CM presents 145 cash prizes to position holder students

KARACHI:Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said Tuesday that around Rs 3 billion are being spent on the enrolment, registration and examination fees and cash prize distribution among the position holders of all the educational boards in Sindh.

This he said while speaking at a ceremony held to distribute cash prizes among the position holders of all the educational boards here at the Banquet Hall of the CM House. The ceremony was attended by Minister Education Jam MehtabDahar, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Additional Chief Secretary (UandB) Mohammad Hussain Syed, Secretary Collages Pervez Seehar, chairman of all the educational boards, educationists and parents of the position holders

The chief minister distributed cash prizes of Rs 927 million among 145 position holders and 36,157 A-1 graders of all the groups of matriculations and intermediate examinations of all the educational boards. “There are eight educational boards, including Technical Board and ShaheedBenazirabad Board which is scheduled to start functioning from the next year. Some 550,000 students are receiving education at higher secondary classes (HSC) while 750,000 are studying in secondary classes (SSC). The number of students who have obtained A-1 grades in all the boards come to 36157.

The chief minister gave away aRs 300,000 cash prize to first position holder, Rs 200,000 to second position holder, Rs 100,000 to third position holder and Rs 25,000 to each A-1 grader. BISE Mirpurkhas bagged 21 position holders cash prizes, BISE Sukkur got 39, Larkana 28, Hyderabad 24, BSE Karachi nine and BIE Karachi 24 cash prizes.

The chief minister said that when he had taken over as a chief minister, he had decided to waive off registration, enrolment and examination fee and also decided to give cash prizes to the position holders.

Shah said that he was so much happy to see a large number of position holders and A-1 graders sitting under the roof of the CM House. “You are future of our nation and I am sure one-day you would achieve excellence in different fields,” he said. He congratulated the students, their teachers and parents for receiving cash awards. “I am sure you keep it up and would also achieve highest prizes in your further educational activities,” he told the students.

The chief minister said that he was working hard to improve educational standard in the province. “One day our students particularly of public sector educational institutes would compete on international level,” he said and added to achieve this excellence the teachers, the parents, the boards and the civil society have to join their hands to eradicate copy culture.

Minister Education also spoke on the occasion and congratulated the position holders and urged the A-1 graders to work hard to achieve position in their next examination. Additional Chief Secretary UandB Mohammad Hussain Syed organized the programme and also congratulated the students and parents for their achievement. The chief minister just after distribution of cash prizes among the position holders, took selfies with the prize recipients.

AJK: (AJK budget to be presented on 21st May in Assembly)

ISLAMABAD:AJK President Sardar Mohammad Masood Khan has summoned the budget session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly to meet in Muzaffarabad on 21st of this month at 11 am.

AJK Minister for Finance Dr. Najeeb Naqi will present the annual budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 in the house.

Engro Foods vows to foster growth of Pakistan’s dairy industry

KARACHI:Engro Foods Limited is committed to foster growth of Pakistan’s dairy industry through various developmental projects. Engro Foods along with Punjab Skill Development Fund (PSDF) started the Big Push for Rural Economy (BPRE) project since 2017.

Big Push for Rural Economy (BPRE) project targeted approximately 9000 individuals across the South Punjab region. It covered over 60 villages in the region, namely Chishtian, Haroonabad, Faqeerwali, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalnagar and Dunyapur.

The project trained selected individuals as Livestock Extension Workers, Artificial Insemination Technicians, Farm Supervisors and Village Milk Collectors. The project kicked off in February 2017 and is coming to a close in June 2018. Over the course of roughly one year, the project reached out to as many as 11000+ individuals.

Speaking about the success of the project, the Director Agri Business of Engro Foods Limited— Syed Saud Ahmed Pasha said, ‘Over the past several years, Engro Foods Limited has participated in many developmental projects which added value to the dairy industry of Pakistan. Eradicating poverty, providing equal opportunities for women and increasing the number of self-employed individuals in the economy are the core values and objectives of Engro Foods’ dairy development projects. Large scale projects such as the ‘Big Push for Rural Economy’ are in line with the above mentioned values of Engro Foods.

The project benefits Pakistan’s economy by empowering villagers to become self-employed and adding value to the whole dairy industry. We are pleased with the results of the project, as it has helped increase the overall dairy production yield by 20%.

Rs 7bn being released to facilitate over 2200 schools in Sindh

KARACHI: All possible measures have been taken to remove shortcomings in Education Department while during current financial year till the end of this June, Rs 7 billion are being released to provide missing facilities to more than 2200 schools and in next fiscal year, as many 4500 schools will be provided missing facilitates.

This was stated by Provincial Minister for Education and Literacy Jam MehtabHussainDahar while talking to media men in Sindh Assembly Building here on today. He said that timely distribution of free text books to the students was being ensured.

He said, “Establishing private educational board means to create a competitive environment for public sector educational boards. “We were supposed to provide educational opportunities to the children according to the need of modern era. The education minister said that Sindh Education Department had taken notice of fee hike by certain private schools and Sindh High Court had ordered to submit Rules and Regulations in this regard. “We have completed our home work and soon they will be submitted to the court and its ordered would be complied, he added.

Dahar said that for next financial year, a huge amount Rs 208 billion had been allocated in education sector that was a mile stone in the history of Sindh. “Due to measures taken by the Education Department, the attendance of the teachers had increased from 30% to 85% and chronic absentees are dealt with strictly while the trends of cheating in examination have also been curtailed,” he concluded.

FO: (Pakistan expresses grave concern over shifting of US embassy to Al-Quds Al-Sharif)

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan has noted with grave concern that despite calls by the international community to comply with UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the two-state solution, the United States is moving its Embassy to Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

A Foreign Office spokesperson, in a statement, said the move represents violation of international law and several United Nations Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions No. 476 and 478.

The spokesman added that the government and people of Pakistan stand firmly with the Palestinian people.

He said Pakistan also renews its call for establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous state of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

It may be recalled that both houses of the Parliament have already voiced their position on the US decision. Meanwhile, in Gaza, at least fifty-five Palestinians have been martyred and over 2700 injured in clashes with Israeli troops in the wake of opening of US embassy in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

Middle East countries as well as UK and EU have condemned Israel’s violence against Palestinian protesters in the wake of US relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

Earth will not survive sun’s expansion into full-blown red giant star

KARACHI:A scientific research says approximately 1.1 billion years from now, the sun will be 10 percent brighter than it is today. This increase in luminosity will also mean an increase in heat energy, one which the Earth’s atmosphere will absorb. This will trigger a runaway greenhouse effect that is similar to what turned Venus into the terrible hothouse it is today. It is widely understood that the Earth as a planet will not survive the sun’s expansion into a full-blown red giant star.

“In 3.5 billion years, the sun will be 40 percent brighter than it is right now, which will cause the oceans to boil, the ice caps to permanently melt, and all water vapor in the atmosphere to be lost to space. Under these conditions, life as we know it will be unable to survive anywhere on the surface, and planet Earth will be fully transformed into another hot, dry world, just like Venus”, according to a report published by www.phys.org.

In 5.4 billion years from now, the sun will enter what is known as the red giant phase of its evolution. This will begin once all hydrogen is exhausted in the core and the inert helium ash that has built up there becomes unstable and collapses under its own weight. This will cause the core to heat up and get denser, causing the sun to grow in size.

It is calculated that the expanding sun will grow large enough to encompass the orbit’s of Mercury, Venus, and maybe even Earth. Even if the Earth were to survive being consumed, its new proximity to the the intense heat of this red sun would scorch our planet and make it completely impossible for life to survive. However, astronomers have noted that as the sun expands, the orbit of the planet’s is likely to change as well.

In a few billion years, the sun will become a red giant so large that it will engulf our planet. But the Earth will become uninhabitable much sooner than that. After about a billion years the sun will become hot enough to boil our oceans.

The sun is currently classified as a “main sequence” star. This means that it is in the most stable part of its life, converting the hydrogen present in its core into helium. For a star the size of ours, this phase lasts a little over 8 billion years. Our solar system is just over 4.5 billion years old, so the sun is slightly more than halfway through its stable lifetime.

After 8 billion years of happily burning hydrogen into helium are over, the sun’s life gets a little more interesting. Things change because the sun will have run out of hydrogen in its core – all that’s left is the helium. The trouble is that the sun’s core is not hot or dense enough to burn helium.

In a star, gravitational force pulls all the gases towards the centre. When the star has hydrogen to burn, the creation of helium produces enough outward pressure to balance out the gravitational pull. But when the star has nothing left in the core to burn, gravitational forces take over.

Eventually that force compresses the centre of the star to such a degree that it will start burning hydrogen in a small shell around the dead core, which is still full of helium. As soon as the sun begins to burn more hydrogen, it would be considered a “red giant”.