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Karachi Literature Competition to return as face-to-face occasion after pandemic hiatus



KARACHI: Lovers of literature, tradition and the humanities will lastly get the possibility to work together with their favorite literary luminaries, celebrities, lecturers and students because the Karachi Literature Competition (KLF) returns as a dwell occasion from March 4-6, 2022, on the Seashore Luxurious Resort.

Organised by Oxford College Press (OUP), the theme of this yr’s KLF is Separation, Belonging and Past: 75 years of Pakistan.

The three-day occasion will discover the nation’s achievements in its Diamond Anniversary yr by a wide range of thought-provoking panel discussions and e-book launches, which shall be broadcast dwell all over the world on OUP’s social media channels, and produce collectively over 200 nationwide and worldwide audio system.

Keynote speeches shall be delivered by Victoria Schofield and Zia Mohyeddin on the inauguration, and Sardar Masood Khan and Hanif Kureshi on the closing ceremony

There shall be over 60 periods, together with 20 e-book launches (10 in Urdu and 10 in English), with audio system from 5 international locations (Pakistan, UK, US, New Zealand and France). Guests and the net viewers may even have the possibility to get pleasure from Urdu and English poetry readings, a qawwali, characteristic movie screening and the first-ever airing of a collection of quick movies, Let’s Heal the World.

A complete of seven literary awards for Pakistani authors shall be introduced on the opening ceremony. The prizes will recognise pioneering work in Urdu prose and poetry, and English fiction, that are sponsored by Getz Pharma.

This yr, KLF can be celebrating the range of languages and cultures throughout the nation by recognising one of the best books in Sindhi, Balochi, Punjabi and Pashto languages. These awards are supported by the Little Guide Firm.

Talking at a press convention at Karachi Press Membership, OUP Managing Director Arshad Saeed Husain talked about how the competition will foster an atmosphere of openness, pluralism and mental discourse that may mark a refreshing change from the closures and restrictions of the pandemic.

“Our thirteenth KLF commemorates not solely 75 years of Pakistan but additionally 70 years of OUP’s operations in Pakistan,” stated Mr Husain.

“We now have been dedicated to advancing data, studying and progress in Pakistan since 1952 by our prime quality academic materials and digital sources for faculties and better schooling establishments. We are able to’t wait to as soon as once more reveal our love for literature, tradition and the humanities in probably the most vibrant and intimate approach potential: a dwell, in-person competition.”

Earlier festivals have seen over 200,000 guests collect on the venue to satisfy their favorite authors, poets, performers and students. Organizers of the competition emphasised that each one COVID-19 SOPs can be adopted and solely vaccinated members of the general public can be allowed on the venue.

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VISA, VRG enter strategic partnership



The SPA brings collectively VISA to assist empower the digitization of cost companies in Pakistan and VISA’s Central Europe, Center East and Africa (CEMEA) Area.

The VISA and VRG partnership seeks to deal with the World Financial institution and Pakistan’s “Nationwide Monetary Inclusion Technique” (NFIS) initiative in addressing the precise monetary wants and preferences of the native inhabitants significantly ladies, in tailoring digital cost options to match the varied calls for of Pakistan and VISA’s CEMEA area.

This progressive strategic collaboration is a step in direction of driving digital transformation throughout the federal government sector in assist of Pakistan’s cashless future agenda.

The purpose is to emphasise the significance, significantly in rising markets, of monetary inclusion and girls empowerment whereas offering monetary establishments and their prospects with extra decisions when making funds whereas enhancing the end-to-end velocity, transparency and higher buyer expertise.

The SPA primarily focuses on streamlining fragmented points of the monetary ecosystem utilizing the technological strengths of each entities. By leveraging VISA’s world attain and VRG’s understanding of the native market dynamics, showcased on World Financial Discussion board’s (WEF) SPOTLIGHT DAY by its EDISON ALLIANCE lately, the settlement intends to carry extra people and companies into the formal monetary system by integrating VISA’s cost infrastructure and applied sciences with VRG’s progressive monetary services and products with a customer-centric method.

This seamless and environment friendly VISA and VRG’s digital cost ecosystem will finally profit customers and companies all through Pakistan and VISA’s CEMEA Area.

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Over 45,000 theft incidents reported in Karachi in six months



KARACHI: Karachi, the financial hub of Pakistan, is dealing with a extreme crime wave, with the newest report by the Residents Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) revealing over 45,000 incidents of theft reported inside six months, from January 1 to June 30.

Shockingly, greater than 70 residents misplaced their lives for resisting robberies, and a whole lot of others have been wounded.

The CPLC report additional highlighted that round 300 people misplaced their lives in violent incidents linked to private animosities and different disputes. This alarming pattern emphasizes the pressing want for concrete measures to fight crime in Karachi.

The federal government should take instant actions, together with rising the presence of law enforcement officials on the streets, enhancing the effectivity of the police pressure, and implementing strict measures in opposition to criminals, the report mentioned.

Equally essential, residents should keep vigilant and promptly report any suspicious exercise to the police, it added.

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Home theft gang lively in Defence and Clifton arrested by Karachi police



KARACHI: In a profitable tip-off operation, the police apprehended two suspects allegedly concerned in a sequence of home robberies within the Protection and Clifton neighbourhoods of Karachi, as introduced by the police on Wednesday.

The captured people have been recognized as Ashraf, also called Achho, and Asif, who have been reportedly main a gang of thieves answerable for quite a few thefts within the upscale neighbourhoods.

Confirming the developments, Clifton Superintendent of Police (SP) Ahmed Chaudhry stated the Achho gang, comprising three robbers, has lengthy been sought by the police attributable to their alleged involvement in varied legal actions.

Throughout the operation, regulation enforcement officers managed to recuperate a big quantity of jewelry and different helpful objects price hundreds of thousands of rupees. Moreover, the police seized the instruments used within the thefts from the possession of the apprehended suspects.

Chaudhry underscored that the gang consisted of three members, with one in all their accomplices named Khurshid already serving a sentence in jail for his participation in related crimes.

In an announcement, the official additional disclosed that the gang had been working within the space for roughly 16 years, inflicting substantial losses to the residents.

Notably, the robber gang was additionally linked to a latest theft in a coastal space the place they managed to evade seize after looting over 100 tolas of gold. Moreover, the accused people have been linked to a high-value theft in Clifton, estimated to be price over Rs10 million.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the arrested suspects have confessed to their involvement in dozens of theft incidents within the Protection and Clifton areas.

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