Punjab University Lahore B.Ed registration starts

Punjab University Lahore B.Ed registration starts

LAHORE: Punjab University has started registration of B.Ed private examination 2014. According to details, candidates could submit registration forms till April 15 with single fee of Rs 2,500 while the registration form with Rs 500 late fees could be submitted till April 22. Later, candidates will be registered with Rs 3500 fee. It is clarified that candidates applying for private registration of B.Ed must be employee of any government educational institution, board and any institution affiliated with Education Department having more than two years experience. Such candidates must get their forms attested by relevant head of education institution or relevant District Education Officer. The candidates can download registration forms from this link s and can contact registration branch for any further query.

Pujab University Lahore book fair sets record, over 154,000 books sold in 3 days

Pujab University Lahore book fair sets record, over 154,000 books sold in 3 days

LAHORE: Pakistan’s largest three-day book fair organized by Punjab University administration has set a record of largest sale of books as over one hundred and 54 thousands books were sold in the three-day book fair. In a press statement issued here on Sunday, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the largest sale of books proved that study culture could be promoted in society if books were provided on reduced prices. He said that reading habits must be promoted in society for character building, to gain knowledge and polish creative skills. He said that steps must be taken at government level to provide books on low rates which would help promote knowledge in society. He congratulated Chief Librarian Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif and heads of various book fair administrative committees. He lauded Chief Security Officer Col (r) Tanvir on efficient and strict security arrangements and Sanitory Inspector Mushtaq Masih for ensuring cleanliness at the fair.

Punjab University book fair, over 78 thousand books sold in two days

Punjab University book fair, over 78 thousand books sold in two days

Punjab University book fair, over 78 thousand books sold in two days

Punjab University book fair, over 78 thousand books sold in two days

LAHORE: (Saturday, April 05, 2014): Pakistan’s largest three-day book fair organized by Punjab University administration concluded here on Saturday at New Campus while the organizers said that over 78 thousand books were sold in two days i.e. Thursday and Friday.

Thousands of people from all walks of life, especially a large number of families, thronged PU book fair and purchased books of their interest from bookstalls. In the last hours, the book sellers started to provide more than 50 percent discount on books because of which the sale of books gained an extra-ordinary momentum. On the third day, Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, renowned columnist Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi, internationally acknowledged writer Intzar Hussain, Hafeez-ullah Niazi, renowned columnist Dr Ajmal Niazi, Sohail Ahmed Azizi and renowned journalists and writers also visited the book fair. Talking to media, the federal minister said that the knowledge was incomplete without books.

Punjab University book fair, over 78 thousand books sold in two daysHe said that media should play role to create awareness among youth regarding importance of books and the new generation could be guided towards books through such book fairs. He said that he liked two things i.e. books and trees. He congratulated Dr Mujahid Kamran on continuously organizing the book fair thus providing an opportunity to book lovers to purchase books on low rates. Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the purpose of PU book fair was to provide all kinds of books under one roof on reduced prices. Intizar Hussain said that book fairs played important role in promotion of literary and co-curricular books and through the courtesy of such book fair, art and literature could be promoted in society. Renowned columnist Atta ul Haq Qasmi said that we were just pessimist that the new generation was not taking interest in book fair but today’s great rush of people was itself a witness to the fact that the new generation was still connected to the books. Senior journalist Sohail Warraich said that man was not incomplete without books and books refine human’s personality. He said that the importance of books was still intact in this age of IT and he used to take print out of reading material as touching books and papers had its own charm.

Punjab University book fair, over 78 thousand books sold in two daysHe said that Hafeez ullah Niazi said that collectively our society was far away from the books and such book fairs must be organized to strengthen friendship with the books. He said that people must read a book while they were traveling. Sohail Ahmed Azizi said that book was as much important as the heart was in the body. He said that if one does not take care of his heart, one could not survive. Dr Ajmal Niazi said that he liked two things, one was book and the second was bookish faces. He said that we must revive book reading culture in our society as the importance of books could not be minimized in any age. During the visit to book fair, Balochistani students presented bouquet to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran and wore traditional Balochistani turban on his head.

Philosopher can play role to build progressive Pakistan, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

Philosopher can play role to build progressive Pakistan, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

Philosopher can play role to build progressive Pakistan, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

Philosopher can play role to build progressive Pakistan, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

LAHORE: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that philosophers could play an active role to meet social, national and international challenges. He was addressing 36th Annual Session of the Pakistan Philosophical Congress (PPC) organized by Punjab University Department of Philosophy at Undergraduate Study Centre’s Al-Raazi Hall. On this occasion Chairperson Department of Philosophy Dr Shagufta Bokhari, President PPC Prof Dr Ghazala Irfan, Prof Absar Ahmed, Attib Gul, Asst Prof Shahid Mehmood Gul, faculty members, delegates from various universities and a large number of students were also present.

Dr Mujahid Kamran said that we were lucky enough to have a liberal atmosphere as compared to the past and by inducing new ideas we could attain a cherished goal of tolerant, moderate and progressive Pakistan. Dr Shagufta in her address highlighted the history of Pakistan philosophical congress and said it was established in 1954 to provide a plat form for thinkers and intellectuals to get together annually to discuss current philosophical and social issues and also to promote the growth of philosophical activity in the country. She said since its inception PPC had been holding its annual sessions regularly but unfortunately due to certain reasons it could not happen for last many years. She said that it was a matter of pride for us to arrange such kind of sessions again. President PPC Dr Ghazala Irfan said that we should avoid mistakes which taken place in past to continue this event regularly. The theme of this year is “Rationality: Prospects and Challenges” while the session will continue till April 6.

Book fair organized Punjab University: over thirty thousand books sold on 1st day

Book fair organized Punjab University: over thirty thousand books sold on 1st day

Book fair organized Punjab University: over thirty thousand books sold on 1st day

Book fair organized Punjab University: over thirty thousand books sold on 1st dayq

LAHORE: Over thirty thousand books were sold on the first day of Pakistan’s largest book fair being organized Punjab University administration at New Campus. On the second day, a large number of journalists, writers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, students and people from other walks of life visited the book fair. On the occasion, a large number of children, senior citizens and special persons were also seen visiting stalls and all the participants were found taking maximum benefit of maximum concessions on the books. Talking to media while visiting the book fair, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said that knowledge was a must for development and prosperity.

He said that only those nations were wealthy and developed who were knowledgeable. He said that around 750 Ayats of the Holy Quran stressed human beings to resolve the mysteries of universe and this reflected the importance of knowledge in Islam. He said that parents must attract their children towards books. He said that the purpose of book fair being organized by the administration was to provide books of all kinds on concessional rates under one roof. Senior journalist Atta-ur-Rehman, during his visit with the Vice Chancellor, said that it was obligation for all the Muslims to gain knowledge. He said that it was a matter of pleasure that PU administration had provided a good chance to book lovers. He said that provision of books on low rates was a source to attract people towards books and he was happy to see a great rush of people at book fair. “It means that people are inclining towards books, and the credit goes to PU administration,” he added.

Book fair organized Punjab University: over thirty thousand books sold on 1st day

Book fair organized Punjab University: over thirty thousand books sold on 1st day

The participants of the book fair said that they were thankful to PU administration for providing all varieties of books on reasonable prices which would help promote study culture in society. The participants also lauded security and sanitation arrangements. They said that such activities must be organized continuously in all the universities so that people could purchase maximum books on reduced rates. The book fair will continue on Saturday till 8pm. As per tradition, a large number of families also throng book fair on the third day.

185-bed spine surgery unit opens at Ghurki Hospital

185-bed spine surgery unit opens at Ghurki Hospital

LAHORE: The first spine surgery unit has started working at Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital on Jallo Morr. Zakia Aziz, mother of renowned spine surgeon Prof Dr Amer Aziz, inaugurated the unit on Wednesday.

Hospital Chairman Mohsin Bilal Ghurki, Samina Khalid Ghurki, Director Naeem Ghurki, Medical Superintendent Dr Aitzaz, Dr Amer Aziz, senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Punjab Assembly Member Aslam Iqbal and a number of political and civil society activists attended the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Amer Aziz said that Ghurki Hospital was providing best medical facilities to 1.2 million people of over 100 nearby villages. He said that there was no other hospital in the vicinity because of which locals were facing huge problems. He said that the hospital administration was providing medical treatment and initial emergence cover to the poor people. He said that spine unit was completed with the help of donations worth Rs300 million in four years. He said that the addition of the 185-bed spine unit has enhanced the hospital capacity to 580 beds.
According to details, the Ghurki family had donated 114 kanals of land for the construction of a hospital. Renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi laid the foundation stone on February 21, 1993 and the 450-bed modern hospital designed by Nayyar Ali Dada became functional six years later.
The Lahore Medical and Dental College, which is the first private medical college of the country, was affiliated with the hospital. The hospital is also recognised by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, and the University of Health Sciences.
The hospital has different specialities but it is best known because of its orthopaedic and spine surgery department. The orthopaedic surgery department is doing all kinds of orthopaedic surgeries including joint replacements, disc excision, stabilisation of spine, spine tuberculosis, Ilizarov, and arthroscopies.
The number of orthopaedic operations done at both units of Mayo Hospital is less than the number of surgeries carried out at orthopaedic department of Ghurki Hospital.
The department has produced 23 FCPS orthopaedic surgeons during last 8 years under the supervision of Dr Amer Aziz.
In addition, 12 orthopaedic surgeons from Pakistan and abroad commenced spine fellowship training in the department.
According to senior doctors, the hospital also played role in natural disaster and conflict situations in several countries, including Afghanistan, Kosovo and Gaza. After the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, the hospital established an artificial limb centre with the courtesy of Japan in Muzaffarabad city of Azad Kashmir where patients having longer bone fractures were treated with highly sophisticated instruments.
They said that Dr Amer Aziz had also set up medical camps for flood-hit victims in the Nowshera city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Muzaffargarh city of Punjab.
Many victims of terror attacks on police training centre in Manawan were also shifted to the hospital emergency where they were provided best possible services despite limited resources. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif later appreciated these services during his visit to the hospital.
The orthopaedic department team consists of Dr Shahzad Javed, Dr Naeem Ahmad, Dr Ijaz Ahmad, Dr Rizwan Akram, Dr Atiquz Zaman and Dr Gauhar Nawaz Khan, who have introduced this department nationally as well as internationally under the guidance of Dr Amer Aziz.

Awards ceremony honours ‘unsung heroines

Awards ceremony honours ‘unsung heroines

LAHORE: The Save the Children, in collaboration with Punjab chapter of Integrated Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health and Nutrition Programme, organised the 2nd Health Worker Awards on Wednesday to honour best performing lady health workers (LHWs) and community midwives (CMWs), who go above and beyond the call of duty under extraordinary circumstances to save precious lives of mothers and children.The objective of the ceremony was to acknowledge and appreciate the commitment and efforts of LHWs and CMWs. Activists of civil society, donors and government representatives attended the ceremony where the health secretary was the chief guest.Save the Children Advocacy and Campaigns and Child Rights Governance Programme Director Arshad Mahmood briefed the audience about the “EVERY ONE” campaign. He said that there are 48,000 LHWs in Punjab who are able to cover over 71 percent of the population. He said: “We need to ensure that not only Punjab but the whole country is 100 percent covered by LHWs, so that every mother and child have access to health care.”Similarly, there are 4,000 CMWs in Punjab and there is dire need to induct more CMWs to ensure the presence of skilled birth attendants at all deliveries.Punjab Health Director General Dr Zahid Pervaiz said that this was the time to raise awareness of the challenges these workers face every day. He said that the Health Department would also conduct health workers awards in order to appreciate their efforts and to bring about improvement in their service delivery.Another official, Dr Tanwir Ahmed, thanked health workers for being a part of the programme.Maternal Newborn Child Health Programme Provincial Coordinator Dr. Zafar Ikram said that the Punjab government should increase the number of CMWs by 15,000 to ensure presence of skilled birth attendants at every delivery. LHW Programme Provincial Coordinator Dr Javed Umar said that selecting the best performing LHWs and CMWs of the districts would help motivate other workers that would help achieve millennium development goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. EVERY ONE campaign brand ambassador Tauseeq Haider emphasised increasing the numbers of LHWs and CMWs. “They are our unsung heroines; it’s high time that their numbers are increased and their capacity is built so that they can deliver their best.”Later, the health secretary and other guests of honour distributed shields, certificates and cash prizes among best health workers from all districts of the province.

Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran calls for abandoning ‘use of force’ to resolve differences

Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran  calls for abandoning ‘use of force’ to resolve differences

LAHORE: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has called for abandoning the use of force to resolve differences.

He was addressing a seminar on “Political Development and Violent Conflicts” jointly organised by Germany’s Bielefeld University and PU’s Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) on Wednesday.
PU Behavioural and Social Sciences Faculty Dean Prof Dr Zakria Zakir, Bielefeld University’s Dr Sebastian Huhn, Karachi University Arts Faculty Dean Prof Dr Moonis Ahmer, delegates from Germany and Pakistan’s various other institutions and a large number of students attended the seminar.
VC Dr Kamran said that because of invention of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), there was dire need to resolve conflicts through brotherhood; otherwise, human beings could face destruction at a mass level. Citing the research of Australian scientist Gideon Polya from his book, ‘Body Count’, he said that there had been 1.3 billion avoidable deaths from 1950 to 2005 of which 600 million were Muslims.
Dr Zakir said that the joint initiative of the PU and Bielefeld University was much important in the context of Pakistan’s internal situation and relations with other countries. He said that research on violence could help prevent violence.
Dr Huhn said that various kinds of violence were major problems for several countries. He said that the purpose of this joint initiative was to do research in the areas of political violence, urban criminal violence, and gender and socialisation.
He said that scientific research on violence could point out reasons behind occurrence of violence and help reduce violent activities in society. He said that Bielefeld University had established international network for carrying out research on occurrence of violence and some researches have been conducted on various offshoots of violence in different countries.
Dr Ahmer gave a presentation on incidents of violence on campuses of educational institutions and described history and reasons of occurrence of violence on campuses. He said that political interference and lack of infrastructure were two of the most important reasons behind occurrence of violence on campuses.

Ad hoc doctors hired during YDA strike want regularisation

Ad hoc doctors hired during YDA strike want regularisation

LAHORE: Around 250 ad hoc doctors, who were recruited during the strike of Young Doctors Association (YDA) in 2012, have asked the government to issue them next contracts or regularisation notices within next 10 days; otherwise, they will hold demonstrations till the acceptance of their demands.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, representatives of ad hoc doctors, including Dr Arzoo Ali Khan, Dr Kishwar, Dr Madeha Bashir, Dr Afia, Dr Shahrukh, Dr Zain and others, said that the government hired them on a one-and-a-half-year contract on July 9, 2012.
They said that their contracts had expired on January 10, 2014, but that the government had refused to retain them in service. They said that 80 percent of them were females and had nothing to do with politics. They said that ad hoc doctors, who were appointed during the similar strike in April 2011, were offered three-year contracts on June 29, 2012, and were subsequently regularised also. Recently, they said, ad hoc nurses had got three-year contracts with the promise of regularisation.

Kidney and liver institute planned for Lahore CM seeks financial model, design in six weeks

Kidney and liver institute planned for Lahore CM seeks financial model, design in six weeks

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that establishment of a state-of-the-art institute for treatment of kidney and liver diseases in Lahore has been planned. He said that satellite centres of the institute would also be set up in the cities of Faisalabad and Multan and that the proposed project would be executed expeditiously.

According to a handout, the chief minister was presiding over a meeting to review progress on the proposed Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute project. Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Chief Minister’s Adviser Khawaja Salman Rafiq, Punjab Assembly Member Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, chief secretary, King Edward Medical University vice chancellor, and other senior officials and experts attended the meeting.
The chief minister said that the Punjab government was spending billions of rupees on development of health care infrastructure and provision of modern treatment facilities to the people. He said that besides medical facilities, free of cost medicines were being provided to deserving patients in pubic hospitals. He said that hospitals equipped with modern facilities had been set up throughout the province while rural and basic health centres were being upgraded in order to provide quality health care to the people on their doorstep.
He said that the kidney and liver institute was need of the hour and the government would extend all-out cooperation and support in its construction. He said that a research centre would also be set up at the institute. He said that philanthropists and experts would be placed on the board of governors of the institute where medical, surgery and diagnostic facilities would be provided.
The chief minister formed a steering committee headed by the Planning and Development Board chairman and sought a comprehensive report regarding financial model, design, and other ancillary matters pertaining to the construction of the institute within six weeks. He also formed a committee headed by Dr Nasrullah Chaudhary for technical consultations.
CM leaves city for Beijing to attend Boao Forum: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif left for Beijing on Wednesday to attend the Boao Forum.
Before his departure, the chief minister said that Pakistan and China were bound together in strong ties of love, brotherhood and sincerity.
According to a handout, CM Shahbaz said that promotion of relations with neighbouring countries, including China, had vital importance in the foreign policy of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government. He said that China was extending cooperation in energy and other sectors in Pakistan and that the visit would further strengthen bilateral ties. He said that a new era of Pakistan-China friendship had kicked off and the investment package of $32 billion by the Chinese government reflects growing relationship between the two countries.
CM Shahbaz said that relations between Pakistan and China were strengthening with the passage of time. He said that these relations had turned into useful economic ties under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He expressed the hope that further progress would be made on energy and infrastructure projects during his visit to China.

Health secretary gets notice on nurses’ contempt plea

Health secretary gets notice on nurses’ contempt plea

LAHORE: Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday issued notice to the health secretary on a contempt of court petition filed by several nurses for not regularising their services in the light of a court verdict. Remarking that it appears that the government wanted the nurses to stage protests for their rights, the judge sought a reply from the secretary on Tuesday (today). Several nurses working in different public-sector hospitals moved the petition against non-implementation of the court’s earlier order about their regularisation. Their counsel said that the health authorities have violated the court order. He requested to initiate contempt proceedings against the secretary and other respondents.

A house without books is like a room without windows

A house without books is like a room without windows

LAHORE: “A house without books is like a room without windows,” Horace Mann, an American politician and education reformist (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859), once said. This is the philosophy, which contributed to the emergence of the United States as the first Eurasian superpower of the world and one can see a common American spending plenty of his time in reading books.

When Russia was the superpower, in any common housing, there used to be a room spared for containing piles of books — from floor to the ceiling, reflecting the love for books among Russians. Same is the case with Americans now. Their love and care for books made them superpower of the world. Book is considered the best gift and Christmas turns out to be the main book-selling season when Americans and Europeans gift books to their near and dear ones.
Books are thought to have been playing a key role in development and decline of nations. Love and care for books displayed by Germans, French, and Britons contributed to their nation-building.
“We – the Pakistanis – are much behind in the race to make books our companions” Prof Dr Satya Paul Anand, renowned philosopher, writer and poet, who recently visited Pakistan, said as the guest of Academy of Letters, while addressing a ceremony hosted by Dr Mujahid Mansoori at PU Executive Club. He said: “When I was coming to Pakistan and bringing some books to present as gift to some of my friends, a friend told me that they (Pakistanis) love kebab (grilled meat) and not kitab (book).”
It was the strongest-ever criticism and all those present in the meeting felt ashamed; however, they had no choice but to accept it.
Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran is very clear in his thoughts about significance of books. He is repeating time and again; rather hammering his demand to the government to help ensure provision of good quality books on cheap prices. He believes price increase had caused decline in the number of book readers in a country already gripped by surging inflation.
He said that a book makes a man stronger and the men make a nation stronger. He also urged his students to read books – other than their syllabus books.
Dr Shafique Jullandhry, a renowned media scholar, says: “Wise people learn from others’ experiences instead of themselves doing experiments and learning out of these experiences after spending much time. To learn from others’ experiments, book reading is the best tool.” He said books were primitive source of mass communication. Still books are contributing to internal revolution among human beings as well as mass movements in the world.
Dr Manssori believes that books create rational thinking among the members of a nation and that it was very import to inculcate reading habit because book reading creates best of the best writing, listening and speaking abilities – the three important elements required for image building of a nation among the comity of nations.
About 150,000 books have been sold in the three-day Punjab University annual book fair from April 3 to April 5.
Renowned columnist and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui inaugurated the event. Literary and journalistic figures like Sohail Warriach, Hafeezullah Niazi, Attaul Haq Qasmi, Dr Ajmal Niazi, radio and TV artists Shujaat Hashmi and Sohail Ahmed Azizi, Federal Defence Production Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain, Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed and hundreds of thousands of people visited the fair.

100-member youth delegation to visit China

100-member youth delegation to visit China

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Embassy Charge d’ Affairs Yao Wen met 100-member delegation of Pakistani youth on Thursday. The delegation, led by acting Secretary of Economic Affairs Division Yasmeen Masood is scheduled to visit Beijing and Xi’an from April 11 to 18. Yao Wen welcomed the youth to visit China. He said all the delegates represented the future of Pakistan as well as that of China-Pakistan friendship. “Your visit to China could let you know more about culture, history and way of life of a friendly and brotherly country,” Wen told the delegation. He wished the delegation a wonderful stay in China and their return to Pakistan with more knowledge, greater exposure, enthusiasm and wonderful memories that would help the two countries further strength the bilateral relations. Yasmeen Masood said the program aimed at increasing mutual understanding between the two countries, especially the youth. She hoped that the delegation will fully harvest this opportunity to learn from a friendly country and play its role to enhance the time-tested friendship between the two countries. During the visit, the delegation will interact with Chinese young people, experience modern development of China and the long history of both cities. The delegation is to visit China as per decision taken by Pakistan and China during the Chinese President Hu Jintao’s official visit to Pakistan in 2006. As per decision, 100 youths from both sides will visit each other’s countries.

Quaid-i-Azam University QAU holds international cultural festival

Quaid-i-Azam University QAU holds international cultural festival

ISLAMABAD: The Quaid-i-Azam University organised a festival themed, ‘International Cultural Festival 2014’which was attended by the ambassadors of various countries, including that of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Cuba, Palestine, Egypt’s deputy cultural counsellor, Embassy of Iran’s deputy cultural counsellor. The French Cultural Centre and European Commission made the grand event memorable.Students enthusiastically participated and learned about the culture and traditions of the participating countries. They took keen interest in Eras Mundus Scholarship and higher education opportunities in the US. The event was organised by the Diplomatic Insight in collaboration with the Institute of Peace and Diplomacy (IPD), Anthro Club and the Quaid-i-Azam University Department of Anthropology.The Quaid-i-Azam University organised this festival in order to promote an understanding of diverse cultures of the world, including that of Pakistan, thus connecting young students of the university having diverse cultural backgrounds and different nationalities. It was a joint effort to celebrate this festival and to share not only the cultural and traditional understanding with the Pakistani people, especially the youth, but also explore the various opportunities of education. Aitezaz Ahmad Chaudhry inaugurated this event and said that the presence of representatives from across the globe has given strength and hope.Department of Anthropology head Waheed Chaudry said that the event was meant to give an opportunity to the youth to interact and come across various cultures of the world and also to learn from other nations. The diplomats enjoyed the traditional horse dance and other cultural dances of Pakistan.

National Book Festival from 22nd April

National Book Festival from 22nd April

Islamabad: The National Book Foundation has decided to organise a three-day National Book Festival from April 22 for the promotion of book reading in Pakistan, in the Pak-China friendship Centre. Several programmes will be held in the National Book Festival in which writers, poets and people from different school of thoughts will be invited. Books in different languages and of different writers and poets will be presented in the event.