Sunday, November 4, 2018

Social inclusion of persons with disabilities


Social inclusion is all about creating equal opportunities for the people in a society irrespective of their color, caste and creed. It is an act to improve the dignity and ability of those disadvantaged for their identity. Social inclusion is extremely necessary for the prosperity of a society. It plays a key role in maintaining equality.

Disability can not limit a person's skills

There is no doubt that people can be present in a community without being socially included. What it takes for being socially included means that a number of things should be present in people’s lives. Social inclusion means that people:
  • Experience a sense of belonging
  • Have social relationship with 
  • Experience acceptance - for who they are - within their communities
  •  Have friends 
  • Are actively participating in the community and playing their parts for its betterment
  • Are participating in activities based on their personal preferences
  • Have valued roles in the community
At the point when individuals encounter all or even some of these conditions throughout their life they will probably be more joyful and more beneficial. Truth be told, social incorporation is a critical "determinant of well being" – without consideration, individuals will probably encounter weakness (counting poor psychological well-being), dejection, segregation, and poor confidence.

A man with inabilities implies a person who, by virtue of damage, sickness, or intrinsic distortion, is incapacitated in undertaking any productive calling or work, and incorporates people who are visually impaired, hearing hindered, and physically and rationally disabled. Numerous individuals with incapacities superfluously encounter life in an unexpected way. They might not have a "feeling of equality" in the network and might not approach exercises they lean toward or want. Disable people need chances to work, play, learn and create social associations with others (especially with individuals who don't have an incapacity). Individuals with disabilities are frequently not recognized in the society, or on the off chance that they are, it might be adversely.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

17th Young Leaders Conference Pakistan - 2018!


The Young Leaders Conference is a six-day, five-night residential conference hosted by School of Leadership where 300 rural and urban promising young leaders stay and learn together from the wisdom of 50 top social, political, business, and art leaders as well as from the engagement of the country’s foremost facilitators. YLC is an experiential journey geared towards positively engaging the youth over a period of 6 days in a rigorous training program comprising of panel dialogues, thematic exploration sessions, powerful leadership simulations, personal story-telling, capacity building pieces of training and empowering team support.

This year I had the pleasure of attending the 17th Young Leaders’ Conference held in Lahore from 1st to 6th July. The theme of this year was #ITSTIME!

Credits: Carving Memories

I applied for Asia Foundation’s NEXUS programme, according to which the applicant had to submit an idea that could help in solving the prevailing water-food and energy crises in the country. Luckily my application got accepted and I was sponsored by the Asia Foundation for the conference which covered my entire conference expenses!

Excited, I packed my luggage and headed towards the School of Leadership (SOL) office on 30th June’s morning as I was leaving for Lahore by road with a chunk of SOL team. It was a perfect road-trip from Karachi to Lahore. We left at 8 am in the morning and reached by around 10 am, the other day. It was a mesmerizing experience.  It was 26 hours tiring yet an unforgettable journey.

The guys were to stay in Hospitality Inn hotel and girls were to stay in Faletti’s hotel, while all the events were held in Faletti’s Hotels halls. Upon entering the Faletti’s hotel I was welcomed by the polite volunteers who not only guided us to the registration desk but were kind enough to help us carry our luggage too. All the participants were allotted teams and given YLC id card, 2 t-shirts, a bag and a diary.

Participants were divided into groups and each group was allotted a room or suite and after all this process we literally rushed to our rooms and got ready.

Day 01 (officially begins): Wearing my tees and ready to start the day, I entered the hall where there were games laid out for the participants. It was a networking session where everyone played different games and made some new friends.
Soon the inauguration ceremony started, and Shireen Naqvi with Kamran Rizvi, the founders of SOL welcomed us with great zeal.

Kamran Rizvi and Shireen Naqvi – Inauguration ceremony.

Kamran Rizvi
Credits: Carving Memories
Shireen Naqvi
Credits: Carving Memories

We had lunch and then back to back sessions with evening tea and dinner in between. The day finally ended at 12 at night.

Day 02 – Officially the first morning of YLC in Faletti’s. We were woken up at 7 by sharp knocks on doors by the YFs and were told to reach the breakfast hall by 8 am. The day started at 8:30 am and the theme of the day was: Context Setting –Pakistan: Philosophy, Psychology, Possibilities. We had some creative challenges that day. The first one was Sooper Hai Pakistan in which every team had to prepare and present a unique video highlighting the positive image of Pakistan.

Credits: Carving Memories

Later in the evening there was a puzzle challenge where every team were given two verses of Allama Iqbal all jumbled up, and we had to put them together correctly in shortest possible time.

The thrill of the day reached its peak when Shuja Haider arrived to rock the show! He shared his life story with the audience also rocked the stage with his magical voice.

The prominent speakers for the day were: Justice Nasira Iqbal, Faisal Sherjan (Director NIC Lahore), Yusuf Hussain (CEO IGNITE), Junaid Iqbal (CEO Careem Pakistan), Dr. Umer Saif (Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board).

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Water crises in Cape town is the wake-up call for the whole world!


Cape town has currently experienced a severe drought! But fierce restrictions on the usage of water have pushed back Day Zero until twenty nineteen. Day Zero will occur when the combined level of Cape Town’s dams will reach the level of 13.5 percent. In order for the dams to reach sufficient levels again, officials in the city will take full control over water supplies on this day by switching off all the taps in the city – and when they say all taps they literally every single tap! The residents will then have to queue at a water collection point for their reduced quota of 25 litres a day to obtain water! The current dam level is 21.9%. Day Zero was expected this April, but now according to officials the day is likely to occur in 2019.  

Water crises in Cape town is the wake-up call for the whole world!

The important question is what caused the water crisis?

One of the major reason is a drought caused by insufficient rainfall over the last three years, and low water level in dam. Another prime reason is the rapidly growing population and heavy agricultural usage.

Cape Town has its history of droughts, yet what appears to have played a role in making this one much longer this time is the climate change! And this factor is likely to play a part in future droughts too, both in South Africa as well as around the world.

Future isn’t just Cape Town’s!

The point to ponder is that future isn't just Cape Town's.  Water crises in Cape Town is a wakeup call for the whole world. It’s a scenario that isn’t just limited to Cape town, yet cities around the globe may face the same and should prepare for running out of water according to the experts.

It might be difficult to comprehend exactly how cities around the globe could be in danger of a water shortage when nearly 70 percent of the world is comprised of the resource. The obvious reality, notwithstanding, is that the percentage of fresh water most likely just adds up to around 2.5 percent. And even then, a critical amount is locked up in the form of ice and snow, which implies that only 1 percent of all freshwater is effectively accessible to the worldwide populace.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Hashem Al-Ghaili - A man from Yemen, studied in Pakistan and Germany and became science super star Now!


It takes courage and confidence for an eighteen-year-old to resist his parents’ requests to not to apply for scholarship abroad and work on the family farm instead, but the teenager had other plans for his life. He, despite all the resistance, went abroad to get a degree and forged a new path. Today, that teenager is a well-known science communicator and has a Facebook page running with a fan base of 22 Million! If you still haven’t guessed it yet, then here you go; we are talking about none but, the great Science Super star of Facebook Hashem Al-Ghaili.

Hashem Al-Ghaili

Hashem Al-Ghaili hails from Yemen. He is a video producer and science communicator. Back from childhood he had immense love for science but sadly for him in Yemen, a child’s fate is decided by his/her parents. It wasn’t easy for Hashim to convince his father that he wasn’t interested in farming, yet his passion lied in Science and h wanted to pursue a career in it.

He chose the hard way and decided to apply for scholarship. He traveled to the capital, Sana to fill out the paperwork to apply for a scholarship from the Ministry of Education. He didn’t let this father become aware of this act as he recalls,

“If I’d told my father about it he wouldn’t have approved, so I just went.”

The endeavour proved worth the risk. He earned a scholarship for bachelors of biotechnology at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan from government. Though it was a move which wasn’t supported at all by his parents!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Our thoughts on Pakistan Super Kabadi league 2018


Pakistan just hosted a fully-fledged international kabaddi league and it was AMAZING! Super Kabaddi League (SKL) began on 2nd of May, 2018 in Lahore and came to an end on 10th May. Sponsered by Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF), the league featured around 10 city-based teams. The teams consisted of both 116 nationals as well as 16 foreign players from Iran, Bangladesh, Kenya, Iraq, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.


Teams participated were:

Karachi Zorawars
Peshawar Haiders
Faisalabad Sherdils
Gwadar Bahadars
Gujrat Warriors
Multan Sikandars
Islamabad All-Stars
Sahiwal Bulls
Lahore Thunders
Kashmir Janbaazs.

In Asia, especially Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh and Iran, kabaddi is considered a popular sport. Pakistan has a rich history in terms of sports as, on many occasions, it has not only participated in Asian games, South Asian games, and Kabaddi World Cup but also has won several medals. Kabaddi’s global popularity has grown considerably over the years with the number of Kabaddi playing nations surpassing forty!

The game is played by two groups of seven, spinning around pretty basic skills. A 'raider' enters the other portion of the court to tag or wrestle opponents before returning 'home' while holding his breath and chanting 'Kabaddi, Kabaddi'.

Pakistan has a deep-rooted connection with kabaddi. It is a traditional Punjabi game. SKL is a significant step taken for the revival of this traditional Punjabi game. Not long ago, Kabaddi was extremely popular among citizens and it was enjoyed by people of all ages alike. But it is a sad reality that in years past, due to the increasing popularity of other sports, Kabaddi lost its significance! Still, Pakistan might have the best kabaddi players in the subcontinent. Even though they don’t get much encouragement to do so, people still like to play kabaddi.

The formal opening ceremony of the league took place at Alhamra Cultural Complex on 1st may. Owners of the teams and various notable artists were presented at the ceremony.  Several artists displayed their performances and it was a night of joy and entertainment. The unsaid theme of the night was patriotism and the tagline of Season 01 is “Damm Hai Tu Saamnaye Aa” (daring other to compete). During the performances the Super Kabaddi League trophy was also unveiled.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

How to Optimize Your Content for Google's Featured Snippet Box?


Let’s be fair guys, winning the Google’s featured snippet box is a dream for every SEO person. It gives your website more authority; more visitors, clicks, exposure and above all, it put you on top before the first ranking. You sit on a position zero, so you definitely experience more sales.

Google’s featured snippet box

However, getting up there is not easy as it seems. The thing is that you cannot mark your page as featured snippet nor there is an official procedure provided by Google to apply for the featured snippet. So, how to get your page up there?
Well the fact is that  while there are no specific guidelines, there are best practices that have proved and deliver results. Google featured snippet box is a form an organic content and can be availed by anybody who knows to optimize their content accordingly. Once you get the things done as per norms, you’ll have to wait and cross your fingers while Google takes it time to crawls on the content.

In this article, we are going to highlight seven best and proven practices to create content pages that can help you win Google featured snippet box.

  1. Do a Good Keyword Research
Several studies reveal that descriptive and long tail keywords tend to boost featured snippets. This is a common observation that when you type more words into the search box, there are high chances that you will see a featured snippet in the result. This clearly indicates that you need to begin with thorough keyword research otherwise you may end up doing a lot of efforts without seeing the actual results.

The key to begin with more of the question-type search investigation and your headings should include words like What, Why, When, How, etc. These keywords are most comfortable to detect. According to a not too long ago article (2015) by Eric Enge at Stone Temple Consulting, almost 19% of searches using a question result in the featured snippet on the first SERP. Generally, these inquiries fall into the following categories:

        How does
        Why Does
        How do
        How can
        How to
        What is

  1. Format The Content Artistically
The next thing is to format the content the way Google likes it and the first thing you can do is by making sure that your heading tag is an entire search query. Having that being done, format your content in a user-friendly way and your answers should include.

        Graphs and tables
        Numbered lists
        Bullet points
        Good Images

A Well formatted content may make it less demanding for algorithms to decide if your content is fit for the feature. In addition to that, take the most important part of your content upfront so that visitors get the basic understanding right there.

In the example below, a popular B2B company, FME has got its product featured in the snippet against the keyword, Magento layaway partial payment. FME has briefly described the product in the snippet box which makes it more prone to clicks and sales.

  1. Work to provide the best answer
There is absolutely no chance that you win a featured spot without providing the best possible answer to the question. Google’s algorithm is pretty smart and you cannot get away with irrelevant information. Moreover, the content needs to be fresh and updated.

Some marketers try to be over smart and create content pages irrelevant to their niche in an attempt to land on the snippet. This is a totally wrong approach. The best thing is only to focus on few questions first, and with the things, you know.
In order to ensure that your content goes the distance and ranks well in featured snippets across the web, you need to step in the users shoes and understand what exactly he is looking for. Use buyers’ persona research, focus groups and communities and engagement analytics to analyze how to create content that is relevant to your theme and target audience.