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Moazzam Ali is one of our celebrated master watercolour artists. An alumnus of the Karachi School of Arts (KSA) he completed his graduation in Fine Arts in 1980 securing First Class First Position and a gold medal in the province of Sindh. Moazzam Ali is awarded with Sitara-e-Imtiaz this year, which is the third highest honour and civilian award of Pakistan. This award added another feather in his cap as a few years ago he was appreciated internationally in 2007 when he was crowned the title of 'Master of Watercolour' by the Whitney Museum New York and given an International Award for introducing new innovations to watercolour painting.

"Willkommen, Welcome, Benvenuti": People from around the world, standing before the pyramids of Gizeh, the Taj Majal of India, the Statue of Liberty in New York or the Colosseum of Rome, are seen in a Youtube video welcoming the latest member of the club of UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Sites - Hamburg's warehouse city, the Speicherstadt, located on the Elbe River. The brick warehouses are neo-Gothic in style. The buildings are connected by roads, canals and bridges. History comes alive here, and there is plenty to see and do.
A fascinating talk by Tony Buzan, a renowned education consultant, was held at the Oxford University Press office last week, in which he stressed the importance of creativity to broaden the mind. Without imagination neither art nor science advances, he said, pointing out that geniuses like Leornado da Vinci and Albert Einstein had urged people to use their imagination.
Within an hour of launching his Movement titled "Tehreek-e-Ittehad" at a local hotel in Rawalpindi by General Hameed Gul, the response to his call reached 2 lac 80 thousand approvals. Had the news been accessible to the teeming millions not enjoying the internet facility in the country, the referendum would have established how profoundly people of Pakistan were wedded to their faith and to those who stood to safeguard it. It is unfortunate though, that some write-ups after the great man's departure have sought to belittle his stature and contributions to his homeland created in the name of Islam as a symbol of Muslim brotherhood embracing all revealed religions. I, therefore, disagree with assertions such as "divergent views, reflecting division and fissures in deeply polarised Pakistan," or that "the General pursued the path of those who used religion for political ends." General Gul never indulged in politics and such negative write-ups only represent a miniscule secular mindset which hardly reflects the views of the man in the street.
"We were told Afghanistan's enemy is Pakistan's enemy. What kind of enemy of Pakistan is this" says Afghanistan's Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah. And only a day before that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani surprising exclaimed that the organisers of terrorist attacks and terrorist centers still exist in Pakistan, and that Pakistan facilitated these attacks from its soil. Not for a moment did the otherwise positively disposed Afghan President pause to ask himself what Pakistan stood to gain from such abetment when it was itself faced with the worst terrorist scenario created by its adversaries. With no proof of this accusation, the Afghan President ought not to have discounted the distinct possibility of the Taliban reasserting their presence and hold in Afghanistan and sending a message to the Afghan Government that it ought to recognise the reality of the Taliban force and resolve which even the conglomerate of Nato could not break.
The 9th International Conference on Women Leadership, organised by Triple-E in Karachi on the eve of Independence Day, showed what a long way Pakistani women have come from the struggling early decades, and how different is the choice of role models of the modern female, especially in urbanised society. In the early days after Independence we looked up to the brave women who were pillars of strength for our leaders, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah beside her brother the Quaid, Rana Liaquat Ali Khan beside the first prime minister.
How do algae react to the warming of the Arctic Ocean? How is it affecting wildlife in the fjords? To find answers, researchers rely heavily on divers who brave the icy waters to gather samples.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln