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UAF, Chinese institutes to work on energy

The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) in collaboration with the Guanagzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences will work on biomass to cope with the energy crisis.

The idea was discussed at a meeting of the Chinese delegation headed by GIEC President Chuang-Zhi Wu with UAF Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad.

Dr Hai-Bin Li, Yui An Liou and Sun Youngming were also present.

Chuang Zhi said Pakistan had huge biomass resources, which could be used to overcome the energy problem. He said collaboration with educational institutions would help produce valuable research and promote clean energy. He said since the inception of GIEC in 1978 many collaborative and exchange programmes had been developed with around 40 universities, scientific institutions and enterprises in 17 countries and regions.

Dr Iqrar said Pakistan could produce electricity from biomass with agricultural and animals wastes and the university was actively working on energy projects. He said the university in collaboration with a private firm had initiated 3.8 megawatt solar power plant that would be completed within six months. He said biomass projects, being simple in nature, were closer to rural culture and would also facilitate farmers.

Dr Hai-Bin Li and Sun Youngming also talked about working on clean energy in China and stressed on promotion of technology in Pakistan.

MEETING: Government College University Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zakir Hussain on Thursday chaired the Directorate of Medical Sciences meeting, which discussed launch of degree programmes like BS Eastern Medicines and Surgery and BS Certified Diabetes Educators.

Registrar Muhammad Ayub, deans Dr Naureen Aziz and Pervez Azeem and director Dr Riaz Hussain were also present.

DEMO: Several people demonstrated on Jail Road on Thursday for registration of a case against a swindler who deprived a woman of her gold and cash.

Sakina Bibi, 45, was at a hospital to take care of her mother Hajan Fatima who was being treated at the Medical-II when a doctor asked her to arrange blood for the patient. She visited the laboratory along with the attendant of another patient, who gave her toxic drink and deprived her of gold ornaments and cash worth Rs7,000.

Disappearance of the woman bewildered her family who launched search and informed the Allied Hospital police post employees about the incident.

On Thursday, Sakina was found outside the Medical-II of the hospital.

Members of her family demonstrated outside the hospital and alleged that the lady doctor was involved in the plot to swindle her.

They chanted slogans against the hospital doctors and demanded action against them. They dispersed on the assurance of the police that action would be taken against the suspects.

Meanwhile, the doctors warned the police against registering a case against any of their colleagues.

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