Project: Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (UBIT) at University of Karachi Client: Umaer Basha Foundation (USA) Architect: Akbar Mahmud Qaizar Associates (Karachi) Contractor: Mughals Constructors (Pvt.) Limited
Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (U.B.I.T.) is going to be the new name of the existing Computer Science Department at Karachi University and the department will be relocated into this prestigious new building. The project is jointly sponsored by the above client organisations. Umaer Basha was a student at MIT, USA with great love for computers and their related applications. His dream was to educate Pakistani youth in the field of Information Technology but unfortunately he did not live to bring his dream into reality. This dream was then fulfilled by Umaer’s mother, Dr. Fatima Zehra Basha who initiated this IT institute.
U.B.I.T is a ground plus two floors building with a total construction area of 68,000/- Sq. Ft located at the Karachi University campus. It is a unique, monumental type of structure based on an existing building at the MIT campus in USA. The institute will constitute state-of-the-art networking, teaching and research facilities for students, researchers and scholars. The main building will have lecture rooms, multi-purpose halls, computer labs, library and faculty rooms to accommodate 1000 students. (more about Umaer Basha / UBIT)
The new Ms. Marvel is a 16-year-old Muslim girl (of Pakistani heritage) from Jersey City named Kamala Khan. In true teen hero tradition, Kamala struggles with her parents’ high expectations and her desire to carve out her own identity even as her newfound powers open up a completely different world.
Young Entrepreneur Changes the U.S. Cell Phone Market
People who overturn the apple cart don’t ask for permission. But it takes more than audacity for a 26-year-old to challenge an entire industry. For Ahmed Khattak, it was personal: He couldn’t buy a phone. An international student from Peshawar, Pakistan, Khattak arrived at Yale in 2004 at the age of 18 with no social security number and no credit history. That meant no one would sell him a cell phone.
He was appalled at the barriers the U.S. cell phone industry threw in front of consumers at every turn. Restrictive two-year contracts? (complete)
“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.” —Stanley Wolpert on Jinnah.
Anum Fatima, a resident of Ibrahim Goth slum located near Karachi’s Steel Town, is making history; she is going to Harvard Business School this summer as part of a student exchange program. Anum’s father is employed as a driver and her mother works as a maid.
Creative industry: Here’s why being Pakistani should make you proud
Would it make you proud if I told you that the Venom character in the Spiderman III movie was developed and animated by a Pakistani? How does it feel to know that a Pakistani animator worked on Hollywood blockbusters such as X-Men First Class, The Day After Tomorrow, Mummy, The Incredible Hulk, Land of The Lost, Surf’s Up and Ghost Rider? How does it feel to know that the same animator won an Oscar in 2008 for working on the winning sequences of The Golden Compass?
Feels great, doesn’t it? I felt the elation at a whole different level, as I came to know all this through a white man I met at the JFK airport when I was flying from New York to Chicago before Christmas last year.
I felt numb with pride when he told me about the exploits of Meer Zafar Ali, a graduate from FAST Karachi, the man who won that Oscar and accomplished the other animation feats mentioned above. (Complete Article)
Furthering diplomatic ties: Japanese wrestler Inoki arrives in Pakistan
Antonio Inoki, a former Japanese professional wrestler, arrived in Pakistan on late on Friday to participate in an international wrestling competition, Express News reported.
Talking to reporters at the Benazir International airport in Islamabad upon his arrival, Inoki said that he was visiting Pakistan as part of the 60-year celebrations of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Japan.
Expess News added that during the brief press talk, the Japanese wrestler revealed that he had accepted Islam and that his Muslim name was “Muhamamd Hussain”.
Inoki, who has previously visited Pakistan to take on late wrestler Akram, reminisced that the Japanese wrestler had managed to break the Pakistani challenger’s arm. Inoki said that he would visit the graves of late wrestlers Gama and Akram and pay his respects. (Complete news)
Moon Conquered! A Pakistani newspaper, Daily News honouring Neil Armstrong and others on their successful Lunar landing on July 21, 1969.
I just realised last night after returning to Lahore that I forgot to scan pages of a Pakistani newspaper archive I have from 60s and 70s. Really hope I have enough time on a next visit to Islamabad that I can take pictures of more stuff from those newspapers and share how our parents had a lot of fun before things got to us in Pakistan :)
*Thanks to my brother Salman for taking this picture. (via umalik)