do oranges grow in summer ?
believe it or not
Kanhatty garden is located in Soon valley near village khabeki and about 7 km away from nowshehra (soon Valley). If you wanna eat fresh oranges in hot summer season (june-July) then kanhatty garden is only place to visit.
Last edited by Leader; 03-17-2012 at 10:04 PM.
Saral Valley, Azad Kashmir
Gul Ahmed Textiles honoured
KARACHI: Gul Ahmed Textiles (Pvt) Limited was recently honoured at the coveted 8th Pakistan France Business Alliance (PFBA) Trade Performance Awards for being the highest volume exporter. This annual ceremony is an important landmark in the corporate calendar as it recognises and honours the leading Pakistani manufacturers and exporters to France.
Gul Ahmed Textiles Director Ziad Bashir received the prestigious award from His Excellency Philppe Theibund, the Ambassador of France to Pakistan for securing first position in the Home Textile Category for 2010-11. The ceremony was well attended by Pakistan’s business fraternity.
This is more than just a trophy for Pakistan’s leading textile mills. It is a reflection of the dedication and desire that rests in Pakistani companies to carve their niche and contribute to growth and progress all around the world. Hence, this award is a source of glory for the entire nation.
Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan
GCU wears a Punjabi look
LAHORE - The Government College University’s Oval Ground and Ravians on Monday wore a traditional Punjabi festive look as the GCU Punjabi Majlis and Philosophy Department organised the Punjab Spring Festival to celebrate the colours of spring in order to promote social and cultural integration among the students.
GCU Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Khalid Pervaiz inaugurated the two-day festival which was marked by traditional food and brewages stall, live music performances, cultural dance performances and horse dance with ‘Dhol’. However, the traditional dance performances by groups of Balochi and Phathan students remained the most enthralling events of the day.
The venue was decorated in traditional village style with Hukka, Charkha, pitchers etc. The students also arranged a special Bhagai (traditional horse cart) to drop visitors to the festival venue. The student delegation of various departments attired traditionally visited the festival.
GCU wears a Punjabi look | The Nation
Virtual University wins international award
ISLAMABAD: The Awards Committee of the Open Courseware Consortium has selected the Virtual University of Pakistan as the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding New Site Award for Open Courseware Excellence.
In a statement on Tuesday, it is stated the Open Courseware Consortium is a US-based collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organisations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The Outstanding New Site Award is conferred annually by the committee and recognises an outstanding institutional or affiliate sites launched during the previous calendar year.
A representative of the Virtual University will attend the upcoming OCW Consortium meeting in Cambridge, UK, to receive the award at a reception to be held on April 16.
Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Pakistan prevail over gutsy Bangladesh
Bangladesh were favourites to crack on their biggest day as a cricketing nation. A fourth consistent performance on the trot was expected to be beyond them. But they gave an extremely creditable account of themselves with the ball and in the field, apart from a chaotic last over. Pakistan are masters of the big moment, though, and somehow find a player who performs. Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who had a highest ODI score of 24 and a strike-rate of 62.35 before this game, turned 199 for 8 into 236 for 9 with a 52-ball 46.
Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final: Pakistan prevail over gutsy Bangladesh | Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur Report | Cricket News | ESPN Cricinfo
Well played Bangladesh. Pakistan the new Asian Champs ...Congrats
Dhamak OST by Quratulain Balouch
TIME TIME Magazine - World
By Zebunnisa Hamid Monday, Nov. 13, 2006
How should we measure success in sport — by the number of commercial endorsements an athlete has signed? By the size of fees earned or TV audiences generated? How about the longest sequence of unbroken victories? If we take the latter as our prime criterion, then Jahangir Khan might just be the most successful sporting figure in history. In the five years to 1986, the Pakistani squash player was unbeaten in over 550 matches. Before the decade was out, he had taken six World Open trophies. From 1982 to 1991, he won 10 British Open titles in a row. If winning is everything, then Khan is the greatest. Period.
As part of a great squash dynasty (his father, brother and cousin were all international players), Khan had the game in his genes. In 1979, at the tender age of 15, he had already won the World Amateur title. But his brother, Torsam Khan, died of a heart attack that same year while playing in the Australian Open; with the loss of his mentor and hero, Khan nearly gave up the game. Two years later, however, he honored Torsam's memory by defeating the Australian squash legend Geoff Hunt to become, at 17, the youngest-ever winner of the World Open. His strategy, then and later, was eerily reminiscent of a matador's — to wear down his opponent's physical and mental reserves, bit by bit, before delivering the sudden coup de grace — usually a lethal drop shot from the very back of the court.
It was the New Zealand player Ross Norman who finally ended Khan's unbroken run, defeating the stunned Pakistani in the 1986 World Open final. But Khan's aura has not been diminished: as the new century dawned, he would be named Pakistan's Sportsman of the Millennium, and today he reigns supreme over the sport as the president of the World Squash Federation. In retrospect, Khan's total dominance of the game seems to have been determined at birth when his parents named him Jahangir, which translates as "conqueror." No athlete in any sport has done more to deserve that billing.
Read more: Asian Heroes: Jahangir Khan - TIME
A few weeks back, on PTV, there was an interview from a NUST M.Phil student who had developed a new method for cloning the interforn alpha gene in bacteria. The advantage for this method is that it produces 3 times more interferon alpha on the same amount of nutrient medium. Bacteria were genetically engineered to produce the protein constituitively (continuously). A collaboration was initiated with NUST Business School to commercialise the project.
On a sadder note, interferon alpha has already been cloned in Centre of Excellence for Molecular Biology (CEMB) Lahore. When the director of institute tried to market it; charges of embezzlement were brought against him and now he is thrown in jail thanks to our democratic government.
The price of a foreign produced interforn alpha injection = ~1100 Rs.
CEMB produced = 50 rupees
NUST produced could be even cheaper than that, but, dirty government will take the bribe and protect multinationals business.
Pakistani entrepreneur launches airline in UAE
Dubai: A 26-year-old Pakistani businessman from Abbottabad, Malek Naureed Awan, is set to launch an airline in the UAE.
MMA Airline has been registered with the Ras Al Khaimah Free Zone, from where it received its licence as a company last month, Awan, the airline's Chief Executive Officer, told Gulf News.
"We have also received an Air Operators Certificate [from the General Civil Aviation Authority GCAA] on March 14," he said.
An air operator's certificate (AOC) is an approval granted by a national aviation authority to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes. This requires the operator to have personnel, assets and systems in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public.
The launch event takes place today in Dubai, and the first commercial flights are expected to take off in May.
Awan's company is investing $50 million (Dh183 million) in the start-up, which will be based in Ras Al Khaimah.
"The total investment is coming from our own resources," he said.
Awan plans to launch flights from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport to Karachi and Lahore initially and then add destinations in India and other countries when it secures traffic rights.
"We have already acquired two Airbus A320s to start flights. Two Boeing 777-300s are expected to join the fleet when we plan to add more destinations, such as Mumbai after traffic rights are granted," Awan said.
The UAE already has five state-owned airlines owned by the governments of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. The country has, so far, not allowed any private airline to operate scheduled commercial flights.
However, a number of private companies operate freighters and charter flights, including business jet operations such as Royal Jet, ExecuJet and EliteJet.
This will be the first private commercial airline to operate from the UAE.
"This new start-up airline has the potential to cause serious damage to RAK Airways, who have only just restarted operations after collapsing the first time around," Saj Ahmad, Chief Aerospace/Airline Analyst at the UK-based StrategicAero Research, told Gulf News.
"That said, it's clear this new Pakistani-backed carrier is looking to poach traffic from cost-conscious Pakistani nationals living and working in the UAE, albeit away from the congestion and high competition seen in Abu Dhabi and Dubai."
With two A320s to start operations, it's not clear whether the company has the finance, or another avenue, to source more jets as they plan to expand operations.
"The desire to add 777-300s equally raises eyebrows. It's not like it will get the traffic rights to India, particularly when other, bigger and more successful UAE-based carriers haven't had much luck. There may well be an element of over-exuberance to cause a stir in the market," Ahmad said.
"Whether this airline can succeed depends largely on whether it carves out a niche for itself or whether it's at the expense of RAK Airways. Right now, there are a lot of questions and little substance to these ambitious plans."
The airline is being launched at a time when western airlines are struggling to survive while regional carriers are recording strong growth. Emirates and Air Arabia are making increased profits and Etihad has just become profitable.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) this week announced a downgrade to its industry outlook for 2012 primarily due to rising oil prices. IATA expects airlines to turn a global profit of $3 billion in 2012 for a 0.5 per cent margin.
The $500 million downgrade from the December forecast is primarily driven by a rise in the expected average price of oil to $115 per barrel, up from the previously forecast $99.
"[The year] 2012 continues to be a challenging year for airlines. The risk of a worsening Eurozone crisis has been replaced by an equally toxic risk — rising oil prices. Already the damage is being felt with a downgrade in industry profits to $3 billion,'' said Tony Tyler, IATA's Director General and CEO.
Middle East carriers are expected to see profits of $500 million (up from the previously forecast $300 million). Financial performance was already seen to be better than previously expected in 2011, with an upgrade from $400 million to $1 billion. In the passenger business, load factors have improved by a slowdown in the introduction of new capacity. Long haul markets too have been relatively robust.
However, for MMA Airline, the challenge will be to attract passengers from Dubai, Sharjah and other neighbouring emirates — home to a large number of South Asian expatriates.
"We are going to offer free bus shuttle services to our passengers from Dubai and Sharjah, Awan said.
gulfnews : Pakistani entrepreneur launches airline in UAE
Pakistan wins contract for InfoDev mobile software lab
KARACHI: In a move that would help spur the already booming development of IT content, Pakistan has beaten off competition from regional countries to bag World Bank’s contract for setting up a research lab for mobile software development including apps, The Express Tribune has learnt.
World Bank’s division InfoDev planned to establish five mobile software development research labs across the world including one in the Saarc region, the official said. India and Sri Lanka were also shortlisted for the region but Pakistan was picked as the final destination.
The business plan focuses on combining arts and science schools under the umbrella of PSEB. “We proposed that we will bring these two communities together for content-based applications,” a PSEB official who requested anonymity. “Our plan inspired them and we won the grant to set up the lab, he added.
PSEB is leading the project while Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, National College of Arts, and University of Engineering and Technology (UET) are among the implementation partners, the official said. The lab will be setup at UET, he added.
Software development lab: Pakistan beats India and Sri Lanka to get contract – The Express Tribune
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