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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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.

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Making it to Silicon Valley

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

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People now spend quite a lot of time on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter than they do watching TV nowadays, essentially making it a great spot for marketers. In order to win, Pakistani brands and startups have turned to social media.

Here are a few Pakistani startups, in our opinion, that have made the most out of their marketing genius, attracting customers with the right mix of humor, aesthetic style, branding and messaging over social media.

Click here to read more by Samar Yawar @propakistani.pk

 

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Here are 15 famous logos with hidden meanings that we never noticed before. Fascinating!

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