Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Pakistani Pop/Rock Strings band has finally launched another album "Koi Aane Wala Hai" which is proving to be a big hit as most of their albums have been.String basically started their career as a band in late 80's when the pop music was not that much developed in Pakistan.
Hence after releasing two good albums "String 1" and "Strings 2" they backed out of music and started working in their respected fields for which they studied.Faisal Kapadia(vocalist) continued up his family business where as Bilal Maqsood(Guitarist and composer) started working for an advertisment agency(Pyramid Productions).Strings also had few more members which were there with Faisal and Bilal in their first two albums but then did not put their careers on the line for music which was considered quite odd as a profession.
Hence in in the late 20th century Strings boomed up after a nine year gap with their new album "Duur" which was not only a big hit in Pakistan but also became a hit in India.The songs were written by the father of Bilal Maqsood and also a great TV anchor Anwar Maqsood.
This album which turned the fortune of the pop music in Pakistan also brought a big change in the pop music of India.Many songs like "Duur" itself , "Sar Kiye Pahar" and "Anjaane" were the big guns of this album.Hence this album gave Strings the start that they required for getting themselves back in pop music.
Hai Koi Hum Jaisa
After releasing their smash hit album Strings in 2003 released another album which mostly consisted of patriotic songs,numbers like "Hai Koi Hum Jaisa" and "Yeh Khel Nahin" got a great response.Hai Koi Hum Jaisa was the national song for Pakistan's cricket team and Yeh Khel nahin was a song for SAF games.Hence this allbum also supported strings alot in getting themselves back in the music industry of Pakistan.
After quite a long time strings got back with another album "Dhaani".The word Dhaani means green.This album got a great response through out the subcontinent.This album contained all the ingredients of a music.Fast tracks like "Chaaye Chaaye" and "Pal",slow soothing songs like "Bolo Bolo" in which Indian sinder Hariharan also participated.This album also contained funky songs like"Meri Soniyae"and also patriotic songs like "Meri Matii".This album was not only a big hit in the subcontinent but also became a hit in Europe and USA.A famous hollywood blockbuster "Spider Man 2" took a track from this album of strings for their title song named as "Naajane Kyun",which we should all feel proud of.Hence this album made a great influence on the pop music of Pakistan.
Hits In Bollywood
After 2005 Bollywood opened its doors for Pakistani vocalists.Many singers like Atif Aslam,Najam Sheraz,Sheraz Upal and bands like Roxen,Strings and Call went their and showed why bollywood has given them oppurtunity to sing songs in their films.
Strings has only done two numbers for bollywood films "Zinda" and "Shootout At Lokhandwala".Strings sang the title songs for both the films "Zinda" for "Zinda" and "Aakhri Alvida" for "Shootout At Lokhandwala".Both of these songs were written by Anwar Maqsood.
Hence Strings made alot of impact in bollywood in a very short time.
Koi Aanay Wala Hai
It was along time since strings had released their album but in 2008 strings came back with a great album "Koi Aane Wala Hai".The video of the title song "Koi Aane Wala Hai"is said to be the most expensive music video of even the pop industry of India.Strings has also recently announced that they will be making seven videos of the songs present in this album.Fans of strings have great hopes from their new album and strings have been able to succeed their hopes with this album.
Hence strings have represented Pakistan a great deal both on national and international level and as many say about both Faisal and Bilal that no one can tear them a part I should be saying that if they both remain together no one can tear the pop music industry of Pakistan apart.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
21.The rate of growth in Pakistan’s Large Scale Manufacturing (LSM) is at a 30-year high. Construction activity is at a 17-year high.
22.The Infrastructure Industries Index, which measures the performance of seven industries (i.e., Electricity generation, Natural gas, Crude oil, Petroleum products, Basic metal, Cement and coal) has recorded a 26.2 percent growth in the Industrial sector of Pakistan.
23.According to an IMF report, Pakistan is 3rd in Banking profitability in the world. On the IMF chart, Pakistan’s banking profitability is on third position after Colombia and Venezuela. On the same IMF chart, India is on the 36th position and China is on the 40th position.
24.According to the Economic Survey 2005, poverty in Pakistan in 2001 was 34.46%. And now, after 7-8 years of Musharraf, poverty in 2005 was 23.9%. Thus, poverty DECREASED by 10.56%. Overall, 12 million people have been pushed out of Poverty in 2001 - 2005!
25.The Government has approved to give at least 4% of GDP to Education in the 2007 budget.
26. In 1999-2000 there were 31 Public Universities. Now 2005-2006 there are 49 Public Universities.
Air University (established 2002); Institute of Space technology, ISB (established 2002); Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Quetta (established 2004); University of Science & Technology, Bannu (established 2005); University of Hazara (founded 2002); Malakand university, Chakdara (established 2002); Karakurum International university, Gilgit (established 2002); University of Gujrat (established 2004); Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore (established 2002); Sarhad University of IT, Peshawar (established 2001); etc.
27.Defense Exports of Pakistan have crossed the $200 million mark as the country’s robust Defense manufacturing industry continues to expand. This was disclosed by Major General Syed Absar Hussain, Director General, Defense Export Promotion Organization (“International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2006″ held at karachi.).
28.President Musharraf inaugurated an 18 Mega Watt Naltar hydro power project, of over Rs. 1.36 billion. The project was completed in four years at Naltar near Gilgit.
29.The Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) has approved expansion of Tarbela dam power project which would generate 960 MW costing $500 million.
30. President Musharraf said that many canals, including the Thal and Raini canals, were being constructed for better utilization of the available water. He said Rs66 billion was being spent on the brick-lining of 87,000 canals in the country, adding that 6,000 new canals would be brick-lined next year.
31.Around 80,000 jobs have been created by the Telecom sector alone.
32.Major Mega projects like the Saindak, Rekodiq, Marble production, Coal production and Mining & Quarrying are being pursued.
33.Karachi stock market: rose from 700 points to 13,000 points.
34.Literacy rate has improved by 11%.
35.GWADAR advance mega Sea port developed under Musharraf’s vision.
36.Newly found World class copper- gold deposits in Chagai will fetch around $600 million per year.
37.Industrial sector registered 26% growth.
38.Six major highways under construction.
39.Pakistan software now values around $2 billion, including $1 billion exports.
40. Pakistan Steel Mills Corporation (PSMC) during the quarter July-Sept 2007 recorded the highest ever-sales figure of Rs 9.3012 billion.
These are not all but are the known ones.Hence this thing is clear that Pervaiz musharraf has contributed to Pakistan alot and we should be thankful to him for being sincere and loyal to his country.Long live Mr.President.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
At an international level, Pakistan has competed many times at the Summer Olympics in field hockey, boxing, athletics, swimming, and shooting. Hockey is the sport that Pakistan has been most successful at the Olympics, with three gold medals (1960, 1968, 1984). Pakistan has also won the Hockey World Cup four times (1971, 1978, 1982, 1994). Pakistan has hosted several international competitions, including the SAFG in 1989 and 2004.
A1 Grand Prix racing is also becoming popular with the entry of a Pakistani team in the 2005 season. The Tour de Pakistan, modelled on the Tour de France, is an annual cycling competition that covers the length and breadth of Pakistan. Recently, football has grown in popularity across the country, where traditionally it had been played almost exclusively in the western province of Balochistan. Fifa has recently teamed up with the government to bring football more closer to the northern areas too. Also, it is hoped that Pakistan will fare better in the Football World Cup qualifiers for 2010.
On the night before Eid, people search for the new moon to mark the end of Ramadan and arrival of Eid ul-Fitr. The day starts with morning prayers, then returning home for a large breakfast with family members. The day is spent visiting relatives and friends and sharing gifts and sweets with everyone. During the evening people hit the town for some partying, going to restaurants or relaxing in city parks.
On Eid ul-Fitr, money is given for charity and as gifts to young children.
Television accounted for almost half of the advertising expenditure in Pakistan in 2002(under Musharraf's reign).
For the summers, a cotton version is often worn while during winters, a heavier, wool version is often used.
The Sherwani or Achkan with Karakuli hat is the recommended dress for male government employees and officials, as it is not specifically associated with any of the provinces. Most male government officials wear the formal black sherwani on state occasions.
A large Pakistani diaspora exists in the West. Whereas Pakistanis in the United States, Canada and Australia tend to be professionals, the majority of them in the United Kingdom, Germany and the Scandinavia originally came from a rural background belonging to the working class. A large number of Pakistani expatriates are also living in the Middle East. These emigrants and their children influence Pakistan culturally and economically, keeping close ties with their roots by travelling to Pakistan and especially by returning or investing there.
Over 1,081 patent applications were filed by non-resident Pakistanis in 2004 revealing a new found confidence.