Iran Cultural Festival – a window to Iranian art

To celebrate Iran’s 32nd anniversary of Islamic Revolution in a glorious way, Iranian artists brought the cultural glimpses of Iran to Pakistanis at the week-long Cultural Festival held at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad. Impressive paintings, inspiring photographs, notable calligraphy, and magnificent inlaid work, engraved work, woodwork, rugs, and handmade metal…

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…

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’…

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,…

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…