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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Foot Prints In the Sand- Rise and Fall of Walmarts of India to be launced on friday

Mr lqbal Ismail’s Book “Foot Prints In the Sand- Rise and Fall of Walmarts of India” to be launched at Avari Karachi on friday March 5, 2010.

In his book Mr. Iqbal Ismail Calcuttawala, chairman of Ace Securities writes about the history of Bantva Community and the role of his family members in strengthening the economy of Pakistan.

Between the segments of history there lies an element of an autobiography of him, in which he narrates the role of Memons in Economic Development of Pakistan. The book is clad with memories and garlanded with pictures of Economic Heroes of the past.

The book also pictures him with notable personalities including Mr. Aga Khan, Former Pakistani Presidents Pervez Musharraf and Late Mr. Ayub Khan.

His achievements and details about his role in the Arag acquisition of Dentogene Laboratories, Albert David, Premier Bank, English Biscuit Factory - EBM and Pak Bank is well documented in the book.

The book is set to launch in grandeur style at Avari Towers Karachi on 5th of March 2010. Abdul Razzaq Yakoob Owner of ARY Group will be the chief guest of the book launching ceremony, Mr. Arif Habib will preside over the ceremony.

Notable list of guest of honors include Mr. Jahangir Siddiqui (Chairman JS Group of Companies) Mr. H.N Akhtar (Chief of NGO Saiban), Mr. Stephen G. Fakan (Consul General, USA), Mr. S. Sabharwal (High Commissioner of India), Dr. Hafeez A. Pasha (Dean, School of Social Sciences at the Lahore),Dr. Ishrat Hussain(Dean Institute of Business Administration (IBA).

The author Mr. Iqbal Ismail was educated at Pittsburgh University. He served at Arag Industries for 5 years, as the Director of Finance. After that he was made the head of Gillanders. Mr. Iqbal Ismail is married with five children and lives in Karachi.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

PICG, PBC Conference on the ‘Role of the Non-executive Chairman’


A half day conference on the ‘Role of the Non-executive Chairman’ was held by Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG) in collaboration with Pakistan Business Council (PBC) recently at Karachi Sheraton hotel.

With a brief introduction by Mr. Fuad A. Hashimi (President & CEO, PICG) and Mr. Kamran Y. Mirza (Chief Executive, PBC), the conference was focused on the role of a non-executive chairman, a key issue in the realm of Corporate Governance practice. Mr. Salim Abbas Jilani (Chairman SSGC) chaired the conference and was also one of the moderators. Mr. Munnawar Hamid OBE (Chairman BOC & Silk Bank) was the other moderator.

Mr. Ken Rushton, senior advisor at Nestor Advisors and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum, delivered the key note address on ‘International Best Practices’. It was followed by presentation on ‘Experience with Pakistani State-Owned Enterprises’ by Mr. Zaffar A. Khan (non-executive independent director on the boards of companies like State Bank of Pakistan, Unilever, and Shell Pakistan etc.). The last presentation was on ‘Perspectives from Family-Owned Businesses in Pakistan’ by Mr. Razzak Dawood (Chairman, Descon Engineering & PBC and Rector of LUMS).

A highly interactive discussion forum followed the presentations raising issues on how to further enhance the role of non-executive chairman in the companies. In a nutshell, the objective of the conference was to highlight the current scenario and proposing a set-up where organizations in any segment, specifically those relating to public sector enterprises, must run in a neutral manner under the framework of good governance.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

NED University’s Batool Haider wins first prize

Karachi Observer Report

Batool Arhamna Haider, a second year student of the Petroleum Engineering Department, of the NED University of Engineering & Technology, has clinched first position in the final year student’s paper contest at the SPE International Annual Technical Conference 2009 held recently at a five-star hotel in Islamabad.
The chairman of the department, Prof Dr Abid Murtaza Khan, has congratulated Batool Haider for having brought laurels for the university.
The Petroleum Engineering department of the NED University has been hitting headlines for its accomplishments. Earlier in an international essay competition organized by the NED Alumni Association of South California (NEDAASC) USA, three students of the department, Mohammad Turab Mehdi, Abdur Rafey Zafar and Sami Toor, had shared top positions while Iftikhar Hafeez, a third year student has been selected by IPTC for presentation in Education week being held in Doha, Qatar.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Shoaib Siddiqui urges youth to meet the challenge


By Mohammad Nazakat Ali

The Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs to the Government of Sindh, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, made some thought-provoking observations in his concluding remarks in the seminar organized by his department with the collaboration of the Junior Chamber International Pakistan at Regent Plaza Hotel, Karachi, on June 18.

Shoaib Siddiqui, acclaimed as one of the most enterprising government officers, delivered a typically inspirational speech in which he urged the youngsters to make things happen in the available environment instead of waiting for the situation to become ideal for them.

“You have to stand up and deliver in the prevailing circumstances. You can’t play the waiting game. You have grown up. It’s time for you to deliver now,” he observed.

“There are problems everywhere. You can’t get ideal environment anywhere. So the key to success lies in your ability to come good in every situation. Remember every problem presents an opportunity. Have more faith in your abilities and overcome the obstacles coming your way with true grit,” he advised.

“The government on its part is alive to the situation and we are trying our level best to help out the youth of the province by various means. Upon the directives of our Provincial Minister, Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari, we have declared 2009 as the year of youth,” Shoaib Siddiqui recalled.

“Today’s programme is a step in this direction. The department of Youth Affairs, Government of Sindh, had taken the initiative of holding a round table discussion on issues/challenges of the youth with the collaboration of Jaycees,” he pointed out.

The provincial secretary informed the audience regarding the youth development schemes being processed and initiated during the current year. He further described the various concentrated efforts.

The students from different universities and colleges of the province participated in the discussion. The eminent personalities like, Fatima Soriya Bajya, Raees Gaya, Justice Zahid Qurban Alvi, Dr. Majid Ali, Prof. Sehar Ansari, Mashood Rizvi, Heer Soho and Jalaluddin made deliberation at length during the course of discussion to identify the core issues related to youth.

Speaking on the occasion President of JCI Pakistan, Wasif Iqbal talked about the activities of JCI and discussed the opportunities available in JCI for the youth at their chapters at Karachi, Hyderabad, Kotri and Sukkur.

During the long inter-active session the issues discussed in particular were about non-availability of chance to speak out for core issues/matters pertaining to youth, unemployment, lack of education at all level of society, lack of oriented education at every level, lack of role of educational institutions, lack of career counseling, role of government in organizing youth including sports activities at mass level and to have programs to deal the professionals and post graduates at all level, need of unity at the national level, investment on research work, platform for youth to work for betterment for society, improvement of educational syllabus, lacking of placement of competent people at important places and role of media and NGOs in youth development.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Poster competition organised by Foundation for a Drug Free World in Karachi

Foundation for a Drug Free World organized citation ceremony for the first international poster competition in a local hotel. More than 400 institutions from all over Pakistan participated in it. Prizes and certificates were distributed among the winners by Pakistan Coordinator, Munir Moosa Sewani. Name of the winners are Deedar Karim from Aga khan social welfare board for frontier, Sunita, Fouzia Khan from Educare Academy, Hameed Dadali from City School, Kanwar Karim from Qamar-r-Bani Hashim School.


The team members include Sabeen Akhtar Hussain, Saleema Moosa Sewani and Hamida Ashiq Ali. Pakistan Coordinator Munir Moosa and Media cum Marketing Manager Sabeen Akhtar Hussain expresses views that Media is the most powerful tool to eradicate drug from Pakistan. (PR)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

You hope love is all you need




Today is Valentine’s Day, when roses are given and gifts are received. It’s the day when friends give friends flowers for fun, when people receive chocolates from secret admirers, when the cheesiest romance movies are run and rerun on television from morning to night. Yep, the day when you get constant smses from mobile network companies telling you about fantastic deals to tell someone you love them in only a hundred bucks (exclusive of all taxes).


The idea has been done to death and its fascinating how no one ever gets bored of it; it’s like they like knowing all the dialogues in Sleepless in Seattle, which has a nine out of ten chance of being played on at least one TV channel today.Maybe they do this because love is not so easy to celebrate, it’s a simple explanation, they celebrate today because they don’t have to think about anything else, there is no practicality practiced on February the 14th, no thinking about class, culture, will the parents approve, what’s next, where is all this going and the whole shebang that the mind goes through and not the heart. Love changes everything, because you see, when your friends your just friends, it’s funny how things like cast, culture and especially religion don’t get in the way of friendship; it’s almost like these things don’t really matter in everyday life. But add love to the mix, and one is bound to be thrown into every obstacle, dilemma and drama.

Take Jamal and Anjali’s case as an example. Both studied at the same college, both had the same circle of friends and both slowly began to like each other. Everything was normal, they went through the usual boy meets girl, boy tells girls he likes her, girl says no, but miraculously on Valentine’s Day she changes her mind and says yes, boy gets happy, they start going out nonsense. One thing you don’t know about Jamal and Anjali, is that Jamal is Muslim and Anjali, Hindu. This difference was never brought up nor was it an issue; nothing really mattered, because honestly, such aspects of religion could not be classified as day to day praying five times a day sort of thing. However, if someone doesn’t bring it up in a conversation doesn’t mean no one is thinking about it.

But it was too early to jump to conclusions, “you do know what you’re doing,” was all a friend of Jamal asked him. Yes I like her, was the reply. “Then fine, go for it.” And that was that, they never discussed it again. Even though Jamal and Anjali never discussed it with anyone and no one knows what they think, their friends all individually thought about it, and somehow, they all knew that each of them has in fact let the thought simmer in their mind. Not because they were against the idea, but because of all the complications that could arise from the idea. For others it was good gossip, “just a phase, it’ll end when they graduate and go to separate universities,” was their conclusion. They were proven wrong, Jamal and Anjali kept their relationship going even when they were literally worlds apart. “It won’t last long, they’ll get sick of the effort,” others said. Maybe secretly their friends even thought the same - they were hoping that breaking up on matters like being worlds apart in different universities won’t be as bad as breaking up over differences in religion. Because they understand the fact that whatever happens between them will not just affect only them, they knew that they will have a part to play in what the two decide to do and they knew that they too will be affected by it. In simple things like friendship, one never cares about religion, but in love and relationships, you get hit by it left, right and centre. No one knows what Jamal and Anjali think and their friends worry about them. They worry if things keep going the way they are and they decide to marry, what will they face? Whose parents will make the bigger fuss? Who’ll get kicked out, who’ll get cut off, will one of them have to change to compromise what they believe in and if so which one? They worry about the fact that if things crash because of the amount of differences and the load of compromises they’ll have to divide between them, as friends. Which one will they support, how will they choose? They know that they have a huge part to play ahead, and they know that both ways will be utterly complicated, devastatingly uncomfortable and just plain chaotic. (DT)