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February 2012

LAHORE: HEC’s newly announced ranking may stir controversy

By Arsalan Haider, Daily Times

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday announced ranking of Pakistani universities, which may stir a controversy due to significant changes in the positions of different universities as compared to those in the last ranking.

According to the ranking, two public-sector universities belonging to Lahore and two private-sector universities were placed in the top 10 list. The University of Punjab was placed on the fifth position. In private sector universities, the COMSATS University was on the ninth and the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on the 10th position.
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Higher Education Commission announces ranking of Pakistani universities

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HEC chairman says ranking based on quality teaching, research

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday announced ranking of Pakistani universities.

The HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari said at a press conference held at the commission’s secretariat that universities were ranked on the basis of quality teaching and research. “The primary purpose of the ranking exercise was to share with the general public a comprehensive data on the key issues that determined the state of higher education in a particular institution. Institutions established after December 2008 as well as distance education universities were excluded from the ranking lists,” Laghari said.
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Lapse of development period: LDA to seize plots of 21 housing schemes

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LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has decided to acquire possession of mortgaged plots located in 21 private housing schemes, including Punjab Government Servants Housing Scheme Foundation, Overseas Pakistani Foundation’s Farm Housing Scheme and Ravians Co-operative Housing Scheme.

According to LDA spokesman, the authority had started preliminary proceedings for lands’ acquisition, which are to be sold later through an open auction in order to execute development works in the housing schemes.
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LAHORE: CM inaugurates balloting for Ashiana Quaid Extension Project

Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif said that establishment of Ashiana Housing Scheme (AHS), which contains houses equipped with modern facilities for the poor and common man, was an important step towards transformation of the country into an Islamic welfare state in accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. He said this while addressing an inaugural balloting ceremony of Ashiana Quaid Extension Project, Read More »LAHORE: CM inaugurates balloting for Ashiana Quaid Extension Project

KARACHI: Groundbreaking of DHA City held

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Defence Housing Authority (DHA) launched DHA City Karachi (DCK) at the project’s site on Super Highway amid a graceful groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday.

Commander 5 Corps Lt-Gen Muhammad Zaheer-ul-Islam inaugurated the development activities by unveiling the plaque. Speaking on the occasion, he termed the occasion as historic and hailed the services of DHA stating that it was proving itself as a trendsetter in the field of housing and development.Read More »KARACHI: Groundbreaking of DHA City held

Islamabad Park Enclave project to be ready in 18 months

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Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Engineer Farkhand Iqbal said on Monday that the Authority was committed to the development of Park Enclave within 18 months as the CDA had 100 percent possession of the land on which the Park Enclave Housing Scheme had been envisaged.

He said that each and every penny on account of land acquisition and compensation for the built-up-property had been paid and nothing was pending with the CDA regarding Park Enclave.
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A few days back, Chaudhry Aslam khan, the SSP CID Karachi said in an interview with a private TV channel that unless courts give a legal authenticity to the evidence of the police officials particularly in cases of terrorism, the giant of terrorism cannot be chained. It is a common complaint that in most of the cases people from common public lack courage to appear before the court and record their evidence against any terrorist activity. They are frightened of the threats of grave consequences from the terrorists they have to face as a result of such evidences. Not only against the terrorist activities, for a common man is it next to impossible to stand against even a pick-pocket or street-criminal. Most of the people are of the view that they are at the mercy of the criminals when they come out of the court premises after giving their statement against such criminals. This is the reason that in the last ten or fifteen years we find countless accused criminals who were proved guilty by the police but without sufficient evidence the courts could not send them behind the bars. In such cases the police or other law-enforcing agencies are left with only one option; to pay back the criminals in the same coin though this option gives birth to another type of injustice. The situation is getting worse and worse with the passage of time and would never be controlled unless the law of evidence is modified.



PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER                           

 What is more important; food or security; health or defence; prosperity or safety; certainly a difficult question to be answered. Today one finds a hurricane of allegations, accusations ultimately forming the shape of suggestions thatPakistanneeds not spend a huge amount on its army and the relevant security set-up. Various so-called western thinkers are doing all their best to create an atmosphere of disbelief and mistrust against the security agencies ofPakistanby painting a picture which depicts these agencies as an unbearable burden on the already stooping financial structure ofPakistan. More painful is the fact that some of our own people are playing in the hands of these enemies ofPakistanjust for their temporary, trivial gains and benefits. It is a day-light fact that without a strong and immaculate defence system it is quite unimaginable to survive in this world where ‘survival is the fate of only the fittest’. If we want to crush terrorism, if we want to up-root extremism we cannot do it without a well-equipped, well-trained and well-supported army. We have ample examples of countries like USA, Israel, UK, India and so many others who are doing all their best to strengthen their armies. Our closest neighbourIndiahas ignored all her past differences with US just to build up its military might.Indiais signing up new pacts and accords withIsraelandJapanas well as withRussiajust to enhance her defence capabilities but unfortunately inPakistansome self-claimed philosophers and thinkers are emphasizing the need of curtailing the defence budget and calling in question the existence of the institution of army.Read More »STRONG DEFENCE MEANS ULTIMATE SURVIVAL

LAHORE: Historical Pak Tea House to revive literary activities

Writers and poets in the city will be excited, as the favourite haunt of intellectuals, Pak Tea House, is set to revive literary and cultural activities within the next two weeks. The building of the Pak Tea House, which was being used as a garment store, was vacated on Thursday on the orders of the Lahore commissioner and has now come under control of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).

After the closure of the Pak Tea House, a cloth dealer had illegally occupied the building and was using it as a warehouse. Read More »LAHORE: Historical Pak Tea House to revive literary activities