Malaysia to set up center to honour Dr Atta-ur-Rehman
A top Malaysian university will set up a research institute to honour prominent Pakistani scientist Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman.
The “Atta-ur-Rahman Institute of Natural Product Discovery (RiND)” will be inaugurated at the University of Teknologi Mara (UiTM) on March 4, 2013, during an International Conference on Natural Products, where Rehman is being invited as a guest of honour to deliver the keynote speech for the “Jack Cannon Lecture”.
The UiTM had awarded Rehman an honorary doctorate degree in 2011 and RiND is another accolade for the scientist.
“The RiND will will work on full-fledged PhD programs in fields such as organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, neuroscience, proteomics, pharmacology, pharmacognosy and molecular medicine with a special focus on the bioactive constituents of terrestrial plants and marine sources,” Rehman said while speaking to Dawn.com. (Complete news)
They were in KL at the VIMA awards recently to pick up their clean sweep of the Indiego music awards for the categories they were nominated for.
Qayaas literally translated as “deliberation” is not only the name of this award multi-award winning band but the essence that encapsulates the entire philosophy behind their music.
The idea or feeling taking birth in one band member’s mind is developed and brought to fruition by collective deliberation or Qayaas by the whole band.
Five different people, their different moods, outlooks and music philosophies harmoniously blend to form compositions that reflect the true spirit and creative energy of our band; unadulterated in this wondrous journey by commercial concerns or other shortcuts.
Qayaas recently took home all the major awards at the Indiego Music Awards, the first South Asian Music Awards, where they won Best Rock Group, Best Rock Song and also Best Rock Vocalist.
They were also voted Best Act among their peers. Over the years, Qayaas has accumulated a growing number of accolades and achievements including winning Best Rock Band from Pakistan at the JD Aawards (organized by Jaxk Daniels and Rolling Stones Magazine India) and the first band from Pakistan to perform at one of the biggest and most prestigious Music Festivals in USA called SXSW (South By Southwest) which takes place every year in Austin, Texas.
They are currently nominated for Album of the Year for USS PAAR at the Prestigious Lux Style Awards 2012.
“Worldwide, corn is quite cheap now, but Pakistan is the cheapest origin,” said one executive with an international trading company. “Pakistan is selling on a regular basis, this week alone they have sold 40,000 tonnes.” Malaysia and Vietnam were actively buying Pakistani corn at around $190 to $195 a tonne C&F. news item: Asia Grains-Malaysia buys U.S. wheat, Pakistan sells corn (photo credit: joesheffer)
Pakistan breeze past India at the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey tournament, 3-1 at the Azlan Shah stadium in Ipoh, Malaysia. At half time, India led 1-0 but things changed in the second half when Pakistan forced India to take a backseat and score the three goals.
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