‘A. Hameed’s death – an immense loss to Urdu fiction’

Islamabad – A. Hameed, a prolific Urdu fiction writer, who rendered great services to national language has passed away, closing a golden era of Urdu literature. A. Hameed died at the age of 83 in Lahore on Friday. He was a patient of cardiac disease and diabetes. Condolence messages Prime Minister Gilani expressing his deep sorrow, said…

Report on Plight of Pakistani Children launched

Published in Pakistan Observer (29 Apr. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Year 2010 has been a tumultuous year for children in Pakistan, claimed a report ‘The State of Pakistan’s Children 2010’. The comprehensive report highlighting issues of children was launched by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) here on Thursday. The annual report…

Tragic death of Child Servant sparks off New Concern

Govt urged to notify Child Domestic Labour in the banned occupations listEdited news published in Pakistan Observer (27 Apr. 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: The tragic death of a child servant has sparked off a new concern in the civil society section and also exposed an obscured, cruel facet of the society. Six-year old Laiba died after being…

“No discrimination, No harassment”: Minister assures women journalists

Published in Pakistan Observer (18 Apr. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Speaking at the second day of the conference on ‘Gender Discrimination in Media and Capacity Building for Female Journalists’, Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik stated that “let there be no discrimination” on basis of gender as “women render great contributions in every walk of life”…

Women without Voices

National Convention of Female Journalists Published in Pakistan Observer (17 Apr. 2011) By Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD –  The first day of the national convention of female journalists gave an impression that women in Pakistani media are committed, professional and determined to change the societal barriers. Around 100 women journalists from Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan…

Role of Media in Conflict Situations discussed

Published in Pakistan Observer (15 Apr. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a conference highlighted that the significant elements required while reporting in conflict situation included responsibility, impartiality and accuracy – in short the basic ethics of journalism. Media persons at the meeting stressed that media need to play its due role by bridging people…

‘Don’t send us back to stone age’: Students protest

Students stage a massive protest in IslamabadPublished in Pakistan Observer (13 April 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of students and scholars took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the devolution of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and vowed to continue protests till the government shelved the plan of devolving the HEC. The protesters gathered at…

Islamabad Expo 2011

To highlight the role of women entrepreneurs, an exclusive exhibition opened here at Convention Center on Saturday. Islamabad Expo 2011 ‘Invigorating Women Entrepreneurs’ is aimed at supporting the women entrepreneurs of the country by forming a direct business bonding between the rural woman and urban woman.   The two-day festival (9 & 10 April) has…

‘Combat Drug Resistance through simple hygienic practices’ :Health experts

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Apr. 2011)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Health experts agreed with the idea that instead of giving antibiotics, people must be given full awareness to prevent and control the disease through traditional hygienic practices as simple as washing hands regularly. Raising concerns over drug resistance, Dr. Khalid, WHO representative informed that “52 per cent…

Wealth secures Health in today’s world

The old saying ‘Health is Wealth’ is no more applicable in a world we inhabit today where wealth ensures good health and not the vice versa. It means the more money you have, the better health you enjoy, as an individual and as a state. However, lack of better health facilities, least health awareness, and…

Teachers, Students protest against devolution of HEC

HEC – Victim of democratic dissolution? Edited version published in Pakistan Observer (6 Apr. 2011)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – Ever since the Implementation Commission of the 18th Amendment to the constitution announced that several federal ministries including the education ministry were to be devolved to the provinces, certain ambiguities started surfacing in the minds of the…

Child friendly newspaper awarded for creating awareness on CSA

Child sexual abuse – Not tolerable at allPublished in Pakistan Observer (30 Mar. 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Child sexual abuse is a public health epidemic inflicting long-term serious health effects on its victims, destroying individuals and families. Yet it’s largely ignored in our society.However, a part of society which is continually working to create awareness regarding Child…

‘We Can’ launches Report on Social Trend on VAW

Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: ‘We Can’ campaign in Pakistan launched two critical documents: ‘Impact Assessment Report’ and ‘Strategy Paper’ on Tuesday at a local hotel in Islamabad after completing its six years in March 2011. The campaign dedicated these two significant documents to International Women’s Day (IWD) as March 2011 also marks 100 years of IWD.…

Book launch: ‘Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Beirut’

Published in Pakistan Observer (26 Feb.2011) ISLAMABAD: “Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Beirut” – a book which gives account of four years of the renowned poet’s stay in the capital city of Lebanon has been published by Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL). The book has been written by Tasleem Elahi Zulfi who has focused on activities…

Endorsing Peace through Interfaith Harmony

Published in Pakistan Observer (26 Feb. 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: “There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions and there will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions.” This message was highlighted at a seminar on ‘Peace and Tolerance’ held on Friday at a local hotel in Islamabad.Experts…

6% decrease in Incidents of violence against women reported

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 Feb. 2011) ISLAMABAD: “There were 8000 incidents of violence against women in the country in 2010 according to the newspaper reports – which indicates a decrease of 6 per cent in the violence against women as compared to the preceding year in 2009.” This information was revealed at a press…