Month: March 2013

NEWS REPORT: WOMENS’ DAY CELEBRATIONS HELD AT DEFENCE AUTHORITY COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, PHASE VIII

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In the spirit of celebrating women’s day, the Defence Authority College  For women organized a commendable 2 hour long event commemorating the achievements of  women –an event that reflected positivism, art and creativity.

 

Compounding the women’s day celebrations with the oath taking ceremony further sensitized the event as handing over the responsibility to the newly elected council members reflected the sheer responsibility and determinism a girl can handle.

 

The event commenced with Hafeza Lareb’s recital of holy Quranic verse along with its translation in Urdu and Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s saying regarding women’s status and prominence in an Islamic society. Rabia Akhter furthered the event with her mesmerizing vocals when recited the Naat.

 

“We ought to realize the position of women in our society, and if we are to truly bring a change in the lives of women we need to move a few steps ahead of the festivities of women’s day ,because sadly many of our country’s women are totally oblivion to their status in society and women hood. This will add to the first steps of women empowerment in our country”, said ma’am xyz with her energetic start for the event.

 

Miss Maleha faisal CEO / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of Artistic Denim Mills added grace to the event with her charismatic presence as the chief guest to the event. Her arrival was met whole heartedly with a standing ovation by the student audience.

 

In all four students from different faculties of the college contributed liveliness to the event with their speeches highlighting their perspectives regarding womens day and stimulated every mind to actually ponder over the cause and how to make our statuses in the society more compelling in the current circumstances of our country.

 

Hiba Rasheed and Asma Adnan one after the other with their captivating skills rendered their ideas to the audience. The former emphasized the basic motto of celebrating women’s day and how we can always keep ourselves ahead of others by ignoring the demoralizing situations of the country she strengthened her argument with Rumi’s quote while the latter saw women as the gender that always stood staunchly against any hurdles in life taking Fatima Jinnah, Margaret Thratcer, Opreh into consideration.

 

“Perhaps we should be brighter and bolder on such days, its heartening to see students spreading awareness about women’s day and right” said the highly ecstatic ma’am Muhaddesa Muhammed.

 

Sharia Jameel followed by Aqsa added their potential share to the event with their speeches in Urdu. Sharia highlighted the women’s highly elevated status in Islam and how Prophet (PBUH) appreciated the position of women as mothers, daughters, sisters and wives. On the other hand Aqsa began with Hazrat Umar (R.A)’s quote regarding women. She highlighted how women sacrificed their lives yet remained resilient.

 

“The competition looks tough, this will give hard time to the judges on deciding the winner”, said Sara Tanwir, one among the audience, with a smirk.

 

Ma’am Roohi Tayyabi, one of the organizers of the event, played a short 5minute film highlighting all the prominent women from the Islamic century onwards to date.

There was Hazrat Khadija- first women who converted to Islam, Hazrat Ayesha(R.A), Hazrat Fathima (R.A.)-Prophet (Pbuh)’s beloved daughter, Madam Nur Jehan veteran vocalist, Razia Sulatan known for her bravery,Chand bibi, Amjad, Noor us saba, Begum Shaista, Fathima Jinnah, Begum Rana liaquat, Benazir Bhutto, Begum Akram Khatoon, Ms. Bilquis Edhi, Maliha Lodhi, and Sharmeen Obaid  Chinoy and Last but not the least Ms. Farhat Agha our very own principal known for her highly reputable personality.

 

Then a 7 minute long video was played, that comprehensively explained the entire election process, from the campaigns to the voting and then counting. The audience participated with their laughter and applauds. At the end it thanked the teachers who worked tirelessly making the elections a hit.

 

Welcoming the chief guest, parents and the audiences Dr. Farhat Agha whole heartedly addressed the event, “we the women should be aware of our rights and abilities at the same time. And being educated we must posses the highest sense of responsibility”, she said. “DHA has always maintained its policy of conducting free and fair elections and we proudly impart education thereby giving out productive citizens”, she further added and congratulated the newly elected council members.

 

The council members were handed over with their badges by the chief guest.

 

Zahra Rafi-former president of DCW’s council (2012-2013) was invited to the stage to hand over the presidency to Haya Shah. “I congratulate the new council member and its heartening to pass on the leadership to my successors, nothing would have been possible without the teachers’ and the principal’s support who have made DCW an eminent college of Karachi”, she added.

 

Maleha Faisal was at the end invited to the stage to address students with her achievements to foster to the students’ talents. “contrary to the stereotype we women withstand passionately with our male counterparts, we are the master minds, in this era of women empowerment the current CEO of Pepsi and face book are females which shows nothing can over shadow our self esteem to soar heights”, she added exuberantly.

“I further dream to work harder, and there’s never an end to growing ideas, it keeps sprouting”, she further added leaving the young student ponder over their talents.

 

In the end the principal handed over a shield to the chief guest. And student participants were handed over the certificates of appreciation. Where Hiba and Shania topped the charts and Aqsa and Asma scored second. The event ended with a combined photograph of the principal, chief guest and the council members.

 

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MY REPORT ON: PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION HELD AT DHA DEGREE COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, KARACHI

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Making this year as eventful as a year can be, the all Karachi bilingual declamation contest marked Defence DegreeCollege’s commencement for their very first potential event of 2013 that nevertheless served as an ideal platform for facilitating an exchange of ideas among the student fraternity.

The active participants mesmerized the student audience with their vibrant oratory skills. The declamation competition was uniformly split into two sessions where English speakers depicted their skills at first and was followed by the Urdu ones.

A paired student body from every university represented their institutes which included DA public school, PAF KIET, NUST and DA SKBZCollege.

The English session required students to speak up their skills and opinions on ‘money makes the world go round’, where Tooba khan, Myra Arshad and Raja Hamza was seen disgracing the value of money for how it had dominated our lives and is seen topping our priority lists. Quite the contrary Areeb Ahmed and Talha Saleem acknowledged the value of money and saw it as a catalyst to success if used in an acceptable manner.

“The students withholds in them a great manner of competitiveness compounded with confidence and strength, they have in them all the required ingredients to pursue their future as public speakers”, exclaimed the emotionally overwhelmed Summiya Malik, a former student of DHADegreeCollege and headed the judging department for English speakers.

Compounding her appreciations, she acknowledged the wide representation of attendees as responsive and well organized.

The English session was shortly followed by the Urdu speakers, where the energetic young speakers possessed exuberant skills over the topic ‘Aik taaza hawa chali hey’ excerpted from Nasir Kazmi’s popular poem.

A brief session was dedicated to Nasir Kazmi’s precious work and the auditorium commemorated his share in Urdu literature.

Every eloquent speaker tried convincing the audience with their perspectives.

“The opportunity to meet and witness students of our age with so much to learn from their skill is terribly exciting”, said Maria Siddiqui, one from among the student audience.

Mansoora Naseem, Fahd Suleh, Rida Zulfiqar, was seen oppressing the topic with sheer hope of betterment in our country. On the contrary, Aleema Mohammed, Mansoora Naseem,Ahsen Taher, Syeda Umme Aimen,Aimen Zafar, Taimur Ali and Tanzeela Riaz favored the topic and perceived the ongoing conditions would come to a halt and saw rays of hope. The passion elicited by the speakers reinforced loud applause and words of admiration from the audiences.

Earlier Dr. Farhat Agha welcomed the guests and admired DCW’s efforts in conducting such an event that nurtured the students’ capabilities and provided intellectually simulative atmosphere to students of various colleges.

Ms. Ameena Syed, the managing director of oxford university press was the chief guest and her presence was witnessed with great zeal and warmth by the students. She lauded the versatility and classic talent exhibited by the students.

“I have witnessed numerous students speaking publicly from different parts of the world, but Pakistan students have in them an unparallel charisma that stands no parallel”, said Agha Masood,a veteran columnist, and also a chief guest to the competition. Ms. Muneera Farazi added words of encouragement for her part, and gifted some precious advice to the students.

In the English Declamation Contest Nabiha Zeeshan of PAF KIET grabbed the first position, Rafah Shaheed of DA Public School (O&A Levels) was declared second while Talha Saleem of Behria College Karsaz won the third position.

In the Urdu Declamation first position was won by Syed Umme Aymen of NUST, Muhammad Fahad Saleh of DA SKBZCollege got the second position while Ali Muhammad of PAF KIET was declared third. Overall trophy of the Declamation Contest was given to PAF KIET.

In the end the chief guests awarded the competitors with shields and certificates that was seen as great confidence and morale boosting measure for all the participants.

MY LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Karachi’s shutdown strike
 | 28th March, 2012

THIS is apropos of ‘Karachi observes complete shutdown’ (March 17). The so-called shutter-down strike observed recently sadly didn’t have any outcome like the previous ones.

Another potential day was wasted by the residents as none dared to step out of their houses for the fear of encountering with any unexpected chaotic movement.

The object of the strike remained unachieved as the city police didn’t cooperate with the traders. To an extent, the political parties voiced their concern regarding the issue, but, as history speaks, this strike like all others will once again go unnoticed. The closure of CNG stations added up to people’s miseries, as this further restrained them from carrying out any outdoor work.

Once again students suffered as their papers were postponed.

These strikes are a common feature in our country. They have become a nuisance for the people residing in Karachi. They confine us within our homes for fear of the unexpected.

I request the political parties to ponder over the matter and abide by their agenda of what they call a “peaceful rally” without limiting any of us from our academic as well as office works.

ABEERA RASHID
Karachi

Link: http://dawn.com/2012/03/28/karachis-shutdown-strike/

QUITE THE CONTRARY…

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The year 2013 began as it would never end, completion of 365days seemed quite long and all flew in short span of time. People change and so do their levels of maturity, improvements if done with determination do raise to levels somewhat around perfection.

 

Quite the contrary this wasn’t the case as it would have been adopted by us Pakistani’s. A society that was seen more furious than before and failed to react to any happened incident in the right order, this might sound a bit blunt but trust me start evaluating and see none of us even attempted and neither rose for change.

 

 I fear with the growing rage and lacks of patience in people, God forbid a time would soon approach when kindness and empathy might sound as abstract words. Lethal acts of murdering and slaughtering the innocent ones were seen to soar heights. Sadly most of us enacted their participation in the mourning with a slight haw. Recently the Hazara incident covered by the media depicted our levels of viewing such heart wrenching scenes when a private TV channel on the same screen aired the Hazara protestants mourning the death of their loved ones on the other side Kareena’s latest item number grabbed the other half of the screen.

 

Where as, if it comes to protecting our lives our integrity even to the slightest of things we stoop low as to protect it. Commonly road incidents where at every stop we witness a passer by ridiculing the other even over a slightest scratch on his/her vehicle Shehzeb khan’s murder was no such exception, when none of those residing in their houses the premises where the young lad was fired to death didn’t even dare to step out of their homes to lend a helping hand to the martyred. Similarly Kamran Faisal’s case is no exception and clearly depicts the power of stake holders can mould the reality into what ever they want.

 

Carl Rogers says: ‘The only person who is educated is the one who has learn how to learn and change.’ But violators of the preceding statement were witnessed in our very own country when exhausted students violently dashed off their teachers in order to compel them to fulfill their (students’) right share in the hospitals. Regretfully the wisdom have failed to shape our rigid behaviors. Pakistani’s specifically. Surpassing any limits when it comes to fulfilling our rights.

 

The death toll of killed victims in our state have surged heights, estimated to be around 10,000 but where has the charisma of peaceful protest flew away. Every individual is seen to be protecting his and his family to the most when it comes to safeguarding their rights. Gone are those days when public expressed their gloom and to an extent achieved the rightful purpose of their protest not materialistically but with inner satisfaction

 

The difference between passion and rage has somewhat been blurred. We celebrate on the name sake of depicting love towards our country especially when it comes to celebrating the sports victories. Firing bullets aimlessly without bothering it might hit someone and over shadow their celebration. Even when celebrating the religious events we fail to reciprocate its message in our daily lives. Recently celebrations were witnessed all over the country on 12th Rabi Ul Awwal. We love rendering our respect to our Beloved Prophet Muhammad( PBUH) when his name is invoked in reverence by every Muslim individual on the auspicious occasion the day he was descended down to humanity as a man of peace and prosperity. But regretfully we disappoint him by limiting our love towards him as we confine it to our words merely for hours and fails to get them portrayed in our actions and reactions. At the end of the day our glorification to Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) gets wrapped up after the event. Commemoration as such stands to importance.

 

Our attitudes of celebration have been molded into acts of cruelty and this very act has confined us to words like I, Me and My family. We have limited our versions of kindness to these three English words and none of us even dare to look behind when protecting the country’s integrity once topped our priority lists.

 

Discussing the ongoing political scenario seems exuberating within the cozy drawing rooms under the utmost contemplation even over the slightest of matters. The way the discussion rises to peaks, the same it trickles down when the cup of coffee ends, brushing our hands we stand and let every thing go off. We are severely running out of the kinetic energy and the passion that once brought us to the roads. And made us voice our concerns and ask for not just our rights but also of our Pakistani counterparts.

 

Is it our selfless behavior or the current worsening situation of our country that has made havoc the only possible solution of any problem and witness acts of brutality by recording them into our mobile phones and downloading it the other day to get the highest possible viewer ship. Can we actually stoop that low for the sake of little appreciation..?
 

The time has come when rather than pinpointing others, we should jolt ourselves and alter our paths. Because I fear another scion of the current ruling party might come and embed us to even worse we would have imagined. Let’s strengthen ourselves for the future because the true test of a person is how they stand during the test of adversity.