Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Two New Champions Asif, Salma emerges on the scene in Hub Rally Cross 2019

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The  sixth edition of Hub Rally Cross 2019 saw two new champions Asif Imam and Salma Khan emerging on the horizon after sensational and intriguing competition at the Max Dirt Arena in Hub on the border of Sindh. Asif from Karachi, who had been managing and developing the Max Dirt track won the "A" Prepared Class event. He  clocked 8 min 33 sec to grab the major title while veteran racer Nadeem Khan finished second with Irfan Mian clinching third position in the field of seven racers.

     "It was bit surprise for me that I drove well despite little practice on the track and for this my thanks to Almighty that I achieved this," Asif told reporters after the presentation ceremony.

      " May be absence of few top racers like Nadir Magsi,  Sahibzada Sultan Muhammad Ali and Asad Khoro helped me to take away the title which I was not expecting," he maintained. On the other side Salma Khan of Peshawar, now based in Islamabad, while  driving with co-driver Nadeem Khan took 9 min 13 sec  to wrap up the long standing domination of Tushna Patel. 

Salma was driving over 5000 CC vehicle while Tushna got 2800 cc powered vehicle. Asma Asif  finished third in 12min02sec."Though I am newcomer, I have been appearing in few national events in the recent past. But I am absolutely delighted to win the title. 
          It was for the first time  a lucrative purse of over Rs. One million prize money was distributed among the winners of different categories. Vice Chairman of Indus Motor Company Yuji Takarada was the chief guest on the occasion distributed some
prizes with Chief Organizer Shujaat Sherwani, veteran racers Sarfraz Dhanji, 
Nadeem Khan and other guests of honor.
         Special awards went to Aamir Magsi for fastest track drivers in prepared category and 
Mansoor Haleem in Stock category. Hundreds of motor racing followers and locals watched the thrilling action. 

Following are results:
Prepared "A": 1. Asif Imam 2. Nadeem Khan 3. Irfan Mian. 
Prepared "B": 1. Aamir Magsi 2. Sahibzada Bahadur 3. Muhammad Dhanji
Prepared "C"  1. Shiraz Qureshi 2. Kashif Khan 3. Beberak  Magsi
Ladies:            1. Salma Khan  2. Tushna Patel 3. Asma Asif
Stock "A":        1.Mansoor Haleem 2. Ahmed Imam 3. Mir Nawaz
Stock "B":        1. Ronnie Patel 2. Naveed Wasti  3. Umar Farooq
Stock "C"         1. Beberak Baluch 2.  Nasir Khan 3. Shad Ali Khan

Friday, January 18, 2019

Prof. Dr.Sohail Sabir visit to Pakistan

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Prof. Dr. Sohail Sabir, head of Chemistry Department, Aligarh Muslim University India has arrived here on a visit to Pakistan.

In Karachi he was hosted a dinner by Zakir Ali Khan Panel which was constituted to contest Elections-2018 of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA). at the residence of Akbar Ali Khan, founder and Chairman of ZAK Panel. 

In his speech on the occasion Dr Sohail Sabir said that while in Pakistan he felt delighted for being among the elite of  Aligarhians and Alumni of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He thanked Akbar Ali Khan and Mrs Khan for providing him this opportunity of having an interaction with them.

Speaking about the Aligarh Muslim University and its current state of affairs, Prof Sohail informed that at present the university's students strength is around 30,000 and the university has 20 spacious halls to accommodate them.

Dr Sohail, who is the Chairman of AMU's scholarship committee and Chairman AMU Alumni Association India, extended an invitation to the guests to come to Aligarh for a visit to AMU for which   he assured of extending them every assistance in getting a visa besides their stay there.

On the occasion Engr  Anwar Ali, Vice-President AMUOBA, recalled his visit to Sydney, Australia, and his meeting with Dr Azhar Amin Nomani, a senior Alumni of AMU. He said they held discussion on the activities of Aligarhians rendering valuable services in various parts of the world and the need for forging greater coordination between them to further promote Aligarhians-related activities.

On arrival at the residence of Akbar Ali Khan, the visiting professor was warmly welcomed and present bouquet by Mr and  Mrs  Khan while Dr Jaffer Nazir Usmani presented the book "Rawayat-e-Aligarh" which was written by late Zakir Ali Khan during his life time. Another book on Zakir Ali Khan titled "Zakir-e-Sir Syed", which was written by noted scholar Dr Islahi from Aligarh, was also presented to visiting Professor.  Anwar Ali said  Dr Jaffer was over-whelmed by reading that book and remarked that he felt himself as he was in Aligarh.

In his speech on the occasion , Sqd. Ldr. Nafees Rabbani spoke about the history of AMUOBA and the establishment of Aligarh Institute of Technology, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology and multi-storeyed Sir Syed Tower under its banner in Karachi and said its credit goes to legendries like Late Zakir Ali Khan and  Z.A. Nizami.

The dinner was largely attended by prominent members of Aligarh fraternity, their wards, Alumni of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, a number of members of AMUOBA's Executive Committee besides nominated members of ZAK Panel.

Prominent among the guests on the occasion included Tariq Sabzwari and Engr Anwar Ali, Vice-President Engr Wasif Nazar, Joint Secretary and Engr Mohsin Khan, Treasurer AMUOBA,  

Saturday, January 12, 2019

New office bearers of PIAREA declared

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chairman, Election Commission of the PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA), Najamul Ghani, has announced the final list of the candidates upon the completion of the election procedure. 

According to the notification of the new office bearers of the PIAREA, having been elected unopposed for a term of three years, M Yunus Kakakhel will be the President and Syed Tahir Hasan will be the General Secretary. 

Chaudhry Muhammad Azam has elected as the Senior Vice President, Parvez Farid, Muhammad Aslam Malik and Mohammad Khan Sial are the three Vice Presidents while Shaikh Abdul Majeed has been elected as the Organizing Secretary.

Abdul Rahman Khilji, Nisar Ahmed and Muhammad Yousuf have been elected to the posts of Finance Secretary, Welfare Secretary and Joint Secretary respectively. 

The PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) is a registered body of retired and ex-employees of all sections and departments of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), from Pay Group I to X and above.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Thousands visit HOPES Health Expo in Karachi

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Around 20,000 people from different corners of the city, besides quite a few from other parts of the country, visited fourth edition of the HOPES Health Expo which was held at the Karachi Expo Centre on January 6.

Help of Patients in Exigency by Students (HOPES), a non-political patient welfare organization managed solely by the undergraduate medical and dental students of the Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC), lived upto the reputation of organizing the Health Expo successfully for the fourth time running.

The smartly turned up KMDC students did the job passionately and enthusiastically to facilitate and satisfy the large number of visitors at the HOPES Health Expo, who were offered free consultation and awareness sessions on more than 20 medical and dental specialties.

The trained volunteers from all over the city managed more than 20 types of free screenings which were made available with the collaboration of Pakistan’s reputed institutions like Indus Hospital, Chughtai Lab and Help International Welfare Trust.

A First Aid Training workshop was organized in collaboration with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society along with a workshop on article writing and statistical analysis.

The core stability clinic by the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) earned the best stall award for being the most informative and audience engaging.

There were fun games and activities for every age group. Towards the end of the day, there were two free cataract treatments awarded to the expo participants via lucky draw along with a trip to the north of Pakistan.

The visitors recognized and appreciated the efforts of HOPES and pledged to join hands with them to carry forward the mission of making healthcare free and accessible for all.

HOPES, a student-run organization based at Abbassi Shaheed Hospital since 1994, has been providing free of cost medical and diagnostic facilities to the patients of Abbassi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases and Karachi Medical and Dental College. They are believed to have dispensed medicines worth more than Rs 105 Million during its 25 years of existence

Probe into AMUOBA affairs begins

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
The Sindh Department of Industries and Commerce, has started an enquiry into the affairs of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), acting upon the complaints registered by some of the Aligarhians. 

In the wake of this enquiry, the results of the AMUOBA Elections 2018, which were held on December 29, were also withheld and will be announced only after the enquiry is completed.

According to the complainants, in view of serious violations of association bylaws, irregularities and corruption in association affairs, the High Court of Sindh and the Secretary of Ministry of Industries and Commerce had ordered to conduct inquiry due to which the Association’s election result has already been withheld and sealed.

Meanwhile in compliance of court order, the Inquiry Officer has taken the charge of AMUOBA Head Office at M R Kiyani Road, Karachi, since January 2 in order to conduct immediate inquiry, notice of which had already been displayed at the Association’s office. 

All Associate/Life/Ordinary members of AMUOBA have been advised to submit their complaint/observation or any grievance with regard to the Association's day to day affairs, matters, staff and office bearers in person or in writing to the Inquiry Officer during the office timings of 9 am to 5 pm on working days.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Volcanic activity of Mount Anak Krakatoa increase

By Ludya Arica Bakti
(Pakistan News & Features Services) 

The volcanic activity of Mount Anak Krakatoa located in the Sunda Strait has continued to increase. To that end, the PVMBG of the ESDM Ministry of Geology has upgraded the status of Gunung Anak Krakatau from Alert (Level II) to Standby (Level III), with the danger zone extended from 2 kilometers to 5 kilometers exclusion zone.

People and tourists are prohibited from carrying out activities within a 5 kilometer radius of the crater peak of Mount Anak Krakatau. 

This increase in Standby status (Level III) was valid starting from 6 am local time on December 27. 

There was an eruption on December 22 but it was recorded as a small scale, compared to the eruption in the period September-October 2018. 

The results of the analysis of satellite images were known as the west-southwest slope flank collapse and avalanches entered the sea. This was the possibility that triggered the tsunami. 

Since December 22 a Surtseyan type eruption was observed, namely magma which came out of direct contact with sea water which meant that the volume discharge of magma released was increased and the crater hole enlarged. There may be a new crater hole that is close to the sea level. Since then the eruption took place without a pause. Sounds of eruption sound are heard several times per minute.

At present the eruption activity was still ongoing, namely in the form of Strombolian eruptions accompanied by throws of incandescent lava and hot clouds. 

On December 26 an eruption of hot clouds was observed. This hot cloud has resulted in rain of ash. Dominant winds lead to the southwest so that volcanic ash spreads southwest to the sea. 

The presence of several layers of wind at certain elevations leading to the east caused rain of thin volcanic ash to fall in the city of Cilegon and partly in attack at around 5.15 pm December 26. This was not deemed dangerous as volcanic ash actually fertilized the soil. 

The community anticipated using masks and goggles when moving outside when it rained ash. According to another observation, the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatoa eruption was still ongoing, continuous tremor with an amplitude of 8-32 millimeters (dominant 25 millimeters), and a banging sound was heard.

Until now, the Emergency Response Team has continued to monitor the visual activities of Mount Anak Krakatoa at the Pasuruan monitoring post, Cinangka, Serang Regency. 

"All flights are diverted because Krakatoa's ash on red alert," the air traffic control agency, AirNav, said in a release. The civil aviation authority said there are no airports affected. 

The PVMBG recommended that people and tourists be prohibited from carrying out activities within a 5 km radius of the crater peak because they are dangerously affected by eruptions in the form of incandescent rocks, hot clouds and thick volcanic ash. 

Meanwhile the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Council (BMKG) recommended that the community not carry out activities on the coast at a 500 meter radius to 1 kilometer from the coast in anticipation of a subsequent tsunami. 

The tsunami that was raised underwater landslides due to the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatoa. People were encouraged to remain calm and increase their awareness and they were advised to use information from PVMBG for volcano early warning and BMKG regarding tsunami early warning as an official institution. 

**The writer is a freelancer based in Indonesia

AMOUBA elections suspended, enquiry ordered

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The elections of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), due to be held on December 29, have been suspended by the Government of Sindh.

“All the activities connected to forthcoming elections of Executive Committee of the association scheduled to be held on December 29, 2018, are hereby kept in abeyance till submission of the report by the enquiry officer,” Abdul Haleem Shaikh, Secretary to Government of Sindh, notified on December 24. 

“With the approval of the competent authority, Muhammad Ali Soomro, Deputy Director (Development Wing), Director of Industries, Government of Sindh, is hereby appointed as Enquiry Officer under Section 16-A of Societies Registration Act 1816 to conduct enquiry into the affairs of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association,” the notification said. 

The term of reference of the enquiry includes the determination whether the governing body of the AMUOBA is unable to discharge or persistently discharge its duties or whether the management committee of the Association is acting in a manner contrary to the public interest of its members. 

Meanwhile Akbar Ali Khan, the founder and chairman of the Zakir Ali Khan Panel of AMUOBA, has congratulated the members at the action of the provincial government 

“Following to the efforts put by Zakir Ali Khan Panel to regain the rights of vote for AMUOBA’s members in the upcoming elections, it is hereby informed that we have successfully managed to draw attention of the of the Industries and Commerce Department, Government of Sindh,” he stated in his message to the members. 

“I would like to congratulate you all on raising your voices against the wrongdoing of the existing management and stood beside us in this movement of truth and together we will regain the pride of Aligarians and AMUOBA,” he added.