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 hooked-on-every-word audience.
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 panel.
"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 said.
"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.
Speaking 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.
"There are various versions of nonfiction. Some stress at one point, while others would stress elsewhere," award-winning Karachi-based novelist HM Naqvi added.
There indeed seems to be a very thin line between fiction and nonfiction as everyone has his/her own version of truth.
"There 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.
Book 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 Every Stone.
"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 Tunzelmann.
"We are on the verge of many great things than people realise," said one of the distinguished panellists.
"Gender 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
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.
A team 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.
The 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.
They created the artwork using various mediums, including acrylics, watercolours, mixed media, colour pencils, pastels and canvas.
They 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.
Their 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
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.
Khawar 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.
The 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 percent.
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.
PhDs awarded: Government College University (GCU) has awarded three PhD degrees to scholars in the fields of Mathematics and Persian.
According 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.
Babar 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 Sherani.
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).
The 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.
Speaking on the occasion, the VC lauded the PEEF efforts for financially helping the needy and talented students during their studies.
Meanwhile, 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.
The meeting reviewed the progress of various working groups. Also various groups presented recommendations about animal census, communication and extension, breeds improvement and health services.
The 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
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 back.
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 the ceremony.
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
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.
GCU 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 students.
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 artists' masterpieces.
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.
A 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.
PU MA registration cards
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Registration Branch has dispatched registration cards to the MA private 2014 candidates.
A PU spokesperson said February 26, 2014, was the last date for submission of admission forms by hand with single fee of the said exam.
The 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.
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.
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 2013.
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 announced later.
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