Ever wonder how much the world has changed for women in the last two decades? In the South Asian region, women empowerment is a hot issue today. In Pakistan, too, the masses are familiar with terms like gender equity, gender disparity, gender based violence, women entrepreneurship and gender advisors. These issues are frequently discussed and analysed on TV channels, newspapers, seminars and radio shows. Various platforms have been developed in different sectors to empower women and advocate female literacy in Pakistan. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: March 2012
We’re all living in America
We’re all living in America
America is wonderful.
This is the refrain of a song by the German heavy metal band Rammstein. But one has to watch the music video to grasp its full potential. The song makes a compelling case that Hollywood films have permeated through all continents, all races and all societies in the world. Continue reading
While the cricket scorecard displayed an easy win for the women in green, their nine wicket victory against the United States last year was more than just a modest cricketing triumph. It was the victory that gave them the One Day International (ODI) status. It was an achievement not just for women’s cricket but for the entire sporting fraternity of the country. The victory, in a way, represents the changes — both in terms of attitude and training — that have taken place in the women’s sporting arena. Continue reading
International tribunal upholds Bangladesh’s economic, territorial rights over 200 nautical miles from coast
Bangladesh yesterday won a landmark verdict at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which sustained its claim to 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic and territorial rights in the Bay of Bengal rejecting the claims of Myanmar. The verdict of the court went absolutely in Bangladesh’s favour and even beyond, as it gave more than what Bangladesh had asked for. The judgment is final and cannot be appealed against. The verdict of the tribunal gave Bangladesh a substantial share of the outer continental shelf beyond 200 miles, which would open ways for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Bay. The tribunal also awarded Bangladesh a full 12-mile territorial sea around St Martin’s Island, overruling Myanmar’s argument that the island be cut in half and shared.
“We have got everything, even more than what we wanted. We are happy, we are absolutely delighted,” cheerful Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told The Daily Star over the phone from Hamburg, Germany. Continue reading
As a rule of thumb, customisation is always better than standardisation. You are unique. No one is like you; you need things according to your very specific needs and desires. We can easily picture ourselves walking to a tailor and ordering a suit but how many of us have thought of wearing custom-made shoes? Continue reading
As a child, he wanted to go to Africa and later to China. He was even assigned to Sierra Leone, but that suddenly changed and he was ordered to go to Bangladesh (the then East Pakistan). To Father Marino Rigon, it was a divine sign. God had wished for him to be in Bangladesh. According to Father Rigon, every decision in his life has had a divine premonition. “There is no reason why,” he says in reply to why he chose the life of a priest. His Bengali, without the unnecessary presence of foreign words, sounds like a sweet soothing song. “At the age of four or five I had declared that I want to become a missionary. You tell me why a child of four/five would say that?” he asks in turn. Yet his father Ricardo’s performance as Jesus in the village theatre of Villaverla, Venice Italy, did influence Fr Rigon. He too would copy the acting while performing at his school play. With time, his love for Jesus grew and soon he went to live with the Xaverian community. In 1943, he became a Xaverian taking vows of discipline, celibacy and simplicity. Continue reading
For the first time ever GPIT celebrated International Women’s Day: Women Leadership, Inspiring Futures in grand style at North South University on 8th March, 2012. A host of prominent women were among the guests to inspire and motivate the ladies of GPIT. Along with the GPIT contingent were students from North South University as an initiative to inspire young minds. Participants received personalized flowers, books and gift vouchers for being part of this momentous occasion. Our CPO, Syeda Yasmin Rahman and CFO, Kjersti Thoen was among the esteemed panel of speakers along with our CEO Peter Anthony Dindial. Continue reading