Dow University wins the best Scientific Poster Award at ABSA Conference, USA

Karachi(Cliff News) Dr. Saeed Khan, Associate Professor in Pathology & Additional Director (DDRL, DRIBBS & IBMS) representing Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) win best Scientific Poster Award at the ABSA 59th Annual Biological Safety Conference organized by American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) at Texas, United States of America.The International Conference comprised of three full-days of intensive pre-conference courses to educate and inspire state-of-the-art keynotes, papers and panels highlighting best practices and hands-on skills crucial for biosafety and biosecurity professionals. Exhibition showcasing latest technology in laboratory of biosafety and biosecurity products and services. Invaluable networking opportunities to share and learn from other biosafety and biosecurity professionals. Hundreds of scientists and biological safety experts from around the world participated in this conference from all over the world to present their research in the form of papers and posters.Dr. Saeed Khan presented poster entitled “Training improves biosafety practices among healthcare workers: A Three years personal experience” was selected as best scientific poster after reviewed by a panel of judges and experts. The poster was visited and very much appreciated by a number of participants and showed keen interest. The participant also asked queries related to the poster and status of biosafety practices in Pakistan. They were glad to know that Dow University is following the international biosafety standards and focusing on the training of the healthcare workers.A certificate and Shield was awarded to Dr. Saeed Khan for winning the best poster award during the award ceremony.  DUHS Founding Vice Chancellor, Prof. D Masood Hameed Khan appreciated Dr. Saeed Khan efforts for this achievement.  

Arcelik is to Finalize Dawlance Acquisition Process Until 7 November

 

Karachi(Cliff News) Following the disclosure made on 30 June 2016, Arçelik A.Ş., one of the leading global home technologies manufacturers, has disclosed that all closing conditions had been satisfied regarding the acquisition of production and sales companies operating in Pakistan under Dawlance brand.Following the payment of the share purchase price by Arçelik’s 100% subsidiary Ardutch B.V. incorporated in the Netherlands, the share transfer is expected to be completed by 7 November 2016Arçelik pursues leadership along the Silk Road
Arçelik A.Ş., pursuing leadership positions in the Silk Road countries, will incorporate Dawlance’s two manufacturing sites in Karachi and one in Hyderabad.

Dawlance is a leading home appliances brand in Pakistan, a promising market with 200 million people. The addition of Dawlance into Arçelik’s operational network will strengthen the company’s international position thanks to Dawlance’s strong brand awareness, extensive distribution, sales and service network, professional management and competent engineering staff.Dawlance is a leading player in Pakistan in refrigeration, microwaves, air conditioning and laundry categories.Arçelik’s global network will reach 30 thousand employees
Arçelik has a global network of operations and leading brands in a wide geography spanning from Europe to Middle East and Africa to Asia. With the closing of the acquisition of Dawlance in Pakistan, Arçelik will employ a total workforce of 30,000 worldwide and will have a global production base of 18 manufacturing facilities in seven countries including Turkey, Romania, Russia, China, South Africa and Thailand.

ABOUT DAWLANCE
Dawlance, established in 1980, is one of the leading manufacturers of household appliances in Pakistan and operates in five categories: refrigerators, air-conditioners, micro-wave ovens, washing machines and freezers. It has been recognized as the 3rd most favorite brand of Pakistan, among all industries, according to an independent consumer survey.

ABOUT ARÇELİK
Arçelik operates in 130 countries, and manages 10 core brands (Arçelik, Beko, Grundig, Defy, Arctic, Blomberg, Elektrabregenz, Leisure, Flavel and Altus), with sales and marketing offices located in 30 countries. The company has 27.000 employees worldwide and 15 manufacturing facilities in Turkey, Romania, China, South Africa and Thailand.In the international arena Arçelik Group is the third largest player in its industry across Europe. Arçelik recorded a consolidated turnover of USD 5,2 billion in 2015, the highest in its history. 60 percent of this amount was generated through international sales.Arçelik holds the leading R&D position in its sector in Turkey thanks to a total of 11 R&D Centers in 4 countries, more than 1000 R&D staff, and more than 2000 patent applications.

 

Opening Ceremony of 7th Inter School & Inter College Games 0n 1st November 2016

Lahore(Cliff News) Today full dress rehearsal was held in the Punjab stadium at 3 pm. In this rehearsal about 125 Schools and college based at Lahore took part. Tomorrow on 1st November, 2016 Tuesday InshallAllah opening Ceremony will be held in Punjab Stadium at 3.pm. More the 280 Schools and Colleges are taking part in these Games. Mr Asif saeed Manais Sports Minister Punjab will inaugurate the opening ceremony. Rana Mashud Ahmad Khan Education Minister Punjab, Shaikh Rohail Asghar MNA Chairman Punjab Olympic Association, Mr. Iftikhar Ali Malik, President Punjab Olympic Association and Ch. Zulfiqar Ahmad Ghumman Director General Sports Board Punjab will be Guests of Honor and will received sluts from the contingents in March past.

Inter Region U-19 Final,Rawalpindi 106 for 2 against Faisalabad

INTER REGION U-19 THREE DAY TOURNAMENT 2016-17

 FINAL

DAY ONE OF FOUR

October 31, 2016

  MIRPUR CRICKET STADIUM, AJK

 Faisalabad Region U-19: (First innings) 133 in 43.3 overs (Muhammad Mishal Khan 35, 6x4s, Nasir Nawaz 3-23, Ibrar Zaman 3-45, Muhammad Waqar 2-21)

 Rawalpindi Region U-19: (First innings) 106-2 in 30 overs (Usman Haider 43*, 7x4s, 89 balls, Nasir Nawaz 38*, 8x4s, 43 balls)

 Toss: Rawalpindi Region U-19

Umpires: Nadeem Iqbal & Farooq Jan

Referee: Tanvir Afzal

Scorer: Waris Bashir   

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy,HBL and SSGC Match Drawn

QUAID-E-AZAM TROPHY 2016-17

 ROUND FIVE

DAY FOUR OF FOUR

October 31, 2016

POOL “A”

 ARBAB NIAZ STADIUM, PESHAWAR

HBL (First innings) 299 in 99 overs (Fakhar Zaman 100, 16x4s, 167 balls, Zohaib Khan 67, 7x4S, 190 balls, Jamal Anwar 25, 3x4s, 66 balls, Usman Shinwari 23, 2x4s, 1×6, 27 balls, Imam-ul-Haq 22, 3x4s, 69 balls, Amir Yamin 3-57, Muhammad Irfan 3-65, Zia-ul-Haq 2-87)

(2nd innings) 210 in 66.1 overs (Fakhar Zaman 98, 13x4s, 147 balls, Imam-ul-Haq 52, 6x4s, 1×6, 124 balls, Azeem Ghumman 24, 5x4s, Muhammad Irfan 5-27, Amir Yamin 2-82)

 SSGC (First innings) 235 in 90.3 overs (Muhammad Irfan 52, 7×4, 1×6, 102 balls, Fawad Alam 44, 6x4s, 86 balls, Umer Amin 31, 3x4s, 1×6, 73 balls, Adil Amin 25, 3x4s, 1×6, 50 balls Usman Shinwari 4-54, Faheem Ashraf 3-34)

(2nd innings) 166-5 in 43 overs (Fawad Alam 35*, 2x4s, 38 balls, Zain Abbas 34, 5x4s, 66 balls, Asif Zakir 32, 2x4s, 34 balls, Amir Yamin 22, 3x4s, 33 balls, Usman Shinwari 3-41, Zohaib Khan 2-42)

Result: Match Drawn

Overnight: HBL (2nd innings) 149-1 in 39 overs

Toss: SSGC

Umpires: Rashid Riaz & Zameer Haider
Referee:
Iqbal Sheikh

Scorer: Aamer Khan

 ROUND FIVE

DAY THREE OF FOUR

October 31, 2016

 NATIONAL STADIUM, KARACHI

Karachi Region Blues (First innings) 254 in 83.4 overs (Fazal Subhan 79, 11x4s, 162 balls,Basit Ali 33, 6x4s, 63 balls, Adeel Malik 30*, 4x4s, 1×6, 30 balls, Saud Shakeel 27, 5x4s, 54 balls, Jahid Ali 26, 3x4s, 83 balls, Hamza Nadeem 5-67, Zohaib Ahmed 2-44, Shahzad Azam Rana 2-73)

(2nd innings) 174-5 in 65 overs (Jahid Ali 78, 8x4s, 261 balls, Owais Rehman 34, 5x4s, 85 balls, Khalid Latif 23*, 4x4s, 38 balls, Saud Shakeel 21, Zohaib Ahmed 3-39)

 Islamabad Region (First innings) 359 in 104.3 overs (Faizan Riaz 68, 9x4s, 93 balls, Raheel Majeed 58, 7x4s, 126 balls, Zohaib Ahmed 40, 6x4s, 55 balls, Muhammad Irfan 37, 4x4s, 97 balls, Sarmad Bhatti 34, 4x4s, 101 balls, Shahid Yousaf 31, 6x4s, 56 balls, Hamza Nadeem 22*, 2x4s, 38 balls Adeel Malik 5-77, Muhammad Sami 3-88)

 Overnight: Islamabad Region (First innings) 277-6 in 86 overs

Toss: Islamabad Region

Umpires: Aslam Bareach & Saqib Khan
Referee: Ather Laiq

Scorer: Imran Ali

 JINNAH STADIUM, SIALKOT

WAPDA (First innings) 227 in 57 overs (Kamran Akmal 94, 14x4s, 95 balls, Adnan Raees 37, 7x4s, 51 balls, Salman Butt 34, 6x4s, 71 balls, Ehsan Adil 3-52, Mir Hamza 3-76, Zohaib Shera 2-34, Hammad Azam 2-52)

(2nd innings) 243 in 75 overs (Salman Butt 57, 9x4s, 84 balls, Khalid Usman 53, 7x4s, 1×6, 53 balls, Ayaz Tasawar 34, 5x4s, 63 balls, Muhammad Saad 31, 3x4s, 58 balls, Adnan Raees 20, 4x4s, 53 balls, Ehsan Adil 5-103, Zohaib Shera 3-63)

 UBL (First innings) 145 in 46.4 overs (Sohaib Maqsood 29, 1×4, 64 balls, Umair Khan 26*, 5x4s, 55 balls, Saeed Bin Nasir 21, 4x4s, 24 balls, Muhammad Irfan 6-66, Azhar Attari 4-55)

(2nd innings) 118-3 in 36 overs (Sohaib Maqsood 52*, 12x4s, 43 balls, Shan Masood 30, 6x4s, 64 balls, Muhammad Asif 2-48)

Overnight: WAPDA (2nd innings) 130-3 in 36 overs

Toss: UBL

Umpires: Shozeb Raza & Alay Haider
Referee:
Aziz-ur-Rehman

Scorer: Farrukh Ilyas    

POOL “B”

 NBP STADIUM, KARACHI

Karachi Region White (First innings) 198 in 78 overs (Saad Ali 63, 10x4s, 171 balls, Faraz Ali 54, 7x4s, 125 balls, Muhammad Hassan 53, 7x4s, 111 balls, Shadab Khan 3-80, Ataullah 2-27, Abid Hasan 2-37, Kashif Bhatti 2-45)

(2nd innings) 174-3 in 64 overs (Shahzaib Hassan 74, 11x4s, 1×6, 113 balls, Hamza Ghanchi 43, 7x4s, 82 balls, Faraz Ali 27, 4x4s, 102 balls, Behram Khan 22*, 2x4s, 14 balls, Shadab Khan 2-65)

 Rawalpindi Region (First innings) 350 in 120 overs (Mukhtar Ahmed 107, 13x4s, 2x6s, 193 balls, Umer Waheed 120, 12x4s, 1×6, 288 balls, Zeeshan Malik 47, 5×4, 62 balls, Aaqib Shah 25, 1×4, 78 balls, Raza-ul-Hasan 4-67, Tabish Khan 3-68, Ghulam Mudassar 2-80)

Overnight: Rawalpindi Region (First innings) 309-4 in 100 overs

Toss: Karachi Region White

Umpires: Muhammad Asif & Waleed Yaqoob
Referee:
Masood Anwaar

Scorer: Tariq Noor

 LCCA GROUND, LAHORE

FATA Region (First innings) 218 in 72.4 overs (Muhammad Irfan 68, 6x4s, 2x6s, 85 balls, Asif Afridi 33, 4x4s, 72 balls, Muhammad Naeem 32, 4x4s, 87 balls, Rehan Afridi 20, 2×4, 53 balls, Adnan Rasool 4-45, Qaiser Ashraf 4-68)

(2nd innings) 163 in 41.4 overs (Asif Afridi 55, 11x4s, 59 balls, Fawad Khan 29, 4x4s, 1×6, 22 balls, Saif-ur-Rehman 6-44, Adnan Rasool 3-29)

Lahore Region White (First innings) 204 in 59 overs (Umar Akmal 50, 7x4s, 1×6, 54 balls, Anas Mahmood 41, 5x4s, 104 balls, Farhan Khan 34*, 3x4s, 67 balls, Adnan Rasool 20, 3x4s, 26 balls, Asif Afridi 5-62, Saad Altaf 2-63)

(2nd innings) 137 in 47.1 overs (Rizwan Hussain 25, 3x4s, 40 balls, Farhan Khan 23, 1×4, 51 balls, Muhammad Waheed 20, 3x4s, 18 balls, Muhammad Irfan 5-66, Asif Afridi 2-15)

Result: FATA Region won by 57 runs

Overnight: FATA Region (2nd innings) 107-6 in 26 overs

Toss: Lahore Region White

Umpires: Khalid Mahmood Sr. & Shamim Ansari
Referee:
Muhammad Anees

Scorer: Azhar Hussain

  IQBAL STADIUM, FAISALABAD

KRL (First innings) 231 in 81.2 overs (Usman Arshad 52, 5x4s, 100 balls, Zulfiqar Jan 51, 7x4s, 1×6, 100 balls, Nawaz Ahmed Jan 4x4s, 110 balls, Nouman Ali 20, 4x4s, 40 balls, Husnain Tallat 3-36, Bilawal Bhatti 2-38, Aziz Ullah 3-42, Ahmed Safi 2-72)

(2nd innings) 182 in 55.1 overs (Saeed Anwar 71*, 9x4s, 1×6, 130 balls, Sardar Hassan 32, 4x4s, 55 balls, Nouman Ali 24, 3x4s, 1×6, 24 balls, Aziz Ullah 6-55Bilawal Bhatti 3-46)

 SNGPL (First innings) 128 in 45.3 overs (Adnan Akmal 43, 5x4s, 71 balls, Hussain Tallat 28, 4x4s, 52 balls, Muhammad Abbas 6-36, Ahmed Bashir 3-38)

(2nd innings) 39-2 in 23 overs

 Overnight: KRL (2nd innings) 55-2 in 17 overs

Toss: KRL

Umpires: Ahsan Raza & Imtiaz Iqbal
Referee:
Khalid Niazi

Scorer: Noor Nabi

 MULTAN CRICKET STADIUM, MULTAN

PIA (First innings) 274 in 97.5 overs (Kamran Sajid 58, 9x4s, 125 balls, Anwar Ali 47, 5x4s, 84 balls, Fahad Iqbal 45, 5x4s, 1×6, 129 balls, Najaf Shah 34*, 4x4s, 52 balls, Anop Ravi 28, 1×4, 56 balls, Muhammad Irfan 3-49, Atif Jabbar 3-51, Altaf Ahmed 2-65, Ali Manzoor 2-81) 

 (2nd innings) 107-6 in 37 overs (Fahad Iqbal 52*, 5x4s, 88 balls, Ali Manzoor 2-19)

 NBP (First innings) 475 in 114.3 overs (Ahsaan Ali 156, 23x4s, 141 balls, Naved Yasin 83, 10x4s, 163 balls, Usman Salahuddin 81, 10x4s, 157 balls, Qaiser Abbas 35, 6x4s, 44 balls,, Muhammad Irfan 32, 3x4s, 1×6, 26 balls, Atif Jabbar 32, 2x4s, 1×6, 23 balls, Najaf Shah3-56, Obaid Ullah 2-31, Hazrat Shah 2-65)

 Overnight: NBP (First innings) 322-4 in 72 overs

Toss: PIA

Umpires: Muhammad Sajid & Qaiser Waheed

Referee: Muhammad Aslam

Scorer: Muhammad Akbar

Pakistan Red Crescent Sindh observes International Disaster Risk Reduction Day

Karachi (Cliff News) Pakistan Red Crescent-Sindh, in collaboration with the German Red Cross organized a seminar to commemorate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) with the participation of various renowned institutions here on Monday in a local hotel. The focus of this year’s IDDR theme is “Live to Tell: Raising Awareness, reducing mortality”.The seminar has provided a platform to all governments, local governments, disaster management agencies, NGOs, Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies, civil society groups, business, academic, scientific institutions and other interested groups to know how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters through raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.Shamim Mumtaz, Minister Social Welfare Sindh was chief guest in seminar.Urging all stockholders working for public welfare to join hands to deal with natural disasters in future, she said the PRC-Sindh is a humanitarian organisation dedicated to improving lives of vulnerable segments of society.Shamim Mumtaz uttered that responding agencies were always present in urban areas, but their capacity and action had been more effective in rural areas despite complex urban contexts. Now the time has come that all stakeholders should be alert on rural as well as urban disasters, she emphasized.She said that girl guide and civil defence systems should be reinforced and improved to save lives during such calamities. “I will also write an official letter to chief minister sindh in this regard. There should be five to ten trauma centres at super highway and in the city,” she added.Chairperson Pakistan Red Crescent-Sindh, Farzhana Naek said the PRC-Sindh always helped most vulnerable people in time of natural or man-made disasters. In Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Jacobabad, Jamshoro, Sanghar, Tharparkar and other districts, emergency & disaster response teams consisting of trained volunteers had been introduced to deal with any disaster, she added.Farzhana Naek further said that the seminar provided a platform to all agencies of disaster management to prepare them and build safer communities. “Resilience must be about building stronger societies today to prepare for tomorrow and for this, sharing of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge is very important along with advocacy, she added.Chairman Managing Board Trauma Centre Karachi Saeed Qureshi said population is increasing day by day in Pakistan, especially in cities like Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Islamabad, but no planning had been made to resolve issues emerging in cities with the increase of population.He said no mechanism had been introduced in the country to deal with urban disasters and its related challenges. There were different types of disasters, like environmental, natural and man-made in the past too, he added.We made efforts for unified ambulance service in city but only Edhi Foundation and Aman service agreed. “On site triage and first aid until injured is reached hospital is very crucial. For this, there should be mass scale trainings,” he added.PRC-NHQ Secretary General Ghulam Muhammad Awan said, “In the last 20 years the frequency and intensity of floods have comparatively increased due to climate change. Pakistan Red Crescent is playing an important role in raising awareness as well as equipping communities to prepare for these and similar hazards. We need to have collective efforts for awareness of climate change and should place more emphasis on plantation and usage of natural resources for domestic use, he stressed.Provincial Secretary of PRC-Sindh Kanwar Waseem said the field of disaster management was going through a phase of transformation in the world. Due to ever-changing socio-economic and security situation in Pakistan, and particularly in Karachi, it was imperative that emergency response in Pakistan was seriously taken into consideration at policy-making level. PRC-Sindh is implementing Integrated Community based Risk Reduction Program in Sindh in which trained staff are developing and enhancing the skills of community by providing trainings on Disaster Risk Reduction & evacuation plans during hazards, Health & Hygiene and Community based First Aid, he informed.He told that PRC is established an Emergency Operation Centre in its Karachi headquarters to provide city info, preparedness and response in emergency situations. This centre will be activated in March next year, he announced.Seminar invited humanitarian aid practitioners to explore ways to improve actions before and after a disaster.Other speakers included Dean Civil Engineering Department of NED University and Incharge Earthquake Research Center Dr. Sahrosh Lodhi, representative of National Institute of Oceanography Dr. Nuzhut Khan, representatives from other departments.The speakers also applauded services of Pakistan Red Crescent for humanity in Pakistan.Later chief guest Minister Social Welfare and Chairperson PRC-Sindh presented shields to all speakers.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. It is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing risks to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of DRR. It is also a day to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.

Mein Sitara Chronicles Rise and Fall of Starlet of Bygone Era

Karachi(Cliff News)TV One’s popular drama serial, Mein Sitara, serves as a window into a glitzy world of showbiz where behind the flashlights of paparazzi cameras are hidden several gut-wrenching tales of aspirants who dreams to make big in tinsel town. Originally titled as NigarKhana, Mein Sitara aired in two successful seasons on TV One. It narrates Suriya’s journey to stardom – although she can’t make to the top of the film industry but her struggle shows us the dark side of the glamorous world.
It is true that glamor holds irresistible attraction but with it comes pain, miseries, physical and mental exertion. The acclaimed scriptwriter, Faiza Iftikhar, has worked on this risky idea in Mein Sitara and crafts a story that touches hearts with its captivating plot, relatable characters and power-packed performances of seasoned actors. The drama leading lady, Sitara, is shown as a strong-willed woman sans any clichéd characteristics of small screen typical heroines. Unlike the teary-eyed miserable female lead of TV, she boldly takes steps in life and always ready to face the consequences. Her inner strength serves as the valuable tool to overcome obstacles life throws at her. She responds to situations quite naturally – after a setback in career, she doesn’t give up hope and fight circumstances with vigor.
The dynamic duo of writer-director has worked on the minute details to make the characters as realistic as possible. Even the names of the characters have been intelligently chosen that goes well with the story – Jharna gives a new identity to Suriya by giving her a name Sitara – she wants to see her as a rising star of the showbiz world. The ambitious Sitara calls her daughter Falak because she thinks that there shouldn’t be any limit to her daughter’s talent. The director, Seema Tahir Khan, wonderful execution of a fascinating tale of a swanky world not only covers the struggle of an aspiring actress but it also gives valuable insight into mannerism of yesteryear film arena. Reminiscences of Lollywood thriving times
Set in a golden era of Lollywood, Mein Sitara is a brilliant depiction of filmi dunya from mid-sixties to its downfall in the 80s till the emergence of television industry at the turn of the century. The drama beautifully exposed the bad practices that have clamped showbiz world since inception – be it casting couch culture, inevitable insecurities of celebrity couple or existence and influence of ‘dancing girls’ from the questionable background in the industry. From the setting, costumes to attitude everything aptly depicted the era the story belongs to. Jharna’s puffed-up hairdo, Sitara’s winged eyeliner, and Farhad Sethi’s bell bottoms pants and silk scarves, all reminded us of stylish era of the 60s. Although the story hasn’t been inspired by any real life story of any celebrity but we still find a reflection of many struggling actors in Sitara’s journey. Just like Sitara, film star Rani’s father was a driver and she was adopted by singer Mukhtar Begum.The celebrated couple of Jharana and Farhad Sethi also reminded us of many showbiz power couples including Muhammad Ali and Zeba, Sabiha and Santosh and Robin Ghosh and Shabnam. Mein Sitara has all right ingredients to strike a chord with viewersWe have seen several women-centric stories on the small screen but Mein Sitara is a notch better than the rest presenting multi-dimensional characters in a well-knitted riveting tale. Characters are etched with precision and there is a logic behind every move they make in the drama – be it Sitara’s marriage bargain deal with Ilyas Khawaja or her decision to take revenge from him by letting her daughter work in his production house.The characters are neither holier nor painted in the darkest shades of black – in fact, they are well-crafted with a sense of realism and nuanced personalities. The director, Seema Tahir Khan, has done a splendid job in handling a complex story and managing multi-star cast with ease. The supporting actors are not added in the story just as fillers but each one of them an interesting story attached to their backgrounds. In the beginning of the first season, no one has ever imagined that a small appearance of Adnan Shah Tipu as make-up artist Pappu will become such an integral part of the script in the second season.
Film star Meera has once again surprised us with her power packed performance as a nasty Naseem Dilruba. While the promising act of Meekal Zulfiqar and Aisha Gul has been the highlight of the first season, the spellbinding act of Noman Ijaz in the second season has hooked viewers till the last. Sitara – a resilient protagonist
Mein Sitara is not only about the rise and fall of the film industry but also exposes the bitter reality of showbiz world by showing that how actors make a compromise stay in the business. Sometime they have to crush their souls to run their kitchen.
The time comes when Sitara’s life gets completely shattered but like a warrior she bounces back after every setback. When Naseem Dilruba threatens her to destroy her career on theater – at first she gets frightened but then composes herself and outclasses her in stage performance. With the downfall of industry, Sitara’s hopes to earn name and fame also get dusted. She compromises on her dreams just to make her daughter’s life comfortable – she works as an extra in industry, gets associated with voice over industry and even agrees to do an old aged character on television.
Kudos to the multifaceted actress Saba Qamar to enlivens a coming-of-age character with an engrossing act. She has worked really hard to make this role as real and depth as possible. With oodles of talent, she wonderfully portrays different phases of Sitara’s life – from an innocent teenage maid, a beaming starlet, a financially-stricken theater performer to a doting mother. A quick recap
The first season was all about the glorious period of the 60s when cinema was at the height of glory. Everyone’s dream to become a film star – and young Surya was no different. She adored stars, lived and breathed films. She wanted to become a shining Sitara of showbiz world – and her mentor Jharna Begum (ex-singer) helped her achieving her dreams. Although Jharna’s husband (Farhad Sethi(actor turned producer) cast Sitara in his upcoming film but some unfortunate circumstances never let her dreams fulfilled. The conspiracy of the small-time starlet, Naseem Dil Ruba smashed Sitara’s career before it took flight. Farhad Sethi’s interest in Sitara further deteriorated the situation – it also affected the bond between Jharna and Sitara. As Sitara doesn’t want to hurt Jharna Baji she doesn’t reciprocate to Farhad’s feelings and he suffered from a severe mental disorder. In a hurry to make things better, Sitara marries Jamal (co-actor).Due to Naseem Dilruba evil’s intention, the relationship of Sitara and Jamal didn’t go too long and ended up in divorce. A bad patch with Jamal further destroyed her career. In order to make both ends meet, she started performing in private dance parties. Renowned filmmaker Ilyas Khwaja spotted her at one such occasion and took her with him. He promised her to give a big break in films but in reality, he started using her to earn his vested interest by forcing her to perform in parties of high-profile socialites. Sitara’s dream to be a big star badly collapsed when Ilyas Khwaja ditched her. The pregnant Sitara went on roads, and her friend Pappu helped her in tough times. The birth of Falak gave a new direction to Sitara’s life. She once again gathered smashed pieces of her heart and started making effort to provide a decent life for her daughter. She even sent her to boarding school to keep her away from the dirty world of showbiz.Times passes and a teenager Falak returned with an intention to make a career in film industry. At first, Sitara strongly opposed the idea of Falak making a foray into film world but later she agreed to see the interest of her daughter. The path of Ilyas Khawaja and Sitara crossed again when Falak gets a job offer from her father’s production house. Although Falak turned down Ilyas Khawaja’s offer but Sitara insisted her to join his team.

What is the motive behind Sitara’s decision to send Falak to Ilyas Khawaja? Does she want to take revenge from Ilyas Khawaja by using her own daughter? What will happen when Falak get to know about her relation with Ilyas Khawaja? What attracts Ilyas Khawaja towards Falak?
To know this and more, watch the last episode of Mein Sitara on Thursday only on TV One.

KCCI Demands Immediate Release of Seized Cargo Containers

Karachi(Cliff News) President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Shamim Ahmed Firpo, while expressing deep concern over seizure of huge number of containers laden with import and export consignments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, urged the government to immediately release all these containers in order to save the business community from suffering grave losses.In a statement issued, Shamim Firpo said that these cargo containers have been used to block all roads heading towards the capital city with an intention to refrain a political party and its supporters from entering Islamabad to stage sit-ins but it was a matter of grave concern that most of these containers were laden with import and export consignments, particularly huge quantities of perishable goods which would obviously decay if these consignments fail to reach their destinations on time.He pointed out that many of these containers were also loaded with medicines, textiles, chemicals and inflammable items etc. which pose severe threat to the lives of the masses if anything goes wrong between law enforcers and the agitators.“The concerned traders and industrialists will suffer grave losses, if these containers were not immediately released. The government must realize that any loss to businesspeople will also have a severe impact on the economic performance of the country”, President KCCI stressed, adding that the situation will also send a very negative signal abroad as the export consignments will not be delivered to the buyers as per commitment whereas the local markets may also experience severe shortage of numerous goods and commodities.”Reiterating KCCI’s clear stance of being a non-political entity, Shamim Firpo said, “We are neither in favor of the sit-in nor against it as we are purely businesspeople who only demand an enabling business environment which has to be ensured by the government.”He informed that keeping in view the tense situation, transporters were unwilling to carry goods to the upcountry and it was worrisome that around 25,000 to 30,000 loaded vehicles have been parked by transporters with fears of becoming hostage upon entering Punjab or KPK.He said that numerous Good Transporters Associations have threatened to stage strike if their container laden vehicles were not released immediately. “If transporters go on strike, it will bring Pakistan’s exports to grinding halt”, Shamim Firpo feared, adding that almost 3,500 vehicles loaded with goods leave for the upcountry from Karachi ports and the same number arrives at these Ports. In such a situation if goods transporters observe complete strike, it will be the business community which will have to face additional losses on account of demurrage and detention.He was of the opinion that instead of engaging business community’s containers, the government should look for any other mean and utilize its own resources and machinery to do whatever they want. Why the business community was being penalized because of someone else’s failures, he asked.President KCCI advised the government to seriously review the entire situation and accordingly take steps to provide relief to the business and industrial community of not just Karachi city, but also the entire Pakistan.