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New fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School in honour of Benazir Bhutto

A new fellowship at Harvard University has been announced to honor the late Benazir Bhutto, member of the Harvard College class of 1973. ClassACT brings Harvard-Radcliffe Class of 1973 classmates together to address important local, national, and international issues by initiating and supporting positive change. Consistent with this mission, ClassACT is developing the Benazir Bhutto…

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Imran Khan outlines priorities in Chitral address

CHITRAL: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan Wednesday asserted that if his party was voted to power in the next general election, he would give top priority to education, health, environment and indigenous resources. Addressing a public gathering here, he said the party would bring reforms in administrative sector besides taking pragmatic anti-corruption measures, adding…

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Supreme Court accepts petition challenging CSS provincial quota

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday accepted a petition challenging quota reserved for provinces for appointment in service of Pakistan through Central Superior Services (CSS) examination. The court also dismissed objections raised by Registrar Supreme Court. Justice Gulzar Ahmad heard the plea in his chamber against SC Registrar objections. Barrister Harris counsel for petitioner said…

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Mobile school opens in Cholistan

BAHAWALPUR: Under the auspices of Punjab Education Foundation, a mobile school was inaugurated in Nawa Kot area of Cholistan desert to impart education to local children. According to a press release issued here on Friday, Chairman, Punjab Education Foundation (PEF), Raja Qamar-ul-Islam inaugurated mobile school in Nawa Kot area of Cholistan desert falling within jurisdiction…

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Pakistan’s war against terrorism has dismantled many terror groups: Maleeha

NEW YORK: Brushing aside misperceptions about Pakistan not doing enough to combat terrorism, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has said that Islamabad’s firm commitment to wipe out the scourge has brought about the destruction of many terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda.       “The decimation, for example, of Al Qaeda in our region is entirely due to Pakistan’s efforts,…

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To Bee or Not To Bee, That Is The Question

By Gulrukh Tausif Recently I had the privilege of attending a major spelling bee contest that is conducted by a famous English Media group every year. Thousands of students from hundreds of schools all across Pakistan take part in this competition. The regional rounds are held in different cities and then a national round takes…

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Pakistan’s creaking education system struggles to teach young people

ISLAMABAD: Children in Pakistan disenchanted with education after teachers forced them to clean schools or beat them became the inspiration for the founder of a charitable institution that targets those displaced by war in the country’s north. Nearly 40 percent of Pakistan’s 50 million school-age children are not getting regular instruction, even though it has…

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Video: Parents panicked after schoolgirls attacked in Gulistan-e-Jauhar

Father of affected girl in Gulistan-e-Jauhar narrated the story of bag-snatching incident that left his daughter bruised. A CCTV footage came to the fore yesterday which shows two schoolgirls being preyed by two goons– yet another indication of increase in street crimes in Karachi. Watch what he said.

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Pakistan contributes $ 10 million in Malala Fund for education

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman has said that Pakistan has contributed US $10 million in the Malala Fund for Girl’s Right to Education established under MoU signed by the government of Pakistan and UNESCO. In reply to a question here on Tuesday in Senate, the minister said that…

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Why was Quaid-e-Azam University not re-opened?

Top-ranked in the country, Quaid-e-Azam University could not be re-opened despite the passage of several days of closure. Meantime, the protest by students entered its 16th day. Who is responsible for the closure of the university for so many days? Know in this report.

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President Mamnoon likens Akram Durrani to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

BANNU: President Mamnoon Hussain here Wednesday termed Federal Minister for Housing, Akram Khan Durrani as Sir Syed Ahmed Khan for Bannu district due to his ‘rich contribution’ in establishing educational institutes for ‘promotion of quality education’ in the area. According to state news agency, APP, the President commended services of Durrani for promotion of quality…

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Malala, how could you?

By Minerwa Tahir Note: This story is  a work of satire. NEWS DESK: Over 200 people have been killed in a deadly bombing in Somalia. Vietnam floods have claimed 72 lives so far while the freedom movements of Catalonia and Kurdistan are being suppressed at best. Yet, the most offensive news of all is closer…

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This DNA study tells you how to live longer

NEWS DESK: Every year spent in education adds an average of 11 months to people’s lifespan, say scientists, reported BBC. The researchers say a person loses two months for every kilogram overweight they are – and seven years for smoking a packet of cigarettes a day. Unusually, the Edinburgh university team found their answers by…

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Did an Indian state board exam paper just mention Kashmir as a separate ‘country’?

PATNA: Experts in the Bihar education department apparently consider Kashmir a separate ‘country’, reported Times of India. According to experts in the Bihar education department, Kashmir is not a part of India but a separate country. A question paper prepared by the state board for class VII students across all government schools asked them to…

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Malala shares light moment with brother after tweeting picture on first lecture at Oxford

NEWS DESK: Malala Yousafzai, one of Pakistan’s two Nobel laureates, announced that she has begun her studies at Oxford University by tweeting a picture of her study material. According to the caption she wrote, the day also marks five years to the day that she was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education. The…

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Bilawal wants every kid enrolled for education

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that he wants every kid, whether boy or girl, should be enrolled for education in Sindh and rest of the country. “Education is the only weapon to defeat evils spread by ignorance and illiteracy and for grooming a harmonious society,” Chairman Bilawal Bhutto stated while…

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University introduces free education programme for transgender community

ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has inaugurated a programme to deliver free education to transgenders, reported APP. The varsity’s vice-chancellor (VC), Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui, while talking to private news channel said, “We have decided to launch a programme for the transgender people. Through this programme, we hope to return their long-lost self-respect and…

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Watch: Jamshed Dasti to study law in Multan college

Awami Raj Party MNA Jamshed Ahmed Dasti has enrolled in a college in Multan to study law.

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Parents’ effort key to child’s educational performance

ISLAMABAD: A new study by researchers at the University of Leicester and University of Leeds has concluded that parents’ efforts towards their child’s educational achievement is crucial playing a more significant role than that of the school or child. The researchers found that parents’ effort is more important for a child’s educational attainment than the…

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Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala meets PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. She posted a picture with the Pakistani premier as well on her Twitter account. Malala, a strong advocate for female education, sought the PM’s support for promoting…

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SHC again restrains private schools from raising fee by more than 5%

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) once again restrained on Wednesday private schools from raising their tuition fee by more than 5% until further orders. Headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, a two-judge bench issued the directives on a constitutional petition jointly filed by parents of children studying in different private schools against…

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