Textbooks shops wear a festive look
ISLAMABAD – With the beginning of new academic year, textbook shops wear a festive look to fulfill an essential obligation of purchasing books, copies and stationery items for school going children in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Despite the fact that price-hike is a one-time burden in a year, buyers complain that the 5 to 30 percent increase in book prices was coupled with copy retailers’ tactics of fleecing them by demanding prices at their own. Many parents are of the view that majority of the private schools had bound their children to buy full courses from the schools’ shops. Parents say that their monthly budgets are also getting squeezed owing to rising fees in private schools coupled with tuition and transportation fee and daily pocket money.
A father Faisal Malik at super Market bookshop was of the view that the price of private publishers’ books had gone up by 15-20 percent as a result of 60 percent increase in prices of paper produced by local mills. An old and a leading copy producer in Urdu Bazaar said that the prices of copies had not witnessed any upward rise. An average wholesale price of a copy ranges between Rs 3 and 4 but retailers are fully exploiting the situation by charging Rs 8-20 per copy at their own. Retailers are earning over 100 per cent profit and consumers are plainly paying higher prices.
Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court Bar Association will hold its elections on April 13 for the year of 2013-14 and election board has also been constituted.
This was announced by Syed Nayab Hassan Gerdezi, outgoing President of IHCBA while talking to APP on Tuesday. Gerdezi said that for conducting the elections, he has appointed Raja Rizwan Abbasi as Chairman Election Board, Kalsoom Rafique and Raja Aftab Advocates as members.
Meanwhile, the election board has also issued the schedule of election, according to it the candidates can file thier nomination papers on April four and five while the objections could be raised on April 6. Those who don’t want to contest the election can withdraw thier nomination papers on April 8,said a circular issued by the election board. Around 1382 lawyers would take part for electing its new president in the elections , he added.