Barrister Khalid Jaweed appointed Attorney General of Pakistan

Attorney Khalid Jaweed
Staff Report/ISLAMABAD: The caretaker government has appointed  Barrister Khalid Jawed Khan as Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP), a formal notification has been signed by the President of Pakistan.
Barrister Khan’s professional career spans more than two decades. He enrolled as advocate high court in 1991 and became an advocate of the Supreme Court in 2004.
Barrister Khalid jaweed Khan, a Karachi-based lawyer, served as legal adviser to AGP and, in this capacity, advised Benazir Bhutto during her second tenure (1993-1996) as prime minister. He also remained as an Advocate General Sindh during 2013.
He obtained his LLB degree from London University, BCL (bachelor of civil law) degree from Oxford University, LLM from Harvard University and completed his bar-at-law from Lincoln’s Inn.
Barrister Khan had waged a battle against the Provisional Constitution Order by former military dictator Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf and wrote several articles against the unconstitutional action.
Khan will replace Ashtar Ausaf Ali, who resigned as AGP

Filth affecting humanity

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The humanity today is suffering from a severe kind of disease called filth. This filth has rotten their hearts, souls and minds. It is so much alarming that it directly affects feelings like respect, love, honor and care etc. It starts from a minute level and prevails in no time and occupies both body and soul of a mankind. Filth has many names and types some named it as anger, some described it as fraud, some may pronounced it as lie, dishonesty or disregard. Whatever may be the names or types, the harsh reality is, it is converting humans into hounds, fields and greeneries into barren lands, lights of happiness into unending nights of sorrows and relations into pathetic narrations.

This evil of odd deeds is mounting higher and higher and it seems as if it has no end. Its gigantic impact is creating worst tides which will drown hopes of bigger and better tomorrow sooner or later. The humanity today is forgetting the civilized norms of being human and what they are doing is following the footsteps of uncivilized  past where respect of relations was least counted. If they keep on doing so their end will be much worst than that of those.

It is said that nothing last forever. Same is the case with filth, the only cure of this dangerous disease is positivity. Positive thinking lead by good deeds such as giving respect to relations and honor their feelings will result an end to it. Relations are the blood of humanity and if they be treated with such an importance than the disease like filth will never route rather die. It is up to us to choose the right path and to move to the right direction to restrict worst to happen.

Remember: “Filth will have no affect rather will loose impact, if we unrest the odds and do our level best”                      

Read billionaire’s assessment of life & make your life better

Steve Jobs
Co-Founder of Apple, American billionaire business magnate, Steve Jobs, died at the age of 56. He co-founded Apple at the age of 21. Before his death, he summed up life in following words on his death-bed. He died in October 2011 and at that time his wealth was more than US$10 billion. His last words are still very popular and a lesson as well for those who want to learn from his experience to make their life better:
 “I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.
At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and  wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – “Life”.
When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – “Book of Healthy Life”.
Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends…
Treat yourself well. Cherish others.
As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300 or $30 watch – they both tell the same time…
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Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag – the amount of money inside is the same; Whether we drive a $150,000 car or a $30,000 car,  the road and distance is the same, and we get to the same destination.
Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $10 wine – the hangover is the same;
Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 sq ft – loneliness is the same.
You will realize, your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.
Whether you fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down – you go down with it…
Therefore.. I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, …. That is true happiness!!
Five Undeniable Facts of Life :
1. Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be Happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things not the price.
2. Best awarded words in London … “Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food.”
3. The One who loves you will never leave you for another because even if there are 100 reasons to give up he or she will find one reason to hold on.
4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human.
Only a few really understand it.
5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, You have to manage!
NOTE: If you just want to Walk Fast, Walk Alone! But if you want to Walk Far, Walk Together!
According to Steve Jobs the Six Best Doctors in the World are:
1. Sunlight
2. Rest
3. Exercise
4. Diet
5. Self Confidence and
6. Friends
Maintain them in all stages of Life and enjoy a healthy life.
Rich people think differently

Rich people think differently than the average person, and Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, who died with an estimated net worth of $10.2 billion, was no exception.

In a Quora thread answering the question “Do billionaires know something that normal people don’t?” Patrick Methieson noted a Jobs quote that encapsulates the “billionaire mentality”:

“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”

It’s something that all wealthy people tend to internalize, explained Methieson, a venture investor who has worked with billionaires: “Billionaires realize that the world is pliable. With enough pressure applied to an endeavor, sufficiently resourceful people really can change the world. Contrast that with the rest of us who are more likely to assume the state of the world as static, or given.”

Self-made millionaire Steve Siebold, who interviewed over 1,200 of the world’s wealthiest people before writing “How Rich People Think,” echoes this belief.

Rich people have an action mentality and are problem solvers. “While the masses are waiting to pick the right numbers and praying for prosperity, the great ones are solving problems,” he writes.

This doesn’t mean they’re smarter than the average person, as Jobs noted. “They are just more strategic,” Siebold explains. “When the rich need money, they don’t wonder if it’s possible, they simply begin creating new ideas that solve problems.”

About Steve Jobs

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs finally succumbed to cancer at the age of 56 on October 5th, leaving behind a legacy that changed the computer, music, film and wireless industries. His once written-off tech company in August briefly topped ExxonMobil as the most valuable U. S. corporation. In that month he resigned as CEO. The Reed College dropout founded Apple in his garage. Jobs created the Macintosh in 1976 and was fired 9 years later after a power struggle with Chief Exec John Sculley. He returned to Apple in 1996. At the time of his death most of his wealth still came from Disney, due to Disney’s purchase of Pixar in 2006; as the largest individual shareholder, he owned about $4.47 billion of Disney stock.

Pakistan possess 140-150 nuke-bombs which are more than India’s

The US and Russia are in a different league altogether with 6,450 and 6,850 nuclear warheads respectively, together accounting for 92 per cent of the 14,465 nuclear weapons around the globe. In picture below, Pakistan has displayed its wide-range of missiles that are capable of delivering nuclear bombs anywhere and anytime.

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Monitoring Report/NEW DELHI: Pakistan continues to remain slightly ahead of India in terms of the number of nuclear warheads, with China having double the quantity, but the Indian defence establishment believes its deterrence capability is robust, designed to ensure for retaliatory strikes.

Pakistan now has 140-150 nuclear warheads as compared to 130-140 of India, with China hovering around 280, as per the latest assessment of the Stockholm Internation Peace Research Institure (SIPRI), released on Monday.

This international report makes it clear Pakistan’s edge over India in nuclear capability and technology. The US and Russia are in a different league altogether with 6,450 and 6,850 nuclear warheads respectively, together accounting for 92 per cent of the 14,465 nuclear weapons around the globe. Arsenals of the other seven nuclear-armed countries are considerably smaller, but all are either developing or deploying new nuclear weapon systems, reports TOI.
“India and Pakistan are both expanding their nuclear weapon stockpiles as well as developing new land, sea and air-based missile delivery systems. China continues to modernize its nuclear weapon delivery systems and is slowly increasing the size of its nuclear arsenal,” said SIPRI.

Defence establishment sources here say India, confronted with the collusive threat from China and Pakistan, has no other option but to systematically build nuclear deterrence that is credible and capable of inflicting massive damage in a retaliatory strike to any first strike by an adversary.


Abid Sattar being appointed CEO of Askari Commercial Bank


Staff Report/Karachi: A seasoned banker Abid Sattar is being appointed as President and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Askari Commercial Bank Limited.

Mr. Abid Sattar served as Divisional Head of International Banking Asia and Africa at Habib Bank Limited until 2018, reports Karachi-based Mettis Global (MG-Link).

Abid Sattar has a vast experience spanning over 30 years with various financial organizations including ANZ Grindlays and Chase Manhattan Bank. He holds an MBA Finance from University of Punjab, Lahore and M.Phil from Cambridge University in Developmental Economics.




14th Corporate Ambassador Awards coming soon in Karachi

14th Corporate Ambassador Awards coming soon

Below are glimpses of 13th Awards organized at Hotel Crown Plaza in Islamabad.

13th Corporate Ambassador Awards in Islamabad: Another milestone of success

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”Chaar kataban utton utriyan, punjwan utra sota – kee chhota, tey kee motta” — Dunda needed to tame the corrupts and improve governance, says Gen. (Retd) Faiz Ali Chishti

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By J. Choudhry/ISLAMABAD:

Pakistanis are damaging Pakistan through corruption and bad-governance. Lt-Gen. (Retd) Faiz Ali Chishti expressed this views at the 13th Corporate Ambassador Awards held in Islamabad on April 7, 2018. Gen. Chishti was the Chief Guest at the awards ceremony. Social Activist and Policy Analyst Afsheen Zeesshan was the Chairperson; Dr Murtaza Mughal, Chairman of the Nazariya-e-Pakistan Center Trust, Islamabad and President of Pakistan Economy Watch was the Guest of Honour. Senior Educationist Aamna Rauf Malik was the Key-Note Speaker, while Mubasher Mir, President of Karachi Editors Club, TV Anchorperson/Analyst and Amin Kunjahi, author, poet and columnist were the Special Guest Speakers. Kinza Abbasi, a social activist and student of Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad was the Moderator of the Awards while Zoya Nazir, an MBA from London was the Host of the ceremony. Javed Mahmood, Chief Editor of Weekly Corporate Ambassador and Founder of CA Awards organized the well-attended 13th awards ceremony in Islamabad.

The ceremony was started with recitation of Holy Quran by Hifsa Gul, Social Activist and student of LLM in International Trade in Islamabad.

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Kinza Mumtaz Abbasi was the moderator of the 13th awards ceremony.

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Zoya Nazir, an MBA from London, was the Host of the ceremony.


Zoya Nazir is presenting flowers bouquet to our key-note speaker Aamna Rauf Malik, senior educationist/Founder of the Fog-Light, engaged in teachers/students development on charity basis.


Below is a group photo of award winners

A group photo of award winners

Gen. (Retd) Faiz Ali Chishti further stated that Pakistan is being damaged by Pakistanis — Neither Americans, nor any other outsider is coming here to undermine Pakistan and our people are themselves undermining their motherland, he added.

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He said that he had proposed accountability of the corrupt leaders before holding the next elections, but some people were opposing it by saying that this General is pro-Martial Law and he wants imposition of military rule in the country.

Giving a solution to problem, he advocated the need of stiff accountability in the society. He said that the term of the Parliament is for five years, and upon the completion of the term, the parliamentarians must be held accountable, who are found guilty of corruption or any other wrong-doing.


He said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should point out the attendance and performance of the elected parliamentarians. As we know that several MNAs rarely attend the sessions of the parliament and how they could become the true representatives of the people.

He said that only Nawaz Sharif had been disqualified, but we want to know that how many of the 342 MNAs are ‘ahal’ and did they violate any law or not during their ongoing term. The people are saying that Imran Khan is not going to the parliament, then how he could be the representative of the people.

Similarly, Nawaz Sharif says “Mujhay Q-Nikala” _ he must know the purpose/motives of holding Aqama despite being the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

He defended Faizabad ‘dharna’ by saying that the government a blunder of amendment in the oath-taking of the parliamentarians by omitting clauses related to Khatma-e-Nabuwwat. Amendment in oath-taking of parliamentarians was an attack on Khatm-e-Nabuwwat that subsequently led to ‘Faizabad dharna’, he added.

Giving a solution, he said that whenever the people look for proposals for the marriage of their adult children, they get details about the would-be bridegroom __ what is he doing, how much he is educated, what is his job and source of income. In the coming elections, the people must look at the performance of the sitting parliaments to make decision whether they want to support the present elected representatives or want to elect the new ones as better choice.

“Our existence is linked with the entity of Pakistan. I am starting from the point _ where we are standing today and why? “Deen aur Dunya mein us say bara munafik nahi koi, jo zulm sehta hey, baghawat nahi kerta,” he said.

He enthralled the audience by saying more in Punjabi “chaar (4) katabaan utton utriyan, punjwa utrya sota – kee chhota te kee motta — Sota ee Peer te Sota ee Murshid, kee chhota, te kee motta. Mundyan dey kum keewain hunday, jay Rab (Allah almighty) hunda sirf chungyan da….”

He outrightly stated that senior citizens of Pakistan are responsible of all kinds of wrongdoings in our country, because they did not educate their children properly.

He pointed out that every nation whether they are Muslims, Hindu, Budhists, Christians or Jews, they have their own country, but Sikhs don’t have their own homeland. Gen. Chishti stated this while seeing a Sikh participant in our awards ceremony. Harmeet Singh, a Pakistani-born Sikh, is the first Sikh TV Anchor in Pakistan, living in Peshawar and he was honoured with award for being the first Sikh TV Anchor in Pakistan.

Gen. Chishti said that Sikhs must try to establish their Khalistan with the aim to have their own separate homeland. He said that a Kashmiri-author inaugurated his book in London and he was also invited in the launching ceremony, where he met with Sikhs and asked them to establish their own countries like other nations.

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Afsheen Zeeshan, Chairperson of the 13th Corporate Ambassador Awards stated that there was a need to build good image of Pakistan within the country and abroad. She said that whenever she visits any country, the foremost thing the people ask from her was the bad perception of Pakistan.

Afsheen Zeeshan, who recently delivered a lecture in a university in the United States on Disaster Management, said that she was facing the perception-related questions during her foreign visits and she was motivating Pakistanis to make efforts to build good image and perception of their homeland through sincere efforts. Afsheen said that wherever and whenever she got a chance, she elevated the image of Pakistan.


Chairperson of 13th awards appreciated Javed Mahmood for organizing awards to highlight good works of the organizations and individuals having notable achievements. Acknowledging others achievements and appreciating them is really a noble mission that should be promoted in the country. “I have been working in the development sector for the past 15 years and I believe that if the organization, people and the society encourage those doing good work, this would encourage them and double their efficiency, energy, zest and performance,” she added.

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She pointed out that the youth of Pakistan was very talented people and they are not inferior in comparison with any other country. She said that thousands of the youngsters living outside Pakistan should make serious struggle to promote soft-image of Pakistan. She further stated that try to be positive, think positive whether your are in depression or crisis and make positive efforts for yourself, your society and the country as well.

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Mubasher Mir, President of Karachi Editors Club said: “Our people are trying to resolve problems through Facebook. Even the issue of Kashmir is being fought on Facebook,” he said. He, however, added that there are few people like Javed Mahmood, Chief Editor of Weekly Corporate Ambassador and Founder of CA Awards who are practically appreciating the organizations and individuals doing good work in the country and motivating the others to follow the path of the high-achievers.

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He exhorted the people to work for the wellbeing of the people and the society. It is an unfortunate culture in the society that if someone tries to make good work, the others try to create hurdles, he said.

Dr Mughal Zoya n Javed

Dr Murtaza Mughal, Guest of Honour of 13th Award, stated that the former Gen. (Retd) was a man of words and commitment. He said that he wanted an exemplary punishment for the criminals and corrupt people in Pakistan when Gen. Zia-ul-Haq imposed Martial Law, but late Zia did not like this idea of Gen. Chishti. He said that if exemplary punishment is given to the rapists, killers and mega corrupt elite members of the society, no one would dare to violate the law.

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Dr Mughal said that Gen. Chishti was among those persons who are the well-wishers of Pakistan and patriotic to their motherland. He said that the country need the soldiers like Gen. Chishti to uproot lawlessness and to improve governance.

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Aamna Rauf Malik, senior educationist and founder of Fog-Light said that every Tom, Dick and Harry has established school. “So we are giving education to our future generation, but not teaching them ethics,” she said.

Aamna said that she was making efforts for better teachers/students training and parental guidance to educate them to manage their education and ethical training.She pointed out that her organization, Fog-Light was reaching out to teachers, students in the remote/less-developed areas with the aim for their capacity building and also engaging parents to educate them to handle their responsibility of managing their school/college going children effectively and to enable them to become good citizens of Pakistan.

Islamabad’s famous poet, author and columnist cited few verses of Punjabi poetry and he too appreciated the culture of promoting the others’ good work and he urged the people to make their country better and stronger.

Sunaina Khan, a famous Kathak Dance/Yoga Expert and Trainer receiving the “Performance Arts Ambassador Award” from Chief Guest Gen. (Retd) Faiz Ali Chishti. Aamna Rauf Malik (in center) is also seen in this picture.

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Javed Mahmood Chief Editor and Founder of Corporate Ambassador Awards giving interview to Hermeet Singh to highlight significance of awards and concept of this awards initiative that is going to prove a success story in Pakistan. (Below is photo of the participants of the awards ceremony).


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Farhan Wilayat Butt, awar-winner banker and social activist/change champion is presenting a shawl and a gift to Javed Mahmood. Mr Farhan also presented Ajrak and yellow shawl to our Chief Guest Gen. Retd Faiz Ali Chishti.

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Mr Bilal Azfar Abbasi, AM Excel Labs, Islamabad, is receiving “Brand Ambassador Award” for his meritorious services in promoting Excel Labs image and branding.

About Excel Labs: Excel Labs (Pvt) Ltd was founded upon core values of patient priority and accurate lab testing. During the past 27 years, Excel Labs have built up a legendary reputation for excellence and grown from a small local lab to a nationwide network covering over 30 cities with a network of 80 branches along with regional labs in Lahore and Multan. However Excel Labs goal remains unchanged – to serve each patient with the same care and service that is at the core of our organisation. Exce Labs takes pleasure to nominate Bilal Azfar Abbasi for this prestigious award.

CEO Excel Labs Dr Naseer said: “He has observed that Bilal Abbasi has brought energy, commitment and vigor to their organization and played a pivotal role in energizing their Marketing Group”.  He has successfully served as a liaison between our organization and the Media and also helped to widely spread Excel Labs message that quality and service have continued unchanged as a result of which the Excel Labs have grown to one of the largest lab systems in Pakistan. Bilal Abbasi is a dedicated young man and he has served the Excel Labs as a leading brand ambassador.

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Nisar Khattak, Chairman of Smile Welfare Foundation, is receiving “Smile Ambassador Award.

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Waji-ul-Hasan, CEO Hi-Tec Company is receiving award. Hi-Tec is the first company in Pakistan to introduce 3-D Flooring in homes, offices and industries. The company is pioneer in this field for innovation in Pakistan.

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Famous Poet, Author and Columnist Amin Kunjahi receiving award at the 13th Corporate Ambassador Awards organized at Hotel Crown Plaza in Islamabad.

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Sadia Kirmani, Director of Muhammad Bin Qasim Blind Center,  is receiving award for doing the noble service of serving the blinds community in Multan.

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Aamna Rauf Malik, senior educationist, trainer and Founder of Fog-Light is receiving “Teachers Students Development Award”. Fog-Light is engaged in teachers-students training, grooming and parental guidance to improve education and behavior of their children.

Ayesha Rehman DIA President with awards guests

Aysha Rahman, President of Disabled Inclusive Association (DIA) Islamabad (sitting on wheelchair) has been honoured with the award in recognition of her best efforts for the wellbeing of the deserving handicapped people. Being disabled, she has taken the onerous responsibility of serving the disabled women and children in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

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Syed Assad Abbas, a banker and singer is receiving “Patriotic Singer Award”.

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Mr Sohail, CEO of MORAB Advertising is receiving award.

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Shahzad Ahmad Rizvi (CEO of Shazi Wedding Photography) is receiving award for being official partner of 13th Corporate Ambassador Awards. He came from Lahore to participate in this ceremony.

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Farhan Wilayat Butt, a banker and famous social activist is receiving “Young Champion of Change Award”. He also came from Lahore especially to receive his award.


Dr Murtaza Mughal, a renowned personality is receiving award.


Syed Ali Zulquarnain Naqvi (left) with his award “Inspirational Writer Award”. He is a banker by profession based in Multan and has a passion for inspiration poetry and writings.

About Corporate Ambassador Awards

Corporate Ambassador Awards program was launched in 2012 in Karachi. Senior Journalist, TV Analyst and Chief Editor of weekly Corporate Ambassador Javed Mahmood, who has to his credit more than 28 years’ experience in English Journalism, has started this initiative. The purpose is to appreciate and acknowledge the achievements of the organizations and individuals in the society doing excellent work and to motivate others to seek excellence in their profession, career and work for well-being of the needy people.

Since 2012, more than 450 organizations and individuals, including students, have received this prestigious award. So far 12 awards programs have been organised_ nine in Karachi and three in Islamabad. Today is the 13th Award and we will have three/four brief speeches. After speeches the distribution of awards will begin.

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Saudi female designer launches first-ever sports abaya

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Monitoring Report/JEDDAH: Meet the certified fitness trainer who holds a BA in fashion. Lojain Badr Al-Refae has merged both her passions in a brand called MULU athletics.

Al-Refae had her father’s support when she decided to get her BA in fashion design, never thinking that she would find another passion alongside her husband, Mohammed Dakhil, in college — fitness.

“When I developed an interest in fitness, I decided, you know what, I think that I want to do fitness fashion, such as gym clothes, working out, atheletics wear … I found myself.
“From then on, I decided I wanted to focus on this aspect of fashion.”

Al-Refae and her husband lived in the US for many years. They bonded through training and exercise, but when they came back to Saudi Arabia, they were unable to work out together, reports Arab News.  The abaya had always been an obstacle for her, while working out outside. “It wasn’t comfortable, neither in movement nor when taking the kids out to play. I decided that we wanted to launch MULU.”
MULU is named after both her and her husband, who is also a fitness trainer. It’s a touching name to them — “very personal and close to the heart.”
“I decided to come up with this design, an abaya that is comfortable and not clingy. The material is made specifically for MULU, from abroad.”
The material is made for working out. It has flexibility, absorbs sweat and controls overheating.
There are two versions of the abaya: The first, which has a low arch, and the second, newer version, which has a higher arch, and is bike and running friendly. “The new high-arch abaya is great for hardcore runners,” said Al-Refae. “At first, we focused on the abaya, which we called free flow, because it helps you flow into your activities, whatever they are, working out, or taking your kids to the park, running out with your husband.

and much more,” she said.

Donkeys stolen, butchered to meet Chinese demand in Africa

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Monitoring Report/NAIROBI, Kenya: Dawn was just beginning to break when Joseph Kamonjo Kariuki woke to find his donkeys missing. The villager searched the bush frantically for the animals he depends on to deliver water for a living, but they were nowhere to be found.
It was the village’s children who led Kariuki to the ghastly remains: three bloody, severed donkey heads lying on the ground.
“I was in shock,” said Kariuki, 37, who is known in his Kenyan village of Naivasha as “Jose wa Mapunda” — “Joseph of the Donkeys” in Swahili.
Kariuki believes his donkeys were the latest victims of a black market for donkey skins, the key ingredient in a Chinese health fad that’s threatening the beasts of burden many Africans rely on for farm work and transporting heavy loads, Gulf News published this story on June 15, 2018.
From Kenya to Burkina Faso, Egypt to Nigeria, animal rights groups say, agents are seeking to feed China’s insatiable appetite for a gelatin they call ejiao (pronounced “uh-jee-ow“), made from stewed donkey skins that purports to provide health benefits.
Shrinking donkey herds in China have driven ejiao producers to seek out donkey skins from Africa, Australia and South America, threatening the world’s donkey population and driving violent crime and protests across Africa, the activists say.
Kariuki founded a protest group “Tunza Punda Wako” or “Take Care of Your Donkey” in Swahili. They’ve picketed the abattoir in Naivasha, accusing it of driving the skin thefts.
“At this rate we will tell our children that donkeys once existed,” he said.
Fourteen African governments have banned the export of donkey skins, according to the UK-based animal welfare group Donkey Sanctuary.
In Kenya, the donkey population has fallen in the past nine years by a third — from 1.8 million to 1.2 million. Kenya’s three licensed slaughterhouses butcher 1,000 donkeys a day to supply skins to China, said Calvin Onyango, program development manager of the Donkey Sanctuary Kenya.

Who is minting money from donations to Shaukat Khanum Hospital?

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Shaukat Khanum Hospital seems to be the first charity organization in the country whose donations are being taxed heavily, although donations to charity and not-for-profit organizations are supposed to be tax-free. I believe that thousands of the people are sending cash donations through SMS daily and millions of rupees in the shape of tax are going somewhere else instead of Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

By J. Choudhry, Editor Corporate Ambassador/KARACHI

It seems unbelievable but it is a fact that someone is minting millions from donations to the Shaukat Khanum Hospital. Otherwise, 20 percent deduction as tax on donation to Shaukat Khanum Hospital through cellphone SMS could have not been possible without manipulation and bad-intention.

During the past few days, I am sending SMS through my cellphone at 7770 number given by the Shaukat Khanum Hospital for sending cash donations. Each message costs about Rs 24 —- 20 go straight to the Shaukat Khandum and 4 rupees go as tax (taxes). But who is collecting this tax that is equal to 20 percent of the amount of donation.

Each time, when you send an SMS to Shaukat Khanum, a total of Rs 24 would be deducted from your mobile phone balance. How is it possible that the Shaukat Khanum has allowed equal to 20 percent of the SMS amount as tax? All the amount of the donation should go to the Shaukat Khandum Hospital.

Worth to note is that neither the cellphone operating company points out as to how much amount (total) is deducted against your each SMS sent to 7770 of the Shaukat Khanum nor the hospital’s administration points out it. During the past two days, I am checking the balance of my mobile phone and observing that each time a minimum of Rs 24 are deducted from my balance from the cellphone when I send an SMS of donation to the Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

For me extra payment of 4 rupees carries not weight, but I wonder that this amount is 20 percent of the total amount of each SMS and how the management of the hospital has allowed it to the mobile phone companies to deduct it. If government is collecting 20 percent of the SMS amount as tax, then too, it is a matter of shame and the hospital’s management must share it with the general public so that a maximum amount of donations goes to the Shaukat Khanum and not to the cellphone operating companies or the government. As far as I know, the donations are exempted of taxes, in case the organization is registered as a charity or not-for-profit organization.

SMS to 7770

Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Research Center is also registered as a charity organization and why each SMS of donation through cellphone takes away equal to 20 percent of the amount of the message as tax? If the government is taking this money as tax, we can raise voice for the hospital to end this policy of extortion of money by the government. But why hospital is silent on this issue and why not the hospital is sharing with donors the total amount of donation deducted from each SMS.

For example, whenever you send an SMS at 7770, the system of Shaukat Khanum sends a message of thanks by saying “thank you for donating Rs20 (plus tax), but the hospital does not point out that the actual amount deducted against each SMS is a minimum of Rs 24. Here is a message that I have received from the Shaukat Khanum. I copied it into my email for placing it here as a record.

In the holy month of Ramazan, I thought it that supporting the Shaukat Khanum Hospital with donations was a noble mission. But when the balance of my cellphone started showing deduction of much more than my expectation, I started checking after each SMS and then found out that the cost of tax of sending each SMS was equal to 20% of the amount of the donation that is totally injustice, exploitation and a way to deprive the Shaukat Khanum Hospital from getting maximum revenue from donations. I hope the management of the hospital and the government would take this issue seriously and either minimise the tax or abolish it.

I believe that thousands of the people are sending cash donations through SMS daily and millions of rupees are going somewhere else instead of Shaukat Khanum Hospital.


After China, EU too slaps retaliatory trade curbs on US products

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Corporate Ambassador Monitoring Report/BRUSSELS: After China, the European Union (EU) countries on Thursday have also approved unanimously a raft of retaliatory tariffs, including on whiskey and motorcycles, against painful duties imposed by the US President Donald Trump on European metals, officials said. The 28-member bloc agreed to activate the countermeasures after Trump on June 1 followed through on his threat to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminium exports.

“Member states today unanimously supported the commission’s plan for the adoption of re-balancing measures on the US tariffs on steel and aluminium,” a European Commission source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The source added that the tariffs would take effect “in coming days”, with other officials saying they would be implemented by the beginning of July, reports TOI.

From blue jeans to motorbikes and whiskey, the EU’s hit-list of products targeted for tariffs with the US reads like a catalogue of emblematic American exports.

Brussels first drew up the list in March when Trump initially floated the 25 per cent tariffs on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium, which also target CanadaMexico and other close allies.


“The EU will exercise its rights on US products valued at up to 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) of trade, as notified to the WTO,” the commission source added.

Transatlantic ties are at their lowest level for many years due to rows over a host of issues including the tariffs, the Paris climate agreement, the Iran nuclear deal and the new US embassy in Jerusalem.

In a tit-for-tat, China has also slapped trade restrictions on US imports after the US President Trump has imposed duties and taxes on imports from China.