Roundtable of Indo-Pak activists charts manifesto for peace

Roundtable of Indo-Pak activists charts manifesto for peace

KARACHI – Peace activists of India and Pakistan on Sunday unanimously demanded that both the countries’ governments should release all civilian prisoners including fishermen as a goodwill gesture; liberalise visa rules; revive the India-Pakistan Judicial Committee on Prisoners; open trade; reduce military expenditure; and urgently resolve the almost-settled disputes like Siachen, Sir Creek.
They were speaking at a round-table conference titled ‘Strategising Civil Society’s Role

Creating art is an experimental process: Birdie

KARACHI – “I am a hollow form – either occupied, vacant or in a state of flux. A functional form though, occasionally reduced to a dysfunctional state. This state of flux stimulates my evolution as an artist. I am continuously attempting to understand and communicate thoughts, emotions and ideas,” says Mithra Birdie.
Birdie says creating art is an experimental process, in which one falters, fails and succeeds. The sense of fulfilment is temporary as work is continuously

Chhipa pleads with haves to give food for have-nots

KARACHI – The poor and the deserving are being provided with free food at service stalls established by the Chhipa Welfare Association (CWA) across the city. The increase in the number of poor citizens who cannot afford two meals a day amid skyrocketing prices of essential commodities has also caused problems for the CWA to meet the escalating need of feeding the citizens.
Social worker, founder and CWA Chairman Ramzan Chhipa has launched a campaign to meet the feeding

IPO has registered 95,000 patents

KARACHI – The Intellectual Property Organisation of Pakistan (IPO) has so far registered 95,000 patents, whereas about 200,000 applications are pending legal requirements.
This was stated by IPO Chairman Mir Shahjahan Khetran while talking to journalists at a seminar of the Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) on intellectual property rights (IPR). Khetran said that local entrepreneurs do not pay attention to registering patents for their products, whereas

Acting IGP requests citizens to cooperate with police

KARACHI – Acting Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Fayyaz Ahmed Laghari has ordered the regional police officers of the province to take extraordinary security measures on Pakistan Day (March 23).
Laghari asked the respective heads of the police to carry out effective snap checking at exit and entry points of major cities of the province, particularly Karachi. He called for extra security arrangements for all functions to be arranged for the Pakistan Day celebrations.

KESC preparing grounds to fire guards, drivers?

KARACHI – Crying out loud for scarcity of funds to even purchase fuel for running power plants, the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) is bearing additional expenses by hiring private security guards and drivers, while completely disregarding its own staff employees.
Well-placed sources in the power utility told Pakistan Today that despite the two departments of transport and security being completely outsourced, the company is also paying its recently-reinstated lower-staff

CDGK asks edu dept to reduce monthly expenses by 30%

KARACHI – Following the directives of the Sindh Education Department, Education deputy district officer (DDO) has ordered reducing the educational budget and submitting a report on monthly basis. The heads of schools and colleges have been directed to submit monthly expenditure report by the fifth day of every month, verified by the Sindh accountant general (AG).
The City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has asked the local government’s education department to reduce monthly

2 men posing as KESC workers sent to jail until 30th

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) police arrested two impostors and brought them before a judicial magistrate who sent them to jail until March 30.
Muhammad Ali alias Manan and his accomplice Ishtiaq had reportedly been selling illegal electricity connections in Orangi Town by pretending to be KESC employees. The KESC police arrested the impostors on Wednesday while they were tampering with the meter of a customer who was working in collaboration with KESC’s

‘Pakistan must be assured that India has no intervention in Balochistan or Afghanistan’

KARACHI – Veteran Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar belongs to the generation who identified with John Lennon’s give peace a chance. Back in 1969, Lennon stayed in bed to protest the Vietnam War. But Nayar is more of a doer, travelling even at the age of 87 to spread the word: all we are saying is give peace a chance.
Nayar is leading a delegation of Indian peace activists, who are focusing on increasing people-centric solutions for peace amid edgy relations between the governments

Extreme supermoon – Pundit predicts natural disasters in 7 days

KARACHI – Followed by the extreme supermoon event on Saturday, a Hindu pundit and expert on celestial bodies has foreseen natural disasters throughout the world in the next seven days. Besides that, the pundit also predicted massive changes in Pakistan in the next few months.
Maharaj Premchand Giyanchandani said that the extreme supermoon was observed on Saturday – the day of Shani, the deity of death – and as per Hindu astrology, this would cause a lot of destruction around the

Five hurt in attack on PPP leader’s office

KARACHI – Five people were wounded when an unidentified culprit attacked the office of a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader in Saddar, police and witnesses said on Saturday.
Napier police station’s SHO Nawaz Gondal said that an unidentified man hurled a hand grenade at PPP leader Habib Baloch’s office in Kumharwara around 2:30pm. The SHO said that five people, including Baloch’s brother, were hurt in the attack. Mujahid, Rafique, Asif, Arif and Pir Muhammad were shifted to the

Atif Khan – a UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary recipient

KARACHI – Atif Khan was born in Sahiwal in 1972. He graduated in Fine Arts from the National College of Arts in Lahore. He was awarded the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary in 1999 and completed a residency at Darat-al-Funun in Amman, Jordan the same year.
Following his success there and his reputation as a highly qualified teacher and printmaker at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Khan was appointed as artist in residence at the Swansea Print Workshop from November 2005 for three

Tuberculosis in the air, govt wants you to get checked

KARACHI – Sindh Health Secretary Hashim Raza Zaidi on Saturday urged the citizens not to ignore the symptoms of tuberculosis (TB) because the ailment is extremely contagious and could be a threat for many healthy individuals.
Addressing the participants of a TB Awareness Walk – organised by the Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) – Zaidi appealed to the people to avail facilities available at 1,000 treatment centres and 272 diagnostic

‘Combating counterfeiting, piracy needs public consent’

KARACHI – The mindset and attitude of the people need to be changed for combating the menace of counterfeiting and piracy, as it is not merely the government’s action or legislation that can protect the products of intellectual property.
These views were expressed by speakers at the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Conference 2011 organised on Saturday by Global Media Links in collaboration with Business Milestones. The theme of the conference was ‘IPR: An international

ADP budget slashed by 33 percent

KARACHI – A 33 percent budgetary reduction has been made in the revised Annual Development Programme (ADP) for 2010-11, with the original allocation of Rs 115 billion slashed to Rs 77 billion, announced Planning & Development (P&D) Additional Chief Secretary Muhammad Ishaque Lashari in a meeting at the CM House.
The meeting – held on Friday but a notification issued on Saturday – was summoned by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to review the progress in the ADP for 2010-2011.

SSUET sends over 1,000 budding engineers into market

KARACHI – As many as 1,044 graduates of Batch 2007 of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) received their four-year BS degrees at the Convocation-2011 held on Saturday.
Of the total, 414 were conferred degrees in Electronic Engineering, 181 in Computer Engineering, 82 in Bio-Medical Engineering, 108 in Civil Engineering and 47 in Computer Science. The remaining belonged to leftover graduates of Batch 2006 and others.
Addressing the convocation, SSUET

SSUET chancellor’s wife passes way

KARACHI – Birjees Talat Nizami, wife of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) Chancellor ZA Nizami, died in Washington after a protracted illness on Saturday.
She is survived by five sons and two daughters. Mrs Nizami was a famous writer and had published nine books, including ‘Nao Bhanwar Mein’, ‘Kalian’, ‘Phool aur Kantay’, ‘Afkar-e-Birjees’, and ‘Ehsas kay Saaye’. The news of her death came when the SSUET convocation was in progress.
However, the SSUET