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Punjab assures teachers’ problems solution soon

Observer Report

Islamabad—The Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, in a meeting with Alif Ailaan Campaign Director Mosharraf Zaidi, stated that the Punjab’s commitment to 100% enrolment is unflinching, and the target of meeting it by 2016 will, inshaAllah, be achieved through the cooperation of parents, administrators, and especially teachers, whose role is vital.

Hamid Mir: Explanations belated but convincing

Salahuddin Haider

HAMID Mir story has been given too many twists and turns, some deliberate, some based on misunderstanding. Questions like why was he hit only on lower portions of the body, and why there was no blood stains on the car seat, and why there were contradictions on announcements about the number of bullets hitting him in Saturday’s murderous assault on him, were indeed relevant.
Gen Raheel visits Swat, opens postgraduate college

COAS thanks UAE for socio-economic uplift support

Rawalpindi—Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited Swat on Wednesday and inaugurated a post-graduate college and a paramedical institute at Saidu Sharif. These projects were completed by Pakistan Army Engineers as part of the post-operation reconstruction phase under the UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UPAP).According to an ISPR press release, 52 education and seven health projects have already been completed in FATA/KPK during the last few years by the army engineers in Malakand and Swat, which has helped in bringing normalcy in the area and relief to the local population, directly benefiting approximately five million people.

Committee to finalise Hajj hardship quota cases

Islamabad—The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Wednesday constituted a special committee to finalise five percent hardship quota cases of Government Hajj Scheme. According to an official, Joint Secretary (Hajj) would head the committee while deputy secretary (HP), deputy director (HC) would be among the members. Section officer (HP) has been nominated its convener.

Workshop: Women, child rights bill soon in KP

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—The lack of proper knowledge and low level of awareness among the adolescent girls and young mothers about the physiological and reproductive health changes besides the poor facilities were the main issues exposing them to number of complications with regard to reproductive health specially the fast growing mortality rate of mothers in the rural areas. This was the crux of the one day workshop titled “Understanding the Adolescent Girls &Young Mothers (AGYMs) Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) Issues” arranged jointly by the by Rahnuma FPAP with the collaboration of CARE International Pakistan about Research & Advocacy Fund (RAF) at a local hotel here the other day.

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