Masterpieces in Miniatures – Royal treat for Art lovers

The art lovers of the city were in for a treat, a royal treat indeed, as Gallery 6 opened its doors to a collection of rare miniature paintings of British and Indian royal families and rulers. The exhibition of portrait miniatures, small in size and scrupulous in detail with fine brushwork, depicted the charm of…

SOS Village Children enjoying the Ramadan Iftar dinner organised at SOS Children’s Village in Rawalpindi.

Iftar banquet bring delight for SOS Children

Islamabad – With plenty of goodies to eat, the little girls and boys at SOS Children’s home enjoyed a delicious Iftar banquet – a long-awaited moment for orphans and abandoned children which they greeted with a shy smile, donning their best clothes. Ramadan Iftar dinner, organised by the Islamabad Serena Hotel for some 200 orphaned…

Global Community asked to support Mercury Reduction Treaty

Considering the harmful effects of mercury, a toxic substance, on human life, wildlife, and ecosystems, a Pakistani think tank, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), has called upon the global community to come up with a legally binding global mercury treaty. Expressing its fears, in a statement issued on Monday, the organization noted that the existing…

‘Forests are depleting, foresters are sleeping’

Children worried about Environmental Losses Children at a forum considered ways and means to draw the attention of President and Prime Minister of Pakistan towards ever-increasing environmental degradation in the country. Young mountain conservationists gathered in Islamabad on Tuesday after finishing 10-day long expedition aimed at highlighting environmental issues and measures to realise environment-friendly society. …

Experts alarmed at Climate Change effects on CKNP

Experts at a seminar held on Thursday urged the government to take serious measures to conserve the environment of Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) in Gilgit Biltistan – rich in natural biodiversity and cultural heritage. Speakers at a consultation on “Climate Change and Ecosystem Assessment of the CKNP Region”, have demanded establishment of a Committee…

Pakistan urged to develop consensus on Green Economy: Experts

Environmental professionals at a conference, on Saturday, urged the government to facilitate a broad-based consensus among all stakeholders to adopt new initiative in promoting green investments and sustainability in the country. Speakers at the two-day ‘National consultation on green economy’ focused on the challenges of actualizing the concept of sustainable development, of creating a “greener” and…

Pakistan most vulnerable to climate change: UNDP report

UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 2012 launched Pakistan is among the most vulnerable countries facing climate risks, according to UNDP’s latest report launched here in capital city on Wednesday. Asia-Pacific region has some of the world’s fastest-growing cities, which must deal with both, the causes and the consequences of climate change, the report states.  The…

Making Islamabad a Bicycle-friendly City

The ordinarily car-clogged streets of Islamabad presented an inspirational sight when dozens of local bicyclists came together on roads to promote pro-cycling culture in the capital city. These bicycle enthusiasts were taking part in the Critical Mass Mega Cycling Ride on a pre-determined route that started from F-9 Park and continued for over three hours.…

Experts highlight Digital Divide in Rural Pakistan

Sana Jamal Islamabad – Pakistani youth have made a remarkable move in social media interaction but the urban and rural digital divide keeps them far from making any collective progress in society. The participants at a seminar held in Islamabad on Thursday concluded that the popular use of social media has turned urban Pakistanis into…

Siachen Glacier can become a Peace Park

In the background of recent tragedy in Siachen, an expert suggested on Monday that a ‘third party” should ensure the preservation of Siachen glaciers by limiting the military activities at the highest peak. Speaking at a seminar here on Monday, Arshad H. Abbasi, Water and Energy Adviser said that “it is high time to make…

Dr. Anwar revives Heritage through water-colour paintings

The veteran artist Dr. Ajaz Anwar explains the theme behind his paintings to the Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Babur Hazlan and DG of PNCA Tauqir Nasir. The water-colour paintings by Dr. Ajaz Anwar, put on display at National Art Gallery on Tuesday, were more than mere art. Dr. Anwar, by employing water-colours, has revived the grandeur…

Pakistan’s Cultural Treasure documented by Japanese Archaeologist

Sana Jamal Islamabad – A renowned Japanese professor and archaeologist, Prof. Koji Nishikawa has spend more than two decades to come up with an excellent publication on Pakistan’s brilliant chapters of cultural history, titled ‘Ranigat, a Buddhist Site in Gandhara, Pakistan, surveyed 1983-1992’. The comprehensive report, based on two volumes, is a fine photographic record…

Bid to enlist Kalash on the World Heritage List

Efforts to preserve Kalash Culture Published in Pakistan Observer Sana JamalIslamabad – To the good fortune of Kalash people, the government of Pakistan has finally moved to take long-awaited measures for the preservation of Pakistan’s rare tangible and intangible cultural heritage.Following the repeated demands from the endangered community and a comprehensive deliberation held on Wednesday at…

Pakistan’s manner of compensating its Terrorism Victims commended

Sana Jamal Islamabad – Pakistan’s positive side came to light surprisingly at a report launch on Wednesday, when speakers noted that the terror-hit country is ahead of many states in delivering compensation to the victims of terrorism and conflict at a massive scale. This point of concern was highlighted at the launch of research report…

Book Launch: ‘Wazir Khan Mosque Rediscovered’

Islamabad – Pakistan’s treasured Wazir Khan Mosque has enchanted and inspired many by its mere magnificent look, but the latest comprehensive documentation on the Mosque is yet to charm the art lovers. The innovative book “Wazir Khan Mosque Rediscovered”, by Mamoona Khan was launched here on Friday at National Art Gallery in the presence of…