WESPA Youth Cup Scrabble Championship started in KualaLumpur

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KualaLumpur(Cliff News) WESPA Youth Cup (WYC); formerly known as World Youth Scrabble Championship started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Known to be the toughest youth tournament in the world the 2019 edition features well over 200 players from 20 countries.As in every previous WYC the defending champion had a terrible opening day. Syed Imaad Ali was visibly tired and jelagged after a 40 hour journey from England and suffered three shock defeats on the opening day.Pakistan overall had a very good day with Saim Waqar holding the flag aloft with 7 wins out of 7 games played today.The Canadian/Thai boy Tarin Pairor, one of the favorites to win this year was on top at the end of the day with 7 wins and a spread of 1064. He is followed by another favorite and the runner up of 2017 and 2018 Janul De Silva of Sri Lanka also on 7 wins while Saim Waqar is one of the only three player who remained unbeaten throughout the day.Hasham Hadi Khan is currently 4th with 6 wins while Sohaib Sanaullah is 6th with 6 wins. Hasham also made the highest game score of the championship so far with 688.Overall Pakistan is on top among countries with 3 of its players in the top 6 at the moment.Usman Shaukat, Basil Khan, Ali Rashid, Aehzam Ahmed, Kamran Ahmed and Monis Khan all have 5 wins out of the 7 games played.11 matches are scheduled on the second day of the tournament.

World Scrabble Championship:Imaad have a good chance to qualify for QF

London(Cliff News)New Zealand’s Nigel Richards stood firm on the third day of the World Scrabble Championship. The defending world champion has 21 wins and a spread of 2175.Paul Gallen of Northern Ireland had a good day that saw him climb to the 2nd spot with 19 wins while Dave Koening of USA continued to be in good form despite losing two games to the teenage sensation Imaad Ali. Koening ended day three on the 3rd spot.The story of the day was definitely the 13 year old Imaad Ali from Pakistan who stunned the world by beating one great player after another, Imaad proved his ice cold temperament by winning both the live telecast matches and earned praise from millions watching. Imaad is now on the 7th spot with a good chance of qualifying for the quarter finals.Pakistan’s ace Waseem Khatri finally got back into form and got into the quarter final position by finishing 6th at the end of day three. Moiz Baig slipped to 17th while young Sohaib Sanaullah is on 21st.The Division of the World Scrabble Championship continued to be dominated by the Shangrila Pakistan team although there was a stiffer competition from other countries on day three.The Hadi twins made the world championship look like a family affair. Hassan Hadi snatched the No. 1 spot from Taha Mirza with some impressive wins. He is now on 20 wins and a spread of 2408.As always the other twin Hammad Hadi has similar number of wins and is right next to his brother with a slightly lower spread.Taha Mirza is still fighting on and is standing firm on the 3rd spot with 19 wins while Daniyal Sanaullah occupied the 4th position with 19 wins.There was finally some competition from other countries as Omijeh Osas from Nigeria, Terry K. Rau from USA and Sapong Kwaku from Ghana got into the quarter final positions while little Monis Khan is still in the top 8.9 more games will be played tomorrow and the top eight from each division will qualify for the quarter finals.

Pakistan Scrabble team announce for World Junior Championship

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Karachi(Cliff News)Director Youth Program of Pakistan Scrabble Association Mr. Tariq Pervez announced the team for participation in the World Scrabble Championship and Junior World Scrabble Championship during a press conference today.Mr. Tariq informed that Pakistan is the defending champion and and overwhelming favorite to defend its title as there are no less than five players in the team that are in the running for the top slot.The team comprises of the following players
Hassan Hadi Khan

Hammad Hadi Khan

Sohaib Sanaullah

Daniyal Sanaullah

S. Imaad Ali

Taha Mirza

Saim Waqar

Usman Shaukat

Monis Khan

Misbah ur Rehman

Absar Mustajab

Noor Shaukat
The World Scrabble Championship will start a day later at the same venue. Pakistan’s No. 1 player Moiz Baig and No. 2 Waseem Khatri will join the team for the adults event.Addressing the press conference, Mr. Nadeem Omar, president of Karachi Cricket Association and himself a keen scrabble player expressed his sincere wishes to the team.The team is called Shangrila Pakistan team which will depart for London on Thursday night to take part in the championship that starts on November 16th at Torquay, England.

Syed Imaad Ali won the Universal Trophy Scrabble Tournament

Karachi(Sports Reporter)The reigning youth world champion Syed Imaad Ali won the Universal Trophy Scrabble Tournament played at the Generation”s School South Campus.The tournament acted as the qualifier to pick the Pakistan team for the WESPA Youth Cup which is being played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November.Imaad who won the WESPA Youth cup last year has a great chance to become the first player in history to defend his title since he is only 14 years old and is eligible to play at least four more years before he turns 18.Imaad dominated proceedings on the second and final day in such a way that he was declared the winner with one match to go. Imaad finished the tournament with a 14-4 win record and a spread of 1710.Reigning national champion Hasham Hadi Khan finished second with 12 wins and a spread of 1004.Ali Rashid made a strong comeback on the second day to clinch the 3rd spot with a 11-7 record and a spread of 770 while Sohaib Sanaullah slipped to the 4th position with the same win record but a lower spread of 493.The rest of the top ten were Saim Waqar, Taha Mirza, Monis Khan, Basil Khan, Misbah ur Rehman and Hamza Naeem.In Division B Azlan Qazi dominated with 14 wins and a spread of 635 while Shan e Abbas was the runner up with 12 wins and Anas Farhan finished 3rd with 11 wins. 7 years old Bilal Asher stunned everyone by clinching a spot in the team while Kamran Ahmed took the 5th and final spot in the team from Division B.The chief guest Mr. Faisal Ashraf of Universal Cables distributed the prizes to the winners.The team will leave for Malaysia at the end of November to defend its title.

Rising star Zubab Rana bank on screens with Rishtay Biktay Han

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Karachi(Cliff News)The industry’s lovely rising star, Zubab Rana is coming back to our television screens after the blockbuster supernatural thriller Bandish, with Big Bang Entertainment’s latest offering Rishtay Biktay Hain that is soon to be aired on ARY Digital.The last directorial project of TV director Late Syed Atif Hussain (best known for family drama Babban Khala Ki Betiyan), Rishtay Biktay Hain features Zubab Rana in the leading role, along with Javed Sheikh, Rubina Ashraf, Shugufta Ejaz, Ali Abbas & Asad Siddiqui in pivotal roles.“This drama tackles the evil of dowry that is still plaguing our society,” states Zubab Rana, “I get to play & show how even in the 21st Century an innocent girl’s married life becomes a living hell because of greed.”Rishtay Biktay Hain, is scheduled to go on air on ARY Digital this September.

About Zubab Rana:

Zubab Rana’s unstoppable journey started from modelling just a few years ago, after which she has been giving back to back hit drama serials including Naseebo Jali, Mere Khudaya, Bandish and now ‘Rishtay Biktay Hain’ since her award-winning debut 2 years ago.

Shagufta ejaz, rubina ashraf, Ali Abbas, zubab rana and syed mohammed ahmed

Karachi Literature Festival Long List of Book Prizes Announced

Karachi(Cliff News) The eighth Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) will be held on 10, 11, and 12 February 2017 at the Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi. KLF brings together and celebrates Pakistani and international authors writing in diverse languages. The festival will feature talks, panel discussions, readings, book launches, English and Urdu mushaira, stand-up comedy, author signings, performing arts, art exhibition, film screenings, art strand, book fair, literary awards, and a food court. This was announced by Ameena Saiyid OBE, Managing Director, Oxford University Press (OUP), and Founder/Director, Karachi Literature Festival, and Co-founder, Children’s Literature Festival, at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club.Ameena Saiyid gave an overview of the four prizes instituted by KLF in collaboration with corporate entities and foreign missions. These annual prizes are awarded to books in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, peace, and Urdu. The books are assessed by panels of juries comprising Pakistani academics, critics, and writers. This year the prizes include KLF-Pepsi Non-Fiction Prize, KLF-Getz Pharma Fiction Prize, KLF Peace Prize (Consulate General of Germany), KLF-Infaq Foundation Urdu Literature Prize, and Italy Reads Pakistan Award (Consulate of Italy).The KLF-Pepsi Non-Fiction Prizeof Rs 300,000 goes to the best non-fiction book originally written in English by a Pakistani or Pakistan-origin foreign national. The books long listed for this prize include Sleepwalking to Surrender by Khaled Ahmad, Surkh Salam by Kamran Asdar Ali, A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia by Manan Ahmed Asif, A History of the Judiciary in Pakistanby Hamid Khan, The Raj at Warby Yasmin Khan, and Lahore: History and Architecture of Moghul Monuments by Anjum Rahmani.The KLF-Getz Pharma Fiction Prize goes to the best fiction written originally in English. The author (a Pakistani or a Pakistani-origin foreign national) of the best novel or short story collection will be awarded Rs 300,000. The long list of books announced for this prize includes The Spinner’s Tale by Omar Shahid Hamid, Dear Yasmeen by Sophia Khan, The Warehouse by S.S. Mausoof, Daddy’s Boy by Shandana Minhas, The Place of Shining Light by Nazneen Sheikh, and Karachi Raj by Anis Shivani. The KLF Peace Prize of 3000 euros is a joint project of Consulate General of Germany in Karachi and the Karachi Literature Festival. It awards a fiction or non-fiction book that promotes peace, tolerance, and international understanding, written by a Pakistani or a Pakistani-origin foreign national, or any foreign national residing in Pakistan. The books long listed for the Peace Prize are Water in the Wilderness by Mehjabeen Abidi-Habib, Masculinity, Sexuality, and Illegal Migration by Ali Nobil Ahmad, Love and Revolution: Faiz Ahmed Faiz by Ali Madeeh Hashmi, Purifying the Land of the Pure by Farahnaz Ispahani, Fractious Path: Pakistan’s Democratic Transition by Raza Rumi, The Secrets on the War on Al-Qaeda by Aizaz Syed, and The Footprints of Partition by Anam Zakaria.

The KLF-Infaq Foundation Urdu Literature Prize goes to the best book in Urdu. The prize of Rs 200,000 will be given to a book of prose or poetry. The long-listed books include Kutubaur Kutubkhanon ki Tareekh by Ashraf Ali, Mehr e Darakhshan by Muhammad Hamza Faruqi, Kulliyaat by Sarwat Hussain,Urdu AdabkiTashkeel e Jadeed by Nasir Abbas Nayyar, and Dahshat mein Muhabbat by Muhammad Hameed Shahid. The Italy Reads Pakistan Award is a joint project of Metropolid’Asia, Karachi Literature Festival, and the Consulate of Italy in Karachi. A local jury of three judges has short-listed five works (novels written in English and Urdu by Pakistani nationals) and an Italian jury of three judges selected by Metropolid’Asia will select the winner who will be announced at the next Karachi Literature Festival. The prize consists of the translation and publication of the book in Italian by Metropolid’Asia.“The annual Karachi Literature Festival is about the promotion of reading, writing, and authors, and of bringing enrichment to people’s minds. With participants and visitors from all over the country, this is truly an all-Pakistan event. More so, with participants from different countries around the world, it is truly an international event. As always the entry to the event will be free,” said Asif Farrukhi, Co-founder of the Karachi Literature Festival.This year Pepsi Cois the title sponsor of the event. Sponsorship is also provided by United Bank Limited (UBL); Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Karachi; Engro Foods (Omore); U.S. Consulate General, Karachi; Manchester Literature Festival; British Council; Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI); Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES);DAI Awaaz; British Deputy High Commission (BDHC); Infaq Foundation; Getz Pharma; Consulate General of Switzerland,Karachi; American Institute of Pakistan Studies;Consulate of Italy, Karachi;Consulate General of France, Karachi; and Goethe Institute.

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Sensodyne unveils films that gives Pakistan Reason to Smile

Karachi(Cliff News)Leading Pakistani model and actress Sarwat Gilani hosted Sensodyne’s Reason to Smile event yesterday at Port Grand,a screening of a series of films to celebrate stories of Pakistanis barriers and spreading happiness in society.The four films are based on the lives of Imkaan Welfare Organization Director and founder of KHEL an escape created for children of Machar Colony -Tahera Hasan ,Lahori Culture Club founder Adil Lahore,Khuzdar community’s girls education activist Sumera Mehboob and Meena Gabeena,CEO of NGO Meenay Laas,which works to rehabilitate survivors of disasters and imparting basic education to children.The Screenings contained an audience of guests including GlaxoSmithKline consumers Healthcare Pakistan CEO and GM Sohail Ahmed Matin and various media personal.They were treated to the films which echoed the toothpaste brands mantra of creating a strong emotional benefit by giving people the liberty and having fun without worrying about sensitivity of the teeth.Sohail Ahmed Matin while sharing his thoughts on the compaign said “We are very proud of Sensodyne’s campaign as we truly believe she can spread the message of our campaign to a wider audience and enable us to promote a postive image of Pakistan.We hope through this initiative we can encourage people to recongnize and appreciate such efforts and thereby motivate  many more to contribute to the society.”The Reasons to Smile campaign,according to Sensodyne’s Senior Brand Manager Asad Ahmed,”highlights the outstanding work done in our society,but also to celebrate these individuals who have given us an opportunity to smile in such difficult times and be inspired”.Explaining her affiliation to the project,Sarwat Gilani said the brand’s campaign of recognizing selfless acts of hardworking individuals inspired her,as it gelled in with her overall objective as an actress who has an on screen presence.”These films gave me the liberty to discover these stories,go on a journey with these people,understand what they do,why they do it and how they do it and showcase them in a way I had envisioned.