IPPA Awards all set to take Oslo by Strom

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Oslo(Cliff News)IPPA (International Pakistan Prestige Awards), the biggest independent, star-studded Pakistani event taking place internationally, is all set for its third outing, this time in Norway, after two successful stints in the UK. The awards ceremony will be held at X Meeting Point, Oslo, Norway on December 7 and it is expected that the Pakistani diaspora will be in attendance as never before.The first IPPA happened in 2017, celebrating 70 years of Pakistan, and since then there has been no looking back. With our media and showbiz industry supporting the Awards in great numbers in the past, this year too it is expected that many celebrities will be representing Pakistan and presenting a soft image of our country to the rest of the world by promoting Pakistani cinema, television, fashion and music.Celebrities expected to grace the Red Carpet at IPPA this year are Humayun Saeed, Hania Amir, Sohail Ali Abro, Ayesha Omar, Sadaf Kanwal, , Mani, Hira Mani, Mansha Pasha, Wahab Shah, Adnan Siddiqui, Aima Baig, Nomi Ansari, Neelam Munir , Sheheryar Munawar, Kubra Khan and many more.The event, organised by Vision Events International and Lollywood Entertainment is presented by Bisconni Chocolatto, powered by Bio amla, and brought to you by Olivia. Like every year, the PR of IPPA Awards 2019 is being handled by Starlinks PR & Events and the official media partner is HUM TV.






2nd Karachi Laughter Fest starts on 10th Jan 2019 at Napa


Karachi(Cliff News)The National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) is going to organize its second Karachi Laughter Fest 2019 from 10 to 20 January.The event is featuring comedy plays and standup comedy performances.This information was revealed in a press conference by the artistic director of the Napa Repertory Theatre Zain Ahmed at a press conference.He added that Napa was organizing festivals since 2012 as at that time we organized Napa’s first theatre festival.It was followed by a young director’s festival. Moreover,we organized an event for children as well.Last year in January 2017,we had our first Laughter Festival.In this festival,we will present the comedy of different genre.Mr Ahmed said like the previous year, this festival will have six plays,five of which have been prepared by Napa graduates, and the sixth is in collaboration with an Italian director Marco Luly.Apart from that, there are standup comedy shows. We have seen in the recent past in Karachi that such programs have gaining popularity.Performances are being held at even unconventional venues as well. It’s a positive sign.The people of the city who had seen tough time and face urban tension, anything that makes them laugh should be welcomed.
Mr Ahmed informed that the fest also had the Dastangoi segment. It’s one of our outreach program, which commenced in 2017 and still ongoing in different centres. In this program, we not only give training of storytelling but also polish the art of story writing so stories of our region and culture come out.The plays in the festival contain subjects that vary from political satire to farce to romance, which lends a variety to the effort, he added.The six plays which will be presented in this festival are Haye Muhabbat directed by Uzma Sabeen, An Evening of Commedia Dell Arte by Italian director Marco Lully, Biwi Ho Tou Apni by Aisha Hassan, Aar Paar by Rauf Afridi, Ghanchakar by S.M. Jameel and Jungle Mein Mangal Bazar by Meesam Naqvi. All plays will commence at 8 PM at Zia Mohyeddin Theater.At NAPA Basement, standup comedy shows will be held including Dastan Ki Aik Sham by Zain Nazar, The Sequel Don’t Laugh I’m Serious by Faheem Azam, Fil Badi Full Masti by Hassaan Bin Shaheen and Socho Tou Sahi by Usman Mazhar.All shows will begin at 6 pm.

Sound Diaries launch music video of “Ho Mian” by Natasha Baig and Karim Barolia


Karachi(Cliff News)Sound Diaries, a journey of Karim Barolia and Aamish Hussain exploring beauty of Pakistan through Sound. Sound Diaries brings its second video of the song “Ho Mian” featuring Natasha Baig with stunning audio and visual presentation of exploring pathways and connections of being one with God, the journey of self-realization and of finding God within us and showcasing exquisite landmarks and heritage sites by filming “Ho Mian” at Kalan Kot Fort, Haleji Lake and Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta, Sindh.Karim Barolia, music producer and co-director of video of the song “Ho Mian” came up with the concept from his real life journey. The video starts with Karim on a journey of self-exploration trying to find the connection with God, he is traveling and exploring through the beauty of Sindh where Natasha Baig is subliminally singing the song in different characters crossing his path unnoticed on the course of his journey. The visual equally compliments the grandeur feel of the song and makes connection with the viewer instantly.Natasha Baig, giving her mystical voice to the lyrics of Ghulam Murtaza Mehdi and music production of Karim Barolia makes “Ho Mian” touch soul of the listener.The second video of Sound Diaries wouldn’t have been possible without its production team lead by Aamish Hussain and co-directed by Zainab Nasir, executing Karim’s directorial vision on location.Through this video, Sound Diaries pays tribute to the architectural glory and historic allure of these sites that have stood the test of time. Alongside their extraordinary appeal, each of these landmarks tells a story of years gone by. It is our responsibility to ensure we do our part in preserving the mystique of our exquisite heritage.Sound Diaries is determined to continue its journey through exploring different regions of Pakistan as well as different property of Sound. The project has been self-funded till now and is looking for sponsorship to continue its journey for showcasing the beauty of Pakistan through its actual auditory image.

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Senator Raza Rabbani presents Jinnah Award to Souriya Anwar and Jimmy Engineer

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Karachi(Cliff News)The Jinnah Society conferred its prestigious Jinnah Awards on prominent artist and social worker Jimmy Engineer and SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan Founding President Souriya Anwar in recognition of their selfless services for the humanity at large particularly for the special and orphaned children. Former Senate Chairman, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, who was the chief guest of the award ceremony, presented the Jinnah Award to both winners. He said that he was honored to hand over the Jinnah Awards to Souriya Anwar & Jimmy Engineer in recognition of their outstanding & dedicated services to Pakistan.The Jinnah Society was established on 23rd April 1997 at Karachi and has completed 20 years of existence in Pakistan. The main objective of the Society is to propagate the principles, ideals and vision of Quaid-e-Azam as a nation building exercise and in the development of democratic leadership in the role model of Mr. Jinnah. Another activity of the Society is the conferring of “Jinnah Award” to a person who has rendered outstanding and meritorious services to Pakistan and its people.On this occasion Senator Mian Raza Rabbani appealed to the Sindh government to implement the orders of the Sindh High Court under which the Flagstaff House was to house a library, an audiovisual center and a museum. “None of these facilities, however, could be set up within the historic place, which later went to the provincial government under the 18th Amendment to the Constitution” he added. He also said that the Quaid wanted Pakistan to be a welfare state. He referred to the Quaid’s Aug 11, 1947 speech, and said “It’s difficult to find it because it speaks of fundamental human rights, minority rights, and what Pakistan must not be; a theocracy. But, this is not what the state had envisaged Pakistan to be after Jinnah’s death. That’s why the Flagstaff House remains without a museum, a library and an audiovisual center, so people might not know the exact purpose for which Pakistan was made.”Continuing on the same subject, he pointed out that the three fundamental principles of the Quaid — Unity, Faith and Discipline — had been ‘rearranged’ as Faith, Unity and Discipline, under a government notification dated Jan 11, 1955. According to him, whenever the ruling elite of Pakistan talks about a change it wants to shun two things — provincial autonomy and the parliamentary form of government — both of which, he believed, were dear to Quaid’s heart.Liaquat Merchant S.I. President, The Jinnah Society said that The Jinnah Society seeks to propagate the principles, ideals and vision of the great man as a nation building exercise even today, more than seven decades after Jinnah passed away.We will continue to aspire to achieve the Pakistan envisioned by Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah which is now a view shared by the political divide.”Ashraf Wathra, Founder Secretary General, The Jinnah Society in his welcome address said that “the work of Jinnah society and the propagation of Jinnah’s vision for Pakistan will continue to shine as a beacon of light on this nation and will hopefully inspire our younger generation to serve this country with loyalty and dedication which Pakistan expects from each and every citizen of Pakistan.”On receiving the Jinnah Award, SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan Founding President Souriya Anwar said “We must learn a lesson from the uncompromising morality of Quaid-e-Azam if we are to ever achieve his dream of a society based on the principles of honour, integrity, equality and social justice”. Souriya Anwar is a dedicated social worker with over four decades of service to humanitarian causes. Her interventions cover many social issues and, in particular, the welfare of orphans, the disabled, health, education, women’s uplift and the care of the aged. She is recognized as an expert in the field of social welfare, whose advice is regularly sought on related issues. Her major contribution to nation building has been the establishment of SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan in 1975. Under her leadership, this has expanded to 52 projects in all parts of the country, and is recognized as the nation’s leading organization in the field of child welfare. It is trusted and supported by the public and the government, and is completely self-financed. She has received numerous awards for her passionate espousal of the rights of the less advantaged.Renowned artist and social worker Jimmy Engineer said that “I am a simple servant of Pakistan because all my life I have served my beloved country as an artist to portray the positive image of Pakistan. I will continue to promote and project soft, positive, moderate and forward-looking image of Pakistan and its peace-loving people before the comity of nations through my art, delivering talks and interacting with people from all walks of life”. A peace-loving man, Jimmy Engineer is widely known as Pakistan’s indefatigable crusader for the oppressed, disabled, mentally handicapped, impoverished and generally for all who need him as he has the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. Though he already has over 3000 paintings and more than 1000 calligraphies over 1500 drawings to his name besides the 700,000 prints in private collection in more than 60 countries, selling his work is not why he paints. Like his art he simply aspires to spread his love for people wherever he goes and is ceaselessly pursuing the course of charity as his heart is sold to humanity for the rest of his life.Ameena Saiyid OBE, S.I. Secretary General, The Jinnah Society in her closing remarks said “The Quaid’s achievement was to have united an economically and geographically diverse and multicultural and multiethnic people into working towards the same goal for a considerable period of time.”So far, the Jinnah Award has been given to Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder and Chairman of Edhi Foundation; Mr. Graham Layton, the founder and Chairman of Layton RehmatullahBenevolent Trust for establishing eye hospitals in Pakistan; Hakeem Muhammad Saeed for establishing the Hamdard Foundation and Hamdard University; Dr. Ruth Pfau, Chairperson, Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, Karachi for outstanding services to Pakistan over a period of more than 40 years; Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan to whom the award was conferred posthumously for his outstanding and dedicated services to the people of Pakistan in the shape of Orangi Pilot Project; Dr. Ishrat Hussain a former Governor of State Bank of Pakistan for his vision and services in regulating banking policy which resulted in domestic growth; Air Marshal (Retd.) Asghar Khan for his outstanding and dedicated services to the cause of democracy and human rights in Pakistan; Former Chief Editor – Dawn late Ahmed Ali Khan for his outstanding services in the field of Journalism; Dr. Adib Rizvi, Professor and Director, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT); Mr. Ibn Adur Rahman, Director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP); Mr. Imran Khan, Founder and Chairman, Board of Governors, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre;Mr. Ardeshir Cowasjee who rendered outstanding services to Pakistan in his respective area of service;


Ameena Saiyid retires after 30 years with Oxford University Press Pakistan

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Karachi(Cliff News)Ms Ameena Saiyid, OBE has announced her retirement after 30 years work with Oxford University Press. She would like to wish her former colleagues well and to thank those who worked closely with her to help OUP Pakistan grow. She will continue to work tirelessly as always to promote education,  the culture of reading and writing in Pakistan as well as literature festivals.

Samsung introduces limited time offer for its exclusive television line-up   

Karachi(Cliff News)In order to give its customers, the opportunity to benefit from premium content in HD quality, Samsung Pakistan recently introduced a limited time offer for its line-up of exclusive television screens. On the purchase of a single Samsung TV, customers will be able to win another TV absolutely free. In addition, they will also be given the chance to avail amazing discounts on a majority of the brand’s products.The offer, in question, is being offered on selected models of the brand’s exclusive line-up of televisions. With the purchase of either Samsung’s 65” QLED TV or its 82” Premium UHD 4K TV, customers get a 43” UHD 4K TV absolutely free while on the purchase of the brand’s 65” Premium UHD 4K TV, 55” Premium UHD 4K TV, 65” UHD 4K TV, 55” UHD 4K TV and its 49” UHD 4K TV, customers get a 10% discount on their price. The offer is valid from 4th December 2018 to 31st January 2019.Through this offer, Samsung aims to further bolster its relationship with its target market as well as give them the opportunity to enjoy the brand’s quality products.One of today’s leading brands in technology and innovation in Pakistan and around the world, Samsung has been offering its customers the highest quality in televisions, home theater systems and mobile phones for decades. Apart from providing efficient after-sales service, the brand continues to give its customers the chance to benefit from its quality products at an affordable investment.

Samsung introduced Galaxy A7 “Triple Camera Phone”Bundle Promo

Karachi(Cliff News)Samsung the global leader in technology and electronics – has bundled its amazing Galaxy A7 with a free 10,000 mAh battery pack with the purchase of a new Samsung Galaxy A7. This amazing promotion also gives purchasers 10 free food vouchers and this bundle promo is valid for a limited time at all Samsung Hero Shops. For consumers who wish to trade up their old phones Samsung offers a ‘Trade Up’ option whereby by paying the price difference between purchasing a new A7 and their old phone they can further avail a PKR 5000 discount and a free 10,000 mAh along with 10 food vouchers. Both these offers are available at Samsung Hero Shops.The Galaxy A7 2018 is one of Samsung’s first phones to come with a triple camera setup on its back. The triple camera (24MP-8MP-5MP) is aligned vertically on the top left rear corner and includes a 24MP main sensor with f/1.7 which improves the quality of the image by combining four pixels in one in low light conditions. The second lens provides depth to the image while the third lens is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor ideal for capturing photos with 120 degrees field of view. Furthermore there is 128 GB of internal storage and an innovative side fingerprint scanner.The president of Samsung Pakistan, Mr. Y.J. Kim stated that: “The Galaxy A series has always been our showcase for premium technology and industry-defining innovation. The phone is designed for a level of performance, power and intelligence that today’s power users want and need.” He further stated that: “Samsung Pakistan is overjoyed at bringing this power-packed device and its’ promotional offers to its loyal consumer base in Pakistan. The Samsung Galaxy A7 device promises a whole new world of information and entertainment while multi-tasking, with powerful global connectivity, for consumers aspiring to excel in today’s highly competitive and fast-paced world.“