Young Film-makers earn recognition

Published in Pakistan Observer (27 May 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD – The three-day short film festival concluded here in Islamabad with a vibrant ceremony in the presence of seasoned silver screen personalities and young brilliant film-makers. ‘Overcoat’, a 10-minute film, directed by Afzaal Yousaf Baig was declared the ‘Best film’ of the film fair. The film was…

How Tobacco Taxation can Save Lives and Enhance Revenue?

Extensive use of tobacco has become a public menace globally, as it is causing 5.4 million premature deaths each year and current trends predict that one billion people will die from tobacco use in the 21st century. In Pakistan, cigarette smoking and other forms of tobacco use have increased in recent years. According to Pakistan…

Child speakers’ visions – an eye opener for elders

Published in Pakistan Observer (18 May 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – Visionary speeches and suggestions laid down by child speakers of Children Association on Tuesday reaffirmed that future of Pakistan is as bright as their thoughts. The young leaders delivered speeches on child rights at a public awareness seminar on ‘Children’s Right to Participation: Building a Children’s…

“Best way to defend Pakistan is to be honest”

SDPI seminar on ‘War on Terror: Post-Osama regime’ Published in Pakistan Observr on 17, 2011 Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: In the current post-Osama scenario, the “best way to defend Pakistan is to be honest” and accountable to the people of Pakistan, said Lt-Gen (R) Talat Masood at a seminar on “War on Terror: Post-Osama regime” organized…

‘Pakistan should be hub of Tourism, not Terrorism’

Islamabad – Pakistan should become the hub of tourism and not terrorism by promoting the rich cultural heritage of the country. This was stressed at a conference on “Gandhara: Road to peace, prosperity and interfaith harmony” arranged here on Saturday by Gandhara Art and Culture Association (GACA). Anwer Saifullah Khan, chairman of GACA urged on…

Training Workshop on Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

To safeguard the versatile Intangible Cultural Heritage of Pakistan, there is a need of cultural inventory, which simply means a process of documenting region’s heritage items in order to preserve the endangering the pluralistic features of society. This point of concern was raised by the cultural experts at a four-day (2-5 May) training workshop organized…

Restorative Justice System can help reduce crime

Published in Pakistan Observer (5 May 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – “There are currently almost 80,000 people in prison in Pakistan, mostly under trial and belong to poor class” pointed out Anees Jillani, an advocate and SPARC board member. “Normally, a judge has to deal with an average of 150 cases per day” making justice…

‘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…