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200 students awarded degrees at PU convocation
Karachi, Feb 07: As many as 200 degrees were conferred on students of MBA, BBA, EMBA, B-Tech and BS IT at the 14th convocation of the Preston University (PU) at a local hotel on Wednesday.

Acting Governor Sindh and Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khoro was the chief guest on the occasion. While Dr Abdul Basit, Chancellor PU was also present.

The ceremony was attended by the graduates from the year 2006 to 2012.

Speaking on the occasion, Khoro said that these graduates were now ready to face the exciting world out there. "Students have got their degrees but efforts of parents behind their degrees should not be forgotten at this stage," he said. He urged parents to provide education to their daughters, saying that educated woman could give better brought to her children so educated women could give better future to country. He said that they had opened 50 public and private sector in Sindh, which would produce more educated youngsters.

Dr Abdul Basit, Chancellor PU and Dr Ibrahim Shah Bukhari, VC PU also expressed their views on the occasion. Daily times

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SSUET wins third position in HEC's Urdu debate
Karachi: A debater of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) won the third position in Urdu debate for the 15th Allama Iqbal Shield.

An official of the institution said here on Wednesday that the debate was held at Ojha Campus of Dow University under the auspices of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and this position was won by SSUET's Umer Khan of Computer Engineering Department in a contest among 100 participants from 72 institutions of Sindh.

This was the second round of the competition in which Umer Khan along with another colleague Adnan Akhtar of Bio-Medical Engineering Department had represented SSUET after having been selected in the first round held at SSUET.

After winning the third position Umer Khan has found access to represent SSUET in the third and final round to be held in Islamabad in the first week of March. Umer Khan has also won the distinction of being the second best debater of 2011 of HEC. The news

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KU supply exams from March 18 to 31
Karachi: The Incharge Semester Examinations Section, University of Karachi, Prof. Dr Haider Abbas Rizvi, has announced for the information of outgoing and ex-students of morning and evening programme that the supplementary examination 2012 will be held from March 18 to 31. Forms can be submitted from February 11 to 20 without late fee and from February 21 till 28 with a late fee of Rs 500. It is pertinent to note that only ex-students and outgoing students having valid enrollment are eligible to appear in a maximum of five papers as per rule. However, regular students are ineligible to appear in the supplementary examinations 2012. Daily times

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CMC students stage demo
Sukkur: A bus of the Chandka Medical College (CMC), Larkana was burnt by some miscreants here on Wednesday. Sources said two students of the College, Dr Sohail Serki and Dr Majid, were rusticated by the CMC authorities on the charge of tearing question papers and answer books during examination. Sources said this issue caused boycott of the classes and the students staged demo at the main gate of the college. The news

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Writers to engage book lovers for three days
Karachi: The fourth Karachi Literature Festival to be held on Feb 15, 16 and 17 at the Beach Luxury hotel will feature 200 national and international speakers, about 100 sessions on a variety of subjects and more than 20 book launches. This was announced by Oxford University Press managing director Ameena Saiyid at a press conference at the Arts Council Karachi on Wednesday.

She gave a presentation which began with a brief overview of last year's festival. She said 142 speakers, including Hanif Kureishi, Vikram Seth and William Dalrymple, took part in the event in 2012 while 50 sessions and eight book launches were held. This year an even bigger lineup was awaiting book lovers.

Ms Saiyid said eminent poet and film director Gulzar, singer Ila Arun, critic Shamim Hanafi and writer Shobhaa De would represent the India contingent. For the first time in the history of the festival writers and scholars from Russia (V. Y. Belokrenitsky, Andrey Demidov) would be seen airing views on their areas of interest. Silvia Di Netale and Kanize Mourad from France, Nadeem Aslam, George Galloway and Lemn Sissay from England, Yassin Musharbash from Germany, Lorenza Raponi from Italy and Izzeldin Abuelaish from Palestine (whose three daughters were simultaneously killed in Palestine) among others would address the audience and partake in panel discussions.

From Pakistan, Ms Saiyid said, Tehmina Durrani would speak about her books and special sessions with writer Initzar Husain (recently nominated for the International Booker prize) were the highlights of the festival. Dr Hamida Khuhro's 'A children's history of the Punjab' would be among the books to be launched. Apart from that many a programme for children had been arranged such as theatrical shows by artist Khaled Anam, puppet shows, storytelling sessions etc.

She said unlike the previous three editions of the festival, this time it would be a three-day event instead of spanning just two days. She said the reason for changing the venue was that it was more accessible to the public and public transport facility was better in the area.

Asif Farrukhi, the co-founder of the festival, said that last night he received a call from an eminent writer who quizzed him that why the festival was being organised despite the volatile situation in Karachi. He said the event was not a kind of luxury; rather it signified the importance of literature and literary pursuits and was the best way to resist forces of intolerance.

He pointed out certain 'firsts' which would be happening during the event. For example, a session with renowned Sindhi author Amar Jaleel (who does not usually take part in such activities) was lined up as well as the launch of a book by Hasan Dars, who passed away last year. He said Mehr Afshan Farooqi would be coming to the festival for the first time from the United States. As for Pakistani authors, he mentioned the names of Abdullah Husain, Mirza Ather Baig, Initzar Husain and Amjad Islam Amjad.

Director Goethe Institut Karachi Dr Manuel Negwar said he had been part of the third Karachi Literature Festival and was impressed by the quality participants and audiences. He said the event was a good platform for exchanging ideas. He touched on a couple of novelists from Germany who would be part of the international lineup of writers at the fourth Karachi Literature Festival.

Earlier, Arts Council president Ahmed Shah welcomed the guests. Dawn

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