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Private colleges directed to give 20pc concession in tuition fees for April, May

From Our Staff Correspondent
KARACHI: The Directorate of Inspection and Registration of Private Colleges, Sindh College Education Department has directed all the principals and administrators of the privately managed colleges functioning in Sindh to give at least 20 percent concession in the tuition fees to students for the month of April and May in view of the recent coronavirus situation in the province.
According to the necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for privately managed colleges issued here on Wednesday, it was mandatory for the college to grant the concession in tuition fees in order to ultimately provide financial relief to the parents and guardians affected by the lockdown in the province. The colleges had been ordered to strictly comply with the SOPs.
In case of any complaint regarding the non-compliance with the directives, the parents and guardians may lodge their complaints on these numbers 0336-8292828 and 0300-4367006. The teaching and non-teaching staff working in the privately managed colleges may also register their complaints on the same numbers if they were not being paid salaries for the days of the college closure due to the coronavirus.
MPA reviews progress on ration distribution: PPP MPA Syed Furrukh Shah reviewed the progress on ration distribution among the deserving families in a meeting with Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sukkur at the DC Office here on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Mayor Sukkur Arslan Shaikh and some representatives of NGOs working on support to the marginalised sections of society.
The MPA apprised the Sukkur administration’s steps taken to ensure supply of essentials and ration to the daily wage earners, labourers and marginalised sections of society and said the nation needs unity to overcome the corona pandemic.  “I appreciate the role of doctors, media, lawyers and welfare organisations in the battle against coronavirus”, he said.
Ulema urge for individual prayers during
Shab-e-Barat: Ulema and prayer leaders have appealed to the People of Sukkur to make diligent and whole-hearted supplications before the Almighty Allah on the blessed night of Shab-e- Barat for warding off the deadly pandemic of coronavirus.
They appealed to public not to make gatherings on eve of Shab-e-Barat inside mosques and say individual prayers to seek forgiveness on this auspicious night.
The Shab-e-Barat, considered as the night of blessings and forgiveness is being observed traditional religious zeal but with increased solemnity as mosques are under lockdown due to fears of coronavirus spread and people have been compelled to offer prayers at their homes. Traditionally, large numbers of the faithful throng the mosques to offer special prayers Nawafil and Shabina during the whole night under normal conditions. But fear of coronavirus changed the conditions completely.
The Sukkur`s mosques which used be specially illuminated to celebrate the occasion and facilitate the worshippers, were now locked down without any lights.

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