Revival of a forgotten art in Islamabad

Edited news version printed in Pakistan Observer on Sept. 24, 2010. Islamabad: A three-day calligraphy workshop was sponsored by Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) for the art learners (from Sept. 21-23, 2010), which has truly injected a new life to the forgotten art of calligraphy among Pakistanis. The rare workshop was arranged by…

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‘PARO’ – Curative Robot inroduced in Islamabad

Edited story published in Pakistan Observer on 8 Oct. 2010Sana Jamal Islamabad – In this modern technological age when human beings have become machines and can spend little time with their aging elders or ailing children, a friendly mechanical robot named PARO has emerged to fill gap of emotional attachments and psychological therapy. PARO –…

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Rural women’s role in society dev highlighted

Published in Pakistan Observer (16 Oct. 2010)Sana JamalIslamabad – To highlight the importance and address the woes of rural women, Oct 15 was celebrated as ‘World Rural Women’s Day’ all over the world.To mark the World Rural Women Day in Pakistan, a two-day annual conference was arranged by Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy (PODA) in…

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Culture, Music paint real image of Pakistan

Published in Pakistan Observer (3 Nov. 2010) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Music and Art, the two delicate medium of expressions of feelings were combined brilliantly at the inaugural ceremony of World Music instrument and Music Painting exhibition titled ‘Silent Decibels’ here at National Art Gallery, Islamabad. ‘Silent Decibels – The art of music’ was held to…

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Security personnel sacrifice their Eid for others

Originally Published in Pakistan Observer (Nov. 20, 2010)Sana JamalWhile the whole nation celebrated their Eid by sacrificing animals and enjoying Eid with their families, thousands of security forces and policemen had to spend their holidays on duties remaining alert against a possible terror threat. On Eid-ul-Azha (Festival of Sacrifice), the guardians of the nation had…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Society’s role against child abuse stressed

Published in Pakistan Observer on 1 Dec. 2010Sana Jamal Islamabad- Ninety four percent of doctors of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have termed the Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) as a serious problem in Pakistan and recommended a training programme for medical professionals. These findings were shared during a launching ceremony of Rozan’s Qualitative Research on “Child Sexual Abuse:…

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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…

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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…

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‘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”…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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‘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…

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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…

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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…

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‘Through the Gender lens’ launched

Handbook on Gender Based Violence launched Published in Pakistan Observer (11 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: As the World celebrated the Human Rights Day amidst seminars and talks, challenges to human rights in Pakistan have enlarged as the number of internally displaced persons, extra-judicial killings and gender based violence increased this year. Relating to the theme for Human…

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International Mountain Day observed

Northern Pakistan is known as a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers and hikers however this paradise has been unfortunate to receive due attention of the concerned authorities. To highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development, National Institute of Folk and Heritage- Lok Virsa and WWF-Pakistan arranged an art competition at the Heritage Museum here on Saturday.…

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Attacks on educationists hamper progress in Balochistan: HRW repprt

Published in Pakistan Observer (14 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Nationalist, sectarian and militant groups are engaged in killing of teachers and harming educational institutions resulting in hampering development in Balochistan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released here on Monday. The 40-page HRW report, “Their Future is at Stake: Attacks on Teachers…

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Speakers discuss the legality of drone attacks

Published in Pakistan Observer (15 Dec. 2010) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: “Without determining the nature of conflict in Pakistan in light of international law, legal status of CIA-operated drone strikes can not to be established” said Dr. Robert. He was speaking at a session assessing the legality of pilot-less drone attacks in the backdrop of international humanitarian law and…

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Bangladeshi renowned artwork at display in Islamabad

 Artwork from Bangladesh based on surrealism titled ‘The International Show’ was put on display at the Nomad Art Gallery here on Tuesday. The exhibition includes the works of 10 eminent Bangladeshi artists offering a unique opportunity for the art lovers to relish the worldwide celebrated artwork in the capital city. The exhibition was inaugurated by…

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Islam advocates Human Rights

10th Annual Human Rights Conference in Islamabad Published in Pakistan Observer (21 Dec. 2010)Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Islam offers the best solution for all human rights issues. This consensus emerged at the 10th Annual National Human Rights Conference held in Islamabad on Monday. Around 300 participants from government, civil society and media organizations attended the conference which was organized…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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