The Education Ministry of Pakistan signed an MOU for the launch of the country’s first radio school. A joint venture of the government and Radio Pakistan, the radio school will help educate over eight million children across the country. It will run educational programmes for four hours every day from 10am to 12pm.
The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has said that the disposal of used contraceptives, such as condoms, in gutters has been causing sewerage problems in Karachi. According to KWSB officials, Karachi’s sewerage system has almost choked in all districts as a result of irresponsible dumping. The gutters keep overflowing, causing potholes and craters to appear on the roads, leading to further problems.
The Ministry of Education has proposed to shut down educational institutions in the country from November 24 to January 31. Amid a second wave of coronavirus infections in Pakistan, primary schools will be closed from November 24, middle schools from December 2 and higher secondary schools be closed from December 15, the ministry proposed in its letter to the provinces.
The United Arab Emirates has temporarily suspended issuance of visit visas to Pakistan and eleven other countries, until further notice. The decision is “believed to be related to the second wave of Covid-19”. The suspension will not apply to visas that have already been issued. It was not immediately clear how many categories of visas would be affected by the suspension.
Pakistani student from Lahore has been declared the global winner by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for scoring the highest marks among students from all over the world. Muhammad Abdullah appeared in the ACCA’s Strategic Business Reporting (SBR) examination in September. Abdullah is currently taking an ACCA-embedded BSc. in Accounting and Finance program at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
Three professors from the University of Punjab have made it to the list of the world’s top 2% scientists compiled by Standford University. The teachers, Dr Khalid, Dr Muhammad Akram and Dr Muhammad Sharif, are the deans of the management sciences, mathematics and science departments. The teachers’ names are added to the list after a review of their published work.
The Foreign Office (FO) has rejected as “fabrication” reports quoting Prime Minister Imran Khan as saying Pakistan was facing pressure from the United States to recognise Israel in the wake of peace deals between several Arab states and Tel Aviv. A day earlier, a report quoted the premier as saying that pressure to recognise Israel was “extraordinary during the Trump stint”.
Pakistan-born, Saudi Arabia-based motorcyclist Muhammad Usman Ghani, 27, feels proud to represent his country as the first Pakistani to hold a Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) racing license. Customised in green and white, Ghani’s motorcycle represents colors of the Pakistani flag. Since receiving his FIM license in 2017, Ghani has achieved a number of successes in motorcycling in last three years.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the country is facing great pressure from the United States to recognise Israel, especially in the wake of peace deals between several Arab states and Tel Aviv. The PM however, said that this will not be possible “unless there is a just settlement, which satisfies Palestine”. Mr Khan made these remarks “last week” talking to “local media”.
Nagina Tahir, brand ambassador of DeafTawk, was born deaf in Rawalpindi, but her inability to hear well did not pose any hurdles to her path towards self-recognition. After receiving her early education from Sir Syed College of special children in Fine Arts, Nagina travelled to the US for Disability Exchange Program where she experienced how accessible life can be for persons with disabilities.