Fossil fuels behind fatal diseases
All Pakistan Science Conference on Genomics at Karachi University
Karachi, Dec 23: Conflict and war over the world's energy resources will remain
inevitable unless other resources are explored to meet energy needs of the world
Prof Syed Arif Kazmi of HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi
University (KU), expressed these views during a session of the 4-day 35th All
Pakistan Science Conference on Genomics held here on Monday.
is being held in the auditorium of International Centre for Chemical and
Biological Sciences (ICCBS), KU, and jointly organised by the KU Faculty of
Science and Pakistan Association for Advancement of Sciences. Hundreds of
Pakistani scientists and experts from all over the country and abroad are
participating in the conference with an objective to review the problems faced
by the experts in their disciplines.
Pakistani scientists from US, UK,
Canada, Iran, Uganda and Somalia are also participating in the conference, in
which nearly 300 research papers will be read out.
Prof Kazmi said, "During the coming century, the increasing population of the
world and the ever-improving standards of living of the vast majority of the
world's population will bring the traditional energy resources under tremendous
pressure. Conversely, the wider use of these resources is damaging the
environment in an irreversible manner.
F. Saher of University of
Agriculture, Faisalabad, said the prevalence of hepatitis B in cardiac patients
is double than in that in the normal population indicating that heart patients
are at higher risk of HBV. She said that hepatitis viral was an infectious
hepatic disease associated with inflammation of liver. She said that HBV was one
of the commonest infectious diseases worldwide while the cardiac patents needed
to be cautious from fatality of the disease.
Taranum Ruba Siddiqui of Pakistan Medical Research Council said that the
prevalence of hepatitis B and C infections in eye patients posed risks and
dangers for doctors as well as other patients in hospitals and OPD. The alarming
percentage of positive cases of these two viral infections gives us an idea of
the risks involved and emphasizes us to adopt such practices that ensure the
infection control measures, she observed.
Marium Ghani of KU Department of
Microbiology stressed the need for discovering new anti-microbial compounds with
diverse chemical structure and novel mechanisms of action for new and
re-emerging infectious diseases. She added, "However, researchers are
increasingly turning their attention to folk medicine, looking for new leads to
develop better drugs against microbial infections."
Sikander K Sherwani, KU
Department of Microbiology, indicated that pseudomonas, a type of bacteria,
infection was most often associated with contact lens wear.
"Nonetheless, we have not been able to trace how and why were these lens
contaminated yet it is strongly speculated that they might have been
contaminated with pseudomonas while handling with hands, water and contaminated
protein fee solution.
"Moreover it is suggested that such contact lens
associated keratitis and corneal ulcers can be prevented, if patients contact
the physicians when they develop the early signs like a red or irritated eye and
follow the strict hygienic conditions. The Nation
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International book fair 2008 from 26th at the Karachi Expo Centre
Karachi: The Fourth Karachi International Book Fair 2008 begins
on December 26 at the Karachi Expo Centre.
Organised by the Pakistan
Publishers and Booksellers Association (PPBA) in collaboration with the National
Book Foundation, the fair will continue till December 30.
The University of Karachi's department of
international relations has announced that a book titled "Conflict Management
and the Challenge of Peace" has been published under its programme - Peace
studies and conflict resolution.
The book comprises contributions from
Lt-Gen (r) Talat Masood, Prof Swaran Singh, Justin Alexander, Ganesh Aryal,
Salma Malik, Sumanasri Liyanage, Tehseen Nisaar, Zafar Jaspal, Farhan H. Siddiqi
and other scholars.
Case studies of Jammu and Kashmir, Iran-US nuclear
conflict and conflict management mechanism in former Yugoslavia, Northern
Ireland, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka are some of the subjects
discussed by the authors. App
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Sindh lecturers demand posting in front of the Parliament House
Islamabad: Lecturers from various districts of Sindh staged a
protest here in front of the Parliament House on Monday demanding issuance of
their posting orders by the provincial government.
A protesting lecturer
said that 91 candidates cleared their written tests held under the Sindh Public
Service Commission (SPSC) for the posts of college lecturers in January
The result of the lecturers, he said, who cleared their written
examination was published in newspapers and interviews were also conducted but
their posting orders were not issued.
"Despite all this exercise, we were
refused the posting orders by the Sindh government," he said, adding that the
lecturers sought assistance from the Sindh High Court which later ordered the
government to issue the posting orders.
"We will daily protest in front
of the Parliament until issuance of the posting letters" he said. The protestors
later dispersed peacefully. Dawn
"THIS IS TO INFORM ALL THAT WE ARE SPSC PASS LECTURERS WAITING FOR POSTING. WE ARE RECOMONDED BY SPSC BUT GOVT IS RELUCTANT TO APPOINT US SAYING THAT THIER CASE RELATES TO ARBAB GOVT.WE ARE GIVEN OFFER LETTERS AND IN THE REPLY WE SUBMITTED OUR ACCEPTANCE.THEREAFTER THE CM QAIM ALI SHAH DENIES TO APPOINT 639 OFTHE 650 LECTURERS WHILE THE 11 ARE ARE GIVEN APPOINTMENT LETTERS SUPPOSEDLY FAVOURABLE.THIS IS A CLEAR DISCERMINATION MADE TO MINT THE MONEY."
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