KARACHI – At least 35 activists of a students’ wing of a political party on Thursday attacked a teacher of the Government DJ Science College after ending of the paper of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Part-II Annual Examinations-2012.The college teacher, namely Assistant Professor Shahzad Muslim was manhandled by the mob of miscreants due to the strict vigilance by the teacher. The miscreants belong to Government Commerce College, while the teacher was manhandled after the paper of Urdu Commerce Group Part-II, a senior Professor Iftikhar Azmi told TheNation. The affected teacher got serious injuries.SPLA SLAMS TEACHERS’ MANHANDLING: The leaders of Sindh Lecturers and Professors Association, Karachi Region, have condemned the manhandling of teachers in Government DJ Science College in the hands of activists of a students’ wing of a political party. SPLA demanded the government to impose ban on students’ political wings in the educational institutions and reinstate students’ union, SPLA General Secretary Iftikhar Azmi told TheNation.They said that SPLA would not leave college teachers on the mercy of miscreants; the college teachers would boycott papers in the whole province if any incident like that took place again in the city. Major causes of fisheries depletion in Pakistan identified: About 100,000 coastal inhabitants are involved in fishery in the coastal areas of Pakistan, which spread over an area of 990 kilometres. Fishery is an important social and economic activity in this region, however, depletion of under water resources and hazards to the bio-diversity would lead the entire nation towards a declining economy and acute financial and social crises. It is, therefore, imperative that for any effective measure or plan for fisheries in Pakistan scientific data on fish taxonomy, biology, life cycle be conducted by the research institutions. A data base for fish description and fisheries needs to be developed on urgent basis,” these views were expressed by the KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, Director Centre of Excellence for Marine Biology Prof Dr Pirzada Jamal, Professor of Ichthyology, University of Miyazaki – Yukio Iwatsuki and others. They were addressing the inaugural ceremony of a seminar titled Fish and Fisheries organised by the Centre of Excellence for Marine Science to celebrate the International Biodiversity Day here on Wednesday. Dr Qaiser informed the audience that measures should be taken to reduce the diversity loss of Marine fishes. Moreover, rules and regulations must be implemented and monitored. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing must be curtailed. While sharing the mission of the seminar, Dr Pirzada Jamal said that the workshop aimed at improving common understanding and stewardship of the marine environment through research, education, capacity building and energy transfer. He recommended that the coastal areas must be classified in ‘take zones’ and ‘no take zones’ on the basis of strong background data and through consultation with all the stakeholders including fishers. Yukio Iwatsuki said that he recently found a close connection between Pakistani and Japanese fish diversity. Mitochondrial DNA analysis in some sparid species is connected with Pakistani species, he added. During the technical session, Director General Marine Fisheries Department informed the audience about use of nets during fisheries. He informed that the use of illegal nets results in destruction of Mangroves, creeks and other inhabitants of marine life. He updated the audience with latest information related to the use of suitable nets while fishing. Other speakers discussed major causes of depletion of fisheries which includes illegal and unregulated fishing, industrial fishing etc. A large number of marine experts, scientists and students of KU attended the event.