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Punjab Gets its First Center for Land Record Management Information System

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Babar Iqbal Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional Sets Another World Record

Babar Iqbal, a 14 year old whiz kid from Dera Ismail Khan, has set a world record by publishing his first research paper on digital forensic science. The field of Digital Forensic Science covers the recovery and investigation of data in digital devices and is often used to aid computer crime investigations.

Babar’s research pertains to Apple iDevices (iPad, iPhone, iPod) and has been accepted by the 8th IEEE International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology. He has been invited to present his research at the conference as well.

What sets his method apart is that it doesn’t require jailbreaking and can image an iDevice in less than 30 minutes.

Jailbreaking is gaining illegal root access to iOS, Apple’s operating system, through use of custom kernels. Devices which run iOS include the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. On a jailbroken device, one could download application, themes and other stuff that is unavailable through the official Apple store.

This new method can aid law enforcement agencies in retrieving digital forensic evidence present on the phone including contacts, texts, all multimedia items as well as GPS info and Cellphone tower logs which can triangulate location of device at certain point in time.

This isn’t the first time Babar has been in the spotlight, a programmer since the age of 5, he became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) as well as the youngest Certified Internet Web Professional (CIWA) at the age of nine.

He then went on to become the youngest Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), youngest Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) and youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in .NET 3.5 at the age of 10, 11 and 12 respectively.

Babar is currently in Dubai, where he is training and working with Microsoft. The links for his website and Students Café, his initiative to create awareness about Information Technology in Pakistan and around the world at all levels of education, are given below:


Pakistan Post Issued Arfa Karim Memorial Ticket

Today Pakistan Post has issued a special ticket stamp to commemorate Arfa Karim, once the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, who passed away fighting a serious medical situation in Lahore at Janvery 14.

Ticket stamp Launched today in Islamabad in a ceremony on the occasion of birthday of Arfa Karim.

Along with officials from Pakistan Post, government, MNCs, and ceremony joined by Arfa Karim’s parents and two young brothers who unveil the stamp issued on Arfa Karim by Pakistan Post.

Arfa Karim Randhawa is young IT prodigy from Pakistan who in 2004 at the age of 9 became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional from Pakistan. Sharing her story on ARCast she said:

Actually when I was six years old, I saw my first computer; whenever you see something new you want to find What is it ? How does is it work ? so I ask my dad to get me a PC. He bought me one, so I used to mess around and I got to know quite a lot of things about it from the hit and trial method and in about two years I got to know how to operate windows and different softwares completely. After that, I used to make a lot of presentations for my father and my mother. My father and my mother used to watch me and say “she got some talents in computers” so then they took me to an institute near by our house and there I started to learn C sharp and then I appeared for exam of MCP.

Arfa Karim was born in 1995, in Faislabad, Pakistan.She in 2004 at the age of 9 years, became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) in the world. She was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft Headquarters in USA. The vice president of the Software Development Division Mr. S. Somasegar wrote about it in his blog.

I got a chance to meet with this wonder kid – Arfa Karim Randhawa earlier this week. She is a 5th grader who visited us at Microsoft for a few days along with her father. I had a lot of fun in meeting Arfa and getting a chance to understand what motivated her to strive for such an accomplishment at such a young age. She definitely has some clear ideas about the kinds of scenarios she envisions technology can enable in the future.
My hats off to Arfa’s parents for nurturing her passion and talent and providing her with opportunities to learn and excel. I wish Arfa all the very best in her life and hope that her passion for learning and more importantly “dreaming big” enables her to do great things in her life.

In August 2005, Arfa Karim received the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology, presented by the Prime Minister of Pakistan at that time. She also received the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award again in August 2005 by the President of Pakistan Pervaiz Musharaf. Arfa Karim is also the recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance. This is a very high level civil award granted to people who have shown excellence in their respective fields over a long period of time. Arfa is till now the youngest recipient of that award ever.

In 2006, Arfa was invited by Microsoft to be a part of the keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers conference held in Barcelona. The theme of the conference was “Get ahead of the game” and Arfa was presented as a true specimen of being ahead of the game. She was the only Pakistani among over 5000 developers in that conference.


Sania Mirza has Expressed Desire of Children

Drabad, India (A N N) Indian tennis star and former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik’s young wife,Sania Mirza has expressed desire of children, marriage is what age should I never thought about it, marriage life did not change.
In an indian newspaper interview she said that we were very happy and will always be together.To another question she said that 24 to 25 years old should have married but their marriage was 23 years old, became still They are also going to be 24 years. He said that young children may want to play with them firmly skunaur able to love them a lot.To another question he said that they have no intention to visit Pakistan. She is Indian citizens and will keep her citizenship. He said that before about’ve said many times. He said that Shoaib Malik, mostly living in Dubai and Pakistan cricket team’s home series most and are held in the UAE are which is why we have decided to stay in Dubai. Dubai with her far away from India and Pakistan not easily be taken in both countries is less. another question he said the two countries Two men were married was not married to me does not matter that my future husband is from Pakistan or from any other country. I get that what I liked.


Munni Begum Pakistani Female Singer

Munni Begum منی بیگم Munni Begum is a Famous Ghazal Singer from Pakistan, based in Chicago, IL, USA. Her real name is Nadira نادرہ but she prefers to go by “Munni” Begum.
Famous Ghazals:
Jhoom barabar jhoom sharabi
Har qadam zehmatein…
Tumhare sheher ka mausam bada suhana lage…
Ek Bar Muskura Do
Awaargi Mein Had Se Guzar Jaana Chahiye
Dil Ko Hale Karar Mein Dekha
Idhar zindagi ka janaza uthe ga
bhujhi hoi shama ka dhuaan hun
Mareez e mohabbat unhi ka fasana
Munni Begum Khoobsurat Ghazlein Vol 1
Awagi Vol-28vfdg
Meri Pasand Vol. 1
Meri Pasand Vol. 2
Masti Mein Surahi Jhoomti Hai Vol. 1
Masti Mein Surahi Jhoomti Hai Vol. 2
New Ghazals Vol. 26
Munni Begum Vol-21
Munni Begum Vol-20
Meri Pasand
Munni Begum
Munni Begum In Concert Vol. 4
Munni Begum In Concert Vol. 3
Munni Begum In Concert Vol. 2
Munni Begum In Concert Vol. 1

Pride of Performance Award (2008)


Hadiqa Kiyani Pakistani Female Pop Singer

Hadiqa Kiani is a female Pakistani pop singer. After working on a successful music project with Adnan Sami, Kiani released her successful debut album, Raaz. After a musical ban imposed on her from the government, Kiani successfully returned to the music scene with her second album, Roshni, which remains her best selling album to date and helped establish her as a musical icon and the country’s leading female vocalist. Kiani followed up Roshni with a more mature album, Rung. In 2007, she became the first Pakistani mainstream artist to release a complete English album, Rough Cut. Kiani is also a judge on a new singing reality show in Pakistan called LG Awaaz Banay Star, and has released her fifth album, Aasmaan in June 2009. One of the most successful musicians in Pakistan, she has been awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
Music Cntributions:
Though Kiani couldn’t release music and didn’t promote sales for Rung due to her touring in these years, she still remained a strong figure in the industry due to her contributions and experiments. She also won an Indus Music Award for the Best Female singer for the second time in 2005.

Throughout 2005, Kiani did not release any video to promote Rung. She did however sing in various collaborations with other male singers. She sang the OST for a drama on HUM TV called “Aas Paas” with singer Atif Aslam. She sang 2 more OST’s for the same channel, one being “Koi Lamha Gulab Sa” with Ahmed Jehanzeb, and another solo OST for a drama called “Tum Meray Ho”. She also was featured in Najam Sheraz’s single “In Say Nain” alongside many other featured artists. She was the only female artist in that song. She also performed for a special show on ARY’s The Musik called “Re-Mastered”, where she sang her songs and covered popular band Fuzon’s song Teray Bina. In the same show, Fuzon covered her song Boohey Barian, and asked her to sing with them on their closing number, Aankhon Ke Sagar.

Kiani also performed for Geo TV in May 2005 for their show called “Geo Applause”. The show was held at Sailing Club Karachi, and it was attended by large number of important personalities of the pop industry. Hadiqa sang songs that were mostly slow in tempo. Hadiqa told the audience in the beginning of the show that she would sing songs that she personally liked and those might not be people’s choice. It was also her return to hosting a show after over a decade. In the show, she gave a tribute to The Carpenters by singing their song I Need to Be in Love. According to the producer of the show (Nadeem J), it was the best “applause” ever recorded for Geo.

In January 2006, Kiani released a single, “Iss Bar Milo”. Although the song was off her album Rung, it was used instead to promote a recently formed duo between her and Aamir Zaki. They both had planned to release an English album soon. The song became a huge success, and its video continue to build on the trend of videos Hadiqa had released. In the video Kiani plays a schizophrenic patient at a mental institution for women. Reviews for the rock song were extremely favorable, with people appreciating her acting and her decision to sing different genres.

Kiani had released another video in 2006. She was featured on UK based producer Khiza’s album Loyal To The Game. The album’s lead single, “Mehr Ma” featured Hadiqa. The song was a massive success in Pakistan, and was seen as a great return for Hadiqa after her ballads in Rung. This was highlighted by the fact that Khiza’s same album in Pakistan was titled Mehr Ma and not Loyal to the Game. Also, the album cover in Pakistan only has Kiani on it, not Khiza. In the video, Kiani is seen with different hairstyles and outfits. Kiani also cut her hair short and dyed it red for the video. Its reviews have been extremely favorable. One source says “‘Mehr Ma’, which starts off the album is easily the best track on it. With Kiani showcasing her top-notch vocals and the music, which remains hip-hopish yet very desi, thanks to the usage of sitar, tabla makes it an excellent number.” Hadiqa also performed the song at the 2006 Lux Style Awards, and was called the best performer of the night in reviews.To date, Mehr Ma has the second highest hits of all of Hadiqa’s videos on Youtube, only trailing Boohey Barian.
On March 23, 2006, Kiani was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, one of the highest civil awards of the country, for acknowledging her services of in the field of music and bringing good name to the country for over a decade. The award was announced on August 14, 2005, but the ceremony was on March 23 the next year.
Raaz 1995
Roshni 1998
Rung 2002
Rough Cut 2007
Aasmaan 2009
Single Songs:
Jeevan Raaz 1995
Yaad Raaz 1995
Tu Agar Mil Jaata Raaz 1995
Jaan E Jan Raaz 1996
Manne Di Mauj Raaz 1996
Tu Nawa Tu Sada Roshni 1998
Inteha-e-Shuaq Roshni 1998
Dupatta Roshni 1999
Roshni Roshni 1999
Woh Kaun Hai Roshni 1999
Boohey Barian Roshni 1999
Intezaar Roshni 1999
Cheray Rung January, 2002
Yaad Sajan Rung August, 2002
Ranjhan Rung June, 2003
Jogi Bun Kay Aa Rung October 2003
Mahi Rung December 2003
Dholan Rung March 2004
Aas Paas (none) April 2005
In Say Nain Menu Teray Naal 10 years of Najam Sheraz May 2004
Iss Bar Milo Rung January 2006
Mehr Ma Loyal To The Game/Mehr Ma May 2006
Yeh Hum Nahin (none) March 2007
Living This Lie Rough Cut April 2007
All The Same Rough Cut July 2007
Zindagi (Hadiqa Kiyani’s Song) (none) September 2007
Sohnya Aasmaan June 2009
Tuk Tuk Aasmaan July 2009
Az Chasme Saqi Aasmaan November 2009
Jannan Aasmaan February 2010
Rung (UNDP song) February 2010

Awards and Achievement:
1994 Won various awards as play back singer for famous musical movie “SARGAM” (Music Composer ADNAN SAMI KHAN).
1995 Won “NTM Viewer’s choice award” for the best female Singer of Pakistan.
1996 Debut Album “Raaz” sold more than 700,000 copies.
1997 First Asian singer to perform on the British National Lottery Live BBC1 (estimated viewership 16.6 million).
1998 First Asian female singer signed by Pepsi Cola International (Second female in the world after Gloria Estefan).
1999 Second album “Roshni” sold over 1,000,000 copies. Her song “Boohey Barian” acclaimed international appreciation in the south Asian community.
2000 Won PTV World viewer’s choice award for the best female singer.
2001 Signed by “UNI LEVER” for celebrity endorsement of LIPTON YELLOW LABEL.
2002 Signed by “UNI LEVER” for Sunsilk Shampoo.
2004 Received the Best Female Pop Singer Award by Indus Music (The first 24 hour Music Channel Of Pakistan).
2005 Received the Best Female Pop Singer Award by Indus Music.
2006 Signed by PEL Electronics as a brand ambassador
2007 Hadiqa became the first Pakistani mainstream artist to release a complete English album, Rough Cut.
2008 Signed by “UNI LEVER” for celebrity endorsement of PONDS AGE MIRACLE.
2009 Signed by LG for celebrity endorsement of LG GM200
2009 Signed by Soul Collections
2009 Hadiqa received the Best Female Singer Award from TV ONE.
2009 Hadiqa received a Shield from Aag10 for being the Artist of the Month for her single “Sohnya”.
2009 Aasmaan had the highest sales and internet downloads of any Pakistani album in 2009
2010 Hadiqa was assigned along with Shahid Afridi as an Environmental Envoy for Pakistan by the UNDP
2010 Nominated for Best Female Act and Best International Act at the Brit Asia Music Awards 2010


Mallika-e-Tarranum Noor Jehan Pakistani Female Singer

Noor Jehan نور جہاں) was born September 21, 1926. She was a singer and actress in British India and Pakistan. She is renowned as one of the greatest and most influential singers of her time in South Asia and was given the honorific title of Mallika-e-Tarranum ملکہ ترنم, English: (the queen of melody).

Born in a family of musicians, Wasai was pushed by her parents to follow in their musical footsteps and become a singer but she was more interested in acting in films and graced the earliest Pakistani films with her performances. She holds a remarkable record of 10,000 songs to her singing credits in various languages of Pakistan including Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi languages,[1] she is also considered to be the first female Pakistani film director.

In 1957, Jehan was awarded the President’s Award for her acting and singing capabilities.
Gul Bakavli
Yamla Jat
Red Signal
Lal Haveli
Gaon ki Gori
Badi Maa
Bhai Jaan
Anmol Ghadi
Maharana Pratab
Mirza Sahibaan
Patey Khan
Mirza Ghalib

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