ISLAMABAD: The number of active youth ambassadors from different educational institutions throughout the country has crossed 5,000 mark under a programme launched to promote mass awareness and highlight emerging trends of drugs abuse, especially amongst students.
The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had launched the Youth Ambassador Programme a few years back which provides a platform for projecting young talent to channelize the role of youth, thus serving humanity and society.
The authorities concerned, in different operations in Federal Capital, have recovered 26.07 kg heroin, 198.36 kg charas, 0.009 kg cocaine and 5.130 kg opium. More than 80 cases have been registered in Islamabad during its special campaign, launched against drug peddlers and to stop the proliferation of drugs in educational institutions.
As per data, the two-pronged strategy was being pursued regarding halting of the proliferation of drugs i.e drug demand reduction and drug supply reduction while awareness activities against drug abuse have also been conducted.
The Ministry also took steps under which educational authorities were advised to establish their Internal Monitoring and Enforcement System. Cultivation of sources, informers, and acquisition of actionable intelligence in educational institutions has also been beefed up while coordination and liaison with schools, colleges, universities/institutions has been increased to check the inflow of drugs amongst the students.
Moreover, areas around educational institutions are being monitored on regular basis to stop/counter sale of drugs to students by peddlers/suppliers. The authorities also launched campaign/crackdown against drug peddlers involving police under Inter Agencies Task Force (IATF) forum while intelligence network of ANF has been expanded.
Students and heads of various institutions from all over the country were also invited at drug-burning ceremonies every year.
Mass awareness about harms of drugs amongst students, teachers and various administrative staff is being launched including delivering lectures, talks in schools, colleges and universities while visits of students and teachers are arranged to ANF outfits for awareness.
Similarly, as per awareness campaign, under training Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASPs) in National Police Academy were delivered (narcotics/synthetics) lectures by clinical psychologists and internationally certified professional trainers.
Sessions with officers and officials of National Highways and Motorways Police, Pakistan Girls Guide Association (PGGA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and other areas, the seminar on Drugs Abuse and Prevention at National University of Modern Language (NUML) and Awareness Walks in Islamabad and Murree were also arranged.
Int’l Mother Language Day being observed worldwide
JAMSHORO: Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET)’s English Language Development Center (ELDC) had organized an event here Thursday celebrating International Mother Language Day.
Conspicuous among others there were Professor Dr. Abdul Sami Qureshi Dean Faculty of Science and Humanities (Chief Guest), Dr. Habibullah Pathan Director ELDC MUET and Assistant Professor Dr. Shumaila Memon. This year’s theme is Indigenous languages matter for development, peacebuilding, and reconciliation. According to linguist Dr. Amir Zaheer Bhatti, the objective behind observing mother language day was to preserve and promote local culture and lingua. He called upon the government to link monetary benefits with local languages of Pakistan so that their scholars can get better jobs.
International Language Day is being observed worldwide today to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. In 1999, UNESCO recognized Feb. 21 in a resolution as International Mother Language Day to honor the Bengali demonstrations in 1952 in then-East Pakistan – which later became Bangladesh – against the use of Urdu as the sole national language.
The Bengali Language Movement started in 1952 and after a long struggle, in 1956 the central government of then-Pakistan accepted Bengali as one of the state languages of the country. In the same resolution, the General Assembly declared 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.
The UN made 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages under the theme of “Matter for development, peace-building, and reconciliation”. At least 43 percent of the approximately 6,000 languages spoken in the world are endangered, according to the UN report “Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger”.
“Every two weeks a language disappears, taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage,” according to another UN statement. “When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression – valuable resources for ensuring a better future — are also lost,” it read.
Extinct languages also threaten linguistic diversity. Nearly 40 percent of the world population does not receive education in their mother tongue, according to the UN. “Progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with a growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life,” the UN added.
AIOU introduces academic programs for overseas Pakistanis
ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University has introduced some academic programs for overseas Pakistanis, including those living in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, and the USA.
The programs include Allisan-ul-Arabi (Basic Arabic Course), Arabic Bol Chall, Secondary School Certificate (Matric), Higher Secondary School Certificate (FA, I.com), Bachelor Programs (BA General Group, B.Com, B.A Mass Communication and BA Library Science), B.Ed (1.5 years), MBA (Commonwealth of Learning), Dars-i-Nizami and Short Term Courses.
The interested Pakistanis have been asked to enroll themselves in the on-going admission (Spring,2019), that will continue till March 5.
Admission forms and prospectus for these programs could be downloaded from the University’s website: http://del.aiou.edu.pk
Yellow Vest boxer incarcerated for a year!
PARIS: An ex-boxer who became a hero to some of France’s “yellow vest” protesters after beating up police officers during a demonstration was convicted on Wednesday and given a one-year prison term.
Christophe Dettinger, a former national light-heavyweight champion, was caught on camera on 5 January throwing a flurry of punches at an officer during clashes on a footbridge over the river Seine in Paris.
Dettinger, 37, has been in custody since turning himself in after the attack. He appeared before a packed courtroom Wednesday looking tired, with a thin mustache and his hair cut short.
Ignoring prosecution calls for a significantly heavier sentence, the judge gave Dettinger open-prison terms which would allow him to work during the day.
Footage of the incident, which has been played repeatedly on TV and social media, was shown again in court with Dettinger, who is nearly two meters tall (6 foot 3 inches), seen punching one policeman then kicking another on the ground.
The married father-of-three, who had no previous convictions, apologized for his actions. “I wanted to stop an injustice but I ended up creating another,” Dettinger told the court.
He expressed remorse for his “mistake” which he said was sparked by anger at the “violence” used against demonstrators.
The yellow vest movement – named after the high-visibility safety vests worn by activists – started over fuel tax hikes and quickly grew into a broader rebellion against the economic policies and leadership style of President Emmanuel Macron.
The number of people taking part in weekly protests has fallen significantly since the start of the year, but the heat has not gone out of the movement, with demonstrations regularly ending in rioting.
“I see police hitting the yellow vests protesters with truncheons — I don’t understand. I see a woman on the ground, someone kicks her and raises a truncheon and that’s when I threw myself at the policeman and hit him,” Dettinger explained calmly on Wednesday.
Despite his apology, the prosecutor called for a three-year sentence, with one year suspended. Another judge is set to determine the exact terms of the prison sentence next week. Dettinger also received an 18-month suspended sentence, is banned from visiting Paris for six months and must pay his two victims sums of 2,000 and 3,000 euros ($2,250 and $3,400).