Karachi university MA previous (external) results

KU announces MA previous (external) results 2009
Karachi, Feb 17: The University of Karachi on Tuesday announced the results of MA (previous) external candidates' annual examinations-2009 in the discipline of economics.

According to statistics, a total of 4,795 candidates appeared in the examinations and 1,385 of them were declared successful. The pass percentage stood at 28.88.

The university has informed the candidates that the marks certificates are being issued to them on their given addresses.

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KU medical admissions
Karachi: Karachi university has extended the last date for MS/PhD, MS (Surgery)/MD (Medicine) for the academic session 2009-10.

According to the KU registrar, the forms along with the relevant documents can now be submitted till February 20.

The final list of the successful candidates will be put on display on February 26 and the fee can be submitted from March 1 to 3. The session will begin on March 3.

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KU achievement
Karachi: International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU), has successfully produced foreign variety of tomatoes known as cherry tomatoes in its green houses on the large scale.

This is for the first time in the history of Pakistan that any institution is producing these types of tomatoes by using state-of-the-art plant technology. The cherry tomatoes have been cultivated since last two years, while this time the cherry tomatoes have been produced on the large scale as compare to the last year.

Director ICCBS, Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary, revealed the fact while talking to the media on Tuesday. According to Dr Chaudhary, seeds of cherry tomatoes were acquired from Canada and germinated at the biotechnology wing.

For initial adaptation the plant has been grown in green houses where environmental conditions were comparatively controlled and it was a completely insects-free environment.

After first cultivation from seeds, disease-free and healthy plants were propagated on a mass scale using plant tissue culture techniques and cutting techniques. The newly propagated plants were allowed to grow to bear fruits in such a system that they utilise the maximum light, humidity and nutrients

He said that the tomatoes could be picked when they are glossy and evenly colored, except in the case of streaked heirloom tomatoes. A handful of plants will produce large volume of the small tomatoes, especially once they really get going in the hot summer months, he added. In cooler climates, cherry tomatoes do best in a greenhouse, especially if temperature is kept below 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius).

The mass scale propagation using above-mentioned techniques is in a successful progress and soon will be introduced for marketing as a new variety of tomato fruit with excellent features and its plants for local farmers for cultivation in mass scale.

In near future novel characteristic features will be developed using Genetic engineering, Dr Chaudhary concluded. The news

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BIEK scholarships for HSSC toppers
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) will disburse scholarships this year among the students who excelled in the Higher Secondary School Certificate examinations-2009.

BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai said on Tuesday that the students will receive Rs500 per month each for two years. He said more than Rs1.2 million would be disbursed under this head.

He stated that the scholarships were meant for top 10 students each in the pre-engineering, pre-medical, commerce regular, commerce private, humanities regular, humanities private, computer science, PTC and CT.

In addition, three top students of home economics group and three special students excelling in their disciplines would also be given the scholarship.He said that the scheme initiated by the BIEK in 2007 was funded by the board with its own resources. APP

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Illegal Sunday Bachat Bazaar in school
Karachi: The shared playground belonging to government schools in Jamshed Town is being used as a site for the weekly 'Sunday Bachat Bazaar' without any permission of the authorities concerned for the past few months, it has been learnt.

At least three government schools are running in the building of Government Boys Secondary School No3, Jehangir Road, which is located in Union Council No10, Jamshed Town. The schools operate in two shifts, morning and evening, for the students of secondary and primary sections respectively. The buildings house the Public Government Boys Secondary School, Tinhatti, Government Boys Primary School, Jehangir Road No3 and Public Government Boys Primary School, Tinhatti and have a combined playground.

As schools remain closed on Sundays, a group of people with the support of an influential political party, have set up the bazaar in the garb of facilitating locals, while in reality they are pocketing a lot of money through the illegal set up.

A visit to the said place on Sunday showed that more than 800 hundred tables were set up in the playground and people were busy shopping. The tables and tents are installed early in the morning at around 9am and operate till 10pm.

A table/stall is available for Rs50 while an additional payment of Rs50 ensures the provision of electricity to the stall. Ironically, the electricity bill is paid by the school as the people operating bazaar get the power supply from the main line, which supplies electricity to the schools. No payment is made to the schools that bear the additional burden of billing.

During the survey of the said ground, it was witnessed that Qurban Ali, the watchman of the school, who lives in the premises of the same building, was also participating in installing tables and tents of the Bachat Bazaar.

Meanwhile, the heads and in-charges of the schools maintain that they have not given permission to any one in this regard and felt helpless to stop the successful Sunday Bazaar.

Executive District Officer (EDO), Education, Muhammad Ibrahim Kumbhar, said that the department received some information regarding the bazaar sometime ago.

"The department had taken serious notice of this irregularity and ordered an inquiry. The District Officer Education was assigned the task and according to his report, the said bazaar is running with the permission of the Jamshed Town Nazim," he added.

The No Objection Certificate (NOC), letter No PS/N/JT/11, was released in this regard to the people who are operating the business in the schools' premises, he said.

The report submitted at the EDO Office revealed that a school by the name of Government Boys Primary School is also running in Qasimabad, situated in Liaquatabad Town, and the NOC was taken for this particular school. However, the NOC is being implemented in the premises of the government school located in Jamshed Town.

"The department had recommended to shutdown the Bachat Bazaar which is totally illegal and un-justified," EDO, Education further said.

An investigation report along with the recommendations has been submitted to Sindh Education Minister, Pir Mazhar Ul Haq, Secretary Education, Siddique Memon and District Coordination Officer, Javed Hanif Khan, to forcefully shutdown the practice of the Bachat Bazaar at the educational premises.

However, over a week has passed since the letter has been issued but no action had been taken till the filing of this report. It is necessary to mention here that the Enterprise and Investment Promotion (E&IP) is responsible for giving permission to setup Bachat Bazaars anywhere in the city.

The Newsmen made several attempts to contact the EDO, E&IP, Dr A.D. Sajnani to get his comments over the matter but he was unavailable. Similarly, Jamshed Town, Nazim, Javed Ahmed, also remained out of contact. The news

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