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.…

First ‘Gem Bazar’ in Islamabad

Pakistan can earn Billions through Gem exports ISLAMABAD – Pakistan is home to rare gemstones and minerals that can earn billions of dollars for country if properly exploited and marketed. However, this gem paradise has been unfortunate to receive due attention of the concerned authorities. Inaugurating the Islamabad’s first ever ‘Gem Bazar’, Minister for Industries and Production,…

‘Endorsing Icons’ give identity to ignored ones

Big black canvases of Faraz Ali portray the faces of those in society who play vital roles in our lives but remain unrecognized and unpublicized. Syed Faraz Ali, a Karachi-based artist intends to give identity to unnoticed and unspoken people through his painting exhibition titled ‘Endorsing Icons’, which opened here at Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad…

‘Two Folds’ depict Fear and Greed

Two miniature artists used traditional methods in their artwork to depict human emotions, greed and fear show two sides of the same coin. The paintings exhibition titled ‘Two Folds’ opened at Rohtas Art Gallery in Islamabad on Wednesday. The exhibition includes eight art pieces by Noor Ali Chagani and twelve artworks by Quratulain Shams. Using…

Opportunities for youth crucial for a peaceful Balochistan

Published in Pakistan Observer (1 Jan. 2011)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: “Employment opportunities and youth participation in policy making is imperative to have peace in Balochistan”, this consensus was reached at a press conference at Islamabad Press Club on Friday. The conference was organized by Chanan Development Association (CDA) a national youth lead organization, in collaboration with…

Artistic way to bid farewell to 2010

A remarkable exhibition of 76 paintings, prints and sculptures by 29 artists was held at Gallery 6, Islamabad to bid farewell to year 2010 in an artistic manner. Upon entering the gallery, one is bound to get enthralled by the paintings that sparkle with energy which fill one’s soul with positivity and brings liveliness to…

Challenges and opportunities in media discusses at 3-day seminar

2nd Munsalik National Annual Seminar for Journalists Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Challenges and opportunities in media, reporting on critical issues and issues of women in media were discussed in a three-day (27-29 Dec.) seminar titled “Framing Social Issue, Shaping Individual Responses” in Pakistani media. Media is a key player in any society to highlight issues of public…

Young artist visualizes ‘Error 404’

Published in Pakistan Observer (28 Dec. 2010) ‘Paper planes’ Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Colorful yet original portray of the society captured in the canvases by Sara Khan welcomes the element of uncertainty in life and leave us pondering for a solution. Young painter Sara Khan’s ten paintings and drawings will be on display from Dec. 28…

Remembering the Quaid

Students pay tribute to the Father of the NationPublished in Pakistan ObserverSana JamalISLAMABAD: Pakistanis recalled the revolutionary struggle of the father of nation and Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan on 134th birth anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on 25 December. Students of Islamabad and Rawalpindi paid tribute to the father of the nation through performing…

Rich colours and energy depict women in Artwork of Nahid Raza

Lively colours mixed with strong emotions in the paintings of Nahid Raza depicted strong woman and conveyed the message to respect and value women. The artist, Nahid Raza greeted the guests with a gentle smile at the inaugural ceremony of her painting exhibition here at Tanzara art gallery. “My paintings show strong women, who fulfill…

Swara’ criminals must be dealt with iron hand

Published in Pakistan Observer (24 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal Islamabad—“Neither Quran nor the law of the land allows brutal customs such as Swara under any condition” Justice Fakhrunisa noted at a seminar here Thursday. The seminar held at a local hotel on Thursday at the end of the two-year project of Rahnuma, affiliated with Family Planning…

Children Parliamentarians demand basic Child Rights

Published in Pakistan Observer on Dec. 25, 2010 Sana Jamal Islamabad—Children Parliament Pakistan (CPP) demanded the government to ratify direct steps to put a ban on child trafficking, child labour and on involvement of children in armed conflicts. The members (children) of the CPP forwarded these demands in the form of resolutions passed by the…

Art and Nature in harmony

Book launch, exhibition of sculptures Artist and writer Fauzia Minallah’s new book ‘Chitarkari and Banyans – The Pursuit of Identity’ highlights the need to preserve our natural environment and to promote national art and culture. In her book, Fauzia bring to light the fading art of slate engraving or ‘Chitarkari’ and also emphasized on the preservation…

Artist depicts social worries of society

Published in Pakistan Observer (Dec. 23, 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Brilliant colours conveying daring thoughts were put on display in an exhibition of exquisite miniature paintings at Nomad Art gallery in Islamabad on Wednesday. The solo exhibition titled ‘Waqt ke Sath Sath’ gave the impression that how with the passage of time the element of…

Chinese traditional art signifies harmony

Chinese brush paintings at Pak-China Friendship Center Swift strokes of the brush, deep philosophical thinking and visions of nature combined in beautiful Chinese brush paintings reflecting the art and culture of China is awaiting Pakistanis at the Pakistan-China Friendship Centre. To celebrate the inauguration of Pakistan-China Friendship Centre, masterpieces of the Chinese Brush Painting titled ‘Ink…

Rare Korean Art at display in Islamabad

Korean artist gives the message to revert to nature Vibrant colours combined with soothing images in the paintings of Korean artist, Ae Jae Lee offered the message to the world ‘to go back to nature’ to recuperate peace in our chaotic lives. The painting exhibition titled ‘Sacred Forest’ organized by Gandhara Art and Cultural Association was…