CRM stresses for Commission on Rights of Children

Islamabad – To observe and protect the rights of the millions of ill-fated children across the country, Child Rights Movement (CRM) has demanded the government to establish National Commission on the Rights of Children, since “there is nobody with a statutory status for the protection of their rights at federal level.” CRM has appealed to the Parliamentarians…

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Google celebrates with Pakistanis

As both arms of clock reached 12 and the date turned to 14, August, 2011 Pakistanis geared up to celebrate one the biggest festivals of the year. Yes, our independence day seems no less than a festival with all the lightings, fireworks, bike and car rallies, and flag hoisting ceremonies. Only this time, Pakistani internet users…

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Unknown heroes of Pakistani Youth

“Change Our World” – the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for World Youth Day (Aug 12), is more than a theme; it is an idea to inspire young people at all times. The theme rightly befits the young Pakistani men and women who comprise of more than 60 per cent of the total population…

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Women in Trade Initiative to encourage women in Business

Young generation filled with hope and passion can be a source of great strength for a nation but if their skills meet right kind of learning, they truly become an aset for the country as well as the world. To increase the the participation of Pakistani young women in the international trade sector, US Agency…

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German artist’s generous approach to help flood victims

Pakistan looks more beautiful as portrayed in the artwork of a German artist who has never been in the country yet has used simple means i.e. pen and ink to depict the architecture of Pakistan. This elegant work of Ute Elpers, a veteran artist, offer dual support for Pakistanis; firstly the art display major landmarks of…

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Role of Investigative Journalism discussed

Published in Pakistan Observer (7 July, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – A proper investigative report can help increase awareness among the masses about the ills of the society, and at the same time it can portray the correct image of the nation to the outside world. To promote the culture of investigative journalism in Pakistan,…

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Report on Violence against women launched in Islamabad

‘Zero tolerance against all sorts of violence in Pakistan’ urged Islamabad – Speakers at a report launch on Tuesday, urged the legislators to adopt Domestic Violence Bill (DVB) at the earliest, as the number of reported “incidents of Violence against Women (VAW) mounted to 8000 during 2010.” These findings were shared at the launch of…

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“People’s Assembly” urges Govt. to restore peace in the country

Published in Pakistan Observer (5 July, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Following a two-day People’s Assembly gathering in Abbottabad, a unanimous resolution urged the Government to stress on the need for restoration of peace in the country and to invest in the people by spending on social services, health and education to lay the foundation…

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NCHD protestors determined to continue struggle

Published in Pakistan Observer (3 July, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – More than 100 protestors have been staging a sit-in protest outside the Parliament building, since June 23, braving hot and rainy weather with hopes that Parliament, President and Prime Minister living few yards away will one day answer to their cries. The ill-fated employees of National…

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Federal Ombudsperson stresses for child friendly laws

Published in Pakistan Observer (30 June, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Musarrat Hilali, federal ombudsperson for protection against harassment of women has urged on Wednesday that “justice for all children needs to be ensured through child friendly laws, rules and regulations, implementation procedures and mechanisms promulgated by the government.” Speaking at a ‘Dissemination workshop on…

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World Drug Report 2011 launched in Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 June 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Ahead of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched World Drug Report 2011 on 23 June at United Nations Headquarters. In Islamabad, the Report was launched on Friday by Iftikhar Ahmed, Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control; Major General…

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Preparing future women journalists of Pakistan

Islamabad – In order to polish the new generation women journalists, Women Media Centre (WMC) Pakistan in collaboration with SZABIST University arranged a practical training workshop in Islamabad. Senior journalists and cameraman were at hand to share their professional experiences and media ethics with the future women journalists of Pakistan at a five-day Television course…

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“Flight of Imagination” – Inspiring Miniature art exhibition

Published in Pakistan Observer (15 June, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Solo art exhibition titled “Flight of Imagination” by a brilliant artist Samreen Asif opened here at the newly-built art gallery of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in Islamabad on Tuesday. Samreen’s elegant miniature artworks explain her journey as she explored the ways that could…

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End to Child Labour – still a dream

On World Day against Child Labour, few chotus (child labours) in Pakistan are aware of the importance of this day as they strive to earn their own and family’s bread. It is a fact that several million Pakistani children work for extremely long hours in exchange for little pay at the risk of maltreatment. Instead…

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Lok Mela – Recognizing the less publicized artists of Pakistan

Art and music has incredible power to inspire and cheer up people as well as convey peace. This saying remains true for the culture festival in Islamabad, known as ‘Lok Mela’ which is considered as a breath of fresh air for the citizens of the twin cities in these times of confusion in the society…

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Pakistani poets share their feelings for Japanese victims

Islamabad – To express solidarity with tsunami-hit Japanese people and to pay rich tribute to the Haiku master of Japan, Pakistani poets gathered in Islamabad today at ‘Haiku Mushaira’. Iftikhar Arif, chairman of Pakistan Academy of Letters presided over the ‘Haiku Mushaira-Issa Evening’ which was organized by the Embassy of Japan in cooperation with Pakistan Haiku…

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Anti-Tobacco Laws remain unimplemented

World No Tobacco Day being observed todayPublished in Pakistan Observer (31 May 2011)Sana JamalIslamabad – Today, people around the globe will mark World No Tobacco Day (31 May) with a hope to have a tobacco free society. This hope remains more distant for Pakistanis because almost a decade has passed since the ‘Prohibition of Smoking…

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Extensive bilateral ties between Pak, Iran stressed

An Iranian lady envoy stressed the need for extensive bilateral ties and exchange of information between Pakistan and Iran so that the two Islamic states should not be represented through Western media. Dr. Masooma Muhammadi, Presidential Advisor on Women and Family Affairs was interacting here with Islamabad-based lady journalists at national press club on Saturday.…

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Young Film-makers earn recognition

Published in Pakistan Observer (27 May 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD – The three-day short film festival concluded here in Islamabad with a vibrant ceremony in the presence of seasoned silver screen personalities and young brilliant film-makers. ‘Overcoat’, a 10-minute film, directed by Afzaal Yousaf Baig was declared the ‘Best film’ of the film fair. The film was…

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How Tobacco Taxation can Save Lives and Enhance Revenue?

Extensive use of tobacco has become a public menace globally, as it is causing 5.4 million premature deaths each year and current trends predict that one billion people will die from tobacco use in the 21st century. In Pakistan, cigarette smoking and other forms of tobacco use have increased in recent years. According to Pakistan…

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Injecting a new life into Pakistan’s Sculptural Art

Islamabad – The sculpture art is picking up fast in Pakistan despite a traditional distaste and lack of enthusiasm by art managers. However, more recently there is a realization about significance of this special art and Pakistan National Council of the Arts took the lead in organizing a five-day workshop on sculpture art in Pakistan.…

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“Creating Sculpture” – Art workshop at PNCA

Published on 17 May 2011 Sana Jamal Islamabad – In South Asia, the first known sculptures were found at sites of Mohen-jo-daro and Harappa (in Pakistan) from Indus Valley civilization around 3300–1700 BC. However the art of sculpture could not flourish in the country as the artists were not encouraged to work in this medium due to religious…

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Remembering the Legendary Artists of Pakistan

To mark the services and contribution of great artists who left us recently, a unique ceremony was arranged at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). ‘Yaad e Raftagan’ – a condolence reference to pay tribute to the legendary artists, Moeen Akhtar, Baboo Bral, Khayam Sarhadi, Mastana and Liaquat Soldier was attended by eminent artists of the country.

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Child speakers’ visions – an eye opener for elders

Published in Pakistan Observer (18 May 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – Visionary speeches and suggestions laid down by child speakers of Children Association on Tuesday reaffirmed that future of Pakistan is as bright as their thoughts. The young leaders delivered speeches on child rights at a public awareness seminar on ‘Children’s Right to Participation: Building a Children’s…

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‘Pakistan should be hub of Tourism, not Terrorism’

Islamabad – Pakistan should become the hub of tourism and not terrorism by promoting the rich cultural heritage of the country. This was stressed at a conference on “Gandhara: Road to peace, prosperity and interfaith harmony” arranged here on Saturday by Gandhara Art and Culture Association (GACA). Anwer Saifullah Khan, chairman of GACA urged on…

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Restorative Justice System can help reduce crime

Published in Pakistan Observer (5 May 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – “There are currently almost 80,000 people in prison in Pakistan, mostly under trial and belong to poor class” pointed out Anees Jillani, an advocate and SPARC board member. “Normally, a judge has to deal with an average of 150 cases per day” making justice…

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Report on Plight of Pakistani Children launched

Published in Pakistan Observer (29 Apr. 2011) Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: Year 2010 has been a tumultuous year for children in Pakistan, claimed a report ‘The State of Pakistan’s Children 2010’. The comprehensive report highlighting issues of children was launched by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) here on Thursday. The annual report…

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Tragic death of Child Servant sparks off New Concern

Govt urged to notify Child Domestic Labour in the banned occupations listEdited news published in Pakistan Observer (27 Apr. 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: The tragic death of a child servant has sparked off a new concern in the civil society section and also exposed an obscured, cruel facet of the society. Six-year old Laiba died after being…

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IIUI Cultural Festival: Food, Fun and Learning

IIUI Festival endorses harmony among diverse Cultures Published in Pakistan Observer (19 Apr. 2011) Sana Jamal Spainish stall. ISLAMABAD: A huge number of visitors on Monday were fortunate enough to get glimpses of the major cultures of the world including Islamic, Asian, Eastern, Western, Latin and African culture – all under one roof at the…

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