International – Daily City News https://citynews.com.pk Newspaper from Karachi Tue, 04 May 2021 07:07:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 https://citynews.com.pk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/logo-150x150.jpg International – Daily City News https://citynews.com.pk 32 32 Fr Aldino Amato OP, Italian Missionary died at the age of 90 in Pakistan https://citynews.com.pk/2021/05/04/fr-aldino-amato-op-italian-missionary-died-at-the-age-of-90-in-pakistan/ https://citynews.com.pk/2021/05/04/fr-aldino-amato-op-italian-missionary-died-at-the-age-of-90-in-pakistan/#respond Tue, 04 May 2021 07:04:25 +0000 https://citynews.com.pk/?p=10858 “I thank God for the life and works of Fr. Amato, indeed he was a Leader and great Priest and Missionary in Pakistan, today is the feast of St. Joseph the worker and God has called back Fr. Amato, who had worked in his vineyard for 59 years” said His Excellency Bishop Indrias Rehmat, Bishop […]]]>

“I thank God for the life and works of Fr. Amato, indeed he was a Leader and great Priest and Missionary in Pakistan, today is the feast of St. Joseph the worker and God has called back Fr. Amato, who had worked in his vineyard for 59 years” said His Excellency Bishop Indrias Rehmat, Bishop of Faisalabad Diocese in his Homily at  in check 6/4-l Okara, while celebrating the funeral rights.

His Excellency Rehmat also said that “the moment, I heard of his death, few Holy verses of the Holy Bible came into my mind which reveal the life of Fr. Amato:  Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried (Ruth 1:16-17), in the same way he was stranger to our people he came as a missionary and served, lived and died in our country. “for Fr. Amato our pains, our suffering, our joys and happiness were his own” and “his death here in Pakistan is a witness to his commitment that he gave his life fully for our people.” 

The second verse is from 2 Corinthians 12:15 which says that “I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well” he in the same way had served and spent his life with full of joy and happiness, and there was nothing and he established it with love.

“Pakistani Church will always remember you” for all your services and for your dedicated priestly life in Pakistan, besides having everything, he chose to have a very simple and was virtues said Bishop Rehmat.

Rev. Fr. Amato at the age of 90 died at Ittefaq Hospital Lahore while suffering from Covid. He was a great and dedicated Catholic priest and missionary who left Italy is own country and lived in Pakistan for poor people and adopted the life and culture of Pakistan, he also learned our language, loved our food and people, and became one of Pakistani.  

He was an Italian Dominican Missionary serving the people of Pakistan since 1962 for almost 59 years. Fr. Amato served as a priest in Khushpur, Sahiwal, Warispura Faisalabad, Chichawatni, Okara City and Chak 6/4-L. and had built several churches, Schools, administered hostels for blind and his students are reached to the level of PHD. He loved the people of Pakistan, specially of Chak 6/4-L and made Maria and Michele Modugno Foundation and build Rosary Christian Hospital and a College for Girls.

Rev. Fr. Younus Shahzad, Dominican priest and provincial of Ibn-e-Mariam Vice Province of Pakistan in his comments had said that Fr. Amato in himself was an organization, school of thought and was very dedicated to his work, he was a like a tree who used to give shadow to those who were tired and need shelter.

While giving the biography of Fr. Amato, Fr. Younus said, that they were two brothers and one sister, their father had died when Fr. Amato was of only 18 months. He chose to be a Dominican and became priest at the age of 26 and after 5 years he came to Pakistan as missionary.

Dr. Sabir Michael, now, a professor of Karachi University, was born with a disability of blindness, calls himself as one of the fruits of the works of Fr. Amato.

Dr. Michael said that Fr.Amato Aldino OP an Italian Dominican Priest has died he was a true witness of the Christ who has gone to his heavenly Father and will enjoy the eternal life with God. Fr. Amato was a great Spiritual leader who inspired countless priest and established a Christian school and home for the blind and school and college for the poor villagers of chak 6 Okara.

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Pakistan Hindu Youth Council delegation calls on Sindh Governor https://citynews.com.pk/2021/04/22/pakistan-hindu-youth-council-delegation-calls-on-sindh-governor/ https://citynews.com.pk/2021/04/22/pakistan-hindu-youth-council-delegation-calls-on-sindh-governor/#respond Thu, 22 Apr 2021 13:29:31 +0000 https://citynews.com.pk/?p=10753 A delegation of Pakistan Hindu Youth Council led by Member National Assembly Jay Prakash called on Sindh Governor Imran Ismail at Governor House Karachi . In the meeting, Member National Assembly Jay Prakash informed Governor Sindh regarding the difficulties faced by the Hindu community. He informed the Governor Sindh that a convention is being held […]]]>

A delegation of Pakistan Hindu Youth Council led by Member National Assembly Jay Prakash called on Sindh Governor Imran Ismail at Governor House Karachi .

In the meeting, Member National Assembly Jay Prakash informed Governor Sindh regarding the difficulties faced by the Hindu community.

He informed the Governor Sindh that a convention is being held in June 2021 in which you are requested by the community to participate.

He said that Hindu students from other districts of the province come to Karachi for education in which they face problems related to accommodation, so there is a request to set up a hostel for female students of Hindu community in Karachi.

There is a 5% job quota for the minority community in Sindh province but it has not been implemented yet, so it should be written to the provincial government to ensure implementation.

On the occasion, Governor Sindh said that all the problems of the Hindu community would be resolve on priority basis.

The Governor Sindh said that the minority community in Pakistan enjoys complete religious freedom which is why they celebrate their religious rites with freedom every year while the minority community has also played an important role in the development of the province and the country.

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Peasant women are most vulnerable in Sindh https://citynews.com.pk/2021/04/17/peasant-women-are-most-vulnerable-in-sindh/ https://citynews.com.pk/2021/04/17/peasant-women-are-most-vulnerable-in-sindh/#respond Sat, 17 Apr 2021 11:09:42 +0000 https://citynews.com.pk/?p=10688 Peasant women do not have access to information about their registration under the Sindh Agriculture Workers Act of 2019 and they do not know how to unionize and be able to access food and livelihoods resources, said Nuzhat Shireen, Chairperson Sindh Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW) in an online webinar on the occasion […]]]>

Peasant women do not have access to information about their registration under the Sindh Agriculture Workers Act of 2019 and they do not know how to unionize and be able to access food and livelihoods resources, said Nuzhat Shireen, Chairperson Sindh Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW) in an online webinar on the occasion of international peasants’ rights day organized by the Hari Welfare Association (HWA).

She also complained that the SCSW is weak and civil society organizations come forward to strengthen it.

She also said that due to lack of literacy among rural women, women are neither able to read laws about their rights and also unable to maintain records of their financial transactions with landlords. She said the Government of Sindh should first distribute land among landless peasant women.

She claimed that the previous project by the government of distributing land among landless peasants was not successful because the land was not given to women. Chairperson Shireen asserted that peasant women can get their basic rights if they form their unions under the Sindh Industrial Relations Act or the Sindh Agriculture Workers Act of 2019. She added that peasant and rural women do not have access to funds.
  
Akram Ali Khaskheli, president of the HWA said that food sovereignty is the fundamental right of everyone including peasants. He said that it means that peasants have the right to define their own agricultural and fishing policies, management of land, water resources, seeds and biodiversity. He added that peasants are not the centre of any of the relevant policies in Sindh and Pakistan.

He lamented that federal laws such as the Seed (Amendment) Act in 2015 and the Plant Breeders Act in 2016 poses threats to the traditional heritage and structure which are built on the foundations of free exchange of seeds and knowledge among peasant communities. Moreover, the Plant Breeders Act of 2016 further adds to problems created by the Seed Act of 2015.
 
Shabnam Baloch Provincial Lead for International Trade Center said that food sovereignty is serious issues in Sindh but there was no food sovereignty of peasants who grow and cultivate foods. She also added that for the protection of peasants laws are available but are not implemented.

Shabnam also added food sovereignty could come through land ownership but around 80 percent of agriculture land was under the control of only 5 percent of families in Sindh. She also said that poor peasants do not know about agriculture input funds, and some do not know how to obtain these.
 
Abid Niaz Khan, National Project Coordinator of the ILO’s EU funded Trade for Decent Work Project also spoke over the Zoom meeting. He highlighted that ILO’s C011 – Right of Association (Agriculture) Convention, 1921 (No. 11) was ratified by the British Government in 1923.

The motivation to do so would probably have been drawn from article VI of the convention which required the member states to apply the ratification to their colonies at that time. Pakistan after becoming a member of ILO in 1947, inherited this ratification.

The provisions of the convention have somewhat translated into constitutional guarantees and eventually into legal entitlements, most lately in the form of Sindh Industrial Relations Act of 2013. Mr. Niaz opined that haris and peasants have multiple legal protections-their human rights, tenancy rights, labour rights, economic and social rights are protected and they thus have multiple layers of protection which unfortunately are not translating into practicality.

He said that informality of work in agriculture sector is a big issue of Pakistani labour market. ILO’s tripartite constituents have prioritized ‘Promoting Decent Work in Rural Economy’ as one of the priorities in the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP). He also opined that workers themselves can best protect their rights by forming their trade unions, engaging into social dialogue, forming trade union federations and undertaking collective bargaining towards Decent Work and Socially Just conditions of work.

Agriculture employers and landlords also need to be engaged and sensitized for offering better employment and conditions of work as articulated in SIRA etc.

He called upon the civil society organizations to advocate for incorporation of the provisions of C129 – Labour Inspection (Agriculture) Convention, 1969 (No. 129) in the SIRA.
Professor Ismail Kunbhar from Tando Jam Agriculture University said that Sindh’s peasants and workers produce abundant food including wheat, sugar, rice, but they do not receive it for their survival. Thus, he said, their food sovereignty does not exist. Professor claimed that the migrant workers especially women, from the Tharparkar region to other districts of Sindh where they pick chillies, cotton, mangoes, and watermelon but are not paid decent wages.

He lamented that every type of courts are available but peasant courts are not available to provide justice to peasants.

Professor also added that the landless peasant project of the government did not bring positive results for peasants because many of them do not have access to water and their lands are yet un-identifiable even allocated by the government.
 
Zulfiqar Shah, Joint Director PILER said that, unfortunately, there is a sheer dearth of peasant’s rights struggle by peasants; although NGOs are working in their individual capacity but a collective voice and struggle did not exist.

He lamented that due to such a gap, peasants’ real issues including slavery and debt bondage have become silent.

He added that it is duty of the government to ensure that those who cultivate land for food and cotton, they should have enough to eat and wear.
 
Rafia Gulani, women rights activist Sindh said that women workers and peasants suffered the most during the natural calamities, and landlords are compensated for the loss but peasants are never compensated for the loss in floods and rains.

Rafia said that women picking chillies and cotton do not have basic health services, and they suffered the most. She urged that all women in agriculture should be provided with social security and should be organized under the SIRA and the Sindh Agriculture Worker Women Act.
 
Pirbhu Satyani, Iqbal Detho (a member of NCRC), Ali Hassan Mahar and others spoke in the webinar. – PR

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FUELSHIP to support digital transformation of energy and petroleum industry https://citynews.com.pk/2021/04/14/fuelship-to-support-the-digital-transformation-of-the-energy-and-petroleum-industry/ https://citynews.com.pk/2021/04/14/fuelship-to-support-the-digital-transformation-of-the-energy-and-petroleum-industry/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 11:11:40 +0000 https://citynews.com.pk/?p=10659 Taj Muhammad Afridi Chairman Al Haj Group inaugurated the Safest End node fuel delivery services available in Pakistan in a ceremony while adhering to the Government of Pakistan’s COVID-19 SOPs. “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement.” said Taj Muhammad Afridi, Chairman at Al Haj Group. “Those who initiate change will […]]]>

Taj Muhammad Afridi Chairman Al Haj Group inaugurated the Safest End node fuel delivery services available in Pakistan in a ceremony while adhering to the Government of Pakistan’s COVID-19 SOPs.

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement.” said Taj Muhammad Afridi, Chairman at Al Haj Group.

“Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”

He further said “I support this new initiative of carefree fueling and am happy to present myself as the first customer to Fuelship and wanted to get their gadgets installed in my Gensets for carefree fueling” Munif Kapadia, Chief Executive Officer at Al Noor Petroleum Private Ltd. (N3) at this event said: “Our partnership with Fuelship will revolutionize the way our customers refuel their Gensets and represents us with the opportunity to grow our market share.

A proven concept we are confident that people in Pakistan are perceptive towards this innovative and digitally driven solution that will allow them to free up some of their spare time they would otherwise be spending on gas stations.”

Muhammad Omer Khan, Chief Executive Officer at FUELSHIP said: “Karachi is an internationally recognized testbed for groundbreaking technologies. We are humbled to be able to take our homegrown innovative services from Pakistan to the world.

Through our joint agreement with N3 Petroleum we will transform how people in Pakistan fuel their Gensets by digitalizing their entire experience.”

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Four Indonesian scholars visit ICCBS for research training https://citynews.com.pk/2021/04/09/four-indonesian-scholars-visit-iccbs-for-research-training/ https://citynews.com.pk/2021/04/09/four-indonesian-scholars-visit-iccbs-for-research-training/#respond Fri, 09 Apr 2021 10:44:48 +0000 https://citynews.com.pk/?p=10610 A group of Indonesian University scholars has arrived International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) for pursuing the research training program. According to the spokesman of the ICCBS – University of Karachi, four Indonesian scholars from the University of Airlangga have visited the International Center, and will stay for a […]]]>

A group of Indonesian University scholars has arrived International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) for pursuing the research training program.

According to the spokesman of the ICCBS – University of Karachi, four Indonesian scholars from the University of Airlangga have visited the International Center, and will stay for a period of three months, under the ICCBS scholarship program for Indonesian young scientists. These scholars will get training in different fields of chemistry, including natural, synthetic, analytical chemistry, etc.

As per the spokesman, these scholars will be provided an opportunity to hands-on various biological techniques. They will also be facilitated to attend various academic activities at the ICCBS.

Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, COMSTECH Coordinator General, and Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences welcomed the foreign scholars, and said that this joint venture would promote science and technology between the two brotherly countries. The program will allow us to develop new and innovative technologies and products to address future challenges, he adds.

He said, “This is indeed in continuation of our conducted numerous visits of young scientists from various universities and research institutions of Indonesia to the ICCBS to encourage and train them in different disciplines.”

He mentioned that ICCBS was the only institution in Pakistan that was not only certified by ISO but also became ‘UNESCO Center for Excellence Category-2 Institute’.

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TikTok App Unblocked in Pakistan https://citynews.com.pk/2021/04/01/tiktok-app-unblocked-in-pakistan/ https://citynews.com.pk/2021/04/01/tiktok-app-unblocked-in-pakistan/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 12:40:16 +0000 https://citynews.com.pk/?p=10555 In pursuance to the orders of the Peshawar High Court, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued directions to the service providers to unblock access to the TikTok App. However, the TikTok App management has been told to ensure that vulgar and objectionable content are to be made inaccessible in accordance with the PECA provisions and […]]]>

In pursuance to the orders of the Peshawar High Court, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued directions to the service providers to unblock access to the TikTok App.

However, the TikTok App management has been told to ensure that vulgar and objectionable content are to be made inaccessible in accordance with the PECA provisions and directions of the Honorable Court.

The PHC has directed to unblock the App, after the hearing of a case pertaining to TikTok, today.

TikTok App was made inaccessible on March 11, 2021.

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Gumaan by Young Stunners is the most streamed local song in Spotify https://citynews.com.pk/2021/03/31/gumaan-by-young-stunners-is-the-most-streamed-local-song-in-spotify/ https://citynews.com.pk/2021/03/31/gumaan-by-young-stunners-is-the-most-streamed-local-song-in-spotify/#respond Wed, 31 Mar 2021 16:26:07 +0000 https://citynews.com.pk/?p=10538 Last month, Spotify was available to music lovers in Pakistan, one of the world’s most populous countries. Since then, users have been able to listen to music for free, enjoy over 70 million songs, and a fully personalized listening experience. So what are Pakistan’s newest listeners streaming? Just by looking at the top artists, songs, […]]]>

Last month, Spotify was available to music lovers in Pakistan, one of the world’s most populous countries. Since then, users have been able to listen to music for free, enjoy over 70 million songs, and a fully personalized listening experience.

So what are Pakistan’s newest listeners streaming? Just by looking at the top artists, songs, and editorial playlists, we found that Pakistani listeners are huge fans of Young Stunners where 3 out of the top 5 songs were by them.

Atif Aslam came in first in the most streamed local artists category, followed by Young Stunners and Asim Azhar. The top playlists show Pakistan’s diverse music taste, ranging from tracks made for gaming to Hot Hits Pakistan which features the biggest local and global tracks in the country.

Residents of Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Faisalabad were amongst the top five cities with the most Spotify streams.
Here are the sounds of Spotify’s first month in Pakistan.

Top streamed local artists in Pakistan:

  1. Atif Aslam
  2. Young Stunners
  3. Asim Azhar
  4. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
  5. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Top streamed local songs in Pakistan

  1. Young Stunners – Gumaan
  2. Asim Azhar, Zenab Fatimah Sultan – Ghalat Fehmi – From “Superstar”
  3. Rap Demon, Young Stunners – Don’t Mind
  4. Atif Aslam, Velo Sound Station – Kadi Te Has Bol
  5. KR$NA, Young Stunners – Quarantine

Most popular playlists in Pakistan:

  1. Today’s Top Hits
  2. Mega Hit Mix
  3. Mood Booster
  4. Top Gaming Tracks
  5. Hot Hits Pakistan

Top streaming Pakistani cities on Spotify:

  1. Lahore
  2. Karachi
  3. Islamabad
  4. Rawalpindi
  5. Faisalabad
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Encourage youth for STEM education, Thar Science Festival https://citynews.com.pk/2021/03/29/encourage-youth-for-stem-education-thar-science-festival/ https://citynews.com.pk/2021/03/29/encourage-youth-for-stem-education-thar-science-festival/#respond Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:14:48 +0000 https://citynews.com.pk/?p=10529 MITHI: Mr Partab Shivani, the chief executive officer of Thar Education Alliance has said that with the successful organization of Thar Science Festival 2021 in Mithi they had leant how to further focus on the issues of the education sector in the desert district of Tharparkar. Mr Shivani speaking to the media persons in his […]]]>

MITHI: Mr Partab Shivani, the chief executive officer of Thar Education Alliance has said that with the successful organization of Thar Science Festival 2021 in Mithi they had leant how to further focus on the issues of the education sector in the desert district of Tharparkar.

Mr Shivani speaking to the media persons in his office in Mithi said that during various sessions people from across the country not only encouraged the students of more than 44 schools of the district for their science models and objects but had also shared the novel new ideas to further bring more positive changes towards the improvement of the system in Thar . “

Mr Asdad Gill, the deputy country head of Japan International Cooperation Agency in Pakistan said that Jica was all ready to educate all out of the schools youths of the district with the support of Sindh government through the informal way in any town of the district “.

he added and said that the proposal from Mr Gill was fully seconded by PPP MNA Dr Mahesh Kumar Malani. Shivani added that Dr Malani requested him to go ahead with that novel idea to educate the youths by establishing a modern centre in his constituency or in any other town of the district and announced to extend him the full support.

He said that one of the speakers, Ms Sanam Khoso came up with the wonderful idea that all female teachers like doctors and paramedics should also be given the hard allowances as incentives to boost up the falling standard of the education in Tharparkar .

He said that Mr Asad Shoaib of Bahria University of Islamabad also shared the valuable information and encouraged them to organize the festival comprising the various features and events in the shortest time.

The speakers also expressed their resentment that only 16 government high schools out of 64 had the science laboratories, adding he said that the key speakers also assured them of their assistance to raise their voice on such state of the affairs of the government schools.

He informed that many speakers urged upon the concerned high-ups to establish a science academy in Thar after the name of Mr Rohan Kumar, Khatwani, the wonder boy of Tharparkar, to provide the space and opportunities to the brilliant students taking keen interest in science.

Mr Shivani announced to organize Sindh Science Festival in Karachi by inviting the students from each district of the province and the experts from across the country.

He said that speakers also spoke well on the preventive measures from the deadly coronavirus and briefed the audience about devastating impacts of the virus and wayforward to tackle the pandemic in future while continuing with the necessary activities like studies.

“The people associated with Mala Fund, Pakistan Science Foundation, United States Education Foundation, ECO Science Foundation, Thardeep Rural Development Programme, Thar Rural Development Programme and other not only extended their assistance to them in making the festival productive and successful but also shared their ideas to promote our noble cause to provide the quality education to all the kids of Thar’ he added.

He also thanked the indivulas like DC Tharparkar Mohammad Nawaz Soho.

Advocate Veerji Kolhi, Dr Allah Nawaz Samoo, Dr Sono Khanghrani, Shushil Malani, Meena Gabeena, Yaqoob Pechi, Farhad Ahmed Jarral, Saadia Shabir, Kapil Dev, Sana Ishart, Krishan Sharma, Ali akbar Rahimoon, Professor Bhawani Shankar, Jawad Miani, Sikendar Bezenjo, Ashok azam, Mukesh Kumar, Mahadev Malkwano, his teammates, teachers students, media persons and all those, who had attended the festival and added their inputs.

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Virtual Edition of the 12th Karachi Literature Festival Concludes https://citynews.com.pk/2021/03/28/virtual-edition-of-the-12th-karachi-literature-festival-concludes/ https://citynews.com.pk/2021/03/28/virtual-edition-of-the-12th-karachi-literature-festival-concludes/#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 13:48:27 +0000 https://citynews.com.pk/?p=10523 The third and final day of the 12th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), which is being held virtually and organized by the Oxford University Press was again a day full of interesting discourse and book launches. The virtual edition of the 12th KLF was supported by many sponsors including Getz Pharma and Bank of Punjab as […]]]>

The third and final day of the 12th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), which is being held virtually and organized by the Oxford University Press was again a day full of interesting discourse and book launches.

The virtual edition of the 12th KLF was supported by many sponsors including Getz Pharma and Bank of Punjab as the lead sponsor of the event.
The day started with the book launch of Agents of Change: The Problematic Landscape of Pakistan’s K-12 Education and the People Leading the Change written by Amjad Noorani and Nadeem Hussain. The book highlights the problems of school education in Pakistan and the ways forward. While accepting that school education in Pakistan suffers from serious quantitative, qualitative, and resource deficits, they see the remedies in the private sector and in the work of NGOs. The morning session also saw French-Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul (known by his pen-name ‘Yasmina Khadra’) discussing his writings with author and commentator Bina Shah.
The afternoon session Bhooli bisri Yadein was a conversation between Kishwar Naheed with journalist Mujahid Barelvi and it was a throwing back to the feminist poet’s experiences.

London-based Kashmiri author Mirza Waheed discussed his novel with Hira Azmat in a session called Tell Her Everything. The Session was introduced by Michael Houlgate, Director, British Council, Karachi.

Authors Noorul Huda Shah and Yasmeen Hameed discussed the role and status of women in Pakistani literature in the session Khawateen aur Pakistani Zubanon ka Maujooda Adab.

The other session running parallel was a book discussion on Ghalib: A Wilderness at my Doorstep: A Critical Biography by Mehr Afshan Farooqi. The conversation was moderated by Sharif Awan and was also joined by Dr Nomanul Haq.

Every year Getz Pharma sponsors the EACPE Film Awards. The theme this year was “What have we learned from the Pandemic?” The winners were announced, and the discussion was moderated by Aisha Munim Khan.

The panellist for this session were Sakina Samo, Asim Abbasi and Saqib Malik along with Khalid Mahmood, CEO and MD Getz Pharma. A fascinating and learned discussion on the intellectual history of Urdu Literature between the highly accomplished Urdu poet Zehra Nigah and the erudite and eloquent scholar of Urdu Arfa Sayeda Zehra ran parallel to the film screenings.

The late afternoon sessions started with a discussion on the Pakistan’s vulnerability to Climate Change. This session was introduced by Jack Hillmeyer, Consul General, US Consulate, Karachi. The discussion shed light on the challenges that the phenomenon of Climate Change poses for Pakistan. It was a stimulating dialogue between environment activists Tabith Spence and Rina Saeed Khan and was moderated by Amy Christianson.

The early evening session commenced with a discussion on the Single National Curriculum, deliberating Uniformity Vs Diversity. MD Oxford University Press Arshad Saeed Husain was joined by A.H Nayyar, Erum Kashif and Faisal Bari. The session was moderated by educationist Dr. Ayesha Razzaque.

In another session, the well-known screenwriter and director Bee Gul led a panel comprising of actor/producer Sarmad Khoosat, Beo Zafar, Writer Omar Shahid Hamid and Hasan Zaidi in tackling the question of the relative merits of the printed word and the screen image.

Two powerful sessions in the evening were on the Pakistani Economy and a conversation with Ben Okri.

The Award-winning Nigerian author and poet Ben Okri talked about the crises of our times to journalist and author Maheen Usmani, with reference to his most recent book A Fire in my Head. He shared his poetry with the audience. The session on the Post Pandemic Economy of Pakistan was moderated by Samiullah Siddiqui and the panelist included Zafar Masud, Murtaza Syed, Dr. Ishrat Hussain and Khalil Ullah Shaikh.
Day 3 ended with two authoritative sessions. In the first session called Role of Soft Power in Diplomacy, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi was in discussion with Huma Baqai, discoursing on the geo-politics of today. Finally, renowned political activists and writer Tarik Ali discussed Progressive Politics in a Populist Period alongside activists Ammar Jan and Arooj Aurangzeb and Bilal Zahoor. The session was moderated by Asma Abbas.
During the three days of KLF, the digital literature festival was able to reach over 951,000 (nine hundred fifty-one thousand) people on Facebook, whereas over 100,000 (one hundred thousand) minutes of live sessions have been viewed within these past 3 days. The videos will be available online for the viewers to watch later as well.

More than 80,000 views were recorded on KLF live sessions and were able to reach 600,000 (six hundred thousand) people on YouTube.

This brought an end to the 12th edition of the Karachi Literature Festival, which was a complete virtual event.

At the closing ceremony, President & CEO of Bank of Punjab congratulated Oxford University Press Pakistan on organizing a wonderful event and reiterated his commitment to support literature festivals being organized by Oxford University Press.

MD Oxford University Press Pakistan, Arshad Saeed Hussain thanked all the sponsors, especially Bank of Punjab and said, “So, digital technology has met the challenge of the Pandemic…and triumphed.

Another kind of technology has, in record time, devised the Vaccines that will soon eliminate the threat of this deadly Virus. We can then begin, to look at things afresh and going on to newer, better Normals. As I said at the beginning, this Festival is about looking towards new horizons, about setting new directions, about IMAGINING NEW FRONTIERS”.

Arfa Sayeda Zehra delivered the closing remarks.

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PepsiCo expands ‘Access to Safe Water’ Program under Clean and Green Pakistan https://citynews.com.pk/2021/03/22/pepsico-expands-access-to-safe-water-program-under-clean-and-green-pakistan/ https://citynews.com.pk/2021/03/22/pepsico-expands-access-to-safe-water-program-under-clean-and-green-pakistan/#respond Mon, 22 Mar 2021 11:40:41 +0000 https://citynews.com.pk/?p=10437 Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan Special Assistant to Prime Minister for CDA Affairs inaugurated a rehabilitated water filtration facility in Islamabad. The refurbishment was facilitated by the international non-governmental organization, WaterAid, with support from global food and beverage company, PepsiCo. It is expected that approximately 9,000 people from and around Saidpur Village will directly benefit from the new […]]]>

Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan Special Assistant to Prime Minister for CDA Affairs inaugurated a rehabilitated water filtration facility in Islamabad.

The refurbishment was facilitated by the international non-governmental organization, WaterAid, with support from global food and beverage company, PepsiCo. It is expected that approximately 9,000 people from and around Saidpur Village will directly benefit from the new facility.

This project is under PepsiCo’s commitment to the Clean and Green Pakistan Initiative launched by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. To support the ‘access to safe water’ pillar of the Clean and Green Pakistan Initiative, PepsiCo is working with WaterAid to provide safe water through extensive addition and refurbishments of water filtration plants.

Speaking at the inauguration Special Assistant to Prime Minister for CDA Affairs, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan said, “There is nothing more essential than access to safe water. I appreciate this important collaboration between PepsiCo and WaterAid in supporting the Government in ensuring access to safe water to marginalized communities in the capital.”

Mr. Mohammad Khosa, Senior Director at PepsiCo said, “Access to safe water is essential for public health. In partnership with WaterAid, we are on a mission to enable access to safe water for communities across the country and specially for those impacted by the rapid urbanization we are experiencing. This is in line with our global commitment to provide access to safe water to 100 million people by 2030.’

Mr. Siddiq Khan Country Representative WaterAid Pakistan commented, “WaterAid Pakistan is committed to supporting Clean Green Pakistan Initiative by the Government of Pakistan and are happy that through this collaboration with PepsiCo we were able to reach vulnerable populations residing in the urban areas. PepsiCo and WaterAid Pakistan will continue to take initiative to provide access to safe water as part of the Clean Green Pakistan Movement.”

Increasing access to safe water is part of PepsiCo’s focus on continuing to integrate purpose into its business strategy and brands to become PepsiCo Positive – to deliver better outcomes for people and the planet, whilst enabling it to be a faster-growing and more resilient company.

Through partnerships funded by The PepsiCo Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, PepsiCo has helped more than 55 million people gain access to safe water globally since 2006 and catalyzed nearly $700 million in additional funding to support safe water access investments in partnership with leading non-profits worldwide.

The milestone marks significant progress towards PepsiCo’s goal of reaching 100 million people with safe water by 2030.

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