BAHAWALPUR: The Samsatta police sent famous ghazal singer Gulbahar Bano back to her residence in Khanqah Sharif from the police station.

Stated to be suffering from mental health issues, Ms Bano was taken in protective custody by the police on Tuesday after the locals complained to the police about her screams, following her alleged confinement in a room at the residence by her stepbrother, Ayyaz.

According to Umar Saleem, the public relations officer of the DPO, Ms Bano was under treatment for mental illness as proved by the prescriptions of the doctors of the Aga Khan Hospital, Karachi and the police could not find any offence or foul play by her stepbrother in the case. She was shifted back to her residence, he said and denied the reports that Gulbahar Bano had any dispute over her property or bank balance with her stepbrother.

UVAS: The efforts are afoot to start classes during the current academic year in some departments of the under-construction University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UV& AS), Bahawalpur.

This was told by the officials in a briefing to Commissioner Nayyar Iqbal who inspected the construction work on the UVAS building near the Yazman Road.

Mr Iqbal was informed that the construction work of the UVAS was started around 2014 and the major work of several blocks was about to complete. The university officials said the whole project costing about Rs2bn was scheduled to complete by June 2019 but some of the classrooms might be ready before that, paving the way for the beginning of the classes in some departments.

The commissioner, accompanied by Additional Commissioner Aftab Peerzada, also inspected the construction of 10km Ring Road project, costing Rs1bn. The highway officials said the work on the first phase, measuring of 2.5km long, was expected to be completed soon.

CONFERENCE: The first three-day International Conference on Intelligent Technologies and Applications (INTAP 2018) concluded at the lslamia University Bahwalpur (IUB).

The conference had been organised by IUB in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and the Punjab Higher Education Commission Department (PHED).

According to a press release, 130 delegates from Norway, Greece and Pakistan would participated in the conference.

In his address, IUB Vice Chancellor Dr Qaisar Mushtaq said information technology, cognitive sciences, biotechnology and nanotechnology were converging to open new technological frontiers. He said these trends had brought about important benefits, economic growth, a better quality of life, job opportunities and more consumer choice.

Published in Dawn, October 26th, 2018

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