Access to education across its entire spectrum from nursery and kindergarten to higher education or vocational training is essential if poverty is to ever be effectively alleviated. Full-spectrum education needs to be universal and as a new report published in Karachi titled ‘Sindh Education Profile’ beyond a primary level of education most of Sindh has little or nothing to offer. Successive governments have made the decision not to expand educational access in Sindh. There has been a decision, stretched over decades, to keep a large part of the Sindh population in uneducated ignorance. There is no quick fix and Sindh is locked into the poverty of educational deprivation.
January 23, 2018 04:30 UTC
India does not accept third-party mediation in bilateral tiesThe argument that India does not have a Pakistan-centric policy and is not working to isolate Islamabad is unconvincing and should not be taken at face value now or ever. By escalating border hostilities with Pakistan, India appears to have made a major faux pax. Pakistan came out as an honest backer of the peace process, India not half as much. It does not help that India does not accept third-party mediation in bilateral ties. Like Opinion & Editorial on Facebook, follow @ETOpEd on Twitter to receive all updates on all our daily pieces.
January 23, 2018 04:30 UTC
University of Gujrat, results announcedGUJRAT: The University of Gujrat (UoG) has announced MA/MSc/M.Com (Part I & II) results for annual examinations held in July/August last year. According to a press release issued by UOG Controller Examinations Dr Muhammd Danish, the results were announced for the subjects of Economics, English, Fine Arts, Islamic Studies, Political Science, Urdu, M.Com, Applied Psychology, Physics, and Psychology. Result intimation cards of regular candidates have been dispatched to their colleges and those of private candidates to the addresses provided by them, the press release said. In case of any discrepancy in the result, applications should be submitted within 20 days from the date of result declaration. Candidates can also check their results by sending their roll number via SMS to 800241.
January 23, 2018 04:26 UTC
To charge Rs10 per verification as against Rs45 previously collectedISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), on the recommendation of the Technical Committee on Insurance, formed under the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS), has agreed to reduce the cost of its verification for microinsurance policies. This will apply to the microinsurance policies sold through mobile, the internet, digital and/or non-digital modes. The cut in the Nadra verification cost will reduce premium for microinsurance policies, making it affordable for low-income segments. Therefore, in April 2017, the NFIS Technical Committee on Insurance had taken up the matter with the NADRA to rationalise the verification cost for microinsurance policies. After extensive deliberations, Nadra agreed to offer services at the reduced rate of Rs10 per verification from the earlier fee of Rs45 per verification.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Monday took notice of the 22-year delay in completing the of State Life Tower in the federal capital and has ordered a probe into the matter. He directed the bureau to probe reports of alleged corruption, misuse of authority and loss of millions of rupees of public money. In a statement issued on Monday, the NAB chief directed officials to affix responsibility for the delays in completing the 22-storey building owned by the State Life Insurance Company (SLIC). In a recent Senate panel meeting, SLIC Chairman Shoaib Mir said the tower, standing between NICL building and the Saudi-Pak Tower on Islamabad’s Jinnah Avenue, will be completed by the end of 2018. However, the SLIC hopes to recuperate some of the cost incurred on the building by renting it out.
Power production by hydroelectric power projects fell 25% to 1,231.53 gigawatt-hour (GWh) in December 2017 compared to 1,642.65 GWh in the corresponding month of previous year, according to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra). The increase in production came after several new gas, coal, nuclear and wind power projects started churning out energy. In December, there was also a massive surge in power production from imported coal-fired projects in Punjab. Power production from this source soared 360 times to 909.59 GWh from a negligible 2.53 GWh in December 2016, showed the data released by Nepra. The sharp increase in the share of coal-based power production (12% in total energy mix compared to 0.04% a year earlier) offset a massive drop in hydroelectric and oil-fired electricity output.
The project was started in August 2017 and since then principals, teachers and non-teaching staff haven’t been paid their salaries. The government decided to start the second shift in government schools at union council level all over the province. Initially, the government promised to pay Rs150,000 per month to run an evening shift in one school. In the project, the salaries for principals were fixed at Rs18,000 to Rs20,000, for teachers Rs16,000 to Rs18,000 and Rs7,000 for non-teaching staff. In the project, the amount of Rs150,000 was set for one school to pay a principal, four teachers and two non-teaching staff and utility bills.
January 23, 2018 03:45 UTC
The clash resulted in vandalism of the department and one of the rooms was also set on fire. Student kills college principal for ‘reprimanding him over indiscipline’As many as a dozen students were reportedly injured in the clash and were taken to the Jinnah and Shaikh Zayed hospitals. Academic activities were suspended in the Electrical Engineering Department and the gates of the university were closed during the clash. Speaking to the media outside the Vice Chancellor’s office, he assured that PU would remain open as per schedule. He said that the university administration and police would launch separate FIRs against the elements involved in the incident.
FonePay, Monet and TPL Rupya are entering Pakistan’s financial market, said a quarterly report of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), hinting at a rise in the business-to-consumer e-Commerce (e-B2C). The new financial technology will enable people to make online transactions to anyone available on any mobile wallet account, which is not yet possible. “Bank accounts seem to be on track as there are 7 million today. This is because globally, traditional bank accounts rise proportionately to GNP, but mobile accounts can rise exponentially. The central bank’s target of 50 million accounts by 2020 should be on track, as the McKinsey forecast, he remarked.
SSP Muqaddas Haider, girl in car accused of being involved in boy's deathKARACHI: Investigations into the murder of Intizar Ahmed in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) have been handed over to the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD). “With the approval of competent authority, the investigation of the Intizar murder case registered at the Darakhshan police station is hereby assigned to the CTD under the supervision of CTD Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) Amir Farooqi with immediate effect. Earlier, South Investigations SP Farooq Awan was heading the investigations into the murder. SSP Haider came on the radar after investigators revealed the involvement of his two gunmen – Bilal and Daniyal – in the incident. ACLC chief removed as inquiry in Intizar murder case proceedsBoth Kayani and Salman were also involved in the murder, Ishtiaq alleged.
The commission observed the supply of foul drinking water, dumping of tons of solid waste, offal and carcasses of animals as well as municipal and industrial sewage in the canals and solid waste burning. It found the water filtration plants and sewage treatment plants either dysfunctional or incapacitated and non-existence of landfill sites. Expressing dismay over the performance of the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (HMC) and reprimanding municipal commissioner Shahid Ali Khan, he gave the HMC one week to lift solid waste and offal from the canals’ banks. Justice (retd) Muslim directed the district administration and Qasimabad Municipal Committee to remove squatters from embankment of the Indus River in Sehrish Nagar. He asked the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company to maintain uninterrupted supply of electricity to water filtration plants and pumping stations.
‘Spiritual guru’ Bushra Bibi has advised PTI Chairman Imran Khan not to dissolve the provincial government, as this step wouldn’t be a good omen for the party which is facing a scathing criticism from current and former lawmakers, politicians, lawyers and senior media persons for remarks against the parliament. The ‘spiritual guru’ also recommended to the opposition party to expedite the mass contact campaign for the next general elections, likely to be held in the mid of this year, as per the schedule. She believed that the option to resign from the provincial assembly or from the National Assembly could be used according to the situation. In light of the recommendations, Imran issued direction to the PTI leadership at central and provincial level to plan public rallies in different areas of the country. The Jamaat-e-Islami also shared its intention that it would not be part of any resignation campaign, be it collective or individual level.
January 22, 2018 20:16 UTC
A group of women lawyers belonging to the Women Lawyers’ Association (WLA) on Monday registered their protest against the recent remark made by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, where he compared a good speech to a woman’s skirt. The lawyers advised judges and senior lawyers to refrain from using sexist remarks in the future to facilitate women in the legal profession. They said that such a mindset created feelings of alienation and marginalization among women working in the legal profession. The statement, drafted by Jawziya Zaman and Eman Chamdia, was shared on social media by activists and journalists, including Nighat Dad and Mosharraf Zaidi. Talking to Dawn.com, WLA’s representatives Sara Malkani said the group members are committed to removing gender bias and promoting equality in the legal profession.
January 22, 2018 20:04 UTC
Country gets 47th place on the index while India was placed on 62nd positionPakistan ranked at 47th-15 points ahead to India – in the Inclusive Development Index (IDI) 2018 of the World Economic Forum. The eleven dimensions are GDP (per capita), labor productivity, employment healthy life, health life expectancy, median household income, income gini, poverty rate wealth, wealth gini, adjusted net savings, dependency ratio, public debt (as a share of gdp) and carbon intensity of GDP. The overall IDI score of Pakistan is 3.55, on the other hand, the IDI project that the country will upward 7.56 in overall five years trend. The neighbouring country India ranked 62nd emerging economy in the IDI 2018 ranking. In the ranking of emerging economies, six European economies are among the top 10: Lithuania (1), Hungary (2), Latvia (4), Poland (5), Croatia (7), and Romania (10).
January 22, 2018 19:18 UTC
A British man “obsessed” with Muslims deliberately drove into a group outside a mosque in an act of terrorism intended to kill as many as possible, a court heard on Monday. Rees said Osborne was trying to kill “as many of the group as possible”. Andrews said Osborne has an “unpredictable temperament”, is a “loner and a functioning alcoholic” and suffers from depression, the prosecutor told the court. She said Osborne “had become obsessed with Muslims” in the weeks leading up to the incident, Rees recounted. Rees told jurors that Andrews said the catalyst for his obsession appeared to have been a May 2017 television drama based on the true stories of victims of Rochdale grooming gangs.
January 22, 2018 18:56 UTC