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)
Clashes between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India are always unnerving, but for Tanveer Ahmed, the latest border flare-up is personal: It’s harming his marriage prospects.
The 20-year-old Pakistani’s village, Dhamala, is just a few hundred meters from the barbed wire and watchtowers. He says he has approached three families in other towns with marriage proposals and all demurred.
”They said ‘We can’t take this risk. You could be killed at any time,”’ said Ahmed. ”I think I will have to move away from this village.”
The gunfire and mortar shelling along the border of disputed Kashmir that erupted in August and peaked again in late October is the worst in a decade, killing eight Indian army soldiers and a border guard, and five military personnel and six civilians on the Pakistan side. (source)
Air Hostess Momi Gul Durrani: In this photo PIA’s famous Air Hostess Momi Gul Durrani is seen in airline’s 1950s cabin crew uniform. Momi was one of PIA’s highly trained, professional and hard working cabin crew members of 1950s and 1960s. She was tall, fair with film-star looks. PIA had featured Momi in its many advertisements and it is said that when she smiled, she made others smile. In short period of time she gained immense popularity and achieved status of a bright star and a legend in PIA’s glorious history. Momi was on duty aboard PIA Boeing 720B jetliner which crashed near Cairo Airport on May 20, 1965. Sadly, 114 people, including Momi, died in this tragic accident.
Major Shoaib who survived the Mi-17 crash with 90% burns left for this eternal abode yesterday. After the crash he pulled out 2 men who have both survived with injuries and walked to the ambulance before collapsing unconscious. Unable to open his eyes, he told his wife to take care of his mother and 2 daughters before he was evacuated to Kharian Army Burn Hospital. He asked about Amir, his co-pilot and coursemate who didnt survive the crash. Multiple heart attacks, swellings and infections finaly took him from us. His heroic act of valor in saving his crew while he himself burned will be not be forgotten. Allah bless him the highest place in jannat. Ameen. Respect. (Related news)
Pakistan: Buddha Attacked by Taliban gets Facelift
JAHANABAD, Pakistan (AP) — When the Taliban blew the face off a towering, 1,500-year-old rock carving of Buddha in northwest Pakistan almost five years ago, it fell to an intrepid Italian archaeologist to come to the rescue.
Thanks to the efforts of Luca Olivieri and his partners, the 6-meter (nearly 20-foot)-tall image near the town of Jahanabad is getting a facelift, and many other archaeological treasures in the scenic Swat Valley are being excavated and preserved.
Hard-line Muslims have a history of targeting Buddhist, Hindu and other religious sites they consider heretical to Islam. Six months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Taliban shocked the world by dynamiting a pair of 1,500-year-old Buddhist statues in central Afghanistan.
The Jahanabad Buddha, etched high on a huge rock face in the 6th or 7th century, is one of the largest such carvings in South Asia. It was attacked in the fall of 2007 when the Pakistani Taliban swarmed across the scenic Swat Valley. The army drove most of them out two years later, but foreign tourists who used to visit the region still tend to stay away.
Olivieri himself had to leave in 2008 after more than two decades of tending to the riches dating back to Alexander the Great and the Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim invaders who followed. The 49-year-old head of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan returned in 2010 and is back at work.Read more
In this Nov. 1, 2010 file photo, a Pakistani boy reacts after he caught a fish while fishing with other boys in a flooded field next to their camp in Muzaffargarh in Punjab province, Pakistan. - Photo by AP. (via abustaif)
118confirmed dead in plane crash near Rawalpindi source
» There were a total of 127 passengers on-board Bhoja Airlines Flight #B4-213, but officials do not expect to find survivors at this time. Reports suggest that the plane crashed in a residential area near Islamabad International Airport, and air traffic controllers may have lost contact with the pilot prior to the crash. Nearby, Chaklala airbase has been placed on emergency alert, as have hospitals and response crews around the area. Bhoja Airlines recently resumed air travel services after shuttering operations in 2000 due to overwhelming debt.
In the 1965 war with India, Flight Lieutenant Chaudhry shot down three Indian aircraft in one mission. In the 1971 war with India, he has a close call when his plane was hit over Indian territory but he managed to glide the plane back into Pakistan.
He passed away recently after a long battle against Cancer. He will be remembered by his family and Pakistanis everywhere.