VIENNA: Nearly 850 firms from 80 countries attended the 2019 International Tourism Fair in the capital of Austria.
Vienna Culture and Publicity Consultancy opened a 150-square-meter wide stand on behalf of Turkey.
Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkish Airlines, as well as various hotels, tourism agencies and tour operators from Turkey attended the fair.
Asip Kaya, the Turkish Consul General in Vienna, told Anadolu Agency that the Vienna Tourism Fair is among the most important fairs in the world and almost 500,000 visitors attended the fair.
Kaya said: “300 thousand tourists from Austria visited our country last year. Actually this number was close to 500 thousand in 2015, however, due to political problems there was a decrease. Last year, there was a 23 percent increase. Hopefully this year the increase rate will rise even more.”
He called on the Turkish community living in Austria to visit the Turkish stand and added that the fair started very vividly, and he got the impression that far more people will attend the fair compared to last year.
Kaya stated that the attention to the Turkish stand can have a positive influence on the political relations between the two countries.
The fair would remain open for four days.
Sohni Dharti-fame Shahnaz Begum is no more
DHAKA: Renowned singer Shahnaz Begum passed away here today at the age of 67. She was suffering from heart problems.
Before the fall of Dhaka, Shahnaz Begum was known to the populace of both East and West Pakistan for her chefs d’oeuvre Sohni Dharti and Jeeway Pakistan.
Recipient of the Ekushey Padak and Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer, Shahnaz Begum will be buried today here. She is survived by her husband and two children.
Nation pays tribute to Nisar Bazmi on his 12th death anniversary
ISLAMABAD: Renowned composer and music director of Pakistan film industry ‘Nisar Bazmi’ was remembered on his 12th death anniversary on Friday and ceremonies were organized in this connection by concerned organizations with paying tributes.
Bazmi had no musical background, but he proved as one of the most talented music composers of his time.
Bazmi composed songs for more than 40 films in India 28 of which were released before he migrated to Pakistan on June 21, 1962.
In Pakistan, he started his career with the film `Aisa Bhi Hota Hai’. His national songs were as popular as his film numbers.
PTV played a great role in popularizing his compositions: `Yeh watan tumhara hai,’ `Khayal rakhna,’ `Hum zinda qaum hain’ and `Aae rooh-e-Quaid.’
Nisar Bazmi composed music for 66 films in Pakistan. During his musical career in Pakistan, he composed many hit songs for Runa Laila, Ahmed Rushdi, Noor Jehan and Mehdi Hassan. He was responsible for introducing Alamgir into film music in the country.
Nisar Bazmi received many Nigar Awards for best composer for film `Saiqa’ in 1968, `Anjuman’ in 1970, `Meri Zindagi Hai Naghma’ in 1972, `Khaak Aur Khoon’ in 1979 and `Hum Aik Hain’ in 1986.
He died on March 22, 2007 at the age of 82.
The Legend of Maula Jatt controversy
LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) today issued a stay order against the upcoming film The Legend of Maula Jatt.
The court restrained respondents, including producer, writer and
others, of the film from unauthorized use of the title, characters, story and music of a 1979 Punjabi blockbuster Maula Jatt, besides issuance of censor certificate.
Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan passed the interim orders while hearing an appeal, filed by Sarwar Bhatti, producer of original movie ‘Maula Jatt’ against an order of the Intellectual Property Tribunal.
The petitioner’s counsel, Ahsan Masood, argued that his client produced film Maula Jatt in 1979 and no one could use the title, music, script, and dialogues of the film as per the Copy Rights Act. However, the respondents produced a film titled The Legend of Maula Jatt in violation of the act without obtaining authorization from his client and got a censor certificate for its exhibition as well, he added.
He contended that the film violated the copyrights and pleaded with the court to issue directions for action against illegal production and exhibition of the film while setting aside the orders of the Intellectual Property Tribunal. He also pleaded with the court to restrain the respondents from using the title, script, and dialogues of the film Maula Jatt, and issuance of the censor certificate.
However, a lawyer on behalf of the respondents opposed the plea saying that no violation had been committed. But the court, after hearing arguments, issued the stay order against the film and adjourned further hearing till 6th June.