News Buzz

June 2022

PM Shahbaz Sharif Meets Nestlé Delegation

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif met a delegation of Nestlé Pakistan, headed by Waqar Ahmed, Head of Corporate Affairs, and Abdullah Javed, General Manager of Nestlé Pakistan. The delegation lauded the efforts of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif for sending the relief goods to flood-affected areas of Afghanistan. Nestlé Water also donated about 60 thousand litres of drinking water as contribution to the relief efforts of the Government of Pakistan.

GO Surpasses 1,000 Retail Outlets

Gas & Oil Pakistan Ltd. (GO), in line with its vision to becoming Pakistan’s largest Oil Marketing Company (OMC) in the private sector, has recently announced that it has surpassed the milestone of 1000 retail outlets. GO started operations in year 2015 and has become a front-running OMC in the country in this short period of time.

GO’s ambitious business growth strategy relies on unrelenting focus on customers round-the-clock, in all seasons and in every situation. It is one of the leading OMCs to incorporate state-of-the-art tools and high-tech resources; making full use of technology to hone their supply chain management functions and spearheading efforts to curtail fuel shortages in the future and to stabilize the petroleum sector in its entirety.

‘Black Mirror’ Returns

After two long years, the highly anticipated dystopian sci-fi show Black Mirror is back with its secret messages and mystery clues. According to Variety, the sixth season of the hit anthology series is in the works and will soon be back on Netflix for another heavy ride of virtual reality, surveillance, and data privacy themes.

The sixth instalment is reportedly in its early development stages with casting as a priority right now. Creator Charlie Brooker’s landmark show, known to instigate critical thoughts about society and progress, is said to follow the same structure as the fifth one; with fewer episodes in number but each having the length of a feature film. Season five was preceded by an innovative play-along feature, Bandersnatch and comprised three episodes: Striking Vipers with Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Smithereens with Sherlock star Andrew Scott and Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too, which starred Miley Cyrus as a pop star.

Andrew Symonds No More

Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds died in a car crash about 50 km from Townsville, Queensland, on 14 May 2022.

Andrew Symonds was commonly known by the nickname ‘Roy’. He played all three formats as a batting all-rounder. He was an important member of two World Cup winning squads. Symonds was a right-handed, middle order batsman and alternated between medium pace and off-spin bowling. He was also notable for his exceptional fielding skills.

After mid-2008, Symonds spent significant time out of the team, due to disciplinary reasons, including alcohol. In June 2009, he was sent home from the 2009 World Twenty20, his third suspension, expulsion or exclusion from selection in the space of a year.

His central contract was then withdrawn, and many cricket analysts speculated that the Australian administrators would no longer tolerate him, and that Symonds might announce his retirement. Symonds eventually retired from all forms of cricket in February 2012, to concentrate on his family life.

Jolie in Ukraine

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie made a surprise appearance in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv where she met displaced people and was spotted in a cafe. Jolie is a UNHCR special envoy but it was not known if she was visiting the country in that capacity.

At a hospital, she visited children injured in the bombardment of the Kramatorsk station, blamed on a Russian missile, in which more than 50 civilians trying to escape the under-fire east were killed, according to the governor. Over 7.7 million people have been internally displaced since the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022. A further 5.4 million have left the country. Later the dressed-down star was spotted in a Lviv cafe by Maya Pidhoretska who posted a video on Facebook.

Pakistanis Shortlisted for Art Prize

Two Pakistani have made it to the final round of South Asia’s biggest art prize, The 2022 Sovereign Asian Art Prize. Ayessha Quraishi and Marium Agha were selected from over 400 entries. The finalists hail from 16 countries and regions across Asia-Pacific, of which Hong Kong has the strongest representation, followed by China, Iran, Singapore, and Vietnam.

The finalist, Marium Agha, 40, holds a BFA from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, an MFA from University of The Arts London, Central Saint Martins, London and completed a course in Curating Contemporary Art from Chelsea School of Art And Design, London (2009). The second finalist, Ayessha, 52, works in a way natural to her since childhood, her process appearing like braille. Physically, she maintains constant contact with two materials: the surface and the paint.

Monroe’s Statue Stolen

Someone climbed a more than two-story tall Hollywood public art piece and stole a statue of Marilyn Monroe.

The statue depicting Monroe in her iconic pose in a white dress from the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch” went missing from the “Four Ladies of Hollywood” gazebo. The gazebo was missing its Marilyn Monroe.
Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O’Farrell says a witness saw someone climb the gazebo on the Hollywood Walk Fame and saw off the statue. Los Angeles police say investigators have recovered fingerprints from the gazebo. The gazebo was erected in 1994. It pays tribute to women in film, with depictions of Dolores Del Rio, Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West and Anna May Wong making up the structure’s pillars. Monroe, whose real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson, died in 1962.

Trauma Recalled

Palestinian-American model Bella Hadid has made her stance on her home country Palestine clear countless times and she’s asserted that she will not stop raising her voice till Palestine is free. This Nakba Day, she penned an emotional note that talked about both the personal trauma her family went through and the pain Nakba survivors go through to this day, once again calling for Palestine to be free.

Women’s Property Rights Documentaries Launched

The Legal Aid Society (LAS) collaborated with filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s production house SOC Films and the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), and held a conference in Islamabad to launch five documentaries on women’s property and inheritance rights. The films aim to spread awareness of women’s rights to property and educate them on legal action they can take to protect their rights and how to access the laws of Pakistan.

The five documentaries, directed and produced by SOC Films, were showcased at this conference. The films highlighted issues faced by women, detailing some powerful storylines of women from across Pakistan as they fight for their right to property, reflecting the challenges they face in the pursuit of justice.

Covid-19 Song Launched

Atif Aslam and Shae Gill’s highly-anticipated Covid-themed collaboration is finally here. Manzil, a song dedicated to the Covid effort as well as the ongoing work towards prevention, premiered on YouTube. The track has been released in collaboration with the US embassy, with the video featuring Sarwat Gilani.

The song is an uplifting message of hope and perseverance made complete with the soul-stirring vocals of Aslam and Gill’s soothing voice.