On Wednesday, Aymen and 18 other girls, from different A’ Level institutions across the city, including KGS and Southshore School, managed to break a previous record by fitting into the vehicle with its doors closed for five seconds. The current official record holders are the Climb FitTeam of Australia who compressed 18 students into a standard SmartCar at the Warringah Mall, Sydney Australia on January 25, 2010.
The girls managed to meet the challenge at the BBQ lawn of Creek Club in front of a jury at a historic event organised by Karim Mohammadi and Rehan Elahi. The chief guests included the federal adviser on textiles Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, adviser Sharmila Farooqi, Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro and former cricketers Wasim Akram and Saleem Yousuf. The girls had been through the drill numerous times. They positioned themselves and with precision crammed one by one into the two-door car in layers. Within a minute they were all inside the car and not only did they manage to break the world record, they managed to stay in the car for a gruelling 10 seconds, double the current record time.
“I want parents around the country to encourage their children to achieve greater things and believe that when you try, you achieve,” said Aymen. Other participants Tanya Pabani, Fatima Ismail and Zahshanné Malik were thrilled about their feat but more interested in meeting Wasim Akram.
Baig said he had initially been sceptical but was won over after he saw them fit in the car in three layers with one literally on the floor mat. Aymen’s parents Yousuf and Shireen told The Express Tribune that even though at first they felt it was just another outdoor activity, they provided them with a coach Hassan Aslam once they realised how determined they were.
The participants included Sarah Ahmad, Hafsa Naveed, Alina Akram (the extra in case someone got injured), Zashanne Malik, Fatima Ismail, Rabbya Kamran, Anam Afridi, Muneezeh Jamal, Hala Faruqi, Dania Fayyaz, Sana Ghazi, Sana Currimbhoy, Zoya Currimbhoy, Hiba Javad, Sana Javad, Nadia Khan, Neha Salauddin, Rida Ashraf, Eman Samir, Tanya Pabani and Aymen Saleem. The team coaches were Hassan Aslam, Sharam Saleem and Shereen Saleem.
Mobilink has created this new art-work that uses Shonia’s wedding to spread its message “Jazz Apna Hai”
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On the union of Shoaib & Sania, Mobilink Jazz came up with a very interesting ad that congratulates the newly-wed couple and welcomes Sania Mirza in the family by saying ‘Ab Sania Mirza bhi Apni Hai’.
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is engaged to former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik and they might tie the knot next month, claimed a television channel.
Geo television reported on Monday that the two sporting superstars have got engaged and their marriage would take place in April.
Incidentally, Shoaib was earlier accused of marrying another Hyderabad girl, Ayesha Siddiqui, in 2002 over phone even though the cricketer said he was merely engaged to her.
Ayesha’s father had also threatened to sue Malik for jilting the girl and not giving her divorce.
According to the channel, Shoaib’s mother met Sania’s parents in India and accepted her as future daughter-in-law.
The ‘Walima’ or reception is expected to be held in Lahore on April 16 or 17, according to the channel, which quoted sources as saying that Sania and Shoaib fell in love some six-and-half months ago and it could be the reason for the breaking up of Sania’s engagement with childhood friend Sohrab Mirza.
“I desire to get married soon. You will soon get some good news but it depends on my family. I fully expect to get married this year,” Shoaib had said in a recent interaction with the media.
Asked if it would be an arranged marriage, he said, “No can say what will happen, but it will take place with the concurrence of my family.”
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A centuries-old salt mine in Pakistan is offering experimental asthma therapy, attracting patients from all over the world.
Khewra, billed as the world’s second-largest salt mine, has for centuries extracted the crucial mineral for export and has become a tourist attraction complete with a salt mosque and an electric train.
Now, the mine is cashing in on salt therapy, already a draw in the salt mines of eastern Europe and a synthetic clinic in Britain.
Clinics say asthma patients and sufferers of other respiratory illnesses benefit from inhaling antibacterial salt particles in a sterile environment, helping loosen mucus and clear the lung passages.
“We don’t use any medicine, because the asthmatic allergy patients recover through the air, so we provide them an environment in which their breathing can improve,” said Akhlaq Bukhari, head doctor at the Khewra clinic.
Although there have been few clinical studies, salt caves are seen by some as a therapeutic alternative to drugs and there are natural and synthetic salt caves springing up all over the world.
While other clinics offer treatment for bronchitis, cystic fibrosis and even ear infections, Shah said the Khewra clinic only treats patients whose asthma is triggered by allergies.
“I have come here all the way from Canada. I could not recover there through medicine, but I am feeling better since my arrival here,” said Naeem Shamsher, a civil engineer from Canada.
Shamsher had tried medicine doled out by doctors back home, but felt little relief and struggled to walk far without becoming breathless, so relatives in Pakistan suggested he visit the Khewra Mines.
“Now I can run and even play soccer just after spending three days in the mine,” said Shamsher, who added that he felt 60 percent better after the treatment.
The mine, located 160km south of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, was discovered in 320BC by Alexander’s troops and first developed by British colonial rulers in 1872, mine officials said.
Located deep underground in the mine, the asthma clinic resembles an upmarket guesthouse, with 12 beds covered in white sheets and red blankets in six independent cabins separated with salt bricks and softly lit by lamps.
There is a reception area decorated with salt lamps and a lounge complete with a fountain, sofas and a television set.
The walls and roof of the clinic are made from pure salt and a fan helps maintain the temperature and humidity, creating the so-called “micro-climate” that offers patients relief, Shah said.
A 10-day course at the Khewra Mines salt therapy center costs 5,300 rupees (US$62), with 11 hours a day spent in the caves while nights are spent in a nearby hospital.
Since opening in 2007, the clinic has treated about 500 patients. Shah said 60 percent of patients experience some relief from their symptoms, adding that patients have come from as far as Britain and Saudi Arabia.
However, Shahid Abbas, a doctor who runs the private Allergy and Asthma Centre in Islamabad, said that although an asthma or allergy sufferer may get temporary relief, there is no quick-fix cure.
“There is no scientific proof that a person can permanently get rid of asthma by breathing in a salt mine or in a particular environment,” he said.
Khaled Sajjad Khokhar, managing director of the Pakistan Mineral Development Corp, a government body that owns the mine, said they would assess the success of the Khewra clinic before approving its expansion to 100 beds.
Some patients are returning, however, happy to get even temporary relief.
“This hospital is a blessing, it gave me a second life. I never had problems breathing after spending 10 days over there in 2007,” said Pakistani patient Adnan Khan, on his second visit to the clinic.
4th. Women Rock Climbing Competition on IWD
This is our pleasure to announce that The Adventure Club – Pakistan is organizing All Pakistan Rock Climbing Competition from 5th. to 8th. March 2010.
Besides organizing 3 consecutive rock climbing competition for females on International Women Day ( 2007-2008-2009 ) and 2 consecutive Under 19 competitions on International Mountain Day ( 2008-2009 ) and one competition for males only in 2008, the forthcoming event will be seventh in last three years.
The above mentioned competitions were organized in collaboration with PTDC, CDA and Ministry of Tourism and were participated by several educational institutions, adventure related clubs and associations and individuals from all over the Pakistan.
Please find a self-explanatory registration form with terms & conditions for participation and a fact sheet with all required details. For the competition, practice sessions are available while the Club also offers training courses on regular basis. For further details, please find us always available at given contact numbers.
Considering the thrill and challenge of the activity, we look forward for a very active participation in the said competition and will appreciate if you kindly circulate / forward this invitation among all enthusiasts, interested to participate in the competition.
With best reagrds,
Tahir Imran Khan ( 0333-5128519 )