NEWS IN BRIEF
Education for rural women
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11: Rural women in Pakistan want to get education but resource constraints impede their quest for knowledge.
It was stated by Director, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), Dr Kozue Kay Nagata on Saturday during the concluding ceremony of Teachers Development Conference which was held on the eve of Pakistan Women Day.
She regretted that government of Pakistan was not spending enough funds in education sector due to which rural women had no proper access to education.
Dr Nagata emphasised that teachers should be empowered and students should be inculcated the qualities of honesty, integrity and credibility through the teachers. She said the country had enormous talent just like Arfa Karim Randhawa, who was the youngest Microsoft certified professional but unfortunately most of such students could not get support to show their abilities.
Founder and President Zindagi Trust Shehzad Roy, learning and globalisation specialist Asma Mustafa, Director General South Asian Strategic Stability Institute Dr Maria Sultan, Executive Director Roots School System Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq and others also spoke on the occasion.
During three-day conference teaching methods were taught to 500 female school teachers who had come to Islamabad from all over the country. — A Reporter
Nust research projects
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11: As research and lab assistants of Nust School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (Seecs) stopped working due to non-payment of salaries, future of Seecs research projects has become quite uncertain.
The lab and research assistants were appointed to conduct state-of-the-art research after Nust headquarters authorised Seecs to make payment to these personnel from its own consultancy fund.
However, the audit department froze the funds raising technical flaws in its use till the removal of discrepancies or framing of new rules.
As new rules and regulations have not been approved by the competent authority, the research and lab assistants could not get their remuneration for the last two months. Resultantly, they have stopped to work putting the research projects in jeopardy. — A Reporter
Kuri land scam
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday sought three-day physical remand of a suspect of Kuri land scam from the court of senior civil judge Islamabad.
Suspect, Raja Mukhtiar Ahmed was the member of survey committee and allegedly had given wrong information regarding the affected persons of area.
The officials brought Ahmed to the court of senior civil judge West Shah Rukh Arjumand and stated that Ahmed was member of the survey committee of CDA and he gave wrong information about the affected people saying that they were living on land earlier than 1968 but during investigation it was found that Ahmed had given wrong information to land department of CDA and tried to give benefit to the wrong persons.
Although FIA officials demanded physical remand of eight days to interrogate and find out the exact number of fake cases included in the list but court approved physical remand of three days and instructed to produce the suspect on Tuesday. — A Reporter