Thursday, October 11, 2012

Prevention is the best way to combat brain-eating amoeba

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi 
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Prevention is considered the best way to avoid the rare ‘brain eating’ disease Naegleria Fowleri, which has already claimed as many as 10 lives in a matter of just a few months in Pakistan’s most populous city of Karachi.

Prevention is the key in this case because the mortality rate of the disease is extremely high. It has to be ensured that the water supply is chlorinated and the citizens are aware about the precautionary measures.

Abstaining from all water-related activities can prevent Naegleria infections, but for many people, this simply is not an option. There are other things people can do.

It’s strongly recommended to avoid swimming in still, warm, brackish water that has loose bottom sediment. Jumping or diving into the same type of water is also to be avoided. The brain-eating amoeba is often caught through swimming in infected water.

Wearing a nose clip or holding your nose if you jump or dive into relatively warm water lakes, rivers, pools or other similar bodies of water is advised since Naegleria Fowleri is transmitted by contaminated water entering the nose. It cannot be passed from person to person, however.

People are warned to avoid getting water too deep into their nostrils and make sure their water supply is properly treated. Those with symptoms are urged to seek help immediately without wasting any time.

The highest incidence of this disease occurs in the hot summer months in children and young adults, with males having the highest incidence of disease.

Naegleria Fowleri, which has a fatality rate of more than 98%, infects people when contaminated water enters the body through the nasal membranes and destroys brain tissues. Symptoms are initially very mild, including a headache, stiff neck, fever and stomachache. Death usually occurs five to seven days after infection.

Naegleria Fowleri is an amoeba that lives in fresh water and soil. The organism goes through three stages in its life cycle: cysts, flagellates, and trophozoites. It is the trophozoite form that causes human disease.

Naegleria are ‘thermophilic’ meaning that they prefer warmer water. However, the cysts are able to survive for months in very cold water. Thus, Naegleria infection is found both in tropical and temperate climates.

Although there are many species of Naegleria, including Naegleria gruberi, only Naegleria fowleri causes human infection. There are other free-living amoebas that cause human disease, including Acanthamoeba.

The organism was officially discovered in Australia in 1965 by Dr M Fowler and Dr R Carter although it’s believed to have occasionally infected humans for centuries. Fortunately, humans are rarely infected with Naegleria fowleri.

The disease was first reported to have surfaced in Karachi, the commercial hub of the country, in 2006 but this year's outbreak has been deadlier making the citizens more concerned.

The awareness campaigns by the concerned authorities can help immensely in combating the deadly disease. The NGOs as well as the government sector should mobilize all their resources in spreading the precautionary measures that could save precious lives.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Karachi Inferno: Factory cleared after 41 hours

The factory building, which was gutted in a massive blaze that claimed 289 lives, was cleared Thursday morning  after 41 hours of rescue work, officials said.
Chief fire officer Ehtishamud Din said the operation continued all night long and after drainage machines pumped water out of the basement the building is now cleared after 41 hours.
Talking to media, he said the upper three floors had already been cleared but problems were faced clearing the basement as it was filled with water and had became extremely hot as a result of continued 18-hour fire.
The fire officer Ehtisham asserted there is no more dead body left at the factory now.
Earlier at night, the second floor of the gutted garment factory caught fire again; however, the fire-tenders brought it under control.
On Thursday morning, affected families staged protest demonstration as the heavy machinery could not be transported to the blaze site, which delayed the relief work at the basement of the factory.
The affected people warned they will themselves drain out the accumulated water after breaking the wall of the factory, if the administration continues to display disregard over the tragedy of so immense proportions.
As many as 217 bodies were kept at Edhi Center; of them, 107 have been delivered to the bereaved families after identification process.
Eight bodies will be dispatched to different areas of Punjab including Muzaffargarh and Rahim Yar Khan.
Edhi Center Sohrab Goth’s official said the bodies being shifted to Punjab cities will be given free-of-cost service.
The loss of lives of 289 innocent people in a factory conflagration has saddened the atmosphere of the metropolis.
Announcing three-day mourning, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has called off all organizational and political activities in grief over the incident that claimed 289 lives.

Chief Justice (CJ) of Pakistan and Judges of the Supreme Court offered condolence and prayed for the departed souls of workers who got killed in the factory fire at Karachi and Lahore.
Chief Justice and  Judges assembled Thursday before the start of proceedings of their respective Benches and offered Fateha for the workers of the tragic incidents who were caught in a deadly fire and perished. May Allah Almighty bless their souls and provide strength to their families to bear this irreparable loss. (The Nation)

Sunday, July 8, 2012


KMC will start booking of shops at ground floor and mezzanine floor of “Mall of Karachi” (Shahabuddin Market in Saddar) through public housing scheme before Ramadan. Metropolitan Commissioner Matanat Ali Khan said this while chairing a meeting on the construction of Shahabuddin Market. 
The meeting was attended by Senior Director Transport & Communication Muhammad Ather, Senior Director Finance Munawwar Imam, Chief Engineer Muhammad Taha, Director Public Housing Scheme Sabah-us-Salam and other officers. Metropolitan Commissioner on this occasion said that KMC will generate revenue through selling shops of Shahabuddin Market through public housing scheme and for this purpose a scheduled bank with its branches will sell the forms and receive the applications in all Pakistan. 
Application forms would be received by paying Rs. 1000/-.Allotment of the shops will be through computerized draw. He further said that this project has been renamed as “Mall of Karachi” .MC said that construction work on this project is going on speedily and this project will worth 735 million and its first phase will complete in 15 months.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

SKM equals Aziz Rehmatullah’s record of 12 sports books

By bringing out Asian Glory, Syed Khalid Mahmood (SKM) has equaled the record of A Aziz Rehmatullah, who’s believed to have held the record of authoring the highest number books on the subject of sports.  

The record is being now jointly held by Aziz Rehmatullah, one of the doyens of cricket statisticians in Pakistan, and Syed Khalid Mahmood, a prolific scribe and analyst, as both of them have a dozen books each to their credit.

Aziz Rehmatullah’s maiden title, 26 Years of Pakistan Cricket, was published in 1979 and his last book, Calendar Year’s Kings, came out in 2002.

In between he authored World Cricket Annual (1980), Cricket Close Up (1981), Pakistan Test Cricketers (1981), Masters of Cricket (1982), Who’s Who in Test Cricket (1984), An Eye on Test Cricket (1986), 35 Years of Pakistan Cricket (1987), The Book of One-day Internationals (1989), Pakistan in One-day Internationals (1996) and Who’s Who in One-day Internationals (2001).

Syed Khalid Mahmood debuted as a published author with Focus on World Cup in 1987 and has gone on to write The Caribbean Challenge (1989), Pakistan’s Triumph in World Cup 1992 (1993), Pakistan: The Land of World Champions (1995), Pakistan’s Sports Greats (1997), So Near Yet So Far (2000), Spotlight on World Cup 2003 (2005), Top of the Charts (2005), Mission Caribbean (2007), Cricket Fever (2008), Reflections (2010) and Asian Glory (2012).  

Ehsan Qureshi, having pioneered the idea of publishing books on World Cup cricket tournaments, has authored eight books already and the ninth one is under publication.

He’s the author of The Book of One-day Internationals (1986), Pakistan Snooker Book (1991), World Cup 1992 (1993), World Cup 1996 (1997), World Cup 1999 (2000), World Cup 2003 (2004), Fiasco (2008) and Crash of the Titans (2011).

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


KARACHI / SEOUL, April 02, 2012 – Fourteen of LG Electronics’ (LG) 2012 products were recognized by the red dot design awards for their excellence in the field of design. A panel of 30 independent judges considered over 4,500 products from 1,800 manufacturers and designers in nearly 60 countries. In all, LG took 12 red dot design awards as well as two honorable mentions.  

LG’s success at the 2012 red dot design awards follows the 14 awards the company received among the 2,923 competing entries at the iF (International Forum) design award earlier in the year. LG Optimus 2.0, an Android-based smartphone interface, was recognized for its unique user interface design. LG was also recognized for being environmentally responsible in designing the MACHJET printer’s packaging using pulp molded recycling buffer material.

“LG’s philosophy is that every LG product incorporates user experience in its design,”  said Kun-pyo Lee, head of Corporate Design at LG Electronics. “Our ultimate philosophy to incorporate designs that work but also evoke some emotional response.”

Several of the key products recognized at the 2012 red dot design award include:

LM9600: CINEMA 3D Smart TV 
The LM9600 leads LG’s new CINEMA 3D Smart TV line-up for 2012. Alongside its new 3D technology and enhanced Smart TV function, the LM9600 also features LG’s CINEMA SCREEN Design. With a barely visible bezel, the LG9600 offers a 3D viewing experience that is reminiscent of a large-screen movie theater. The barely visible bezel completes the sophisticated design of the new CINEMA 3D Smart TVs which complement even the most elegant of interior décors.

Magic Remote 
LG’s new Magic Remote brings user convenience through its innovative control modes as well as ergonomic design. The smooth, curved shape accommodates the viewer’s grip, while its new control modes -- Voice, Wheel, Pointing and Gesture -- have replaced conventional push buttons with a set of modish controls that are intuitive and extremely user-friendly.

LG Styler
The Styler clothing care management solution boasts a modern, elegant finish that complements the interior décor of any bedroom, walk-in closet or laundry room. Consistent with the Styler’s premium design, controls are displayed on a front touch panel, illuminated by soft, gentle lighting. The Styler uses steam cycles to reduce everyday wrinkles and unpleasant odors. It also keeps clothes neat and fresh, using a selection of scents that can be subtly infused into the stored clothing items. The Styler is the ultimate solution for maintaining one’s wardrobe with a professional touch.

Bottom Freezer Refrigerator for EU Market
LG’s seamless, modern and sleek bottom freezer (model number: GB5240AVAZ) is equipped with maximum capacity and Slim Water Dispenser for great looks and convenience. Incorporating Zero Clearance design, the refrigerator doors can be opened up to 90 degrees without bumping into the wall. The new bottom freezer is also highly energy efficient with a rating of A++, largely due to its Linear Compressor technology. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Karachi: Khouf Aata Hai

عینی نیا زی
عین الیقین

شہر کر اچی کا ہر فر د سہما ہو اڈرا ہو ادکھا ئی دے رہا ہے یو ں محسوس ہو تا ہے گو یا دشمن کے نر غے میں ہیں قا بض فوج فاتح کی طرح قتل عام کر رہی ہے اگر ایسا ہوتا تو ہم اپنے مقدر کا لکھا سمجھ کر صبر کر لیتے کہ آخر دہلی بھی تو سات بار لٹی تھی نا در شاہ نے وہا ں پر پا نچ روز تک قتل عام کا حکم صادر کر ایا تھا۔ لیکن ! یہا ں تو اپنے ہی اپنے گھر کو آگ لگا نے والے اپنے ہی گھر کے چراغ ہیں یہ تو ہمارے اپنے ہم وطن اور مسلما ن ہیں کراچی میں آگ و خون کا کھیل پھر اپنے عروج پر ہے سارادن ٹی وی چینل کرا چی کی سڑکوں پر آگ و خون کی ہو لی دکھا تے رہے اربا ب اختیار اسے روکنے سے قا صر اور بے بس ہیں پھر وہی سیاسی پا ر ٹیوں سے گفت وشنید اور با ہمی مفا ہمت اور تعاون کی یقین دہا نیاں ہل کر اچی کے لیے یہ کو ئی نئی با ت نہیں چھا پے آپریشن گر فتا ریاں پھر اس کے نصیب میں ہے قیا م پا کستا ن کے بعد سے اب تک کئی مرتبہ کر اچی پر اس کا اطلاق ہو چکا ہے خدا کرے یہ نسخہ تیر بہ حدف ثا بت ہو اورشہر میں دیر پاامن قائم ہو سکے ۔
  پیا رے نبی ؐ نے فر ما یا ’’تم میں ایک زما نہ ایسا بھی آئے گا کہ جب مقتو ل کو خبر نہ ہو گی کہ اسے کیو ں قتل کیا گیا ‘‘،آج  ایسے ہی زما نی= سے ہم گذ ر ر ہیں ہیں‘یہ ہمارے لیے کسی عذا ب سے کم نہیں ’ جب انسان کے دلو ں سے انسا ن کا حترام اٹھ جا ئے تو سمجھ لیجیے کہ عذا ب کامو سم آپہنچا  ، ایک ہی ملک کے ایک ہی مذ ہب کے پیرو کا ر ایک ہی ملت کے امین ایک دوسرے کو خو فزدہ کر یں یا ان سے خو ف زدہ رہیں تو اس سے بڑھ کر عذاب موسم اور کیا ہو سکتا ہے ،ایک ہی وطن کے لو گ ایک دوسر ے کو بر ی نگا ہو ں سے دیکھیں کو ئی کسی کا پر سان حا ل نہ ہو تو با قی کیا رہ جا تا ہے انسان اپنے ہی دیس میں خو دکو پر دیسی محسو س کر نے لگے تو عذا ب ہے جنا ب وا صف علی وا صف نے فر ما یا ِ’’ جب زمانہ امن کا ہو اور حا لا ت جنگ جیسے ہو ں تو سمجھو عذاب ہے جنا زے اٹھ رہے ہوں کند ھا دینے وا لو ں کی تعداد میں اضا فہ ہو تا جا رہا ہو ، آنکھیں نم ہو ںارد گرد جشن منا نے وا لے در ند ے ہو ں، دلو ں سے مروت نکل جا ئے ایک دوسرے کا احساس ختم ہو جا ئے ‘‘ کیا ہم ظا لم قو م ہیں ،کیا ہم پرکو ئی عذا ب نہیں آئے گا یو م حسا ب نہیں آئے گا مجھے ایسا لگتا ہے کہ ہم واقعی ظالم پا کستا نی بے حس قوم ہیں ہما ری آنکھو ں پر نفرت کی پٹی بند ھی ہو ئی ہے ،کیا ہم نے کبھی یہ سو چا کہ ہم اپنے آنے والی نسلوں کے لیے کیسا پا کستا ن بنا رہے ہیں ہم انھیںکیا جواب دیں گیں ۔ ہم نسل، ز با ں علا قے کی بنیا دپر کب تک خون بہا تے رہیں گیں یہ کیو ں بھو ل جا تے ہیں کہ جب تعصب کی ہوا چلتی ہے تو پھر انسانیت کو چ کر جا تی ہے ۔کراچی کے با رے میں اب یہ کہنا غلط نہ ہو گا کہ اسے مختلف لسا نی اور قومیت کے در میا ن تقسیم کر دیا گیا ہے ایک قو میت کے فرد کو دوسرے علا قے میں جا نے کی اجا زت نہیں یا اسکے لیے خطرنا ک ہے کر اچی ایک آتش فشا ں کاروپ دھا ر چکا ہے جس میں وقفے وقفے سے لا وا ابل کر با ہر آتا ہے تبا ہی مچا تا ہے جا نو ں کا نذرانہ و صو ل کر تا ہے اور خا موش ہو جا تا ہے ۔
ایک دن میں پچاس سے زا ئد گا ڑ یاں نذر آ تش ہو جا ئیں کسی کو بھی گھر میں گھس کر دن دھا ڑے قتل کر دیا جا ئے کیا یہ المیہ نہیں ؟کچھ دن امن رہتا ہے پھر وہی بگڑتی صو رتحا ل ، روز انہ گھرو ں سے کا م پر نکلنے والوں کو کو ئی امید نہیں ہوتی کہ واپس صیح سلا مت آئیں گیں یا خدا نخوستہ کسی ان جا نی گو لی کا شکا ر ہو جا ئیں گیں کہیں سے کو ئی انسا ن نما حیوا ن وارد ہو کئی گھرو ں کے چشم وچرا غ گل کر کے غا ئب ہو جا ئے ہیں، پھر لا کھ کو شش کر یں قا تلو ں کے با رے میں کچھ پتہ نہیں لگتا ۔خانہ پر ی کے لیے بے گنا ہ لو گ پکڑے جا تے ہیں قا نو ن نا فذ کر نے والے الگ بے بس ہیں گو یاا پنے ہی ملک میں اپنے ہی لو گو ں کے ہا تھو ں ایک دوسر ے کے خو ن سے ہا تھ رنگے جا رہے ہیں ۔درجنو ں لو گو ں کی ہلا کتو ں کے بعد سرکا ری مشنری حرکت میں آتی ہے تصفیہ کے لیے پا رٹیو ں کو ایک جگہ جمع کیاجاتا ہے سیا ست دا ن اپنی پا رٹی کی مظلو میت میں نعر ہ لگاتے ہیں کہ یہ سیا سی نعرے ان کی سیا سی اقتدار کو مستحکم کر تے ہیں ان کے وسائل کا رو بار چلتا ہے ان کی فتح کا پر چم بلندہو تا ہے اور ہماری معصوم عوا م نہیں جا نتے کہ جس جگہ اور جہا ں ان کے مفا دات وا بستہ ہوں وہ اپنی قوم کو قر بانی کے لیے آگے کر دیتے ہیںیہ معصو م عوام اپنی قومیت کے زعم میں ما ری جا تی ہے ۔ کو ئی سندھی ہے تو اسے وڈیرو ں کی بڑا ئی اپنے اندر محسوس ہو تی ہی، کو ئی پنجا بی ہے تو گو جر چو ہدری سب سے اعلی وارفع نظر آتے ہیں ، پشتو ن ہیں تو اپنے اندر خلجی عظمت کے امین بنتے نظر آتے ہیں ۔میںسمجھتی ہو ں کہ پا کستا نی ایک قوم بن کر رہنے میں ہما ری عظمت اور بھلا ئی ہے با قی سب با تیں فضو ل ہیں ہم سب ایک پا کستا نی شہری ہیں جو صدیو ں سے مختلف تہذ یبو ں کا گہو راہ ہی،جہا ںتما م قو میت اپنا ایک ا علی مقام رکھتی ہے اس لسا نی فسادات میں ہم اپنے ہی مسلما ن بھا ئی خو ن بہا رہے ہیں ایسی خطر نا ک صو رتحا ل سے نبٹنے کے لیے ضروری ہے کہ ان ٹا رگٹ کلنگ کے اصل و جو ہا ت کو تلا ش کیا جا ئے جب تک اصل مسئلہ کو حل نہیں کیا جائے گا یہ سلسلہ جا ری رہے گاٹار گٹ کلنگ کی جو لہراس شہر میں آئی ہے خدا کر ئے کہ اس خاتمہ ہو سکے ۔افتخار عارف کی یہ نظم ایسا لگتا ہے اسی شہر کے تنا ظرمیں لکھی گئی آپ کی نذر ہی۔
 اس شہر و خس خاشاک سے خو ف آتا ہی
جس شہر کا وارث ہوں اس سے خوف آتا ہے
 شکل بننے نہیں پا تی کہ بگڑ جا تی ہی
نئی مٹی کو چا ک سے خوف آتا ہی
وقت نے ایسے گھمائے کہ افق، آفاق کہ بس
  محور گردش سفا ک سے خوف آتا ہی
یہی لمحہ تھا کہ معیار سخن ٹہرا تھا
اب لہجہ بے باک سے خوف آتا ہے
 آگ جب آگ سے ملتی ہے تو لہو دیتی ہے
 خاک کو خاک کی پو شاک سے خوف آتا ہی
کبھی افلا ک سے نا لوں کے جواب آتے تھی
ان دنوں عالم افلا ک سے خوف آتا
 ہیرحمت سید لو لا ک پہ کامل ایما ن
امت سید لو لا ک سے خوف آتا ہی

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Glowing tributes paid to eminent writer Zakir Ali Khan

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

Glowing tributes were paid to the late Zakir Ali Khan, an eminent writer, Aligarhian, former Honorary Vice-Chancellor of Sir Syed University of University & Technology (SSUET), and ex-Managing Director Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB), for his commitment to the mission and vision of great reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, at a condolence reference for him organized by Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) at the SSUET’s campus.

The speakers on the occasion recalled the multi-faceted life and achievements of Zakir Ali Khan who served AMUOBA as its General Secretary for five decades and died recently at the age of 86 after a protracted illness..

In his speech the Chancellor SSUET, Engr Z.A. Nizami, spoke about the contributions made by late Zakir Ali Khan, towards promoting the cause of education and literature as outlined by the great Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.. 
He described Zakir Ali Khan as a man having unusual qualities and said he had been one of the most revered and outstanding writer having produced at least 10 most popular books in Urdu. 
He said his sad demise has created a void in both the educational and literary circles besides which would not be filled in near future. He announced to establish a chair after his name at the university in acknowledgment to his services in augmenting the cause of education in general and promoting Urdu in particular.
Engr Nizami said the dream of establishing Sir Syed University in line with the vision of great educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan came true because of his efforts and contribution and he made it possible for the University to get the hockey ground for SSUET students opposite the campus.

“He was a noncontroversial person who was loved and respected by all and nobody ever talked against him”, he said adding that besides education, he always emphasized on extracurricular activities and formed a sports department in the university.

Earlier Syed Afzal Karim highlighted the qualities and efforts of Zakir Ali Khan, observing that he was a great protagonist of the vision and mission of great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.

Born in July 2026 in Rampur, Zakir Ali Khan did his matric from Rampur, B.Sc from Aligarh in 1945 and B.Sc Engineering from the same university in 1948.

In his professional career, the late Khan had served as Managing Director of KW&SB, Chief Engineer KMV, Honorary Vice-Chancellor SSUET, Founder Member of Board of Governors SSUET, Founder Member Governing Body Aligarh Institute of Technology, President Pakistan Association of Scientists and Scientific Professions, Karachi University Syndicate and Academic Council and Selection Board.

Zakir Ali Khan was the recipient of Alumni Award given to him by Aligarh Alumni Association New York in 2000 and was awarded the First Sir Syed Ahmed Khan International Award for Literature by Aligarh Muslim University, India in 2008.

He was the author of 10 books and represented the best qualities of social engineering through the promotion of professional education thereby impacting the life of a large multiple.

He was also instrumental in creating a new sense of pride and confidence as being a part of modern Islamic heritage through his writings.

He played a significant role in establishment of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association and since the last five decades had remained in Honorary Secretary.

He was actively engaged in the promotion of sports events and also went as team manager to various countries. He worked hard to promote hockey and served as Secretary of Karachi Division Lawn Tennis Association.

The meeting, largely attended by SSUET’s faculty members, staff, students, friends of Zakir Ali Khan and his lovers, concluded with Fateha offered for the departed soul. Dua was performed by renowned Naat Khawan, Mahamoodul Hassan Ashrafi. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Administrator KMC Muhammad Hussain Syed has directed to remove all garbage collection points around the mosques and route of main procession of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi(PBUH)and complete all necessary arrangements including cleaning before 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal. He also instructed to carry out repair and maintenance work of all streets lights and sewerage system in the city. Administrator Karachi said all the municipal resources including machinery, vehicles and manpower should be mobilized for 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal. He said measures should be taken in an efficient way for ensuring cleanliness on 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal especially in and around the Nishter Park. In a meeting held in connection with the arrangements for 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nasreen Masood elected Rotary Karachi Airport President for 2013-14

Rotarian Nasreen Masood was elected as President of the Rotary Club of Karachi Airport (RCKA) for the Rotary year 2013-14 in the club meeting held at Rangoonwala Hall, Karachi, on December 31, 2011.

Rtn Abdul Hamid was re-elected as President for 2012-13 while Rtn Khalique Laiq and Rtn Mohammad Younus were elected as Vice President and Club Secretary respectively.

Rtn Mahmood Nawaz was re-elected as Joint Secretary while Rtn Nazakat Ali Khan was elected as Treasurer with Rtn Waseem Yousuf getting re-elected as Sergeant At Arms and Sarfaraz Khan getting elected to the post of Club Coordinator.

Rtn Syed Khalid Mahmood (Director Membership Development), Rtn Anwar Jabeen Qureshi (Director Club Service), Rtn Shah Mohammad Anwar (Director Community Service), Rtn Abdul Mobin Khan (Director International Service) and Rtn Anwar Siddiqui (Director Vocational Service) were also elected to the Board for the Rotary year 2012-13.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Board of Secondary Education Karachi announces poverty-cum-merit scholarship

Mrs Hoor Mazhar
Mrs. Hoor Mazhar Secretary Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) announced that the board will offer poverty-cum-merit scholarship for deserving students enrolled in Class-X in the government secondary schools of the metropolitan. She said that all public-run schools were bound to submit names of 10 deserving students from their schools. The students should have at least 45 per cent marks in the SSC-I exams.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Syed Khalid Mahmood appointed Assistant Governor for 2012-13

Rotarian Syed Khalid Mahmood, Charter President, Rotary Club of Karachi Airport (RCKA), has been appointed as Assistant Governor of the RI District 3271 for Rotary year 2012-13.

The written confirmation in this regard was issued by District Governor-Elect, Rtn, Jalaluddin Shaikh, vide an email dated January 9, 2012, which has been circulated to the RCKA member for information. 

”This indeed is an important position and the District Management has assigned him a very important job which is full of challenges and opportunities. Rtn Khalid Mahmood is a pioneer and founder member of the RCKA and the club feels greatly honoured by his appointment and wishes him best of luck in this position. We extend felicitation to him and pray for his success in his new assignment,” Club Secretary, Rtn S M Anwar wrote while sharing the confirmation letter with the RCKA members.

The RCKA President, Rtn Abdul Hamid, also congratulated Rtn Khalid Mahmood and described his appointment as Assistant Governor as an accomplishment for the club as well. The RCKA was chartered in June 2008.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Jumbo Karachi Guide arrives

Jumbo Karachi Guide took a good number of years to be compiled, edited, produced and finally published. Its inaugural edition has arrived and the early feedback has been phenomenal.

It’s Karachi’s first-ever comprehensive travel guide. The paperback, published by Jumbo Infomedia, is spread over 148 pages of A-5 size in four-colour and it’s printed on Matt Finish paper with a wealth of information inside the covers.

Besides Karachi Important Telephone Numbers, Karachi Postal Area Codes, Karachi Facts and Chronology of events, the articles published with eye-catching and historic photographs of the city are Introducing Karachi, Modern Karachi, Climate of Karachi, From Kolachi to Karachi, Karachi’s Architectural heritage, Cultural history of Karachi, Karachi Tramway becomes a thing of past, Education remains identity of Karachi, Evolution of new media through blogging and social networking, Hub of business, Karachi Port continues to offer new opportunities, Enchanting beaches and coastline, Engagement in sports and recreation, Premier hotels of Karachi, Hot and spicy food, Shoppers Paradise for everyone’s delight, Multiplexes revive cinema culture in Karachi, My Karachi: Oasis of harmony, Hamara Karachi Festival rocks, Karachi International Book Fair gladdens bookworms, Fashion Week making waves in Karachi, Karachi Literature Festival illuminates literary scene and Social sector development in Karachi.

The maps of Pakistan, Sindh and Karachi have been printed separately while Practical Information section has the listings of Airlines, Ambulance Services, Art Galleries, Banks, Blood Banks, Booksellers, Breakfast & Brunch, Chocolates & Sweets, Cinemas, Clubs, Coach Services, Courier Services, Cultural Centres, Departmental Stores, Farm Houses, Fast Food, Florists, Foreign Mission, Fun Spots, Gift Shops, Golf Clubs, Handicrafts, Health Clubs, Hospitals, Hotels, Ice Cream Shops, Laboratories & X-ray Centres, Libraries, Medical Stores, Money Changers, Museums, Photo Colour Laboratories, Photographers, Rent A Car, Restaurants, Travel Agents and Tour Operators.

The handy book, priced Pak Rs 600, is available at all leading bookstores in Pakistan and it can also be obtained directly from the office of Jumbo Infomedia.