPARC condemns growing violence against children

LAHORE – The Society for the Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC) has shown concern over increasing violence against children. For this purpose an awareness walk was organised by the society in collaboration with Allama Iqbal High School Umer Road, Kirshan Nagar, Lahore, from the school to the Punjab Civil Secretariat. More than 100 children along with adults and the school staff participated in the awareness walk. The children carried banners addressing their rights and asking