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Commissioner Office To Build 200 Public Toilets in KarachiThe commissioner office has planned to build 200 public toilets in the government offices. According to a news source, the commissioner office has taken this initiative on orders of the Sindh High Court.

Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui told reporters that the public toilets would be built at different locations in the city and old toilets would be revamped. The news source reported further that the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board and K-Electric would provide free of cost water and electricity to the public toilets.

Unidentified armed men shot dead college principal within the vicinity of Liaquatabad police station, Geo News reported.

Sources said college principal Sibt-e-Jaffar was on his way from the college to his home on motorcycle, when unidentified armed men intercepted him in Liaquatabad area and opened fire, killing him on the spot.

Meanwhile, The Shia Ulema council has announced three days of mourning and demanded that the killers be arrested immediately.

Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SAPLA) has also announced to shut colleges on Tuesday against the killing of Sibt-e-Jaffar. (The News)

Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has unanimously condemned and rejected the idea to start evening classes in medical colleges in the country.

In a joint press conference, the leaders of PMA and PIMA warned the government that if unjustified scheme of evening classes was not dropped, the doctors’ fraternity would knock the doors of the court.

PMA Secretary General Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, PIMA President Dr Misbahul Aziz, PMA Treasurer Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad, and PMA Karachi President Dr Idrees Adhi spoke on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Azhar said that the medics of the country would not tolerate any unprofessional and unethical medical education as this kind of medical education did not exist anywhere in the world.

He said that the PMDC, violating the ethics, had again started to organize the evening classes at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, adding that the initiating of evening classes will cause injustice to the medical students and the patients.

He informed that advertisement had also been given in the newspaper for the recruitment of faculty members in basic medical sci

ence.

“There are financial interests of some people, working in the PMDC, behind the idea of starting evening classes in medical colleges; hence the said idea resurfaced during one year despite it was abandoned after the resistance from PMA,” he added. Expressing grave concern, he said that once this idea was adopted by any public sector medical college, then all private sector medical colleges will jump into the arena and start evening classes at their institutions to earn maximum profit. Dr Azhar said that it was matter of concern for the medical community that how Dr Asim Hussain, who was working as member of the PMDC and Vice President of the Council, was also serving as advisor to PM on Petroleum. He reminded that same idea to start evening classes in some public sector medical colleges was first floated in the year 2011 and then LUHS VC was supposed to give p

resentation at the 118th meeting of PMDC, which was to be held on April, 3, 2011, but the PMAPMA called an emergent press conference on March 18, 2011 and opposed the idea. He said the PMA once again called a press conference on April 1, 2011 and called for the help from civil society to come forward and make an effort with the PMA to stop this exercise.

As a result, he said, the voice chancellor of LUMHS declined to give the presentation in this regard. Dr Azhar said that the issue once again came to surface in June 2011. According to the plan, he said, the 119th meeting was called on July 5, 2011 and the PMA again called a press conference on August 7, 2011 to challenge the managers of the PMDC to refrain from going to adopt this resolution and the PMA threatened to go for litigation against the PMDC in this regard and the plan was shelved.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Misbahul Aziz said that every private medical college was required to have at least 500-bed hospital but there were only 15 to 16 per cent private colleges abiding the rules of the medical education.

He claimed that anyone could open a medical college just after giving Rs60 million on account of bribe to the department concerned.

Expressing deep concern over PMDC’s performance, Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad said that the Council should perform as autonomous body, while part time and ad-hoc systems should immediately be removed. He said that names of all medical colleges were not on the official website of PCMD, which shows there is some malpractice in the council, he said

Dr Idrees Adhi said that the grave side effects of the products of evening medical colleges will ultimately be suffered by the people of the this country.

“We as a stake holder have very serious concern about this developing situation, as we think that the medical education in the country, which is already in crisis, will further lose its charm and dignity. At this particular time and moment there is no single evening medical college around the globe,” he added.

The leaders of the both the associations resolved that the PMA, the PIMA and all sister organizations of the medical community were united on this issue and they will challenge the idea of opening of evening medical colleges in the court.

The doctors’ fraternity urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo-motu action against the act of the authorities concerned so that the idea of evening medical colleges could be shelved. Other members of PMA and PIMA were also present on the occasion. (Nation)

 

By Mohammad Nazakat Ali

The Chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), Justice (Rtd) Raana Bhagwandas, has urged the youngsters, having completed education, to think in terms of contributing their bit for the country rather than expecting each individual to be provided jobs by the government.

He made the observation in his keynote address in the Career Counseling Session, organized by the University of Karachi with the collaboration with Department of Youth Affairs, Government of Sindh, and the FBSC, here at the university’s ICCBS Auditorium of the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry on Thursday.

Justice Bhagwandas was of the opinion that the youngsters of the country possess enormous talents in different fields and they can make a huge impact if guided and motivated properly.

“They are not short of talent. They are quick learners and hard workers. They need to be guided and motivated to let them make the best use of their skills and education. They are full of energy. All they need is the direction,” he remarked.

“On their part, the youth should also realize the limitations of the government. Obviously it’s practically not possible to provide government job to every individual passing out from the university. They should learn to think in terms of giving something to the country rather than expecting from the government,” Justice Bhagwandas observed.

“You people are fortunate to be the citizens of an independent and sovereign state. Let you play a proactive role in taking our country to another level. You are the future of the country. You to think and deliver,” he urged.

“The FPSC provides job to qualified and deserving youngsters. It’s not influenced by the government or the state. The selection is done purely on merit,” Justice Bhagwandas added.

Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Secretary, Youth Affairs, Government of Sindh, in his brief remarks, advised the youngsters to meet the challenge of tomorrow

by engaging themselves in activities that enhance their skills. He pointed out that the youth of today held the key for charting the destiny of the nation for the years to come.

Prof. Dr.Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Chairperson, Department of Microbiology, stated that the session was organized to create awareness and to motivate youth for enhanced participation in CSS Examination under the SPSC.

 

The existing housing crisis was discussed in the detail by a variety of stakeholders of Pakistan’s Housing Construction Industry, at a conference recently held in Karachi Participants from Association of Builders and Developers, House Building Finance Company Ltd, Pakistan Housing Authority, Grand Leisure Corporation, Lyari Development Authority, NESPAK, Institute of Architects Pakistan, and other organizations  attended a 1-day conference organized by I&M Conferences at Marriott Hotel in Karachi.

The objective of the conference was to highlight the importance of the housing construction sector for the development of the national economy and for a creating productive, safe and modern society in Pakistan.

Dr. Kaiser Bengali, the noted development economist, and former Advisor to the Sindh Governement, said that the new housing schemes will not meet the needs of the struggling low-income population of the country.  According to Dr. Kaiser, the best way to address the housing shortage is to make more serviced land available to the homeless, and the assist them build their own homes.  He said that the existing housing stock for upper-middle class group was unoccupied and that new housing schemes were being driven by the motivations and objectives of speculators.

Dr. Bengali spoke on a panel with the title, “New Housing Schemes and Planned Cities.  Following him, Dr. Tasneem Siddiqui, the CEO of the non-profit agency Saiban, said that that the best way to achieve housing for the low-income is to allow them to build home incrementally on a self-help basis.

Former City Nazim, Karachi, Senator Syed Mustafa Kamal, expressed his concern that due to mass migration from rural areas to cities, there would be an increase in katchi abadis in all cities of Pakistan, and that the government must face this reality and formulate a workable policy for housing that safe-guards the lives and properties of urban residents.  Katchi abadis are centers for crime, for illegal water connections, for illegal electricity through kunda system, and for the spread of illness and disease due to open sewage.

The topic of housing finance was handled by Mr. Azhar Jaffri, MD, House Building Finance Company Ltd, and bankers from Meezan Bank Ltd and Bank Islami.  Mr. S.M. Muneer, the President of of Pakistan India Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that housing finance in India is provided to the public by five different groups of institutions namely:  Scheduled Commercial Banks, Scheduled Co-operative Banks, Agricultural and Rural Development Banks,  Housing Finance Companies, State Level Apex Cooperative Housing and Finance Societies. The Housing finance sector in India has experienced unprecedented change in its structure from its formulation stage.  Indian Housing finance has far moved from the stages of being a solely government provided service during the 1970’s to a very competitive sector with more than 45 housing finance entities providing housing loans worth more than Indian Rs 781 billion to home buyers across India.

I&M is a highly respected 46 year old Pakistani media company that specializes in organizing industry conferences.  Some of the speakers and panelists included Mr. S.M. Muneer, the President of of Pakistan India Chamber of Commerce  and Industry;  Mr. Arif Habib, Chairman, Arif Habib Corporation; Mr. Shahid Feroz, Senior Director, Arfeen International; Mr. Mohsin Sheikhani, Chairman, ABAD;  Mr. Asad Ismail Khan, MD, NESPAK.  The participants admired the effort of I&M Conferences to bringing experts from different professions under one roof for Pakistan’s development.

Mr. Abrar Ameen, Chairman, Association of Mortgage Bankers of Pakistan informed the gathering that his association was working with the Housing and Infrastructure Department of State Bank of Pakistan to create developer funds for housing.  He said that commercial banks were almost non-existent in mortgage financing, and that only 5000 units were financed by commercial banks in all of Pakistan in 2011.

Prof S. B. Hassan of I&M, Executive Committee Member of APNS, thanked the participants for their participation.  He reminded the audience that March 21 was celebrated as World Poetry Day, and suggested that March 22 should be designated in Pakistan as Pakistan Housing Day.  The conference began with recitation of Holy Quran and National Anthem, to observe and honour Pakistan Day on March 23.

 

The Minister of State for Overseas Pakistanis Dr. Nadeem Ehsan has said that kidney transplantation would soon start in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Rise in kidney diseases now seen in Sindh for which measures were being taken on the government level. More kidney centers on government level will be established in Karachi. He expressed these views while inaugurating the 7 bedded Nephro/Urology ICU in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital on Friday which has been completed with a cost of Rs10million.

Principal KMDC Prof. Dr. Waqar Kazmi, Sr. Director Medical Services Dr. Nasir Javed, M.S Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Dr. Nadeem Rajput, Farooq Jamil of Medical Aid Committee, Senior Doctors and Paramedical Staff were also present on this occasion. Dr. Nadeem Ehsan while appreciating the measures taken by KMC for the establishment of more kidney centers in Karachi directed to form a technical and ethical committee for kidney transplantation in ASH. He said kidney transplantation facility would be provided in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital within a month. Replying a query he said problem of shortage of medicines in KMC hospitals will soon be solved.

Today when I went with the children of my relatives at  a famous park of Karachi on the evening of a working day , I saw there couples who seemed to be on dating because none of them had children with them in that “family park”. None of the bench was vacant there where one can sit on. Its really painful to see the inreasing trend of “dates” in our society. Quran clearly says k jo aurtyein tumhein pasand ho unko hisaaar e nikaah mein lo aur chori chupay aashnaiyan na karo….
If u like any girl, talked to her parents and propose her straight away…make ur connections legal and the lasting one, thts what a girl and her parents desire. All the girls n guys must stay away from such kind of environment/ literature/ videos/ musics that stimulate our feeling  or emotions for the searching of illegal ways….
It is the duty of every “relative” to give “respect” to each girl and guy so she or she cant be forced to use illegal ways to fulfill her/his emotional needs…All the girls and guys go for the physical activities or exercises that make them sweat a lot.
avoid teasing to those girls who r unmarried, widow or divorced. If you cant help them then its better to hold your tounge.
May Allah ease the legal path for all of us…aameen
By U N Barry

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