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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.

Tapal at KLF2017

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’.

The Party Worker

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

Comics at KhiLF

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

Dolmen Shopping Festival

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.

Dobara Phir Se all set for global release on 25th November 2016

ARY Films recently hosted a press conference in Karachi for their upcoming film ‘Dobara Phir Se’ set to release on Nov 25, 2015 worldwide.

‘Dobara Phir Se’, is an urban romance, directed by Mehreen Jabbar, produced by Salman Iqbal, and co-produced by Jerjees Seja and Mehreen Jabbar. The film has mainly been shot in New York and Karachi and stars Adeel Husain, Hareem Farooq, Sanam Saeed, Ali Kazmi, Tooba Siddiqui, Atiqa Odho, Shaz Khan & Musa Ahmed Khan.

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

“Dobara Phir Se is the third film to release under the banner of ARY Films banner this year and we are proud to be providing quality entertainment to our viewers consistently. We hope to continue the same trend with DPS.” shared Salman Iqbal, Founder and President of ARY Digital Network and producer of the movie.

The soundtrack for Dobara Phir Se consists of 7 singles composed by renowned musicians including Haniya Aslam, Shiraz Uppal, Jimmy Khan, Arooj Aftab & Rekha Bhardwaj.

“We have poured our heart, sweat & soul in making Dobara Phir Se. I am honoured to have worked with a team of extremely talented individuals who have put their all in the movie and now we are ready to hand over our baby to the audience.” said Mehreen Jabbar, director and co-producer of Dobara Phir Se.

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

The film has been supported by Lux, Closeup, OyeHoye, Qmobile & Mcdonalds.

“Upholding and celebrating talent and the film industry has always been important to OyeHoye. Being a part of the Dobara Phir Se team has been rather exciting! Team OyeHoye is sure that it’s going to do tremendously well in the days to come, having exceeded our own expectations.  Patriots at heart, Team OyeHoye has made it a mission to uphold and celebrate the local film industry and talent, and this collaboration with ARY was just the right place to begin. We wish the Dobara Phir Sey team the very best of luck!” shared Mian Shahzad – Director marketing – OyeHoye.

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

Zeeshan Akhtar – CEO – Q Mobile said “Q Mobile is committed to support talent in multiple areas and encourages innovation. We believe that local talent plays a vital role in the development and image building of a nation, therefore we are excited and hopeful about the rise of new cinema in Pakistan and will continue to lend our support to such promising projects.”

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

Director – Marketing & Development McDonalds; Jamil Mughal – “ARY Films has recently released blockbusters and DobaraPhir Se is their upcoming movie so it’s an honour to be a part of this venture. We are proud to be a part of this movie that will set a bench mark in the Pakistani film industry. McDonald’s always has and will continue to support local talent.”

Raheel Pasha – Marketing Director, Unilever’s shares, “Dobara Phir Se is a family entertainer and we are pleased to be a part of this venture. Mehreen Jabbar is known to create masterpieces and this one will hopefully be a blockbuster.”

Dettol takes the lead on Global Handwashing Day

Dettol Pakistan celebrated Global Handwashing Day 2016 by setting a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Most participants in a handwashing relay. The event was held at Metro Cash & Carry in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, where 1636 students from various local schools participated enthusiastically and in doing so broke the record of 1410 hand washes previously held by a town in India (2015).

Speaking about the activity, Shahzeb Mehmood, CEO RB Pakistan stated, “Every year, Pakistan loses approximately 53,000 children to diarrhea – a disease that is preventable through the simple act of hand washing. With over 1600 students taking part in the hand washing relay today, we hope to take this message across Pakistan and instill the habit of washing hands among children. Dettol is committed to saving these lives and with the support of the government, NGOs, schools and each and every citizen of Pakistan; we can be successful in this endeavor.”

Global authority on record-breaking, Guinness World Records adjudicator Seyda Subasi Gemici said on the occasion, “We congratulate Dettol Pakistan on their new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. To engage so many people in such a fantastic event is a truly impressive achievement.”

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As an integral part of its philosophy of promoting good hand hygiene habits, Dettol Pakistan reaches out to millions of children & their mothers annually through its successful school program to educate them about the importance of hand washing. In line with this mission, Dettol Pakistan gathered school children to educate them on the correct procedure of hand washing and set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Most participants in a handwashing relay in doing so.

Celebrity mothers Nadia Hussain, Sarwat Gilani and Momal Sheikh, who were present at the activity with their children, appreciated Dettol’s efforts. Marking the occasion, Sarwat Gillani said, “Globally 1 child dies of diarrhea every minute. This is a disease that can be fought by the simple act of hand washing. Today Dettol is teaching children the importance of washing hands properly and its benefits. I am here to support this great cause because there is nothing more important than saving these innocent lives”.

Dettol, the world’s leading germ protection brand has always strived to protect families by enabling better hygiene habits. In keeping with this legacy, Dettol used the platform of Global Handwashing Day to promote good hand hygiene practices, since one’s hands are the first point of contact with any surface and hence most vulnerable to germs.

Nauman Arfeen nominated for “Designer of the Year – Menswear”

Nauman Arfeen has been nominated for “Designer of the Year – Menswear” for HUM Jazz Style Awards 2016. The awards are an initiative to celebrate the most inspiring and successful style influencers of the industry.

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Nauman Arfeen

“I feel so privileged to be nominated by HUM Network for this award. This nomination is a recognition of all the hard work and challenges that we as designers face, to stretch our minds to produce not just good quality work but also designs that have creative expressions” said Nauman.

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The country’s renowned style icons will be honoured as the leading trendsetters in 22 categories. The other nominees for Designer of the Year – Menswear category 2016 include designer Amir Adnan, Munib Nawaz, Ismail Farid and Republic by Omer Farooq.

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HUM Jazz Style Awards will take place on October 28th in Karachi.

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