Save the Children calls for end corporal punishment at school, after death of a student

Girls are busy in reading the book during their class at Government girls Model High School in Pakistani border town Chaman. Photo by Matiullah Achakzai.

KABUL: Save the Children, an organization active in protecting children urged the Afghan government to properly enforce its corporal punishment ban following reports that a high school student died after facing violence at school. The incident took place in the northern Afghan province of Balk three days ago. According to a statement “This is a tragic, heartbreaking situation in which ...

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Today’s girls, tomorrow’s leaders: Opinion


Happy International Day of the Girl to all girls around the world, especially to the Afghan girls across the country. This day also called the Day of the Girl, and the International Day of the Girl, and it declared as an international observances day by the United Nations. October 11, 2012, was the first Day of the Girl. The observation ...

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Peshawar University to set up refugee study centre

Peshawar University

PESHAWAR: The University of Peshawar, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, plans to set up a centre for refugee and migration studies. The Department of International Relations said on Sunday it was considering the plan, which was discussed with a four-member delegation of the UN agency to the department. Oscar Mundia, head of the UNHCR sub-office in Peshawar, ...

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Politics has no room in universities, says president Ghani

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KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday stressed the need for fundamental changes in the higher education system, saying politics had no room in universities. He said the higher education institutes should be used as centres of interaction and openness. Addressing a gathering at the Kabul University marking the beginning of the higher education year, the president said the present generation had greater ...

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Afghanistan announces Kankor results for enrollment of students in universities


KABUL: The Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan on Saturday announced the Kankor results for the enrollment of the eligible students to State universities and other high education State and private institutes. The officials of the Ministry of Higher Education announced the results during a press conference in Kabul today. According to the officials, a total of 169,529 students who ...

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President Ghani rejects proposed uniform design for school girls


KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has rejected the proposed uniforms for the school girls prepared by the Ministry of Education. Shah Hussain Murtazawi, a spokesman for President Ghani, said the proposed designed has been dismissed as in appropriate and in contrast with the culture of the country. He said President Ghani has rejected the proposed design, insisting that no design ...

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Taliban destroy 300 schools across Afghanistan


KABUL: Taliban insurgents have destroyed some 300 schools in the past two months as they wage war on education, local officials said on Monday. The latest attack was three days ago when Taliban burst into a girls’ school in northern Jawzjan province at night, beating up security guards and burning down the school, which has about 500 students. “The Taliban ...

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HEC to offer 10,000 PhD scholarships for US


ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will send 10,000 scholars to the United States for PhD studies in next 10 years. These scholars will get admissions in agriculture and food security, medical and allied health sciences, energy, water, climate change, advanced digital technology among others. This was stated by Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal while explaining the ...

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My nightmare experience of applying for a German visa in Karachi


I was recently awarded a fellowship by the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) in Germany. After receiving the necessary documentation from my host institution Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), I proceeded to apply for a German visa on Aug 26. From the German consulate website, I learned that visa APPLICATIONS are entertained on a first-come, first-serve basis. ...

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Pakistan grants 2,000 scholarships to Afghan students: Official


KABUL: A Pakistani official has said scholarships have been granted to at least 2,000 Afghan students in different colleges in the country including engineering and medical. Abdul Qadir Baloch has informed regarding the approval of the scholarships to the Afghan students, according to local media reports in Pakistan. Speaking to media in Pakistan, Baloch said over 7,000 Afghan students were ...

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