THARPARKAR: At least eight more peacocks died of viral Newcastle disease due to sever hot weather in Bhopay village here on Thursday, increasing death toll to 42 across Tharparkar.According to wildlife officials, due to scorching hot weather Newcastle disease broke out in various areas of the drought-hit Tharparkar due to which at least 42 affected peacocks died in two days. A large number of residents held protest demonstration against Wildlife Department. The protesters demanded to take steps for saving life of the peacocks in the area.–INP
Multiple creativities start at TLF
ISLAMABAD: Grief and sorrow is the moment of creativity as great artists and writers created marvelous works with least resources. The teachers can also do a lot with limited resources and create unique ideas of learning in the classroom.Promoting reading, creative writing and critical thinking themed different sessions and activities at a one-day Teachers' Literature Festival Thursday. Oxford University Press (OUP) and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in collaboration with Open Society Foundation (OSF) and Federal College of Education (FCE) organising the literature celebrations where two-day Children Literature Festival would be starting today at the same venue. "The objective is to give teachers small and unique ideas through different stalls, workshops, exercises and discussions motivating them and to implement such ideas in the classrooms practically," said Director Programmes of ITA Baela Raza Jamil.At a session 'Teachers' Voices' OUP Managing Director Ameena Saiyid suggested that the students should be encouraged to explore multiple textbooks and those who give original and different answers should be given maximum marks. "The children of this century need to instill the skills of four Cs- critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. We want our children to develop a passion for reading and learn to love books," she said. The teachers and students can do wonders even if they lack basic facilities, opined Dr. Afshan Huma, faculty member of Educational Planning and Policy Studies, Allama Iqbal Open University. 'Like artists, writers and people from other fields produced amazing results with limited resources but we have not trained our teachers to think out of the box'.–Staff ReporterTeacher Trainer Abbas Hussain citing many examples of schools where resources remained unutilized in various cities maintained that the creativity and reading does not need much resources and we just have to utilise available libraries and resources to promote this culture. According to organisers, around 5000 teachers from twin cities and other areas marked their presence at the occasion. TLF presented renowned and well-known authors and literary figures different interactive sessions. Abbas Husain and Chintan Girish Modi involved the teachers in various workshops and sessions of 'Exploiting poetry, drama, novel in the class room', 'creative writing workshops' to instill them with various skills to be used them in the classrooms.–ASMA Ghani
Mother of three bludgeoned to death
LAHORE: A man killed his wife by hitting her in the head with a blunt weapon in Badami Bagh, police said on Thursday. Tanvir Ahmed exchanged harsh words with Shahnaz Bibi, mother of three, over some domestic dispute. During an argument, he got infuriated and hit his wife in the head with a blunt weapon. Shahnaz sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to hospital, where she was pronounced as brought dead. The body was moved to the morgue for autopsy. The police have arrested the alleged killer and are investigating. CRUSHED: A motorcyclist was killed while his friend wounded critically when their two-wheeler rammed into footpath in North cantonment. Police said that the motorcycle rammed into the footpath because of over speeding. Resident of Mughalpura, Muhammad Naeem along with his friend Touqeer was on his way home when he lost his control over the bike and it rammed into the footpath.
The Nation staffer grieved
LAHORE: Terance Joseph Sigamony, father of Terence Sigamony (The Nation Reporter) and father-in-law of Gabriel de Souza (Sports Editor, The News) passed away on Thursday. He was 80. He was also the brother-in-law of Ambrose Joseph (ex-In-charge District Correspondents APP) and uncle of Augustine Anthony (correspondent, Bloomberg) and Vincent David (Sports Reporter, APP). His funeral will be held today (Friday) at St Joseph's Cathedral in Lalkurti at 3pm and will be laid to rest at the Christian graveyard at Harley Street.Published in The Nation newspaper on 02-May-2014