Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Promising Pakistan: 10 years old Pakistani Babar Iqbal sets world record in computer field

PESHAWAR, May 28 (APP): A 10 years old Babar Iqbal from Dera Ismail Khan has set a world record in the field of computer by securing 80 percent marks in an examination held in Dubai.

According to the details, Babar Iqbal participated in the examination of Certified Virus Network Administrator (CVNA) and grabbed a world record by obtaining 80 percent marks in it.

He is the youngest world record holder in the computer field and has also qualified for the trainers programme.

Babar Iqbal has earlier set world records in the fields of Microsoft Certified Professional and CIW.

It is pertinent to mention here that the CVNA examination is arranged by American company wherein candidates across the world participate.

Talking to APP, Babar Iqbal said that he wants to make further progress in the field of computer adding that having set three world records he has won laurels for his country and is receiving offers from a number of world reputed US companies.

Source: APP

Monday, May 18, 2009

Promising Pakistan: Young Pakistanis Tackle Trash Problem | NYTimes:

LAHORE, Pakistan — The idea was simple, but in Pakistan, a country full of talk and short on action, it smacked of rebellion.

Shoaib Ahmed, 21, one of the organizers of the group, in Lahore on a recent Sunday.

A group of young Pakistani friends, sick of hearing their families complain about the government, decided to spite them by taking matters into their own hands: every Sunday they would grab shovels, go out into their city, and pick up garbage.

It was a strange thing to do, particularly for such students from elite private schools, who would normally spend Sunday afternoons relaxing in air-conditioned homes.

But the students were inspired by the recent success of the lawyers’ movement, which used a national protest to press the government to reinstate the country’s chief justice, and their rush of public consciousness was irrepressible.

“Everybody keeps blaming the government, but no one actually does anything,” said Shoaib Ahmed, 21, one of the organizers. “So we thought, why don’t we?”

So they got on Facebook and invited all their friends to a Sunday trash picking. Trash, Mr. Ahmed said, “is this most basic thing. It’s not controversial, and you can easily do it.”

Pakistan is a country plagued by problems, like Islamic extremism and poverty. But these young people are another face, a curious new generation that looks skeptically on their parents’ privilege and holds mullahs and military generals in equal contempt.

“The youth of Pakistan wants to change things,” said Shahram Azhar, the lead singer for Laal, a Pakistani rock band, reflecting an attitude that is typical of this rebellious younger generation.

“The reason the Taliban is ruling Swat,” he said referring to a valley north of Islamabad where Islamic extremists took control this year, “is because they are organized. We need to organize, too.”

“The only answer to Pakistan’s problems,” he added, “is a broad-based people’s movement.”

The trash movement, which calls itself Responsible Citizens, does not yet qualify as broad, but it still drew a respectable crowd on a recent Sunday, considering the heat (above 90 degrees) and the time (around 4 p.m.). Mr. Ahmed and his friends were doling out trash bags they had bought for the occasion. About 40 people had gathered. Some were wearing masks. All were carrying shovels.

They set their sights low. The area of operation, Ghalib Market, was modest, a quiet traffic circle in central Lahore encircled by shops, a cricket field and a mosque.

It was not one of the dirtiest parts of the city, but the group felt attached to it, as they had cleaned it in the past, and wanted to see if their actions were having any effect.

The first time they cleaned there was like raking leaves on a windy autumn day.

“We collected, like, 30 bags, but there was no visible difference,” Mr. Ahmed said.

But they talked with local shopkeepers, in a kind of trash outreach, asking them to walk their garbage to the trash bin. Those connections, Mr. Ahmed said, were actually the point of the cleaning — setting an example for others to follow.

“The major problem people have here is that there are no bins,” said Murtaza Khwaja, a 21-year-old medical student.

Actually, the problem was deeper. A long-term cycle of corrupt, weak governments interrupted by military coups has caused Pakistan’s political muscles to atrophy, leaving Pakistani society, particularly its poor, hopeless that it will ever receive the services — education, water, electricity, health — that it so desperately needs.

“People say, ‘This is nice, but things will never change,’ ” Mr. Khwaja said, pointing to a hamburger seller who he said was particularly pessimistic. “There is a hopelessness.”

That is where the trash cleaning comes in. Locals find it perplexing and helpful in equal measures. One enthusiast who met the group on its first outing in March, Muhamed Zahid, has come to every one since. One man passing by in a rickshaw dismounted to help them shovel for a while.

The men in the mosque, on the other hand, were picky, wanting the young people to clean the mosque but not the surrounding area.

Read Complete Article at NYTimes

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

“Ammar Afzal” Pakistani Student Makes a World Record in Winning a Software Course

Ammar Afzal a 9th class student from Okara city wins world computer software course. according the details published in newspaper Ammar Afzal 15 years old student of 9th class in the district public school and college got the distniction by winning first global position in Stanford University England’s (SUE) World Computer Soft ware Course.On 1st May, 09, on scholarship from SUE he had moved to england for further education in his field. According to Ammar Afzal his Internet Trainor Mr Simond had challenged him in an angry mood to solve some question, and had pledged that if he succeeded to solve these questions within, Mr Simond would resign from his job. Ammar solved the computer soft ware riddles within an hour. He got 4.99 marks out of 5 in the test which was a world record. Mr Simond stuck-up to his pledge and resigned . Ammar said that he would always maintain deep regard for Mr Simond as a teacher though he might be angry with him, as he had gained a lot from him. i congratulates him for his sucess & yes this is a lesson for us that how people get sucess when there is a firm believe & great will to learn.


Here is another article published in Express News in Urdu

Here is another post on DawnNews covering the same story

Award for young computer genius
OKARA, April 23: A ninth class student of the District Public School & College who won the `world computer software competition’ organised by the Stanford University England was honoured at a ceremony here on Thursday.

“Ammar Afzal has earned dignity and honour for the nation by winning the top global position in the contest,” Sahiwal division commissioner Tariq Mehmood Khan said.

DCO Sohail Shahzad, former MPA Muhammad Arif Chaudhry, DPS&C Principal Firdous Ahmad, vice principal Muhammad Muzahar, computer trainer Khalil Ahmad and family of Ammar Afzal were present on the occasion.

The Stanford University has taken over the computer expertise of Ammar from the Brainbench, and he would fly to England for higher studies on May 1, on a scholarship from the university.

The commissioner awarded him a Rs100,000 cheque and recommended his name for further appreciation from the Punjab chief minister.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Promising Pakistan: Pakistani Student Secured 21 A Grades in A Level Exams

Nominated for Guinness world of book record in 2009. Ali Moin Nawazish who made a new history Securing A grades in 21 subjects out of 23 in A-Level Exams at Roots School. on this great achievement

Here is another interesting video:
Ali Moeen Nawazish was the young Pakistani who scored 21 A’s in his A-Levels, landed at Cambridge to study Computer Sciences and found himself creating a world record! Talha Ghafoor, host of Hands On and Technical Editor of CIO Pakistan, chats with Ali!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Promising Pakistan: HoverCraft Made by Pakistani Students

Here is another interesting video of three 2nd year students from Sir Syed Science College, Tipu Road, Rawalpindi. They have developed a hovercraft, that can lift 350 KG of weight.

Project is sponsored by Intel, under the name of Intel ISEF Awards. These students are nominated to visit United States to participate in International Science and Engineering Fair in May, where they will be exhibiting their project.

Let’s join Saad Hamid of Sizlopedia, who is with Mohammad Naeem Khan, Zaki Hussain and Mohammad Qasim, to know about their project, its demonstration and the benefits.

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Promising Pakistan: The Stay-At-Home CEO: Maryam Nasim

When we talk about the Chief Executive Officer of an organization, regardless of the fact that it is a one-person company, we often talk the corporate talk that fits the suit. It’s the startup and the hard working, young men and women who move mountains to make that contract or sign the million dollar deal. And often while focusing on the suit, we tend to ignore a whole segment of leaders who manage their business as a natural extension of what they were meant to do.

If you look at the enrollment rate of women into engineering programs across universities in Pakistan, the numbers are actually higher than they are for men. Unfortunately we’re losing this trained, skilled HR because of several reasons. Could be societal pressures or something else, but few women make it into the workforce. And if they make it that far, even fewer make it up the hierarchy into the decision-making positions.

In the midst of so many challenges, technology and New Media are actually opening up opportunities for people from all walks of life to be able to establish work that runs on their own terms. Call it the Self-CEO or the one-man show, these opportunities allow people to service niche verticals and generate a supporting income for their homes. A perfect combination when it comes to not having to compromise the home neither the career. And that’s what makes the story of Maryam Nasim so great.

"I am a work-at-home mom and provide services to several clients across the globe as a digital illustrator for the web and print media. I am also a 2D cartoon animator for web and television." Maryam has been working as a ‘freelance illustrator animator’ for more than 6 years where she began her career as a student, continued it on after her marriage and is still going strong now that she is a mother.

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Promising Pakistan: Young Pakistanis Included in Top 30 Earning Bloggers Globally

Mr. Badar Khushnood from Google Pakistan has been showcasing two young pakistani bloggers as a role model during the series of Bloggers Meetup in different cities of Pakistan. Fortunately, i met both of young fellows Saad Hamid and Haris Nadeem in Karachi Bloggers Meetup and I was inspired to see them making handsome money online through blogging only.

Recently, both of them got listed in top 30 Blog’s That Make A Lot Of Money Online which also answer the frequently asked questions “How much money you can make through blogging?”. Actually the real answer is “Sky is the limit” and it is totally upto you that how much time and effort you put in your blog. This is what they are earning on monthly basis from their blogs: -

Sizlopedia Saad Hamid $9,000 Pay Per Click
Sizzled Core Haris Nadeem $3,000 Pay Per Click

I have approached both of them for the interview but at the moment they are little busy in their studies and I am very much hopeful that they will spare their time to share the money making tips with everyone.

Since both of them are Twitterholic and they use Twitter for every thing they do online so its quite easy to grab their tweets and share it with you guys. I also gathered their tips from various forums which will definetely help you understand their secrets of moneymaking.

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Promising Pakistan: Pakistan's First Multiplayer Cricket Game

Pakistan is full of talented young individuals like Mr. Babar Ahmed the CEO of Mindstream Studio who is talking about their latest multiplayer cricket game during an interview with Jehan Ara the President of Pakistan Software House Association (P@SHA):

Must watch full video :-)


Here are some cool wallpapers of the game: -

You can watch a lot of screenshots of the game including the video and game trailer here at

Here is the link of an interview with Mr. Babar Ahmed which will answer all your queries plus if you have more question you can simply put it on this thread.

I am excited to play this Pakistan's developed cricket game soon. Aren't you?

Promising Pakistan: Pakistan's Amazing Progress in IT Industry

Doesn’t that headline just put a smile on your face? You’re not the only one. It’s great to see that the significant human effort augmented by billions of dollars invested in Pakistan’s IT infrastructure and skill-development are bearing tangible fruit. There are several areas where Pakistan is leading the pack already, and others where it is threatening to.

  1. Pakistan is the most connected country in South Asia, with the highest teledensity
  2. Pakistan’s communications costs are lower than any other country in the region
  3. Pakistan has the world’s largest biometric database (NADRA); this system (not the data) is now being provided to allied countries
  4. Pakistan has the world’s largest WiMAX network
  5. Pakistan has one of the world’s most aggressive Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) rollouts
  6. Pakistan has one of the highest rates of cellular connectivity growth in the world (According to PTA 2007’s report the rate of growth in Pakistan’s mobile sector is fourth highest in the world)
  7. Pakistan was the winner of the 2007 GSM industry association award
  8. The US is importing UAVs designed and built in Pakistan to protect America’s borders
  9. With WLL (CDMA), WiMAX, GSM and FTTH, Pakistan is pretty much leading the pack in terms of diversity and breadth of connectivity
  10. According to Gartner, Pakistan is a “first category” offshoring location; this ranking has grown by leaps and bounds
  11. Pakistani companies won several awards at Asia’s APICTA startup/innovation conference and were considered the most “interesting” and cutting edge in Asia
  12. The world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional is a Pakistani and so if the world’s youngest Cisco CCNA professional
  13. Pakistani students excelled in MIT’s global software talent competition
  14. Citations of Pakistani scientific publications are rising sharply
  15. Over two dozen Pakistani scientists are working on the Large Hadron Collider; the grandest experiment in the history of Physics

And I tire listing all of these out… there are so many more. The point is that the Pakistani IT industry is rapidly developing and this is most definitely an area where significant progress is being made, damning all the torpedoes and naysayers. Pretty exciting on its own, right? But progress in IT doesn’t just mean progress in IT. It means a vibrant economy, better healthcare through Telemedicine, increased efficiency in government through record automation (e.g. land records project), a more effective defence, increased outreach for higher education and much more.

Technology is a transformational vehicle for our society. And we’re just now starting to see the impact. Many times, progress in specific areas will appear slow, but in part that is explained by the exponential curves normally associated with technology adoption. When you start small, high growth rates aren’t ‘visible on the ground’ for the first few months or years because the overall numbers remain small. But this changes when you hit the knee of the curve, at which point things are fundamentally transformed and are altered for ever.

In Pakistan, these transformations have occurred in many areas already, and will continue to occur in numerous others. Frankly, I just consider myself lucky to be around to watch the awesome progress unfold!

Originally Posted Here

Promising Pakistan: The Objective of this Blog

Pakistan isn't the only country in the world that has a negative side - every country does. The reason it's more 'in your face' right now, is because we don't create as much hype or excitement about the good stuff in the traditional Media.

The main objective of this blog is to aggregate and share all the positives about Pakistan to let everyone know that we are Promising and we have all the capabilities to fight the internal and external threats and make the impossible, possible.

In the upcoming posts, you will witness a lot of positives facts about Pakistan that you might not know right now. If you have something good to share about Pakistan do share it on comments. I will share it with the world.


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