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December 4 and 5 have been declared as holidays for the academic institutions in the metropolis. An announcement to this effect was made in a statement issued by the Education and Literacy Department, Sindh Government. A statement on Tuesday said that the department notified that Friday 4th & Saturday 5th December 2015 will be holidays for all public and private educational Institutions in Karachi Region due to Local Body Elections 2015.

Realising the growing importance of 1120 kilometre-long coastal belt in Pakistan, the University of Sindh has decided to establish a Centre for Coastal Studies at its Thatta campus. In this regard, Professor Dr Sarfaraz Hussain Solangi, Pro Vice Chancellor, SU Thatta Campus stated that the goal of establishment of the CCDS at Thatta Campus to promote interdisciplinary education and research by offering the trainings, short courses and higher degrees (MSc, MS/MPhil and PhD).
Hirofumi Nagao, Managing Director, Pak Suzuki Motor Company Limited, visited Hamdard University. Chancellor of the University Sadia Rashid, Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr HK Abdul Hannan and the Registrar S. Nasir Ali Mirza welcomed Hirofumi Nagao to the University.
The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has issued a Policy Note to the federal and provincial governments recommending that they suitably amend, within their territorial jurisdictions, the Partnership Act, 1932, the Societies Registration Act, 1860, the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration & Control) Ordinance, 1961, the Trusts Act, 1882 and the Co-Operative Societies Act, 1925 so as to bar registration of potentially deceptive firm names with an aim to minimise the potential for deceptive marketing.
Due to lack of interest of the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments, the multi billion New Balakot City project has become a victim of delay and neglect. The project, estimated at a cost of Rs 13.5 billion, continues to remain stalled right from its commencement. The centre is considering abolishing ERRA and making it a wing under the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which could further delay the project.
The Pakistan Civil Society Forum has condemned a smear campaign being launched in the media against the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, saying the anti-institute claims "are baseless and reflect the vested interests of perpetrators and of a particular mindset". In the institute's defence, Forum member organisations in a meeting on Tuesday voiced concerns over the campaign.
The three-day 972nd annual Urs celebrations of the 10th century saint Hazrat Ali bin Usman Al Hajveri, famous as Hazrat Daata Ganj Bakhsh, started with fervor and enthusiasm here on Tuesday. Provincial Minister for Auqaf and Religious Affairs Ata Muhammad Maneka and Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar formally inaugurated the celebrations of Urs by laying wreath on the shrine.


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