Karachi freezes to break 30 year old-record!!

Karachi from the eye of a bird!
Pakistan has been under the grip of a severe cold wave that has shown its strength in Balochistan and Sindh but it is the Sindh province that has been shivering under the chilly winds coming from north Asian states but it is true that February 7 was the coldest day of the month in the metropolis after 30 years, the new record was set yesterday that was of 21.8°C (maximum temperature). During the whole day the temperature found it hard to rise beyond 21.8°C as fast winds along with low humidity made Karachiites feel as if they were spending a day in Balochistan or Punjab. The lowest temperature that was observed during the night of February 7 was only 6°C, making Tuesday a very chilly day in Karachi.

Sindh also shivers badly!

Sindh, one of the hottest places in the world, too experienced the chilly Russian winds as people were amazed to see the strength of the recent cold wave in the province. Following were the minimum temperature that were recorded in Sindh on February 7 night;
  • Hyderabad at 1°C
  • Nawabshah at 2°C
  • Larkana at 0°C
  • Jacobabad at 1°C
  • Sukkar at 0°C
  • Tando Jaan Muhammad at -2°C
  • Dadu at -1°C

What caused the record to breaking in Karachi?

Winds at 200 mb over South Asia
The change in the pattern of wind is blamed for such activity in Karachi as on February 7 the dry winds continued to blow from North-westerly direction. The winds coming from central Asia were started blowing in the city from February 5 morning and before advancing towards eastern areas of the country. Normally the winds reach the speed of 21 km/h in the city during winter season but yesterday’s winds were different, the winds started to pick up speed at about 3:00 pm PKT and gained full peak at about 6:00 pm PKT till 7:30 pm PKT, the winds were blowing at 36 km/h to 40 km/h.
Apart from all the winds, humidity was also very low, at early morning it was 50% but as the day progressed further the humidity dropped to just 3.5 %. All these factors led to a drop in temperature both maximum and minimum.

The record that was beaten!

February 27, 1988 is now considered the second coldest day of February in the metropolis as on that day the maximum temperature was 22.2°C. The highest/maximum temperature was 36.1 °C on February 25, 1996 while the lowest temperature is 3.3 °C on February 11, 1950 that seems to be unbreakable up till now.

More cold nights in Karachi?

Pakistan Weather Portal (PWP) on February 4 had warned that Europe-like cold wave would reach the country. The current cold wave is likely to remain on peak till the night of February 8 during this period the minimum temperature would range between 7 °C – 5°C, this cold wave will remain active till February 10 night and after that the minimum temperature would start to rise gradually. Drink a lot of water and wear warm clothes to stay healthy during the winter season as this cold wave is likely to stay for some time!

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Carlton Hotels: Valentines Day Party [14 Feb]

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From Kamra to Karachi via the Chinese: Military debuts in the handheld market From Kamra to Karachi via the Chinese: Military debuts in the handheld market

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KARACHI: The newest entrant in the market for tablets and eBook readers – dominated by the likes of Apple, Amazon and Samsung – is none other than the Pakistani military.
The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra, whose self-described mission is “to produce and support weapon systems for a high state of operational readiness of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF)”, has started up a new commercial venture with a Chinese company, which an official told The Express Tribune was to “strengthen the national economy”.
The first three products produced by PAC are a computing tablet, a notebook and an eBook reader.
A press release issued at the launch of the project on December 29 notes that “for the joint production of JF-17, PAF had established sufficient facilities which are appropriate for the production of both defence and commercial products.”
The PAC official, who asked not to be named, told The Express Tribune that the joint venture with the Chinese company Innavtek had taken off with the initial offering of three products. “We plan to expand this in the future.”
The venture website, cpmc.pk, states that “Innavtek jointly developed two products with Avionics Production Factory which are successfully flying on fleet of our JF-17 aircraft and three more products are under co development phase.”
The official said that while PAC would manufacture the products, marketing was Innavtek’s responsibility.
He said the products were initially being marketed in Rawalpindi, but modalities needed to be finalised so it could expand to other cities including Lahore and Karachi. “We will get in touch with courier companies to see if we can reach a deal to transport them,” he said.
The competitively priced products, he said, have several benefits because they are being manufactured in Kamra. “It comes with a joint one-year warranty of PAC and Innavtek. Because PAC is producing it, it will ensure quality. We will also provide backup support,” the official said. In the first stage of this venture, PAC will manufacture the products locally but there are plans for an exchange of personnel to be trained in China and Pakistan respectively.
PAC’s plan to “strengthen the national economy” via its new commercial venture means it has to capitalise on “current trends”.
Jehan Ara, the president of the Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA), said she was unaware of the venture. She was skeptical that customers would buy PAC’s products just because they were manufactured by the Pakistani military. “People with a fixed budget will test products, read reviews and get recommendations from friends and then buy something. They don’t buy just because of a name. They will test it out of curiosity and put up reviews etc.” She also said governments around the world and in Pakistan buy computers from vendors based on pricing and reliability, and should not be forced to buy from a specific vendor.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2012.

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USAID help for Pakistani universities

US to help 7 universities construct, rehabilitate their education faculties
Islamabad, Feb 03: The United States will build new Faculty of Education buildings at six Pakistani universities and renovate a seventh education facility, as part of an agreement signed Wednesday between the universities and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), said Karen Freeman, USAID Deputy Director for Pakistan.
She stated this while addressing the signing ceremony of a memorandum of Understanding for construction and rehabilitation of faculty of education buildings, says a press release. The construction will take place over the next two year and the new and renovated buildings will eventually house approximately 2,000 students of two new teaching degrees: the four year Bachelor' Degree in Education and a two-year Associate Degree in Education in teaching that USAID helped design and introduce in order to increase quality of teacher preparation across the country and 100 faculty members each year.
"Pakistan and the United States have enjoyed a long and productive relationship that spans more than 60 years and covers a variety of fields. Today's ceremony is yet another expression of the US Government's long-term commitment to help build a stronger, more prosperous Pakistan," she added.
"It gives me great pleasure to be here with you today to witness the signing of the MoU between the seven of country's public universities and two of USAID implementing partners for the construction and rehabilitation of Faculty of Education buildings across the country. The contribution to the Pakistani education system is yet another example of the US long-term commitment to helping Pakistan address its development priorities.
"Our collaboration in higher education sector spans more than five decades. One of our first undertakings in this sector was the construction of the Institute of Education and Research at the University of Punjab in 1960s. fifty years later, this institute continues to help the country shape its education policies. Over the years, we have worked together to build more higher education institutions that have since become premier centres for knowledge and learning. I am very proud to list among such the Institute of Business administration in Karachi, the Lahore University of Management Sciences, the Faisalabad Agriculture University as well as the Peshawar Agriculture University, and many more," she said.
Karen Freeman said: "I am happy that through today's commitment we are continuing this tradition of supporting Pakistan in its efforts to develop strong education institutions." She said that these new facilities will help attract and train best young minds to teaching profession and will help improve the professional knowledge and skills of many other teachers.
Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari appreciated the efforts of the US Government for improving the quality of education across the country. The $15 million construction initiative was officially launched today at the Higher Education Commission, where representatives of the USAID signed MoU with representatives of the seven universities. As part of the agreement, the US will construct new Faculty of Education buildings at the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University in Quetta; the Hazara University in Mansehra; the University of Education in Lahore; the University of Sindh in Hyderabad; the University of Karachi in Karachi; and the Sardar Abdul Latif University in Khairpur (Sindh). The US will also help renovate the Institute of Education and Research at the University of the Punjab. The news

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Karachi Literature Festival 2012

Karachi: Writings in the English language emanating from Pakistan are very dynamic and vibrant, speaking volumes for the intellectual potential the country possesses.
These views were expressed by Martin Fryer, Director Programmes of the British Council Pakistan at a press briefing to announce the holding of the third Karachi Literature Festival on February 11 and 12 at the Carlton Hotel.
The briefing was jointly hosted by the Oxford University Press and the British Council and was held at the Oxford University Press Head Office on Thursday evening.
Talking about the festival, Fryer said: "Based on the age-old cultural and literary histories as well as the creative opportunities of the moment, the Karachi Literature Festival draws upon this dynamism by bringing together writers, poets, scholars and academics from a diversity of cultures, languages, academic disciplines and intellectual traditions to create an opportunity for cultural dialogue and exchange through celebration and writing of books".
Ameena Saiyid, OBE, Managing Director Oxford University Press (Pakistan), said that apart from other things, this year's two-day festival would feature many debates on wide-ranging current regional issues.
"Through dialogues and discussions, readings and renderings, the festival is supposed to create an intellectual space in which the diversity and plurality of Pakistan's society is expressed by authors from traditions both from within and beyond the country's borders."
She said that this year's festival would feature special programmes for children, something that hitherto had not been there. These would include films and puppet shows. The festival, she said, was meant to introduce Pakistan to foreign authors and foreign authors to Pakistan.
Besides, she said that this year there would be quite a lot of emphasis on film shows and one of the films to be screened is an international prize-winning production, "Harun Arun", set against the backdrop of the partition of the sub-continent, highlighting the human angle of the watershed event in world history.
Another important organiser of the festival, noted intellectual and literary critic, Asif Aslam Farrukhi, said, "We think of the festival as a window through which the world can see and connect with the realities of Pakistan, and through which Pakistan can see what is happening in the world". The festival, he said, had a vital function.
"The strong international reputation enjoyed by so many writers from Pakistan, will, I hope, encourage a new generation of writers here to find their voice, said Shreela Ghosh from the British Council in Dhaka. She said that she was going to Afghanistan in a day or two to explore the possibilities of expanding the scope of the Council's activities there. According to her, she had been asked by many as to why she was going to Afghanistan out of all the places, to which, she replied that by fostering cultural and literary awareness of other groups and through fostering cultural harmony could they mitigate the feelings of acrimony, the misunderstandings and the misgivings that exist among various groups and hence they could go a long way in mitigating hostilities and tensions, be they regional or international.
Three important personalities that are set to feature are William Dalrymple, the UK citizen, now based in India, whose brainchild the festival really is; London-based internationally-acclaimed academic Anatol Lieven; and London-based Pakistani author Hanif Kureishi.
Saiyid said that the opening keynote address would be by William Dalrymple, and the closing one by Kureishi. Apart from the two main sponsors, the British Council and the Oxford University Press, the co-sponsors are: the US Consulate-General; Consulate-General of the Federal Republic of Germany; the University of Texas at Austin; the Goethe-Institut, Pakistan; the French Consulate-General; and the Embassy of France. The news

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