190 schools lack even toilet, water facilities

SIALKOT-As many as 190 government schools are deprived of toilet and potable water facilities in Gujranwala Division.
The students and teachers have been suffering great difficulties due to the lack of the toilets/wash rooms and potable drinking waters in the schools of Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts.
According to senior officials of the District Education Authority, 139 class rooms of 36 government primary schools, 118 of 15 government high schools and 3 of 10 government higher secondary schools are useless due to their bad and miserable condition.
On the other side, the government has planned to establish liquid crystal display (LCDs) in 1,833 government schools here for promoting quality education.
Sialkot District Education Authority CEO Maqbul Shakir said that special funds of Rs90 million would be spent on the project for affixing one LCD the classrooms of 1,269 government primary schools each, three LCDs in 288 elementary schools each, five in 246 high schools and 30 government higher secondary school each across Sialkot district.
The CEO added that these LCDs would be linked with the District Education Authority’s main complex from where the senior officials will directly control the LCDs airing the specially designed programmes about the lessons of the Holy Quran, lectures on Islamic Teachings, cleanliness of the students and schools, good performance of the schools in curriculum and extracurriculum activities, interview of brilliant students and lectures by teachers.
He added that the managements of schools will purchase these LCDs from their schools’ non salary budget.
SHOPS GUTTED: A gas cylinder refilling shop and a laundry shop were gutted during in a fire erupted due3 to gas leakage at Chowk Shahabpura locality.
The fire erupted due to the leakage of gas from the cylinders during refilling at the shop of Javaid Iqbal. The fire engulfed the laundry shop of Shahid Ghani, located at the upper storey of the cylinder shop.
According to the Rescue 1122, both of the shops were gutted completely. Eight fire-fighting vehicles extinguished the fire after three-hour struggle. The officials said that there are dozens of gas cylinders lying there however the Rescue 1122 fire fighters saved these cylinders from exploding during the cooling process.
BED PLANTING GAINING POPULARITY: The trend of bed planting of the seasonal crops was getting popularity among the growers as the method helps increase the per acres yield.
Daska-based farm machinery manufacturer Muhammad Iqbal Mughal said that the manufacturing of the bed planter machine was a great innovation and blessing for the growers.
He said that bed planting gives 30 percent increase in per acre yield of any crop besides ensuring 40 percent saving of water. He said that the crops grown in the fields under the bed planting method could also help save the standing crops even from floodwater. He said that the bed planting of crops was very cheap and advanced farm technology. The technology gives much encouraging results in per acre yield increasing and irrigating water’s saving, he said.
He said the bed planting technology was getting popularity day by day across Pakistan and even abroad. He said that several foreign farm machinery manufacturing and exporting companies were showing keen interest in the bed planting technology besides showing keen interest in the direct import of the advanced bed planter machine from Daska. He also sought official patronage and encouragement for the Daska based farm machinery manufacturers and exporters.

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