Elf Habib

  • Shall I be young, shall I be handsome, rich and smart, the lullabies, rhymes, songs and sonnets exuding, these dreams have been sung to the children from the times immemorial. But the lives and realities for a large population of them, despite all such passions and prayers, have hardly been so ...

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  • Britain, the world’s bastion of par­liamentary democracy, has a strange annual spectacle on No­vember 5. A pyre of logs is lit almost in its every street and the effigy of a funny figure in tattered rags is burnt on it. Potatoes and meat roasted in its embers, are then served with ...

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  • The world celebrates two days in October to promote awareness against the bias and discrimination experienced by girls and women in many parts of the world. It is rather more appalling and rampant in the developing world and in regressive religious countries and cultures. The protests presently ...

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  • The United Nations, democratic countries as well as the organisations and enthusiasts of democracy around the world have been celebrating September 15 as the Democracy Day. It is espoused to illumine and promote awareness about democracy and monitor its quality, state, practice and prospectus in ...

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  • A special World Water Week is being held in Stockholm and Sweden. The aim is to seek and sift strategies to solve the growing problems of water, one of the most essential and crucial sources for survival and progress of civilisations. The gravity of water problems may be imagined by the dilemma ...

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  • The recent violence in Libya’s capital that killed at least 16 people and left 52 wounded, shows how peace, stability and hopes for democracy still elude this large, petroleum-endowed country in Africa. The fighting began on the night of July 21 and extended to the next afternoon. One group, ...

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  • The world celebrated a Population Day on July 11 to enlighten the immense need to limit human population so that the conditions of the earth’s environment and resources improve. The day was first observed in 1990 by more than 90 countries. The world population soared by a billion in merely ...

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  • Anti-Child Labour Day being observed around the world on June 12 and is meant to evoke a greater realisation and a firm resolve to save children from the tragic loss of their childhood. The day, not only has a more vibrant theme to assert Universal Social Protection but also a special significance ...

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  • Questions like how much Arabic is imperative for a person to become a perfect Muslim or how much it has to be taught to our school kids to mould them into ideal Muslims, despite being immensely crucial for the learners and planners, still remain quite cantankerous and unsettled in Pakistan. The ...

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  • The means, mode, style and the thrust of teaching Islamic instructions to students in Pakistan, have confounded planners, parents, teachers and learners almost ever since inception. The passion to make religion, move, mould and modulate the lives of learners, has seen a series of scrolls and spates ...

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  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is presently buzzing with the strings and sounds of its Annual Music Festival, called the Riyad Season, which opened last October and is scheduled to continue until March 22. The festival is planned to present about seventy concerts across various districts in the ...

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  • The ascent of Justice Ayesha A Malik as the first ever woman judge in the Supreme Court of Pakistan is indeed quite historic. It is certainly heartening in the context of gender equality and the proponents of human rights may be somewhat elated and would naturally favour the elevation of more ...

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is presently celebrating its Golden Jubilee, highlighting fifty years of resplendent progress and heralding plans for an even more effulgent future. The celebrations were marked by a series of exotic events and exhibitions known as the Expo 2020, which commenced last ...

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  • The hope for ‘pre-educated’ or ‘scholar’ babies, now seems to be the only hope to cure the chaotic education mess and the embarrassing lack of excellence in science, industry, technology and business in Pakistan even after seventy years of its inception. The excellence in ...

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  • Kangaroo courts, known for about two centuries around the world, captivated the imagination of some segments and the enthusiasts for the instant delivery of a preconceived judgment. They even baffled the etymologists and historians over the origin of their name, inception and operations. Curiously ...

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  • The rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an entirely unprecedented and catastrophic impact around the world. Human beings, before it, had certainly endured several crippling epidemics and pandemics like the great plagues, black deaths, many variants of flus, fevers, Ebola and AIDS, that ...

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  • The appointment of vice-chancellors in some of our universities sometimes suffers inordinate delays, spiralling even into the superior courts. Eight universities in KP last year endured a vacuum in their top management. The Supreme Court set aside the appointment of some vice-chancellors in Punjab ...

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  • The summit of world leaders gathered in Glasgow to galvanise the global crusade and commitment to combat the dire threat to Earth’s ecosystem and the quality and continuation of life on it, has ended leaving less hope than concerns among the enthusiasts.It was attended by about two hundred ...

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  • The appointment of Dr Najla Bouden Romdhane, as the first ever Prime Minister of Tunisia, on September 29, brought her the unique honour of being the first ever female Prime Minister in the North African expanse as well as in the whole Arab world.Her ascent has also added yet another titillating ...

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  • Pakistan ever since its inception, Pakistan has been desperately pining for a perfectly ideal yet persistently elusive government that can cure the chronic and long suppurating miseries of its masses and transform the entire ideals and megalomaniac passions of its potentates into concrete ...

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  • The human will and ingenuity have often helped them survive and seek the most miraculous and innovative means to rise even through the most trying, tragic and terrible times. The trail of deaths, debility and deprivation wrought by Covid-19 has also forced the closure of schools and a scramble for ...

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  • Pakistan is faced with a ceaseless round-the-clock blitz of about eighty TV channels, and has become one of the most TV trumpeting nations on Earth. About a tenth of these channels are exclusively religious, about a half honk the indigenous or imported entertainment shows while about three dozen ...

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  • The excessively centralised and outmoded colonial cast of our civil service often sparks many bizarre impediments and paradoxes. The circus often sours the working relationship between the Federal and the Provincial governments, gives undue fodder to the media which is intent on battering the ...

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  • Pakistan proudly proclaims itself to be a paragon of struggle, fight and the ultimate conquest against terrorists and their ruthlessly fascist, ferocious and macabre onslaught unleashed on its soil. The conquest, however, was accomplished after immense intrepid courage, resolve and perseverance ...

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  • The recent revelations about some backchannel endeavours to improve Saudi-Iran relations have indeed inspired a new ecstatic hope among the lovers of peace, prosperity and progress in the Middle East. “All we aspire for is a good and special relationship with Iran” remarked the Saudi ...

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  • Pakistan, on this World Environment Day on June 5, has been honoured to host a virtual global moot in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Besides Pakistan’s premier, the conference will also be graced by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, ...

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  • Most Muslims around the world are still mesmerised by the egalitarian Madina model of state, management and welfare of the masses.Even most of the dictators who usurped power through ruthless coups or conspiracies in various Muslim countries like General Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan and General Numeri in ...

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  • The TV and media around the world since the start of the New Year, have been buzzing with the glitz and the glam of various genres of the anchors and the actors’ awards. The ceremonies of the famous British BAFTA and the American Emmys awards have already adorned screens and enthralled the ...

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  • Sudan, with a 97 percent Muslim population, ravaged by the dictatorship, oppression and megalomaniac phantasies of its generals for over fifty years, recently celebrated the second anniversary of its success to secure civil supremacy and secularism. The decision followed an agreement between the ...

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  • Pakistan has created many situations that, in the current global parlance, may be adored as its ability to conjure a virtual reality realm. This rare attribute now seems to proffer a great potential to join the current global race for innovation in virtual reality and thus reap the grand bonanza ...

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