Hotline for Children’s Grievances established

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 Nov. 2010)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: “No lawyer, no fees, just call and complain” was the simple and effective message to the vulnerable children of Pakistan by Children’s Complaint Office (CCO), a unique organization working to address children’s grievances. CCO, the first children’s ombudsman office in South Asia established by Wafaqi Mohtasib and…

Children Parliamentarians of Pakistan demand due rights

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 Nov. 2010)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: The Children Parliament Pakistan has called for establishment of a separate ministry to care for children’s rights, firm action on child labour issue and to ensure equal treatment for women at grass root level. This has been stated in a resolution adopted by the Members of the…

Security personnel sacrifice their Eid for others

Originally Published in Pakistan Observer (Nov. 20, 2010)Sana JamalWhile the whole nation celebrated their Eid by sacrificing animals and enjoying Eid with their families, thousands of security forces and policemen had to spend their holidays on duties remaining alert against a possible terror threat. On Eid-ul-Azha (Festival of Sacrifice), the guardians of the nation had…

Born in Pakistan, crowned in China

Pakistan women’s cricket team has finally managed to silence its critics under captain Sana Mir (R) following the Asian Games glory. PHOTO: AFP Pakistan women cricketers created history when they won the events first-ever cricket gold at the Asian Games after an emphatic ten-wicket win against Bangladesh in the final. Nida Rashid who excelled with an…

‘Women Journalists Pakistan’ formed

To provide a platform to the women journalists working in print media, electronic media and radio the female journalists have formed an association ‘Women Journalists Pakistan’ (WJP) to address their problems and provide women journalists with special incentives to retain them in journalism. In this regard a ceremony was held at the National Press Club…

Remembering Hasan Nasir

Hasan Nasir was a left-wing revolutionary student and leader of working class. Though he passed away on Nov 13, 1961 after being tortured by the then administration at the Lahore Fort, but he is still a symbol of inspiration of the country’s youth. Yousuf Hassan, a writer and a poet remembering Nasir on his 50th…

Book on Militancy launched

Islamabad — Journalist Zahid Hussain says, Lal Masjid tragedy triggered the wave of suicide bombing and terrorism in Pakistan and the death of Ghazi Abdul Rashid has not helped end terrorism in the country. He was speaking at the launching ceremony of his book titled “The Relentless Rise of Islamic Militants in Pakistan: The Scorpion’s…

Culture, Music paint real image of Pakistan

Published in Pakistan Observer (3 Nov. 2010) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Music and Art, the two delicate medium of expressions of feelings were combined brilliantly at the inaugural ceremony of World Music instrument and Music Painting exhibition titled ‘Silent Decibels’ here at National Art Gallery, Islamabad. ‘Silent Decibels – The art of music’ was held to…

Journalists discuss self-accountability

Media of Pakistan should resolve the discrepancies within media, issues of unethical reporting and overreaction by free media.These views were expressed by media professionals at a national seminar on “Media, Democracy and Public Interest: Issues and Options” held on Tuesday in Islamabad, organized by Society for Alternative Media and Research (SAMAR). Journalists, attending the seminar…

Dengue Fever – Symptoms and Preventions

  Edited version published in Pakistan Observer on Oct. 26, 2010   While dengue has existed since decades in many parts of the world in various forms, the killer disease emerged as a major health concern in Pakistan for last few years, and especially after the heavy floods in Pakistan, the disease has been witnessed…

Rural women’s role in society dev highlighted

Published in Pakistan Observer (16 Oct. 2010)Sana JamalIslamabad – To highlight the importance and address the woes of rural women, Oct 15 was celebrated as ‘World Rural Women’s Day’ all over the world.To mark the World Rural Women Day in Pakistan, a two-day annual conference was arranged by Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy (PODA) in…

‘PARO’ – Curative Robot inroduced in Islamabad

Edited story published in Pakistan Observer on 8 Oct. 2010Sana Jamal Islamabad – In this modern technological age when human beings have become machines and can spend little time with their aging elders or ailing children, a friendly mechanical robot named PARO has emerged to fill gap of emotional attachments and psychological therapy. PARO –…

Poetry book for children launched

Islamabad— Zawiya, a literary organisation launched Shehnaz Rauf’s poem book for children titled as ‘Roshni’ at National language Authority (NLA), in Islamabad on Monday. The author, Shehnaz Rauf, a teacher at OPF College recited a few of her poems at the ceremony and delivered a lecture on the psychology of the children. Speaking on the…

Role of Media stressed in Education Policy

Printed in Pak. Observer on 30th Sept. 2010. Islamabad— Media and civil professionals on Tuesday attended a rare Seminar at the ‘Media and Civil Society Collaboration Workshop’ in Islamabad. The speakers proposed an alliance between media and education activists to improve the dismal state of Education sector in Pakistan. The Workshop was organized by Pakistan…

Revival of a forgotten art in Islamabad

Edited news version printed in Pakistan Observer on Sept. 24, 2010. Islamabad: A three-day calligraphy workshop was sponsored by Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) for the art learners (from Sept. 21-23, 2010), which has truly injected a new life to the forgotten art of calligraphy among Pakistanis. The rare workshop was arranged by…