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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Pakistan’s philanthropist organization Edhi Trust to help Tsunami victims

We have all been shocked at the enormity of the disaster that has struck South East Asia. Pakistan was among the first countries to offer aid and immediate arrangements were made for Maldives and Sri Lanka in the first instance as soon as the requests were received. As is the case in other parts of... Sign in to see full entry.

Pakistan’s philanthropist organization Edhi Trust to help Tsunami victims

We have all been shocked at the enormity of the disaster that has struck South East Asia. Pakistan was among the first countries to offer aid and immediate arrangements were made for Maldives and Sri Lanka in the first instance as soon as the requests were received. As is the case in other parts of... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Cleaning Karachi and its heritage

Most of the janitors in Karachi are of Christian faith. So when I requested the local town government to provide me with a team of their janitors, they suggested we should start cleaning the Central Business District’s main street (Chundrigar Road, earlier Mcleod Rod) a few days after Christmas,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Tile Mosaic Mural at the Royal Citadel

Last night we were examining the lighting experimentation that was being carried out at the Mughal Royal Citadel (Shahi Qila) at Lahore, by Philips Co. Ltd. Philips is the international lighting company that has a strong presence in Pakistan. It specializes in architectural lighting. Since the Shahi... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Karavan Online Classroom

Tapsei-T, Beachbelle, MerryAnne, AbeLincoln made the day for young kids belonging to really poor families. Your kind comments have been a source of great encouragement to these children who wrote the short essays in English for the first time in their lives. What we had wanted with the Karavan... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Centuries old Walled City of Lahore

On 14th December there was another meeting which provided a great deal of hope since it was held to activate a process for the rejuvenation of a historic urban core – the centuries old Walled City of Lahore, part of the capital of the province of the Punjab. The meeting had been organized by the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Promoting Pakistan's heritage and culture

There was a time when in Pakistan some of us kept on trying to draw attention to the loss of historic assets, but with little affect. I have always said that the cultural heritage of Pakistan is the best kept secret of the country. We need to talk about it not only for the outsiders but equally for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

kingmi's query

What is special about Moenjodaro? This is the question asked by kingmi. I can provide no better explanation than the famous archaeologist Sir John Marshall, Director of Department of Antiquities in un-divided India, when he wrote in Illustrated London News of 20 September, 1924: “Rarely has it been... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

5,000 year old urban plan

From Moenjodaro, we returned to Karachi in a small Fokker plane. The good thing about these old planes is that you fly so low that you can see the scenery quite clearly. When we were landing at the Moenjodaro airport, it was exciting to see the historic site unfolding. The archaeological remains of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Moenjodaro - The Mound of the Dead

The return journey from Islamabad on 9th December was a great deal of fun. We were returning as a delegation of UNESCO for meetings in Karachi and Moenjodaro. Junhi Han from UNESCO Paris office incharge of the 5,000 year old World Heritage Site of Monejodaro, a Korean by birth and part of World... Sign in to see full entry.

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