Feb 19 last date for submitting forms for HSSC annual exams

RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education has notified February 19 as last date for submitting admission forms for Higher Secondary School Certificate annual 2018 exam.

The RBISE spokesman Arslan Cheema said that Feb 19 would be last date for online submission of admission forms with normal fee. The exams would commence from May 5 (Saturday). Both, part one and part two students have been advised to submit their online applications by Feb 19 as from Feb 20, the applications would be accepted with double fee till Feb 28 and with triple fee till Mar 9, he added. All the private students who would appear in the exam first time would pay Rs800 as registration fee in addition to the admission fee. Apart from this, students will also have to pay Rs395 as processing fee while all part-II and composite exam students, regular and private, will also pay Rs550 as certificate fee.

The spokesman said that the admission applications could be downloaded from the board’s website.–APP

Four held for violation of rent laws

RAWALPINDI: Police on Sunday held 4 house owners for not providing information of their tenants to the relevant police station.

As per detail, Saddar Wah police arrested Saleem, Ismail, Kashif and Arshad on violation of renting laws. According to a police spokesman, cases were registered under Punjab Information of Temporary Residence Ordinance 2015. Under the ordinance, details of new tenants should be provided to the police within 24 hours of giving possession of the property, he added.

Meanwhile, Rawalpindi police raided an illegal gas re-filling outlet, arrested its owner and seized gas filling instruments. The arrested accused was identified as Faisal Jahangir. The police registered case against him and started investigation.–APP

Call for establishing national tourism authority

RAWALPINDI: Participants of a round-table conference on tourism potential in Pakistan passed a unanimous resolution for establishment of an independent national tourism authority which could adopt measures and decisions for promotion of tourism in the country.

They said that public-private partnership should be promoted to achieve the targets for the sector which has huge potential. The conference was chaired by Managing Director Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Ch Abdul Ghafoor Khan. The PTDC MD said that he could form the proposed tourism authority within weeks instead of months or years. He also underlined the need of a tourism policy and said that he along with his team was working on it.–APP

He also requested the participants of the conference to present their recommendations in this regard.

The participants including Harry Hwang, George Drakopoulos, Aftab ur Rehman Rana, Malik Akbar Ali besides others supported the proposal regarding establishment of national tourism authority and expressed their willingness to extend full cooperation in this regard.

George Drakopoulos said that public-private partnership was vital to promote tourism in Pakistan. There is lack of coordination among the public and private sectors and stakeholders while concerted efforts should be made to promote tourism, he said. He suggested that the proposed authority should be a joint platform of public and private sectors besides having full representation of all the provinces of Pakistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK.