Measures to improve women status stressed

Published in Pakistan Observer (12 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Ignorance and backwardness are the major reasons of oppression on rural women hence timely measures must be taken to improve the status of women by providing them equal opportunities. This was the crux of the two seminars held in Islamabad to mark the National…

60% Pakistanis at risk of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD)

Published in Pakistan Observer (12 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is rated 6th amongst countries where iodine deficiency is a serious public health issue. More than 60% of the population of Pakistan is at risk of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) due to delay in legislation on availability of iodized salt, warned the health experts…

Faiz centenary celebrations: Tributes paid to Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Published in Pakistan Observer (11 Feb. 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Faiz Ahmed Faiz was remembered as the symbol of hope, courage and resistance for the people of Pakistan by the scholarly figures of Islamabad who gathered here at a seminar to pay tribute to Faiz. The seminar was arranged by Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) on Thursday to commemorate…

Directory on NGOs launched

Published in Pakistan Observer (11 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Most of the Pakistani NGOs run social and welfare works through self-generated income while rest of the support comes from national and international donor agencies. This information was revealed at the launch of the directory of certified nonprofit organizations working in Pakistan compiled by Pakistan…

Immunization Bill proposed

Published in Pakistan Observer (10 Feb. 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Keeping in view the poor state of immunization in Pakistan, a draft bill has been proposed by civil society to provide a legal cover to immunization as well as to make it mandatory in Pakistan.To generate a debate and interaction on the issue, PILDAT arranged a legislative…

Preservation of Cultural Heritage stressed at National Conference

Published in Pakistan Observer (10 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Research scholars and experts at a conference stressed that cultural centers should be established countrywide to help document and project the country’s rich cultural heritage which faces extinction if appropriate measures are not taken. The two-day (Feb. 8-9) conference on ‘Safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage’…

Conference on Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Published in Pakistan Observer (9 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: In this era of globalization, with all its advantages, the poor craftsmen are the most vulnerable to having their traditions and skills ignored, leading to devaluation of Pakistan’s distinct culture and heritage. This point was noted at a two-day national conference on “Safeguarding of the…

Increased Tobacco Tax will Save Lives, enhance Revenue

Islamabad – Tax increase on tobacco products is one of the most effective tobacco control measure that can save thousands of lives as well as increase the national revenue. This consensus emerged at a two-day workshop arranged by International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in collaboration with Society for Alternative Media and Research (SAMAR) held…

Smoking hazards highlighted at a seminar

Published in Pakistan Observer (1st Feb. 2011)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Smoking which is usually accepted by family members is now increasingly criticized by the society and people around smokers which is a positive indication that we are moving towards a smoke-free society. This phenomenon was noted at a media training workshop on ‘Tobacco Taxation’ on Monday in Islamabad aimed…

A rare book on letters of Faiz launched

Published in Pakistan Observer (22 Jan. 2011)Sana Jamal Book cover. ISLAMABAD: “The letter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz unveil his genuine feelings for the society as he continues to be the only poet after Allama Iqbal who is admired by the common people” said Iftikhar Arif, a poet and Chairman of National Language Authority (NLA). He…

Fashion Week 2011 makes its way to Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (22 Jan. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: The first ever ‘Islamabad Fashion Week’ is all set to launch in the capital city. The highly anticipated, four-day glamour event is scheduled to take place from January 27-30, 2011. After the successful launch of Karachi Fashion Week Chapter 1 and 2, Excellent Events and…

Saadat Hasan Manto remembered

Islamabad – “Saadat Hasan will die one day, but ‘Manto’ will never die.” This line written by Manto himself has borne out Manto’s belief as his writings reign the Urdu literary world making him one of the greatest storytellers of South Asia. Pakistan’s great literary icon, Saadat Hassan Manto’s 56th death anniversary was observed on…

Book on Faiz Ahmed Faiz launched

‘Faiz Ahmed Faiz -Muntakhib Mazameen’(Selected essays on Faiz) Islamabad – In these times of chaos and intolerance, Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s writings can help the individuals to realize our real identity in order to emerge as a tolerant, peaceful nation. This was the message of the scholars speaking at the launch of the first book on Faiz…

Implementation of Anti-Sexual Harassment polices stressed

Published in Pakistan Observer (11 Jan. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: In the backdrop of Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act (Section 509), a seminar-cum-book launch was held at local hotel in Islamabad on Monday to make the effective implementation of law possible at all levels. The seminar titled ‘Leaders of Change – Implementation…

Young Pakistanis launch ‘The Re-Volt’ magazine

Published in Pakistan Observer (9 Jan. 2011) Cover of ‘The Re-Volt magazine’. Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: In the backdrop of hopelessness and distress, a group of young Pakistanis have risen to give new hope to the nation by launching a publication titled ‘The Re-Volt’ in Islamabad on Saturday. The first of its kind magazine, run by…

Relief sought for women in tax system

Published in Pakistan Observer (9 Jan. 2011) Islamabad — In a male-dominated society where a women is faced with inequality of some kind or other, Dr. Rakhshinda Parveen’s latest book asks the state for some relief in taxation system for disabled, divorced women, divorced mothers and unmarried women, at least the exemption in property tax.…