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Dastaar-e-Anaa Bloggers Meetup

TV One uncovered mysteries and the OST screening of the upcoming dramatization Dastaar-e-Anaa in the bloggers meetup with the enthusiastic cast at the Pi Social Café.

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Director Mohsin Talat

Uzma Gillani is all set to do her television comeback as Zebunissana in Dastaar-e-Anaa. Abid Ali and Uzma Gillani the legends of Pakistani Drama industry will be seen together after 14 years.

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Salman Saeed & Aisha Gul

Mark your calendars for some memorable performances starting from 14thApril 2017 every Friday 8pm.

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An adept director Mohsin Talat together withthe talented cast including Salman Saeed, Ayesha Gul, Uzma Gillani all the way from Canada over a voice call became part of the launch and bloggers meet of Dastaar-e-Anaa.

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Dastaar-e-Anaa is a captivating drama serial with an interesting story line built up by Amin Sadiq.

Dastaar-e-Anaa will deliver an impactful message amongst audience.

Director’s Note: “Our mission is to create awareness of keeping balance in relationships and solve the negative slot in the society. Either dramas are character based or issue based, here in this drama we have tried to provide audience with a impactful message.”

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Aisha Gul

Cast’s Note: ” Challenging roles like these is the beauty of acting, this is my passion that’s why I am here”- Aisha Gul

Dastaar-e-Anaa revolves around a story of a lady Zebunissa (Uzma Gillani) who loves to control life of people around her. The main lead Saniya Shamshad as Mahnoor is shown as the granddaughter of Zebunissa. Mahnoor is a gentle and kind soul, who is scared of her granddaughter and tries to obey. Salman Saeed is playing the opposite lead role to Saniya Shamshad and the story is a traditional love story which is shot on the beautiful locations of Northern Areas in Pakistan.

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The melodious OST of Dastaar-e-Anaa is composed by Maestro Waqar Ali and sung by none other than Coke Studio star Jabir Abbas.

Do you think Mahnoor will go against her grandmother for lover?

Kashif Mahmood a well known face of Pakistani Drama industry will be seen in a negative role as Waleed in Dastaar-e-Anaa. Kashif has a boy next door personality and this role must be a challenge for him.

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Bloggers playing sequence with Aisha Gul & Mohsin Talat

The launch was a successful event along with a meet and greet session cast and bloggers indulged in board games which are the specialty of Pi Social Café, the cast time win the game against the bloggers team, the challenge was worth gazing and way to interesting.

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KFC Pakistan Day Celebration

KFC Pakistan has been working with Zindagi Trust (owned by Shahzad Roy) since a while now and it  has raised over 70 million rupees. KFC previously donated this money to Zindagi Trust, but has started taking ownership in terms of running the school. On 23rd March, there were kids from a school – which was the second school which KFC is jointly running with Zindagi Trust, gathered at KFC Ittehad outlet, with the aim to celebrate 23rd March, along with the agenda to highlight the achievement of KFC and Zindagi Trust.
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The reason of highlighting this is to prove KFC as a socially responsive brand, highlight its CSR capacity and at the same time, promote the spirit of doing something for the nation, particularly in terms of education and literacy, because educated Pakistan will be a smart Pakistan. Event was attending by numerous celebrities such as Farhan Agha, Sarwat Gillani, Nida Khan and others. KFC CEO Raza Pirbhai along with these celebrities talked to students, motivated them to excel in life; students sang national songs, which was a wonderful moment.
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OLX Pakistan celebrates 5 years of its success

OLX Pakistan is part of the Netherland based OLX group which is a subsidiary of Naspers. Founded in 1915, Naspers, a global internet and entertainment group, is one of the largest technology investors in the world.

It is spread over 130 countries, with a global audience reach of 1.5 billion and 27,000 employees. Naspers is among the most used online platforms in the world, with the biggest online e-commerce audience, after Amazon and Ali Baba. On 29th March 2017, OLX Pakistan celebrates its 5 years of its success in Pakistan.

Event started at 12pm with little introduction about technology have changed the business landscape, globally! It was hosted by VJ Dino Ali. Then he invited Bilal Bajwa – Country Manager of OLX Pakistan to explaing how OLX works and share some facts about the company.

OLX Group is a world leading online classifieds present in 45 countries, across six continents. Back in 2014 Bilal saw big opportunity in Pakistan after seeing these stats.

Bilal reveals the meaning of OLX (online exchange) company started back in 2006 from Argentina. Last year they’ve established Customer Service  Center in Pakistan and in Jan.’ 2017 reached 2.5 Million  download on Google Play Store.

Here is some interesting fact, In Pakistan people are more interested in buy pets after cars and bikes cos they get 89% response recently they introduced Hens and Aseel subcategory in Pets.

After that Ammar, Head of Media & Customer Relations share how their  Marketing Strategy  works. They collaborated with news and sports channels to promote their brand.  After that they invited some OLX users to share their experience and one of the user has sold 65 cars using OLX app.

OLX is now introducing a new service called “Featured Ads” in April 2017, this will allow users to give their ads greater visibility and sell 7 times faster by prioritizing their placement on our platform. For the payment part, OLX Pakistan is partnering with Telenor EasyPaisa to allow users to make their payments in a convenient and hassle free manner. OLX users can pay from their credit cards, mobile wallets and over-the-counter through the Telenor Easypaisa service to avail this new feature.

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The event ends with cake cutting celebration followed by lunch.

Astrophotography in 2016

Here are the snippets from all the astronomy I’ve done in 2016.

Waxing gibbous Moon as on 22nd Jan. 2016

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On 6th Mar. 2016 I was a part of our usual Urban astronomy session with these awesome people  at Sahal Telescopes and Binoculars headquarter.

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From L: Ramiz,Zain,ME,Farrukh & telescope

On 18th Apr. I attended first event of ‘Global Astronomy Month’ by Karachi Astronomers Society at Zamzama Park. It was a public event for viewing Moon & Jupiter via telescope. We have 2 telescopes; 6 inch SkyWatcher Dobsonian telescope & 90mm telescope. Attended by 500 people and lots of them are curious about these telescopes & the objects in the sky.

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On 24th April there was another Global Astronomy event where I viewed Sunspots through telescope at ‘Solar Sunday & Jupiter Watch’ held by Karachi Astronomers Society at PIA Planetarium.

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On 9th May I had an amazing opportunity  to witness Mercury Transit at the Kastrodome observatory. This event is so rare that it happened only 13 times in a century.

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On  18th May, as a premium member of Karachi Astronomers Society (KAS) I received members kit containing a t-shirt, car sticker, membership card, solar glasses & contact card.

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On 16th June I captured 87% illuminated waxing gibbous Moon in Karachi. It’s amazing to see the crater details near the terminator.

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On 13th Aug. I was so excited for the Perseid meteor shower as it was  the peak night. I spent 5hrs on my roof. First there was some scattered clouds in Karachi then at 4am it was all cloudy. My meteor count was 13 and captured two in my camera.

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On 17th Sep. there was Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, which is different from normal Lunar Eclipse. Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is only a semi darkening of the moons limbs, so it’s quite hard to notice with naked eye. I was on my roof from 8pm-1am to witness this. I setup my camera for time-lapse video but then I decided to make a Moon Collage to show  the change with time.

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On 6th Oct. I captured 16.2% illuminated waxing crescent moon in Karachi as I love the details of waxing crescent.

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21st Oct. was the peak night of Orionid Meteor Shower in Karachi so I was at my roof at 4am it was quite humid but the sky was clear so I setup my camera and luckily just before fajr prayers I captured 2 meteors in my camera. In 1.5 hrs I’ve seen 10 meteors. In the picture you can see the brightest star Sirius, M42 only nebula which is visible with naked eye, Betelgeuse  and of-course the Orionid Meteor. . . Have you seen any meteor shower in your city ?

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On 14th Nov. there was  a Supermoon which is the closest supermoon since January 26, 1948 and  the moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. I shared that photo on twitter and  Maddie Stone from Gizmodo asked me if he can share that picture with credit.

 

After that conversation that image has been featured at Gizmodo.

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All the images can be found at #fnastronomy hashtag on instagram.

 

 

Karachi Literature Festival 2017

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) is the literature festival that provides the connection between the author and the reader. It is also a platform for art performers and cultural programs.

The festival starts with the welcome speeches by the organizers followed by the performance by  Asif Sinan.

In her keynote speech Ayesha Jalal  said that, “Pakistan needs to focus on gaining consumer rights before political rights.”

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Asif Sinan performing at KLF

Then there was an Award ceremony of KLF Pepsi and the winner of the prize for the non-fiction book of the year was “The Raj at War” by Yasmeen Khan. The Getz Pharma Prize for fiction went to Omar Shahid Hamid for his “The Spinner’s Tale”. The Infaq Urdu literature prize went to Nasir Abbas Nayyar.

First day was concluded by a captivating ‘Kathak’ performance by Shayma Saiyid.

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Shayma Saiyid at KLF

This year there were 18 book launches at KLF but I really wanted to attend the launch event of Omar Shahid’s new book “The Party Worker” but unfortunately couldn’t reach the festival on day 2  cos I got sick.

So I went to the festival on day 3 and at the entry there was stall of Tapal Danedar where people were standing in queues to get Chai/Tea proves that how much we love Tea.

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First I attended ‘Celebrating Faiz’ where  Zehra Negah an Urdu poet  praised his work by saying  that, “He was an evergreen, extremely generous and down-to-earth man who was open to criticism.” Adeel Hashmi  concluded the session by reading  Faiz’s sublime poetry.

After that I had to the Book Fair, first stop was Liberty Books to buy my copy of ‘The Party Worker’.

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And I found the some great collection Marvel and DC Comics at the some book stall at the end of the Book Fair.

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Last session of the day was ‘Memories and Reflections’ by  Zia Mohyeddin who needs no introduction. It was a treat for me to listen him reading  the paragraph from his book “The God Of My Idolatry”.

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Zia Mohyeddin at KLF

Then  there was closing speeches by Ameena Saiyid and Asif Farrukhi followed by Performences by Shayma Saiyid and Suhaee Abro and a concert by Saif Samejo.

Karachi Kings – PSL Season 2 Team Launch

The Karachi Kings are back with a renewed zeal and vigor. As one of the five cricketing franchises participating in the Pakistan Super League T20, the team is the most loved and supported team in the league.   The Karachi Kings franchise is proudly owned by Mr. Salman Iqbal who is also the Founder and President of ARY Digital Network. The team was officially launched for the first season of the PSL at a roaring mega event held at the National Stadium Karachi in Jan 2016, where the players and management were introduced to 30,000 plus jubilant fans who attended the venue.

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For the second season of the PSL, the Karachi Kings are louder and stronger. The team launch conducted today at the National Stadium Karachi lived up to its promise with a mesmerizing spectacle of the city’s love and dedication towards their favorite team and game. The deafening roar of the fans will surely uplift the spirit of cricket in Pakistan. The team lineup was present at the event, with returning players as well as new inductees, including Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Imad Waseem, Sohail Khan,Shazaib Hassan, Saifullah Bungush, Babar Azam, Khurram Manzoor, Kashif Bhatti, Abrar Ahmed, Usama Mir, Rahat Ali, Amad Alam and Hasan Mohsin. Team Director Rashid Latif, CEO Karachi Kings Tariq Wasi, VP Operations Navaid Rasheed and Head of Marketing Shehzad Hassan Khan were also present at the event.

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Jerjees Seja – CEO ARY Digital

Speaking about the event, a jubilant Mr. Salman Iqbal – owner Karachi Kings said ‘As a team and as a people, we are resilient, determined and never step away from a challenge. The new lineup of the team features some of the most noteworthy athletes in the sport, from veterans to new blood, each player is unwavering in his commitment to excel on the field and make Karachi proud. With such immense successful event of team launch we have proved wrong to those few people who use to say that PSL will not be a success before it started. We are especially thankful to our sponsors Bahria Town (Titanium Sponsor),Bridge Power Batteries (Platinum Sponsor) , The Arkadians (Gold Sponsor), Sheild (Gold Sponsor), Oye Hoye (Silver Sponsor), Vital Tea (Tea Partner), Pepsi (Beverage Partner), Super Star Motorcycles (Bronze Sponsor) and Naya Nazimabad (Home Ground Partner) for making all of this possible’.

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Salman Iqbal and Mohammad Amir

The event was hosted by the two of the beloved faces of the ARY family, news talk show anchor Waseem Badami and actor/game show host Fahad Mustafa. In addition to the huge number of fans in attendance, also present at the event were the who’s who of the media industry, countless celebrities, partners and sponsors of the team. Among the performers of the event were Shehzad Roy who officially launched the new anthem for the Karachi Kings, along with Fuzon, Shazia Khushk, Asim Azhar and Komal Rizvi who enthralled the audience with their wonderful performances.

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Komal Rizvi

Also present at the occasion were Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Corps Commander Karachi Lt. General Shahid Baig Mirza, DG Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed, IG Sindh Police

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Shehzad Roy

AD Khawaja, Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar, Additional IG Karachi Police Mushtaq Mahar, Farooq Sattar Leader MQM Pakistan, Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Shehlah Raza. All of the dignitaries appreciated the efforts of Karachi Kings for putting up such a great spectacular and also gave tribute to the great people of Karachi and their love for cricket and Pakistan, reaffirming their commitment to a peaceful Karachi and prosperous Pakistan.

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From the Sponsors side Zain Malik (Director Bahria Town), Aqeel Karim Dhedi (Chairman Arkadians), Arif Habib (Chairman Naya Nazimabad), Asif Memon (CEO Bridge Power), Farhan Malik (COO Shield), Mian Shahzad Khalid (Director Marketing United Snacks), Adnan Shabeer (Vital Tea), Saad Khan (Marketing Manager Pepsi), Usman Saleem (Director Super Star Bikes).

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Fahad Mustafa

Also present at the event were Haji Mohammad Iqbal (Chairman ARY Digital Network), Haji Abdul Rauf (Vice Chairman ARY Digital Network), Mahboob Abdul Rauf (Director ARY Digital Network) and Mohammad Jerjees Seja (CEO of ARY Digital Network).

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Fuzon Band

All the Pakistani players of Karachi Kings were present including Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Imad Waseem, Shahzeb Hasan, Khurram Manzoor, Babar Azam, Saifullah Bangash, Abrar Ahmed, Sohail Khan, Abdul Hamid, Rahat Ali, Osama Mir.

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Ali Safina with Hira Tareen

The past year was filled with exciting activities for Karachi Kings, such as the Khiladi Ki Khoj – Talent Hunt, the Season 2 players draft, changes to both the team roster and the management, the Karachi Kings – Karachi Dorega Marathon, all leading up to what promises to be a nail biting round of cricket in the second installment of PSL. But the excitement does not end there, the ‘Karachi Kings – Family Festival’ will be held at Naya Nazimabad during the second season of the PSL, which will be a fun filled event for the entire family, with match screenings, kids activities, LIVE performances, countless food stalls and much much more.

During the month of Ramadan the Karachi Kings will be holding a cricket tournament featuring local players. Besides this a special tournament will be held to select the best of the 60 players from the trials for future inclusion for Karachi Kings B Team. With more and more events being planned, the year 2017 will surely be an exciting and enthralling time for the most favorite team of the PSL, the Karachi Kings.

The Media partners for the Karachi Kings include Score Line and Pakistan Observer for print, with Apna Karachi 107 and FM 91 as radio partner.

#DSFKHI The Biggest Shopping Extravaganza

On 16th Dec. 2016  Pakistan’s leading group of shopping malls launched 17 days shopping festival ‘Dolmen Shopping Festival’  (DSFKHI) across the three malls in Karachi. The festival is filled with fun contests, exciting discounts and delicious food

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The launch event kicked off by the surprise arrival of stars Iman Ali, Anoushay Ashraf, Faizan Haqque and the musical sensation Zoe Viccaji.

 

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Faizan, Zoe, Iman, Anoushay

The celebrities revealed the ‘Match & Win’ game and ‘Magical Doors’ which allow shoppers to play for a gift hamper.

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They also kick started the lucky draw which will have daily winners as well as a grand prize of 1 Million Rupees at Dolmen Mall Clifton, powered by Summit Bank. The prizes for Dolmen Mall Tariq Road and Hyderi are 500,000 PKR and 250,000 PKR respectively, which will be announced along with the grand lucky draw winners at the closing ceremony on the 1st of January 2017, making someone’s new year really special! And not just that, shoppers can also win gifts from Dolmen Mall brands through five lucky draws every day.

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To participate, regular shoppers will have to show their receipt of a PKR 10,000 purchase whilst Dolmen Loyalty Card holders would be eligible to play with a purchase receipt of PKR 5,000.

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With each floor at the malls designed to bring with it a new set of activities to entice the audience to explore further, Dolmen Malls truly appear as a shopper’s paradise. Dolmen Mall Clifton, Tariq Road and Hyderi feature a beauty lounge that is a treat for makeup enthusiasts who have a chance to learn tips from experts and get free makeovers. Children will also get a chance to play our life-sized games and win for themselves in the Carnival while families can enjoy exhibitions of Home n Décor, Dolmen Bazaar and various other festivities.

As an added treat, Sunny Day brunch will be hosted every Sunday in the food court at Dolmen Mall Clifton and Tariq Road to encourage people to try new food and reignite the ritual of having Sunday breakfast with the family to the soulful sounds of live music.

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Sunday Brunch from Chachajee

Careem also started the special promo code for the Shopping Festival, just book a  ride with Careem to get 20% off to/from Dolmen Shopping Festival. Use promo code ‘DSF2016’. Code is valid till Valid till 31 Dec 2016.

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The management at Dolmen aims to provide quality events year after year, giving their audience a chance to celebrate.