Children’s Literature Festival takes off with a bang

Karachi(Cliff News)Day 1 of the two-day programme of 60th Children’s Literature Festival CLF culminated at Arts Council, with children and adults participating with great gusto in all the sessions.All locations of the venue being used for the festival had been renamed by CLF to commemorate authors, literati, artists, citizens, noble prize winners and grand geographies of Pakistan like Shah Abdul Latif Bithai Auditorium, Sohail Rana open air theatre, Hakim Said ki Baithak, Anita Ghulam Ali Auditorium, Fahmida Riaz ki Baithak, Dr Hamida Khuhro ki Baithak, Sadequain Gali, Bab-e-Hingol, Abdus Salam labs, Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta Courtyard, and Burns Road.The festival opened with multiple sessions taking place simultaneously leaving one hard put to decide which one to attend and which to leave. One could even see people hopping from one to another in a bid to attend as many as possible within the same time slot. The first day saw Bhittai Auditorium packed with kids interested in theatre, where from a theatre workshop conducted by Atif Badar to string puppetry by Thespianz Theatre, play by Tehrik-e-Niswan to dramatic readings by Zambeel, to music and poetry, took place at different time slots. Sohail Rana Auditorium witnessed an open mic session for students under an expert panel followed by Sing Along with Khaled Anam, while a musical concert by young qawwals glued attendees to their seats. The inaugural programme also took place here as well, with Syed Sardar Ali Shah, Minister Education and Literacy Education, Culture, Tourism and Antiquities as the chief guest. Among recitations, performances and speeches were special CLF Outstanding Service Awards presented to Resource Persons and Institutions that have supported CLF since 2011. Also in the same auditorium there were film screening and talks by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Shehrbano Saiyid.The room titled Hakim Said ki Baithak had sessions through the day varying from storytelling, theatre workshops, discussions on children’s history of Sindh by Rumana Husain in conversation with Tom Moore, to talks on books and innovative approaches to learning.Anita Ghulam Ali Auditorium had book launches, a play, panel discussions and talks on Karachi’s Heritage Buildings by architect Mukhtar Husain.In Fahmida Riaz ki Baithak OUP had a morning session on the great poet after whom the room was named and her contribution to children’s literature after which there was full-day activity on the art of bookmaking.Dr Hamida Khuhro ki Baithak had various sessions on storytelling, emotional and mental health by Arsalan Larik, interactive fun games for children, a young authors forum, a session on reading improvement programme and one on creating awareness about the welfare of donkeys.The full day programme comprised sessions at Sadequain Gali which was divided into learning spaces where through the day on-going activities took place including arts and crafts workshops, theme games, photo both and exhibition on children’s book illustrations.Bab-e-Hingol featured a sand and 3-D art performative interactive display through the day while Abdus Salam Labs featured various digital activities. To highlight the creative side of our young generation, Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta Courtyard featured on-going activities like clay modelling, digital 3D activities, pop-up learning, documentary and hands-on activities on Makli, mental health camp, learning and reading corner.CLF’s sponsors included Oxford University Press (OUP), British Council, Telenor, Allied Bank, UNESCO, Italian Agency For Development Cooperation and National Foods. The festival attended by media, parents, teachers and students of various institutions was a huge success and the participants benefited greatly from it.It may be noted that CLF is the largest learning festival for children and teachers in Pakistan enabling children to learn with all their multiple senses and intelligences. Managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), it has a nationwide footprint having completed 59 CLFs (in all four provincial capitals and Islamabad and over 25 districts of the country, reaching over 1.4 million children and teachers since its inception in November 2011.



Aania Farooq retains SGA Ladies Amateur Golf title


Karachi(Cliff News)When Aania Farooq had a forgettable second round of 85 at the 2nd SGA Ladies Amateur Golf Championship on Saturday, it seemed that the Karachi girl won’t be able to successfully defend her title.After all, her chief rival, 15-year-old Hamna Amjad, a former national champion, had catapulted herself to the top of the leader-board with a superb 78 that gave her a two-shot advantage going into the final round of the three-day championship here at the Karachi Golf Club.But in the end on Sunday afternoon, the more experienced Aanya reigned supreme to win the prestigious title for a second year in a row by a solitary stroke.It all came down to the last hole – the challenging par-14 18th hole on the Yellow course – where Aanya prevailed over her spirited opponent.Her cause was helped by lady luck as her opponent was dogged by a couple of triple bogies. But despite those two major blemishes, it was heartening to see that the young Hamna still managed to finish the final round with a score of 80.“There was a bit of bad luck for me on the 6th hole,” Hamna said about the par-4 6thon the Red course (front nine). “I hit my tee shot and everybody thought that it had gone into the water hazard on the left. So I hit my third shot but later we found out that my first ball was safe. I went on to have a triple bogey on that hole.”Hamna’s other triple bogey was on Yellow’s par-5 10th where she hooked her second shot from the rough into the hazard.Meanwhile, Aania gave her best when it mattered most. She carded an impressive 77 in the last round for an aggregate of 243 to beat Hamna (244) by one stroke. Karachi’s Daniah Syed finished third with an aggregate of 250.In category B, Ayesha Fauzan won the gross title with a margin of three strokes. Abeeha Hanin Syed was the runner-up.In category C, Syeda Iman Ali Shah won the title ahead of Shabana Waheed and Shabana Siddiqui.MPA Dr Seema Zia was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony of the championship which was sponsored by Sindh Golf Association.Speaking at the occasion, Fawzia Naqvi, Lady Captain KGC, underlined the fact that ladies golf was on the rise in Pakistan. She hailed the role of Pakistan Golf Federation, SGA, KGC as well as of Dr Asma Shami, Chairperson Ladies Golf (PGF) for her tireless efforts towards the promotion of ladies’ golf in the country. Also present at the occasion were Asad I.A Khan, President SGA, Cmdre Ghazanfar Abbas, COO KGC, Rizwan Feroz, Captain KGC and Cmdre Zafar Mehmood, Chief Referee among others.

Sania Maskatiya launches NISA for Eid-ul-Azha

Sania Maskatiya -  NISA - Edit I - July 2019 [F] (34).jpgKarachi(Cliff News)Multi-award winning fashion house Sania Maskatiya proudly introduces the latest formalwear and pretwear collection titled NISA commemorating Eid-ul-Azha 2019.NISA combines Sania Maskatiya’s signature compositions of cut, colour, and embellishments and features accentuated sleeves, Swarovski detailing, embroidered florals, tassel detailing, print ruffle blouse hand-woven cotton ensembles and embroidered draped saree-dresses. Indeed, the collection is the perfect summer staple and brings an effortlessly glamourous uplift to the wardrobe. Comprising of over 30 distinct designs available in size options and colorways, the collection is now available online and in-store at Sania Maskatiya Flagship outlets.


Top players to feature in second SGA Ladies Amateur Golf Championship


Karachi(Cliff News)Pakistan’s leading female golfers will feature in the 2nd Sindh Golf Association (SGA) Ladies Amateur Golf Championship 2019 which tees off here at the Karachi Golf Club from August 2.Sponsored by SGA, the three-day championship will see in action a total of 55 players from all over Pakistan. A total of 16 players from upcountry have joined a field of 39 Karachi-based players in the event.The tournament to be played from August 2-4 is one of the annual events on the SGA calendar and is sponsored by the provincial association. The subsidiary sponsors include UMA, Bank AL Habib, Kings Group, Golootlo and others.At a press conference held at KGC on Thursday, the organisers of the tournament shared details of the prestigious championship with representatives of the media.Asad I.A Khan, President SGA, underlined the fact that the popularity of golf was on the rise among ladies in Pakistan.“Ladies golf is coming of age in Pakistan and SGA is seriously contemplating a ladies’ section in the SGA secretariat,” he said.Cmdre Ghazanfar Abbas, KGC’s COO, said that the club management will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to make the tournament a resounding success.“All arrangements have been made to make the tournament a big success. The fairways and greens are in great shape and I’m sure that the visiting players will love the experience of playing at our course,” he said.“This is a ranking match and we are trying to prepare young ladies from school and colleges to play golf and eventually compete internationally. We are thankful to President Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) for their great support to ladies golf in the country,” said Tournament Director Fawzia Naqvi, also Lady Captain of KGC.Due to heavy rains, the organisers had to work overtime to bring the KGC course in top shape for the event.“It was an unusual situation for us because of the heavy rains as it became difficult to maintain the course,” commented Rizwan Feroz, the KGC Captain. “But we have worked very hard and now the course is in great shape for the tournament,” he added.Humera Khalid, Executive Committee member PGF said, “These associations are there to facilitate and to encourage golf among ladies at every level. We are extremely thankful to KGC for their all-out support for conducting the championship.There will be five different categories to be contested during the championship – category A (handicap 0-13), category B (handicap 14-24), category C (handicap 25-36), category D (seniors 60 plus) and category E (junior girls 13 and below).The tournament committee includes Cmdre Ghazanfar Abbas, Cdr Majid Satti, Rizwan Feroz, Ahmed Ismail, Fawzia Naqvi, Humera Khalid and Durdana Soomro. Cmdre Zafar Mehmood is the chief referee.The tournament will conclude with a prize distribution ceremony on Sunday. MPA Dr Seema Yazdani will be the chief guest.


Asad I.A Khan, President Sindh Golf Association (SGA) addresses the media here at the Karachi Golf Club to share details of 2nd SGA Ladies Amateur Golf Championship on Thursday. Also present at the occasion (from left) Cmdre Ghazanfar Abbas, COO KGC, Ahmed Ismail, Vice Captain KGC, Rizwan Feroz, Captain KGC, Fawzia Naqvi, Lady Captain KGC and Humera Khalid, Member PGF Executive Committee.

Realme earned itself the fastest mobile brand to became the global Top 10

Lahore(Cliff News)Counterpoint, the international authoritative analysis institution, recently announced a mobile phone shipment report for Q2 2019. According to the report, emerging smartphone brand realme showed eye-catching performance. After only one year of establishment, it quickly became one of the top 10 mobile phone manufacturers in the world, alongside with Samsung, Huawei and Apple. In Q2 2019, realme global shipment registered 4.7 million units worldwide, an increase of 848% year-on-year, making it the fastest growing mobile phone brand in the world.As a Dare-to-Leap brand, realme aimed to made itself a new icon for the young.The fast development of realm ties closely to its accurate grasp of the young consumer market, based on which the brand attitude and edgy R&D were built. On one hand, realme adopts high-end technology with the Dare-to-Leap philosophy, becoming the benchmark for performance and design at the same price range and bringing more Dare-to-Leap experience to young consumers; on the other hand, realme leverages light assets, mainly e-commerce, short channel mode, which allows more profits given to consumers, thus more young people can enjoy the quality life brought by technology and design.Sky Li, the founder and CEO of realme said: “realme’s original intention was to create products with a full range of new and unique experiences for young people. We built our ‘Dare to Leap’ concept based on this mission. We hope to provide young consumers with more surprising products within the same price range, and exceed their expectations, whether in design, performance, or quality.”Great endeavor to be made for the overall arrangement for high-end tech.So far, realme has successfully entered over 20 markets including China, Europe, India, South-east Asia and Russia, broke sales records in for multiple times in several markets and became the top 5 brands in India for three consecutive quarters. In order to thank consumers around the globe their support, realme will continue to stick to the initial inspiration while offering consumers more exciting and surprising products, including the future release of a new camera phone with 64 million pixels, and a high-end flagship equipped with Snapdragon 855 Plus.As a young brand that Dares to Leap, realme will constantly explore more possibilities in fashionable design and high-end quality, as well as actively seeking the application of advanced technology, in order to be prepared in innovation capability, and gain competitiveness in the strategic development globally. realme will continue to go beyond itself in product performance, design and quality, so as to provide consumers with real “Dare-to-Leap” experience.Since its entry in to the Pakistani market less than 7 months ago, realme powered by Oppo, has already launched 5 products across different price segments from premium flagships to trendy mid-rangers, all designed particularly for the youth. realme is proving it has planned an even steeper growth trajectory than its parent company through a targeted focus on the youth. Pakistani realme fans have been given a taste of fast paced innovation by the brand through various features like the new technology of a superior VOOC charger in 3pro or an extremely powerful processor that plays freefire in its price range for the first time beating every other competitor. They have continuously taken a leap forward in both design and performance but the golden egg is still keeping the price affordable for the youth. The brand has a youthful identity not only in its devices but also in its business and sales tactics. Realme accomplished tremendous growth records by creating flash sales and primarily selling products online. This is also in tune with its snappy young customers who get a stylish and fast partner that suits their style in realme. Daraz has seen new sale records with each price drop with the entire stock being sold out in minutes or even seconds at instances.

About realme

realme is a technology brand that specializes in providing high quality smartphones. The brand was officially established on May 4th, 2018 by its founder Sky Li together with a bunch of young people who have rich experience in smartphone industry.realme is committed to offering powerful performance, stylish design, sincere services and exploring more possibilities of smartphones. realme has launched 8 products, which includes realme 1, realme 2, realme U1, realme 3, realme 2 Pro, realme C1 ,realme C2 ,realme 3 Pro and most recently realme X and X lite. 2018 was a rising year for realme. As a smartphone brand with a global vision, within less than one year, it expanded to 19 countries including India, Indonesia and other Southeast Asia markets followed by Pakistan, North Africa and Middle East. realme made its much anticipated entry in to the Chinese market last month followed by four countries in Europe (England, France, Spain and Italy).realme saw tremendous international growth at a time when the overall market performance is downgrading by just selling products online. Over 8 million users have chosen realme products till this early Feb making it one of the fastest growing young power in this international industry.