Google holds GDayX to urge SMEs to go online

Google holds GDayX to urge SMEs to go online

Google holds GDayX to urge SMEs to go online

Google holds GDayX to urge SMEs to go online

LAHORE: Google Business Group (GBG) Pakistan in collaboration with Google Pakistan organised GDayX Pakistan at a local hotel on Saturday.
The objective of the event was to bring the business community on web platform and share knowledge on how businesses can grow on the web.
GBG Country Champion Amer Sarfraz, Effective Measures Country Head Imtiaz Noor, Shehrbano Taseer, Domino’s Pakistan CEO Ahsen Ahmad, IT experts, entrepreneurs, businessmen and technology enthusiasts from different fields participated in the event.
Addressing the ceremony, the speakers shared insight on Google tools, tips and success stories that aimed to inspire the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to go online, grow online and sell online.
The participants appreciated the GBG for taking good initiatives for the business community and entrepreneurs. Some of the industry experts enlightened the audience with their knowledge and learning of web tools, social platforms and online payments.
The first session was titled ‘Who is online from Pakistan’, conducted by Imtiaz Noor. He was followed by a Googler, Sulwyn Lim, from Singapore who spoke on ‘How to use Google+ for businesses’. Sulwyn Lim is currently working as product manager for Women on Web. She has also worked as product marketing manager for Google+ in Asia Pacific. She talked about how businesses can promote through Google+ using circles, communities, hangouts and ripples.
Another Googler, Yoonmin Cho, from South-East Asia informed the participates how Google display network and Google search networks can be used to drive business results in the light of the new rules of online branding.
‘Go online and grow online’ was followed by a talk on ‘sell online’ by Domino’s Pakistan CEO Ahsen Ahmad. He said that e-commerce was becoming a reality in Pakistan and was not rhetoric anymore.
In the second session, MCB Remote Banking Head Qasif Shahid spoke on ‘Disruption ahead’. His talk revolved around why mobile wallets was the biggest thing no one was talking about.
Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) President Jehan Ara talked about ‘Women on Web’ initiative and their goals for 2014. Jehan Ara expressed her wish and plans to encourage more and more women entrepreneurs in Pakistan. She said, “We will conduct workshops for train women in using Google tools.”
Google Pakistan Country Consultant Badar Khushnood talking to Daily Times said that Google products were for small and medium enterprises. He said that the main objective of this event was to acquaint entrepreneurs and business community with web technology.
In the end, a panel discussion was held on ‘How to close the loop’, participated by Qasif Shahid, TCS Special Projects Vice President Jamil Ahmed and Daraz.pk co-founder Muneeb Maayr. The discussion was moderated by LUMS Centre for Entrepreneurship Executive Director Khurram Zafar.

48 illegal foreign students arrested from seminaries

48 illegal foreign students arrested from seminaries

LAHORE: Police claim to have rounded up 48 foreign students from registered and unregistered seminaries during a search operation in various cities and towns of Punjab, sources said on Saturday. The operation was planned after “suspicious activities” were noted at a few seminaries, the official sources said. Police raided more than 10 madrassas and arrested several foreigners, revealing that a majority of the seminaries were unregistered. Raids were carried out in various cities and towns of Punjab, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Chakwala and Dera Ghazi Khan. Twenty-five foreign students were arrested from Lahore, the sources confirmed. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed the raids and arrests of foreign students allegedly involved in ‘unwanted’ activities. Visas of most of the suspected students had expired, while some of them did not possess any passport, as they had entered the country illegally. These students belong mostly to Afghanistan, Middle East and Central Asian countries. The students were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation, the sources said, adding that the embassies of the countries concerned would be contacted regarding their citizens. There are around 18,000 to 24,000 registered madrassas in Pakistan. Countless more are unregistered. It was also recently reported that 90 percent of the foreigners who study at religious seminaries across Punjab possessed expired visas.

Sweet Homes children enthral audience at PBM Carnival

Sweet Homes children enthral audience at PBM Carnival

Sweet Homes children enthral audience at PBM Carnival

Sweet Homes children enthral audience at PBM Carnival

ISLAMABAD: Some 1,200 boys and girls of Pakistan Sweet Homes (PSH) from across the country enthralled the audience on Thursday with their amazing performances at the five-day ‘Pakistan Baitul Mal Carnival for Sweet Angels’.
The event was inaugurated by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, where the children displayed their skills by participating in different activities.
Speaking on the occasion, Murtaza Javed Abbasi invited the children to visit the National Assembly and watch the proceedings of the House.
Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah announced to construct a building for the PSH in Karachi, which would provide residential facilities to 2,000 children.
Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman Khan met the PSH children and watched a fancy dress show performed by them during the carnival. She said that PSH children were representatives of Pakistan and pledged to launch a computer literacy project for them.
Pakistan Baitul Mal Managing Director Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh said that in the last three months in office, he had established two PSHs, while three new PSHs would start functioning soon.
Over 3,200 children were being provided residential and other necessary facilities at the 28 PSHs, he said, and added that the network of PSH would be expanded to the district level. Abid Sheikh urged philanthropists to come forward and adopt children and donate for their welfare. The PBM has also established a Great Home for providing residential facilities to senior citizens, he said.

Federal capital of Pakistan (Islamabad) witnesses surge in pollen count

Federal capital of Pakistan (Islamabad) witnesses surge in pollen count

ISLAMABAD: With the advent of the spring season, surge has been recorded in pollen count in various the federal capital. According to a Meteorological Department, pollen count was recorded at 7,490 pollen per cubic metre in Sector H8 on Thursday morning. Experts said that the pollen count may remain high in Islamabad air during the next two to three weeks and only heavy rains could wash the pollens. The number of patients with pollen allergy has also increased at city hospitals and clinics. Sources in hospitals of the federal capital said that a number of patients suffering from pollen allergy had been visiting the hospitals on a daily basis. Pollen allergy symptoms include sneezing, itching, watery eyes, coughing, difficulty in breathing, wheezing and eventually attack of asthma. In addition, there may be itching on the skin accompanied in some cases by gastro-intestinal symptoms.

Women Weeks kicks off at Fatimah Jinnah Women University (FJWU)

Women Weeks kicks off at Fatimah Jinnah Women University (FJWU)

RAWALPINDI: In keeping with its tradition, the Fatimah Jinnah Women University (FJWU) on Thursday saturated its Women Week with the theme “Kirdar Ka Ghazi.”
The week would be observed from March 20-22 with the purpose to engage youth in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Different competitions including qirat, naat, bilingual declamation, mahfile-mushaira, quiz competition, photography, painting, drama and singing competition would be held. The activities are organised with an optimum objective to showcase and foster the student’s creative and spiritual capabilities.
The first day of the three days activities began with the qirat and naat competitions at the university campus while a huge number of students from different universities participated in the event. The highlight of the Women’s Week is the Artisan Mela. Ghouson Juma along with the Vice Chancellor, Samina Amin Qadir inaugurated the Artisan and the artists and students from all over Pakistan had set up colourful stalls of handicrafts, eatables, and other items. The Artisan Mela will remain open for three days for the students of FJWU. Students from other universities would be allowed to come from 9:00 a.m. till 06:00 pm on the last two days.
The last event of the first day was a drama competition. Students from Iqra University, University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and Fatima Jinnah Women University participated in the event. A large number of students from different universities and FJWU took keen interest in this colourful event.

Holi celebrated at Pakistan National Council of Arts PNCA

Holi celebrated at Pakistan National Council of Arts PNCA

ISLAMABAD: People from different religious minorities celebrated the Hindus festival of colours ‘Holi’ with zeal and zest at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) here the other day.
The event was organised by the Ministry for Religious Affair, while Federal Minister for Religious Affair Sardar Mohammad Yousaf was the chief guest on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister greeted the Hindu community on Holi and stressed the need for interfaith harmony among all religions and faiths, assuring government’s full cooperation to celebrate all their religious festival with freedom.
Bhajan, arti and different dances on Hindu songs were performed by arts groups on the occasion.
An official from the ministry told APP that Holi welcomes the spring season with all its traditions by Hindu community in different parts of the world including Pakistan.
The festival of colours is celebrated in the areas of Hindu majority while in Pakistan, the Hindu minority also celebrate this with play of colours in their communities and also burn logs of wood to symbolise victory of good over evil and observe Holi pooja.
The festival brings spring after winter with bright yellow mustard fields, blazing orange colour in the air and other vibrant hues to display the blooming treasures of nature.
The members of Hindu community throw colours blended in water, powdered colours and splash colour filled balloons to fill the atmosphere with the joy of festivity while it is also the first major festival of Hindus in the year.
The festival is celebrated after the full moon in March each year and the day before Holi is Holika, which commemorates the victory of good over evil.
The festival of colours rejuvenates the spirit of fun, freedom, love, respect and happiness to blend myths with religion for promoting harmony.

Govt committed to eradicating polio by 2015

Govt committed to eradicating polio by 2015

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Health Regularisation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarrar has said that the government was committed to eradicating the menace of polio in the country by the year 2015.
Talking to the state television, she said that consultations had been held with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to eliminate polio, measles and dengue virus, which had assured full cooperation.
She pointed out that the polio disease was only detected in those countries where law and order situation was not better. The minister said an awareness campaign should be held at district level to provide information to the people about the polio. Organisations, religious scholars and Ulema should help the government in this regard, she added. To a question about the genuineness of polio vaccine, Saira said the vaccine being used in the campaign was checked in laboratories and was beneficial for children of up to five years of age.

Annual Day held at Al-Huda International School Islamabad

Annual Day held at Al-Huda International School Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The students showcased their abilities and talents and provided the audience an opportunity to experience and learn conscious consideration of others on the third annual day of Al-Huda International School.
The students explored the relevance of unity, rights of a family, community and nation, the importance of moral values, respect, tolerance and significance of having a purposeful life in the light of the teachings of the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The programme was themed “World Beyond Me” and consisted of several performances. Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal was the chief guest. The performances included recitation from the Holy Quran, presentations and skits.
The youngest performers of the day formally welcomed the audience to the third annual day. Toddlers looked adorable in their costumes and brought smiles with their innocent gestures in their sing along poem performance. The immaculate discipline and synchronisation amongst the students of Montessori was commendable. The students of Montessori level II presented a skit on “A Muslim child’s day”, to portray the appropriate behaviour towards the poor and the needy. The Montessori level III students presented the rights of the neighbour in a poem.
The confidence of the AIS primary section students was also commendable. The budding young boys and girls of the AIS secondary section triggered a range of emotions in the audience. The honourable guest, Ahsan Iqbal was overwhelmed by the students’ performances and creativity and congratulated the institute and its founder as well as the working team on being successful in introducing Islam to the youth in such a manner.
The unique blend of modern education and values of Islam was well reflected in the day’s event and the performances.
Iqbal emphasised that it is the age of knowledge revolution and learning the Quran is very important in these times. School Director Atif Iqbal thanked the honoured guests and the audience and appreciated the efforts of all the students and staff.

Al-Shifa gears up to fight against avoidable blindness

Al-Shifa gears up to fight against avoidable blindness

Rawalpindi: Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital has decided to take its fight against avoidable blindness to a new level as it doubled the number of free eye camps being held in the remote areas of Pakistan.
“We have decided to double the number of free eye camps from 150 to 300 per annum to screen fifty thousand school children during this calendar year,” said Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital President Lt-Gen (r) Hamid Javed.
Speaking at a function held to pay homage to Al-Shifa’s founder president Lt Gen (r) Jahandad Khan on his death anniversary, he said that the trust had paid special attention on the children. He informed that 45 percent of the blind children were visually impaired from avoidable causes.
“There is a group of diseases and conditions occurring in childhood that if left untreated would result in blindness or severe visual impairment,” he added. Javed also said that the prevention of childhood blindness is generally high on his agenda because it carries highly devastating consequences if not addressed in time.
He added that the founder president of the trust had always been very concerned about the welfare of children that suffered from eye diseases and the trust would continue to follow his mission and vision to eradicate blindness from the country.
Many of the causes of childhood blindness are avoidable, being either preventable or treatable while delays in the treatment could lead to permanent blindness, he said, adding that making them useful citizens is our prime responsibility.
He stated that around 66 percent of the blind children have cataract while six million people are partially blind. The trust would issue registration cards to the children so that they could get free treatment in future from any of the Al-Shifa hospitals. On the occasion, gold medals and awards were also given to doctors and students.

Nurses hold rally in capital Islamabad

Nurses hold rally in capital Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Nurses and paramedical staff on Saturday staged a protest rally in front of the National Press Club (NPC) in order to press the government for their demands. More than a hundred protesters from different hospital of the federal capital called on the government to fulfil their demands. The protesters were carrying banners and placards in favour of their demands. Addressing the rally, the speakers expressed solidarity with the medical workers. They appealed to the government to take notice of nurses’ protest and issue directives to resolve their problems.

Italian contemporary art history lecture delivered at National College of Arts – Rawalpindi NCA

Italian contemporary art history lecture delivered at National College of Arts – Rawalpindi NCA

RAWALPINDI: Lavinia Filippi, Italian art historian and contemporary art critic delivered today a largely attended presentation at the National College of Arts – Rawalpindi on “Arte Povera” (literally Poor Art), an art movement that started in Italy at the end of the 1960s and that became one of the most significant and influential avant-garde movements in post-war Europe. It grouped the work of those Italian artists identified for their use of everyday life materials that were new in art at that time, such as rocks, clothing, paper and industrial scraps.
The ARTE POVERA artists would sometime include in their installations the 4 elements (water, earth, air and fire), or even live animals. Most of their works were sculptures or installations but there was also an important performing aspect.
The term, POOR ART, was used for the first time in 1967 by the Italian art critic Germano Celant and it was inspired from the “Poor Theatre” promoted, in the same years, by the Polish director Jerzy Grotowski.
To illustrate the theory of the movement Mr. Celant wrote – as Lavinia Filippi stresses – that ARTE POVERA consisted in “reducing at lowest terms, impoverishing the signs to reduce them to their own archetype”.
In the same year, 1967, Germano Celant organized the first group show of the movement in Genoa, in Northern Italy. It included works by Alighiero Boetti, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali and Emilio Prini. All of the works made use of everyday or “poor” materials.
Throughout the ’60s, ’70s and even more recently, many other artists were associated to the group or tried to be identified as part of it, with more or less success. In their mission to reconnect life with art, the Italian ARTE POVERA artists strove to evoke an individual, personal response in each of their pieces, stressing an interaction between viewers and objects that was impossible to repeat and purely original. Their work marked a reaction against the modernist abstract painting that had dominated European art in the 1950s, hence much of the group’s work was sculptural.
But the group also rejected American Minimalism, in particular what they perceived as its enthusiasm for technology. Therefore, POP ART was also another “enemy”, even though the artists who took part the Italian version of Pop Art, that took place at the very beginning of the ’60 in Rome, and which includes Mario Schifano, Tano Festa e Piero Angeli, were close to the ARTE POVERA’s artists. Also, although ARTE POVERA is most notable for its use of simple, artisanal materials, it did not use only these. Some of the group’s most memorable work comes from the contrast of unprocessed materials with references to the most recent consumer culture. There would use a lot of Ready Made as they were called and first introduced in art by Marcel Duchamp and the Dadaist movement.
Believing that modernity could erase our sense of memory along with all signs of the past, the ARTE POVERA group wanted to contrast the new and the old in order to complicate our sense of the effects of the passing of time. More than a movement with a well-defined poetic identity, ARTE POVERA was a way of thinking. Thus in ARTE POVERA we can find not only an artistic theory about life, but also a reflection on the human condition.The ARTE POVERA’s artists translated the desire for freedom, typical of the period, into an art that went beyond the idea of the artwork as an unique piece. What they wanted was the “freedom of the object” to amplify the work towards a multiplicity of meanings and “beyond the borders of the object itself”.
Mrs. Filippi, that currently writes for several international art magazines including Flash Art, ArteIn and Art Now Pakistan, moved to Pakistan 3 years ago when her husband, Dr Federico Bianchi, was posted at the Italian Embassy in Islamabad. This gave her “the opportunity to discover a very vibrant and exiting contemporary art scene” as she stated in her opening remarks. I and I am specializing in Pakistani contemporary Art through interviews and studio visits of the main established and emerging Pakistani artists. Before moving to Pakistan. Lavinia worked for the Italian national TV Broadcaster RAI, with a show on contemporary art, with art galleries in Rome and New York City and for the “Castello di Rivoli” the most important Italian contemporary art Museum near Turin, that hosts the world biggest collection of ARTE POVERA.
In her closing remarks, Mrs. Filippi drew a parallel between the Italian art movement in the 196-0s and the current Pakistani art scene that sees also artists working with simple and everyday life materials as a rejection to consumerism. Amongst them, she cited as example the work of IMRAN HUNZAI, Sculptor, painter and Professor at NCA Rawalpindi, who recently showcased his works made out of recycled electronic material – inspired by ARTE POVERA – at Satrang gallery, Islamabad The presentation was organised by NCA Rawalpindi with the support of the Italian Embassy in Islamabad.

Scholars call for protection of regional languages

Scholars call for protection of regional languages

ISLAMABAD: Linguists, intellectuals, researchers and writers Thursday called for steps to preserve and promote regional languages as these can play vital role in promotion of cultural diversity and national integration and inter-provincial harmony.
They were speaking at the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage meeting, chaired by Member of National Assembly, Marvi Memon.
They asked the federal and provincial governments to take concrete steps for imparting education in mother tongue and establish National Language Commission as soon as possible.
The speakers were of the view that the regional languages are rapidly disappearing, which is a matter of concern.
They also regretted that most educated parents do not speak to their children in their mother tongues, which is contributing to the swift decline of these languages.
They said that Pakistan will prosper and progress by making local languages as national languages and provincial identity will be safeguarded too.
The speakers said that there is no clash of languages in any part of the country, rather there has always been a clash of interests, political ideology and thinking which led to the destruction of languages.
A scholar Razaaq Sabir said that in India there are 22 national languages but here we are neglecting our regional languages. Giving example of Hebrew he said that dead anguages can be revived through government protection.
Hindko scholars said that Hindko was spoken by 42% population of Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw but it was not given any patronisation.
Abaseen Yousufzai said that ruling elite discouraged promotion of Pushto language though its promotion can play key role in national integration. He said that KPK was museum of languages and there was need to build linguistic bridges to strengthen federation.
He suggested that new terminologies coined for Urdu should be taken from regional languages rather than foreign languages.
The committee was informed that the previous provincial government had made legislation for protection of Pushto, but the present PTI government has undone all its steps.
Punjabi scholar Saeed Farani said that all the Sufi poetry was in local languages.
Vice Chancellor Gujrat University Nizamuddin said that Punjabi language played important role in promotion of Urdu, but itself remained neglected. Dr Sughra Sadaf said that national language should be spoken at grassroots level which was not the case in our only national language. She said that all Sufi poetry was written in regional languages and Urdu has failed to produce any Sufi poet.
Seraiki scholar Dr Saiqa Imtiaz said that Seraiki was not a variant of Punjabi as some Punjabi scholars claim. She lamented that lack of media support was also a reason behind destruction of regional languages. She said that research has proved that multi-lingual people are more talented, flexible and can be source of unity in diversity.
Promotion and protection of regional languages will end sense of deprivation and promote national harmony, she added. She quoted Lord Macaulay as telling British Parliament in 1835 that for making Indians British slaves it was necessary to delink them from national heritage and destruction of their regional languages can be important tool in this regard.
Scholars from Balti and Sheena languages spoke in Gilgit-Baltistan and said that such languages were facing extinction and their protection was vital for national integration.
Sindhi scholar Mushtaq Phulpoto said that in the past when someone talked about protection and promotion of their mother tongue, he was considered an anti-Pakistan, which was totally wrong perception. He said that English Medium schools chains reaching district level now were totally destroying the regional languages and new generation was losing link with their mother tongues.
He hoped that the dream of giving the status of national languages to regional languages was likely to materialize now and credit for this should go to the present government and Parliament.
Dr Aatish Durrani said that adaptation of regional languages was a complicated issue and it will take time as India took 28 years on completion of this process.

Cultural exhibition adds charm to Francophonie celebrations at National University of Modern Languages (NUML)

Cultural exhibition adds charm to Francophonie celebrations at National University of Modern Languages (NUML)

Cultural exhibition adds charm to Francophonie celebrations at National University of Modern Languages (NUML)

Cultural exhibition adds charm to Francophonie celebrations at National University of Modern Languages (NUML)

ISLAMABAD: A colourful cultural exhibition in connection with Francophonie Festival 2014 added charm and allure to the francophonie celebrations at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), on Tuesday.
Francophonie week is marked for people whose cultural background is primarily associated with French language, regardless of their ethnic and geographical differences. The celebrations started on March 12 by the French language department of NUML in collaboration with the Embassy of France and Alliance Françoise, and concluded at the university’s main campus on Tuesday with a colourful event. The Canadian counsellor, Denis Chouinard, (DG) Brig Azam Jamal and Planning and Coordination Director Brig Risat Ali were also present at the event. The guests visited different stalls arranged by the embassies of France, Switzerland, Canada, Tunisia, Belgium, Egypt, Lebanon, and Alliance Francis Islamabad.
Speaking to a gathering of directors, deans, heads, faculty members and students on the occasion, Canadian Counsellor Denis said that there is nothing better than spending your time celebrating the day that marks cultural, linguistics and ethnic diversity. “A common language links us all where there are no boundaries of culture, language, colour and creed and there are 90 million French speaking people across the world that makes it one big community,” he added.
He said that the students of NUML are lucky as they are able to connect with so many people, cultures, and societies while learning the language of their choice. This linguistics capability would ultimately help them to contribute towards a harmonious society and the world, as language means networking with larger population, reaching out to people and having better understating of diversity out there, he added.
While speaking on the occasion DG Brig Jamal said that these celebrations in connection with Francophonie Festival was an opportunity for our students to come and share the culture of different countries and enhance their understanding of the culture they are learning.
Talking to this scribe French department head Zille Zahra said, “Such an event help our students of French language to get experience of native language, culture, art and have a chance to exhibit their skills of language.” The event would conclude on an interactive session of the ambassadors of seven countries and a closing ceremony coupled with a musical concert.

Sufis gave lesson of tolerance, peace: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

Sufis gave lesson of tolerance, peace: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

Sufis gave lesson of tolerance, peace: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

Sufis gave lesson of tolerance, peace: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran

LAHORE: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has said that Sufis gave the lesson of peace and tolerance and their teachings affected the lives of people of Turkey, Central Asia, Iran, Pakistan, India and the rest of the world. He was addressing the 5th International Punjabi Sufi Conference at Sherani Hall, Old Campus, here on Wednesday.

Punjab University Oriental College’s Department of Punjabi organized two-day international Punjabi Sufi Conference on Wednesday at Sherani Hall, PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the opening session while, Dean Faculty of Oriental Learning Prof Dr Ismatullah Zahid, Minister for Religious & Minorities Affairs Punjab India Sardar Tarlochan Singh, VC Turbat University Balochistan Prof Dr Abdul Razzaq Sabir, Khateeb Jamia Masjid Data Darbar Mufti Muhammad Ramzan Sialvi, Shrine Hazrat Mian Muhammad Baksh Kharri Sharif Azad Kashmir Mian Muhammad Sajid, Dr Nashir Naqvi (India), Prof Dr Jasvinder Singh (India), Prof Dr Abdul Hamitt Bursak (Turkey), Dr Saleh Sift (Turkey), Dr Mazhar Moeen, Dr Naheed Shahid, Dr Navid Shahzad, Mian Naeem Anwar Chishti and other renowned scholars/ poets of national and international level attended the event. Dr Kamran said that the biased history of subcontinent created differences and misconceptions among the people and it could be removed by writing true history with honesty. He said that PU administration was extending all-out support for research on the life and teachings of Sufis. Mr Tarlochan Singh said that the teachings of Sufis were equal for all human beings and there was no difference of religion, race, social status etc before a Sufi. He said that the Islam was spread in the region by the Sufis, not by the kings. He said it was interesting to note that most of the research on Sufis was done by Sikh researchers. He said that nothing was better than the teachings of Quran. He said that English created differences between Sikhs and Muslims otherwise the foundation stone of Golden Temple was laid by Hazrat Mian Mir. He said that according to UNESCO, mother language was the best language to understand knowledge well and we must do efforts to promote mother languages. He said that Lahori Punjabi was sweeter than Indian Punjabi. Dr Abdul Razaq said that the teachings of Sufis were beyond boundaries and eras and we could find out solutions to our problems in the light of their guidance. Dr Jasvinder Singh said that Sufis did not represent one sect and presented the issues being faced by the mankind vividly. Dr Nashir Naqvi said that the teachings of Sufis were just like remedy for sins. Dr Mazhar Moeen said that there was need to connect human beings with each other and focus on common values to eliminate conflicts. He said that we must unite ourselves keeping our individual identities intact. Dr Ismatullah Zahid said that there was need to promote Punjabi language and teachings of Sufis. He thanked PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran for providing research-friendly environment on campus. Reading research paper, Associate Professor Dr Naheed Shahid said that the thoughts of Sufis could be used to cope with terrorism and suicide attacks. He cited various pieces of poetry of Sufis to support his version. The conference will continue today.

Punjab University College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES), Chief Minister’s Youth Mobilization Committee (CMYMC) sign MoU on biogas

Punjab University College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES), Chief Minister’s Youth Mobilization Committee (CMYMC)   sign MoU on biogas

Punjab University College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES), Chief Minister’s Youth Mobilization Committee (CMYMC)   sign MoU on biogas

Punjab University College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES), Chief Minister’s Youth Mobilization Committee (CMYMC) sign MoU on biogas

LAHORE: Punjab University College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES), Chief Minister’s Youth Mobilization Committee (CMYMC) and Chinese company Sichuan South Gas Compressor (SSGC) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding for using biogas to cope with energy crisis. In this regard, a MoU signing ceremony was held at the auditorium of Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology. Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, CEES Principal Prof Dr Firdous-e-Barin, CMYMC President Chaudhry Sohail Amir, Senior Member Local Government Ejaz Mehrvi, SSGC Overseas General Manager Yang Quan, Director External Linkages Assistant Professor Dr Maria Maldonado, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

 

Addressing the ceremony, Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the education minister was taking personal interest in educational and research affairs and always supported the cause of universities. He said that because of his special interest, the universities could play the role in research which the universities should. He said that PU would play its role for dealing with energy crisis. Dr Firdous-e-Barin said that there was need to explore alternative energy resources cope with energy crisis. She said that biogas technology was easy to use and there was need for creating awareness. Mr Yang Quan the company would provide technical training to support biogas project.