Pakistan Girls Education Initiative (PGEI) launched

Published in Pakistan Observer (10 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Enhancement in education budget, equity and gender equality of education are desired for correcting the present imbalance in education scenario. These were the remarks of the speakers at the launching ceremony of UN “Pakistan Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI)” at Pakistan National Council of Arts…

Time for Islamabad to go smoke-free

Non implementation of anti smoking law is encouraging extensive use of tobacco leading to the deaths of 274 people a day and causing at least 25% of deaths in Pakistan.  Counseling services, high rate of taxation on sale of tobacco and complete ban on tobacco were few measures suggested on Monday at a gathering. The…

‘Say No to Corruption’

World Anti-Corruption Day today (9 Dec.) By Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: It is a general perception that corruption in Pakistan is increasing with rapid pace and it not only destroying the society but also the economy of country. This belief has been confirmed recently by the latest Transparency International Index which has ranked Pakistan as the…

Democratic steps urged on Golden Jubilee of Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Islamabad as well so to discuss its governance structure, a conference on “Governance of the Federal Capital” was held in Islamabad on Tuesday. The speakers highlighted that Islamabad may be the seat of democracy in Pakistan but the city itself…

UAE Day celebrated at SZIA

Students of Sheikh Zayed International Academy (SZIA), Islamabad enthralled the audience with sparkling set of traditional dances and vibrant performances to mark 39th anniversary of United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Day in Pakistan. Playgroup children waving flags of UAE and signing poem. The colorful event, held on Tuesday was attended by His Excellency UAE ambassador,…

4-day International Youth Conference in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD –  Pakistan’s first International Youth Conference & Festival (IYCF) kicked off Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad on Monday which seeks to bring together 300 Pakistani and international delegates to inspire, encourage and empower the youth. The festival has been organised by Miradore Production and Khudi Pakistan in collaboration with the…

‘Save Wildlife’ – theme of Arif’s landscape art

Published in Pakistan Observer on 4 Dec. 2010 Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: The panoramic paintings of Muhammad Arif Khan compel the onlookers to consider the potential threat of natural as well as man-made disasters on Pakistan’s wildlife and to help preserve the natural beauty. “This is a painter’s way to conserve the natural assets of Pakistan”…

Tolerance & Inter-faith harmony can end Violence

Edited version published in Pakistan Observer on 3 Dec. 2010Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Through peace, tolerance and inter-faith harmony, we can put an end to violence and live peacefully. This consensus emerged at a seminar held at Nomad Gallery, Islamabad which was part of the 16 Days of Activism against gender violence 2010 campaign in Islamabad.Nomad in…

Disabled demand access to equal opportunities

Published in Pakistan Observer (4 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Prejudice, lack of opportunities and official apathy – the disabled people in the country have to deal with more than just their physical disabilities in their struggle to lead respectable lives. On International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 Dec.) people with disability demanded for…

Haiku – cultural bridge between Pak, Japan

A Japanese traditional poetry – ‘Haiku’ Mushaira “Basho Evening” was held at the National Art Gallery in Islamabad on Tuesday to pay a tribute to Matsuo Basho, the father of Haiku. The event started with screening of Japan Video Topic (Hiraizumi: Home City of Bosho) and was co-organized by Embassy of Japan, Pakistan Haiku Society,…

‘Making of’ screened at PNCA – Tunisian film clears ambiguity about extremism

Published in Pakistan Observer (28 Nov. 2010)Sana JamalIslamabad – Tunisian Embassy in collaboration with Ministry of Culture arranged an internationally renowned film “Making Of” at PNCA on Saturday night which earned a deep appreciation by foreign diplomats and Pakistani viewers. The film was screened to mark the 23rd anniversary of the change in Tunisia which…

Buddha shows the way to Peace and Tolerance

Zeenath Khalid’s paintings carry message of Peace, Tolerance and Serenity ‘Buddha’s Way-Aman Ka Rasta’ (way to peace) was the theme of the exhibition of inspirational paintings by Zeenath Khalid at Nomad Art Gallery in Islamabad. The exhibition was part of two-week activism campaign for elimination of violence against women and organized by Nageen Hyat of…

Hotline for Children’s Grievances established

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 Nov. 2010)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: “No lawyer, no fees, just call and complain” was the simple and effective message to the vulnerable children of Pakistan by Children’s Complaint Office (CCO), a unique organization working to address children’s grievances. CCO, the first children’s ombudsman office in South Asia established by Wafaqi Mohtasib and…

‘Women Journalists Pakistan’ formed

To provide a platform to the women journalists working in print media, electronic media and radio the female journalists have formed an association ‘Women Journalists Pakistan’ (WJP) to address their problems and provide women journalists with special incentives to retain them in journalism. In this regard a ceremony was held at the National Press Club…

Book on Militancy launched

Islamabad — Journalist Zahid Hussain says, Lal Masjid tragedy triggered the wave of suicide bombing and terrorism in Pakistan and the death of Ghazi Abdul Rashid has not helped end terrorism in the country. He was speaking at the launching ceremony of his book titled “The Relentless Rise of Islamic Militants in Pakistan: The Scorpion’s…

Dengue Fever – Symptoms and Preventions

  Edited version published in Pakistan Observer on Oct. 26, 2010   While dengue has existed since decades in many parts of the world in various forms, the killer disease emerged as a major health concern in Pakistan for last few years, and especially after the heavy floods in Pakistan, the disease has been witnessed…