Saturday, September 22, 2018

Aziz Memon calls on Federal Health Minister

Pakistan News & Features Services

 Aziz Memon, Chair of the Pakistan Polio Plus Committee, and a member of International Polio Plus Committee, called on the Federal Minister for National Health Services Regulations and Coordination, Aamir Mehmood Kiani, in Islamabad on September 19.

Dr Salman Ahmed, a famous singer and activist, and Dr Asad Hafeez, Director General, Health, Government of Pakistan, were also present in the meeting. 

The meeting was described as productive as the Federal Minister expressed his eagerness to keep pace with the momentum of progress Pakistan has made so far on polio. 

Aziz Memon emphasized the need to improve Routine Immunization in Tier 3 and 4 as well as monitoring and surveillance as positive samples have been identified in Islamabad (ICT & CDA) and Rawalpindi.

He also informed that positive environmental samples continue to surface in Karachi’s Machhar colony and Gadap which was an alarming situation and the need to improve conditions of hygiene and sanitation was mandatory. 

“The border areas are sensitive and it is crucial that every child is vaccinated due to the influx in transient population from Afghanistan. The cold chain management in Balochistan and Sindh needs attention,” Aziz Memon remarked. 

He revealed that Rotary International has contributed US$1.8 billion since 1985 and more than US$200 million in Pakistan alone, to achieve polio eradication. This year alone Rotary announced US$96.5 million worldwide, inclusive of US$ 21.7 million for Pakistan.

He continued, to say that ‘’it would be a credit for this government when polio is eradicated during your tenure.” 

He also spoke on the appointment of a Prime Minister’s Focal Person to lead the programme. 

Aziz Memon emphasized, that the Focal Person must be close to the Prime Minister and plays a positive role and in addition he also urged the Minister to hold a PM Task Force meeting to keep an eye on urgent and important matters. 

He inquired the Federal Health Minister if polio was in the Government’s 100-day agenda to which the Minister reassured and replied ‘it is on top of our agenda. 

At the end the National Chair requested the Federal Health Minister to advise the Prime Minister to inaugurate the September NIDs in Islamabad and the President to inaugurate in Rawalpindi, and the four Chief Ministers to inaugurate the NIDs in their respective provinces.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Devika’s Mind Game deemed a perfect guide for self improvement

Pakistan News & Features Services

Versatility is the name of the game for the Hyderabad-based Devika Das who has hit the headlines once more with her third book ‘The Mind Game’ having received critical acclaim on Amazon. She has also authored '7 Vows of Marriage' and 'Reminiscence'.  

Having master’s degree in business administration, Devika is a prolific writer who has already authored three books. She is also into acting, having participated in various plays staged by Sarthak Theatre Group, Jaipur, and helped them in other voluntary activities. 

Quite remarkably besides having gained an experience of over five years in content writing she also experimented with different roles such as Administration Management, HR Management, Logistics, and Financial Sales, prior to selecting writing as her prime profession. 

With the standout qualities of willingness to learn, diligence, attention to detail, and translating ideas into words quickly, Devika helps organizations increase growth and revenue through concerted efforts in content marketing. 

The Mind Game, published by Blue Rose Publishers, New Delhi, has been acclaimed as a motivational book which could be a source of inspiration for people of all ages.

It is a kind of self-improvement guide that talks about how to manage emotions wisely, and lead a powerful, but stress free life.

Devika has been lauded quite emphatically for producing such a wonderful book that has earned five stars from some of the learned reviewers. 

“It is a brilliant piece of work! Devika Das was able to take an everyday subject which is generally taken for granted by us and turn it into a compelling read. I definitely recommend 'The Mind Game' for all, and especially for the participants in my workshops,” Aditya Sisodia, Co-founder, Recruit Wheels, was quoted as saying. 

"Devika really writes things from a practical point of view. She is one of the most evolved women I have met who thinks of life deeply. We all are following the heard, without questioning the reasons to what we do and why we do. She finds the right answers. Devika's writings always give you a sense of freedom while reading. This is one amazing book I have read,” Sahiba Sethi, Founder, Hello Meets, noted. 

The Mind Game authored by Devika Das is one book that’s being recommended for everyone seeking improvement in his or her life.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Paramount Book Fair 2018 concludes

Pakistan News & Features Services

After being the talk of the town for the past nine days, the 30th edition of the Paramount Book Fair concluded at the head office of Paramount Books (Private) Limited, housed in Block 2 of PECHS, Karachi, on September 9. 

As usual, the Paramount Book Fair 2018, inaugurated on September 1, attracted massive crowds throughout nine days which provided the opportunity to the thousands of students, professionals and bookworms to get hold of their favourites books and other reading material at generous discounts.

One of the features of the Paramount Book Fair 2018 was the continued participation of students and teachers of numerous educational institutions like Aga Khan University, Dow University of Health Sciences Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Benazir Bhutto University of Technology and Skill Development, Iqra University, Indus University, Army Public School, Fazaia Intermediate College, Bahria College, Foundation Public School, Karachi Cambridge School, Karachi Public School and St Patrick School. 

The management of Paramount Books facilitated all its customers warmly and there were competitions held every day for the children visiting the Paramount Book Fair 2018 who get a chance to participate in lucky draw scheme and there are a couple of winners of Book Hamper prizes worth Rupees 5,000 each daily. 

It may be recalled that Iqbal Saleh Muhammad, the acclaimed doyen of publishing and bookselling in Pakistan, had started the Paramount Book Fair three decades ago with the objective of catering to the scholastic needs of every segment of the society.

70th Frankfurt International Book Fair 2018 from October 10

Pakistan News & Features Services

The 70th edition of the Frankfurt International Book Fair (FIBF), Frankfurter Buchmesse in German, will be taking place in Germany’s magnificent city of Frankfurt from October 10 to 14, 2018 with the registration and display copy deadline being September 12.

Hailed as the world's largest trade fair for books, based both on the number of publishing companies represented, and the number of visitors, it is also regarded as the most important book fair in the world for international deals and trading. 

The five-day annual event in mid-October is being held at the Frankfurt Trade Fairgrounds. The first three days are restricted exclusively to professional visitors; the general public attend the fair on the weekend.

Several thousand exhibitors representing book publishing, multimedia and technology companies, as well as content providers from all over the world gather in order to negotiate international publishing rights and license fees. 

The FIBF is organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH, a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. More than 7,300 exhibitors from over 100 countries and more than 286,000 visitors were reported to have attended it in 2017.

This year the FIBF will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. For those connected with books from all over the world and the international publishing and media industry, it will once again be all about printed and digital content and the relevant topics for the coming year. 

The book fair is the most important international marketplace for content, as well as a key trendsetter for society and a major cultural festival. 

Georgia will be the FIBF guest of honour this year. It will be an opportunity to discover Georgia’s diverse culture and literature.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Greater weekend discount on offer at Paramount Book Fair

Pakistan News & Features Services

In order to facilitate the big crowds over the weekend, the discounts have been enhanced upto 75% in the ongoing 30th edition of the Paramount Book Fair, being organized at the head office of Paramount Books (Private) Limited, housed in Block 2 of PECHS, Karachi. 

The Paramount Book Fair 2018, which was inaugurated on September 1, is set to conclude on the evening of September 9. 

Thousands of students, professionals and bookworms have already availed the opportunity by having visited the Paramount Book Fair and many more were expected over the weekend.

The visits by the contingents of the prestigious educational institutions like Sindh Madressatul Islam University, Iqra University and Foundation Public School highlighted yet another eventful day in the Paramount Book Fair. 

The students and teachers from Aga Khan School, Saifiayah Boys School, The Intellect School, Korangi Academy, Badri High School, Dreamland Montessori School and Fazaia Intermediate College also visited the fair in good numbers. 

The Paramount Book Fair has remained a major source of action for the medical students and the practicing doctors in particular as Paramount Books, with a history of 70 years in the bookselling industry and their large penetration across the country, happens to be the market leaders in medical publishing.

The teams of doctors and students of the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) have already visited the Paramount Book Fair alongwith those from Indus Hospital Department of Pediatrics. 

A contingent from the Benazir Bhutto University of Technology and Skill Development, Khairpur Mirs, also visited the Paramount Book Fair, taking their time to select books from a huge collection on offer. 

The students and teachers had earlier arrived from Karachi Cambridge School, Karachi Public School, Head Start School, Morning Glory Grammar School, Madarsa-e-Saifiah, St Patrick School, The Anchorage School, KITH Schooling System, The Fahims School System, The Light Stone School System and Ilmesters Academy. 

Besides the competitions being held for them, offering prizes, there are added incentives for the school students as they get a chance to participate in lucky draw scheme and everyday there are a couple of winners of Book Hamper prizes worth Rupees 5,000 each.

Pakistan, China to upgrade strategic ties

By Masood Sattar Khan
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Pakistan and China, having enjoyed decades of brotherly relations, have reiterated their resolve to upgrade all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries and take it to new heights while giving a thrust to key areas of economic, trade and defence. 

The two neighbouring countries have agreed to form a joint mechanism for curbing terrorism and poverty, increasing exports, creating jobs and promoting education.

They have also expressed convergence of opinion that social and economic development would be an important area under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) cooperation between the two countries. 

Addressing a joint press conference, with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Islamabad on September 8, after their delegation-level talks, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, remarked both countries were supporting each other on various international fora and shared common principles on different international and regional issues, asserting that enhancing the all-weather strategic partnership with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. 

“CPEC will remain a priority for the government. It’s a proof of how seamless the Belt and Road initiative can become with the help of all stakeholders. We are proud of Pakistan and China's friendship which has withstood every test," he assured. 

“CPEC has not inflicted a debt burden on Pakistan, rather when these projects get completed and enter into operation, they will unleash huge economic benefit and these will create considerable returns to the Pakistani economy. This has helped increase the economic growth by 1-2 percent and has contributed 70,000 jobs in Pakistan,” the Chinese Foreign Minister stated. 

"China will give a lot of sustenance to encourage imports from Pakistan. We have decided to strive for a greater balance in the two-way trade. China will earmark subsidiaries to encourage imports from Pakistan and will send more coalition teams to Pakistan. We will also broaden the market access to Pakistan's competitive agricultural products," he added. 

The delegation level talks took place at the Foreign Office where the visiting Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, accompanied by three ministerial level representatives, met with Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Chinese series launched at Paramount Book Fair

Pakistan News & Features Services

‘Learn Chinese with Me’ is a series composed of four volumes each of which contains student’s book and workbook designed for the students whose native language is English. 

It has been launched during the ongoing 30th edition of the Paramount Book Fair, being organized at the head office of Paramount Books (Private) Limited, housed in Block 2 of PECHS, Karachi. 

‘Learn Chinese with Me’ emphasizes functional use of the language with sentence patterns and grammar in the context of everyday activities. The textbook includes plenty of exercises to keep students interested and to deepen their understanding of Chinese. 

The launch of the Chinese book series coincides during the Paramount Book Fair with the visit of China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, currently in Islamabad where he is having meetings with Pakistan’s dignitaries.

Paramount Books had previously brought out a popular book titled ‘Chinese Made Easy’ which was authored by Syed Hasan Javed. The book provided guidance to people desiring to use basic conversation in Chinese for everyday use.