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CM urges youth to understand importance of independence
PESHAWAR:15 August: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has asked the younger generation to understand the importance of independence and the philosophy behind the creation of Pakistan.
He was addressing different functions as part of the Independence Day celebrations on Monday, says an official statement.

The chief minister also inaugurated the Jinnah Degree College and Sports Stadium in Pabbi, and district council hall in Nowshera.

The main event was organised by the Peshawar district government for the hoisting of the national flag at the lawns of the Civil Secretariat.

Deputy Speaker Provincial Assembly Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, Member National Assembly Dr Imran Khattak, MPAs Mian Khaleeq-ur-Rehman, Arbab Jehandad Khan, Shaukat Yousafzai, Peshawar District Nazim Muhammad Asim, Chief Secretary Abid Saeed, Inspector General of Police Salahuddin Mehsud and others were present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the chief minister underlined the need for understanding the philosophy behind the creation of Pakistan.

He added that the 70 years history of the country was replete with loot and plunder.

Pervez Khattak said that now the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government was following the vision of Imran Khan and working to eliminate corruption and depoliticise the police, revenue and other institutions.

He stated that the youth voted the PTI to power for changing the system.

The chief minister advised the local elected representatives to work for the development and prosperity of their respective areas, adding that they should raise the awareness level of people against corruption.

He also advised them to avoid the misuse of resources and warned that corrupt people would not get any space in the PTI.

Earlier, he performed the flag-hoisting in the Civil Secretariat and congratulated the people of Pakistan in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular on the Independence Day.

The gathering participants also prayed for the integrity, solidarity and prosperity of the country.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Real freedom remains a dream due to poverty, illiteracy
« Last post by sb on August 15, 2017, 11:41:48 AM »
Real freedom remains a dream due to poverty, illiteracy’ 
ISLAMABAD:15 August:The country is all set to celebrate its 70 years of independence today (Monday). While talking to Daily Times, people from various walks of life gave their views about the landmark achievements of the country since 1947. Dr Zafar Iqbal, a senior educationist at the International Islamic University (IIU) Islamabad, said that efforts were needed to make Pakistan a developed country. "Unfortunately, there has been no significant increase in the literacy rate in the country. Actually, all our governments have done is change the definition of a literate person instead of actually improving the literacy rate," he said. Dr Iqbal said that without increasing the literacy rate, real freedom would remain a distant dream. "People cannot defend their fundamental rights if they are unaware of them," he said. He said that it was shocking to know that the annual budgetary allocation for military had remained far higher than education ever since 1947. "This shows the priorities of the government. The education budget is more than the defense budget even in countries like Bangladesh too," he said. Dr Iqbal said that the education budget should be equivalent to the military budget. "This should be made part of the Constitution to make governments implement it," he said. Social activist Dr Rakhshinda Parveen said that she was from a family that had faced two migrations. "I am disappointed and despondent with today's Pakistan. Having worked with various organisations and disadvantaged communities, we are just maintaining personal integrity," she said. "Today's Pakistan is characteristised by nepotism and lack of respect for an ordinary individual. The bureaucracy is the key stumbling block in the country's progress. You cannot get a good job or party ticket purely on merit," she said.Published in Daily Times,
Education News from Sindh / Larkana celebrates I Day with national fervour
« Last post by sb on August 15, 2017, 11:40:52 AM »
Larkana celebrates I Day with national fervour
LARKANA:15 August: 70th Pakistan Day was celebrated in Larkana, Kambar-Shahdadkot and Naudero in a befitting manner. In Larkana, main event was held at Benazir Bhutto Municipal Stadium in which Commissioner Ghulam Abbas Baloch,

Mayor Aslam Shaikh, deputy commissioner Kashif Ali Tipu, SSP Sajid Amir Sadozai other government officers, students and general public took part in national flag hoisting ceremony. Guard of honour was presented and pigeons were set free as a sign of peace. Students of schools presented naats, national songs and tableaus on the occasion. The officials planted saplings to mark the day. Sweets, fruit and cooked food was distributed to the people in parts of these areas by the event organizers. Day was also celebrated at Darul Aman, Central Prison and at Chandka Medical College Hospital. Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, also celebrated Pakistan Day participated by students, professors, doctors and the employees. Dr Afsar Bhutto, Registrar said that progress of a country directly associated with standard of education and provision of better health facilities to the masses. Prof Ali Akbar Soomro said our new generation should celebrate this day like Eid. He said that philosophy of live and let live would teach us importance of Independence Day.   In Kambar, main event was held at Cricket Ground. DC Shahmir Bhutto and officials hoisted national flag and presented national anthem. DC urged students to get education to become future leaders of Pakistan and serve country in a better way. He asked government servants to serve people wholeheartedly.  In Naundero, students, teachers and common man celebrated Pakistan Day in parts of city. Government Boys Higher Secondary School-1 and 2, Students of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Government Primary School, Serve Foundation Adolescent and Adult Learning and Training Program, Glorious Public School and Bakhtawar Model School in their respective schools wearing traditional dresses presented national songs, tableaus made speeches highlighting importance of Pakistan ideology and its movement. Glorious Public School took out a large rally holding 100 meters large Pakistan flag and was terminated at Press Club.Published in Daily Times, August 15th 2017.
Education News from Sindh / Khairpur holds colourful events
« Last post by sb on August 15, 2017, 11:39:57 AM »
Khairpur holds colourful events
KHAIRPUR:15 August: 70th Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated across eight talukas of district Khairpur.

The main event was held at Government Naz Pilot Secondary School Khairpur. The Chairman District Council Khairpur Shaharyar Khan Wasan, Deputy Commissioner Nawaz Sohu, SSP Ghulam Azafar Mahesar, Justice (retd) Ali Aslam Jafery hoisted national flag.

Highlighting history of creation country the speakers paid tribute to Quaid-e-Azam and his followers. They said freedom from India was result of long struggle by the national leaders. Our country is gift of Almighty Allah, they added.

Deputy Commissioner urged forming a debating and systematic society for promotion of education and economic development. He announced Rs 100,000 for students whose participated in programme and Rs 50,000 for teachers.

Chairman Municipal Committed Khairpur Syed Amjad announced Rs 50,000 for children on the occasion.

Around 20 school teams participated in the event and presented tableau and national songs.

On the occasion trophies and award were also distributed among students besides sweets.

Chairman District Council Shaharyar Wasan, SSP Ghulam Azfar Mahesar, Usman Khalid, Sayed Muhammad Abbas and participants planted saplings in Sabz Zar Lawn of Naz High School.

Meanwhile events to celebrate Independence Day in Pir Jo Goth, Khairpur, Kotdiji, Gambat, Nara, Sobhodero, Tharimirwah and Faiz Gunj were also held.

Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur also held programme on the occasion. Prof Dr Noor Ahmed Shaikh, Pro-Vice Chancellor, main Campus hoisted national flag. The participants prayed for peace, prosperity and development of the country.

Dr Noor said Pakistan came into existence as a result of long struggle by leaders of freedom movement. Sweets were distributed among the participants.

Prof Dr Imdad Hussain Sahito, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof Dr Taj Mohammad Lashari, Chairman, Department of Media Studies, Prof Dr Fayaz Raza Chandio, Barkatullah Qureshi, Director Planning and Development, Imdad Ali Sial, Project Director (Works), Mureed Hussain Ibopoto, Additional Controller of Examinations, Ghulam Shabbir Phulpoto, Inspector of Colleges, Ms Ghazala Qureshi, Principal, Model School, Mushtaque Ali Khaskheli, Imran Ali Soomro, Sahib Khan Shaikh, Haji Faiz Mohammad Phulpoto and members of Employees Association attended the function.

Dr Ibrahim Kaeerio, Principal Khairpur College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology and members hoisted national flag.

Principal said that Pakistan came into being after sacrifices rendered by Muslims of subcontinent under leadership of Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Muslim of subcontinent got independence from British imperial power and separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent. We should follow ethos of Jinnah's philosophy in serving our country without any creed, colour and race and keep unity in our ranks.

He emphasised students to follow suit of Jinnah, Allama Iqbal and other personalities who struggled for independence.

Dr Irshad Marri on the occasion said contemporary political situation of India has revealed that Jinnah's demand for separate homeland based on reality and today Kashmiri, Palestinian and Indian Muslims have been facing sufferings at the hands of their respective regimes.Published in Daily Times, August 15th 2017.
Nation celebrates 70 years of independence with zeal and fervour
ISLAMABAD:15 August: Pakistan on Monday marked 70 years of independence with a patriotic display as government officials and military top brass participated in flag-hoisting ceremonies and laying wreaths at symbolic monuments across the country.

While COAS vowed to wipe out terrorists and dismantle their hideouts in his independence day message to the nation after hoisting the largest national flag at Wagha border amid patriotic slogans. The Pakistan Air Force organized one of its largest air shows in the country's history, with visiting aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia joining in the display in Islamabad. A second air show was held at Karachi's Seaview beach.

Chinese vice premier Wang Yang also participated in  the Independence Day Celebrations, addressing a crowd of top government and military officials at Islamabad's Convention Centre.

Meanwhile, In Islamabad PM  Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, along with top generals and foreign dignitaries, presided over a 31-gun salute and flag-raising ceremony.  Abbasi in his address to the nation said that The independence that we got 70 years ago was the fruit of the exemplary struggle of our ancestors."

While the President Mamnoon Hussain in his speech at a ceremony held at the Jinnah Convention Center said that the hoisting of the national flag was to pay tributes to the historic struggle of the leaders of Independence Movement. He further urged the nation to bury their differences and get united for the stability and unity.

In Karachi the day begun when the cadets of Pakistan Naval Academy performed the ceremonial guards' duty at the mausoleum of Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

In Lahore, students cruised through the eastern city´s streets on motorbikes waving flags and screaming "Long live Pakistan!"
Azaadi Parade was held in connection with the Independence Day at the Bugti stadium to mark Independence day, where one-minute silence for the Quetta martyrs was observed during the event. National songs played during the event boosted the spirits of the participants, who pledged to foil every conspiracy against the country.
Nation celebrated the festive occasion with fireworks, face-painting, eccentric get-ups, and other fun and games. Salute of 31 guns in the federal and 21 gun salute in provincial capitals marked the day . Special prayers were offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country, unity of the Muslim Ummah and success of the long drawn struggle of Kashmiris after Fajr prayers.The news.
Education News from Sindh / Independence Day held at Islamabad Model College
« Last post by sb on August 15, 2017, 11:37:46 AM »
Independence Day held at Islamabad Model College
Islamabad:August 15:The Islamabad Model College for Girls (Postgraduate), F-7/4, marked 70th Independence Day of with zeal and fervour, says a press release.

The event included, national flag hoisting by Principal Saleha Jabeen which was followed by national anthem and special prayers for the country. The function was held at college main hall. A large number of college teaching and non-teaching staff attended the event and pay homage to the heroes of Pakistan Movement.
The principal in her address highlighted the importance of Pakistan Day as the turning point in our national history. She paid glowing tributes to the Quaid-e-Azam and other leaders, who brought the Muslims of the sub-continent at one platform and created a separate homeland for them.The news.
Education News in Punjab / Ceremonies oozing patriotism mark Independence Day
« Last post by sb on August 15, 2017, 11:36:16 AM »
Ceremonies oozing patriotism mark Independence Day
LAHORE:15 August: Lahoris on Monday marked 70th Independence Day of Pakistan with national zeal and fervour.
The day dawned with special prayers for security, progress and prosperity of the country followed by a 21-gun salute at Mehfooz Shaheed Garrision. A number of families, personnel of the Pakistan Army witnessed the ceremony.

A number of flag-hoisting ceremonies, seminars and rallies arranged by the government, Pakistan Army, Rangers, political parties, Metropolitan Corporation Lahore, district administration, union councils, educational institutions were observed across the city.

The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) arranged fireworks at Greater Iqbal Park, Aiwan-e-Quaid and Jilani Park. The fireworks dazzled the audience, which had come out in droves to mark the day. A mega event to mark the day was organised at Lahore Fort where Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif hoisted the national flag at the historic Alamagiri Gate of Lahore Fort. The chief minister also visited Iqbal's mausoleum and laid a floral wreath at the grave of Allama Iqbal and offered prayers for solidarity and prosperity of the country. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif also visited the tomb of Allam Iqbal and offered fateha.

A change of guard ceremony was held at Iqbal's mausoleum. Lahore Garrison Commander Major General Muhammad Amir inspected the ceremony and laid wreath at the grave of the great thinker and offered fateha.

The Punjab Rangers also celebrated 70th Independence Day with traditional zeal at Wagah Border. A flag-lowering ceremony was held at Wagah Border, which was witnessed by people from all walks of life and army officials. Punjab Rangers Director General (DG) Major General Azhar Naveed Hayat Khan was the chief guest on the occasion. Not only Muslims but Christian community also marked Independence Day and arranged a special prayer ceremony at Cathedral Church.

The Child Welfare Protection Bureau, Women Development Department (WDD) and the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) held flag-hoisting ceremonies to mark the day. WDD Additional Secretary Nadir Khalique and PCSW Secretary Muhammad Usman were the chief guests.

Educational intuitions, including the Punjab University, Government College of Home Economics, Lahore, University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), University of Management and Technology (UMT) and the Government College University (GCU) celebrated the day by holding different ceremonies. A flag-hoisting ceremony at the Punjab University College of Art and Design was also held. Speaking on the occasion, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen urged the nation to serve the country irrespective of personal interest.

Addressing a grand flag-hoisting ceremony at the GCU's Bukhari Auditorium, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah laid stress on strengthening national institutions of the country, saying that Pakistan was the sixth largest country in the world by population, but, unfortunately, it was far below in the list of countries in socioeconomic indicators.

The National Highways and Motorways Police (Central Zone) under the supervision of Zonal Commander (N-5 Central) DIG Mirza Faran Baig celebrated Independence Day by installing special stalls at all toll plazas from Lahore to Rahim Yar Khan. The NHMP distributed national flags, flowers and candies among motorists, especially children.Published in Daily Times, August 15th 2017.
Education News in Punjab / GC University a grand flag-hoisting ceremony
« Last post by sb on August 15, 2017, 11:35:18 AM »
GC University a grand flag-hoisting ceremony
LAHORE:15 August: Educational institutions of the provincial metropolis celebrated 70th Independence Day with traditional zeal and zest by organising different events, including national flag-hoisting ceremonies.

At the Government College University (GCU), addressing a grand flag-hoisting ceremony at the university's historical Bukhari Auditorium, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah laid stress on strengthening national institutions of the country. Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir while addressing the flag-hoisting ceremony in the university urged the nation to serve the country irrespective of personal interests saying this was the way to make country Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal.  Deans, principals, directors, faculty members and students were present on the occasion. Participants were holding national flags.  University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) also celebrated the Independence Day with zeal and zest and organised various activities to mark the day. The day began with Quran Khawani and special prayers in the university mosque for martyrs and for the progress and prosperity of the country. Later, a flag-hoisting ceremony was arranged. Celebrating the Independence Day, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) VC announced setting up Pakistan Movement Gallery wherein rare pictures of Pakistan Movement and its leadership will be displayed. Addressing the staff during flag-hoisting ceremony in the campus, VC Prof Dr Uzma Qureshi said it was significant to educate young generation about the history of Pakistan Movement. Meanwhile, University of Engineering & Technology, Government College Township and student organisations also celebrated the day by organising walks, seminars and cake cutting ceremonies.

CAA: Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) held a flag hoisting ceremony at Allama Iqbal International Airport (AIIAP) on 70th Independence Day.

Railways: A flag hoisting ceremony was held at railway headquarters on Monday on Independence Day of Pakistan.

NH&MP: National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) N-5 Central Monday celebrated Independence Day with national spirit and zeal and made extraordinary arrangements to celebrate this special day with the road users.

Flag-hoisting: On 70th Independence Day, a flag hoisting ceremony arranged by Women Development Department (WDD) and Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) was held at WDD.

Mural wall: Punjab Minister for Excise and Taxation and Information Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman with Commissioner Abdullah Khan Sumbal Monday inaugurated a mural wall titled “Icons of Independence Movement”.

Message: In a message, Eama John, Chairperson Bricks Foundation For The Nation, said Pakistan is the greatest gift of Allah Almighty to all Pakistanis. "This is our home and we all have to protect, nurture and love it together with all our potential,” he added.The news.
Education News in Punjab / Education should be treated to produce better humans
« Last post by sb on August 15, 2017, 11:34:22 AM »
Education should be treated to produce better humans’
Rawalpindi::August 15:We should consider education as a faculty that produces better human beings and changes behaviour for the better rather than as a tool for getting a lucrative job.

This exhortation was made by noted educationist Khushbakht Shujaat while speaking as a motivational speaker on the third and final day of a seminar titled “Women’s Empowerment”, held at the Global Marquee in town on Monday afternoon. The theme for the day was ‘Women tackling challenges in education’.

The biggest drawback in our education system was the grooming of the individual, she said, and was because our education system did not focus on developing the inner, hidden talents of the child. “All the stress is on marks and academic performance.”

Love for books, she lamented, was declining. Schools were opening up galore, she said, without any attention to quality. Their only aim was reaping the quick buck with least regard to development of a child’s personality, the speaker added.

Love for books, Shujaat lamented, was declining as also for literature. “A child who is not bright in academics may be a very good musician but our system has no provisions for exploiting this important aspect of a child’s inner personality.” This was followed by a panel discussion, titled ‘Women tackling challenges in education’.

Ameena Saiyed, managing director of the Oxford University Press (Pakistan), said that of the 60 million children of school-going age in Pakistan, 20 million were out of school. Of the remaining 40 million, 24 million, she said, were going to government-run schools while 16 million were going to private schools.

She lamented that the standard of those going to public schools was really dismal. “The literacy rate in Balochistan is abysmally low while in Karachi’s Korangi it is around 60 percent.”

Education in Pakistan, she said, faced enormous challenges. One of these, according to her, was the measly governmental spending on education whereby health, education, and social welfare, all three put together, were getting just 1.8 percent of the GDP.

Teachers, she said, were not adequately trained. “We have to create an environment which would develop an interest in learning among children.”  The e best way for a child to learn the correct language, she said, was profuse reading and supplementary reading. For that, she added, there is a dire need for libraries.”

Nargis Alvi, principal of the Habib Public School, said teachers had their individual identity as mothers, wives and daughters. As such, they had essential duties in these roles too. “We need to look at their interests. We must have a flexible attitude in this regard.

“If a teacher has to be at school at a certain time in the morning, she also has to drop an infant daughter at another school far away, the latter being as important as being at school by a certain hour. So we should have an understanding attitude there. You have to have a very humanitarian approach,” she said.

Alvi said in their school they had a policy of giving very little homework to children. “Learning should be made to be fun for children. It should not be regimented.” Ambreena Ahmed of the Teachers’ Resource Centre dwelt on the issue of the curriculum and said that it should be one that helped the child develop a broad mindset, whereby the child developed intellectual magnanimity. She was of the view that the core issues were yet to be addressed.

“In government-run schools, there was inappropriate curriculum. Teachers have a direct impact on the development of children. Teachers’ training is essential and trained teachers will not have a robotic stance towards teaching. “

Shaha Tariq, a teacher at the Cedar College, in reply to a question calling for teaching in the mother tongue, Urdu in this case, said that there had been no attempt at translating major works.

She said there was no way she could read Wuthering Heights in Urdu because no one had ever thought of translating it.  There was teaching in the mother tongue in countries like Japan, Germany, and a couple of others because translation was a regular feature in those countries and works on any subject in English, were quickly translated into the respective local language, the teacher added.
Mahin Sahibzadi moderated the panel. The final session comprised presentation of awards. The award for ‘reducing inequality’ went to Quratul Ain Bakhtiari; for ‘climactic action’ to Sabiha Zaman; for ‘responsible consumption’ to Shireen Hallai; for ‘life below water posthumously’ to Tahira Ali Shah; for ‘art and architecture education’ to Shahnaz Ismail; and for ‘life on land’ to Dr Amena.The news.
Education News in Punjab / Twin cities celebrating Independence Day today
« Last post by sb on August 15, 2017, 11:31:34 AM »
Twin cities celebrating Independence Day today
ISLAMABAD:15 August:Preparations have been completed in Islamabad and Rawalpindi to observe 'Jashn-e-Azadi' with enthusiasm. Political parties, the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI), the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Pakistan Sports Board are organising several events on Independence Day.
To celebrate the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan, the political parties are preparing to hold separate events in twin cities. Whereas, the main roads are being decorated with national flags containing patriotic slogans in addition to pictures of national leaders.

However, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has not organised any major show in Rawalpindi on Independence Day because it has already utilised its energies on former PM Nawaz Sharif's GT Road march.

Awami Muslim League president Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed has announced to hold his traditional Azadi Night show at Liaqat Bagh in Rawalpindi instead of Lal Hawali's venue.

His party, with help from the Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf, is fully prepared to gather a massive crowd, where Imran Khan is also expected to address.

On the other side, the Pakistan Peoples' Party is going to hold a public rally at Sector G-8 in Islamabad to celebrate the Independence Day.

Former PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will be the chief guest at the event along with other party leaders.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army Museum near GHQ will be open to the general public from 9am to 4pm on Independence Day.

A musical night is scheduled in the Rawalpindi Arts Council by Rawalpindi Metropolitan Corporation. Rawalpindi Mayor Sardar Naseem will be the chief guest on the occasion.

The Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) will also organise a mega musical night on Sunday in connection with the 70th Independence anniversary. The event includes musical performances representing colours of Pakistan along with performance by Turkish artists. Renowned singers from all the four provinces, including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, will also participate in the music night.

The federal capital has also been decorated with the banners on Independence Day celebrations from Mayor of Islamabad Shaikh Ansar Aziz.

The MCI is going to organise a ceremony at the newly-built multi-purpose parade ground in Islamabad on Azadi Night.

While talking to Daily Times, Director Public Relations Mazhar Hussain said: "We are going to organise a gathering on the site, where extensive fireworks will be demonstrated on the night of 13th August to celebrate the independence of our beloved country."

In connection with Azadi celebrations, the CDA is organising a number of colourful events including a table tennis tournament, a youth award show at the Pak-China Friendship Centre, and a three-day Azadi Mela at Fatima Jinnah Park (F-9).

Furthermore, Azadi Tourist Train from F-9 Park to Lake View Park, a bird show at Lake View Park, a cultural show at Arts and Craft Village will also be organised by the authority.

Roadside stalls have also been set up to sell national flags, batches and t-shirts.

The Punjab government has announced to 50 percent off on tickets of chair lifts in Murree on Independence Day.

The PSB will organise a series of exhibition matches in Islamabad on Sunday and Monday to mark the 70th Independence anniversary of the country in a befitting manner.

A friendly football and hockey match will be played on Sunday between Pakistan Whites and Pakistan Greens. Similarly, a basketball match will also be held on Monday.Published in Daily Times, August 14th 2017.
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