Thursday, April 1, 2010

First woman Pro Vice Chancellor of KU named

Prof. Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi, hitherto the Dean of the Faculty of Science, has been appointed as the institution’s first woman Pro Vice-Chancellor. She assumed the charge of her new assignment on Wednesday, a Karachi University said.The Governor of Sindh, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, who is also the Chancellor of the public sector universities in the province, appointed Prof. Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi as the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University for the main campus for a period of two years.She had recently served as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yousuf calls it a day in KPC's Meet the Press show

It was around 4.30 pm on March 29 when Mohammad Yousuf, one of the greatest-ever batsmen to be produced by the country, announced his decision to retire from all forms of international cricket.

The Sports Committee of the Karachi Press Club (KPC) had invited the world record-holder for the highest number of Test runs as well as centuries in a calendar year at the Meet the Press Programme upon learning that he was going to make an ‘important’ decision of his career.

Thanks to the media it had become an ‘open secret’ and it was no more going to be a ‘breaking news’ by the time the programme was held that Yousuf would be announcing his retirement. A large number of KPC members, particular those covering cricket, had reached the venue much before the designated time.

The popularity of Yousuf and the significance of the event of the members had also attracted quite a few cricket scribes who are not privileged to be the members of the KPC yet for different reasons.

Yousuf himself arrived at the KPC about 20 minutes before the start of the programme and he had to spend sometime with his media friends in the Ibrahim Jalees Hall before being escorted to the terrace.

The seats were full and everyone was waiting for the moment eagerly when the master batsman was going to make the ‘declaration’ in public. With the members of the electronic media requiring time to get their microphones in order we had to start the programme a few minutes past four.

Being the Secretary of the KPC Sports Committee as well as the host of the programme I did have the option of delivering a long opening speech to pay tribute to the accomplished middle-order batsman and also reflect on the controversies related to him.

But I chose to be precise as I normally prefer to do on all occasions because I know how restless one feels if the speaker goes anywhere close to ‘dragging’ or loses the focus even a bit.

The KPC Secretary, A H Khanzada, talked in detail about the recent failures of the Pakistan cricket team having made the whole country sad and depressed.

The KPC President, Imtiaz Faran, explained the national flavour of the club. He urged Yousuf to change his retirement plans in the larger national interest.

The clock had ticked half pas four when Yousuf, after a brief presentation ceremony, finally came to speak. The cameras became more attentive. The photojournalists started clicking his every move.

The stage was set for Yousuf to explode and play a breezy knock. But he preferred dead batting. He just read out a carefully drafted speech in which he thanked all his former captains and colleagues for the support they had extended to him over the years. Then he announced retirement from international cricket.

Yousuf was reluctant to take the questions from the media but he stood there for a while as it’s a tradition to have an interactive session with the KPC members in Meet the Press programme.

A number of critical questions were hurled at him but he evaded them. He was not prepared to speak his mind. He looked indecisive and unprepared as well for the volley of questions. He, however, registered his appreciation for the KPC.

Bowling Tournament on Pakistan Day Celebrations at Royal Rodale

KARACHI: Mohammad Khalid Abdul Razzak, Consul General of Malaysia presenting Bowling Tournament 1st Position award on the occasion of Pakistan Day Celebrations to Mr. Trigustono Supriyanto, Acting Consul General Republic of Indonesia at Royal Rodale Club, Mr. Asghar Rangoonwala, CEO, Royal Rodale Club also seen in the picture.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Yousuf expected to announce his retirement on Monday at KPC

Pakistani star batsman Mohammad is Yousuf expected to announce his retirement from international cricket. He will make a formal announcement to retire on Monday at Meet the Press of Sports Committee of Karachi Press Club.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan for an indefinite period because of infighting which impacted on the national team's performance during the series against Australia. Yousuf told local urdu daily that it was not an emotional decision and he consulted his elders, friends and family members.

Yousuf was made captain after Younis Khan quit the captaincy last year. Under his guidance, Pakistan drew Test series against New Zealand before being routed 3-0 by Australia in a Test series and 5-0 in the one-day internationals and one T20 match.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Seminar on World Water day

Consumer Association of Pakistan and Bahria Univeristy has arrange a seminar on World Waer day, on the occasion Chief Guest Murad Ali Shah Sindh Minister for Irrigation and Power, Balochistan Minister Haji Nawaz Kakar, Secretary Irrigation Shuja Ahmed Junejo, DG EPA Naeem Ahmed Mugal, Kaukab Iqbal, Capt.(R) Ashfaq Agha, Engr. Farida Essa, Dr Mirza Arshad Ali Baig, Dr Yasmin Nargis, Adbul Hayee Tunio and others in group photo.

Yahoo News Editor’s home tried to be set on fire

Yahoo News Editor’s home was tried to be set on fire by unknown persons, by throwing black inflammable chemical on the night of 24th march.
Security agencies intercepted in time and thwarted this attempt.
Yahoo News reiterate that it would perform it duties despite every kind of threats and attempts to silent it. Yahoo News would keep publishing daring news stories and would expose e very kind of wrongdoings of every mafia.
Editor Yahoo News, Tausif Hanif has provided the names of persons who may be involved in these type of activities, to concerned circles.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NADRA has urged the citizens to get CNICs verification for tenancy and other business purposes

The new CNIC verification system has been designed mainly for the convenience of the public and law enforcement agencies to verify individual’s identity through mobile phone. Verification shall be done in real time communication with NADRA’s national data warehouse. CNIC verification will be a great help to wipe out menace of identity theft and terrorism.

Deputy Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik said that NADRA VERISYS is also playing a noteworthy role for the verification of the particulars of any identity card holder while through mobile SMS citizens instantly can validate the particulars of any person whom they are doing business.

He said that the NADRA mobile SMS verification system is for the convenience of the public. Public can verify any registered citizen instantly by using their mobile phone. The service is beneficial for general public, as it would allow them to verify the credentials of the people with whom they are making business deals and can also verify their employees, Household workers, maids etc

He informed that CNIC verification is being done by sending the CNIC number (which is to be verified) on any of the special numbers ‘7000.’ In response, NADRA will provide the details associated to that CNIC such as the name of person to whom that CNIC number stands allotted (in Urdu) along with any other content deemed appropriate by NADRA pertaining to the CNIC.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Board of Secondary Education Karachi: Thousands of matric students denied admit cards

By S J A Jafri
KARACHI: Future of nearly 5000 matric students hangs in balance as their annual examination begins Wednesday but they have not been provided their admit cards till Monday night which would enable them to entre examination centers.
To add insult to the injury, the officials of Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) called in rangers and police to disperse agitating students including females who resorted to baton charge to disperse the students resulting in minor injuries and bruises to dozen of students who were left with no alternative but to leave the place in a totally disgruntled and confused state.
The students and their parents protesting at the board office pleaded officials to issue them admit cards on Monday because Tuesday being Pakistan Day holiday they would not be able to obtain their cards and appear in their first paper on Wednesday.
The board official gave a deaf ear to the students request and instead misbehaved with them and their parents telling them to get lost. When the students continued to press for their demand they called in rangers and police to disperse them.
However, late Monday evening, BSE Secretary Ms Hoor Mazhar informed the media that the board office would remain open on Tuesday to deliver admit cards to the students who belong to both regular and private categories.
Talking to this scribe, the affected students, their parents and their educational institutions representatives said this was a gross negligence on part of the board management and has been their practice every year to create such crises for candidates.
Ms Hoor Mazhar, however, told media late Monday night that the fiasco was not created on account of board officials negligence but some of the educational institutions had sent examinations forms late due to which admit cards could not be prepared and delivered on time. (NC Report)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Free balance for V-fone customers on activation

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has offered its customers a free balance of Rs 50 per month on acquiring a new V-fone connection. This offer will be valid for a period of three months.
This balance would be transferred on recharging any amount in to V-fone balance. This balance can be availed for on-net calls, SMS to any network and for Internet usage. The validity of the free balance would be for 30 days. Customers with zero balance in their account will not be able to avail our free balance offer, says a press release issued here on Friday.
Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) Commercial, Naveed Saeed, has said, “PTCL is committed to develop systems and services that are customer-centric and customer-friendly. PTCL, V-fone has the largest WLL coverage in Pakistan which provides its customers with prepaid and post-paid facility for their convenience”.
EVP Commercial Planning, Syed Asim Ali said, “This offer is an added advantage for our existing customer friendly portfolio of the product. Our customers can avail unlimited phone calls on V-V & V-PSTN in Family & Un-limited packages, high speed Internet with CDMA technology and SMS to all networks at affordable rates”.
V-fone services can be ordered / availed from PTCL One Stop Shops, Customers Services Centers and franchises or by calling their toll free number 0800 8 0800. (Press Release)

National Industrial Relations Commission restrains NBP union official from unlawful activities

The Chairman, National Industrial Relations Commission (NIRC) vide its Order dated 16th March 2010 has stopped Syed Jehangir, President , NBP Employees Front, Head Office (CBA) from exhibiting banners & posters which are defamatory in nature and also from forcefully entering into the offices of senior Bank officials with a view to pressurize and overawe them. Restraining orders have also been issued directing the union official to refrain from creating law and order situation in the Bank. Both the parties will abide by the Court Orders.
Inspector General Police (Sindh) has also been directed by the learned Court to ensure that no law and order situation takes place in this respect.