ICESCO culture ministers extraordinary virtual conference conclude
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ICESCO culture ministers extraordinary virtual conference conclude

By Shabbir Hussain ISLAMABAD, Thursday, June 18, 2020 (WNP/DL): The extraordinary virtual conference of culture ministers of the member states of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), held with the participation of 50 countries and 22 international organizations, under the theme – sustainability of cultural action in the face of crises (Covid-19) […]

Pakistan has potential to become top tourist destination: French mountaineer
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Pakistan has potential to become top tourist destination: French mountaineer

PARIS, Thursday, June 04, 2020 (WNP/DL): Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moin ul Haque Thursday held a virtual meeting with Ms. Francoise Cadoux – a renowned French mountaineer and traveler who had recently published a book about her travels to Pakistan and China. Moin ul Haq thanked Ms. Francoise for writing an interesting book based […]

Google honors acclaimed Pakistani artist, educator Anna Molka Ahmed with Doodle
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Google honors acclaimed Pakistani artist, educator Anna Molka Ahmed with Doodle

ISLAMABAD, Monday, June 01, 2020 (Google/WNP): Today’s Doodle honors acclaimed Pakistani artist and educator Anna Molka Ahmed, the country’s first art teacher to bring her students out of the classroom to paint outdoors. On this day in 1940, Ahmed established the Fine Arts Department, now the University College of Arts and Design, at the University […]

Deadly thunderstorm in northern India partly damages Taj Mahal
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Deadly thunderstorm in northern India partly damages Taj Mahal

AGRA, Sunday, May 31, 2020 (AFP/WNP/DL): A deadly thunderstorm that rolled across parts of northern India damaged sections of the Taj Mahal complex, including the main gate and a railing running below its five lofty domes, officials said Sunday. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, India´s top tourist attraction has been shut […]

Saadat Hasan Manto: Google celebrates 108th birthday with doodle
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Saadat Hasan Manto: Google celebrates 108th birthday with doodle

ISLAMABAD, Monday, May 11, 2020 (WNP): Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Lahore-based guest artist Shehzil Malik, honors Pakistani author, journalist, playwright, and screenwriter Saadat Hasan Manto on his 108th Birthday. Known for his candid and often provocative narratives, Manto has been widely credited as one of South Asia’s most accomplished modernist fiction writers. Saadat Hasan Manto […]

Pakistan presents cultural revival strategy at UNESCO virtual meeting
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Pakistan presents cultural revival strategy at UNESCO virtual meeting

PARIS, Thursday, April 23 2020 (WNP): Federal Minister for Education and Special Initiative Shafqat Mahmood Thursday outlined Pakistan’s strategy to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the cultural sector of Pakistan at a virtual meeting organized by the UNESCO headquarters Paris. The first virtual meeting of its kind held by UNESCO was attended […]

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Fouzia Saeed appointed PNCA DG

ISLAMABAD, January 10, 2020 (WNP): Recog­ni­sed for her services for promotion of culture for three decades, Lok Virsa executive director Dr Fouzia Saeed has been appointed director general of the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). The post was advertised in September 2019, shortly before Jamal Shah concluded his three-year term as director general on […]

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‘Graves of the Fireflies’ screened at Japanese film show

By Shabbir Hussain ISLAMABAD, Nov 22 (WNP): A four-day Japanese film show opened here at the Islamabad Club Friday with the screening of the film ‘Graves of the Fireflies’. Japanese Charge d’ Affaires Yusuke Shindo attended the screening of inaugural film of the show, organized by the Embassy of Japan together with the Islamabad Art […]

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Islamabad Art Festival-2019: 200 int’l, 400 national artistes converges at PNCA

ISLAMABAD, Nov 18 (WNP): Over 200 individuals from 34 countries and approximately 400 participants from across Pakistan converged in Islamabad for 13-day long Islamabad Art Festival (IAF-19) which opened on Monday at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). A grand opening of the event showed performances of Indonesian, Chinese and Pakistani dancers. Art exhibitions […]