Social media marketing training at Buzz Blare

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LAHORE – Buzz Blare, a full-cycle branding and marketing agency, is conducting a social media marketing training session on December 10, 17 and 24, 2016 (three Saturdays).
The training, consisting of a comprehensive learning experience of five major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram), is aimed to elucidate the significance of using social media for the purpose of marketing, branding and content sharing.
Unlike other trainings, this one aims at giving hands-on experience to the attendees by allowing them to run and target ads through the various advertising platforms associated with each social networking site.
There are 6 seats available for the first batch while undergraduate students are being offered 50% discount.
Details of the event can be viewed on Buzz Blare’s Facebook page.

Pakistan to miss Junior Hockey World Cup in India

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LAHORE – Pakistan Hockey Federation Secretary Shahbaz Ahmad Senior said on Thursday that Pakistan would not take part in any hockey event, to be organised in India including the 2018 Junior World Hockey Cup.
“We have decided in principle that we will stay away from all hockey events including the World Cup, being organised in India,” he told news agency.
The PHF official sounded confident by saying that it is time to pay India in the same coin as Pakistan junior team had deliberately been deprived of participation in the World Junior Hockey Cup.
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Pakistan Hockey Federation Secretary Shahbaz Ahmad Senior
He said that the indifferent and unjustified act of the Indian Hockey Federation to keep Pakistan team away from the mega event had set an ugly example.
If they did not let our team take part in the Cup, we will not be taking part in any hockey event taking place on Indian soil in future,” said the former Pakistan captain in a firm tone.
He said that the elite hockey events to be organised in India in future should be shifted to a neutral venue in the larger interest of the game.
“We have approached Pakistan Olympic Association, International Olympic Committee and world’s other sports organisations and expressed our reservations the way our team had been kept away from the World
Junior Cup by the Indian authorities,” he said adding “Indian hockey authorities’ unwarranted conduct is damaging for our hockey.”
The PHF was ready to send the team despite the prevailing tension between the two countries along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.
The PHF had not even asked for provision of any special security for the Pakistan’s junior squad in India, said Shahbaz.
This unfortunate decision of the FIH is a great setback to Pakistan hockey. Since, Pakistan couldn’t qualify for the last Olympics (2016) and the Senior World Cup (2014), this Junior World Cup was the main event for Pakistan hockey,” said the PHF secretary.
Shahbaz pointed out that during the last year and a half, a lot of efforts and resources had been spent on the training of the junior team.
The side made two preparatory tours of Europe this summer. The improvement is very much there to be seen. Pakistan juniors, who ended last 6th in the 2015 Sultan of Johor Cup, surprised everyone by playing the final of the same event in 2016.
“All this has now gone down the drain. The junior boys, who had been looking forward to appear in the biggest event for their life, are in a state of shock. Pakistan hockey was banking on this bunch of players for the revival of its fortunes. This unjust act has pushed our hockey back a few years,” he added.
Junior Hockey World Cup is slated to begin in India from November 2018 and Pakistan’s decision to miss the event would definitely leave it colourless for ardent hockey fans around the globe.

Bilawal disappointed by institutions’ silence over Panama Leaks

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LAHORE – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto said his party would fight against what he described as Takht-e-Raiwand if the federal government failed to accept his four demands.
He said that former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani was disqualified over a letter, but institutions are quite over the biggest corruption scandal.
“Panama scandal is the biggest case of corruption of the world.  Mian sahib, don’t compel us to come out, If we come out then whole Pakistan will come out,” he added.
“We together will raze the dictatorship of ‘Takht-e-Lahore’ to dust. We will use democratic methods like Benazir Bhutto used,” he stated.
Bilawal reached Lahore from Dubai overnight to take part in the party’s foundation day celebrations, which started on Wednesday.
The 49th founding day of PPP is being celebrated with zeal countrywide.

Oil, ghee crisis deepens as strike enters third day

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LAHORE – The manufacturers of edible oil and ghee continued their strike across Punjab for a third day on Friday.
“The factory owners have stopped supply of oil and ghee to major cities, including Lahore, in protest against raids of the Punjab Food Authority”, media reports said.
“The situation may prolong as the association has not approached the government to resolve the issue”, according to Samaa TV.
On last Wednesday, the PFA declared various cooking oil brands unfit for consumption due to absences of Vitamin A and rancidity, artificial flavour addition and other acid values.
The brands include: Shan Cooking Oil, Shan Banaspati, Smart Canola Cooking Oil, Ghani Cooking Oil, Shah Taj Cooking Oil, Soya Supreme Cooking Oil, Kashmir Canola Oil, Cukoo Banaspati.
Other brands are: Sufi Sunflower Cooking Oil, Soya Supreme Banaspati, Olio Premium Canola Oil, Momin Cooking Oil/Banaspati, Mayar Banaspati, Season Banaspati, Sundrop Cooking Oil, Tullo Banaspati/Cooking Oil, Salovi Spanish Olive Oil, Maan Banaspati, Naaz Banaspati, Kisaan Vegetable Ghee, Malta Banaspati.
However, according to Dunya News, Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association (PVMA) has called off their country strike on Thursday after successful negotiations with Punjab government, Dunya News reported.
Chairman PVMA, Aizaz Malik said that there will be no compromise on the quality of ghee and announced to resume the supply of edible oil and ghee across the country on Punjab government assurance.

Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi wins PP-78 Jhang by-election

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JHANG – According to unofficial results, independent candidate Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi has won PP-78 by-election 2016.
An unconfirmed result of all polling stations shows Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi scored 48562 votes, while his opponent PML-N’s candidate Haji Azad Nasar Ansari could only manage to bag 35469 votes.
Moulana Masroor Nawaz was being supported by the banned Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ).
Over 25 candidates including Moulana Masroor Nawaz (Independent), Haji Azad Naser Ansari (PML-N) Shaikh Arfa Majeed (PTI) and Nasim Qadri (PAT) were contesting the elections.
The polling started at around 8:30 am and continued till 5 PM without any pause. The Jhang police have declared all 171 polling stations of the constituency as sensitive out of which 17 have been termed as very sensitive.
Although 25 candidates are in the run for PP-78 but a cut throat competition was expected between Ahmad Ludhianvi of ASWJ and PML-N’s Haji Azad Nasar Ansari; however, the ASWJ chief withdrew from PP-78 by-election paving way for Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi, an independent candidate.
Another interesting thing about Jhang by-election is a transgender candidate, Madam Boota, who also enjoys good reputation among locals.
A total number of registered voters in the constituency is 2,06,562 which include 1,08,627 male voters and 97,935 female voters.
The Punjab Assembly’s constituency had fallen vacant after the Supreme Court disqualified Rashida Yaqoob of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) for concealing assets.
She was elected to the assembly in the 2013 general elections and runner-up candidate Mr Ludhianvi had challenged her election.
Then the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced that it would hold by-poll in the constituency on Dec 1 for which Mr Ludhianvi, as well as Ms Yaqoob, also filed their nomination papers but Lahore High Court barred Ludhianvi from contesting the by-election.
However, the LHC had later allowed ASWJ chief to contest by-polls.
On the directions of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the authorities have declared Thursday a public holiday throughout the district on the occasion of the by-polls in PP-78.

‘I want a MODERN girl from media, even an actress would do’: Nasir KhanJan’s Exclusive heart-to-heart with Daily Pakistan Global

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Talking to Nasir Khanjan was an eye-opener, for us and for all those who think all these social media celebrities don’t hold any substance. To those we’d like to say: Nasir Khanjan is a graduate in IR (International Relations).

In an exclusive interview with Daily Pakistan Global, Nasir Khanjan stated that he is ‘100% male, would want to get married to a nice woman of his choice & have lots of kids.’

A man who has been stamped in the eyes of people as a transgender, as gay, says that he is anything BUT.

Speaking on the topic of WHY he chose to make silly videos of himself to entertain people (pointing out to the carrots and tomatoes), Khanjan replied, “because I have applied to different fields and different places for jobs, and I am unable to get a job. If I had a job, I wouldn’t be making a ‘tamasha’ of myself on social media just to earn money. Now, it is the only means to my livelihood. Why should I feel sorry for it?”
Khanjan was then asked if he had faced any issues since he went viral on social media, following the case of Qandeel Baloch & honour killings, he stated, “media portrays a negative image of a person just to get ratings. A couple of reporters came to interview me, and they published completely DIFFERENT things about me, as opposed to what I said. Now I am facing harassment in my own locality, I cannot even step out of the house because I fear for my life. I went to the market place a couple of days back and a man randomly attacked my head with a stone. He hit it and it started to bleed, and I don’t know why he would do that. How have I harmed him, or his loved ones? How have I upset him? I don’t know why people don’t let others live in peace.”
Nasir KhanJan says it’s difficult for him to step out of the house now, due to these threats. He faces threats out walking on the street, and he faces hate speech. But he continues to be strong, and face the world.

“I make money from these videos, I sell them to different people and pages, who then make them available on the internet with their watermark. People enjoy them, tag their friends, people are entertained. I’m not doing anything vulgar, why should I be ashamed of myself? I am giving them health tips with my carrot and tomato videos.”

Nasir Khanjan is a resident of Mardan. His family consists of 8 sisters and 4 brothers. Speaking on the topic of his father, he stated that his dad used to be a popular doctor of this area. Later, after he passed away, his mother was the sole provider for the household, and he thought of supporting her in earning money. Being unable to land a decent job, social media was his last resort, as he always had a flar for acting and entertaining people, even during his childhood.
“My father used to be a famous doctor in the area, but he passed away a while ago. Now it’s just my mother and us siblings. I’m the youngest in my brothers, 2 brothers live separate and 1 lives with us.”

Nasir KhanJan further revealed that he wanted to host morning shows.

“It keeps your routine in check and I could be more popular that way, I believe. Although I would want to land a show from Mardan, if I find the opportunity, I wouldn’t mind going to Islamabad for work too. I want to represent my area and my community, and make them proud of me.”
He further stated that he wanted to take interviews of celebrities, and gain knowledge from their experiences. Nasir found all of that to be pretty exciting, being a graduate of International Relations.
A very frustrated Nasir took to social media to make money, after being rejected at various jobs even being a Masters graduate. “Mardan is a very conservative society, if they find anyone even the slightest different they don’t accept him/her. Over here, there’s not alot of awareness of social media also, so the few who know are ridiculed and mocked, because I have awareness and I’m making money out of it.”

On the kind of girl he wants:

Khanjan was unhesitant in telling us about the kind of girl he wants, wanting to make sure we get his message through so that the girl of his dreams can know he is looking for her. “The girl of my dreams should belong to media. She should have a fairly modern mindset, and shouldn’t be conservative at all. Even an actress would do,” he stated, saying it is better if she’s an actress.

On his message to his fans and followers:

“My message to people is: if you have talent, and a passion to keep going, then just be consistent and work hard. Dil se mehnat karain, apko raasta zaroor milega (work hard straight from the heart, and you will definitely find your way).”

The question that lies before us:

How many of us Pakistanis are unemployed, looking for jobs, and fairly frustrated of our condition? How many of us are going to resort to literally anything to make money? Khanjan believes if he isn’t hurting anyone’s sentiments, entertaining people and putting a smile on their faces, walking out with money is not a crime at the end of the day. Ofcourse, social media is still better than resorting to crime, robbery and killing people. How many of us would beg to differ? Find our unempolyed youth a job and then we’ll talk.

Russia dismisses reports of joining CPEC

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MOSCOW – Russia’s ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday denied the reports claiming that it is holding “secret talks” with Pakistan on the creation of China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC), or discussing the possibility of joining the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project with Pakistan.
“Secret negotiations” between Russia and Pakistan on the implementation of projects as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are not true to the facts, the press released stated referring to Pakistani media’s reports.
“Reports appearing in Pakistan’s media about some ‘secret talks’ between Russia and Pakistan on the creation of CPEC do not correspond to the realities. The possibility of Russia joining this initiative is not being discussed with Islamabad. “Our trade and economic cooperation with Pakistan has its own value. We aim for its further strengthening. The implementation by Russian companies of business projects in IRP, including the construction of North-South gas pipeline from Karachi to Lahore, are implemented on a bilateral basis,” as per the statement, which was circulated by the Russian Embassy here.
Reports on Pakistani media had earlier claimed that Russia wanted to use the Gwadar port and join the USD 46 billion CPEC to reap maximum dividends.

PML-N worker Samia Chaudhry was ‘raped before her death’ in Chamba House

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LAHORE – The PML-N worker who was found dead in Chamba House last night, was raped before killed, her husband has alleged.
But the initial post-mortem report shows the death was natural. However, police are waiting for complete report.
Samia Chaudhry, 35, was wife of a Federal Bureau of Revenue employee Asif Mehmood and mother of three children. She was found dead by police on Saturday. She was a worker of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and lived in Islamabad.
According to her husband, Asif Mehmood, she went to Shorkot Cantt along with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party workers on November 20 and came back to Lahore on 22. “She talked to me last time on Nov 24. But on Saturday, I was informed about her death”, he mentioned in his application to police.
The husband added that his wife was a relative of Harappa MNA Chaudhry Ashraf.
While Mr. Ashraf cleared Samia was only a resident of his constituency, not his relative. She wanted to become a parliamentarian on a reserved seat, the MNA told the media on Sunday.
A case has been registered with the Race Course Police Station against unknown persons.
According to the FIR, the couple had been married for 19 years.

New Army Chief Gen Bajwa orders troops to respond with ‘full force’ to Indian ceasefire violations

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RAWALPINDI – Pakistani troops will respond to ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) with ‘full force’, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Friday.
“Each violation of any kind must be responded to with full force in the most effective manner,” the Inter-Services Public Relations quoted the army chief as saying during a visit to the 10 Corps Rawalpindi and troops at forward locations along the LoC.
“The COAS was briefed on the security situation at the LoC in view of recent violations and escalation by Indian troops and Pakistan’s own response,” the ISPR said in a statement.
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Gen Bajwa said India’s ‘aggressive posture’ is aimed solely to divert the world’s attention away from atrocities being committed by Indian troops in held Kashmir.
The Kashmir issue will have to be resolved in line with United Nations resolutions keeping in view the aspirations of the Kashmiri people in order to achieve lasting regional peace, the COAS added.
He appreciated the operational readiness of troops and the befitting response given to unprovoked Indian firing across the LoC, the ISPR said, adding Gen Bajwa also directed troops to keep the highest level of vigil at all times.
Tension is running high between Pakistan and India following an alleged ‘surgical strike’ in Azad Kashmir, unrest in Kashmir and the Uri army base attack in September.
Since then there have been repeated outbreaks of cross-border firing in Kashmir, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.
In November, at least nine people were killed and 11 others wounded when Indian troops targeted the passenger coaster in Azad Jammu and Kashmir near the LoC. A total of three soldiers and 10 civilians were killed, and 18 others injured in cross-border firing and shelling.

Army chief visits Shundur Festival in Chitral

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Sunday reiterated that space for terrorists and abettors has squeezed.
“Inshallah the day is not far when our beloved homeland will be an icon of peace and seat of learning among the comity of nations,” he said while addressing at Shundur Festival in Chitral.
He said operation Zar-e-Azb backed by the entire nation is an endeavour towards achieving lasting peace and the voyage would continue with determination and zeal in the entire country till achievement of the goal.
Terming holding of the festival a happy augury for the promotion of tourism at local as well as international level, the COAS said rather it’s a message to the terrorists that we continue to carry forward our traditions with all courage and boldness.
He said this colorful function is an omen to Pakistan’s bright future and evident that we are heading to achieving prosperity and advancement. “Today we are breathing in a free environment and this is only because of the countless sacrifices rendered by the people and armed forces of the country”.
Referring to the hardships being faced by the people of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan, the COAS said he was cognizant of the situation. “Frequent occurrence of natural calamities adds lot to the miseries of the local people”.
During all such trying times, he said, it’s a known fact that Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps with the help of medical practitioners extend helping hands to the local populace.
During recent floods, he said, helicopters of Pakistan Army had shifted the injured and marooned people to safer places besides establishing a number of relief camps to help mitigate their sufferings.
The FWO undertook repair work at about 50 points restoring vehicular traffic by rehabilitating important road links. He made mention about the contributions by the Special Telecommunication Organisation (SCO) for providing uninterrupted telecom facilities.
He appreciated various organizations including Local Government Department for providing relief rescue and rehabilitation services at the time of natural calamities in the area.
He said armed forces of the country will always be in the forefront to render sacrifices may it be any natural calamity or defence of the motherland.
He felicitated the participating teams of Polo competition, organizers, Headquarters 11 Corps, Frontier Corps, Chitral Scouts, civil administration, Tourism Corporation and other law enforcement agencies for sucessful holding of the festival.
He applauded the spirit of the people especially the youth who enthusiastically participated in the festival to make the event a complete success.

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