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10th edition of 3-day KLF commenced at Beach Luxury

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KARACHI: A lot of eyes were glued to the TV screen keenly observing history in the making as Pakistan released Indian Pilot whose jet was shot down as soon as it crossed the LoC a couple of days ago. 

Yet it did not stop the literati and literature aficionados from converging at Beach Luxury Hotel to be part of the 10th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) opening ceremony today. 

Due to earlier closure of airspace many guests could not make it in time, yet since after the pilot’s release airport commenced catering to the flights, it is expected the stranded literati would land at Karachi and participate in tomorrow (2nd March)’s session.

The theme of the KLF’s 10th edition is Focus for Tomorrow. According to details, the event is featuring 235 speakers including 15 foreigners. 80 sessions and 20 book launches are scheduled.

 

 

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Dr. Jameel Jalibi is no more

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KARACHI: Literary giant Dr. Jameel Jalibi passed away here today at the age of 90. President Arts Council Ahmed Shah took to the Facebook to share the sad news. 

He was born Mohammad Jameel Khan into a Yousufzai family on 12th June 1929, in Aligarh, UP, India. Young Mohammad Jameel got his early education at Aligarh and moved to Meerut College in 1945 for his graduation.

Following partition, Jalibi migrated to Pakistan where he did his MA in English from Sindh University in 1949. Next year he acquired LLB. He got his Ph.D. in 1971 and D.Litt two years later.

Dr. Jameel Jalibi, who was also a CSS officer,  had served as VC of Karachi University for four years, headed National Language Authority and Urdu Dictionary Board as president.  

 

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Paris: New designer fountains on Champs-Elysees!

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PARIS: Expensive decorative scaffolding, or a welcome addition to the French capital’s most famous avenue? New designer fountains on the Champs-Elysees have reopened a debate in Paris about how to add modern twists to the city’s beloved classic architecture.
Located at a roundabout around halfway between Tuileries Garden and the Arc de Triomphe, the fountains were inaugurated by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo on March 21, and have divided opinion in the City of Light.
“When you’re close up, it’s original, but when you go down the Champs-Elysees and you look at them all together, you might think that it’s a bunch of scaffolding that’s been put up and needs to come down at some point,” one long-time resident grumbled to AFP as she walked past.
The six shiny fountains, which rotate to mimic the swirling traffic at the busy intersection, resemble oversized pencils jutting into the air.
Each fountain is comprised of a four-story-high, bronze-alloy pole that supports three descending arms made of pieces of Swarovski cut crystal studded with LED lights that sparkle at night.
Other Parisians are pleased with the result.
“It’s better than before,” said Ibrahim Ngaiye, a bicycle courier for the food delivery service Glovo, who was waiting for his next order.
“Before, there were just trees, trash cans and smaller fountains. The roundabout’s better like this.”The structures, designed by brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to replace a set of stone fountains that had fallen into disrepair, pack nearly three tonnes of crystal.
The 6.3-million-euro ($7.1 million) project is the first major initiative of the Paris Foundation, which was established in 2015 to raise money for public projects with a “strong emphasis” on contemporary art.
The project was fully funded by private donations and helped along by a significant discount on the crystal.
Introducing modern art to the streets of Paris has often been controversial, and many residents object to what they see as eyesores — or frivolous projects financed with public money.
At the end of 2017, a public campaign was launched to prevent the installation of a privately funded sculpture of giant tulips by artist Jeff Koons which was “gifted” to the city after the 2015 Paris terror attacks.
Just over a year after its inauguration, many residents of the poverty-wracked Porte de Clignancourt area on the northern edge of the city are still unhappy with a giant red heart installed on a pole that cost 650,000 euros in public money.
And some locals still cringe at the memory of a giant sculpture appearing to show a man having sex with an animal that was destined for the gardens in front of the Louvre, and another that resembled a sex toy erected in the middle of the Place Vendome, opposite the Ritz hotel.
Perhaps the most controversial of all was the publicly financed glass-and-metal pyramid installed in front of the Louvre palace in 1989 in central Paris.
Designed by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei, it was denounced by some at the time for ruining the sight of the former royal palace but has since become a popular attraction in its own right.
Nadia, who runs a newsstand near the new fountains, said she found them particularly attractive after the sun goes down.
“At night, they sparkle,” she told AFP. “With the jets of water coming out of the bottom, it looks like a rocket that’s taking off.”

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PARIS: Sixteen copper statues take to the skies!

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PARIS: Sixteen copper statues briefly took to the skies over Paris after they were removed from the Notre-Dame cathedral to undergo restoration work.
Tourists at the world-famous landmark were left stunned on Thursday as the statues – representing the 12 apostles and the four evangelists from the New Testament – were lifted off the spire of the cathedral by crane. “What’s unique is that it’s the first time we’ve seen them up close since they were set up by Viollet-le-Duc in the 1860s,” Marie-Helene Didier, who is in charge of the renovation work, told the Media.
“It’s an exceptional event because we’ve brought the 16 statues down in a single day. It’s a magical moment for everyone,” she said. Built between the years 1163 and 1345, Notre-Dame is one of the most popular tourist sites in Paris, drawing around 13 million people every year.
Its spire, like the rest of the gothic edifice, is undergoing an 11-million-euro ($12.4-million) overhaul financed by the French state to repair damage inflicted by time, pollution and the weather. “Extraordinary,” said Sofiane, an onlooker from London, as the statues flew through piercing blue skies suspended from a giant 100-meter (300-foot) crane. “I’ll never see anything like it again.”
The statues will be put on display inside the cathedral and will travel two-by-two to a specialized restorer in the Dordogne area of southwest France. Once all have been renovated, they will be put back to their position staring out over the City of Light in 2022.

 

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