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Two die on road MINGORA, Oct 13: Two people were on Sunday killed and four others injured when a passenger pickup plunged into a ditch in Khwazakhela tehsil of Swat district here.

According to police, a vehicle carrying passengers from Bazaar Kot in Shangla district to Mingora skidded off the road and plunged into a ditch at Chamtailai area. `Two passengers, Gul Omar and Farid Khan, residents of Kotkai area of Shangla, were killed on spot, while four others were injured.

The injured identified as Gul Sher, Syed Bacha, Khushaal and driver, Ali, were shifted to civil hospital, Khwazakhela.-Correspondent Land dispute claims life KHAR, Oct 13: A tribesman was killed and another injured over a land dispute in Taraono area of Salarzai tehsil here on Sunday.

Local residents and officials said families of Khista Rahman and Sadat Khan had a land dispute for the last several years.

They said Sadat Khan and his relatives gathered on the land to cultivate it, but armed men of Khista Rahman also reached there and opened fire on them.

They said in the ensuing exchange of fire Qimat Jan from Sadat Khan group was killed while Khista Khan from other side was seriously wounded.

Local people said exchange of fire continued for an hour.

Officials said tribal elders and members of peace committee reached the site and arrested several people from both sides.

Meanwhile, Salarzai Qumi Lashkar set on fire two houses from both sides for violating the ban on firing in the region.-Correspondent Bullet-riddled body found LANDI KOTAL, Oct 13: Bullet-riddled body of an abducted man was found in a dry water channel in Bara on Sunday, officials said.

They said Haji Peer Mohammad, uncle of a retired khasadar official, was abducted on gunpoint by some unknown armed men from Mohammad Ali chowk in Akkakhel area on Friday.

They said the deceased had multiple bullet marks on his body which was found by local residents in a dry stream bed near A jab Talab.-Correspondent Primary education KARAK, Oct 13: Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) advocacy network has urged the government to make primary education compulsory and activate the parent-teacher councils to improve quality of education.

This was demanded at a meeting held at the office of Khwendo Koor (KK) here on Sunday under the aegis of National Endowment for Democracy.

Speakers said under article 25-A of the constitution education was the right of every child and that the government was bound constitutionally to provide education opportunity to children up to primary level.

They demanded of the provincial government to enact more laws so no child remained without education. Through a resolution, they demanded of the education department to improve monitoring of PTC funds utilisation and that chairmen of the parent-teacher councils should be proper trained to enhance their efficiency.

On the occasion Khwendo Koor regional manager said 100 per cent enrolment would be achieved in the district.Correspondent Dengue affects more people MINGORA, Oct 13: Thirty eight more people on Sunday tested positive for dengue at Saidu Group of Teaching Hospital here.

According to Dr Wasil Khan, focal person for dengue emergency unit at SGTH, with new positive cases total 4,518 patients had so far been admitted to hospital since the mosquito-borne disease hit the district. He added that 4,254 patients had been discharged from the hospital after treatment.

He said 77 men, 37 women and 12 children were under treatment at various wards of the hospital. `Nineteen patients in critical condition have been shifted to high dependency unit of the hospital,` he said.-Correspondent Security arrangements KHAR, Oct 13: Bajaur Agency Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabar Shah on Sunday directed the local administration officials and the Bajaur Levies to adopt foolproof security arrangements for maintenance of law and order in the region during Eidul Ahza.

He was speaking at a meeting of the of ficials here.

Khar assistant political agent, agency`s additional political agent and senior officials of Bajaur Levies and other forces attended the meeting.

The political agent told the participants that according to reports miscreants wanted to disturb law and order in various areas of the agency during Eid days `They will not succeed in their designs if we remain on alert,` he added.

Mr Shah asked the officials to make efforts for the security of markets, bus stands, mosques, important roads and other public places across the agency during Eidul Azha.Correspondent Appointment letters PESHAWAR, Oct 13: The qualified candidates for different categories of schoolteachers belonging to North Wazirisitan have expressed concern over the delay in their appointment.

Talking to mediapersons here on Sunday, Abdul Aziz, a representative of the applicants, said interview result was announced on Aug 26, 2013 but the qualified candidates were not yet appointed.

He said the candidates had given the government two weeks to appoint them on the vacant posts and if the demand was not met they would hold protest demonstrations outside the governor house.

`Those passed the test and interview have been visiting offices of the relevant officials but no one is ready to inform them about the reasons for the unnecessary delay in their recruitments,` regretted Mr Aziz.-Bureau Report Sacrificial meat PESHAWAR, Oct 13: Ummah Welfare Trust, a UK-based charity organisation, will slaughter 5,170 sacrificial animals on Eidul Azha in parts of the country to distribute meat among the deserving people.

In Pakistan, the NGO`s main focus is on the people affected by floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. Similarly, meat will also be distributed among the widows, orphans and other poor people of GilgitBaltistan, Kashmir and also among the Afghan nationals.

A statement issued here on Sunday said the total price of the sacrificial animals to be slaughtered was Rs106 million and that target areas and deserving people had already been identified.

The organization`s chief Mualana Mohammad Idress asked his volunteers to ensure that the sacrificial meat was delivered to the needy people timely.-Bureau Report