Annual Edition of Premier Children’s Urdu Publication launched

Photo-Mahnama Sathee Annual Edition Nov2018
Karachi(Cliff News)When it comes to children’s literature, Urdu is well-ahead than the rest of the world’s languages being spoken and written today. This was said by Muhammad Tariq Khan, Editor-in-chief of Mahnama Sathee at the launch of its annual edition of the year 2018. He said the government in any part of the world has never been that supportive of literary pursuits, as this is the very struggle of writers and poets who keep the flag flying high as far as the creation and promotion of literature is concerned.Celebrating its 41-year anniversary in November 2018, the annual edition of Pakistan’s premier children’s Urdu monthly ‘Mahnama Sathee’ has recently been launched. The publication of children’s magazine annual edition for the year 2018 is a milestone in the history of Urdu literature produced for schoolchildren and young adults, particularly in the Sub-continent.“The young lot of short-story writers and poets are capable enough to carry on the legacy left by such classical literary figures as Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum, Pirzada Ashiq Keranvi, Ismail Mirthim Mirza Adeeb, Shanul Haq Haqqee, etc.,” said Muhammad Tariq Khan, Editor-in-chief of Mahnama Sathee.Started its journey in 1977, Mahnama Sathee is one of the leading literary initiatives taken in the Sub-continent for the promotion of children’s literature and family reading and to accelerate the overall literacy drive and education. The 2018-annual edition of Mahnama Sathee contains a literary treasure created by leading writers and poets of the country. Among the most prominent names are: Fozia Khalil, Shazia Farheen, Ibn-e-Aas Mohammad, Usman Farooq, Maham Jawaid, Altaf Hussain, Ilyas Nawaz, Seema Siddiqui, Ahmed Hatib Siddiqui, Hafsa Siddiqui, Bina Siddiqui, Javed Bisam, Hammad Zaheer and many others.

Engro Polymer and Chemicals Ltd signed an agreement with SINA Trust

Eng Cap EPCL, Sina Trust

Karachi (Cliff News)Engro Polymer & Chemicals Limited (EPCL) is accelerating its CSR commitments to serve its nearby communities. After an agreement signing with TCF recently to establish two new schools, EPCL is now creating footprints in the field of health with an aim to help provide quality primary healthcare service to its nearby communities. For this purpose, EPCL has joined hands with SINA Health, Education & Welfare Trust by signing an agreement to establish a primary healthcare unit in Gaghar Phattak, Bin Qasim, Karachi. The agreement was signed by Mr. Imran Anwer, CEO & President – Engro Polymer & Chemicals Limited and Dr. Asif Ali Imam, Chairman and Founder, SINA Health, Education & Welfare Trust.During the year 2017, EPCL conducted several medical camps in different villages of Gaghar Phattak for different diseases and provided relief to community residents while examining and treating almost 5,000 patients. Considering the high influx of patients at the medical camps, a need emerged to setup a primary healthcare unit to provide relief on a continuous basis, and help improve the health conditions of the community residents. Hence, the company decided to partner with a professional primary healthcare provider with a long history of creating impact, namely SINA Health, Education & Welfare Trust to establish a primary healthcare unit where the treatment would be free of cost for the patients and EPCL will sponsor it, said Rao Mubeen Ahmed – Head of Public Affairs & CSR. He also added that, the said healthcare unit in Gaghar Phattak will be completely paperless and shall comprise of Qualified Doctors, Family Medicine Consultant, Ultrasound facility, Lab testing and Collection Point, Pharmacy, Electronic Medical Record System, Patient Referral System, Preventive Healthcare Programs focusing on diabetes, hypertension and other ailments found in the area. SINA will also be implementing community engagement plans through its community health workers within the area to create and improve health promotion and disease prevention amongst these communities.Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Imran Anwar, CEO, Engro Polymer & Chemicals said: “We are fully committed to our CSR strategy and the basic facilities like education, health and safe drinking water are the prime needs of these communities. He also added that, only healthy and educated society can bring a healthy change. We, at Engro, feel it is also our responsibility to provide our adjoining communities opportunities to improve and change in this regard.Dr. Asif Ali Imam, Chairman and Founder, SINA added on the occasion that, affordable and accessible quality primary healthcare is the basic right of every individual. At SINA, we are able to deliver quality primary healthcare through a international standard protocol based system at our network of 27 clinics. The partnership with EPCL will help SINA further its aim to provide accessible and affordable primary healthcare to the underserved communities of Karachi.With the vision of providing quality primary healthcare accessible to those who need it the most, SINA is a dedicated not for profit organization serving primary healthcare needs of urban slums of Karachi since 1998. It has a team of 400+ people working together for one cause – to provide healthcare to the less privileged. Through its 27 clinics, operating 08 hours a day, 06 days a week, round the year, in the heart of urban slums in all districts of Karachi.

Nigel Richards of NewZealand wins World Scrabble Championship

London (Cliff News)Nigel Richards of New Zealand confirmed his status as the greatest scrabble player of all time by winning the world Scrabble Championship for the fourth time.
No other player has won the world championship more than once.The two finalists of the A division were transported to London for the best of 5 final. The final was played at Westfield shopping center in a purpose build sound proof glass cage watched a a large crowd and televised live.Jesse Day made a dream start to the final with a big win in the first game but the GOAT calmly took the next three to win the title.The final of the Division B were held in Torquay. Hammad Hadi Khan of Pakistan won the biggest title of his young career by beating compatriot Imaad Ali in the final.It has been a great 12 months for Hammad as he won the Princess Cup tournament in Thailand, was 3rd in the Champions Trophy in Karachi and a runner up in the Junior World Scrabble Championship.12 year old Imaad Ali, the reigning under-14 world champion, exceeded all expectations by reaching the final but the experience of Hammad proved to be the deciding factor.The final scores were 472-439, 594-452, 366-373, 457-355.16 year old Sohaib  finished 3rd.
Tariq Pervez at 4th was the only senior player in a championship dominated by the youth even though most of the participants were adults.Hassan Hadi Khan, Daniyal Sanaullah and Hasham Hadi Khan who finished 5th, 6th and 7th respective made it look like an all Pakistan event. Timothy Lawrence was the top non Pakistani finishing 8th.The team returns to Karachi on 1st November by Oman Air.

Bata and Czech Republic mark Centennial Anniversary

Lahore(Cliff News)Bata Pakistan commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Czech Republic at an exhibition. The T. & A. Baťa Shoe Company was founded in 1894 in the Czech Republic by Tomáš Baťa. As part of the 100 years commemoration Bata Pakistan held an exhibition at Batapur, a town located near Lahore. It is pertinent to mention that the town was established as a residence for the workers of the  Bata shoe factory. To mark the event Mr. M. Imran Malik Country Manager Bata Pakistan along with Honorary Consul General Mr. Kamal Monnoo inaugurated the event. Esteemed guests from a variety of embassies attended the exhibition. Guests were given an exclusive walkthrough of the exhibition area which highlighted Bata and Czech heritage through documentary archives, shoes and pictures. Speaking on the occasion, Country Manager Bata Pakistan, Mr. M. Imran Malik, pointed out that, “Having a long-term vision and dealing with business in a sustainable and responsible way together with our employees, customers and business contacts is in the DNA of Bata. Bata has been in business for more than a hundred years because we strive to enhance the well-being of our customers by making them unobtrusively aware, through their everyday walks, that their perfect walking comfort and their footprint on the earth is enveloped in an exceptional shoe design full of character.” he said.



Pakistan win shootout against Malaysia and qualify for the final in Hero Asian Champions Trophy

Pakistan against Malaysia 2

Muscat (Cliff News)Two-time winners Pakistan entered the final of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 by overcoming Malaysia 3-1 in the shootout after a 4-4 draw in regulation period at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex here on Friday.Leading 4-1 at half-time, Pakistan faced a late rally from Malaysia, who equalised with four minutes from the end to take the issue into the shootout. Pakistan scored thrice in their five chances, while Malaysia could only shoot on target once in four attempts. The fifth Malaysian shot was not required to be taken as Pakistan had gained a winning lead.Penalty corner flicker Aleem Bilal (12th and 20th minutes) twice sent soaring drag-flicks into the net, while Muhammad Irfan Jr. (sixth minute) and Abu Mahmood  (15th minute) scored a goal each in open play go give Pakistan a big lead at half-time.Some defensive lapses by Pakistan against the fast-moving Malaysian allowed space for Malaysia to score two field goals in the space of one minute. Tengku Tajuddin capitalised on a rebound in the 43rd minute and Aiman Nik Rozemi was on target off a short pass within a minute.Faizal Saari, who had given Malaysia the initial lead in the second minute, came back to convert a penalty corner in the 56th minute to make it 4-4. Saari had opened the scoring in the second minute when he capped his fine solo run with a flick that beat onrushing goalkeeper Imran Butt to sound the boards.Muhammad Irfan Jr. equalised for Pakistan in the sixth minute when he received a fine cross from Ajaz Ahmad in the goalmouth and made no mistake in deflecting it into the goal.Aleem Bilal converted Pakistan’s first penalty corner with a rasping drag flick into the net in the 12th minute and Abu Mehmood beat the goalkeeper with a powerful reverse shot from top of the circle in the 15th minute to make it 3-1 in the first quarter.Bilal got into goal-scoring action again in the 20th minute with a penalty corner flick into the net to boost Pakistan’s lead, but drama was to unfold when Malaysia came back strongly in the second half.In the shootout, Toseeq Abbas and Ammad Butt scored with their shots, while Abu Mahmood was obstructed by the Malaysian goalkeeper and led to a penalty stroke that was converted by Bilal. Ajaz Ahmad and Muhammad Irfan Jr missed on their attempts.For Malaysia, only Aiman Nik Rozemi was able to score, but Firhan Ashari, Faizal Saari and Shahril Saabah faltered in the shootout.Pakistan’s manager Hasan Sardar praised the team for keeping their nerves in the shootout.“It was a good game as we played attacking hockey and opened a big lead. But we conceded some goals that should not have been there, which put the boys under pressure,” said,” said Pakistan manager Hasan Sardar.“The players then held their nerves and performed well to win the shootout,” Sardar said.Roelant Oltmans, coach of the Malaysian team, said his team deserved to be in the final, but squandered the opportunities.“We played well to create enough chances to win the match in regulation period, but we did not capitalise on the opportunities in the first half,” said Oltmans. “Under pressure, we played better in the second half.”“We were below par in the shootout. That’s why we did not make the semi-finals,” Oltmans said.

About the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) :

The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) is the governing body for the sport of hockey in Asia, recognized by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Founded in 1958, the AHF today has 31-member National Associations and organizes and sanctions more than twenty types of continental and regional events across all levels and age groups as well as overseeing the hockey competitions in several multi-sport events such as the Asian Games.

World Scrabble Championship,Nigel Richards of NewZealand mainted his supremacy

Torquay (CliffNews)The main round of the world scrabble championship came to a close today with the completion of 35 matches here at Torquay, England.Nigel Richards of New Zealand maintained his supremacy by finishing on top in the A division. He was four games clear of the nearest rival. Nigel finished with 29 wins.Top 8 players will now meet up for the quarter finals. The players qualifying for the quarter finals are:

Nigel Richards, New Zealand

Jesse Day, USA

Kevin McMahon, Ireland

Brett Smitheram, England

Paul Gallen, Northern Ireland

Wellington Jighere, Nigeria

Chris Lipe, USA

Paul Allan, Scotland

Moiz Baig of Pakistan who climbed up to the 3rd position on day three finally succumbed to fatigue at he has been playing nonstop for 7 days. A visibly tired Moiz dropped out of the race for the quarter finals on the last day.Waseem Khatri who was also in the reckoning fell short and finished 18th in the toughest field of scrabble players.The division B story began with Pakistan, continued with Pakistan and ended with Pakistan. Hammad Hadi Khan played like a champion to end the main rounds in the first position with 27 wins and a spread of 3069.Young Sohaib Sanaullah continued to give him tough competition and finished on the same number of wins.Astonishingly 7 of the 8 quarter finalists are from Pakistan! This is a unique feat never witnessed in the history of scrabble.Timothy Lawrence of England just managed to sneak in preventing an all Pakistan show

The quarter final lineup is as follows:

Hammad Hadi Khan

Sohaib Sanaullah

S. Imaad Ali

Hassan Hadi Khan

Tariq Pervez

Hasham Hadi Khan

Daniyal Sanaullah

Timothy Lawrence


Avari Towers hosted three day Arabic Food Festival


Karachi(Cliff News)Avari Towers always bring intriguing pleasure in every bite. People experienced the huge variety of more than 10 main dishes along with starter and delicious traditional dessert buffet prepared by Arabic.Specialist. The menu included Kabsa, Shawerma, Mesakhan Chicken, Shish Tawook, Rez bel Jaj, Lamb with dried limes, Koosa Mehshi and much more.Director Food Beverage, Mr. Imtiaz Hussian stated, “The combination of Middle Eastern and Arabic cuisine includes a wide variety of condiments and main ingredients such as baaharat, zataar and sumac,which is exactly what Pakistani people enjoy – Trying new cuisines and different palates. The growing demand and love for “Maandi” in karachiites had inspired us to bring the original taste of Arabic Cuisine and Middle Eastern authentic and jaw dropping flavors for foodies delight.”On this occasion Vice President Avari Hotels, Mr. Grant Raubenheimer said “People enjoyed the tempting Arabic Cuisine with an amazing ambiance, and felt like Arabs at Avari Towers Arabic Food Festival.”The pleasing ambience conveyed a sense of relaxation while the lively Arabic music geared-up mind frame to enjoy scrumptious, genuine and authentic Arabic Cuisine.