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Rural Environment

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Pride of Doll Makers

Monday, June 28, 2010



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Women Art Center

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Women Art Center

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Thatta Kedona Summer Camp in Hunza

Saturday, June 26, 2010




Related: Altit Baltit Forts Hunza

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Soft Tourism

Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Soft Tourism" is also a very vital part of the NGO activity since a long time. Volunteers, who are not engaged full-time in the project, spent a part of their time as "Tourists." What is more, thy pay for their own boarding and lodging which contributes to small income for the NGO. Some other guests also pay for the complete boarding and lodging expense and take back with them impressions of the village life in the rural Punjab.

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Workshop on Renewable Energy and Sanitation


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Why Men Cheat?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
They tell the most outrageous lies, they have one mistress after another and — most amazing of all — they often get away with it. Are some men programmed to be unfaithful? Is it something in their DNA, an overdeveloped sex drive or irresistible charm? What this writer discovered is shocking to say the least.

Read what every woman needs to know about why men cheat... by a man who spent years talking to hundreds of unfaithful husbands.

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Your Move

German schoolgirl Elisabeth Paehtz, 14 years old, leans with crossed arms on a chessboard in Kerspleben near Erfurt, eastern Germany, Tuesday, June 22, 1999. She is ranking eighth in the world championship for young players and is a member of the women's German National Chess Team. Elisabeth Paehtz is one of five young chess experts, who will suggest possible moves and tactics for an world team against World chess champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov, who lost a tournament two years ago to a computer, nowis taking on the Internet. Kasparov has signed a deal with Microsoft to play a match this summer against a "world team" made up of anyone who comes to a Microsoft Internet site and votes for suggested moves against the Russian grandmaster. 

The match is played in the "Gaming Zone" of Microsoft's MSN network of Internet services and started June 21, 1999. Kasparov will make the opening move, and visitors to the site will be given 24 hours to vote for a countermove.

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What Women Do Online

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Unicast's "What Women Want From the Web Report" (pdf) Summer 2010, which polled 516 adult women, found 95% of women plan to go online, and 62% notice and/or interact with online advertising. Women aged 18-24 use the web more than other age groups for all activities except keeping up with news - 53% vs. 67% overall.

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My Cup of Doodh Patti

Monday, June 21, 2010
Pakistan is one of the best travel destinations in the world – desert expanses in Thar and Cholistan, Lush green plains in Punjab, mighty mountains in Northern Pakistan, Chitral and Swat, so many unexplored and just to yourself places, what else. Start of some of the world history can still be traced down to Pakistan – Indus Civilization. Moreover, Pakistan being one of the cheapest countries in the world is best for budget travelers. Which is why it is said that Pakistan has a lot to offer to every one; not only to travelers, hard core adventurers, mountaineers, and rural tourists, vacationers but also to anthropologists, archeologists, and researchers? (Also for those who want to sit back and enjoy the ride from the comfort of home). Read about my travel experiences at Doodh Patti (Doodh Wali Cahi)- My Cup of Tea.

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Top Ten Inspirational Messages from Iconic American Fathers

Sunday, June 20, 2010
To celebrate Father's Day, Council of Dads author Bruce Feiler collects the top ten inspirational messages from iconic American fathers, including Ben Franklin and John Wayne. Read at the Daily Beast.

Related: Are the Glory Days of Fatherhood Over?

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Volunteer at TTTC Tiles Workshop

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Future of the Rural Development

Saturday, June 19, 2010
Prof. Dr. Norbert Pintsch, Omar M. Ali, Aaron Pinsker write still more on the future is in rural development

In the past, we have often discussed various opportunities of investment in rural areas. Mostly discussions at consumer and social oriented project forms showed the individuality of the regional possibilities.

Instead of an "either – or” it emerged more of a "this –as well as that" situation, although the combinations may be counter-productive, if the individual characteristics of the one or the other part are not sufficiently taken into consideration.

The discussion of the waveband of possibilities leads to recognition of an urban culture and a rural culture. In areas of high population and lesser access to immovable property, the residents have no other option but to continuously vary, to invest. This segment of population requires permanent income and is therefore forced to accept long-term employment in order to organize their livelihood.

The individual here can eventually juggle, in order to cover his financial requirements to some extent, multiple jobs are one other possibility, but to escape the urban system is hardly possible. It is unthinkable to create the opposite of an old saying "city air makes free", -this was said at a time, when more people lived in the villages than in the cities.

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Plagiarism

"If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism - if you steal from two, it's research," Read the article Plagiarism, Prove it!

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Women Can Determine Men's Body Strength by Their Voice

Thursday, June 17, 2010
A new study found women can guess men's upper body strength from listening to recordings of their voices. Several traits including vocal depth and richness helped women distinguish the strongest men, a skill that may have had an evolutionary benefit.

Female volunteers preferentially selected the men with the most upper body strength by speech alone, according to the study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Students were asked to guess men's height, weight, strength and fighting ability — but they all produced similar ratings that tracked upper body strength independent of height and weight.

Speech samples were set at the same volume and foreign languages were also tested and all provided the same outcome.

The study discovered that the deepness of a man’s voice did not indicate his strength. A complex mix of traits appeared to determine the women’s assessments, including the depth, richness and how piercing the voice.

Scientists believed the results indicate strength hidden in men’s voices could have played an important evolutionary role.

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Invited to Join Fine Art of Blogging

Internet is a lonely place without Blogging; a fine art, science, also economics. Blogs are different to different people and everyone blogs differently. How You Blog asks you to share your views on the phenomenon, blogging style and techniques that have worked well for you.

Join Fine Art of Blogging or read what those able bloggers are writing there.

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Dolls Have Aways Been There

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Proof of this is found in the excavations in South America, the Subcontinent, Japan, Italy, Greece, and other sites all over the world. Made out of number of materials like wood, wax, clay, cloth etc., they were not only a toy but used also as religious symbols and cult items for example as miniaturized images of persons.

Even today they are used by many people as fetish. Today, the experts are not sure what was the first purpose of the dolls; as a toy, out of which the cult figure developed or the cult figure which became a toy.

Over and above their value as toys with educational value, dolls are realistic documentation of past and present times and therefore important source of our knowledge about the games, life, living and work conditions and economy. They are important cultural carriers.

Dr Senta Siller established different projects in Pakistan, Cameroon, Columbia, etc., in which small but long-term progress was made towards development of rural areas, help towards self-sustained development, discouragement of urbanization by way of income generating projects in the rural areas through production of certain types of handicraft items. Dolls are manufactured here lovingly and clothed in traditional dresses and accessories. Fabric design and types of clothing are revived and take an important place in daily life.

Dolls from Pakistan: The women project established by Dr Siller in 1993 in the pakistani province of Punjab, which has in the meanwhile also added a men centre, has 120 women members and it is generating income. The women here work not on full-time basis but in a traditional way so that family and field work is not compromised and festivals of different types, common in villages, can be celebrated as usual. The village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka has about 1200 residents. The villagers established the NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama in 1991, which co-operates with the DGFK e.V. (German Society for Promotion of Culture). The Anjuman itself co-operates with six further projects in the country.

Dolls from Cameroun: Three co-operatives (Akwatinuighah, Akaankang, Handicraft CAT) are functioning since 1998 in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West Provinz in Cameroun, which is located near the border to Nigeria. Also this NGO co-operates with the DGFK, Germany. Bamenda has about 60000 residents living on seven hills, who speak eight different languages. Apart from the men of CAT, over 100 women manufacture a variety of handicrafts.

Dolls from Columbia: The co-operative Tantomejor was established in 1999 in Saboya and it works in the meanwhile with three other initiatives. Saboya has about 6000 residents near Chiquinquira, the capital of Departemento Boyaca, north of Bogota. Also this NGO enjoys cooperation of the DGFK. Over 100 women are engaged in the manufacture of handicraft items.

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Got Your Vuvuzela Yet?

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Women Get a Special Kind of World Cup Coverage

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The World Cup is a big freakin' deal for soccer fans all over the globe, yet the media somehow manages to forget, as per usual, that women actually watch sports. Well, some women do - others just ruin everything.

Our first exhibit: A letter to the Telegraph by reader Nick, who feels bad for his "football widow" Sandra, but doesn't know how to handle having both a girlfriend and an interest in soccer. Sandra, he writes, "moaned her way through the [2006 World Cup] and resented how much time I spent watching matches." He wants her to just "take a chill pill" and "realize that I don't love her any less because I'm watching the odd game of footie." That's a tall order, Nick.


Resident "agony aunt" Sarah Abell gives Nick a little good advice (don't ignore your girlfriend entirely because there is a sporting event to be watched, take her on dates when you're not watching a game, let her know ahead of time that you're not available, etc) followed by an insane "guide" to surviving the World Cup. She tells the "football widows" to make a diary of matches in order to plan around their partner's television-watching schedule (though, anal-retentive as this is, I sort of wish I had thought of this while Lost was eating my brain). The rest of the list reads like a combination of Common Sense 101 and Advanced Micromanagement (or, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Matches). Except number 7: Buy your partner some snacks and drinks so that he has something to eat while he's ignoring you. Charming. Also, be sure not to ask stupid questions. Football fans hate that. And if he's all sulky because his team lost, cheer him up by wearing an shirt "with nothing underneath!" Don't know about you, but my boyfriend has seen me braless enough times that I can't imagine that this would give him a huge thrill. In case you didn't catch it already, the Telegraph has basically turned into a less enthusiastic (and alliteration-inclined) version of Cosmo.

And the stupid doesn't stop there. One of the more obnoxious trends of World Cup coverage is to focus on the WAGs. In this new, soccer-obsessed world, even ex-girlfriends can't catch a break. Take, for example, Elizabeth Minett, the former girlfriend of England's goalie Robert Green. Not one but two UK papers blamed Minett for Green's failure to save an easy shot in the match against the U.S. Some fans even reported seeing tears in his eyes as he walked off the field (perhaps that had more to do with the disastrous shot than the girlfriend he broke up with months ago?).

Finally, we have the objectification issue. Maybe it's because I'm an American, but I really don't get the whole WAG fascination. However, some people - who, USA Today remarks, prove that people really will bet on anything - decided to go the latent objectification route. Hence, Paddy Power and the WAG World Cup, which allows fans to place bets on the "sexiest" and "grumpiest" of the player's partners.

This is really all to say: It seems like no one really knows how to work women into their coverage of the World Cup. But I have a suggestion for sportswriters everywhere. Stop trying to force it, and just cover the goddamn game as though you truly believed there were fans of both sexes reading. Because, guess what? There are.
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Thatta Kedona at BBC

Monday, June 14, 2010
Listen Arjum Wajid from (BBC World Service) Interview; Download.

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World's Heaviest Woman

Saturday, June 12, 2010
A New Jersey woman is waging a campaign to become the world's heaviest living woman, admitting that she is as hungry for attention as she is for calorie-rich food.

Donna Simpson, 42, weighs more than 600 pounds (272 kg) and aims to reach 1,000 pounds (455 kg).She is mother of two children, ages 3 and 14,

A Guinness World Records spokeswoman said Simpson has submitted a claim for the title of world's heaviest woman to give birth, a claim that is being reviewed.

Among the heaviest women ever recorded was one who reportedly weighed 1,800 pounds (816 kg) and another who reportedly weighed 1,200 pounds (545 kg) at the time of their deaths.

Simpson spends as much as $750 a week on groceries, suffers from Type 2 diabetes and struggles with basic tasks such as cooking and taking a shower.

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Big Big Cates of South Africa


You know when you've been run over by a lion. 'Watch out!' someone yelled but it was too late. I had no time to do anything but flinch before impact. As the big cat landed on me, I felt his full weight thumping into my flesh, enormous paws belting me around the ears, heavy bones crushing into my shoulders.

Surprisingly, I wasn't frightened, though. For a start, Rwanda, the young lion who'd jumped me, was only playing - phew! More to the point, at only 11 months old, he and his sisters Ruma and Rufiji were only around a quarter of their full-grown, adult size and so were really just great big fluffy kittens who love to play with the humans - for now.

When everyone seems to be travelling to South Africa for Football, I suggest dont forget to have a party with the big wild cats when you are there. Read more

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You Following World Cup?


Bafana Bafana's merry dance as draw puts a smile on the face of Africa South (Africa 1 Mexico 1)

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New Social Movement

Dr. Senta Siller

There is nothing that does not or has not already existed; but there are things that are frequent because they are carried out frequently (graffiti in university library).

The first encounter with people in a traditional Punjabi village in Pakistan took place in the autumn of 1990 at the invitation of a former student. There are over twenty thousand such villages in the densely populated Punjab province of Pakistan. To put it generally, the first impression was the following: a poor village, a poor region with no roads, no sewers, no schools, no electricity, no toilets. Shooting a documentary film, setting up a public health service, establishing an NGO, building an NGO-financed school were the first measures towards creating a village development project, which was followed from 1993 on by projects that generated income for the rural population. Ten years of Pakistani-German co-operation at NGO level have provided a clear view and have increasingly shown that Pakistan is a rich country with traditional, cultural, natural and social resources.

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World Cup Begins

Friday, June 11, 2010
"Football is not only a game. Football is connecting people."

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German Connections

Some people live for others. Three honorable German ladies have been living in Pakistan and working to make the life of others better. People of Pakistan passionately recognize the services of these honorable ladies.

Prof. Dr. Annemarie Schimmel (April 7, 1922 - January 26, 2003) was a well known and very influential German scholar who wrote over 500 books and left deep impression on the people of Pakistan.

Annemarie Schimmel received a doctorate in Islamic languages and civilization from the University of Berlin at the age of nineteen. At twenty-three, she became a professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Marburg (Germany), where she earned a second doctorate in the history of religions. A turning point in her life came in 1954 when she was appointed Professor of the History of Religion at the University of Ankara (Turkey). There she spent five years teaching in Turkish and immersing herself in the culture and mystical tradition of the country. She was a faculty member at Harvard University from 1967 to 1992 and became Professor Emeritus upon her retirement. She was also an honorary professor at the University of Bonn. She published more than 50 books on Islamic literature, mysticism and culture, and translated Persian, Urdu, Arabic, Sindhi and Turkish poetry and literature into English and German.

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Geek Women Who Rule the Web

The boys’ club of the dot-com era is officially closed. Meet the women launching the websites, starting up the networks, and building the blockbuster blogs of tomorrow. By Joyce C. Tang.

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International COMSAT Workshop on Environmentally Sustainable Development

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Dr. Norbert Pintsch explaining current projects being developed at TTTC at COMSAT One Day Workshop on Renewable Energy and Sanitation (Dry Toilet System) held  in Abbotabad.



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Chitrali Artists at Lok Mela

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Lok Virsa [National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage] was set up to promote research, collection, documentation, preservation and dissemination of folklore, oral traditions and regional cultures, raising the awareness of cultural legacy via the above means. Legends, romance, songs, games, rhymes, festivals, rituals, sufi and saintly sayings are systematically collected and preserved in a national archive, which features a separate section for Chitrali culture.

Chitral’s cultural group is comprised of artists and artisans from the remote valleys and villages of Chitral. Included are 4 highly-skilled Kalash ladies representing the ‘artisan at work’ sector of the festival, tasked with making indigenous Kalash handicrafts such as ‘kapu’, chehari, cherao, copesi and shiman. ‘Kapu’ is a conically-shaped bucket made from goat-hair that the ladies carry on their backs for collecting twigs from the forest. ‘Cherao’ is the traditional bucket skillfully and delicately woven from locally available straw. ‘Chihari’ is the waist fastener that is customarily presented to guests as a welcome gesture. Last but not least, copesi is the headdress crafted by the Kalash ladies’ from colorful beads and oyster shells and worn during special festivals.

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Pak German Connections

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Pakistan will make its presence felt in every football match of the month long FIFA World Cup beginning June 9 in Germany.

"Pakistan will almost be in every match through their footballs," the Dawn quoted German Ambassador Dr. Gunter Mulack as saying while addressing a press conference at the German Embassy.

Mulack said that despite exporting quality footballs, the Pakistani manufacturers needed to make efforts to promote the game within the country.

The ambassador said that if ever there was a serious initiative from Pakistan seeking German assistance in football, it would be considered positively. "We can look into the possibility of sending a trainer," he added.

World Cup Fever in Pakistan

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Poupées du Monde (French)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Poupées du monde

Les poupées ont toujours existé. La preuve en est qu'elles ont été découvertes dans des fouilles en Amérique du Sud, dans le Sous-continent, au Japon, en Italie, en Grèce, et sur d'autres sites partout dans le monde. Faites de matériaux très divers tels que le bois, la cire, l'argile, le tissu, etc., elles n'étaient pas seulement un jouet mais étaient aussi utilisées comme des symboles religieux et des objets de cultes : par exemple comme des représentations miniatures de personnes.

Encore de nos jours, elles sont utilisées par de nombreuses personnes comme des fétiches. Aujourd'hui, les experts ne sont pas certains de l'usage premier des poupées : un jouet duquel furent développés des objets de cultes ou une figure de culte qui est devenue un jouet.

Au-delà de leur signification comme jouet avec une fonction éducative, les poupées sont des documents concrets des époques passées et présentes, et sont donc des sources substantielles de connaissance sur les jeux, la vie, les conditions de travail et de vie et l'économie des temps passés. Ce sont alors d'importants vecteurs culturels.

Le Docteur Senta Siller a établi différents projets au Pakistan, au Cameroun, en Colombie, etc., dans lesquels des programmes légers mais à long-terme ont été mis en place pour le développement des zones rurales, durable et autonome, et le découragement de l'urbanisation par des projets permettant de générer des revenus dans les zones rurales, à travers la production de certains types d'objets artisanaux. Les poupées sont ici fabriquées soigneusement et revêtues d'habits et d'accessoires traditionnels. La conception du design et des différents types de vêtements sont renouvellés et prennent désormais une place importante dans la vie quotidienne.

Poupées du Pakistan

Le projet pour femmes, auquel depuis lors s'est ajouté un centre pour hommes, établi par le Dr Siller en 1993 dans la province pakistanaise du Punjab, comporte 120 femmes et génère déjà des revenus. Les femmes ici ne travaillent pas sur une base de plein-temps mais d'une façon traditionnelle pour ne pas compromettre la vie familiale et le travail dans les champs ; les différents festivals, souvent communs à plusieurs villages, peuvent également être célébrés selon l'usage. Le village de Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka a 1200 habitants environ, les villageois y ont créé l'ONG Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama en 1991, qui coopère avec le DGFK e. V. (Association allemande pour la promotion de la culture). Anjuman elle-même, coopère avec six autres projets dans le pays.

Poupées du Cameroun

Trois coopératives (Akwatinuighah, Akaakang, HandiCraft CAT) sont en fonctionnement depuis 1998 à Bamedia, la capitale de la Province du Nord-Ouest du Cameroun, qui est située près de la frontière avec le Nigéria. Cette ONG coopère aussi avec le DGFK allemand. Bamenda comporte environ 60 000 habitants, répartis sur sept collines, qui parlent huit langues différentes. A part les hommes de CAT, plus de 100 femmes fabriquent une grande variété d'objets artisanaux.

Poupées de Colombie

La coopérative Tantomejor a été établie en 1999 à Saboya et fonctionne simultanément avec trois autres initiatives. Saboya a environ 6 000 habitants et est situé près de Chiquinquira, la capitale du département de Boyaca, au nord de Bogota. Cette ONG reçoit également la coopération du DGFK. Plus d'une centaine de femmes sont engagées dans la fabrication d'objets artisanaux.
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