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Tabassum Adnan: A Pakistani Women rights activist who was honored with Nelson Mandela Award

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KARACHI: A women’s rights activist in Swat has been honored with the prestigious Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Award 2016 in Columbia.

Tabassum Adnan, a working lady in Swat who struggles for women’s rights was recognised by the governing body of the Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Award 2016.

After being honored, Tabassum expressed her delight and said that she is thankful to the Pakistani people for their support and cooperation.

“I can’t explain how much happy I am. It’s all because of the support of people of Pakistan. With their support and cooperation, I was able to win the prestigious award,” said Tabassum.

Remembering her past times, Tabassum said that she was married at the age of 13 and had her first child at the age of 14.

“I have suffered 20 years of mental and physical abuse after getting married at early age. I was divorced few years after my marriage and lost my children and home,” Tabassum said.

After her divorce, she founded the first ever female-only Jirga in Pakistan by the name of Khwendo Jirga. The jirga supports rights for women which include voting and security.

She was awarded International Women of Courage award in the United States in 2015.




 

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Vocalist Mehnaz remembered

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ISLAMABAD: Sixth death anniversary of the renowned and legendary singer was observed today. 
Mehnaz Begum, the distinguished singer of Pakistan, had died on 19th January 2013 at the age of 55. She was on way to the United States when her condition deteriorated in Bahrain where she breathed her last at a hospital.
The master of classical genres like ‘ghazal’, ‘thumri’ and ‘dadra’ was born in 1958. Mehnaz began her career as a playback singer in the early ’70s. Her mellifluous voice and control over the sur instantly made her popular among music composers and film audiences. She sang for a number of films a majority of which became popular.
The talented singer sang many hit and evergreen chartbusters like Mujhe Dil Se Na Bhulana from film ‘Aina’, Kyun Roi Shehnai from ‘Haider Ali’ and Do Piyase Dil Ek Huay from ‘Bandish’.
Surrayya Bhopali was among the first films that Mehnaz sang for and Zeba Bakhtiar’s Babu was her last film as a playback singer.

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Netflix shares slip as spending weighs on profits

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SAN FRANCISCO: Netflix shares swung lower Thursday as spending on original shows at the leading streaming television service weighed on quarterly revenue and competition heated up.

Shares sank nearly four percent to $339.70 in after-market trades that followed release of earnings figures that showed the Silicon Valley company logged profit of $134 million on revenue of $4.2 billion in the final three months of last year.

That compared with a profit of $186 million on revenue of $3.3 billion in the same period the prior year.

Netflix ended the year with 139 million paying members worldwide, up 29 million from the start of the year.

“The fact that investors reacted negatively to what amounted to a strong performance indicates the extent to which Netflix has set a high bar,” said eMarketer media analyst Paul Verna.

“The bottom line is that Netflix remains the uncontested leader in the subscription video space.”

Netflix beat analyst expectations on subscriber growth and per-share earnings, but missed slightly on revenue, Verna noted.

The company’s projected growth in subscribers in the current quarter is higher than previously anticipated, “which bodes well for the company as it prepares to face mounting competition from the likes of Disney, AT&T, and NBC Universal,” according to Verna.

Operating margin — the money a company keeps after expenses — shrank to 5.2 percent from 7.5 percent in a year-over-year comparison of quarters.

The company said it had expected its margin to dip because of the number of shows that launched in the quarter.

“Our multiyear plan is to keep significantly growing our content while increasing our revenue faster to expand our operating margins,” Netflix said in a letter to shareholders released along with the earnings report.

 

 

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Entertainment City, 17 parks planned for Peshawar

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1st Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Sports Fest

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will establish a state-of the art ‘Entertainment City’ and 17 parks in Peshawar to provide better recreational and sports facilities to the residents of walled city.

‘Entertainment’ city will be established at Nisatta near Peshawar Toll Plaza on Motorway where all types of entertainment facilities including water sports, restaurants, fun land, playing lands for kids, parks and commercial activities would be provided.

Officials in Local Government and Rural Department told media on Friday that an inclusive plan has been chalked out for establishment of an ‘Entertainment City’ in the first 100 days plan of PTI government and practical work on this project will start soon.

Peshawar is lacking recreational facilities since long and this city would help provide the much need entertainment facilities to people within a three kilometer distance to enjoy water boating, meat and fish dish parties in open. The residents of Charsadda and Nowshera districts will also benefit from this facility.

In addition to it, KP government will establish 17 parks in different sectors of Hayatabad and one at Regi Model Town Peshawar.

These parks are part of a bigger plan of Peshawar Development Authority to enhance beauty of Peshawar. Under this project, roadside plantation will be carried out inside Hayatabad.

A major inclusion in healthy’s profile of Hayatabad is construction of ‘Jogging Track’ from Phase-III entry up to Phase-VII along Gandao Khawar besides soft landscaping of existing central parks at Regi Model Town.

The official said beautification and uplift projects are also underway in Charsadda district aimed at to promote large-scale urbanization and reduce population pressure for housing in Peshawar.

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