Share food and double your joys this Ramadan

After a long day of fasting in Ramadan, the only thing we look forward to is a table full of delicious and variety of foods and juices. In fact we are all geared up to spend lavishly on food in this virtuous month mainly because we experience hunger which makes us realize the value of food. All too often we fail to see those who can’t afford to buy little food or go to sleep on empty stomachs. If Ramadan teaches us anything, it is to look beyond ourselves at a world much different and disadvantaged than ours.


Realizing the needs of those, Foodpanda Pakistan has initiated an online charity program called ‘Click Donate’ to distribute special food packages for less-fortunate families, and homeless people. The campaign that began with Ramadan encourages people to adopt modest lifestyle so that they can spend extra money in charity especially in Ramadan – the month of generosity, moderation and self-discipline. Continue reading

First Pakistan-led team set to scale K2

Islamabad – Pakistan’s first ever mountaineering expedition is all geared up to reach the summit of K2. The team of 8 Pakistani climbers, led by Muhammad Taqi, also include two Italian mountaineering ambassadors, Michele Cucchi (alpine guide), and Simone Origone (ski expert), and would leave from Skardu on June 14, according to a press brief at National Press Club on Monday.

k2Pakistan’s first mountaineering, scientific and environmental research expedition to K2 will mark the 60 years anniversary of first ascent of second highest mountain in the word by Italian expedition in 1954. Pakistan and Italian climbers joined the ceremony to share their mutual passion to discover and climb the magnificent mountains. Continue reading

Pakistani among four journalists to be honoured

Honouring courage in defiance of censorship

Four outstanding journalists who have endured and defied media repression in Bahrain, Belarus, Mexico, and Pakistan will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2011 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous journalism.

From left, al-Jamri, Radina, Cheema, and Valdez. (Courtesy: CPJ)

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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Steve Jobs: ‘Death is very likely the single best invention of life’

Apple founder Steve Jobs died on Wednesday, aged 56. In 2005, in a moving address at Stanford University after receiving surgery for pancreatic cancer, he reflected on his own mortality, urging his audience:
‘Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.’ Continue reading

In Pictures: Steve Jobs – an iCon

Timeline: Steve Jobs
A look at Steve Jobs’ career

1977 – Photo shows Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as he introduces the new Apple II in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Apple Computers Inc., File)

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Wealth secures Health in today’s world

The good old saying “Health is Wealth” is no more applicable in a world we inhabit today where wealth ensures good health and not the vice versa. It means the more money you have, the better health you enjoy, as an individual and as a state. To worsen the matter, lack of better health facilities, least health awareness, and low expenditure on health has widened health disparities (access to health care) between the rich and poor of the country.

Today, one may ensure that Pakistanis enjoys a vast network of health care facilities, but accessibility, cost and quality of health care remain critical issues, mainly because spending on health by government remains abysmally low i.e. 0.54 percentage of GDP, which is amongst the lowest of all other countries of South Asian region. Continue reading

HEC – a victim of democratic dissolution ?

Edited version published in Pakistan Observer (6 Apr. 2011)
Sana Jamal

Ever since the Implementation Commission of the 18th Amendment to the constitution announced that several federal ministries including the education ministry were to be devolved to the provinces, certain ambiguities started surfacing in the minds of the educationists and officials.

One of the victims of this democratic move is an organization which not only created several hundred Ph.Ds for Pakistan but also earned international repute for the country. The decision of the government to dissolve the Higher Education Commission (HEC) thus generated perplexity and uncertainty not only among intellectuals but also in the civil and social society of the country.

Students chant slogans during protest demonstration at HEC building. Photo: PPI

On Tuesday, a few hundred students and teachers of the major universities in Islamabad and Rawalpindi including QAU, IIUI, NUML, AIOU, and NUST gathered in front of the HEC building to raise their voice against the devolution of HEC. “Higher education is vital to the future development of Pakistan and every effort must be made to ensure support to this sector” they believed. Continue reading