Iran bans foreign social media
Today Ministry of education Iran bans the foreign social media networks in schools, amid a push by Tehran to limit the influence of outside online platforms.
Schools must “only use domestic social networks” for their communication, the ministry said in a statement, according to the reformist-linked news agency.
Telegram is the most popular social network in Iran. In 2017, the app claimed it had 40-million monthly users in the Islamic Republic. Instagram is also very popular, and companies in Iran – like elsewhere – often use both platforms to communicate directly with customers.
Less used, Facebook and Twitter are blocked in Iran, but easily accessible using a virtual private network (VPN).
During a wave of protests that hit dozens of Iranian cities over at the start of the year, temporarily foreign social media bans in Iran such as Telegram, accusing the app of allowing foreign-based “counter-revolutionary” groups to fuel unrest.
Since then, authorities have sought to develop Iranian social media networks and limit the reliance on foreign-based platforms, which Tehran accuses of hosting sites deemed hostile to the Islamic Republic.
Several Iranian platforms offering services similar to Telegram have emerged in recent months, like the Soroush network, which already claims to have five million subscribers.
Balochistan CM says govt. endeavoring to provide quality education!
QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochsitan Mir, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo said here today the government was utilizing all available resources for providing quality education across the province in a short span of time.
He was talking to Managing Director of American Lycetuff Pre-School, Madam Zeshan Zia Raja, who called on at the CM House.
Provincial Minister for Home, Mir Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti and Chief Secretary Balochistan Aurang Zaib Haq were also present on the occasion. CM Bizenjo said due to the efforts of the provincial government, educational system had improved.
Marriyum Aurangzeb says collective efforts imperative to impart quality education!
ISLAMABAD: Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage in a meeting with Julie Newlan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire, UK underlined the need for collective efforts and contributions by the international community to impart quality education to the next generation.
She said that education is the guardian of any nation’s intellectual capital and contributes to societal survival besides being a major propellant of socio-economic development of any society.
She said that improving standards of education is top priority of present democratic government and in this connection major initiatives have been undertaken for the provision of quality education and modern facilities to the students with the view to develop human resource in line with requirements of modern age.
Apprising the Vice Chancellor about the steps taken under the Prime Minister Educational Reforms Program, the minister said that 422 schools and colleges in Islamabad had been reformed and upgraded.
Under the program, Montessori classes had been introduced apart from providing modern transportation system to ensure access of the students to school and colleges.
Despite concerted efforts by the present democratic dispensation to improve the quality of education the gap in exposure and development between private and public sector still persists and there is lack of connect between parents and school managements in the public sector, she added.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said that after the 18th amendment, the subject of education had been devolved to provinces and they were also endeavoring to improve educational system in their respective provinces.
Literary festival at the University of Sargodha!
SARGODHA: A three-day Literary Festival concluded here at the University of Sargodha (UoS).
Thousands of literature lovers thronged to the festival in which interactive sessions, dialogues, book fair, performances and many other literary activities were held.
Vice Chancellor UoS Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad announced to preserve the literature of different regional languages and said the purpose of the festival was to explore, protect and promote literary and cultural aspects of society.
Meanwhile, a mushaira session was presided over by world famous poet Anwar Masood while Iftikhar Arif and Amjad Islam Amjad were among the chief guests. Renowned Urdu and Punjabi poets from across the country presented their oeuvres on the occasion.