Deaf mute students take to the street
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By Our Correspondent | 11/4/2015 12:00:00 AM
BAHAWALPUR: Hundreds of deaf mute students of the Government Special Degree College, Jhangiwali Road on Tuesday protested against alleged slapping of a fellow by their principal, Rehman Afzal, and demanded his transfer.

The protesters marched towards DIG Chowk after covering a distance of about three kilometres and threw traffic out of gear. District Education Officer (special education) Ms Shazi Hashmat and EDO (Community Development) Aftab Peerzada placated the students and apprised DCO Imran Sikandar Baloch of their demand for the transferofthe principalforslappingMudassar.

Later, the two officers informed the demonstrators that a committee had been constituted by the DCO to 1001< into their grievances.

Mansoor Baig, who said he was spol(esman for the protesters, told the media that their demands also included permission to students to meet their parents, free cleanliness of their rooms and beds and improvement in food served to them in the hostel.

CHALLENGED: The indirect election to the reserved seats of women, minorities, youth, peasants and labourers under the new LG set-up has been challenged in the Lahore High Court`s Bahawalpur Bench.

In his writ petition, Rajoo Ram, a resident of minority colony village 102/DB (Yazman), contended that heintended to contest direct election on the minority seat in his union council. This, he said, was his democratic and legal right but this provision had not been provided for in the Local Government Act 2013, which was tantamount to the contravention of the basic democratic principles.

Justice Zafrullah Khakwani admitted the writ petition for regular hearing and issued notices to both federation of Pakistan and provincial election commissioner for Nov 17.

AWARDS: Sadiq Public School Principal Prof Nauman Qureshi on Tuesday gave away `academic excellence awards` to 179 boys and 36 girls for their performance in the Cambridge and Board of Intermediate and Secondary E ducation (BISE) examinations.