‘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…

IIUI Cultural Festival: Food, Fun and Learning

IIUI Festival endorses harmony among diverse Cultures Published in Pakistan Observer (19 Apr. 2011) Sana Jamal Spainish stall. ISLAMABAD: A huge number of visitors on Monday were fortunate enough to get glimpses of the major cultures of the world including Islamic, Asian, Eastern, Western, Latin and African culture – all under one roof at the…

“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…

Art exhibition features work of country’s fine Artists

ISLAMABAD –  An impressive contemporary art exhibition titled ‘United – in the age of dialogue’ featuring artwork of around 100 artists from all over Pakistan was opened here at National Art Gallery in Islamabad on Tuesday. The exhibition organized by Rastay (NGO), a forum to promote art and culture of Pakistan, was a well-attended event…

Rasheed Butt’s Captivating Calligraphic work go on display

ISLAMABAD – Rasheed Butt, the world renowned calligrapher who is the only in the world who writes in Gold with Qalam (pen) was present in Islamabad on Monday to grace the inauguration of his calligraphic exhibition at Khaas gallery in the capital. This is for the first time that internationally well-recognized veteran artist, Rasheed Butt…

Empowering Women for Agricultural Development

‘An Acre for Every Woman’ demanded In an informative world, which is often reminding us of the future threats for instance, food shortage, global warming, and water crisis; it surely is hard to believe that “we live in a world that is capable of feeding every person that lives on the planet” and women can…