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No hike in private school fee, says Sharif

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Islamabad: No private schools across the country should raise their fee in 2015, said Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Picture credit: pakistantoday.com
Picture credit: pakistantoday.com

He ordered the education ministry and the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) to implement this decision in true letter and spirit, Dawn online quoted a statement as saying.

According to the statement, the Prime Minister directed both the ministries to hold consultative meetings with all stakeholders in order to devise a unanimously-accepted policy that regulates fee increases by private schools.

The directions were part of an effort to come up with ‘proposed legislations in order to regulate and keep a check on profiteering by private schools’.

Sharif’s order comes on the heels of an ordinance, issued by the Punjab government, which also bars private schools from raising their fee this year.

Education Minister Baleeghur Rehman, who was tasked by the PM to solve the fee hike issue, had met with private school representatives on Friday and had reportedly sent a summary to the PM on the basis of his meeting.

Earlier, a group of parents who started a drive against the exorbitant fee hike by elite private schools on Sunday announced their decision to launch a signature campaign to press the government to take action against the private schools.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Pakistan Leaves Behind India in Terms of Internet Download Speed: Report

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FILE - An Indian man surfs the internet in New Delhi. An Indian government order authorizes some federal investigating agencies to intercept any information stored on computers.

Pakistan has left India behind in terms of Internet download speed, claimed a report in the Pakistani media on Wednesday.

According to ”Roznama Duniya”, Internet speed mapping firm Ookla has issued a report about mobile and broadband Internet speeds in the world. In the mobile Internet download list of 144 countries, India got the 130th place while Pakistan stood at 116th place while South Korea topped the list with 97.44 mbps average mobile Internet download speed.

These apart, Australia (63.34 mbps) and Qatar (61.27 mbps) begged the second and third places, respectively.

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As per the report, the UAE was at fourth place with 61.24 mbps speed, and Norway got the fifth place with 60.90 mbps.

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The average mobile Internet download speed in Pakistan was recorded at 13.55 mbps.

In terms of broadband Internet speed, Singapore topped the list with 191.93 mbps. (IANS)