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Poverty-stricken people of neglected, remote area change their living standard

Rafiullah Mandokhail

ZHOB: Surrounded by dry mountains Kakkal, Murgha Kibzai, 110km in the southeast of Zhob city – is name of a remote area that always remained backward and neglected. The area was once considered to be the strong hold of anti-development elements. They wanted to keep the poverty-stricken people ignorant, illiterate and backward through their baseless propaganda against the non-governmental organizations involved in development process and services delivery.

On one hand the government did not pay attention while on the other hand the non-government organization had no access to the area due to strong resistance and misconceptions against them. Illiteracy, no approach to health facilities and no development works were the major issues of the people. But today a change is visible and the people are committed to change their life standard as they realized that the work of a non-governmental organization is extensive, participatory and transparent to change their economic destiny

Most recently, an organization accessed to the mentioned above area and conducted a poverty alleviation survey, which is highly appreciated and welcomed by the local community. The objective of the door-to-door survey was to determine the state of poverty and identify those having nothing. Balochistan Rural Support Program with the financial support of European Union has launched poverty scorecard census under Balochistan Rural Development & Community Empowerment Program that would be continued for the next five years. According to In-charge Field SMT-3 Naqeebullah Babar their first ever social mobilization in the area yielded positive results as the people are now organized and in a position to fight poverty, adding the theme of the newly launched project is also reducing poverty through social mobilization. The social mobilization helps the rural community in its efforts in poverty alleviation, while the community organization – an organized group of community members is a platform to enable people to take an active role in the local development initiatives.

“A unique feature of an organization is that it puts the community on the path of progress and development”, he said adding BRSP has been struggling for over three decades for social mobilization, health, education and for the improvement of peoples’ living standard here in the poverty stricken district. He added.

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Suicide jacket, explosive recovered

Ahmad Nabi

LANDI KOTAL: The forces recovered unfitted jacket and other items from a house, to be utilized in suicide blast in raid carried out here in Kohi, Malikdin Khel area of Tehsil Bara on Monday.

The forces official while confirming the happen said that on tip off in joint venture of Mehsud Scouts and Frontier Intelligence Unit (FIU) a raid was conducted at deserted house and recovered the items could be used in suicide offense.

The items were recovered including 01 unfitted suicide jacket, 500 grams explosive, 20 detonators, 01 battery, 01 grenade, 19 mortar fuses and 77 mortar security FIP. According to forces official the stuff was concealed with the intention to by unknown militants to fulfill their designs however timely action of the troops foiled their attempt.

 

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Education board workers continue strike

F.P. Report

TIMERGARA: The employees of board of intermediate and secondary education (BISE) Malakand Chakdara on Monday continued their token strike on 17th consecutive day and boycotted duties after 2 PM against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa proposed boards’ act, forcing the visitors to return hopelessly.

The protesting employees threatened to boycott the upcoming intermediate examinations if the government failed to accept their demands till April, 20. The board’s employees wore black arm bands and staged a protest rally on the board premises.

Speaking on the occasion leaders of the protesting employees alleged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had planned to abolish boards’ autonomy and wanted to bring them under the control of education secretariat.

They said the proposed act of the government would hurt the autonomous status of educational boards in the province which would increase miseries of students, parents and teachers as well. They said they would not let the government to implement Adam Smith educational policy that was aimed at disturbing the boards’ examination system. The employees also threatened to state protest rallies at Bani Gala near Imran Khan’s residence if the government did not reverse its decision regarding changes in boards’ act.

 

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Lightning kills youth, injures 3

Sahibzada Afridi

KOHAT: The lightning strike on Monday claimed life of a youth in Kamar Dhand area while injuring three others during thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in the area. Police said that lightning strike hit in head of a motorcyclist in Kamar Dhand area killing him on the spot while his friend riding on the same bike and two others passersby got injured.

The slain was identified as Gulab Niaz son of Adam Khan while the injured were Zubair, Khaista Rehman and Piao Din. The dead body was handed over to the relatives while the injured were rushed to hospital.

 

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DPO visits bazaars without security

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat

LAKKI MARWAT: Lakki Marwat district police chief Arif Shehbaz Khan became a topic of discussion after his photos visiting city bazaars without security guards went viral on social media prompting people from different walks of life to post comments on them.

Without police escort Arif Shehbaz visited bazaars in lorry adda, Meenakhel and Mela Mandi localities for shopping. Wearing black color shalwar qameez the district police officer also went to the shops and outlets located in the populated parts of the city and argued with shopkeepers on rates of different items.

He bought goods of his choice but surprisingly the traders could not recognize him. The cops posted in Lakki police station and city police post were also unaware about their boss visit to the bazaars of urban area.

They would have made their presence before their boss had they any knowledge about his visit to city bazaars. A social media activist took photos of DPO Arif Shehbaz visiting bazaars and business places like an ordinary man and posted them on face book inviting people from different walks of life to comment.

Many people took the move a right direction towards better coordination and cooperation between citizens and police officials. “Such visits help to enhance people’s confidence in police and remove fears and apprehensions among them for security of life and property”, said Ahmad Iqbal Paris.

Another citizen Imran Marwat commented that visits by police officers to bazaars and urban localities would pave the way to tighten noose around drug traffickers and gamblers. “People do not feel any fear sensing presence of brave and gallant cops among them”, he added.

A member of bikers club Sanam Gul termed the presence of district police officer in bazaars a sign of sustainable peace in the area. He said that such visits would help police officials to learn about happenings and problems faced by citizens and play a role to solve them.

“It was a matter of great surprise for me to notice DPO Arif Shebaz visiting bazaars without any protocol and police escort”, said Hamad Mustafa in his comments posted on social media. I recognized police chief and offered him to have a cup of tea with me but he didn’t accept”, he added. Many citizens, in their comments, appreciated district police officer and declared him a brave cop of police department.

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Urs of Hazrat Pir Baba concluded

A.R. Abid Bunery

BUNER: The two days Urs celebrations of Saint Pir Baba concluded with prayers for progress, prosperity and peace in the region and integrity and solidarity of the mother land. The Sajada Nasheen Makhdoom Syed Hussain Shah along with family member’s heads of the Sadat Committee flanked by elders of the area and large numbers of followers graced the tomb with specially designed Chadar.

During the celebrations Qawali, Naat, illuminations on the tomb and Jamia Masajid widely attracted visitors from parts of the country. The Ulema delivered heart touching speeches, the Naat Khawan recited melodiously and the followers spent two days and a night in spiritual environment with peace of mind and satisfaction.

The Makhdoom family and Sadaat Committee was arranged big lunch (Langar) for the participants. Both male and female followers throng to grace the occasion, spend spiritual night and participated in the Urs while the Langar food eagerly taken as it is considered cure for all evils and diseases. On the occasion tight security measures were taken. The DPO, DC, AC, AAC, DSP, intelligence agencies heads, law enforce officers and heavy contingent of police personnel remained on vigilant to make sure provision security.

The political social figures Jehan Bar Khan, Haji Sadiqullah, Mamoour Rashed, Afsar Khan, Jowahar Ali Khan, and Shahjehan Khan PA to Minister Religious Affairs participated. The media persons especially the social media persons remained intact to cover every event and to air for public live too.

 

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Online earning may not be a gravy train, warn experts

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Tempting and seductive advertisements of significant online earning may be a trap by cyber-mafia to pick pocket vulnerable people, specially youth. Information technology (IT) experts have warned the youth that there should be specific steps to ensure that the process is secure and fully judge the credibility of such sites, offering income and profit while staying at home. An expert from the Ministry of IT, requesting anonymity, explained the myths and realities of online earning to APP. He said, “One click doesn’t bring money rather it requires skilled hard work and patience”. But he regretted that the country’s educated unemployed youth were more prone to the Internet crooks and urged to raise awareness among the exposed segment.

He said the temptation usually came from random sites and the unskilled people were more attracted as the required job description was tactfully prepared by the schemers to make them fit for the job. Enticing narrations such as “Gharbethay 50,000 rupay mahana kamaeye, sirf computer ka istehmal jan’na zaroor hai,”some how attract the unemployed youth.

He regretted that there was no national institution to create public awareness against such mafia and the vulnerable, particularly the youth, who had been left at the mercy of racketeers.

He, however, said one could easily judge the credibility of such sites’ source by checking their status on “alexa.com” and “domaintools.com” that provided complete information of a website.

“The positive thing is that a fake site does not have security certificate as it is too costly,” he added.  Another software engineer Attique ur Rehman, highlighting the different ways of online earning, said, “It is a complex subject as genuine sites do not require mere registration but seek a user’s full information. There are different kinds of online earning, such as online trading, freelancing through ads and affiliating market.” The earning through ads, he claimed, was the most popular way as lot of people in Pakistan were earning considerably via AdSense (in which one can upload ads on his websites or YouTube channels) that also required consistency from a user.

The most popular among all was stock exchange’s business, but “expertise is a prerequisite for trading on Internet and there is high risk of losing money before one logs in to an authentic business entity,” he added. Attique warned that without proper knowledge and safety measures, the initiative could financially cost a person.

The enticers, he said, would demand to deposit Rs 5,000 to 10,000 as registration fee to start earning but later disappeared and reappeared in some cases with a different name as a new stratagem.

Highlighting the importance of blogging for educated segment of the society, Attique said, “One can sell his skills, especially, writing skill on Internet to anyone across the world by making his own blog that increases one’s earning with the boost in his ranking.”

He said one’s profile was updated keeping in view of his clientele that boosted his ranking. Attique said the skilled unemployed youth could be engaged after some training to earn livelihood through Internet and boost the country’s IT sector.

He, however, urged the authorities concerned to introduce short courses and training on online earning like the developed nations where the IT sector was the most revenue generating entity and contributing to their national economies.

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NAB to probe alleged gross misappropriation

F.P. Report

Peshawar: NAB has started probe into the alleged gross misappropriation during the recruitment in the Accountability Commission (AC) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to media reports the record of the dozens of aspirants were concealed and illegal recruitment and unlawful posting have surfaced.

According to media reports the probe revealed that during the recruitments two rejected candidates were appointed by changing text “No” into “yes”.

An Assistant Director’s was appointed despite his name missing in the list of successful candidates

The applicants for the post of Deputy Director have been appointed as Additional Director. Selection Committee had rejected them but they were recruited.

Out of 62 posts for Director Investigation 60 were rejected without assigning any reason.

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PHC seeks report from AWK varsity

F.P. Report
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court directed the Abdul Wali Khan University administration to submit the report of syndicate meeting which was held few weeks ago to decide the future of the employees who were appointed through allegedly fake way through advertisement No-48, sources said.
An official at the university on the condition of anonymity said that more than 260 employees were appointed on different position through advertisement No-48 published in different news papers in September 2015.
However later on several reports were carried out in the press about the alleged violation of merit in the recruitment conducted through the mentioned advertisement. Sources added that later on the University’s administration appointed a four-member inquiry committee on the directives of the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on January 3 to probe any possible wrongdoings. The sources added that among the 260 employees the four member’s inquiry committee allegedly declared majority of the appointment illegal and fake.
Sources claimed that one order of demonstrator was issued on 15 December 2016 after the passage of 16 months through the mentioned advertisement. Sources further added that another order of demonstrator was issued on 24 January 2017 after the passage of 17 months through the mentioned advertisement. Sources added that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the very beginning started investigations but the NAB also using dealing tactics in this connection.
The sources further added that however a meeting of syndicate was held on 26th February. Dr. Khurshid Khan, who few months ago was appointed as vice chancellor of the university chaired the syndicate meeting.
Sources added that the vice chancellor requested two members of the syndicate including Arsh-ur-Rehman and Shafiq-ur-Rehman before starting the meeting to allegedly not attend the meeting due to moral ground because they were remained members of the scrutiny committee who appointed the employees through advertisement No-48.
However the minutes of the meeting wasn’t disclosed so far, sources added. “It was decided in the syndicate meeting to organize a subcommittee and the committee should again investigate it and decide the fate of these employees”, sources added.
Sources added that decisions are done with the majority in the syndicate. Sources added that the administration has decided to public the minutes and will also be displayed on the university website soon.
However sources added that sister, brother and relatives of the old administration were appointed during this process. Sources claimed that some supporters of influential politicians and relatives of influential high officials of different department of the province were appointed in the university on different posts. Sources added that Vice chancellor and the new administration is under pressure and due to this reason they are also using dealing tactics to take practical step in this connection.
Sources added that due to the alleged pressure the administration hasn’t released the minutes of the mentioned syndicate meeting so far and nor take any action in this connection. Sources added that some candidates knocked at the Peshawar high court for justice and Peshawar high court on 3 April 2018 directed the university administration to produce the mentioned syndicate meeting decision and inquiry committee in the court on 22 May 2018.
The ignored candidates also demanded the chief justice of supreme court to take sumoto notice in the case because it is high profile case and also organized a joint investigation team (JIT) to investigate the appointments made through advertisement No- 48 because the university administration is under pressure in this connection.

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Mega Technology Competition concludes at FAST-NUCES

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The national level mega technology competition NUTEC-2018 award ceremony was held which was attended by Justice Retd Mian Muhammad Ajmal Khan as Chief Guest on the occasion.  The chief guest awarded shields and prizes among the winners of competitions in domains of Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Sports and Social Events. Overall, more than 800 participants competed in the three day long technology extravaganza organized by FAST National University Peshawar.  Besides, technology competition, this year NUTEC 2018 scope has been further strengthened with inclusion of Alumni Homecoming, Job Fair, Open House, Food court, Social competitions sports and conduct of musical night.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest reiterated the importance of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to which little attention is paid. He lauded the efforts of FAST-peshawar campus and hoped that the event will act as a springboard for students to showcase their technical and social talents on a wide array of competitions.

The Director Campus Engr. Dr. Muhammad Tariq announced that preparations for NUTEC 2019 will start from today to make this event of technology, art, design and culture even a bigger extravaganza in the country.

He apprised the audience of his vision to make Peshawar a mini silicon valley where each student comes up with his or her own startup towards contributing to nation building. Dr. Muhammad tariq said that this event is truly entrepreneurial in a sense that students had managed sponsorship from corporate bodies in a mutually beneficial manner. In fact such events helps to stitch up the local industry and academia gap and set up public narrative and discourse in the right direction towards prosperous Pakistan.

The convenor of NUTEC 2018 Muhammad Tariq Yousafzai thanked all the participants, staff , faculty and participants from 51 universities for being a part of this mega competition held on an unprecedented scale.

He also thanked the President of student Body Shaleem John, General Secretary Ali Raza and Chairman Awais Khan.

The best ambassador award was given to students from Cecos University Peshawar who also won circuit design and interface-a-thon and Husn e Qirat competitions. Moreover, Quiz competition in electrical engineering was won by FAST University team comprising of Fizza Khan and Faiq Khan.