Pakistan first ever ‘Titans of Cricket’

October 2011 (Archive): Pakistan won the first ever Titans of Cricket exhibition trophy held at the O2 Arena in London, England. The two hour spectacular saw 4 teams battle it out – ENGLAND, R.O.W, PAKISTAN, AUSTRALIA.

Titans of Cricket was a unique event which aimed to bring together all the action from Twenty20, the IPL and World Cricket to provide an evening of crickentertainment. It consisted of 5 extreme challenges ULTIMATE FIELDER, BAT ATTACK, STUMPS, STAND & DELIVER, and OVER & OUT, providing the ultimate test of cricketing skills.

Shahid Afridi, Paul Collingwood, Adam Gilchrist, and Marcus Trescothick were some greats who took part in the inaugral event. Watch the awesome Youtube highlights below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pE6agFjz1Q

2011: A golden year for Pakistani IT

The year 2011 saw a number of positive developments in Pakistan’s Information and Technology (IT) industry, from app development to global recognition and a series of awards.

HIGHLIGHTS

Pakistan Fast Growth 25
In a first for the IT industry, the Pakistan Fast Growth 25, a ranking of fast growth companies, listed 10 IT companies on its index.

Official Game for ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup
Local development company, Mindstorm Studios developed the official game for the ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Pak-India ICT Firms to enhance trade up to $5b
Pakistani and Indian IT committees held bilateral talks separately on both sides of borders in March – aimed at enhancing trade ties in the field of IT.

Netsol deal in India
Local ICT company Netsol engaged with Indian companies to provide applications for financial services.

Google grants to social innovators
Google granted $250,000 to Pakistan Software Houses Association for the P@SHA Social Fund

Pepper.pk mobile apps triumph
Local app developers, Pepper.pk hit the number one spot in Blackberry App World.

TenPearls wins Nokia contest twice
Pakistani IT firm TenPearls marked another record, beating out 800 entrants to bag second position and received a $50,000 cash prize at ‘Nokia & AT&T Innovators 2011 Contest’.

Pakistan Shines at APICTA
Pakistan was declared the winner of two gold and five silver awards at the 11th annual Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2011 in Pattaya, Thailand.

Congratulations to everyone for the successes!

http://tribune.com.pk/story/317436/2011-pakistan-it-industrys-golden-year/

In 2011 Google granted $250,000 for the P@SHA Fund for promotion of social innovation in Pakistan

Pakistan perform hockey sweep against China

Pakistan has completed a clean sweep of China in their four-match series, the first international hockey event in the country since 2004.

Pakistan won the final match 2-1 on Sunday to emerge unbeaten in the series after taking the first three games in Karachi and Faisalabad earlier this week by 3-0, 5-3 and 3-1.

‘The Chinese played a much improved game today. They kept us tight,’ said Pakistan captain Muhammad Imran.

Pakistan, however, gifted the series trophy to their rivals to acknowledge their support for the violence-hit country. ‘China lost the hockey series but won the friendship series by coming to Pakistan. So, we will give this trophy to them,’ Asif Bajwa, the secretary of Pakistan Hockey Federation, said at the awards ceremony.

Pakistan gifted the trophy to China to acknowledge their friendship

Pakistani Architect wins Best Thesis of ’10-11

Chandigarh, India: Fasih ud din Khan, a young architect from Lahore Pakistan has made Pakistan proud by winning the first prize in the best Thesis of the year competition. He graduated with Distinction, in year 2010, , from Beaconhouse National University, School of Architecture, Lahore, Pakistan and is presently working as an in-house Architect for Imran Khan Foundation. He is currently involved with the master plan of Imran Khan’s Namal University Project spread on 1000 Acres site.

The “Young Architects Festival” from 14-16 October, 2011 was organized by The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter. About 750 architects, urban planners, interior designers and students of these professions from India and abroad attended this Festival.

The idea of the Thesis titled: Spatial Porosity in Architecture is to understand the earth, its natural formation, processes of transformation, its composition, material qualities and relating architecture with it.

http://archpresspk.com/new-version/yaf-thesis.html

Fasih is presently working as an in-house Architect for Imran Khan Foundation.

Ego invests in entrepreneurial employees

Karachi: Incubating small businesses in Pakistan has become one step easier due to Adil Moosajee’s innovative approach of helping his employees spin off their own franchises.

Three years ago, Irshad Ali pitched an idea to his employer. One, he wanted to set up a stitching unit. Two, he wanted his employer to promise him business. And three, he wanted him to invest in his start-up as well.

Ali got all that he wanted. Three years on, he has made a transition from an ordinary skilled labourer working at a stitching unit of a clothing brand to a successful entrepreneur with 18 stitching machines of his own. Ali is now a principal vendor of Ego, a retail clothing brand with 19 outlets across the country.

“We always let the employee approach us with the business idea. Entrepreneurship requires risk-taking, and you can’t help a person start his own business unless he’s enthusiastic about it himself,” said Adil while talking to The Express Tribune.

However, for Moosajee, expanding his own business, helping others set up new businesses and thus creating more jobs is not about the bottom line only. “I’d outsource my operations to China or Thailand only if I had no other option left. But let me make it very clear, I’m principally against moving jobs abroad.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/311189/unorthodox-incubators-ego-invests-in-entrepreneurial-employees/

Adil Moosajee in a Q&A Session

Goodnews.pk wins Best Agent of Change Award

Karachi Dec. 23rd: Goodnews.pk, Pakistan’s favorite web portal for positive and uplifting news, won the Best Agent of Change category at the Pakistan Blog Awards 2011. For almost two years, the site has been working to promote the more positive side of Pakistan to counteract negativity that usually steals the headlines.

In 2010 CIO Pakistan got together with Google Pakistan to present the First Annual Pakistan Blog Awards highlighting those who have helped put Pakistan on the global blogosphere. This years Awards were the second of their kind. A medical student attending the event was quoted as saying: “I am so so happy that Goodnews.pk won this award today. I am a regular reader and avid fan of the website. When I first stumbled across it, I kept scrolling and scrolling till I reached the bottom. I must have read about 50 news stories that day.”

Goodnews.pk has increasingly gotten attention from the international media like The Wall Street Journal, Al-Jazeera and Columbia Journalism Review, who see a fresh new perspective on a country that is often highly misrepresented in the global arena. But for the Founders, Mahmood and Majid Mirza, there is still a lot of work to be done. “Winning the award is an amazing boost for us” said Majid Mirza “But we hope it will give us the exposure and credibility to get support and sponsorships for larger and more impactful initiatives that we are planning.” One of these includes an alternative news channel called TGN TV on Youtube which will provide a platform for Pakistan’s citizen journalists. Goodnews can be found on the url: http://www.goodnews.pk as well as the Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/goodnewspakistan

Goodnews.pk Founders Majid Mirza (L) and Mahmood Mirza (R), with Faizan Laghari, Founder, Textualy.com (C)

Inspirational calligraphy wows Jeddawis

Jeddah, October 2011: Art aficionados had a chance to attend the Alla’ma bil Qalam Arabic and Qur’anic Calligraphy Exhibition organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan. The four-day exhibition, which was held at Jeddah’s Sheraton Ballroom, was installed in order for Pakistan to showcase its achievements but also in consideration of global interest surrounding the art.

Thirty-one calligraphers exhibited their works in the Khat Kufi, Deewani, Thulth, Naskh and Nastaleeq styles and 16 of them held their workshop alongside their work presentation.

Artists agree in considering calligraphy a primary form of cultural identity and an important heritage for the Arab-Muslim world. Their aim is to nourish passion and love for this art. “At the moment, we established a calligraphic course at Karachi University,” Kashif Khan explained. “We believe calligraphy is a treasure and that getting people closer to it will help in preserving the art.”

 http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/art_culture/article511968.ece?service=print

Muhammad Ahmed, Image: Courtesy of Consulate General of Pakistan

PK’s Who’s Who: Dr. Junaid Razzak

Dr. Junaid Razzak is a renowned emergency medicine expert and the executive director of the Aman Foundation. He started his schooling at a humble primary school in Lyari, and subsequently attended Adamjee Science College where his impressive grades and unbounded enthusiasm won him a scholarship at the prestigious Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH).

In 1996, his residency and training programme at Yale University’s School of Medicine started and in 1999, he was given the ‘Best Trainee’ award by the State of Connecticut. Razzak did his PhD in Public Health at the world-renowned Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, where he focused on the use of ambulance data for monitoring road traffic accidents. Finally, in 2005, the studious boy from Kharadar returned to Pakistan as a successful, qualified expert in emergency medicine. He joined his alma mater, AKUH as a faculty member and went on to successfully found Pakistan’s first emergency medicine service (EMS) training programme at the university. Determined to remove, for others, the hurdles that he himself had crossed only after many toils, Razzak collaborated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) to organise a curriculum for the specialised field.

At just 40, this medical expert has achieved what most people can only dream of in a lifetime, but he still has big plans for the future. Razzak will shortly launch a tele-health service for Aman Foundation and dreams of building a world-class health facility in Pakistan.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/300042/positive-pakistani-call-of-duty/

PK’s Who’s Who: Masoom Butt (Body Builder)

Masoom Butt

MASOOM BUTT (BODY BUILDER):

Masoom Butt is A Pakistani bodybuilder who holds the record for most NABA titles (National Amateur Bodybuilding Association) won by an athlete in a single year.

The titles he won include, Mr International, Pro-Am Oscars, Mr Titan Show, Sci-Mentor Pro-AN Classic and Caledonian Pro Am Classic.

Masoom won the Mr. Asia title at an age of 21 being the youngest ever muscleman in 1993 in Singapore and in the same year he finished fourth in the World Championship.

At the age of 34 Masoom’s ultimate dream is to win the title of Mr Olympia in next three to four years time.

11-year old girl sets world record in O-levels

CHINIOT: Brilliant young girl Sitara Akbar, who is only 11 years old and a resident of Chiniot, set a world record by passing O-level English, Mathmatics and Science, Geo News reported on Sunday.

This is not the first time that the eleven-year-old girl from Chanab area of Chiniot had dazzled the world with her brilliance. She had passed O-level Chemistry in nine years of age, hitting a record in Pakistan. Sitara then went ahead and succeeded in setting her first world record after passing O-level Biology at the age of 10.

Sitara’s father lamented that she had once been expelled from an elementary school on grounds that she asked many questions in the class.

http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=28392#.TuTNYTPmoXM.facebook

The world record holder was expelled from school "for asking too many questions"

Pakistan ranks #2 as hub for entrepreneurs

Istanbul, Turkey, 2 December 2011: AllWorld Network today announced the Pakistan winners of the Arabia500+Turkey, a ranking of the fastest growing young companies in the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan. 70 fast growth companies from Pakistan qualified for the Arabia500, putting Pakistan in second position after Turkey with 117 winners.

Each Pakistan entrepreneur on the ranking has grown an average of 40 percent annually between 2008 and 2010, created an average of 200 jobs per company, and is succeeding in industries from web technology to transportation, food to textiles, and construction to consulting.  An average of only 42 years old, nearly all of them plan to establish another entrepreneurial venture in the next two years. 

The Pakistan winners are in Istanbul for the 2nd Global Summit on Entrepreneurship, December 3-5.  They will meet with winners from 14 other countries and will be recognized by the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and US Vice President Biden, and spend three days with AllWorld’s Capital Partners Arcapita, RED/Abraaj, Eastgate Group, NCB Capital, and Cyan Limited.

http://www.allworldlive.com/feed/press/pakistan-2-arabia-fast-growth-500-pakistan-breaks-records-hub-entrepreneurs

Participants at the launch of Pakistan Fast Growth 25 in 2010

Pakistani-American billionaire purchases Jacksonville Jaguars

Shahid Khan, a self-made billionare who immigrated to the United States at 16 from Pakistan, has became the first NFL owner of Pakistani origins after agreeing to purchase the Jacksonville Jaguars, a famous American Football team.

Khan studied at Illinois and worked his way through school while pursuing industrial engineering. At 20, he started his own company using $16,000 he saved and a $50,000 business loan. That was it. That was how he started. His business idea was a simple one: Make a car bumper into one piece instead of several. That way, there would be no rusty welds or small pieces falling apart. It was considered a brilliant innovation, and from that, Khan became a billionaire.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/16307416/new-jaguars-owner-khans-story-is-one-every-nfl-fan-should-cheer

Shahid Khan is the first person of Pakistan origin to own an NFL football team

‘Father of Mangroves’ fights for Pakistan’s forests

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  • Tahir Qureshi has helped rehabilitate 30,000 hectares of mangrove along the southern coast on the Arabian Sea, including in Baluchistan. Today he is a senior advisor on coastal ecosystems with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    He starts almost every day with a visit to the mangroves, which he calls his kids, on Karachi’s Sandspit Beach. Wearing a khaki shirt and trousers, he wades into the swamp up to his waist to see how they’re getting on.

    “This is my life. I am very happy with it. The cause is worth living such a life,” Tahir Qureshi told AFP, walking around the sanctuary that he set up in his spare time when he still worked full-time with the forestry commission.

    Tahir Qureshi (second from left)

Pakistan blind team clinch T20 series

KARACHI: Abdul Razzaq-led Pakistan blind cricket team clinched the three-match T20 series against India 2-1 after winning the 3rd game by five wickets at the Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore.

Mohammad Jameel’s knock of 62, however, ensured Pakistan got over the line with two over to spare.

Jameel was declared the player of the tournament among the partially sighted cricketers taking part in the series, whereas India’s Jai Prakash bagged the award in the partially blind players’category.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/21/pakistan-blind-team-beat-india-to-clinch-t20-series.html

Goodnews.pk nominated for PBA “Best Agents of Change Award”

Karachi: Goodnews.pk, Pakistan’s premier site for positive news, has been nominated for the “Best Agent of Change Award” in the Pakistan Blog Awards 2011.

In 2010 CIO Pakistan, IDG got together with Google Pakistan and produced the First Annual Pakistan Blog Awards highlighting and showcasing entities from the new media space who have helped put Pakistan on the global blogosphere and continue to do so.

The goal was to bring together the brand ambassadors of Pakistan to the blogosphere and honor them the same way they honor Pakistan by representing it. Goodnews.pk was a natural contender for this category considering that in two years, it has become known locally and globally as the source of amazing and inspirational news coming out of Pakistan.

Voting is open for two more days and votes for Goodnews.pk can be submitted by visiting the link below and clicking 5 STARS 

http://pakistanblogawards.com/2011/11/22/best-agents-of-change-mahmood-mirza-and-majid-mirza/

Voting is open till the 28th of November and votes are submitted by clicking 5 Stars

Entrepreneurial skills take Pakistani girl to global workshop

Two young girls from Pakistan took Pakistan’s name across the globe to the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The institute annually unites 25 high-impact entrepreneurs, to live and work with 50 world-class mentors in order to pitch their ventures to over hundreds of investors in San Francisco and Boulder.

Gul was selected for her venture BLISS (Business and Life Skills School), which educates and promotes entrepreneurship training for girls hailing from the lower economic strata.

“BLISS provides adolescent girls with an education, while simultaneously lifting them out of poverty” Gul says.

“We are designing a new line of handbags, with assistance from students at the Naqsh School of Art in Lahore. We are also planning to expand our network to other cities,” Gul said.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/293894/entrepreneurial-skills-take-pakistani-girl-to-global-workshop/

Pakistani wins WTN award for Media and Journalism

Pakistani Athar Osama, who dreams of reviving the Golden Age of Islamic Science, has won an award at an event considered to be the Oscars of Science and Technology on Wednesday night at the UN Building, New York.

Osama – known for his pioneering work on introducing and popularising the ideas of science and innovation policy through journalism — visions to promote Muslim science through his online journal Muslim-Science.Com.

He termed the launch of website Muslim-Science.Com as just the beginning. “Our hope is to launch a series of very interesting and important signature initiatives alongside the web portal that will make critical contributions in areas of greatest weaknesses in the science and innovation eco-system in the Islamic World,” Athar added in his speech.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/283552/pakistani-wins-oscar-of-science-and-technology-world/

Bopanna-Qureshi lift Paris Masters Title

Paris, France: A week before making their debut appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi captured their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. ‘The Indo-Pak Express’ were too strong for Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut in the BNP Paribas Masters final, defeating the French wild cards 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday in Paris.

“We are ecstatic to win our first Masters 1000 title,” said Qureshi. “Last year we didn’t play well in finals and this year we have won three out of three.”

“They were stronger than us today and I wish them good luck in London next week,” said Benneteau. “We got a wild card and had a great run, we enjoyed playing in front of a big crowd and having their support.”

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/11/45/Paris-Sunday-Doubles.aspx

Life-saving neurological test by a Pakistani

KARACHI: A Pakistani scholar has devised a non-invasive way to sense brain pressure which could significantly change the current paradigm of neurological care of those suffering from brain injury or disease.

Pakistani scientist, Faisal Kashif has devised a non-invasive technology for ICP monitoring in his PhD thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US. The method is based on processing available clinical signals using a mathematical model of relevant physiology. It provides real time estimates of ICP and cerebrovascular impedance, the latter is an indicator of brain’s ability to maintain its blood supply.

In April this year, Dr. Faisal Kashif won MIT’s Helen Carr Peake research prize for his doctoral thesis contributions to the field of bioengineering. He has also presented his findings at two major international conferences, American Heart Association’s Stroke 2010 in US, and ICP 2010 in Germany.

“I am proud to be a Pakistani because I know the reasons for its creation. I am very happy to associate my honours to the ideology behind it. I want to do a lot more Insha-Allah, and contribute in all ways I can,” he told to Dawn.com.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/21/innovative-neurology-method-developed-by-pakistani-expert.html/comment-page-1#comments

Earlier this year, Dr. Faisal Kashif won MIT’s Helen Carr Peake research prize

Pakistani karate champ hero in Jeddah floods

The Pakistani community in Jeddah is proud of one of its own, Farman Ali Khan, a Pakistani karate champ who rescued 14 people during the Jeddah floods on Nov. 25 before being swept away in the deluge while he attempted to rescue the 15th person.

“Khan, as a member of the Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia has proved by sacrificing his life that Pakistanis and Saudis are brothers enjoying close ties, and we will never hesitate to offer our lives for our Saudi brothers in testing times.”

The Saudi government announced an amount of SR100,000 to be given to Khan’s daughters. WAMY has provided a lifetime orphan care program with financial aid of about SR600,000 to Khan’s family. WAMY has also decided to build a school and a mosque in Khan’s district ‘Khawaza Kheila’ in Swat.

“My relative in Jeddah told me that Khan saved 14 persons and every time he would think of different approaches to rescue people, including using tire tubes, wooden planks and ropes. However, when he tried to save the life of one more person, he lost his balance and drowned,” said Khan’s brother, Mohammad.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2009122758278

Farman's daughters

Greenshirts pull off miracle in Perth

KARACHI: Pakistan’s hockey players pulled off a miracle in Perth when they prevailed over world champions Australia to win a triangular hockey tournament.

Pakistan, looking for an elusive win over the Aussies, played with a lot of aggression and managed to capitalise on their scoring chances to record their biggest win on the hockey field this year.

“It’s a major victory for our team,” Khawaja Junaid, the Pakistan manager, told ‘The News’ from Perth. “The one thing that really fuelled our players was the belief that in spite of being the world’s best team, Australia are beatable. And today we have proved that.”

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=76033&Cat=10

Pakistan, Turkey sign $1b currency swap accord

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Central Bank of Turkey on Tuesday reached a $1 billion currency swap arrangement in Istanbul.

The currency swap arrangement has been concluded in Pakistani rupees and Turkish lira with a size amounting to $1 billion in equivalent of local currencies.

The core objective of the arrangement, which will be for three years, is to finance bilateral trade in local currencies of the two countries.

The central bank said this was a landmark transaction between the two central banks and was the first time they had executed such an arrangement.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/286256/facilitation-pakistan-turkey-sign-1b-currency-swap-accord/

Pakistan triumph at Hong Kong Sixes

HONG KONG: Blistering half centuries by Abdul Razzaq and Sohail Tanvir guided Pakistan to a 35-run victory over England to be crowned champions at the Hong Kong Sixes on Sunday.

The victory saw Pakistan draw level with England as the team with the most number of wins at the big-hitting event – each on five. But Pakistan warned they will be back for more.

“It was a superb batting display,” conceded England captain Rory Hamilton-Brown. “We were up against some world-class players and getting to the final itself was creditable for us.”

Player-of-the-Tournament went to Pakistan’s Umar Akmal who aggregated 197 runs and set the event alight with his fierce batting.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/30/pakistan-triumph-at-hong-kong-sixes.html

Agriculture investments in Pakistan

From international venture capitalists to global and local conglomerates to private equity firms, there has been a small but growing trend towards investing in the Pakistani agricultural sector, one of the largest in the world in terms of its production of several key commodities.

One company that has done more than most to bring in foreign investment into Pakistani agribusiness is Indus Basin Holdings, a new venture capital firm that has amongst is investors financial and industrial luminaries from Europe and the United States.

The Boston University and LSE-educated Sarfraz has managed to bring in Tim Draper, the founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, one of the largest Silicon Valley venture capital firms that was an early investor in firms like Hotmail and Skype. He also brought in Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza, a Swiss aristocrat whose family owns the ThyssenKrupp, a German technology conglomerate with over 670 subsidiaries and 200,000 employees worldwide.

“I am very excited about the agricultural sector in Pakistan. There are excellent opportunities that provide sustainable growth. Being Swiss, this is a familiar sector,” said Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/280472/agriculture-investments-the-smart-money-is-betting-on-the-pakistani-farm/

Pakistan second best performing market in Asia

KARACHI: Despite security concerns, tense relations with the US and economic slowdown, Pakistan’s stock market has managed to rank as the second best performing market in Asia after Indonesia in 2011 so far, according to a Topline Securities research note.

Corporate earnings and reduction in interest rates helped equities so far in 2011 amongst the Asian Emerging and Frontier markets tracked by MSCI, adds the note.

Interestingly, Pakistan with a fall of 5% is so far the second best performing market amongst these 12 countries.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/277659/pakistan-emerges-as-second-best-performing-market-in-asia/

Chinoy’s documentary gets Oscar nod

LAHORE – Acclaimed Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and her film ‘Saving Face’ have been short listed for a nomination in the category of Best Documentary, Short Subject for the prestigious Academy Awards (Oscars).

The film, directed by Chinoy and co-directed by Daniel Jung, has been short listed as one of the eight documentaries from across the globe for the Best Documentary, Short Subject as announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. ‘Saving Face’ is set to air on America’s premier television cable network HBO, in March 2012.

Speaking about this international achievement, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy said: “It still hasn’t quite sunk in that ‘Saving Face’ has been short listed for an Oscar nomination. It is a huge honour for me and a tremendous feeling to know that this film, based in Pakistan, has been appreciated and acknowledge by a global jury. My co-director Daniel Junge and I are now keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that the short listing turns into a nomination come January 24th!”

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/10/pakistani-filmmaker-chinoy’s-documentary-gets-oscar-nod/

Celebrating PIA’s 65th Birthday – Historic Firsts

On 23 October 1946, an airline called ‘Orient Airways‘, was registered in Calcutta, that would one day become what is known as Pakistan International Airlines. Let us celebrate 65 years of literal ‘ups and downs’ by remembering some Historic Firsts achieved by this beloved household name of Pakistan.

PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) Historic Firsts:

- The first non-communist airline to fly to the People’s Republic of China, and to operate a service between Asia and Europe via Moscow.

- The first airline in Asia to induct the new technology Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

- An IBM 1401, the first computer in Pakistan, was installed in PIA.

- The first airline to introduce a second route to People’s Republic of China over the mighty Karakoram mountains.

- The first airline to show in-flight movies on international routes.

- PIA set up Pakistan’s first planetarium at Karachi.

- The first airline in South Asia to introduce auto-ticketing facility.

- The first airline in the world to fly to Tashkent, capital of the newly independent state of Uzbekistan.

- First airline in the world to start Air Safari with jet aircraft.

- First Asian airline to start flights to Oslo, the beautiful capital city of Norway.

- First airline in the world to induct Boeing 777-200LR, the world’s longest range commercial airliner.

- First airline in South Asia to offer the facility of seat reservation through mobile phone.

http://www.historyofpia.com/firsts.htm

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan_International_Airlines

PIA was the first Asian operator of Boeing 737 series 300 aircraft.

Mari Gas makes major oil discovery

KARACHI: Mari Gas Company Limited (MGCL) has made a significant crude oil discovery with the additional potential of Associated Gas, during the drilling of Halini Well (near the village Kamar Sar, TehsiI Essa Kheil) in its operated Karak exploration block.

The flow rates from the well are expected to increase with further testing and stimulation treatment which is planned to be conducted, shortly.

The prospect is estimated to spread over a large area and the Company is planning to drill additional wells to delineate the exact extent, size and reserves potential of this oil discovery.

http://www.brecorder.com/top-news/1-front-top-news/31741-mari-gas-hits-major-oil-reserves.html

‘Humsay Apko’ brings happiness in a box

Aasiya Faris Sachwani and her daughter Mahum are the Founders of ‘Humsay Apko’ a community initiative to bring happiness in the lives of hospitalized children.  For 6 years, with the help of family and friends they have been distributing Eid gifts to underpriveledged children in Civil Hospital.

Aasiya’s daughter discussed the idea with her friends in the kindergarten section of Karachi Grammar School (KGS). Mothers became interested and the principal decided to pitch in, turning it into a school volunteer project. The project had a life of its own, spreading to The Lyceum School, Indus Academy and Froebel’s Education Centre by the next year.

“My daughter has seen me active in these projects from a very young age,” says Aasiya.  “Making the boxes could have been an adult experience, but the more important thing is that every box comes from one child who is thinking about it. It is important to make our children a part of giving, something we don’t usually do. Yes, someone is getting this box. But someone is giving it. Hence the name Humsay Apko (from me to you).”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/267483/positive-pakistanis-out-of-the-box/

Hydro Plant to Ease Nationwide Power Shortages

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $97 million to help fund a new private sector hydroelectricity plant in Pakistan, which will ease power shortages and create thousands of new jobs.

The ADB Board of Directors’ approval of the $97 million loan for the 147-megawatt (MW) run-of-the-river Patrind hydropower plant, between the Kunhar and Jhelum rivers near Muzaffarabad, will help mitigate power shortages and diversify Pakistan’s energy mix.

The project marks the first investment in Pakistan’s power sector by a consortium of companies from the Republic of Korea.

http://beta.adb.org/news/new-pakistan-hydro-plant-ease-nationwide-power-shortages

Kulsoom Abdullah makes weightlifting history

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa: Kulsoom Abdullah didn’t win, but she notched a victory for diversity at the US weightlifting championships on Friday as she competed in clothing that covered her legs, arms and head.

Wearing a black hijab and a black short-sleeved shirt with a tan, long-sleeved undershirt and long black socks, Pakistani-American, Abdullah cleared a snatch of 41 kilograms and a clean and jerk of 57 kilograms.

“I’m really happy that I got this experience and that there’s a lot of support, and I hope that it could encourage other women and people, whether it’s weightlifting or another sport, to try competition because it’s fun to meet people,” Abdullah said.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/16/kulsoom-abdullah-makes-weightlifting-history.html

Pakistan maintain streak at South Asian Beach Games

KARACHI: Pakistan maintained their impressive run at the inaugural South Asian Beach Games which are taking place in Hambantota, Sri Lanka and took their medals tally up to a total of eleven.

Pakistan have a total of five gold medals, two silver and four bronze medals.

Pakistan bagged the gold in beach kabaddi, windsurfing -heavyweight, windsurfing-lightweight, beach handball and equestrian-lance and sword pairs.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/14/pakistan-maintain-winning-streak-at-south-asian-beach-games.html

World Summit Youth Award recognizes Pakistani talent

A female Pakistani student has brought laurels to the country as her project has been recognised by World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) Contest 2011.

The project, the Voice of Youth (tVoY), established by Momal Mushtaq, a student of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), has been selected as runner-up of the WSYA 2011 in the category Create your Culture!

The tVoY’s objectives portraying a positive image of Pakistan to the world, and lend youth a voice to express their ideas, opinions and aspirations for themselves and their community and help groom youth’s perspective by presenting many views on popular social issues, thus garnering acceptance, tolerance and broad-mindedness in them.

Ms Momal has been invited by WSYA to take part in the Winners’ Events 2011 scheduled to be held from November 10th to 13th in Graz, Austria.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/66583/world-summit-youth-award-wsya-recognizes-talent-of-pakistani-youth/

One of the posters by previous WSYA winners

Qureshi-Marach win Thailand doubles title

KARACHI:Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his partner Oliver Marach of Austria defeated German duo Michael Coleman and Alexander Waske to clinch the Thailand Open men’s doubles title.

“I feel very excited and great. Oliver is a great player. He’s been in the Top Ten for so many years. It’s my pleasure playing with him this week. I love coming back to Thailand, where I won Futures and Challengers also.

“On behalf of myself and the Pakistanis at home, we all support the flood victims because Pakistan has been hit by floods as well as Thailand. I wish all the Thai people and the country all the patience and courage to overcome the natural disaster,” Qureshi told the official Thailand Open website.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/02/aisam-and-marach-win-thailand-open-mens-doubles-title.html

Aisam-ul-Haq stands at 11 seed in the 2011 ATP Doubles Rankings

FlyHajj.com hopes to help pilgrims

FlyHajj.com is a new Pakistan-based website that aims to gather together all travel details that pilgrims might need for their annual travels to Hajj and Umrah.

 The site is designed to gather together flight, hotel and car rental deals into one portal where pilgrims from any country can look to start booking their pilgrimages.

With nearly 25 million Muslims worldwide traveling to Mecca for pilgrimage each year, revenue estimates from Hajj and Umrah easily reach tens of billions of dollars. Despite being such a huge market, there has been little or no innovation in the technical area of facilitating pilgrimage. FlyHajj aims to bridge this gap.

http://www.itp.net/586354-flyhajjcom-hopes-to-help-pilgrims

FlyHajj aims to make planning for Hajj easier

Karachi business school launches Cambridge-linked MBA

KARACHI: For those who can’t make it to Cambridge, perhaps Cambridge can come to them – via the Karachi School for Business and Leadership (KSBL) that has launched its MBA programme in agreement with the Cambridge Judge Business School.

When the two institutions signed the deal in 2009, it became the first such agreement by Cambridge in its 800-year-old history. And on Wednesday, the MBA was formally launched at a ceremony at the Pearl Continental Hotel.

“The idea behind KSBL is to create a cadre of capable and transformational leaders for Pakistan,” said Hussain Dawood, the chairman of KEI. “In education, competition is must. We will prove to the world that we too can do it, by establishing this school.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/262645/producing-economic-leaders-karachi-business-school-launches-mba-with-cambridges-help/

PHOTO COURTESY: WILLIAM MCDONOUGH + PARTNERS

Pakistani female officer gets “Ordre National du Merite”

A female Pakistani DMG officer has been awarded the prestigious French knighthood for distinguished and extra ordinary services for strengthening and promoting cooperation between the Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan and France. Mrs. Amna Imran Khan, a DMG Officer, was conferred the “Ordre National du Merite” by President Nicholas Sarkozy of France.

Amna Imran termed it a source of inspiration for the Pakistani females and a matter of great honor and pride for Pakistan.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/International/19-Jul-2011/Pakistani-female-officer-gets-prestigious-French-award

The “Ordre National du Merite” medal

Pakistan exports exceed Rs. 20bn target

ISLAMABAD: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Haji Ghulam Ali said on Wednesday that business community has played its role in achieving exports of $25 billion against the government target of $20 billion despite economic challenges.

Senator Haji Ghulam Ali assured the government of the full support of federation in furthering the national economy for the socio-economic development of the country and welfare of its people.

http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/business-a-economy/27749-exports-reach-to-25bn-due-to-efforts-of-business-community.html

Pakistan exported bagpipes and related musical instruments to the tune of $6.8 million in 2010 as compared to US$5.1 million dollars in 2009

Federer, Djokovic donate sports gear for Pakistan flood affectees

ISLAMABAD: Top international tennis stars Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic along with several others have donated their sports gear for generating funds for Pakistan’s flood affected people.

“Aisam-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s tennis star, has collected the sports gear from the players which will be sold during a live telethon,” an official of the Pakistan Tennis Federation shared Aisam’s father Ehtesham-ul-Haq’s email with Dawn.

He said Aisam was also expecting to receive few items from Rafael Nadal and Rohan Bopanna.

“Aisam will also be contributing his own racquet, shoes and playing gear, which he used at the US Open.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/17/tennis-stars-donate-sports-gear-for-flood-affectees.html

TenPearls Wins Silver at Nokia-AT&T Contest

Herndon, VA (PRWEB) September 08, 2011: TenPearls, a Pakistani application development company, won 2nd Prize for its mobile app, ANIMAL 101, in the Trivia and Education category of Nokia and AT&T’s “Calling All Innovators 2011” mobile app and games contest. This is the second award TenPearls has received for its mobile apps within a year. The first award was the 1st prize that TenPearls received for the uTrack mobile app earlier in 2011.

ANIMAL 101 is a fun mobile game which provides an engaging way for children to learn about animals. This voice-driven, visually appealing mobile game allows two to seven year old kids to enjoy this learning game.

http://news.yahoo.com/tenpearls-wins-nokia-t-innovators-2011-contest-070438809.html

TenPearls also received 1st prize at the 'Nokia Calling all Innovators Award' earlier this year.

Haseena Mai: A success story in the worst of times

MUZAFFARGARH: One year ago, Haseena Mai was a maid. Today, she has a poultry farm and earns Rs30,000 a month.

Last year’s floods were a blessing in disguise for some people, and Haseena is one of them.

A resident of Muzaffargarh, Haseena has become an inspiration for the men and women in her area, but she is not alone in her success. There are others who did not give up when faced with the disaster and fought for a better life when everything was lost.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/228211/floods-2010-success-stories-in-the-worst-of-times/

Solar panels changing villages in Sindh

An NGO called Connect – Woman and Child Welfare Organisation, has adopted Urs Mohammad Khaskheli as the first of five villages, to have all of its 65 households fitted with solar panels. Each solar panel powers two bulbs and a cell phone charger, according to the president of Connect, Talat Yasmeen.

“I can now study at my own will,” said 18-year-old Bhakhtawar. “I can teach in the morning at the village school and do my own studying at night under a light bulb”. Bakhtawar has completed her Matric and intends to go to Thatta College for Intermediate studies.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/247108/eureka-solar-panels-bring-sea-change-to-villages-surrounded-by-tributary-waters/

Photo shows a rural electrification project in Sindh (Photo: German Missions)

College girl brings laurels to the country

Rawalpindi: Saeeda Mir has won first prize in the International Book-writing Competition organised in the US. She has received a six-year educational scholarship from the Hawaii Institute, USA.

Around 1,900 students from all over the world participated in the competition in which Saeeda Mir, daughter of Mirbaz Khan, won the first prize. She belongs to Danyore Sultanabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and is a student of Bachelor of Arts (BA) at the Federal Government Margalla College for Women, Islamabad.

Talking to ‘The News,’ Saeeda Mir said: “It was a great honour for me to not only representing Pakistan but also winning laurels for the country.”

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=56373&Cat=6

From Mariabad to Harvard *International Literacy Day Special*

KARACHI: Located on the outskirts of Quetta, is the barren valley of Mariabad where the Hazara lead slow-paced lives. These tribal people, living in narrow brick huts speckled along the rugged hillside, typically sell loose cloth, sweaters or tea for their livelihood.

But one student — the son of a trader who sold Quaid-e-Azam style caps in Mariabad for a living — dared to tread a radically different path. Karrar Hussain Jaffar transcended the confines of an obscure town in Balochistan, where people rarely educate themselves beyond matriculation, to study at the prestigious Harvard University. His story — a narrative about the wondrous possibilities of equal educational opportunities — is truly inspirational.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/247117/wondrous-feats-one-students-journey-from-small-town-balochistan-to-harvard-university/

Nestle to double dairy output in Pakistan

Food giant Nestlé has announced plans to double its dairy output in Pakistan, where there is growing consumer demand for branded milk, according to Mintel.

Nestlé said the investment would be used to build new milk factories in the region. It will also help to boost Nestlé’s yoghurt, juice, and noodle businesses, said the firm.

“The opportunity to grow in Pakistan is still enormous,” Ian Donald, managing director at told Bloomberg.

http://www.dairyreporter.com/Markets/Nestle-to-double-dairy-output-in-Pakistan

Taxila boy scores 28 A’s in O levels

A Pakistani student from Beaconhouse has set a new world record by achieving 28 A’s in the University of Cambridge’s O-level examinations.

Nineteen-year-old Syed Zohaib Asad who belongs to Wah Cantonment in Taxilla aced in subjects like world geography and travel tourism in Pakistan.

Zohaib is hopeful and holds a belief that the country can be steered out of crisis through hardwork and honesty.

“I see the problems of Pakistan in line with the political scenario, the economic condition and educational structure. I aspire to contribute in the economic sector and will join the ministry of finance one day.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/241665/taxila-boy-sets-world-record-scores-28-as-in-o-levels/

IBA wins South Asian Accreditation

KARACHI, Aug 25: The Institute of Business Administration joined the select group of seven other top business schools in South Asia — six from India and one from Pakistan (LUMS) — as it was awarded the coveted accreditation by the South Asian Quality Assurance System.

Commenting on the award of this distinctive honor, IBA dean and director Dr Ishrat Husain said: “This is just the beginning of a long journey upon which we have embarked. The next hurdles i.e. securing the European and American accreditation are more stringent and arduous to cross. But we will continue to do our utmost to move in that direction.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/26/iba-wins-south-asian-accreditation.html

IBA dean and director Dr. Ishrat Husain

Pakistani police officer receives international award

UNITED NATIONS: A Pakistani woman police officer, currently working for a UN peacekeeping operation, has received the 2011 International Female Police Peacekeeper Award in recognition of her outstanding performance.

Shahzadi Gulfam, a deputy superintendent of police, is the first Pakistani woman officer to receive the prestigious award. She is deployed with the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) as the UN Police (UNPOL) team leader posted in the Timor-Leste National Police Vulnerable Persons Unit in Dili, the capital.

“Shahzadi Gulfam has shown enthusiasm, diligence and zeal in her work with the Vulnerable Persons Unit in Dili,” UNMIT Police Commissioner Luis Carillho said. “Sadly in post-conflict Timor-Leste domestic violence is a common crime and victims often find it difficult to file complaints,” she said.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/24/pakistani-woman-police-officer-bags-international-award.html

For more: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39367&Cr=peacekeeping&Cr1=

UNPOL Officer Shazadi Gulfam (left) with Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro (centre) and UN Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler

Pakistani scholar among world’s top young innovators

ISLAMABAD –  Associate Professor, School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Dr Umar Saif has been recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators (TR35) in the world.

Dr Saif joins an elite group of researchers and entrepreneurs selected over the last decade. Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of Google, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, Jonathan Ive, the chief designer at Apple, David Karp, founder of Tumbler and Harvard Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik.

“This year’s group of TR35 recipients is driving the next wave of transformative technology and making an impact on the way we live, work and interact”, said Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of the MIT Technology Review.

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/08/pakistani-scholar-named-among-world%E2%80%99s-top-young-innovators-by-mit/

Good Will to All

Kenhorst PA: Since he found his footing running a Dairy Queen ice cream shop in Kenhorst Pennsylvania, Mr. Hamid Chaudhry, a Pakistani by origin, has decided to give back to the local community. He started off with an elementary-school fund-raiser in which he provided the parent-teacher organization with 25 percent of the sales and has not looked back since then.

Fund-raisers for a father of four with cancer; for the Children’s Miracle Network; for soccer teams and Little League teams and the widow of a deputy sheriff recently killed in a shootout — he was a regular customer who liked Blizzards. Sponsorship of car washes and high school homecomings and blood drives four times a year. (Donate a pint of blood and get a $20 frozen cake.) Free parties held at every local elementary school, as well as at a Bible school run by the Mennonite church.

“My customers have made me well-to-do,” Mr. Chaudhry explains. “They patronize me, so why wouldn’t I give back?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/17/us/17land.html?_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23

Letters, children’s handwritten notes and a quilt of Little League plaques cover nearly every inch of available wall, all praising Hamid.