Sunday, September 28, 2014

5,000 students appear in SSUET entry test

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

As many as 5,000 candidates appeared in the Pre-admission entry test for the bachelors degree programmes announced by the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, for the academic year 2015 held at the Expo Centre under strict security measures. 

The two-hour test was conducted on time and a large number of candidates from Gilgit, Biltistan and Azad Kashmir besides other parts of the four provinces appeared in the test. 

The Chancellor of the SSUET, Engr Mohammad Adil Usman, visited the examination centre where he was appraised of the arrangements made by the concerned authorities. 

Speaking on the occasion, Engr Adil Usman obseved that the Sir Syed University prepares future leaders to succeed in the competitive world of professionals with their extra ordinary skill and outstanding ability. 

He added that the university has established itself as a globally recognized destination for academic excellence. With career focused education, the SSUET prides itself for having the best and brightest faculty to commit to the highest global standards. 

The SSUET Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Syed Jawaid Hassan Rizvi, pointed out that keeping the new emerging trends; the university has introduced electrical engineering department from the upcoming academic year. 

The university has already started three new programmes in software engineering, architecture and bioinformatics, to meet the growing market demands. 

The results of the entry test will be announced in the month of December which will be made available on the SSUET Notice Board and will also be posted at the university’s website The classes for new batch of 2015 will start from third week of January.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dr Nasim Fatima hosts welcome reception for Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari

Pakistan News & Features Services

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, one of the topmost library scientists of the country, hosted a luncheon reception to welcome her mentor and one of the founding fathers of Library and Information Science (LIS), Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, in Karachi on September 27.

The function was attended by the senior office-bearers of the Bazm-e-Akram, having transformed into an internationally acclaimed literary forum of library professionals, which included its President, Abdul Samad Ansari, Secretary, Dr Nasreen Shagufta, and Vice President, Dr Amna Khatoon. Zain Siddiqui, Iqbal-ur-Rahman Farooqui Qamar, Syed Ateeb Ahmed, Azra Qureshi and Syed Khalid Mahmood, were also present on the occasion. 

Bazm-e-Akram, which has become more proactive during the past one year or so, was formed by the students and admirers of the venerated Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, the Founder President of the Library Promotion Bureau (LPB) and the Founder Editor of the Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ). 

Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, in his speech, paid glowing tribute to Prof Dr Nasim Fatima for having kept the momentum alive particularly in those 27 years when he was out of country due to professional reasons.

He also complimented Prof Dr Rais Ahmed Samdani for his excellent work over the years which helped the LPB as well as the PLISJ to move in the right direction. 

“Both of them worked together for the cause of the profession with passion and dedication. Their contribution, along with those of a few others, needs to be commended for delivering against the heaviest of odds,” he added. 

Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, a former Chairperson of the LIS department at the University of Karachi, recalled that the LPB was founded in 1966 while the bilingual PLSIJ, which was titled the Pakistan Library Bulletin (PLB) until 2004, had started publication in 1968. 

“The bureau has already published 59 books, which includes 31 in English and 28 in Urdu. Revised editions of quite a few titles have also been brought out. The PLISJ has now completed 46 years in September, having come out every quarter,” he observed. 

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, also an ex-Chairperson of the LIS department at the University of Karachi, acknowledged the support of Prof Dr Rais Ahmed Samdani in the continued functioning of the LPB and the PLISJ. 

“We complemented each other and ensured that the interests of the bureau or the journal were not compromised. As they say one plus one is 11 and we proved this point,” she stressed. 

“Teamwork has its own virtues. It’s very gladdening to find so many stalwarts of the profession having assembled at such a short notice. It shows their level of commitment besides also demonstrating their unstinted gratitude to our beloved Usatad-e-Mohtaram (Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari). Let’s continue to work with unity and the same intensity to carry our mission forward,” Prof Dr Nasim Fatima concluded.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Record 5,000 students to appear in SSUET Admission Test

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

An estimated 5,000 applicants, seeking admission in various engineering disciplines at the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, will appear in the admission test to be held at Expo Center on September 28.

This year over 5,000 applications were received by the university until September 24, which was the last date for the submission of applications, showing a substantial increase in the number of admission seekers. 

Last year 4,300 students had appeared in the SSUET entrance test which was also held at the centrally-located Expo Centre. 

The highest number of applications to be received for admission this year were in the civil and electrical engineering disciplines. 

Meanwhile arrangements were in the offing for the test for which a couple of spacious halls have been booked at the Expo Center to accommodate the record number of applicants to appear in the test. 

The two-hour test will start at 10 am and the applicants have been advised to reach the test venue an hour before the scheduled time. The university also has made seating arrangements for parents accompanying the female students appearing in the test.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Aziz Memon urges Pakistan, India to shun differences for moving forward

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Aziz Memon, a successful entrepreneur and an acclaimed social worker, has urged the governments of Pakistan and India to move forward in the larger interest of the peoples of the two neighbouring countries who share common problems like floods and poverty. 

He made these observations during his presidential address in a recent meeting of the English Speaking Union of Pakistan (ESUP) at Karachi in which the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr T C A Raghavan, was the guest of honour. 

“We can select our friends but we have to live with our neighbours. Politics divides us but geography binds us,” the ESUP President remarked as the topic of discussion was the current trends in Pakistan-India relations. 

“There are some positive signs. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the installation ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has recently offered to support in flood relief operations. The secretary level talks should resume to move forward,” Aziz Memon suggested. 

“Let the political leaders take the cue from Rotarians who have been working together in different fields for the past 109 years. Heart surgeries of 200 children born with conginal heart disease are being done in India every year through the sponsorship of Rotary. Liver transplant and cancer treatment are also being done at 300-bed Dr Shetty Cardiac Hospital. A project of Rotary Friendship Hospital in Karachi is also there in the offing,” Aziz Menon, who was the Governor of Rotary International’s District 3270, covering Pakistan and India, pointed out. 

“The eradication of polio presents a huge challenge in Pakistan. We learn from the Indian experience who have been successful in making their country polio-free after strenous efforts. Literacy is another area where the Rotarians of the two neighbouring countries are working together,” he added. 

“Trade can be immensely helpful in building bridges. Let’s work together for achieving our mutual objective of bringing about positive changes in the lives of our people. Let’s do it now,” Aziz Memon stressed.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scope of bioinformatics in Pakistan highlighted

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The scope and importance of bioinformatics as an emerging science and its future were highlighted in the first of the lecture series organized by the bioinformatics department of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi. 

Dr Reazuddin, Assistant Professor, Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, was the guest speaker on the occasion. 

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data. Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information. 

It combines computer science, molecular biology, statistics, mathematics and engineering to study and process biological data The technology is versatile and can be applied whenever gene, protein and cell research are used for the discovery of a new drug or a new herbicide/herbicide-resistant crop combination. Without bioinformatics, new research in most fields of medicine and biology would come to a standstill. 

Focusing on “Bioinformatics and its applications in Biology Research”, Dr Reazuddin said that the explosive growth of biological information has resulted from many advances in the scientific fields and Bioinformatics is one of them in which by the advancement in computer technology, different sophisticated techniques and equipment used to carry out rapid genome sequencing. 

He highlighted the importance of the field having the generous job opportunities in Pakistan and abroad. 

“After graduation, the students of Bioinformatics have the chance to work as researcher in different departments like pharmaceutical, software houses, hospitals and academic and research institutions, and they have an open sky of opportunities,” Dr Reaz said. 

The chairman of the department, Prof Dr Hilal Qureshi and its incharge, Uzma Mahmood. also spoke on the occasion and appreciated the series of lectures for being informative to the students seeking their career in the field of bioinformatics.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

ICMAP networking event brings together top industry professionals

Pakistan News & Features Services

The ICMAP Annual HR Networking dinner held at Hotel Marriott, Karachi, on September 20 turned out to be a largely attended gathering of top professionals who remained absorbed in an enlightening session of more than three hours.

The event was organized by the Corporate Relations and Communication (CRC) department of the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants, Pakistan, (ICMAP), and its basic purpose was to bring together the personnel of the Human Resource Management (HRM) divisions of various corporations. 

The presentations made by Eram Irfan Khan about youth facing problems in interviews and the one about the HR issues by Amin Nasrullah were highly educative and informative for the audience as were the speeches from Mian Zahid Hussain and Dr Amjad Waheed. 

Khalil Ahmed, Director, ICMAP, South, delivered inspirational messages in between the various segments while Sanam Hussain, an officer of the ICMAP’s CRC department conducted the proceedings in a highly impressive manner.

During the seminar the various speakers and trainers were of the opinion that the companies should be encouraged to establish working relationship with the educational institutions like the ICMAP, which train their students to meet the challenges of professional life. 

It was also pointed out that the companies seeking registration with the Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) needed to have their Directors trained at the ICMAP. 

It was noted that the services being provided by the ICMAP and their enthusiasm were assets for the corporate sector who was advised to to reciprocate by supporting the ICMAP in their initiatives aimed at creating more jobs and producing skilled professionals. 

The high attendance in the seminar and its excellent organization reflected the dedication of the organizers and it also showed that the corporate sector needed such interactive and informative sessions.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari arrives in Karachi

Pakistan News & Features Services

Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, a venerated scholar and one of the pioneers of the profession of Library & Information Science in Pakistan, has arrived in hometown, Karachi, after having spent the last year and quarter in the United States of America (USA). 

Although approaching his 79th birthday, he has lost none of his passion for scholastic activities and he continues to lead the Library Promotion Bureau (LPB), which he had founded nearly five decades ago, with tremendous zeal and enthusiasm. 

Living upto his reputation, he convened a meeting of the bureau less than 48 hours after his arrival with a heavy agenda and quite a few significant decisions were taken in what turned out be yet another marathon session. 

He has got into motion right away with visits to a couple of public libraries and he looks set to accelerate the pace of the activities of the bureau in the coming few months during his stay in Karachi. He has already started receiving invitations to preside over various seminars and LIS-related events. 

Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, having had a meritorious record of academic and professional career and qualifications, has a very large circle of admirers, mostly his own students who hold him in very high esteem. 

Hailed a perfect role model for the LIS professionals, he had earned the scholastic degrees of MLIS from the University of Michigan, USA, MA in Economics from the University of Karachi and PhD from Century University, USA. 

He served as Reference and Readers Advisor at the US Information Centre, Karachi, before joining the University of Karachi as an Assistant Professor where he went on to become the Chairman of the LIS department. 

He also worked at the Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari founded the Library Promotion Bureau (LPB) in 1966 to produce professional literature in LIS. He launched the Pakistan Library Bulltein in 1968 which was later renamed as the Pakistan Library & Information Science Journal which remains a premier quarterly journal of the country. 

Besides authoring a large number of books he is credited to have compiled the Pakistan Book Trade Directory in 1966. He relocated in the USA a few years ago but he has made a point to continue all the projects he had initiated which brings him to Pakistan regularly.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Election process starts at SANA

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The election process for the two year term (2015-16) has started in the Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), the social and cultural platform/organization of Sindhi Diasporas living in USA and Canada.

An election commission has already been constituted under the chair of the veteran Khalid Hashmani with Sarfaraz Memon and Hasnain Shaikh have been appointed as its members with Aleem Brohi and Ali Nawaz Memon being chosen as the alternative members/observers. 

In this regard, the SANA's Executive Council met through conference call system while its President, Jamil Daudi, chaired the meeting which reviewed and finalized the decisions and arrangements for the upcoming elections. 

In the meeting, General Secretary, Noorunissa Ghanghro, presented a resolution to congratulate Dr Khalil Memon chairman and all the members of local organizing committee of the 30th SANA Convention held at Chicag,o USA, on their dedicated efforts and the wonderful arrangements to make the annual event a most memorable one for its participants. 

It may be recalled that more than 800 delegates participated in the historic and record-breaking annual gathering of Sindhi Diasporas which included prominent writers, poets, intellectuals, politicians and civil society members from the world over.

The resolution lauded the contribution of spouses and children of all the members of local organization committee who also actively participated in arrangements. The SANA EC, at the demand of some members, reverted its decision to slash membership date from September 15 to August 15.. 

The SANA President, Jamil Daudi, regretted that this reversion will deprive those 350 people who had renewed their membership in Chicago convention in the last couple of days of August. 

“This decision is inevitable in the best interest of the SANA as all the seniors and presidents of past have been taken onboard on this decision”, he added. 

The President and General Secretary hoped that the decision will strengthen diasporas platform and those people will be countered who wanted to create division in this organization. 

The meeting decided to scrutinize the membership claims thoroughly and carefully so that free, fair and transparent elections are ensured. The EC constituted a bye-laws review committee comprising of Khalid Hashmani, Noorunissa Ghanghro, Dr Valeed Shaikh, Khair Muhammad Kolachi and Dr Saghir Shaikh. 

As per election schedule, the nomination forms have already been issued by the chairman election commission with September 15 being the last date submission forms while October 15 is the last date for the withdrawal of candidature. 

The election commission will issue the final list of eligible voters by October 21. Thereafter the voters will be mailed ballots by November 7 with December 17 being the deadline for returning of ballots. The election commission will announce the results by December 20 with the induction of newly elected body due to take place on January 2, 2015.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dr Ilyas Ishqi's Awaz-e-Latif launched

By Abdul QadirQureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, Engr Mohammad Adil Usman has described the poetic work of great soofi poet  Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai as soul-stirring, declaring that it carries a message of peace, love and brotherhood.

“His creative and imaginary thoughtfulness fully reflects the richness of his spiritual thoughts,” he observed adding that Shah Latif calls for a sustained endeavor for the attainment of the objective of communication with Allah by remaining fully dedicated to His oneness.

He expressed the views at the launching  of  book Awaz-e-Latif, penned by renowned scholar Dr Iliyas Ishqi, at a ceremony organized by the  Pakistan Academy of Letters in collaboration with the SSUET.

Engr Adil Usman remarked that with spiritual connotations in his superb poetic work, the book analyzes the same with  a different perception. He noted  that the writer’s articles in the book are  in response to some particular questions.  

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Sehar Ansari described  Dr Iliyas Ishqi as an outstanding figure and said his book about Shah Latif’s work is impressive and informative.

Another speaker Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal, Vice Chancellor, Federal Urdu University, in his discourse touched upon  ‘Aqeeda-e-Tauheed’  as a great force of Islam that annulled all other ideologies and thoughts.

Resident Director, Pakistan Academy of Letters, Agha Noor Muhammad Pathan, pointed oout that  Awaz-e-Latif is the outcome of 50 years’ devotion and dedication to the cause taken up by Dr  Ishqi, having been completed in 1999 but published this year after the writer’s  death in 2007.

He described Shah Latif as a great poet of Sindh and said credit for introducing him to the Urdu community goes to Iliyas Ishqi and Professor Afaq Siddiqui.

Other speakers on the occasion included Naseer Mirza, Station Director Radio Pakistan Hyderabad  Mahmood Siddiqui and Anwar Ahmed Zai.

Rosy Iliyas, daughter of the writer, presented the book to Chancellor Muhammad Adil Usman who presented her the  university’s shield..

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Syed Ahmed Naqvi illumines Bazm-e-Akram

Pakistan News & Features Services

Syed Ahmed Naqvi, Librarian, King Imam University Medical College, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, illumined the select gathering of Bazm-e-Akram, with his impeccable knowledge during a reception hosted in his honour in Karachi on September 4.

It proved to a significant brainstorming session between some of the towering personalities from the field of Library of Information Science as they shared views on the key responsibilities of the practicing librarians. 

Syed Ahmed Naqvi emphasized that the LIS professionals should derive inspiration from Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, the Founder President of the Library Promotion Bureau (LPB) and the Founder Editor of the Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal (PLISJ), whose proactive students have been running the Bazm-e-Akram with missionary zeal. 

He didn’t mince words in describing the legendary Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari as gem of a person who has set very high standards professionally as well as personally.

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, who has played the pivotal role in galvanising the Bazm-e-Akram into a well-knit literary forum of library professionals, reckoned that it’s the duty of his students to carry forward his mission of spreading knowledge. 

The Secretary of the Bazm-e-Akram, Dr Nasreen Shagufta, presented a signed copy of her first book ‘Darakhshan Sitarary’ to Syed Ahmed Naqvi who commended her for writing a wonderful book under the guidance of Prof Dr Nasim Fatima. 

The Vice President of the Bazm-e-Akram, Dr Amna Khatoon, presented a copy of her book to the learned visitor from Saudi Arabia, who also received a book from Syed Khalid Mahmood on behalf of the Library Promotion Bureau. 

The Joint Secretary of the Bazm-e-Akram, Syed Ateeb Ahmed, in his brief remarks on the occasion, expressed his gratitude to Syed Ahmed Naqvi for sparing time for the session at a rather short notice.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SANA Chicago Convention pledges to sponsor schools, promote Sindhi culture

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The 30th annual convention of the Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) held at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in Chicago, USA, turned out be a memorable experience. The three-day event concluded with the mesmerizing performance of great Sufi vocalist, Jamal Din Fakir, and popular singer, Sanam Marvi.

Hundreds of Sindhi-speaking participants, having gathered from the different parts of the world to attend the event, left the scene with wonderful memories and soaked eyes and with firm commitments to meet again next year. 

It was a great event not only for Sindhis of North America but for the entire Chicago as well when the Sindhi Music echoed in the air of the vibrant city where around 800 families, majority from US and Canada, enjoyed get together in this social and cultural organization’s annual moot. 

Sanam Marvi set the tone for the memorable musical evening with her pleasant voice and popular dhamaal. Jamal Din Faqir, regarded as soul of Sindh music, also performed very well and received warm applause. The fun continued until the wee hours of the following day, arousing love for the land of Sindhis known as Indus Valley of civilization, one of the most ancient in the world. 

This 30th Chicago convention of SANA surpassed all previous records in all respects including participation, service, meaningful activities and fun. More than 800 peoples participated in this convention from all over the world.

The famous personalities belonging to different walks of life in Pakistan were among participants, including Dr Azra Fazal Peechoho the Member National Assembly and sister of Ex President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, parliamentarians Gull Muhammad Jakhrani, Fakir Dad Khoso, Kulsoom Chandio, Shamim N D Khan, noted writer Mushtaq Rajper, Secretary Sindhi Adabi Sangat & poet Dr Mushtaq Phull, Secretary Governmentt of Sindh, Shafiq Mahessar, Dr Musrat Khawaja, Dost Ali Jeesar, Mushtaq Sarki, Ramzan Chandio, Amir Bhambhro and Bakhshan Merranvi. 

A delegation of Pakistan Hindu Council, led by Dr Ramesh and Chella Ram, also participated in event on behalf of minorities of Pakistan. 

Before starting grand musical show, the concluding ceremony was conducted by President SANA, Jamil Daudi who offered his sincere thanks to all those who work untiringly to make the event successful. 

In recognition of services to Sindh in different fields, lifetime achievement awards were conferred upon economist Dr Kaiser Bengali, banker Jahangir Siddiqui, civil society leader Ghulam Nabi Morai, poet Imdad Hussaini, vocalists Jamal Din Faqeer and Sanam Marvi. 

The awards were also presented to all former presidents of SANA including Dr Valeed Shaikh, Aziz Narejo, Sani Panhwar, Mazhar Lakho, Iqbal Tareen, Paryal Soomro, AW Bhatti and Khalid Hashmani. 

On this occasion, the known writer, Noor-ul-Huda Shah, spoke emotionally and said that the Pakistan and Sindh particularly is facing huge challenges in terms of illiteracy and poverty. She called upon all for efforts to save Sindhi language and culture through quality education. She said that those who not played role in this regard, will not be pardoned by the history, and stressed upon every Sindhi to wake up and play vibrant role to save the legacy.

Earlier on the third and final day, two separate symposiums were held to discuss the issues of declining standards of education and socio economic development of the Sindh. 

The speakers of symposium “Sindh in 21st Century..Education a way to forward” were included Secretary Education Sindh, Dr Fazulullah Pechuho, Sadiqa Sallahuddin and Dr Kaiser Bengali. 

Eminent banker Jahangir Siddiqui, while opening the session, said that education is the way to eradicate poverty, and way to bring nation on the path of literacy on fast track based is to train and develop human capital. 

Renowned economist and scholar Dr Kaiser Bengali, in his speech, suggested ways to bring improvements which include hiring and firing the teachers. 

Sadiqa Sallahuddin gave presentation on the current scenario of education and highlighted the shortfalls. She also briefed the symposium participants and SANA members about her educational project running formal schools in the different parts of Sindh under the name Indus resource Centre. 

Gull Muhammad Rind, a former Federal Secretary Education, commended SANA on its endeavor for development of Sindh and said that after retirement, he has started educating nation through schools because he thinks that education is necessary for every child and must for every Sindhi child. 

Professor Dr Mubarak Shah advised the Sindhi people to work hard and extend maximum opportunities to youth particularly to girls. The second day of convention also had marathon sessions in which the SANA members as its general body meeting presided over by Jamil Daudi. 

The annual report was presented by the General Secretary, Noorunissa Ghanghro, while all other office bearers including vice president Aijaz Kolachi, treasurer Irhsad Kazi, information secretary Zulfiqar Shaikh and the regional secretaries Awais Leghari, Khalid Channa, Aijaz Memon, Mansoor Samu briefed their members about their progress report. 

The most significant part of the general body meeting was about the progress report of SANA projects including Sindh School System (SSS) Project headed by Dr Aijaz Turk, who announced a pledge of $100,000 whereas Dr Waleed Shaikh, Dr. Khalil Memon also announced $100,000 each while $55,000 were announced by Humaira Rehman. 

In this project, model schools will be developed to promote quality education for poor and brilliant children in Sindh, and the Government of Sindh has initially agreed to handover around 70 schools to SANA under school adoption and public private partnership policy. 

The morning of convention’s second day had started with a session “Sindhi Women in 21st Century”. On this occasion the SANA Vice President, Shahida Soomro, talked about “Historical Role of Sindhi Women in SANA” and said that without the active participation of women, no any nation can flourish and move fast on the path of progress and prosperity. 

Professor Sahar Imdad discussed dreams of the Sindhi women and said that Sindhi women have been playing a vibrant role not only in the development of their families but they have been role model in the Pakistani society and politics as well. 

Another main speaker Sobhya Agha highlighted the strategies to encourage women participation in various national and international organizations by providing space to them. She spoke about building connections across lines of social and economical classes and show women that some of their hesitations with public voice are shared. 

The noted writer and intellectual, Noor-ul-Huda Shah, praised SANA members on providing their female members all possible facilities to play a vital role in family business and urged the need of more women participation in Sindh on same pattern to build an egalitarian society. 

A medical symposium was organized by Dr Hafeez Abbasi in which the experts from health sector provided valuable information to the participants. On this occasion facility of medical examination was also offered free of cost. 

The second day’s proceedings had ended with an amazing performance by Jamal Din Faqir whose Sufi songs rocked and enthralled audiences throughout the night and a big number of people danced on his songs.  
On the opening day of the convention, after registration, a poetry session “Sindhi Mushaero” was arranged in which veteran poet Imdad Hussaini, Professor Sahar Imdad, Dr Mushtaq Phull, Sardar Shah and others enlightened the audience.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bazm-e-Akram's Adab-o-Kutub Khana 6 wrapped in gold

Pakistan News & Features Services

The sixth edition of Adab-o-Kutub Khana, the flagship publication of Bazm-e-Akram, a literary forum of the library scientists, named after Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, one of the pioneers of the profession in the country, has arrived with a bang. The cover, having a set of books placed at the centre having golden background, has made it look even more graceful and attractive.

The Adab-o-Kutub Khana-6, besides being richer in content and thicker in volume also has much better presentation than the past five editions. 

It has seen the light of the day during the middle of the year, thanks to the untiring efforts of Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, a former Chairperson of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Karachi, who is the Chief Editor of the annual journal. 

The Adab-o-Kutub Khana-6 is spread over 200 pages and as usual it has the contributions from the eminent library professionals as well as renowned literary figures of Pakistan alongwith a few articles from abroad. It has been priced Rs 400 in Pakistan with US$12 being its international price. 

It contains quite a few research articles, travelogues, interviews, memoirs, reviews and tributes. The poetry section is also very impressive. 

It has editorial contributions from Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari, Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, Abdul Samad Ansari, Dr Amna Khatoon, Dr Nasreen Shagufta, Basharat Afridi, Naeem Fatima Taufiq, Mohammad Wasil Usmani, Zakia Sultan Zaki, Syed Ahmed Naqvi, Dr Javed Manzar, Dr Najma Shaheen Khosa, Azra Qureshi, Gulnar Afreen, Tauqeer Taqi, Syed Mairaj Jami, Zainuddin Siddiqui, Mian Mohammad Saeed, Shabbir Nazish, Shahnaz Muzammil, Farman Fatehpuri, Iqbal Farooqui Qamar, Syed Liaquat Ali Nayab, Syed Mohammad Maroof, Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Shamim Ahmed Farooqui, Ikram-ul-Haq, Dr Mohammad Fazil, Hamid Rahman, Dr Moinuddin Aqeel, Rasheed Anjum, Wasim Rana, Zia Farooqui, Prof Safeer Feroze and Farhana Akhtar. 

Abdul Wahab Khan Saleem, Chief Patron, Bazm-e-Akram, in his message, has traced the history of the forum, recalling that it was founded in 1976 and the inaugural issue of Adab-o-Kutub Khana was brought out the same year while its second edition was published in 1981. 

He has lauded the efforts of the present office-bearers of Bazm-e-Akram for having ensured the timely publication of Adab-o-Kutub Khana for the past few years. He has expressed the hope that the same intensity will be maintained in future as well. 

Dr Abdul Hamid Kausar, a patron of Bazm-e-Akram, has complimented the worthy students of the Prof Dr Ghani-ul-Akram Sabzwari for extending the mission of their beloved teacher, also talking about the improvement in Adab-o-Kutub Khana with every issue. 

In the preface, the editors have mentioned the expansion of Bazm-e-Akram into an international forum and henceforth making Adab-o-Kutub Khana an international publication as the current edition has contributors from the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom (UK), Canada and India while besides Karachi, there are contributions from Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, Gilgit, Sahiwal, Ahmedpur Sharqia, Dera Ismail Khan and Sargodha. 

The support of Abdul Wahab Khan Saleem, Fahim Sabzwari, Dr Abdul Hamid Kausar, Dr Hafiz Mohammad Khalid, Munir-ul-Haq Shahid, and Shamim Ahmed Farooqui in facilitating the publication of Adab-o-Kutub Khana-6 has also been acknowledged.

Pakistan Railways to operate Cargo Express from Sept 2

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

After revamping the railway’s falling system and entering the profit earning phase, the Pakistan Railways is now set to operate ‘Cargo Express’ from September 2.

According to the railways sources, the Cargo Express will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays between the Karachi Cantonment and the Badami Bagh Station and the inaugural train will leave at 11 pm on September 2. 

Subsequently, the sources added, the frequency of the train will later be increased to the level of one train every day. 

It may be mentioned here that the Pakistan Railways has already been operating 8-9 freight trains on daily basis while this Cargo Express Train has been revived after a lapse of more than three years. The last cargo train was dispatched on June 20, 2011. 

The Cargo Express will consist of a load of 23=46 ZBCs (New Chinese Covered Wagons). The freight of each wagon is Rs. 130,000 and the total freight of one full train will be Rs three million. Sources said that the expected monthly earning from this train will be Rs. 24 million while Rs 300 million were expected as annual earning. 

The Cargo Express will carry general cargo like soaps, detergents, tissue boxes, imported household items and spare parts will be transported through this train. The expected running time of cargo express is 38 hours while proper time table has already been issued for this train on the lines of Passenger Express Train.