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Oct 04, 1999

Debate competition organized by the bits club - iba

The Literary Society of the Business & Information Technology Students Club (BITS) at IBA organized an inter-institute debate competition on Friday, 10th September 1999 in order to commemorate the 'Literacy Day' (8th September). The eight universities that participated included, Institute of Business Administration, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Aga Khan University, Karachi University, NED University, Sir Syed University, Commecs Institute of Business Education and College of Business Management. The topic for the debate was: "Child labour — can we afford to abolish it from our society?" There were two participants from each institution, one speaking for and the other against the motion. The event took place at the IBA city campus auditorium.

The chief guest for the event was Mr. Abu Ahmed Akif, Ex Deputy Commissioner, Quetta and Additional Commissioner, Karachi. The judges included Mr. Jamshed Badre Zahidi (Senior VP, NDFC and former President, Rotary Club), Mr. Abbas Hussain (Director, Teachers' Resource Training Centre) and Dr. Zeenat Ismail (Faculty Member, IBA).

The topic, as it concerns child labour, is currently one of the most debatable and controversial issues that is drawing the attention of major human rights organizations worldwide. The event, that started an introductory address by Marya Akhtar the Literary Secretary, BITS Club, lasted for approximately two hours and was both lively as well as thought provoking for the audience. The speakers from both the sides gave very emotional as well as logical reasons for their beliefs. One of the major points put forward was that child labour is mainly due to poverty in our country and thus it is not a problem that may be solved in itself. Another major reason for the existing child labour conditions is said to be due to the lack of awareness and knowledge for the particular subject. This is further attributed to the illiteracy conditions prevailing in the country. One of the speakers later on pointed out that Pakistan has been singled out for the child labour conditions prevailing in the country inspite of the fact that a number of other countries also do make use of such form of labour. This may be termed as being due to the world politics that surrounds us. The event came to an end with the conclusion that we cannot afford to abolish child labour it from our society yet — not so much because our economy depends on it but rather due to the fact that the individual families economies depend upon it and unless a substitute form of income is found for such families there is no way that child labour can be abolished, atleast not in the near future. All the speakers whether speaking for or against the topic did agree on this particular point that the government and citizens of Pakistan should collectively think up ways to put an end to this evil prevailing in the society as soon as possible.

All the speakers spoke eloquently and with conviction leaving the audience mesmerized. Adil Abbas belonging to the Aga Khan University won the first prize while the runner up was Saadia Qutbuddin of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. The event ended with speeches by the chief guest, Mr. Abu Ahmed Akif and Mr. Abbas Hussian.

The Deputy Director Dr. Irfan Hyder presenting a plaque to the chief guest Mr. Abu Ahmed.


Postgraduate scholarship at Cranfield University for 1999-2000

Bunzl plc (mother company of Filtrona International joint venture partners of House of Habib in Filtrona Pakistan Ltd), in partnership with Cranfield university & U.K's Foreign & Commonwealth office each year offer postgraduate Scholarship for study at Cranfield University for one year programmes of study for a Master Degree in one of the following fields:

1. Advance Materials

2. Advance Automation & Design

3. Engineering & Management of

Manufacturing Systems

This award, worth around £18,000/-, is the third successive of this type and is also offered in Brazil, india and indonesia.

Mr. M. Yahya Khan a graduate of N.E.D is the proud recipient this year.

Picture shows Mr. Farhad Zulficar, M.D. Indus Motor Company giving a souvenir to Yahya (recipient of Award) at a dinner organized to bid farewell to the recipient. Also are Minhas Zulfiqar, M.D. Filtrona alongwith Owais

'Intellectual Property Rights Forum' launched

The government could generate an additional Rs. 6 billion every year provided protection is extended to the consumers, business, writers and artists". This was claimed at the launching of the Pakistan Intellectual Property Rights Forum at a news conference.

The Forum was introduced by the action committee comprising representatives from Motion Pictures Association, Oxford University Press, Pulse Global, Ora-Tech System (Pvt.) Ltd. American Business Council, Overseas Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Merck Sharp and Dohme and Communication City.

The Forum will seek the support of the Government of Pakistan to amend, introduce and or ensure effective enforcement of laws preventing the violation of Intellectual Property Rights.

Intel Donates for Disaster Relief to Taiwan

Intel Corporation announced an NT$5 million donation to the Taiwan Ministry of Interior's disaster relief fund to provide assistance in areas devastated by earthquake in the island.

The Ministry of Interior's relief fund will provide food, clothing, medicine and shelter for the victims of the earthquake. Intel Taiwan employees are also actively providing assistance.

"Intel is working with the Ministry of Interior's disaster relief fund to send NT$5 million to the areas affected by the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. We encourage other companies, particularly our colleagues in the information technology industry, to join us in this effort," said Jason Chen, General Manager, Intel Asia Pacific.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intelcom/pressroom

GSM Crosses 200 Million Customer Mark

GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), the definitive worldwide standard for wireless communication systems has recently crossed the 200 million customers mark.

This was stated by Michael Stocks, Chairman, GSM Association. The GSM Association represents the interests of 369 GSM, satellite and third generation network operators, key manufacturers and suppliers to the GSM industry, and regulatory and administrative bodies from 137 countries and regions around the world.

The GSM industry is one of the fastest growing industries of the current decade and has so far surpassed all expectations. Last year it generated more than USD 100 billion in customer revenues alone.

The phenomenal growth in this industry from 100 million customers in July 1998 to 200 million customers in September 1999, can be attributed to the growing need for people to communicate and exchange information while on the move. Furthermore, the increasing demand for value-added GSM services beyond voice usage, such as data and text applications has proven GSM to be the standard for wireless communication networks.

Most of the growth has been witnessed in the Asia Pacific region, which has grown exponentially, with China maintaining its lead as the largest single GSM market in the world. The USA and Europe are also expanding at a rapid pace.

In Pakistan, Mobilink is the exclusive provider of GSM digital mobile phone services.

Intel introduces new microprocessors and chipset

Intel Corporation today introduced two new microprocessors and a chipset targeted at the mainstream performance segment of the personal computer market.

With this introduction, Intel adds two Pentium* III processors at 600 MHz and 533 MHz, each supporting the new, higher performance 133 MHz system bus. The new chipset*, the Intel® 810E*, brings new features and capabilities to the. computer user, including the faster system bus. The Intel 810E Chipset extends the capabilities of the Intel® 810 Chipset for Intel® Celeron(tm) processor-based PCs into the mainstream, adding support for Pentium III processors and enhanced graphics performance.

Intel also said that it has delayed the introduction of its Intel* 820 Chipset due to platform validation issues that may result in memory errors. Intel is working to Identify and validate solutions to these issues and will introduce this chipset after they have been resolved.

"With these new Pentium III processors and the accompanying 810E Chipset, Intel brings new performance levels and features to Pentium III processor-based platforms said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel's Platform Components Group. "The 810E Chipset offers the foundation for long-lived, next-generation platforms that take advantage of the performance and headroom of the Pentium III processor."