Iranian Cultural Week opens in Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (15 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal A collection of Iranian jars on display.Photo Courtesy: M. Javaid/APP ISLAMABAD: Iranian Cultural Festival commenced at National Arts Gallery (NAG) of Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) with a lively inaugural ceremony on Monday. The event has been arranged to mark the 32nd Glorious Victory…

Valentine’s Day festivity in Islamabad

Valentine’s Day has gained momentum in recent years in Pakistan where it is celebrated with more fervor every next year. From the roadside florist to the telecom companies, from the lavish restaurant to the trendy gift shop, everyone seems to be celebrating Valentine’s Day in their own special way on 14th of February. A day…

Mobina’s figurative work on display at gallery 6

Published in Pakistan Observer (13 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Gallery 6 brings an exclusive exhibition of paintings by Mobina Zuberi in which she has captured snap shot moments through lines and brush strokes. Mobina’s present exhibition titled “The Moment” is unique in the sense that it displays two very different genres of paintings with…

National Women’s Day marked

Published in Pakistan Observer (13 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Islam initially granted all due rights to women in a primitive era when they had no rights at all, however, in today’s era mistreatment of women is often justified in the name of religion. This viewpoint was noted at various events held across the…

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…

Diary – Urdu stage play enthralls audiences

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Feb. 2011)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Yasra Rizvi’s play “Diary” enchanted the audiences of the twin cities throughout the week as the play was staged at Pakistan National Council of the Arts from February 2-7. The reality-based play aimed to preserve the language and the cultural heritage of Urdu was well-received and…

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…

‘Spread Peace through Love’

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Jharoka Art Gallery is currently showcasing some of the exquisite art works by M. H. Sulehri whose theme of the work is largely centered on nature. The vibrant colours and striking images in the painting exhibition titled ‘Spread Peace through Love’ are indeed a treat…

‘Nomadic Voyage of Colours’ opens in Islamabad

A colorful exhibition of unique clay and wood artifacts has been arranged by the Nomad Art Gallery to gratify the art lovers of the twin cities. The show titled ‘Nomadic Voyage of Colours’ by Bina Ali, will showcase a wide range of artistic hand-made products including hand-painted tile-inlay furniture, artifacts, hand painted wooden vessels, jewelry,…

‘Self Absorption’ – a journey towards self-realization

Published in Pakistan Observer (4 Feb. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Rich colours and meaningful expressions in the new artworks of Abdul Jabbar Gul takes one into a spiritual journey of serenity leading towards the path to self-realization. The painting exhibition titled ‘Self Absorption’ was opened on Thursday evening at Khaas gallery, Islamabad. According to 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…