Karachi Literature Festival | MUET convocation
5th Karachi Literature Festival to begin on Feb 7
Karachi, Feb 01: Founded in 2010, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) will
begin its fifth edition on February 7, 2014, announced Ameena Sayyid and
KLF director Asif Farrukhi at a press conference on Friday.
Pakistani and 34 international authors, poets and academics will grace
the Festival, including the renowned historian and Mahatma Gandhi's
grandson, Dr Rajmohan Gandhi ( keynote speaker at the inauguration; the
award-winning novelist, Kamila Shamshie, and the Pakistani BBC
broadcaster, Raza Ali Abidi, both of whom will be the keynote speakers
at the closing ceremony.
It is for the first time that, Sayyid
announced, awards will be given to authors for three different prize
categories: KLF-Coca-Cola Best Non-Fiction Book Prize, KLF-Embassy of
France Prize, and KLF Peace Prize. The panel of judges for the prizes
include some of Pakistan's most eminent critics, writers and scholars,
who have short-listed three books for each prize category.
KLF-Embassy of France Prize has been instituted to promote excellence in
fiction written in the English language by a Pakistani author.
KLF Peace Prize is a joint project of the KLF and the Consulate General
of Germany in Karachi and the Embassy of Germany in Islamabad to
recognize books that promote peace, international understanding, and
Saiyid elaborated that this year there is a range of
interesting sessions and events planned for the Festival. Among the many
literary luminaries, academics, and journalists participating, both
from Pakistan and abroad, there will be Ashis Nandy, Kuldip Nayar,
Mushir ul Hasan, Moni Mohsin, Amjad Islam Amjad, Asma Jahangir, Amar
Jaleel, Attiya Dawood, Bina Shah, Bushra Ansari, Fehmida Riaz, H.M.
Naqvi, Hamida Khuhro, Kishwar Naheed, Maleeha Lodhi, Mohammed Hanif,
Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Pervez Hoodbhoy, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Shehnaz
Wazir Ali, Shehzad Roy, Uzma Aslam Khan, Zehra Nigah, Zia Mohyeddin and
Zubaida Jalal, among others.
According to the programme, proceedings
on the opening day will commence with a discussion with Moni Mohsin; a
session titled 'The Power of the Fourth Estate'; and a session on Faiz.
These will be followed by a conversation with Mustansar Hussain Tarar; a
session with Bushra Ansari; a session on 'Literature and Music in
Pakistan' with Tina Sani, Zeb Bangash, and Sarmad Khoosat as panellists;
readings by Intizar Hussain with the launch of Silver Jubilee edition
of his novel Basti, and a conversation with Rajmohan Gandhi. The first
day will end with a Mushaira.
Important sessions on the second day of
the festival include 'Contemporary Fiction at Home and the Diaspora';
New Voices in Sindhi Poetry'; 'Shayer e Awam: Habib Jalib'; 'Glitter of
the Silver Screen'; 'Qawwali Music and the Sufi Poetry Tradition';
conversations with Kamila Shamsie, Uzma Aslam Khan, Zehra Nigah, and
Raza Ali Abidi; dramatic storytelling by Nadia Jamil; and Dastangoi by
Danish Hussain, Darain Shahidi and Mahmood Farooqui.
the third day will include sessions on 'Baloch Literature and
Landscapes'; 'Karachi: From Stone Age to Cyber Age'; 'Bringing Down the
Gender Walls'; 'Drama and the Small Screen' with Haseena Moin, Sultana
Siddiqui, Shakeel, Seema Taher Khan and Attiya Dawood as speakers;
conversations with Ashis Nandy, Navid Shahzad, Mohammed Hanif, Amar
Jaleel, and Abdullah Hussain; Readings by Zia Mohyeddin; 'Chulbuk
Chori' a play by Thespians Theatre; screenings of Sharmeen Obaid
Chinoy's films; kathak performance by Nahid Siddiqui; and a concert by
The festival will include launches of about 28 books including
Dr Rajmohan Gandhi's book Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to
Mountbatten, The Kashmir Dispute 1947 by A.G. Noorani, I'll Find My Way
an anthology of short stories edited by Muniza Naqvi, The Rest is
Silence: Zahoor ul Ikhlaq: Art and Society in Pakistan, Jazeera
Sukhanwaran by Ghulam Abbas, Delhi by Heart by Raza Rumi, The Prisoner
by Omer Shahid Hamid, Urdu Afsanay by Hasan Manzar, and What's Wrong
with Pakistan? By Babar Ayaz. Daily times
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457 awarded degrees, medals at MUET convocation
Hyderabad: Expressing pleasure over progress
of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Senior
Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said it is really a pride that
the university meets international standards of education among the
public sector universities.
Addressing the 16th convocation of the MUET here on Tuesday, he said
that according to 2011 quality standards for ranking, it was counted
among the best universities of the world while nationally it was ranked
the second. He said the number of PhD scholars from the MUET was more
than any other public sector university of the country and that was why
it was an ISO certified varsity.
The minister said the university was involved in 22 international
level linkages and had been awarded with different foreign scholarships.
He disclosed that a centre had been established under USAID funding in
the university over water resources while an Asian centre and faculty
for research publication had also been established which was really
appreciable. He lauded university's efforts in development sector
especially in the wake of Sanghar Sugar Mill biogas plant and Thar coal
research project. He expressed the hope that the university would soon
be counted among the 100 best universities of the world.
He congratulated the newly appointed vice chancellor of the
university, Dr Mohammad Aslam Uqaili and said the university would
hopefully progress under his leadership. He urged that efforts should be
made to achieve 80 per cent literacy rate. He regretted that literacy
rate generally in Pakistan and particularly in Sindh was lower than
other countries, stating that in the today's world of technology, a
literate man was one who could write and read but standards of literacy
were now changing in the world and Pakistan had to take steps with those
He congratulated the university administration and vice chancellor for university's golden jubilee celebrations.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Dr Uqaili said current
enrolment of the university was 7,546 which included 6,000
undergraduates 1,464 masters and 82 PhD scholars.
He said today the university had 104 PhD scholars against just three
in 2003. He said the university had provided facilities to researchers
Degrees, gold and silver medals and certificates of merit were given 457 students, he said.
On the occasion, top faculty graduates got three gold medals, best
graduates eight gold medals, 21 position holders got silver medals and
merit certificates while 21 second position holders got certificates of
merit and another 21 third position holders got certificates of merit
Sikandar Almani was declared the best faculty graduate with two gold
medals and Sharmeen Abid Shaikh also got two gold medals for being top
faculty graduate. Maryam Arain, Hizbullah Memon, Mohammad Ramiz Rajput,
Mohammad Azhar, Aurangzeb Rajput, Maria Kumari and Fida Hussain also got
gold medals in different faculties. Dawn
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Salu cancels candidate's BA, MA degrees
Khairpur: The Shah Abdul Latif University
(SALU), Khairpur, has cancelled Bachelor's and masters' degrees of a
candidate who had graduated in 2006.
A notification issued by the controller of examinations of the
university said the degrees of BA and MA in political science issued on
May 23, 2006 to Ashiq Hussain, son of Dewan Syed Ghulam Abbas, with seat
numbers 42135 and 66470 stood cancelled.
In addition, it said, all other certificates issued to the candidate might also be treated as cancelled.
SALU spokesperson told this correspondent on phone that before taking
the final decision the controller had issued notices as per requirement
to the candidate concerned and published in newspapers. Dawn
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Rival student groups clash at CMC
Larkana: Two groups of students traded fire
over teasing of newcomers at the Chandka Medical College on Wednesday,
forcing the college administration to call in police to pacify the
Activists of the Jeay Sindh Students Federation (JSSF) and Jamiat
Talaba-i-Islam (JTI), student wings of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) and
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), who had fought just three days ago
at central canteen over some petty issue, locked horns again this time
over senior students' throwing taunts at newcomers, said sources.
Luckily, no one was hurt in both the clashes, which spread panic on
the campus and the college administration immediately called in police
to bring the situation under control.
The administration also sought help of local leaders of JUI-F and
JSQM, Nasir Mehmood Soomro and Athar Soomro, to make peace between the
Dr Riaz Ahmed Shaikh, vice principal of the CMC said that the talks
were held between the students leaders of both groups in the presence of
CMC Principal Prof Dr Khursheed Ahmed Abbasi.
The meeting found JSSF members guilty of teasing the newcomers and
decided they would visit the hostel rooms of JTI-affiliated students
they had taunted and beg pardon from them over the incident, he said.
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Karachi: The director-general of private
institutions Dr Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui on Tuesday called an urgent
meeting of private school associations that was attended by association
heads Khalid Shah and Sharafuz
Zaman, registrar Rafia Mallah and monitoring officer Ikhlaq Ahmed, where
they discussed safety issues related to school vans being run on CNG.
It was decided at the meeting that schools would check driving
licences of the school van drivers every three months. All school vans
should be painted a uniform colour and those running on CNG should have a
sticker identifying this on their windshield.
Meanwhile, the Sui Southern Gas Company announced the CNG stations would remain closed from 8am on Wednesday to 8am on Thursday. Dawn
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