Archive for March, 2006

Aga Khan University Examination Board

– Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKUEB) said that it would start practice exam of 9th class from 10th May 2006.
It also said that for first time in country’s history, the AKU Examinations Board is introducing customized copy that would be printed with answers, questions, names, pictures and other details of the candidate on one sheet to avoid irregularity in the result.
An official of AKUEB told The Nation that it has finalized all arrangements to take first exam on rehearsal basis from May and full-fledged examination process will be started from May 2007.
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PTCL to carry out maintenance work at IBA-I Exchange

In order to provide better, state of the art telecom facilities and fault free services Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited has decided to carry out maintenance work at IBA-I EWSD Exchange Islamabad.

The consumers may suffer interruption in telecom system for the areas of IBA-I Exchange Islamabad including F-5, F-6, F-7, G-5. G-6 and G-7 sector Chirrah, Judicial Town and Margalla Town on the phones tarting with the prefixes 220xxxx, 227xxxx, 265xxxx, 269xxxx, 282xxxx, 284xxxx and 286xxxx on midnights between Monday (today) and Tuesday (tomorrow) for only an hour from 0200 hrs to 0300 hrs.

PTCL has regretted this inconvenience to valued customers in anticipation.

Anti-encroachment campaign

TMA Rawal Town has once again speeded up the campaign against encroachments and started grand operation in the city.
On the instructions of Town Nazim Shiekh Rashid Shafiq the enforcement staff of TMA on Saturday started operation against encroachment in Raja Bazaar, Bara Market, Talwaran Bazaar, Dalgaran Bazaar ,Mochi Bazaar, Gunjmandi and Cotton Market.
The TMA staff confiscated two full truckloads of goods, which were displayed outside the shops by traders. They also removed kiosks, carts and street vendors from the roads.
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Basant celebrated in Rawalpindi

Despite ban on kite flying imposed by Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Basant has celebrated in the nook and corner of Rawalpindi on Friday.
The Punjab government imposed complete ban on kite-flying throughout the province with immediate effect on Thursday. On the directive of Punjab Police to ban on kite flying, Rawalpindi Police raided Kohati Bazaar and kite selling centers and arrested atleast 30 people.
On Basant day, sky was full of different colors of kites with music, dancing and firing and youngsters were seen to run after the kites recklessly.
A police men told that as many 55 persons locked up in the vicinity of City, Bannni, Gunj Mandi, and Sadiq Abad Thana on the Basant day.
The wounded were rushed to hospitals for treatment.

Over 80,000 down with pollen allergy

More than 80,000 inhabitants of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad are down with pollen allergy despite a number of precautionary measures.

The “Dawn” newspaper reported in its Friday’s issue that besides establishment of a pollen relief camp at Aabpara Community Center, the Capital Development Authority administration was sawing down paper mulberry trees, as this species stated to be the prime cause of this ailment.
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The increasing rents

One of the unfortunate aftermaths of the Margalla Towers collapse was the skyrocketting of house and house-portion rents in Islamabad. The Margalla / Mustafa and Pak Tower evacuees had to face rents pushed up by as much as 30% immediately by that fateful October 8th afternoon. Personally I found portions in F10 that were around 25k climbing to 35k and 30k to 40k per month immediately (some magic figure of 10,000 was in play). And lets not talk about renting an entire house!
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Plan to install security cameras in Islamabad

The government has decided to fix automatic security cameras in the capital city, Islamabad to keep an eye on reprobates and other subversive activities.

The project which would cost one thousand five hundred million rupees would help improve and strengthen the security arrangements in the capital.

This was revealed at a presentation given by a British Firm to the members of the Capital Development Authority Board, at CDA Headquarters in Islamabad.
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Final notices to 150 schools

apital Development Authority (CDA) has issued final notices to 150 schools in Federal Capital Islamabad warning them of their closure in case of their failure to submit safety clearance certificates to the Authority till March 18. The buildings of about 350 schools functioning in Islamabad had got damaged. CDA asked their management to repair the damages and get their buildings cleared by the inspection committees constituted by the Authority.
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Project to protect wildlife in Northern Areas launched!

The government is spending Rs30 million on conservation of endangered species and a project has been launched to protect the rare wildlife from extinction, officials said.

“A comprehensive project has been started by the Wildlife Department in order to conserve the most precious wild species in Northern Areas and the required funds have been released by the government,” Divisional Wildlife Officer Mohammad Ayub told .

He said that government was paying much importance to protect the rare species from being extinct and added that an adequate amount was also being spent to equip the department and employing people to overcome shortage of manpower.
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Polio: children still at risk, need regular vaccination!

An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) was upbeat on Pakistan’s success in controlling polio but cautioned against recurrence of the crippling disease if the immunization process was not sustained.

Pakistan has successfully controlled polio as no cases of the crippling disease have so far been reported this year, World Health Organization (WHO) country representative Dr Khalif Bile said while speaking at a function, organized by the CDA’s Directorate of Health Services.

“However mothers should not be complacent and get their children vaccinated against polio regularly to avoid recurrence of the disease”, he cautioned.

Still, every child is at risk. We have to maintain and sustain the process of vaccination against polio. The disease exists in Afghanistan and some other neighbouring countries and children in Pakistan are vulnerable to it if preventive measures are not taken,” Dr Bile said.

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