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Boy drowns; three die of heatstroke in Karak

Boy drowns; three die of heatstroke in Karak

KARAK: Three persons died of heatstroke here on Monday while a young boy drowned in Teri Toi, a small stream in Banda Daud Shah.

The local people said that nine-year-old Mohammad Shoaib was taking bath in the stream along with his father Akbar Jan and another brother at noon when he suddenly slipped into deep water and drowned. The local divers fished out his body after hectic search of several hours. He was buried at his ancestral graveyard in Teri.

The local people said two persons in Shagi Lawagher and a retired subedar in Kanda Khadikhel died of heatstroke.

They said that scores of people fainted due to sizzling heat in the holy month of Ramazan. The names of the victims could not be ascertained.

Meanwhile, local people demanded of the district administration to ban bathing in dams in the district. They said swimming pools should be constructed near the dams where people could take a bath.

PROMOTION SOUGHT: The local chapter of All Subject Specialists Association has demanded one-step promotion and timescale for its members.

During a meeting here on Monday, the association said that government was not resolving the genuine problems of the subject specialists. The meeting was chaired by ASS district chairman Owais Ahmad Khattak.

Mohammad Iqbal Marwat, a member of the association, told journalists after the meeting that provincial government upgraded different cadres of teachers. The secondary school teachers (SSTs), who were working in scale 16, were promoted to scale 17, he added.

He said that subject specialists were working in scale 17 which was injustice with them. He said that the government upgradation policy was not uniform as the scales of senior subject specialists, subject specialists, principals, vice principals and assistant district education officers were not upgraded. The participants of the meeting said that officer cadres of subject specialist were deprived of upgradation. They resolved to continue their struggle to get their rights. — Correspondent

Published in Dawn, July 7th, 2015

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