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Tabassum Adnan: A Pakistani Women rights activist who was honored with Nelson Mandela Award

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KARACHI: A women’s rights activist in Swat has been honored with the prestigious Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Award 2016 in Columbia.

Tabassum Adnan, a working lady in Swat who struggles for women’s rights was recognised by the governing body of the Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Award 2016.

After being honored, Tabassum expressed her delight and said that she is thankful to the Pakistani people for their support and cooperation.

“I can’t explain how much happy I am. It’s all because of the support of people of Pakistan. With their support and cooperation, I was able to win the prestigious award,” said Tabassum.

Remembering her past times, Tabassum said that she was married at the age of 13 and had her first child at the age of 14.

“I have suffered 20 years of mental and physical abuse after getting married at early age. I was divorced few years after my marriage and lost my children and home,” Tabassum said.

After her divorce, she founded the first ever female-only Jirga in Pakistan by the name of Khwendo Jirga. The jirga supports rights for women which include voting and security.

She was awarded International Women of Courage award in the United States in 2015.




 

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Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar welcomed in Pk.

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LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan today said the current visit of noted Indian poet Javed Akhtar along with his film star wife Shabana Azmi to Pakistan would open new doors of peace for Pak-India relationships.
In a meeting with Indian celebrity couple here on Friday, he said: “Pakistanis are the most peaceful and loving people and Pakistan, indeed, has fought on front-line in the war against terrorism”.
Chohan said that both neighboring countries should work together in the areas of art to promote harmony and peace in the region.
On this occasion, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar said that they were overwhelmed by the warm welcome which had been given to them by the people of Pakistan.
“We will never forget the love and respect which we get during the visit”, they added.

 

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IHC turns down plea seeking ban on Donkey King release!

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday dismissed the maintainability of a petition seeking a ban on the release of the film ‘The Donkey King’.
IHC judge Justice Aamer Farooq announced its judgment that was earlier reserved after an initial hearing on the petition.
The petitioner had sought a ban on the animated film and stated that it was ‘humiliating’ towards the Raja caste. At first, the IHC reserved its verdict on whether the petition is maintainable or not and then dismissed it.

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American theatres: Villain ‘Venom’ is box office hero!

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LOS ANGELES: Superhero blockbuster “Venom” saved the day at the North American box office this weekend, pulling in an estimated $80 million in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
The film, the official launch of Sony’s Marvel Universe, stars Tom Hardy as a journalist who becomes the host for an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers.
The character is a villain in the “Spider-Man” comic book world. Despite being panned by critics, the movie comfortably broke the October opening weekend record by more than $20 million, according to Box Office Mojo figures.
In second place was another new release, musical romance “A Star Is Born,” which took in $41.25 million.  The third remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it marks the directing debut of Bradley Cooper, who stars as a musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer played by pop superstar Lady Gaga.
Third place went to Warner Bros.’s “Smallfoot,” with earnings of $14.9 million in its second weekend. The comic family animation tells the story of a group of Yeti who come across a human, with voicing by Channing Tatum, LeBron James, and Danny DeVito.
Coming in fourth was last weekend’s champion, Universal’s “Night School,” whose earnings dropped nearly $16 million to $12.3 million this weekend.
The raucous comedy stars Kevin Hart as one student in a class of misfits working toward high school diplomas under the firm tutelage of Tiffany Haddish.
Fifth place went to Universal’s family-friendly offering “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” which slipped from third place last weekend with takings of $7.3 million.
Rounding out this weekend’s top 10 were:
“A Simple Favor” ($3.4 million)
“The Nun” ($2.6 million)
“Hell Fest” ($2.1 million)
“Crazy Rich Asians” ($2.1 million)
“The Predator” ($900,000)

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