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Indian Muslims protest to demand 5% reservation in jobs, education

Thousands of Muslims in India’s Maharashtra state took out a massive protest in Pune city on Sunday, demanding five per cent reservation in jobs and education sector. “Five per cent reservation has been allocated to us but is not being granted in any field. We need reservations in education and jobs,” a protestor said, according…

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Karachi is now the fourth most ‘unlivable’ city in the world

Karachi has slipped in the rankings of the world’s most livable cities and is now at 137th place on the list of 140 cities. According to The Economist’s Intelligence Unit, Karachi’s ranking was based on its stability, culture and environment, healthcare facilities, education facilities and infrastructure. Karachi has been on the list of least livable…

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An Afghan cricketer has launched a foundation to provide affordable healthcare to kids

Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan has launched a charity organization which aims to provide education and medical facilities to impoverished and orphan children in the war-torn country, reports ICC Cricket

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Students march against Diamer school attacks

The schoolchildren in Gilgit-Baltistan staged a protest march against recent attacks on girls’ schools in Diamer. The children marched from Konodas town to Gilgit press club, condemning the attacks on education institutions in the region. On August 2, twelve girls’ schools were vandalized and set on fire by unidentified persons in different areas of Diamer….

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12 girls schools have been destroyed in Diamer

As many as 12 girls schools were vandalised and set on fire by unidentified persons in different areas of Diamer on Thursday night. In Chillas, the Girls School Ronai and Girls School Takia were damaged in blasts, while two girls schools in the Hudur and Thor area of Chillas district were also set on fire….

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Our players need to be educated, says the hockey federation

The Pakistan Hockey Federation believes that its players need to be educated if they are to survive in the game

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Schools in Sindh will now open on July 31

There’s good news for the students of Sindh: school holidays have been extended and schools will now open on July 31. The school education secretary has said that they extended the holidays because of the elections and the hot weather expected in the province. He has sent a summary to the interim chief minister. After…

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The school in the hill: making up for lost time in Jamrud

When Umer Afridi wanted to advertise his makeshift community school in Jamrud, he used an old militant tactic: he got mosques to make the announcement on the loudspeaker. The mosque told people to send their girls. “We also visited every house to inform the parents about the school,” Afridi says. And they came. Because in…

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$3bn pledged for girls education at G7, delighting Malala

Pledges worth nearly $3 billion dollars to help vulnerable women and girls, including refugees, get an education were announced at a G7 summit on Saturday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who hosted his fellow leaders at a Quebec resort, called it “the single largest investment in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict…

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Kabul library bus drives Afghan children to read

The door of the blue bus slides open and dozens of children excitedly bound up the steps, eager to get their hands on hard-to-find books in Kabul’s first mobile library. Named Charmaghz — the Dari for walnut, which is associated with logic in Afghanistan because the nut resembles a brain — the converted public bus…

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Math and science alliance shines light into Pakistan’s education blackhole

I am not particularly fond of children. On the flight to Islamabad from Karachi 7A, 7B, 7C were taken up by exceptionally vocal ear-blocked ones. And so, by the time I arrived for a panel hosted by Alif Ailaan on children learning science, I was not in a reasonable mood.  I have had a long,…

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Intermediate exams to be held in Karachi from May 25

The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has announced that intermediate exams in Karachi will be held from May 25.  A statement issued by the board on Wednesday said intermediate Part-I and Part-II, comprising pre-medical, pre-engineering and science general groups would start from May 25. The statement from the board advised students to obtain exam…

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Parties restate commitment to fixing Pakistan’s education

The leaders of almost all major political parties came together in Islamabad to commit their support for quality education to all Pakistani children. In a landmark education conference titled Ailaan-e-Amal, the leadership from PML-N, PPP, PTI, National Party, ANP, Jamaat-e-Islami, Qaumi Watan Party, PSP, MQM-P, PML-Q, JUI-F, PkMAP, and BNP-M pledged to go beyond political…

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Transgenders school in Faisalabad provides free education, technical training

The first transgender school has opened in Faisalabad and it provides free education and technical training to its students. Forty students are currently enrolled in the school. Principal Sadia, who had laid the foundation of the school with cooperation of private organizations, plans on expanding the institute when more students take admission. “We will get jobs…

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The challenge of growing plants in space

It’s not easy having a green thumb in space. Without gravity, seeds can float away. Water doesn’t pour, but globs up and may drown the roots. And artificial lights and fans must be rigged just right to replicate the sun and wind. But NASA has decided that gardening in space will be crucial for the…

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On her wheels: Dera Ghazi Khan teacher travels 28 km for teaching

A primary school teacher travels 28 kilometres on a motorcycle to fulfill her teaching responsibilities. Mahjabeen from Dera Ghazi Khan is overcoming many difficulties in her path including tribal enmity and threats to teach at a school located in the mountainous area. “I have been stationed here for the past six years,” Mahjabeen said. “Whether…

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I must be the best

By Zara Maqbool Are you pushing your child too hard? Yesterday, a teenager visited me for a counseling session. She was having a panic attack and her mother was worried to death. She had her Cambridge exams starting from next week and that had triggered the anxiety attack. I sat before her with a heavy…

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Scores of students in Karachi seek admit cards on eve of exam day

KARACHI: Hundreds of students formed long queues at the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi to seek admit cards–that too on the eve of exam day.  “I didn’t even have breakfast. We have been standing here since 8:00am but they have still not given us our admit cards,” said one student. Another student said that he…

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Sindh Assembly adopts universities bill again despite protest

KARACHI: All powers to control the public sector universities have been delegated to Chief Minister Sindh with the passage of Sindh Universities and Institutes Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018, carrying several fresh amendments, despite protest by members of opposition parties in Sindh Assembly. The provincial assembly again adopted the bill to regulate 24 universities of the…

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Post-mortem: The funds are real, the schools are not

Education departments of various provinces are getting funds but not building schools. Where there are schools, there are no teachers to teach–instead ghost employees who are taking salaries for doing nothing.  There are 900 schools that exist only on paper in Balochistan where 300,000 students have been shown to be enrolled. Adnan Adil said during…

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Post-mortem: Here’s how people rate the Sindh govt

SAMAA TV asked people how they would rate the performance of the PPP government in Sindh. The question was asked as part of a special transmission to discuss the government’s performance province by province. This is what people had to say.

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