6th Islamabad Literature Festival to take place on September 27

ILFIslamabad Literature Festival (ILF) is an especially important event and occupies a distinctive position in the cultural, educational, and literary life of Pakistan. It is a young city, and it therefore vibrates with the energies of youth. Its naturally beautiful location makes it an ideal place for literary, cultural, and creative inspiration to flourish.

The sixth Islamabad Literature Festival is scheduled to take place on 27, 28, and 29 September 2019. As before, it is being organized by Oxford University Press at the Hotel Margala in Islamabad.

The aims of ILF are to develop interaction between writers, intellectuals, and artists within Pakistan and across borders, cultures, and languages, and to nurture and promote books and the habit of reading. Given the presence of the diplomatic community here, it provides a unique opportunity to put Pakistan on the map as a country rich in culture, creativity, and exchange of ideas and opinions. ILF brings together and celebrates Pakistani and international authors writing in many languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Pashto, Potohari, Seraiki, English, and other languages. It features debates/discussions; talks; mushairas (poetry recitals) in Urdu, English, a book fair; book launches, readings and signings; film screenings; music; dance; and much more.

While the roots of ILF are nourished by the rich traditions of our heritage, it will especially look forward to the future and explore new writings, new trends, and new technologies, and provide platforms to younger authors and scholars.

Courtesy: OUP /KLF

Buraq taxi service – another competitor reaches market in Pakistan

Buraq Taxi service introduced in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Faisalabad and Lahore. It has multiple feature and providing latest technology for drivers and customers.

Buraq is offering 97% share of total earing to drivers, and it will be a game changer for Pakistani market. Buraq offers 10% discount for all activities like wedding, conferences, exhibitions, matches, training’s and seminars; it is offering 10% discount for Army personnel, teachers, doctors and senior citizens.

Buraq Taxi service will be very different from other existing players and it will be very profitable for drivers. Buraq drivers will get 97% share of their earing and company will get only 3% from drivers.

Timesaco’s CEO Donald-Li expressed that ” Timesaco is an ecosystem platform and it care for customers, care for drivers, care for partners, care for employees, and care for investors.”

Timesaco developed 3 Main Applications (1) Timesaco App for customer (2) Buraq App for driver (3) BizTree App for partners.

Courtesy : Technology Times Pakistan

Photo contest: Shining a light on the cryosphere and society in the HKH

icimodICIMOD is looking for photo entries that tell compelling visual stories about different interactions between the cryosphere (snow, glaciers, permafrost, meltwater, glacial lakes) and society in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, including climate change impact and adaptation, related disasters and vulnerability, contributions to water resources and their management, the importance to livelihoods and biodiversity, as well as cultural, spiritual, and gender aspects.

The results will be announced during the upcoming International Forum on Cryosphere and Society to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 28 to 30 August 2019. The winner of the photo contest will be invited to receive the award and present the photo to participants of the Forum. The winning entries and honourable mentions will be exhibited during the Forum and featured in the Forum proceedings, related publications, and on ICIMOD’s Cryosphere Initiative website.

Theme: Cryosphere and society

  • Ice and life: Impacts of cryosphere change and adaptation
  • Disasters and related vulnerability
  • Water in the high mountain communities
  • Life at the Third Pole: Cryosphere’s importance for livelihoods
  • Mountains, snow, ice, and biodiversity
  • Cultures in the cold: cultural, spiritual, and gender aspects of the cryosphere

Participants are encouraged to submit images that shine a light on the importance and role of the cryosphere in relation to society. Entries addressing gender and social inclusion aspects are highly encouraged.

The top entry will be awarded USD 300, and USD 100 each for following top two entries. The remaining photos will receive honourable mentions and certificates.

Visit: bit.ly/photo cryosphere  for details and to apply

Chemonics to hold free 5-day training in Digital Marketing & Advertising

smeaUSAID SMEA has taken the Initiative of providing a FREE 40 hour/5-day training in Digital Marketing & Advertising to build the digital marketing knowledge base and hands-on skills across SMEA industry sectors and improve their yields in digital advertising.

The 40 hour coursework has been designed in 3 modules. The modules are 8 hours, 16 hours and 16 hours respectively. The training days would be full working days 0900 – 1700 of intensive hands-on training. USAID SMEA is FREE for attendees.

The trainings were launched in Dec 2018 and have successfully conducted several sessions in different cities of Pakistan. New sessions for different cities are planned every few weeks. Below are the dates of the upcoming sessions.

*** NEW Location & Date of the Training Sessions

*** – Islamabad – Jun 13, 2019 –

Karachi – June 19, 2019 –

Other cities – “Coming soon.

Signup now to get notified.” Fill the registration form below ASAP to be invited to the above training sessions. If your city is not mentioned, fill the form below to be invited when sessions are planned for your cities or the cities near you.

Register here: https://lnkd.in/fgpBPVw

Disclaimer: USAID SMEA reserves the right to select/reject the applicants.

Courtesy: Chemminics CE

Call for young scholars for ideas to manage air pollution

sdpiSDPI announces a call for innovative ideas to manage air pollution in Pakistan. It encourages young students (15-30 years of age) from Colleges and universities to design, portray and communicate their innovate solutions using digital media such as graphics, art, 3-D models, digital photos, documentaries/short videos, and others.

The program aims to motivate young people for their active engagement and an opportunity to showcase their skills around problem solving, innovation, communication, entrepreneurship, and their ability to make an impact and a change. This way, young people can also inspire and stimulate institutions to engage more in reducing pollution and of course for a better future for everyone.


Eligibility: An individual (or a group) must be enrolled in a full time education system either university program or college and submit their final ideas and models by June 2, 2019 (Deadline). Please note that we only allow inputs using digital/visual form. Thejudgment will be based on the concept, understanding, sustainability of the model and the way of communicating the ideas around reducing/ tackling air pollution in the country.

Only shortlisted candidates will be given a chance to showcase their ideas in a high-level seminar being held at SDPI on World Environment Day, Monday, June 10th, 2019 (3:00-5:00 pm) at SDPI conference hall.

First prize: Rs. 10,000/-

Runner up prize: Rs. 5000/-

Certificates of participation will be given from SDPI to all shortlisted candidates. 

All submissions and enquiries can only be made through email to:

Dr. Hina Aslam, Associate Research Fellow, SDPI, hinaaslam@sdpi.org

Ms. Maryam Shabbir, maryam@sdpi.org

LUMS writing workshop 2019 to be held in August

Pakistan’s most prestigious writing workshop is back!

This year, the workshop will be held from August 5-9, 2019. It is a fully funded residential creative writing workshop with award winning novelist and mentor Bilal Tanweer.

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2019

Announcement of selected participants: July 1, 2019

Courtesy : LUMS facebook

USEFP announces Hubert Humphrey Fellowship

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of graduate-level non-degree academic coursework and professional development activities. This ten month program consists of academic coursework and internship in a relevant professional organization. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S society, culture, and professional fields, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counter parts overseas. Approximately 18 campuses have been selected through a competitive process to host fellows in group with thematic and subject affinities. Each university is chosen based on institutional resources and the level of support and guidance it offers for academic and administrative support. Faculty advisers also assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs. All participants must return to Pakistan immediately following completion of their program.


  • Tentative Announcement: April
  • Duration: 10-12 months
  • Grantees start studies: Fall next year

Eligibility Criteria

Successful applicants must be committed to serving Pakistan. They must be Pakistani citizens with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional/work experience, coupled with a Master’s degree and a guarantee of re-employment upon return to Pakistan. Applicants must possess a high level of fluency in spoken and written English. Successful candidates should be poised to assume leadership positions in their field.


Applications will not be accepted from university teachers or researchers with no management experience or similar responsibilities, those who attended graduate school in the U.S. in the last seven years or who have had long-term U.S. experience within the last five years. Also ineligible are persons with a dual U.S./Pakistan nationality or who have a spouse, fiancé, parent or child over the age of 18 who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Employees of the Fulbright organization or the U.S. Department of State are also ineligible.

Courtesy : USEFP