​Pakistan’s first development journal launched

January 26, 2014 - 5:08:19 am

PAKISTAN: A group of panellists came together to address emerging challenges of local governance at the launch of Pakistan’s first development magazine yesterday afternoon.

At the launching ceremony of “The Development Advocate Today,” compiled by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first edition, “A New Way Forward for Local Governance in Pakistan,” generated debate on ways to make grass-roots representation more effective.

“Today marks the beginning of what will be an ongoing discourse leading to innovative development solution,” said UNDP Country Director Marc-André Franche.

“We are creating a space for dialogue that bridges the gap between policy and people’s daily lives.”

Pakistani makes record in O-Level

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani student has made a new world record by passing the O-Level examination of the University of Cambridge at the age of nine.

Rai Haris Manzoor of Rawalpindi was born on August 16, 2004. He passed the O-Level exam in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

It may be mentioned that Rai Haris studied in a private school till 2012. Afterwards, his parents withdrew him from the school and taught him at home. 

He completed the courses of seven classes in 17 months.

Rai Manzoor Nasir, the father of the student, said that the normal age for passing the O-Level exam was 17 to 18 years. It means that 14 years of schooling is needed to pass the exam.

11 dead as jeep falls into ravine 

ISLAMABAD: At least 11 people were killed and four others injured when a Chitral-bound jeep fell into a ravine in the Marwai area of the district yesterday, officials said.

According to District Police Officer (DPO), Ghulam Hussain, the ill-fated passenger jeep was en route to Chitral from Shogram when it fell into a deep ravine at Marwai due to the dilapidated condition of the road and over-speeding. Subsequently, 11 people were killed whereas four others sustained injuries.

On receiving information, local police and volunteers rushed to the scene and retrieved the bodies and injured after hectic efforts.

The bodies and injured persons were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Chitral.

Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for fatal accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving

Land digitisation project hits snags

ISLAMABAD: Strong resistance by patwaris and the land mafia against the computerisation of land record in Islamabad has started yielding results - the project has almost hit snags.

Out of the 12 Mauzas (villages) under the Islamabad capital territory (ICT) administration, 12 had been computerised by December 2013. 

However, today the figure remained exactly the same as the patwaris have stopped providing the documents to the software teams scanning the record papers.

An official said the Islamabad administration had failed to move ahead with the computerisation of the additional land records due to non-cooperation by the patwaris.