The quality mirage: Teaching English

Here is a study finding that may not come as a startling revelation: most teachers in Punjab lack even minimum proficiency in English. But I am fairly certain that a related finding will come as a surprise to many: a higher percentage of private school teachers were found to be deficient in English compared with public school teachers when assessed ...

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11 missing in bridge collapse

Eleven people are reported missing after a bridge collapsed over the Yangtze River in Lushan, China.

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More representation: LG bill proposes increase in reserved seats for women to 33%

PESHAWAR:  The proposed draft of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Local Government (LG) bill for 2013 has increased the proportion of reserved seats for women in tehsil and district councils from 10 to 33%. The 33% quota of reserved seats for women in elected bodies was first introduced under the local government system by former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in 2001. However, ...

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China drowning investigators jailed

Six Communist Party officials in China have been jailed for torturing another official to death in a case which casts light on the darker side of party discipline.

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Dialogue with the Taliban

I am not impressed by the argument that there should be no talks with the Pakistani Taliban or with the idea that the use of force is the only way out for the country. Actually, there is no argument, except an opinion that rests on some strong ideological or philosophical prejudice against militants with a religious agenda and motivation. Why ...

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Family in appeal over police search

The family of a man whom detectives want to speak to in connection with a murder have appealed for him to come forward, say police.

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Reforming the Civil Service exam

The Central Superior Services (CSS) is an elite branch associated with the government of Pakistan. It is considered one of the most highly-respected services one can hope to join. Naturally, an aspiring candidate requires a high level of discipline and hard work to even come close to clearing the process that selects individuals for the CSS. With goals firmly in ...

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Iran hopes for nuclear ‘roadmap’

Javad Zarif calls for an additional meeting with P5+1 ministers to hammer out a potential agreement on its nuclear program.

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Cole agrees deal to rejoin West Ham

Striker Carlton Cole rejoins West Ham United on a three-month contract to provide cover for the injured Andy Carroll

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Radiation experts confirm polonium on Arafat clothing

PARIS: Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat which “support the possibility” the veteran Palestinian leader was poisoned. In a report published by The Lancet at the weekend, the team provide scientific details to media statements made in 2012 that they had found polonium on Arafat’s belongings. Arafat died in France on ...

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Govt extends holidays for Eidul Azha

ISLAMABAD: The federal government announced on Monday that public holidays on account of Eidul Azha will be extended by a day. According to a notification issued by Interior Ministry, official holidays will now be observed from October 15 to October 18. “It’s notified for general information that October 18 (Friday) will also be a public holiday on occasion of Eidul-Azha,” read ...

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More measles cases linked to school

A further four measles cases are linked to a school in Neath Port Talbot, taking the total in the outbreak to nine.

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