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KP govt made all preparations for CPEC project, says Khattak

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR:Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that CPEC is a game changer project for the region requiring high level of preparedness.
He said KP government made all preparations and took a number of concrete steps in this regard.
He said information technology is the most important sector for CPEC enhancing productive capacity of all other sectors and asked the educational institutions to focus attention on producing experts of information technology to be at home at all skills of IT including soft, hard wares, electronics, telecommunications and mobile communications etc to give boost to all developments under CPEC and non CPEC projects.
He also called upon the youth to attain high level of professionalism in IT as well as other spheres of higher education to ensure bright future of the nation.
He was addressing IT Infrastructure Inaugural Ceremony at Edwardes College, Peshawar.
It was also addressed by Principal of the college Prof. Dr. Nayer Fardows and other academicians who highlighted various aspects of the historical background of the college and features of the new IT infrastructure as well as appreciated the reforms initiatives of the provincial government.
The function besides the BoD members, professors and students of the college in a large number was also attended by the Advisor to the Chief Minister on Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister also gave away shields and souvenirs to the professors and management of BSIT and IT Infrastructure Section of the college.
He said that our government is fully focused on education with emphasis on IT and technical education.
We are aware of our advantages and we are also aware of the CPEC bringing a new hope and future for our province. He said this province has become the most suitable destination for investment and industrialization. The only thing we need to do, is to enhance our level of preparedness and produce skilled manpower for the industrial needs in the backdrop of CPEC. We have already handed over training centres and management to Pakistan Air Force to run them on professional lines to produce skilled manpower.
Pervez Khattak said that education takes the center stage in our social sector reform agenda. “We have always held that education is the most important goal to be achieved. We believe in investing our energies, time and resources to providing quality education to all. We have been able to restore the confidence of masses in the public education sector”, he added.
He said the government of KP is addressing the educational challenge in a very comprehensive manner. We are on our way to make our schools at par with the private sector.
We have made a resolve to provide every student in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with an excellent learning environment. “We have ensured that schools are provided with missing facilities such as toilets, electricity, drinking water, furniture, IT labs and especially teachers to all schools”, he further said.
The Chief Minister lauded the role of Edwards College Peshawar for promotion of education. He said that this great institution of educational excellence has the reputation for producing great leaders discharging their responsibilities in all walks of life.
He said E-learning is certainly a new beginning that will add to the accomplishments of Edwardes College. He said this college is having a proven record of 117 years of successful educational services including the grooming of the students, academic growth and the spirited contributions in all disciplines of education.

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Protest for release of a student held

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PESHAWAR: Lashing out at political administration of South Waziristan Agency, the office bearers of students’ organization asked the authorities concerned to instantly release the student of University of Peshawar being held under the collective territorial responsibility act of Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) some five months ago.

A number of Waziristan Students Society members including Malik Anwar, Hashim Dawar, Muhammad Zubair, Riyaz Khan, Raheem Dawar and others assembled in front of Peshawar press club on Sunday and protested against the political administration of SWA. Protestors chanted full throat slogans against administration and holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans in favor of their demands.

While sharing details regarding an illegal arrest of a student, speakers on the occasion said that officials of political administration SWA had detained Jalal Wazir, a student of final year of Pakistan Study Department UoP, in a local dispute under collective responsibility act of FCR. The said tribe had paid the fine of Rs 06 million imposed by administration and it (administration) released around 50 tribesmen after that but did not set free only Jalal Wazir due to some unknown reasons, they added.

They stated they had submitted all credentials of detained student with political administration and informing it that his career and future is at stake if he was not release on time. Though, the arrested student was not released despite all endeavors and requests to administration officials for his early release, they added.

The illegal captivity of a student will certainly have bad impact on career and future of him as he is not directly involved in any sort of crime but taken into custody in tribe’s dispute. They also came hard on Frontier Crimes Regulation, a colonial oppressive law imposed in tribal areas since 1901, saying it is being used against them sine long aimed at pressurizing tribesmen.

They asked Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Additional Chief Secretary Fata and Political Agent SWA, to ensue early release of student otherwise they would extend the process of demonstrations towards South Waziristan, Peshawar and Islamabad and would block all main routes to compel authorities.

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NAB KP distributes cheques among effectees

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PESHAWAR: The Director General NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Brig (R) Farooq Naser Awan distributes cheques amounting to Rs. 4.709 Million amongst 07 affectees of Zohaib Garden, Mardan & Islamabad in a graceful ceremony held at NAB (KP).

As per detail, several complaints were received at this Bureau against Amjad Ali Khan & others alleging cheating public at large. NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities taking cognizance of the complaints authorized an inquiry to ascertain the real facts. During the course of inquiry it was revealed that accused Amjid Ali Khan along-with his other associates enticed and motivated general public through attractive advertisements to invest money with them in fraudulent housing scheme “Zohaib Garden” at Jail road Mardan, for providing them plots. Further they also lured the general public  to invest in fake company with the name of  “Rifah & Zohaib Associates and Sohaib Commercial Tower” mall road Mardan.

The DG NAB (KP) assured the general public that NAB (KP) will continue its efforts without any fear or favor and ensure the recovery of looted money from the culprits and return to its rightful heirs.

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5.7 million Children to be vaccinated against polio: EOC

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PESHAWAR: As many as 5.712 million children below the age of five years will be given oral polio vaccine (OPV) in the upcoming anti-polio drive whereas children between the age group of six to 59 weeks will be given vitamin A drops to boost their immunity.

This was disclosed in a meeting held at Emergency Operations Center Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (EOC) to review the readiness status of the upcoming NID starting from November 20, 2017 in all districts of the province.

Coordinator EOC Atif Rehman presided over the meeting while Director EPI Dr Akram Shah, Technical Focal Person for BMGF Dr Imtiaz Ali Shah, UNICEF Team Leader Dr Joahar, Team Leader WHO Dr Abdi and other relevant staff were also present on the occasion.

The meeting was informed that a total of 5.7122 million children would be administered anti-polio vaccine in the upcoming campaign whereas six weeks to 59 weeks old children would also be administered Vitamin A drops.

The campaign will also be carried out in the Afghan camps.

All the micro-plans have been updated and teams have been trained to vaccinate the target children and security plan has been made to ensure safe and conducive environment to the teams.

A total of 18428 teams have been constituted for the campaign out of which 15719 were mobile teams, 1545 fixed, 930 transit while 235 were roaming teams and 4088 area in-charges would be monitoring the teams.

Speaking on the occasion, EOC Coordinator said that it was the second NID of the low transmission season and was of great importance as low transmission season was the best opportunity to stop virus transmission and wipe out the menace for good.

He reiterated the strong resolve of the government for polio eradication saying that no complacency or negligence will be tolerated in achieving this national goal.

Atif Rehman asked the parents to fulfill their national and religious obligation by vaccinating their children against polio and other vaccine preventable diseases and help ensure healthy future to the children.

He also thanked Secretary Health KP Abid Majeed, Department of Health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, partner organizations for their strong support and guidance that helped achieve the phenomenal successes in the fight against polio.

It is pertinent to mention here the country has recorded five polio cases so far in 2017 out of which one case each has been recorded from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Karachi.

 

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Muqam reviews arrangements for Nawaz’s gathering

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PESHAWAR : Adviser to Prime Minister and President PMLN Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Engr Ameer Muqam Saturday said that spirit of Hazara people is a proof that former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif would be given warm welcome in Abbottabad.

Talking to media persons at Abbottabad after reviewing arrangements for Nawaz Shairf public gathering, he said that enthusiasm and energy of people is reflective of their support and love for Nawaz Sharif who would hold a mammoth public gathering with support of his party workers.

Muqam said that we would defeat opponents in next coming elections owing to our dedication and accomplishments. He said that people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are also determined to end politics of allegations and sit-ins.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation, Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Senator Dr. Asif Kirmani, Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javaid Abbasi, Senator Javaid Abbasi and MPA, Sardar Aurangzeb Nalota were also present on the occasion.

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Governor appreciates humanitarian role of PRCS

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Eng. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra while appreciating the humanitarian role of Pakistan Red Crescent Society in mitigating the miseries of needy people has said that it always proved an efficient helping hand to the government in every trial ridden situation confronted by the nation.

He was talking to Mr. Muhammad Farid Khan Wazir, Chairman of the FATA Branch of the society who called on him at Governor’s House, Peshawar.  Mr. Muhammad Farid Khan was also accompanied by some of the members of the managing committee of the branch including; Mr. Gul Mahsud, Mr. Asghar Afridi and Mr. Attaullah Wazir.

While referring to the detailed briefing presented by the Chairman of the FATA Branch of the society on its working in the area, the Governor said, although their humanitarian services are quite impressive in a short span of time, since the inception of the branch, yet, he said, there is dire need to further streamline its services.  The Governor, who is also the President of the FATA Branch of the PRCS, wished that indeed, effective measures are required for its strengthening on every count and assured due support in this connection.

 

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Maar Nahi Pyaar: No Tolerance Policy For corporal punishment in KP schools

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Peshawar: In order to avert corporal punishment at government educational institutes, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa elementary and secondary education department will establish a dedicated complaint cell to deal with the cases of corporal punishment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa public schools. The body will take immediate action, if required.

Moreover, the education department has also circulated a notification for a toll-free number in all schools and all districts so that parents could register their complaints with authorities.

A notification has also being issued by the education department which states that an employee or teacher, who so ever will be found involved in corporal punishment, shall face the imprisonment for Six years along with heavy fines.

The complaint cell will function under the elementary and secondary education director, while complaints will be received on its toll-free number 0800-33857.

The complaint will be submitted to the director and investigated by the DEO, District Education Officer.

Mr. Musa a father of two, recently got his two sons admitted in Shaheed Mubeen shah Afridi Government Higher Secondary School no 1. Peshawar Cantt, he expressed his views about this initiative, My youngest son who is in grade seven has always been afraid to go to school due to the harsh behavior and physical punishment by the teachers in school.

With this initiative I’m glad I can fearlessly send my child to school. Not only this initiative has built my trust in government schools, but the quality of education, provision of IT Laboratories and other facilities in school has regained my confidence in Government schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Mr. Rafiq Khattak, Director Elementary and Secondary Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, appreciated the provincial government’s initiative and said ”as per the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection and Welfare Act, 2010, any physical or psychological harm to children is unlawful. He said that there was no act or law functional to tackle the issue of corporal punishment in past.

This initiative will retain students in schools and this will increase the overall enrolment rate and minimize the students drop out due to the fear of the punishments from the teachers. Parents can fearlessly send their kids to school without having any distress of their kid being beaten or punished”.

More than 10,000 teachers including head teachers and teachers have been trained on the activity based learning in classrooms through the early childhood training in government schools. Teachers now have to go through mandatory trainings as a part of their induction process.

This will further strengthen the teacher and student bond in the classrooms. The Elementary & Secondary Education Department is determined to transform the education sector in KP by initiating such reforms that will not only improve the quality education, increase the student retention but also the quality impact for the accomplishment of better teaching and learning outcomes in schools.

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Around 2 million women without CNIC in KP

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PESHAWAR: Female members of different political parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has said that around 2.0 million women have no Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC).

This was said in a meeting attended by women parliamentarians with FAFEN on Thursday.

While talking to Media Qaumi Watan Party MPA Miraj Hamayun Khan said that around two million women were without CNIC in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to which they were unable to cast their vote as were not registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan.

She said that as 2018 general elections were just around the corner the NADRA and Election Commission of Pakistan should work to provide CNICs to the women who did not have the cards.

In the meeting members KP Assembly Uzma Khan, Fauzia Bibi, Maliha were also present and demanded to provide ID card to the women of KP that they can also use the power of vote in the next general election in the country as it was their rights.

Meanwhile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa women parliamentary leader also submitted a resolution in KP assembly about the lack of CNIC card of two million women in KP.

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Khattak chairs meeting to review development progress

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR : The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak directed to finalize the beautification plan in Peshawar, Mardan and Nowshera. He directed to hand over Pir Zakori Flyover on the Ring Road/GT Road Intersection Peshawar to the overall Bus Rapid Transit project.

He was presiding over a meeting to review the progress on the developmental schemes as a part of the beautification plan of District Peshawar, Mardan and Nowshera at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Provincial Minister for Education Muhammad Atif, Secretary Local Government Jamaluddin Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Shahab Ali Shah and others attended the meeting.

The meeting informed about different developmental packages in Peshawar, Mardan and Nowshera that included, Service Roads at Ring Road, Pir Zakori Flyover Peshawar, Pabbi and Nowsehra, the drain and sanitation system improvement at Sheikh Maltoon, construction of Jawad Chowk, Charsadda and Katlang Chowk in Mardan.

The meeting further informed about the completion of 18 KM long service road, streetlights and uplifting of shops on the southern part of the Ring road Peshawar while relocation of 19 poles of WAPDA, flyover at Charsadda road and the overall drain design at the northern side.

The Chief Minister directed to complete the master plan having different projects and road communication, beautification, Hayatabad and University roads etc. He directed to open the roads for smooth vehicular traffic in the entire city of Peshawar.

The face lifting of Peshawar should be visible and the overall beautification plan should be completed. He directed to remove all the irritants hindering the whole process of development as the government was spending major share of its resources and hoped that all the projects should stand completed towards the end of December.

However, the participants of the meeting were informed that the completion of service roads of the Peshawar ring road would take another month and would stand completed in January.

Pervez Khattak directed the NLC and PDA to sit together and undertake the handing and taking over of different projects adding that the hindrances in shape of incomplete drain and sanitation systems should be removed at the earliest.

Chief Minister was also briefed about the uplifting of Sheikh Maltoon Township in Mardan, the construction of different roads and replacing the existing sewerage system and the construction of another part in Mardan.

He directed for accelerated work adding that the resources should not drain. The entire developmental activities should shape up within the time tag of one year and should be completed before January 12.

He was also informed about the two flyovers and one park being established in Mardan. He directed to move a summary after the approval from the Rate Advisory Committee and PDWP. He also directed for the safety nets in the Sheikh Maltoon Township.

He also directed to compensate the victims of the drain system. Pervez Khattak directed to replicate the Hayatabad Model of safe city in Sheikh Maltoon to have it a safe and secure township.

He directed to ensure that the employees were on their respective duties. These employees, he added were public servants and should not work as servants of the officers.

He would not take any pressure and directed to remove all the irritants hindering the smooth construction works of different projects. He directed to arrange drinking water in eight parks, install benches and streets signs on the pattern of DHA in Sheikh Maltoon Township.

Later addressing another presentation regarding new projects in Mardan, the Chief Minister directed to complete Jawad Chowk flyover within the time period of six months. The slip roads on both sides and the redesigning of chowks should be completed.

The meeting was briefed about the pace of progress and he directed to relocate the utilities. The Jawad chowk flyover would cost Rs. 385 million, Charsadda chowk flyover Rs. 405 million.

 

The Chief Minister directed for the greenery and beautification of Mardan with focus on completion of design for all the projects.  The meeting was assured of land acquisition for the Katlang chowk.

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Training program for KP, Fata journalists kicks off

F.P Report

PESHAWAR: Journalists Welfare, Safety and Development Foundation (JWSDF) on Thursday launched a capacity training program for journalists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

Secretary Information, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Qaiser Alam Khan was chief guest in the launching ceremony held here. Besides, Director General Information, Amir Hussain Shah, JWSDF foundation patron in chief, Syed Bukhar Shah, chairman Ali Hazrat Bacha, office bearers, relevant officials were present at the opening event.

Ali Hazrat Bacha in his opening remarks briefed the participants about the main objectives of the foundation. He said JWSDF had embarked its journey some three years back and conducted different capacity building training for working journalists. Besides, he said the foundation has planned to launch vocational training and self-employment programs for widow and orphans children of martyred journalists.

On the occasion, he presented number of demands and recommendations before the provincial government, including allocation annual grant in Aid for JWSDF, foundation representation in board of directors.

Besides, he urged the information department to issue directives to its regional offices to cooperate with the foundation during arranging activities in various districts of the province.

Qaiser Alam while speaking on the occasion said that the skilled development of working journalists is essential for perform their professional obligations in more responsible and authentic manner.

He stressed the need for initiating of joint venture between relevant government department, academic, and the foundation to build up the capacity of budding journalists bring more fairness, clarity, especially promotion of the ethical journalism.

The official said the journalism is the fourth pillar of the state, which had played important role in highlighting the public issues for amicable their readdressal by the authorities concerned. He said the dynamics of journalism rapidly changing with invention of new tools and methods. He emphasized that the journalists should ensure their safety and security first during discharging their professional duties.

He said the working journalists are being faced with host challenges, which would be addressed with proper patronage of the government and other welfare bodies.

He said there was no special training program for the working journalists to build up their capacity as per current requirements, while newspapers institutions were not taken such initiative for their employees in this regard.

So, he informed that the provincial information department, journalism and mass communication department of the university of Peshawar, in collaboration with JWSDF will soon launch a comprehensive training program for working journalists.

The official has agreed with the recommedantions of the JWSDF and assured that the department would make all out efforts to fulfill all demands of the foundation.

Earlier, the speakers on the occasion underscored the need of proper skilled training of working journalists to bring more clarity, fairness and objectivity in the practical journalism. They urged the representatives of media to ensure their safety first while performaing the professional duties.