11-year-old boy was beaten by a cleric for not learning his lesson

MULTAN:17 May:An 11-year-old boy was beaten and tortured by a cleric for not learning his lesson at a religious seminary in Vehari District on Tuesday. While speaking to The Express Tribune, father of the victim, Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah Bukhari, said his son Muhammad Bilal was tortured by his teacher Qari Muhammad Fayyaz at Faizan-e-Madina Madrassa. He added the cleric shaved off his son’s head after beating him mercilessly. He added Qari Fayyaz also hit his son in the abdomen with a steel rod. “He also broke his teeth by punching on Muhammad Bilal’s face,” Iftikhar lamented.

PFA launches much needed training schools

LAHORE:17 May:The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has launched its training school to educate restaurant/food industry professionals and workers on ways of better handling edible items. PFA Director General Noorul Amin Mengal and newly-appointed PFA Board of Directors Chairman Raza Hayyat Barraj inaugurated the training facility on Tuesday. Mengal told participants at the inaugural ceremony that the authority simultaneously established training schools in Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Faisalabad, while classes were under way.

Punjab University Students win Contests

LAHORE:May 17:Punjab University (PU) students from various departments participated in various intervarsity competitions and clinched prominent positions. In All Pakistan Poetry and Bait Bazi Competitions at Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU), Lahore, PU students Musa Kazim and Sohaib Mugheera bagged first position in Bait Bazi. Mustafa Mendi and Sohaib Mugheera in Afsana and Urdu Nazm obtained first positions, respectively. Mubashir Saeed grabbed second position in both competitions.

Poster Competition held at Fatima Jinnah Women University

Rawalpindi:May 17:Poster competition and painting exhibition were organised by Sadequain Art Spectrum in collaboration with Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) to provide a platform to young talent of the region here on Tuesday. Member Punjab Assembly Lubna Rehan Pirzada inaugurated the exhibition while on the occasion former Director RAC, Naheed Manzoor, Resident Director RAC Waqar Ahmed, Chaudhry Waseem Sajjad, Gulzar Ali and Sundas Qayyum were present.

LUMS Students combat shortfall with energy-efficient solutions

LAHORE:May 16:A team at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is working to bring energy efficient, environment friendly solutions to Pakistan, which can potentially help alleviate the energy crisis in the country. The forward-looking project called the Energy and Power Systems Cluster is based at the LUMS Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering and headed by Electrical Engineering Department Associate Professor Nauman Ahmad Zaffar, who is also the Director of project.

Technology, art festival begins at GC University

LAHORE:May 16:A three-day All Pakistan Technology and Art Festival 2017 (APTA'17) organised by the Government College University Computer Sciences Department began on Monday. As many as 350 students from more than 15 educational institutions are participating in the competitions including Coding, Project Development, Graphic Designing, Calligraphy Typography, E-Gaming Championship, Scavenger Hunt, Concept Machine and Sky Lanterns etc. A one-minute Talent Hunt is also part of the grand festival.

Education can help us rule the world: minister

LAHORE:May 16:Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raza Ali Gillani has said that we are proud of our young talent in IT and soon we would leave India behind in this field. According to a handout issued on Monday, he said this while addressing the prize distribution ceremony of SOFTEXPO at Punjab University’s College of Information Technology (PUCIT). PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zaffar Mueen Nasir, PUCIT Principal Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

Cash scheme: 90,000 underage brick kiln workers enrolled into schools

LAHORE:13 May:A government cash-incentive scheme has helped place almost 90,000 underage brick kiln workers into school, officials said Friday, an initiative aimed at easing the long-standing problem of indentured labour. Campaigners estimate there are more than two million Pakistanis trapped in a vicious cycle of debt bondage to factory owners that continues for generations, a practice often referred to as modern slavery. Pakistan has the third highest population of such labourers, behind India and China, according to the Global Slavery Index.

CM’s China visit delays appointment of VCs

LAHORE:13 May:Appointments of vice chancellors at public universities of Punjab may get delayed further as Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has left for China on a one-week visit. In its verdict over a case on the appointment of VCs, the LHC gave the go-ahead to the Punjab government to appoint these officials at four of the 15 public sector institutes as per recommendations of their respective search committees.

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