Budget Bazaar for you, your friends and family at KDA market Karachi

I was there at  KDA market in Karachi, but if I am saying more specifically it was at an event of launching ceremony of a new store known as “Budget Bazaar” at KDA Market. I was  excited to reach there and my excitement went on doubled when I saw an amazing foot fall at the launching ceremony by shopaholics, they turned out there in numbers and MASHALLAH I literally saw a queue at cash counter.

Budget Bazaar, is in the main shopping hub at KDA market Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. The store is well managed and contains 3 floors with the main entrance heading towards women’s section (I can say it’s one stop for women to come and shop everything what they need) , ground floor contains baby products while top floor contains men’s clothing (Suites, Ties, Belts, Kurtas, Shirts, T-shirts and so on).

Store’s owner Mr. Awais Dera, is a very young and energetic individual and I believe under his leadership and his creative ideas this store will bring lots of new things for their customers. I had conversation with him and he said, we are introducing 8 hours’ work plan for our employees which is going to be implemented for the very first time in our market, we will call our 25 % of staff at early morning once our remaining 75 % employees join us they will get off after completing their 8 hours and same goes for rest 75% they will also work for the 8 hours in a day. Store timings are 11 am to 12 mid-nights, and during Ramazan it will remain open till sehri.

Here is his short and lovely interview:

When I was there at their store snapped few pictures, sharing here:

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Visit their official platforms:

Facebook: Budget Bazaar 

Instagram: Budget Bazaar 

Website:    Budget Bazaar Store 

 

My recommendations are that you must go and shop during Ramazan, on EID and also after Ramazan it is one of the best places to shop. 

Karachi Literature Festival in London, Celebrated 70 years of Pakistan

 

Heard about Karachi Literature Festival and then Islamabad Literature Festival, was an appreciable efforts by the founders of these literature festivals in the country with superb recipe of literate people under one roof for 3 days each at Karachi and Islamabad.

This year they (Karachi Literature Festival) go beyond boundaries of Pakistan and went over LONDON. Celebrating contemporary Pakistan and its rich history and culture in the context of the 70th anniversary of the country’s foundation, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) held at the Royal Festival Hall of the Southbank Centre, as a part of their annual festival Alchemy, was a resounding success. Dubbed as Pakistan’s biggest literary event, the KLF brought together writers, scholars, and artists from diverse backgrounds, creative traditions, and academic disciplines to showcase contemporary Pakistani literature and writers. Produced by Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan, KLF was organized in collaboration with the Southbank Centre, Bloomsbury Pakistan (a research collective based in London), and Rukhsana Ahmed.

In Karachi and Islamabad it was jam packed sessions for all three days, but response of audience at KLF London was surprisingly superb as tickets were sold out way before the event dates. The audiences at the KLF were treated to a medley of around 20 parallel sessions encompassing talks, panel discussions, poetry readings, mushaira, and performances. A stellar cast of around 70 leading Pakistani-origin and international writers, scholars, critics, journalists, and artists participated in stimulating sessions covering a broad range of themes, ideas, and subjects pertaining to Pakistan’s literature, arts, and culture. A separate strand for children which included an immersive theatre piece by Jungly Jadoogars; an animated film by the artist Fauzia Minallah; storytelling by the children’s author, Shahbano Bilgrami; and sing-along songs by the veteran Pakistani musician, Khaled Anam, were also a part of the festival.

KLF London started off with the renowned novelist and journalist, Mohammed Hanif’s keynote address giving unique insights into Pakistan’s history, hopes, and dilemmas.

During festival opening, Ameena Saiyid (KLF & Islamabad Literature Festival Founder and Director), Asif Farrukhi (KLF and Islamabad Literature Festival Founder), and Adrian Mellor (Managing Director, Asia Education, OUP) welcomed the guests and speakers. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to UK, Syed Ibn Abbas also spoke on the occasion.

Some of the sessions held early on in the day included ‘Transphobia and Misogyny’, a discussion on legislations around transgender and women in Pakistan; ‘Reluctant Returners: Migrants, Refugees and Memories of the Homeland’ in which Kamila Shamsie, Qaisra Shahraz, and Mirza Waheed explored characters and fictions inspired by exile and displacement; and ‘Pakistani Renaissance?

The Best in Cinema, Reportage, Theatre and Fashion’ with the television actor Atiqa Odho, filmmaker Faris Kermani, designer Maheen Khan, and journalist Cyril Almeida as speakers of the session.

Taimur Rahman, Moni Mohsin, and H. M. Naqvi weighed up the challenge of portraying Pakistan’s gender and class divide in the session ‘Blaming the Elite: Class, Greed, and Gender in Contemporary Pakistan’. Educationists, entrepreneurs, and experts including Farid Panjwani, Ahmereen Reza, Mona Kasuri, and Ameena Saiyid were part of a stimulating panel discussion titled ‘Madrassas and Montessoris: Are Private Schools Keeping Madrassas at Bay?’ moderated by Nigham Shahid.

In a panel discussion titled ‘Against All Odds: The Price of Prosperity in Pakistan Today’ held later in the day, Shuja Nawaz, Maleeha Lodhi, Ishrat Husain, and Victoria Schofield analyzed geopolitical and internal challenges facing Pakistan. In the session ‘Urdu ki Zid Mai: At Loggerheads: Urdu vs English vs Regional Languages’ Basir Kazmi, Ishrat Afreen, and Harris Khalique, and Asif Farrukhi discussed if Urdu in Pakistan is under threat from English or the regional languages.

The evening sessions comprised thought-provoking discourses on ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: Diaspora Pakistanis Caught in Post Brexit Hate-Storm’, with Ziauddin Sardar, Farooq Bajwa, and Iftikhar Malik debating the challenges faced by Pakistani diaspora in Europe; ‘Karachi: City of Lights and Gangs’ with Laurent Gayer, Nichola Khan, Mohammed Hanif, Sobia Ahmad Kaker, Omar Shahid Hamid, and Kamran Asdar Ali talking about the battle for Karachi and its resilience despite political conflicts; and ‘Tweeting for Social Change: How Social Media is Influencing the Political Scene’ in which Huma Yusuf,  Umber Khairi, and Umair Javed discussed the impact of social media on Pakistan’s political scene.

The highlight of the festival was the ‘Satrangi Mushaira’, which was an open mic session for Pakistan’s regional language poets to recite their latest offerings. Another session ‘In Their Own Words: Writers and Poets from Pakistan’, moderated by Muneeza Shamsie, featured poetry and prose readings by writers of Pakistani origin including Imtiaz Dharker, Aamer Hussein, and Zaffar Kunial. In ‘Partition Stories’ Nimra Bucha, Vayu Naidu, Shayma Saiyid, Amrit Kaur Lohia, and Sarah Ansari presented a medley of readings, film clips, recitals, dance and poetry about the Partition of India.

The evening came to a close by a kathak dance performance by Shayma Saiyid and a music concert by Khumariyaan, a Peshawar-based music band known for their fusion brand of Pashtun folk music.

Sponsorship support to the KLF London was provided by Bestway, Arts Council England, Third World Quarterly magazine, Salt n Pepper restaurant, High Commission of Pakistan in London, South Asia Institute of the University of Texas at Austin, and The Pakistan Society.

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Pics Courtesy-Oxford University Press/KLF-London

1st Test | Pakistan win by 7 wickets against West Indies

Misbah Ul Haq captain of Pakistan Cricket team finished the game two back-to-back sixes and give Pakistan team another test win. Pakistan was chasing a small target of 32 which suddenly became a headache for them as they lost three wickets in the process, but Misbah came and hit two sixes of his only two balls faced. Pakistan is now 1-0 up in the series and still 2 more test matches to be played in this series.

Pakistan is going well in the Caribbeans, after winning both T20 International and One Day International series, now they are heading towards Test series win as well. This Test has its own importance because Pakistan’s two premier middle-order batsmen (Misbah and Younis Khan) are going to retire at the completion of the series.

Few notes:

Younis Khan became first Pakistani, 6th Asian and 13th Overall batsman to make 10000 or more runs in Test Cricket, he needed 23 more runs to achieve this milestone before coming into this test match and he achieved this by sweeping on the bowl of Chase by getting four runs on 3rd day of the Game.

Misbah Ul Haq also achieved his own milestone of making 5000 Test runs in this same test match. He also finished the match with two sixes, which gives him a lot of unique records.

Misbah left stranded at 99 not out. First Pakistan batsman and 6th in history to remain not out on 99 in Tests. Mohammad Abbas was adjudged LBW after reviewing it was an umpire’s call.

Muhammad Amir got six wickets in first match, after returning to Cricket it is his first five or more wickets haul in International Cricket. This Aamir’s 6-44 are best bowling figures by a Pakistan fast bowler in Tests in last 7 years. Since Asif’s 6-41 in Sydney 2010.

This is Misbah-ul-Haq’s 25th Test win as a captain and all 25 have been away from home (Pakistan). As Pakistan is playing their home series at neutral venue (UAE).

Yasir Shah awarded as a player of the match on his super bowling in the second innings as he finished up with 6 wickets, he has also picked up two wickets in first innings.

Brief Scorecard:

West Indies 1st Innings 286-10 (95)

Roston Chase 63 off 151, Shane Dowrich 56 off 130, Jason Holder (c) not out 57 off 75. Mohammad Amir 6/44.

Pakistan 1st Innings 407-10 (138.4)

Babar Azam 72 off 201, Younis Khan 58 off 138, Misbah-ul-Haq not out 99 off 223, Sarfraz Ahmed 54 off 70. Shannon Gabriel 92/3, Alzarri Joseph 71/3

West Indies 2nd Innings 152-10 (52.4)

Kieran Powell 49 off 84. Yasir Shah 63/6

Pakistan 2nd Innings 36-3 (10.5)

Misbah-ul-Haq (c) not out 12 off 3

Pakistan won by 7 wkts

West Indies Playing XI:

Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Vishaul Singh, Shane Dowrich (wk), Roston Chase, Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel

Pakistan Playing XI:

Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas

NEXT: 2nd Test will be played at Bridgetown, Barbados from Sunday, 30 April.

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Launch-Karachi Innovation Challenge

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The Karachi Innovation Challenge & Hacakthon is an event of Pakistan Innovation Foundation held every year in Karachi to promote the new citizenship idea and startups which can create a better more smarter and productive Karachi. This helps young citizens of Karachi to develop new innovative ideas. The tagline “Ijaad Kar, Nakaal na Kar..” states clearly that new, inspiring ideas will be taken in notice.

1. DIY Citizenship – Citizen-initiated and run ‘Do it Yourself’ Initiatives aimed at addressing Karachi’s problems in a variety of contexts (education, health, waste collection, economic empowerment, de-radicalization, etc.)

2. Creative Human Spaces – The Use of Creative Spaces designed to culture, art, storytelling and other creative endeavors to create a humane and harmonious City (things like T2f and others)

3. Smart City – Technology-driven interferences to help create a smart and intelligent city that brings relief to and works for its citizens rather than vice versa

4. Trusted City Government – How and through what channels of technology can Karachi & its local bodies recreate their trust levels.

Click Here to Register before August 25, 2016..

The launch event was held at T2F on 17th August 2016. The event included big names social workers like Afia Salam, Saad Amanullah Khan, Amar Khan Gharani & Saima Ziadi. Athar Osama & the team of PIF organization did a fantastic job in explaining why and how the event affects Karachi.

#KHIinnovates is the official Hashtag of KIC 2016.

The sponsors include I Am Karachi, Open Karachi, The Nest i/o, P@SHA & more… The new enhancement is that the teams this year will be Geo tagged & using WhisperO as a proper channel the teams will go out to their authentic consumers which will show how productive the idea is..

SHAHRUKH KHAN FANS PERFORM AT CINEPAX

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Pakistan’s biggest cinema chain, recently hosted a love performance by Shahrukh Khan’s fans who gathered today at the Ocean Mall Cinepax to show their support for Khan’s upcoming movie – FAN.

 

The highlight of the event was a dance performance by the Karachi Chapter of‘SRK Universe’, which is the largest Shahrukh Khan fanclub online, on the beats of Shahrukh Khan’s famous dance numbers.

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Fan, a Yash Raj film starring Shahrukh Khan as the lead, is the story of Gaurav Chandna, whose world revolves around the mega movie star Aryan Khanna. He’s Aryan’s biggest fan and even has a striking resemblance to him, when things don’t go according to the plan, Gaurav’s love and passion turns into a dangerous obsession.

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“Cinepax is really excited to be a part of this event with SRK Universe Pakistan. This is the first of its kind initiative in Pakistan, where fans have given tribute to their favorite Bollywood star, and we are so excited to be part of this venture.” comments Mr. Mohsin Yaseen, General Marketing Manager, Cinepax Cinemas.

 

Fan is set to release on 15th April, 2016 all across Pakistan.

 

About Cinepax Cinemas

Cinepax is Pakistan’s favorite cinema chain which is currently running nine cinemas with 21 screens in six cities across Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Murree, having total of 4,302 seats nationwide. Cinepax offers the best quality in cinemas to Pakistanis with friendly and family oriented ambience.

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INKOMPASS and BEST INTERNSHIP

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Few days back I got an information whether about an opportunity for a Second Year Undergraduate students. I was stunned on that information, because I was bit jealous with them. Was thinking that why not that opportunity for us while we were studying undergraduate level in universities. Nevertheless a wonderful opportunity for all who are studying in second year at any Pakistani university they can apply.

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I believe INKOMPASS will provide you opportunities to learn from their leadership and managers exclusively, this internship will also provide you many opportunities to collaborate your work with their top tier. You can be a good entrepreneur after getting a chance to meet one of the top entrepreneurs, this opportunity will groom your entrepreneurial thoughts too. CommunicationAgility  are other add on which will you be graced during this best internship ever. No doubt this internship will provide you an opportunity to become an impact person  and also provides you an opportunity to lead your career and other things. 

InKompass is a an internship program which consists of 2 cycles. So the same recruited interns would get a chance to intern at the same place twice. This program is specially tailored for those students who are in their 2nd year of undergraduate studies.

What to expect from this program? Lots of learning, challenges, fun and you even have a chance to fly internationally. Apart from the rigorous training and discovering yourself, you not only take the experience of a lifetime but the internship pays well too.

What makes it different than rest of the program? I remember when I was in grad school, students would usually get a chance of internship in their 3rd year of graduation. This program sets you apart from rest of your fellow batchmates. You not only get exposure of a professional life when everybody else is still learning theories at school while you get to practice them first hand. Apart from that, in your 3rd year you’re eligible for another internship (or for the 2nd cycle as they call it).

How does that benefit you as a student? Once you have done your internships, you are still at an advantage. Not to forget there’s always a chance of getting a job offer if you have proven yourself at your internship cycles.

If you have some Questions in the mind, here you can have few answers from here:

 

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If you want to apply for this great opportunity do visit their website

INKOMPASS

 

Collectibles, Official Timekeeper for SOP 1st Unified Marathon

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IMG_6583.jpgSpecial Olympics Pakistan is hosting its First Unified Marathon in Karachi on Feb, 21 with more than 3000 participants expected to run for a cause. Collectibles Pakistan has joined hands with SOP to be the official time keeper for the event. This Marathon is open to people of all ages, gender and abilities. People may choose to walk/run or complete the marathon on a wheelchair. The marathon will take place at Nueplex / DHA Sports Club – Moin Khan Academy, Karachi.
Special Olympics Pakistan envisions a healthy and inclusive world.With this marathon ithopes to create awareness about people with disabilities and open up avenues for inclusion by making people run together despite their differences.

 

“Collectibles is very proud to be the official timekeeper for the First Unified Marathon. Everyone should take part in this worthy cause”, saidMr. Rameez Sattar, CEO Collectibles Pakistan.

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The revenue generated from this marathon will serve as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Pakistan.

 

Official hashtags for the event are #SOPmarathon2016 #CollectiblesPk