Month: April 2013

LIFE OF A JOURNALIST TODAY

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A journalist today has a lot to cover. Yes! This a lot statement hides in it a wide plethora of events ranging from what goes in our everyday lives to the on goings of the corporate world  to the country’s ups and downs and all what that keeps a country going. This is all what makes a journalist’s mind a stream of events. 

 

Gone are the days when journalists were assumed as those carrying out a 9-5 job because neither the happening was much and thus not much got covered? A journalist is not just a mere worker that pens down events onto a white paper but a social athlete that keeps his mind and body active than others along with the hawk eye view scrutinizing even the slightest of events. He absorbs the events systematically, analyses them and paints the canvas of news paper with his shade of colorful events.

 

But life of a journalist where on one end seems so versatile, on the other hand faces the threats at the cost of their profession. Today if a journalist is strong enough to penetrate even to the minutest mishaps going around, at the same time he faces deadly consequences when exposes the evil and the evil doers.

 

Quite the contrary, a journalist never confines himself when facing such consequences. Because he assumes itself one of the most potential sources in town that aware its people.

 

Considering Pakistan specifically, it has been listed as the second most dangerous country for journalists, where a large number of serving journalists were put to death at the cost of exposing reality.

 

A journalist indeed carries the risk of his death every second in our country. But according to me they stand at the highest level of respect as without them we would have never been able to know what was actually going outside our house premises.

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Earth Quake 2013

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aaj aae yaad mujhey roz-e-qayamat ki
jab jhanjoora gaya mayrey a’a-maal ko 

sab sey aagey barh jaun yeh sooch mujhey chalate
aaj apna he koi amal baaqe na thaa zikar karney ko

chand lamho main he dil ne yaad keya os rab-e-kainaat ko
jisey sajdey main dhoondh ti thee har namaaz main

hun Khuda sey milney ko taiyaar ya ab bhi duniya bananey main hu masroof
batlaya mujhey chand lamho nay aaj

aaj aaye yaad mujhey roz-e-qayamat ki
jab jhanjoora gaya meyrey a’aa maal ko

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BEAUTY SYNDROME

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There’s more to life than stuffing ones face with puffs of makeup and blushers. Quite the contrary our media is seen heavily emphasizing on the facial looks, that they go to the extent as to say that only those with fair complexions can conquers any battle be it passing an interview exam or fulfilling the matrimonial requirements.

Such advertisements even if avoided, they never seems to cease their popularity, as they directly effect one’s self esteem and particularly hits one’s conscious in some or the other way. The individual enters into a fascinating world where nothing more than getting prettier entices her.

In our society where mothers and grandmas from the onset of their daughter’s adulthood are seen taunting them about their facial complexion. The advertisements compound their criticism when they show ads where girls are seen as being left behind in a society who doesn’t apply fairness creams.

Advertisements like those of fair and lovely, Nivea’s, beauty soaps affects us psychologically by using typical societal words and a phrase that automatically makes the viewer buy their particular products; and turn into some miss worldImage

Is our education system modern as well as practical enough to eliminate unemployment, and thus poverty?

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”If we are to make any real, speedy and substantial progress, we must earnestly tackle this our educational policy and program on the lines suited to the genius of our people, consonant with our history and culture

 

Had we pondered over the following statement Pakistan would’ve now been witnessing a substantial progress in its education system. Quite the contrary the education system of Pakistan has ever since been neglected and the result is what the nation is harvesting today. Harsh negligence from the government has made it obsolete and in an era where every country strives to make its education system par excellence ours remains obsolete and tarnished.

 

Education has always played an integral part in fostering every individual’s growth mentally and physically but if left unattended becomes obsolete like other things do. Same is the condition our education system has been witnessing from a couple of decades.  The substandard governance and lack of revision keeps it far beyond modernism that automatically doesn’t make it practical enough to make us student run parallel with other international students in this fast paced world.

 

Every forgoing process in a country is a result of its domain. Currently Pakistan faces a severe set back in its employment sector that has soared levels of poverty in our state. Problem related to poverty and unemployment mushrooms from the very root cause when education is not catered among every native of a country. As a result the deprival of education in nearly 80% of Pakistanis clearly indicates that this aspect is barely bothered by the implementing authorities.

 

In our country the education level is distributed among five divisions i.e. primary, middle, high schooling, intermediate and university education. Mournfully none of them receives its share of importance. Our government allots 2.5% of it total budget for the education sector as a result the money allotted to it fails to meet the needs of any level.

 

There are a large number of schools found in Pakistan. But a large number of them are based upon 2-3 buildings with numerous children stuffed in every section of every class. The teacher in turn fails to pay importance to their students in particular. It is in these initial days cognitive, social and emotional developments begin to form roots in a child. These deficiencies are exposed in the latter period of a student’s life that results in shy and uncompetitive students. A student already deprived of basic psychological needs when enters the middle and high school is exposed to books written decades ago. Regretfully the students are enforced to waste their potential studying and learning the matter contained. The same phenomenon is continued till the intermediate level. Further more, since the examination questions are selected solely from the text books this enforces the students for rote learning thereby preventing them going through other subject related books or surfing on the net. This might prove detrimental for our students because when a mind stops learning facts meaningfully it stops asking questioning and eventually stops learning and thinking rationally.

 

Our education syllabus seems to be poorly designed and provides students with limited variety when it comes to opting subjects during high school examinations. This limits every student’s thinking capabilities to subjects like physics, chemistry, biology and computer sciences. As a result their mind finds it difficult to adjust to abrupt changes when choosing subjects at university levels.

 

The poor examination conductance and poor invigilation by the teachers have worsened the situations. Children belonging from strong feudal or other political background by their unlawful sources makes cheating common and moreover the quota system have over shadowed the potential of well deserving students due to such acts. Thus at the end of the day the poor, irrespective of his/her hard work fails to achieve his goal because of the system is corrupted to this great extent. More over the poor scholarship program for the well deserving students hinders many well of their rightful share to attain knowledge who are unable to afford it. Apparently, in our country the sole cause of such deteriorating education system is the power of money that has ruined many careers.

 

The standard universities in our countries are either too expensive to afford for a normal middle class man or too ill standardized that after getting admitted in it one feels their money is going in vane.

 

Issuing fake degrees, a trend every aware of, to our leaders and those governing us clearly depicts the helplessness of our education system. A very famous news were reported when PM Gillani’s son Moosa Gilani was found having a fake B.A. degree. Such an education system that stands no determinism on the hands of powerful people rules out any chance of curbing unemployment thus poverty.

 

In a society where unlawful earnings soar heights and system functions on the say of the rich here education fails to curb any kind of poverty or employment related issues.

 

Considering all the above opinions facts and figures our education system is deeply flawed from its root levels as a result it has mushroomed into a further weak system that stands no parallel with other education system of other countries. Moreover it has been further tarnished by the lack of governance. The countries that gained independence after Pakistan are abreast us due to their strong education system.

 

Our education system can be altered only if the budget is elevated from 2% to 10%. Only then can each level be given its due share. The teachers can then be given proper salaries that will retain their interest in teaching students. If the reparation is done right from the grass root level then we can reassure ourselves for a stiff education system which will produce competent and aspiring students.

BATTLING LIVES TO SHAPE THEIR EXISTENCE

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Carrying the uncertainty of life on their frail shoulders lay a number of cancer affected. Those pale half shed eyes awaiting their doctors words of encouragement…and an unshakable will power to fight this daily battle until they defeat it and recover from the trauma. But its not going to be easy.

An air of resentment surrounded the room when children cried out of pain. Chemotherapy is considered one of the ordeal treatments for human beings. With every patient receiving hours of this god-awful treatment, smiles are lost somewhere. But their love for life and colours around them reinforced smiles on their faces. Blood pouches were attached to the patients’ nerve with spiral hallow tubes injecting fresh harmless blood into their circulatory system. 

Paralleling the pediatrics ward consisted of the patients awaiting diagnosis. It is a test of courage and patience for the patients. little children of different ages for whom playing and going to school like other kids is a dream. The caretakers sit hand in hand with their beloved affected. The have an integral role to play too. They face the dilemma to use their strengths and motivation through these testing times. The parents smile and look hopeful…giving hope to their children..hope for a better tomorrow. 

According to the patients, those who initiated this hospital must be angels to help the less privileged class deal with Cancer. Their commitment to their work proves their love for humanity and their efforts are truly commendable. In an era where people asks for money even for the smallest of a deed. They are selfless, paving path and assisting the sufferers to accomplish their dire need to live.

A state where 1.8million kids suffer from the fatal decease annually. This includes most people belonging to poor and low income classes. The dilemma lies when just 50% are able to make it to the hospital while the rest stay oblivious of the disease and meet their fate.

STATISTICS OF SITUATION OF CANCER PREVAILING IN CHILDREN ACROSS PAKISTAN
• Leukemia is the most common type of childhood cancer accounting for about 30% of all cancers in this age group
• Generally 85,000 people die of cancer every year in Pakistan and children who are suffering from blood cancer approximately 70 out of 100 of them die every year.

• The causes behind such magnitude of the problem include poverty, lack of awareness about the disease, and paucity of diagnostic centres in government hospitals, they said.
• Infection is the major cause of mortality in ALL patients in our study population. To improve survival it is imperative to improve supportive care especially prevention and management of infection.