Evening with Ustad Tawakkal on Jan 2

 

ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) will organise an evening with classical musician Ustad Ejaz Tawakkal Khan on January 2 at its media centre.

Ustad Tawakkal will play raag madhuri, rajeshwari, thumri, mishar dace and raag darbari.

Ustad Tawakkal, who is also a poet, drew inspiration from the singing of his grandfather Khan Sahib Tawakkal Hussain Khan and learned classical music from his uncle, Ustad Ashiq Hussain Hashmi.

His father Ustab Munir Hussain Tawakkal was also an accomplished vocalist. He lives in Bahawalpur but remains on the move giving performances, both in Pakistan and India.

He is recipient of several awards including Faiz Ahmed Faiz Award, Bulekha Award and also the UAE Award.–APP

 

‘AIOU revising curriculum to meet new trends’

 

ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University is revising syllabus of its nearly 12,000 academic programmes to meet the requirements of new trends in educational sector, a statement said on Thursday.

Nearly 80 per cent of the work has been completed, the statement added. According to AIOU director admissions, the curriculum was being revised in view of new academic developments having taken place in recent years in various disciplines.

The curriculum is being made market-oriented and as per the needs of the society, he added. The teaching pattern is also being updated in order to improve the quality of the academic programmes at every level, he said.–APP

 

70 teachers promoted in Rawalpindi

 

Rawalpindi: As many as 70 primary and middle-school male teachers have been promoted under the CM package. The primary teachers were promoted from grade 12 to 14 and middle teachers were promoted from grade 15 to grade 16.

District Education Officer Akram Zia said that notification to this effect had been issued.–Online

 

RDA conducts operation against illegal constructions

 

RAWALPINDI: The Building Control Wing of Rawalpindi Development Authority has conducted operation against unauthorized and illegal constructions in different parts of city and demolished six illegal buildings, informed RDA spokesman on Thursday.

The illegal constructions were demolished in areas of Sanghar Town, Mouza Gangal and Service Road Rawalpindi, he said. 

According to the spokesman, a team of Building Control Wing, following instructions of Ali Imran, Director Land Use and Building Control, along with local police conducted operation against illegal constructions in Sanghar and sealed two of them while demolishing 6 illegal buildings owned by Muhammad Aftab, Mubeen Sabir, Muhammad Anwar, Raja Sheraz, Aalam Zaib and Shaukatullah.

The owners of the properties constructed illegal buildings in violation of Punjab Development of Cities Act 1976 and RDA Building and Zoning Regulations 2007.

He said the Building Control Wing of RDA, following the directives of Commissioner Rawalpindi Division / Director General RDA Nadeem Aslam Chaudhry, has been actively conducting operations against illegal and unauthorized commercial and residential constructions including plazas, shops, schools within the controlled area of RDA in Rawalpindi city. The DG RDA has directed the Enforcement Wing to take strict action against such constructions, and encroachments without any fear.–Staff Report