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124th birth anniversary of Josh observed

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RAWALPINDI: A Literary Conference held here on Thursday to mark the 124th birth anniversary of the revolutionary poet, Josh Malihabadi.
The conference was jointly organized by Josh Adibi Foundation and Josh Memorial Committee in collaboration with Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC).
Renowned scholar Dr. Ghazanfer Mehdi presided over the conference while famous fiction writer Hameed Shahid was the chief guest.
Addressing on the occasion, Dr. Ghazanfer Mehdi said that the poetry of Josh had a vital place in Urdu literature, adding that it was need of the time to promote literary work of the revolutionary poet.
Hameed Shahid said that Josh was a poet of nature and due to his revolutionary ideas, he became famous forever. More research work on his poetry should be initiated which was the need of time, he added.
Later, a mehfil-e-mushaira was also held in which poets Naseem-e-Sahar, Wafa Chisti, Hassan Abbas Raza, Majeed Malik, Arshad Malik, Abdul Qadir Tabban and others paid tributes to Josh Malihabad through their poetry.

 

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Franco-Pak bid to deepen cultural ties

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PARIS: A two-member Pakistani delegation met Pak Envoy to France  H.E. Moin-ul- Haque. 

The delegation comprised of Syed Junaid Akhlaq, DG Fed. Dept. of Archaeology & Museums and Zafar Ali Secretary Culture, Tourism & Archaeology of Balochistan. French Embassy’s Counselor Cultural and Cooperation André De Bussy was also present on the occasion.

The Ambassador briefed the delegation about Pakistan-France cultural relations and various initiatives being taken to further strengthen cooperation in this area. He welcomed the proposed MoU between National History and Literary Heritage Division of Pakistan and  Musée Guimet in this regard. 

The Ambassador noted Pakistan’s rich history and diverse cultural heritage. Currently, Pakistan has six UNESCO World Heritage sites and efforts were being made to inscribe more cultural and natural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.  Later, Syed Junaid Akhlaq and Zafar Ali briefed the Ambassador on steps taken by the Federal and Balochistan governments to promote culture, develop new museums and protect and preserve archaeological treasures of Pakistan.  

The two-member Pakistani cultural delegation was on a 7-day visit to France organized by the Embassy of France to Pakistan. During its stay, the delegation will hold discussions with the officials of French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Management of Guimet Museum and archeological experts besides visiting historical and cultural sites of France.

French Embassy’s Counselor Cultural and Cooperation André De Bussy

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Kartarpur beginning of a new world?

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LAHORE: Poet, playwright, and columnist Amjad Islam Amjad has said that Kartarpur Border Corridor (KBC) had laid the foundation of a better world for the future generations of India and Pakistan.
In an interview with the Media here today, he said 95 percent people on both sides of the border were tied in the bond of love and the initiative would help flourish mutual love, adding that people wished to live in peace and harmony. He said there was a need to discourage hostility-maniac small groups in India and Pakistan who had always wanted to subvert relations, adding that it was the responsibility of the governments to work for establishing cordial relations. “Though this corridor should have been built on August, 15th,1947, it was never late to take a constructive measure and irrespective of the fact it had materialized 70 years late, I endorse it”, he responded. He said countries were divided with the intent to live like good neighbors and contribute to each other’s progress.
He said he wished to see open borders between the two like the United States and Canada. About the decision to demolish Punjab Governor’s House walls, he said they, as a nation, were champions of making a mountain of a molehill, adding that Punjab Governor’s House building was a national heritage
as well as a symbol of colonialism. “If Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted to erode the colonial symbol from the hearts and minds of the people, there was nothing bad in it”, he responded, adding that Imran Khan was right in his stance. On the Urdu language, the famous poet stressed the importance of preserving the language, adding that English was meant for higher education and not for primary education.
Speaking for the importance of a uniform education system, he said our education system has become a hotchpotch of systems including the Urdu medium, English medium, Madrassah system, and other elite educational philosophies and with no clear direction. He said the absence of a uniform education system in the country was promoting the class-based society and widening the gulf between the people while students from different social backgrounds sat on a single bench at schools some decades ago.
On the importance of Urdu language, he regretted the fact that Urdu was not the mode of education at primary level in our schools, adding that there was no need to teach English at an early age to a children
as it would make them lose touch with their culture, civilization, customs, values, and language if they were not taught Urdu at an early age. He said there was no denying the fact that English was a tool of success in the global world but it did not mean Urdu should be compromised. “An ideal education system should be a blend of values of the past
and demands of the modern era”, he responded, adding that it was unfortunate our elders had not worked for an ideal education system over the past 70 years. He said they must coexist with technology but let’s not impose English on national language which was a heritage to be preserved for posterity. About his poetry, he said the youth must not hark on the deprivations but work hard to improve their present for a glorious future. “Nobody had any control over the past but future was in one’s control.”
On the role of writers to eradicate extremism from society, he said the poets and writers were playing their due role but it was a collective responsibility of the poets, political parties, politicians and education system to create awareness on the pitfalls of extremism in society. To a question, he said Madrassahs were not to be blamed for the current rise in extremism in society, adding that comprehensive curriculum was vital for giving a vision of life to our younger generation. About the student unions in colleges and universities, it was important to reform functions of student unions, adding that the student bodies were formed to teach students about their rights and prepare them for the outside world but it was unfortunate that student unions had become a tool of political parties.

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WIPO announces CDP for Pakistan

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WIPO announces CDP for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: In a milestone achievement, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced the first ever Country Development Program (CDP) for Pakistan which would help Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan) to enter into international treaties such as Madrid Protocol, PCT, Marrakesh Treaty etc. 
This was declared by the visiting experts of WIPO during the three-day International Conference on Trade Mark which concluded here on Friday. The conference was organized by WIPO in collaboration with IPO-Pakistan. The participants included WIPO Experts, International Consultants and representatives of Trademarks offices from Switzerland, France, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Magnolia, and the Philippines. The purpose of this event is to share the experiences of trademark examiners, especially the best practices and to devise a mechanism to improve examiners competency.
During the meetings, it was decided that Muhammad Naseer, Executive Director, IPO-Pakistan and David Simmons, Counsellor, WIPO would be the focal persons for the CDP.
IPO-Pakistan would formally request to DG WIPO to organize Heads of IP Offices Conference for the year 2020 in Pakistan. IPO would also send a formal request to WIPO to provide an international/regional consultant to enable IPO-Pakistan to prepare for the accession to Madrid Protocol by February 2019.
It is pertinent to mention here that the three-day moot was inaugurated by Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce. While the session was attended by Mujeeb Ahmed Khan, Chairman IPO, Muhammad Irfan Tarar, Director General and others.
Addressing the opening session, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan thanked WIPO for choosing Pakistan to host the international conference on such an important subject. Mujeeb Ahmed Khan, Chairman IPO assured the support of IPO Pakistan to WIPO for organizing such events in future.
At the end of three-day moot, Director General, IPO-Pakistan gave away certificates to the organizers and participants of the conference.

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