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Lahore Literary Festival 2014 : Celebration of literature ends with an impact
Lahore, Mar 01: The concluding day of the revered Lahore Literature Festival (LLF) 2014,
as routine, featured a litany of writers, journalists, editors,
critics, poets, educators and publishers, all under one roof,
disseminating their knowledge, opinions and ventures with a
The sun shone bright on the final day
of LLF 2014 as an eager crowd struggled to make its way through the
jam-packed halls, containing the crème de la crème of literature and
language. A crowd that was not just limited to that of Lahore, consisted
of people from all walks of life; Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad, Quetta
and Faisalabad, with many foreign nationals in full attendance as well.
With over a 100 speakers from eight countries, panel discussions in
three languages, 120 volunteers, art installations, exhibitions,
performances and book and food stalls, the LLF has gone from strength to
strength in a period of only one year, as this year's programme hosted
an extra day owing to the influx of participants. The now annual
celebration of literature sadly but proudly came to an impactful end on
Sunday, taking place at Alhamra.
The Place of Fiction in a Nonfiction
World: After the 'Imagining Cities' session comprising a stellar
line-up of distinguished panellists; Mohsin Hamid and Raza Rumi among
others, an engaging, informative and a very dignified panel of some of
the leading dignitaries of the subcontinent got together to discuss 'The
Place of Fiction in a Nonfiction World'. Comprising Ahmed Rashid (who
was also on the LLF Advisory Committee), Amit Chaudhuri, HM Naqvi and
Michael Dwyer with Aysha Raja as the moderator, made up for one credible
"There is no doubt that people are reading less and less
nonfiction these days. Fiction is becoming a version of nonfiction. For
instance, Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, that sold over 9 million
copies worldwide, was a fictitious tale depicting actual events in the
history of Afghanistan. People who can write about such authenticity are
the ones who have lived there and experienced the culture," Rashid
"Publishers of non-fiction need to realise that sometime
non-fiction could be perceived largely as fiction now and people might
limit their purchase that way," publisher Michael Dwyer added.
further on the widespread coverage of nonfiction internationally,
Rashid who seemed to address every opinion with an educated example,
said, "Much of nonfiction has been covered by bloggers rather than print
journalists. For instance, take the Arab Spring as an example. The
bloggers did a phenomenal job with the coverage, so much that some
newspapers even thought about bringing the blog together for their
publication. But at the same time, books have their own impact."
Raja urged the audience to indulge in purchasing books more.
are various versions of nonfiction. Some stress at one point, while
others would stress elsewhere," award-winning Karachi-based novelist HM
There indeed seems to be a very thin line between fiction and nonfiction as everyone has his/her own version of truth.
was a book published in Pakistan based on Hinduism that had to go under
heavy censorship. That happens a great deal, so even while writing on
nonfiction, the facts are always edited," one of the panellists shared.
Launch: A God in Every Stone: Acclaimed writer and novelist Kamila
Shamsie in a separate session moderated by historian and writer Alex von
Tunzelmann read out passages from her recently-released book A God in
"A journalist asked me a while ago if I could describe
my book in one word. How can I?" Kamila said laughingly. Alex praised
Kamila's book for its moving characterisation of thoughts as well as its
humour. Kamila shared with the audience how she had written many drafts
of the book before finalising on one. Answering a question, Kamila
said, "As a Pakistani writer, I don't feel that it's my obligation to
write about my country's predicaments. It's absurd if people expect you
to. All publishers want a book they can sell." The comment was met with
huge applause from the audience.
Women on the Verge: A third session
amongst myriad others was one comprising Shobhaa De, Muneeza Shamsie,
Manju Kapur and Namita Gokhale, moderated once again by Alex von
"We are on the verge of many great things than people realise," said one of the distinguished panellists.
should not come in between what you're writing. I can't say I'm a woman
writer, just as a man cannot say he's a man writer. As a writer, you
tell the truth. I wouldn't want anyone to say to me, 'You write about
this ghetto that women are trapped in and so you are a woman writer',"
said columnist and novelist Shobhaa De.
"Whether I relate to a
woman's character in a novel or not, but when I read someone's book
telling the tale of a female heroine, it automatically gives us women a
sense of recognition, " said novelist Manju Kapur. Daily times
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Beaconhouse breaks world record of largest art class
Lahore: In collaboration with the Punjab Sports Board, the talented
students of Beaconhouse set a Guinness World Record for the largest art
class on Friday. Beaconhouse Art Curriculum Manager Rukhe Neelofer Zaidi
led 5,351 Beaconhouse students in this momentous endeavour.
from the Guinness Book of World Records was also present at the festival
to verify records. It was an experience of a lifetime for the students,
who were thrilled to have become part of an international
record-breaking attempt and even more excited to have succeeded.
arrangements for the attempt were made by the Punjab government in
collaboration with Beaconhouse. Private TV channels covered the
proceedings in a live broadcast from the Punjab Stadium in Lahore, where
thousands of workstations were set up in neat rows for the students.
created the artwork using various mediums, including acrylics,
watercolours, mixed media, colour pencils, pastels and canvas.
wore green and white shirts and caps with Pakistani flags imprinted on
them, and excitedly chanted 'Pakistan Zindabad' as they waited for the
results. Their dedication and skill were a sight to behold, as they came
together in a magnificently disciplined and organised manner to take on
the challenge, the magnitude of which cannot be overstated.
hard work soon paid off: a wave of jubilation hit the crowd as it was
announced that Beaconhouse students had broken the world record for the
largest art class.
This remarkable achievement is further testament
to the meticulous emphasis Beaconhouse places on the artistic
development of its students, providing each and every one of them with
opportunities to hone their skills to perfection. The previous record
for the largest art lesson was set by the New Taipei City Government in
Sanyin Outdoor Park on November 9, 2013, with a total of 4,810
participants. Daily times
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UHS announces MBBS result
Lahore: University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Friday announced the result of Third
Professional MBBS Annual Examination 2013 in which the overall pass
percentage remained 82.63.
A UHS spokesperson said a total
of 3009 candidates of 22 affiliated medical colleges appeared in the
exam held in Nov/Dec 2013 out of which 2,483 passed and 522 failed while
the result of four candidates would be announced later.
Iqra Arshad of Shalamar Medical and Dental College, Lahore, got first position securing 882/1000 marks.
Tariq Mehmood of CMH Lahore Medical College, Lahore and Sadaf Faisal
Bhopal of Wah Medical College, Wah Cantt, shared second position
securing 869/1000 while Zubia Khan of Avicenna Medical College, Lahore,
got third position securing 849/1000 marks.
The pass percentage of Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat, remained 100.
pass percentage of other colleges is: Allama Iqbal Medical College,
Lahore, 89.06 percent, Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College, Lahore,
48.98, Avicenna Medical College, Lahore, 90.72, CMH Lahore Medical
College, Lahore, 90.63, Central Parks Medical College, Lahore, 90,
Continental Medical College, Lahore, 43.30, FMH College of Medicine and
Dentistry, Lahore, 83.53, Independent Medical College, Faisalabad,
56.58, Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, 78.35, Multan Medical
and Dental College, Multan, 77.27, Nishtar Medical College, Multan,
84.48, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, 82.17, Quaid-e-Azam Medical
College, Bahawalpur, 81.43, Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi,
90.55, Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore, 90.60, Shalamar
Medical and Dental College, Lahore, 83.13, Sheikh Zayed Medical College,
Rahimyar Khan, 88, Sargodha Medical College, Sargodha, 94.17, Sharif
Medical and Dental College, Lahore, 82.56, University Medical and Dental
College, Faisalabad, 85.71 and Wah Medical College, Wah Cantt, 82.29
The failed candidates have been advised to submit
their admission forms on or before March 25, 2014, as the supplementary
examination will commence on April 11, 2014.
awarded: Government College University (GCU) has awarded three PhD
degrees to scholars in the fields of Mathematics and Persian.
to a press release, Faira Kanwal Janjua and Deeba Afzal completed their
theses on the topics of "Classification of Simple Singularities" and "A
Classifier for Isolated Complete Intersection Singularities of Modality
1" respectively under the supervision of Prof Dr Gerhard Pfister.
Naseem Assi was notified as doctor of philosophy in Persian after the
approval of his thesis "Tadween-o-Tashi Intqadi Dewan Ratan Singh Zakhmi
Ma'a Muqadma-o-Taliqaat" under the supervision of Dr Mazhar Mahmood
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UVAS distributes Rs1.6m scholarships among students
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) on Thursday distributed
scholarship cheques amounting to over Rs 1.06 million among its students
under the Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF).
UVAS Office of the University Advancement and Financial Aid (OUAFA) of
the UVAS in collaboration with the PEEF arranged the ceremony in which
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha distributed scholarship
cheques among 26 MBA and MPhil students. OUAFA Director Dr Ahtshamur
Rehman, Naveed Ahmed from PEEF and other officials were also present.
on the occasion, the VC lauded the PEEF efforts for financially helping
the needy and talented students during their studies.
according to a press release, a meeting of Provincial Livestock and
Dairy Development Forum (PLDDF) was held at the varsity on Thursday.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, Secretary Livestock and
Dairy Development Department Dr Aamer Ahmad and PEMCO Chief Executive
Officer Mumtaz Khan Manais co-chaired the meeting. The officers from the
L&DD Department Punjab, Punjab Agriculture Department and UVAS and
representatives of private sector attended the meeting.
meeting reviewed the progress of various working groups. Also various
groups presented recommendations about animal census, communication and
extension, breeds improvement and health services.
working committees are developing their recommendations on important
areas, which will be forwarded to the government of the Punjab for
taking policy decisions for the improvement of the livestock sector. The news
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IUB students protest, demand release of fellows
Bahawalpur: Students of the Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) protested against the arrest of their fellows here on Wednesday.
The students came out of the Abbasia old campus and gathered at the University Chowk from where they marched up to DIG Chowk.
Their main demands were the release of the arrested students and the
arrest of teachers who were allegedly involved in the incident of
pointing a revolver on students in the Baghdadul Jadid Campus some weeks
Reports were that some outsiders also took part in the demonstration.
With the blocking of DIG Chowk, the vehicular traffic remained
suspended for some time much to the inconvenience of commuters.
The IUB PRO claimed that demonstrators were not the university students.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEF) Manager Rana
Nasir Subhani has said at least 57,000 students from middle to MA/MSc
classes will be granted Rs620 million scholarships this year against
only 5,000 students at the time of its launching about five years ago
across the province.
He said this while speaking at a ceremony of distributing
scholarships among girl students with distinction in their matriculation
examination, 2013 here on Wednesday. MPA Fauzia Ayub Qureshi chaired
Subhani said students had been handed over scholarship cards and a
pin code so that they could draw their amounts from the Bank of Punjab. Dawn
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GCU Fine Arts Dept annual exhibition
Lahore: The artworks, made by the Government College University (GCU), Lahore,
students got a big round of applause at the annual fine arts exhibition
held here on Wednesday in the university's Abdus Salam Hall.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman inaugurated the
exhibition, housing more than 100 artworks. Prominent artist Sadaqat Ali
and Fine Arts Department Chairman Irfan Ullah Babar were also present,
says a press release issued here. Speaking on the occasion, the VC said
that fine arts opened the minds of students in ways mere reading and
writing could never be able to accomplish. He said that paintings
unlocked human imagination and enabled us to see life and the world
differently. He lauded the paintings put on display by the GCU Fine Arts
Sadaqat Ali and Irfan Ullah Babar also
appreciated the artwork and said that the GCU students were very
talented. They said that there were a lot of variations in the young
A portrait of Qaid-i-Azam, made
with lead pencil, remained the centre of attraction at the exhibition,
while other paintings, made in the mediums of acrylics, tempera, water
colours, oil in monochrome, art of craft, calligraphy, 3D eye illusions,
lead pencil, photography and digital art, were also highly appreciated.
large number of painted greeting cards were also part of the
exhibition, besides ceramics and glass work. GCU Intermediate Part-I's
Ahsan Javed got first prize, Mohsin Attique got second, while Ali Noor
lifted third prize.
Intermediate Part-II's Abdul Muneeb,
Hassan Iqbal and Ayyaz Ahmad got first, second and third prizes,
respectively. M Umer Khan from BFA Part I and Tanzeel Uzzaman from BFA
Part II also got distinctions.
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PU MA registration cards
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Registration Branch has dispatched registration cards to the MA private 2014 candidates.
PU spokesperson said February 26, 2014, was the last date for
submission of admission forms by hand with single fee of the said exam.
candidates, who have not received their registration cards so for, have
been advised to visit the registration branch during working hours to
get their registration number.
Research work: Punjab
University (PU) Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
lecturer Muhammad Zeeshan Akbar has participated in an international
conference on education and social sciences at Istanbul, Turkey and
presented his research work on "E-Learning and Pakistan - An Era of
Modern Education," said a press release issued here on Tuesday.
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Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Examinations Department has notified that MA/MSc Part-I
Supplementary Examination 2013, Paper VI, "Sociology of Culture and
Social Institutions" of MSc Social Work will be held on March 06 instead
of March 10, 2014. Details are also available on PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
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PU announces results
Lahore: Punjab University has announced the results of MBA (3 1/2 years programme)
Part-I (first year) Annual Examination 2013, MBA (3 1/2 years programme)
Part-II (second year) Annual Examination 2013, BS (four years
programme) Second Semester Examination 2013 and BBA (Hons) Final Year
Annual Examination 2013.
exams: Punjab University has
issued the schedule for submission of admission fee and forms for MCom
(3 1/2 years programme) Parts-I, II, III, Second Annual Examination
The last date for submission of admission forms
with single fee is March 12, 2014 while the forms can be submitted with
double fee till March 17. Commencement dates of the said exams will be
Workshop: Punjab University Career
Counselling and Placement Centre (CCPC) has organised a training
workshop for students at Department of Social Work. Workshop resource
person Farhan Shabbir told students about career planning and
preparation of interviews. The workshop was attended by a large number
of students. The news
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