Remembering Ahmed Faraz: Poet of Romance and Resistance

Road named after Faraz in Islamabad Published in Pakistan Observer (26 Aug 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Ahmed Faraz, the poet of love and defiance, was remembered by his friends and admirers on his third death anniversary, observed on Thursday. Ahmad Faraz, who has often been compared with Faiz Ahmed Faiz, holds a distinctive position…

Unknown heroes of Pakistani Youth

“Change Our World” – the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for World Youth Day (Aug 12), is more than a theme; it is an idea to inspire young people at all times. The theme rightly befits the young Pakistani men and women who comprise of more than 60 per cent of the total population…

Proper Use of Right to Information highlighted

Published in Pakistan Observer (30 July 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Few people, even journalists are scarcely aware that Pakistan promulgated the Freedom of Information Ordinance in 2002, which is applicable to all departments, ministries and other institutions of the Federal government. In this regard, a major development took place in 2010 when Article 19-A was inserted…

Diabetic patients advised extra care during Ramadan

Published in Pakistan Observer (24 July 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – While stressing on the benefits of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, Islam also offers special exemption to the sick people from observing their fast during Ramadan to avoid any hard condition. This viewpoint was highlighted at a health seminar entitled “Diabetes and Ramadan” arranged by Shifa…

Health awareness project launched in rural Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (14 July 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Participants at a workshop urged the government to ensure that people living in slums of Islamabad have equal access to water, sanitation, and health care facilities. The health awareness workshop was arranged by Society for the Advancement of Community, Health, Education and Training (SACHET)…

German artist’s generous approach to help flood victims

Pakistan looks more beautiful as portrayed in the artwork of a German artist who has never been in the country yet has used simple means i.e. pen and ink to depict the architecture of Pakistan. This elegant work of Ute Elpers, a veteran artist, offer dual support for Pakistanis; firstly the art display major landmarks of…

Role of Investigative Journalism discussed

Published in Pakistan Observer (7 July, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – A proper investigative report can help increase awareness among the masses about the ills of the society, and at the same time it can portray the correct image of the nation to the outside world. To promote the culture of investigative journalism in Pakistan,…

Report on Violence against women launched in Islamabad

‘Zero tolerance against all sorts of violence in Pakistan’ urged Islamabad – Speakers at a report launch on Tuesday, urged the legislators to adopt Domestic Violence Bill (DVB) at the earliest, as the number of reported “incidents of Violence against Women (VAW) mounted to 8000 during 2010.” These findings were shared at the launch of…

“People’s Assembly” urges Govt. to restore peace in the country

Published in Pakistan Observer (5 July, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Following a two-day People’s Assembly gathering in Abbottabad, a unanimous resolution urged the Government to stress on the need for restoration of peace in the country and to invest in the people by spending on social services, health and education to lay the foundation…

NCHD protestors determined to continue struggle

Published in Pakistan Observer (3 July, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – More than 100 protestors have been staging a sit-in protest outside the Parliament building, since June 23, braving hot and rainy weather with hopes that Parliament, President and Prime Minister living few yards away will one day answer to their cries. The ill-fated employees of National…

Federal Ombudsperson stresses for child friendly laws

Published in Pakistan Observer (30 June, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Musarrat Hilali, federal ombudsperson for protection against harassment of women has urged on Wednesday that “justice for all children needs to be ensured through child friendly laws, rules and regulations, implementation procedures and mechanisms promulgated by the government.” Speaking at a ‘Dissemination workshop on…

Friends of Book gather at NLA

Published in Pakistan Observer (28 June, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – With the expansion of electronic media especially internet, people have parted away from books – which wise men described as ‘a man’s best friend’. And to see book-lovers gathered under one roof, and leafing through the pages of books, was certainly a pleasant scene…

National Conference on Child Rights as Human Rights

Islamabad – Basic right of education has been recognized by Pakistani leadership under Article 25 (A) of the Constitution which states that education has been made free and compulsory to all children of the age of five to sixteen years, said Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan. She was speaking at ‘National Conference…

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100 Books, 100 Guests

National Language Authority (NLA), Islamabad is organizing a special and unique event entitled as “100-Books and 100-Guests” on Monday, 27 June, at 11am at the NLA premises. According to newly-appointed NLA Chairman, Dr. Anwaar Ahmad, the objective of this event is to encourage habit of book-reading in our society and offer a 50 per cent…

World Drug Report 2011 launched in Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 June 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Ahead of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched World Drug Report 2011 on 23 June at United Nations Headquarters. In Islamabad, the Report was launched on Friday by Iftikhar Ahmed, Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control; Major General…

‘Media has a key role in combating corruption’

Published in Pakistan Observer (19 June 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Media can play a key role in combating corruption in a society which is infested with this demonic illness; however media should act professionally to present factual information to the people. This was the crux of the five-day training workshop on ‘Combating Corruption and…