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13 Reasons to be proud of Pakistan and its people

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On this day in 1940, the Lahore Resolution was passed and then on 23rd March 1956, Pakistan was declared the first Islamic Republic in the world. So this Pakistan Day we rounded up 13 reasons why we are extremely proud of our country and our people

  1. Nine Pakistanis Made It To The Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia List. 

Pakistan often gets the raw end of the deal when it comes to international media coverage, but these men and women made us super proud when they were featured in Forbes Magazine. Among the 9 was also Momina Mustehsan. The others include Muhammad Asad Raza, Abrahim Shaha, Muhammad Shaheer Niazi, Adnan Shaffi, Adeel Shaffi, Sadia Bashir, Hamza Farrukh, Syed Faizan Hussain.

2. The first mechanical heart transplant took place in Karachi

Dr. Pervez Chaudhry led the first successful mechanical heart transplant in Pakistan making it a huge step forward for medicine in the country. Now people won’t have to fly abroad making it accessible to so many people.

3. Billion Tree Tsunami

Our Prime Minister Imran Khan spare-headed the project and we have successfully planted 1 Billion trees in Pakistan, making it a huge step towards saving the environment.

4. Launching of two indigenously manufactured satellites

Two indigenously-built satellites PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A were launched from Jiuquan Satellite Centre in China. They will help Pakistan in mapping the land and making planning concerning natural disasters.

5. The Armed Forces.

Let us take a moment to appreciate our army. Especially since tensions have risen between Pakistan and India, our armed forces have fought valiantly and they are the reason we sleep peacefully in our homes at night. Salute!

6. Send Abhinandan home

The Pakistani people including public figures spoke up for the fair treatment of Indian Air Force Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman after his capture by the Pakistan army. It was made obvious that we wanted to treat him with dignity and PM Imran Khan took the right decision when he sent him back home.

7. Mahirah Khan was welcomed at the Google and Facebook headquarters.

This superstar went to raise funds for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, as a part of her campaign for the awareness of Breast Cancer in Pakistan.

8. Fakhr-E-Alam’s Tour Around The World In 28 Days.

Fakhr-e-Alam became the first Pakistani to circumnavigate the globe in his solo flight around the world in 28 days. He did this to raise funds for his charity organization I Care Foundation, which also helps other NGOs in the country.

9. Country’s first visually impaired judge 

Yousaf Saleem became the first visually impaired judge in Pakistan on June 26 this 2018. While he was dropped earlier for his disability, he was reconsidered and recommended for the position of the civil judge after intervention by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar.

10. We made it to the Filmfare Awards Middle East

The two superstars of our entertainment industry made us all proud when they represented Pakistan in the Filmfare Middle East awards.

11. We also made it to Hollywood

Laraib Atta, daughter of Attaullah Khan Essa Khelvi, began her career in Hollywood as Pakistan’s youngest and exceptional VFX artist at the age of 19. Her work featured in popular movies such as 10,000 BC, The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince of Persia, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past. She has been a part of commercials and TV series, along with feature films.

12. Cricket is back in Karachi

PSL took place in Karachi over a span of 8 days and the people welcomed it. There was a time that Karachi had become so dangerous that having a cricket team play there could have jeopardized their safety. It is safe to say that the revival of cricket in Karachi has begun.

13. We have the 7th largest collection of scientists in the world.

Nergis Mavalvala, a Pakistani-American astrophysicist from Karachi working at the MIT, the US as Associate Head, Physics proving with fellow scientists in 2016 the existence of gravitational waves for the first time in history. 

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4 easy DIY masks you need to try with your girlfriends this Summer

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Summer 2019 is in full gear and if their is one thing all girls need – it’s to detox their skin in this sticky humid weather. Self care is essential to maintain glowing, acne-free skin. We’ve rounded up 5 Do-It-Yourself Face masks for you to try with your girlfriends this summer. Bask in the rich goodness of nutritious products working their magic, put on some music and RELAX!

  1. The Disprin Face Mask (YES, you read that right!)

Recommended to us by a friend, we were shocked at the results. If you want to achieve tighter skin and close down those pores, then apply this twice a week.

How to make it:

  • 2 tbsp Rice Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Disprin crushed
  • 1 tbsp Besan
  • 1 tbsp Yoghurt
  • Dash of Rose Water

Mix all ingredients in a bowl till it forms a paste. Apply to clean face, wait ten minutes and re-apply another layer. Let it stay another ten minutes and then gently scrub it off with water.

2. Oatmeal and vinegar mask

This mask will do wonders for you if you have oily skin. Apply once a week.

How to make it:

  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • ¼ cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

Wash your face with warm water to allow the pores to open up and remove and makeup. Pour the hot water onto your oatmeal and then combine it with honey. At the end, mix the vinegar and apply the mask while it is still warm. Rinse off after 15 minutes and then wash your face with cold water.

3. Citrus avocado mask

Avocados are somewhat an underdog of the fruit family with so many benefits. This mask is great for evening out pigmentation and adding a glow to your face. Apply twice a week


How to make it:

  • ½ of an avocado, mashed
  • ½ of a lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

This mask is super refreshing and will leave your face feeling smooth and skin tones evened out. Mix all the ingredients together and apply evenly to your face and neck. Rinse after 15 minutes and moisturize with your daily face cream (preferably NIVEA)

4. Chocolate Coffee Mask

Made from antioxidant-rich cocoa, chocolate has become known for its heart-healthy benefits. These beans are loaded with polyphenols, catechins, and flavonols, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin, increases blood flow to the skin, keeps the skin hydrated and maintains the skin’s elasticity.

How to make it:

  • 1 tsp of instant coffee
  • 1 tsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • Plain yogurt (enough to make a smooth paste)

Sounds appetizing right? But don’t stuff your face just yet! Combine all ingredients and spread your mixture evenly on your clean, dry face. Avoid your eyes, eyebrows, hairline and lips when you apply your mask and keep it on for 15 minutes before washing it off to reveal more beautiful skin.

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ART Alert!

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Escape Through Art II curated by Mahaa Malik. Featuring the brilliant artists from all over Pakistan!

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Weekly roundup

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Here’s all the latest scoop you need on what’s been happening around town and across the globe. (June 8th – June 16th)

1 – It’s more than just a game – Fans around the world are tensely hoping the weather stays clear during the most anticipated World Cup 2019 clash between Pakistan and India 

2 – The newlyweds, Iman Ali and hubby Babar Bhatti are on their honeymoon in Istanbul 

3 – Photos of KP Minister of Information Shaukat Ali Yousafzai and his fellow officials sporting cat ears and whiskers went viral on Friday night after the social media team running the live broadcast on the official PTI KP Facebook page forgot to disable the cat filter

4 – Instagram accounts turn blue as people all around the world Standing in solidarity with the people of Sudan who are being forced to endure countless horrific atrocities

5 – North west turns 6!

6 – On Saturday, Notre Dame Cathedral held its first mass since the devastating fire that tore through the building two months ago on April 15.

7 – It has been seven years since the Ghazal King Mehdi Hassan passed away but his absence failed to fade away and his ghazals rule over many hearts even today

8 – Mawra Hocane met Rishi Kapoor in New York 

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