Rotary Pakistan “Total Literacy and Quality Education in Pakistan” concert with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in Karachi.”

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Rotary Pakistan recently hosted a fund raising concert with world renowned singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at D.H.A. Golf Club Karachi for supporting Literacy and Education in Pakistan.

Rotary Pakistan Literacy Mission (RPLM) has adopted more than 100 government schools in Karachi in the first phase of their mission of “Total Literacy and Quality Education”.

These schools will be remodeled by undertaking extensive work on teacher training, child development and infrastructure development. They will be brought at par with private school to meet the ever evolving educational needs of our society.

In his opening remarks District Literacy Chair, Sindh & Baluchistan PDG Iqbal Qureshi emphasized the importance of literacy in the region and the objectives of Rotary International. He highlighted, Rotary’s achievements and the contribution in improving the lives of the people in Pakistan.

Chairman, Rotary Pakistan Literacy Mission, PDG Muhammad Faiz Kidwai briefed the audience on the RPLM T.E.A.C.H. program, its working, goals and objectives. He highlighted the importance of the fund raiser which is held to support the literacy cause. He thanked the audience for their support and appreciated the services of the organizing partner, Rapido by calling their CEO, Syed Kashif Rafi and RCK Darakhshan President, Waqar Ahmed Shaikh on stage and acknowledged their efforts.

District Governor Nominee, Rtn. Irfan Qureshi delivered the appreciation note and thanked all the partners, sponsors, Rotarians, Rotractors, volunteers and especially the audience for being there.

The event was hosted by Mr. Salman Ahmed, CEO PME World and Ayesha Sana who emphasized the importance of literacy in Pakistan and also praised the efforts of the maestro Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for supporting Rotary and literacy in Pakistan.

The maestro Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan mesmerized the audience who were present in thousands with his melodious performance.

Chairman RPLM, PDG Muhammad Faiz Kidwai, District Literacy Chair Sindh, & Baluchistan, PDG Iqbal Qureshi,  District Governor 3271, Rtn. Saleem Rao along with District Governor Nominee, Rtn. Irfan Qureshi, RCK Darakhshan President, Waqar Ahmed Shaikh presented a shield to Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for the all his support to Rotary Pakistan Literacy Mission.

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This young Pakistani helps design soundtracks for Hollywood films

Pakistani Musician in Hollywood

When we talk about Pakistanis abroad, we rarely bring up the accomplishments of musicians or other artists. (No, Zayn Malik doesn’t count.)

The conversation usually revolves around doctors and entrepreneurs doing great work and creating positive buzz for the rest of the Pakistani community. Like, how often do we get to say: ‘Hey, you know that Pakistani guy that worked on the score for a bunch of Hollywood films with Hans Zimmer?’

Meet Taurees Habib, a 28-year-old Karachiite who did just that.

Click here to read more by Zahra Salahuddin @images.dawn.com

Pakistani students bring home the Bronze at Microsoft Office World Championship

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Pakistani students are on fire!

Recently, two Pakistani students won the Bronze medal at the Microsoft Office World Championship. This Championship is an annual event conducted by Microsoft which tests a student’s expertise in Word, Powerpoint, and Excel using both the 2010 and 2013 versions.

To appear in this championship, hundreds of students from all over Pakistan are rigorously trained for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Test. This year, the top 118 students were selected to appear in the national championship held in Islamabad during June. Top six students from the local event were then selected to form the national team to represent Pakistan in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship held in Orlando, Florida from 7th to 10th August 2016.

Click here to read more by Maryam Dodhy @techjuice.pk

22 clothing items every man should own before he turns 30

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When a man turns 30, he turns around and looks back at his life. But he should also turn around and look back at his wardrobe because, chances are, it’s been neglected.

We’ve rounded up 22 of the most important essentials that every guy should have by the time he turns the big three-oh.

If you’re approaching or over 30, it might be time to go shopping.

Click here to read more by Dennis Green @businessinsider.com

Sumail Hassan’s Team Places 3rd at DOTA Tournament, Wins $2 Million

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Sumail Hassan’s team, Evil Geniuses, bagged $2 million at the DOTA The International ’16 which concluded over the weekend.

Originally from Karachi, Sumail moved to Chicago to play DOTA on faster internet connections and lower pings. He shot to fame by doing exceptionally well in the North American in-house gaming league.

This caught the attention of one of the biggest e-gaming team, Evil Geniuses. He was eventually recruited by the team manager, who himself had been a DOTA 2 player in the past. The rest is, as they say, history.

Click here to read more by Bilal Hakim @propakistani.pk

Top 15 National Songs That Capture the Spirit of Independence

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Music and in particular patriotic songs, have the ability to sum up a nation’s mood, its feeling and its sentiments in catchy melodies. Historic patriotic songs like those during the 60s boosted the army’s morale in the war that rallied the nation. Years later, songs became the driving force behind Pakistan’s sports campaigns in Hockey, Cricket and Squash championships.

Today, we bring to you the top patriotic songs which truly capture the spirit of independence. While the list is extensive, we had to leave out many famous ones, since space is limited but songs aplenty.

Click here to read more by Aadil Shadman @propakistani.pk

Six Pakistani startups are on their way to the US for an entrepreneurship exchange programme

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Six Pakistani startups will travel to Austin, Texas in October to take part in the ATX-PAK Launch Entrepreneurship Program, according to the MIT Technology Review Pakistan.

Babyplanet.pk, BookMyUmrah.pk, ClubInternet, MangoBaaz, Affordable.pk and Virgin Teez are all a part of Plan X, a technology accelerator, run by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).

The programme, which spans a total of three weeks, is a collaboration between Plan9 and the city of Austin. Six startups are selected every six months on the basis of an evaluated application and a series of interviews for a challenging session of mentoring and training in a Texas incubator.

Click here to read more @dawn.com

4 Pakistani entrepreneurs launch innovative tech-leather products on Kickstarter

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Pakistan is quite famous for its leather products. In past, several startups have taken the indigenous products made in Pakistan to international crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and have raised several hundred thousand dollars successfully.

RockDove is another such startup which is using leather to make products of wide-range including tote, briefcase, wallet, clutch wallet, traveler’s wallet, a camera sling and a baggage tag. The products, although, appear to be traditional yet they are technology based.

Simply said, the products come with a built-in Bluetooth chip which is connected with a smartphone to keep a track of the product and hence the belongings in it as well. The Bluetooth device is mounted on a flexible board discreetly tucked away in each of its products. Although hidden from plain view, it allows users to track their most essential belongings via smartphone or tablet.

Click here to read more by Marium Dodhy @techjuice.pk

 

Pakistani startup, Patari, grabs 2nd position at World Startup Cup 2016

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Pakistan’s popular music streaming startup Patari has secured 2nd position at World Startup Cup 2016, held in Washington DC from 3rd – 5th August.

The first place has been secured by GoMobile, a Moroccon startup that allows disadvantaged people to personalized content via mobile phone. The third prize went to an Armenian startup by the name of HY Pictures which is a media productions company. The winning startups competed with over 1,000 startups which were shortlisted after 65 national level championships to participate in the global edition.

Patari is a music streaming website boasting a database of more than 15,000 songs; the biggest ever collection available online in Pakistan, including both mainstream music and underground scene.

Click here to read more by Asra Rizwan @techjuice.pk

Making it to Silicon Valley – Sheops, TEDdict and WonderTree – three of the start-ups which made it to the GES this year.

Making it to Silicon Valley

In profile: Sheops, TEDdict and WonderTree – three of the start-ups which made it to the GES this year.

This year, as they have done consistently since 2010/11, a number of Pakistani start-ups will participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held in Silicon Valley. They will also be able to pitch to investors at the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) event. Doing so is nowhere as easy as it sounds; GES and GIST are highly prestigious tech events and hard to get into; only 1,000 participants from all over the world may attend and a mere 15 are invited to pitch.

I met three of the entries from Pakistan, and only one somewhat resembled the entrepreneur stereotype of 20-something males with messenger bags slung across their chest. The others? Well, nothing says ‘Pakistani tech entrepreneur’ better than a 38-year-old mother of two, right? Or a trio of CEOs who have never been to school, and of whom, only one can sign legal papers because the other two are underage. No doubt about it, this is one eclectic bunch.

Click here to read more by Sarwat Yasmeen Azeem@aurora.dawn.com