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Progressive Educational Network (PEN) Teachers Training at Ali Institute

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Lahore, December 30, 2010: There was a closing ceremony held on December 30, 2010 at 11:30am, where the teachers were awarded certificates on successful completion of a teachers’ training program held at the Ali Institute of Education. The teachers came from government primary schools that have been adopted by the Progressive Education Network.

The chief guest at the closing ceremony was Mr. Syed Babar Ali, Pro Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He distributed certificates to the trainees. During his speech, Mr. Babar Ali emphasized the role of teachers in enhancing the quality of education. The ceremony was also attended by the Directors of the Progressive Education Network, Mr. Nadeem Babar, Mr. Omar Khayyam Sheikh and Dr. Arif Nazir Butt., Dr. A.H. Nayyer, Director of the Ali Institute of Education and Dr. Ahraf Iqbal, Rector of the Ali Institute of Education.

During the training program, trainers from Ali Institute of Education and LUMS gave lectures on Motivation, Continuous Learning, Teaching Strategies and Language skills.

The training program is one the many initiatives launched by the Progressive Education Network to tackle the underlying causes of poor-performance in government schools. “Teachers’ training is of paramount importance to us. It is the key to changing the standard of education in Government Primary schools,” said Mrs. Sarwat Sultana, Area Manager of the Progressive Education Network. “In the last six months we have held three teachers’ trainings. Two of them have been held in collaboration with the Ali Institute of Education.”

Progressive Education Network is a non-profit corporation with a mission to improve the quality of education in government schools all over Pakistan. The founding directors of the Progressive Education Network are a group of professionals, entrepreneurs, and scholars. So far they have adopted 22 poorly performing primary and middle schools in different parts of Lahore. These schools are located in economically depressed parts of the city; hence the students are deprived of some of the most basic needs at their school. In order to create an efficient learning environment for the students they are endeavoring to meet the educational requirements and improve the general well being of the students. With support from the Babar Ali Foundation and LUMS, PEN is working in different fields to help improve the standard of education in these public schools.

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Independent Judiciary in Doubt: Raymond Davis Released

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Lahore: Raymond Davis was flown out of Pakistan on Wednesday after being acquitted of two murder charges and released by a Pakistani court, a US official said.

“Davis was released from Pakistani custody and is out of the country. There was no quid pro quo,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A court freed Davis after blood money was paid in accordance with sharia law, the Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said.
“The family members of the slain men appeared in the court and independently verified they had pardoned him (Davis),” Sanaullah told a private television.

“He has been released from jail. Now it is up to him. He can go wherever he wants,” he added.

Raja Irshad, a lawyer for the families of the two dead men, said a total of 200 million Pakistani rupees (2.35 million dollars) was paid as compensation. That was confirmed by public prosecutor Abdul Samad.

“The family members told the judge that there was no pressure on them to accept the compensation and they had signed the pardon documents voluntarily, independently and with due consideration,” Irshad said.

Police investigator Muneer Ahmed told JAGO NEWS, the deal had been done by “mutual agreement” and the court had received signed family statements before ordering Davis’ release.

Blood money, or “diyya” is a provision under Islamic sharia law in which compensation can be paid to relatives of those killed to secure a pardon, and is commonly used to resolve such cases in Pakistan.

The Davis case had sparked protests in Pakistan, with religious groups angrily denouncing the American who claimed he acted in self-defence to fend off an armed robbery when he shot dead the two men.
-Jago News-

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Bal Thakeray Will Decide For Pakistan to Play WC 2011 Final or Not : Indian Terror

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Shiv Sena Bal Thackeray

Indian Extremist Party Shiv Sena Threatens Pakitan On World Cup 2011 Final: India calls the biggest democracy of world.

You should imagine that same like before, Indian extremist party Shiv Sena has once again threatened Pakistan cricket team. It is not the first time that Shiv Sena has threatened Pakistani cricket team. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi while talking to reporters here on Thursday said, “Bal Thackeray will decide whether to allow Pakistan team to play or not”.

The party has threatened that Pakistani team cannot play in Mumbai in the final of World Cup 2011 without the permission of Bal Thakeray.

“You all know Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s views. If the Pakistan team reaches the final, whether to allow them to play, the Sena chief will decide,” Joshi told reporters.

The final of the World Cup is scheduled to play in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011.

Same thing was happened in 1996 when Pakistan played quarterfinal against India in Bangalore. At those time Pakistan was under the pressure of same extremist party.

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Certain Doubts on ICC After Decision of Amir , Asif and Butt

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ICC without authentic evidences makes Decision

Yes , this is 21st Century where are all familiar with the concept global village . But , even today racism and taking advantage of position is possible. Where England takes advantage of his position against Pakistani cricketers without disclosing satisfactory evidence and statements.

How this is come to know that , mere piece of paper becomes more valuable for ICC and took quick actions against whole Pakistan team at that time. Still many doubts are taking place , while there is not a single solid evidence is disclosed.

DOHA: The ICC found three Pakistani players guilty of corruption on Saturday and banned each of them from cricket for at least five years in the sport’s biggest scandal of the past decade.

Salman Butt for 10 years , Asif for 7 years and Muhammad Amir for 5 years. By this decisions many doubts are pointing towards ICC , whether this decision is warning sign for even ICC existence.

Players have just 21 days to appeal in International Sports Council in Switzerland.

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