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The good, the bad and the ugly

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A new year is almost upon us, and although we’re not quite ready let go of this one, there’s not much we can do other than reminiscing about it. 2018 has been an interesting year, full of ups and downs, groundbreaking achievements and innovation. It’s only fair that we celebrate the end of this year by scribbling down a recap in its honor.

Pakistan was included in Forbes list of 10 coolest places to go in 2019.

In 2018, Pakistan witnessed a changing of the guard. One democratically elected government transitioned into another via the general elections.

Imran Khan was elected as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, while PTI formed a majority and took hold of the federal government. This ushered a change in the political climate of Pakistan labelled “Naya Pakistan”

What will people say, an enigmatic and groundbreaking film by Pakistani-Norwegian director Irum Haq was extremely well recieved and met with applause all around the world.

PMLN was successful in adding 12000 MW of electricity within the system, dampening the energy crisis that had been looming over our heads for quite some time.

Awareness about workplace sexual harassment was raised when Meesha Shafi contributed her story in regards to the MeToo movement. This helped shed a light on how women are treated in an allegedly safe environment.

A groundbreaking verdict was given out in the Asia Bibi blasphemy case, the previous high court verdict was overturned and she was released due to insufficient evidence.

The Government managed to secure aid from both Saudia Arabia and the UAE in order to lessen their dependance upon the IMF. Talks are underway with China for more financial support.

The Kartarpur corridor was opened for Sikh pilgrims, a mature and humanitarian step taken by Pakistan to mend bilateral ties with India.

A bill was passed in order to ensure that the rights of transgender people within Pakistan are protected, and to help save them from any form of discrimination.

A successful initiative taken by PTI was the billion tree tsunami, afforestation in many affected areas was done, lush and greenery brought back to the country.

Chief Justice Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and the Supreme Court took suo motu notice of many afflictions that the poor people of Pakistan suffer from, in addition to that, a fund was also created to raise money for building a dam.

Important politicians such as Mian Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari were the subject of trials in regards to financial corruption and misuse of authority.

A wave of extremism overtook Pakistan as TLP protested the Asia Bibi verdict, damages worth Rs.260 million were incurred during this time period.

Pakistan was included by the FATF in its grey list due to allegations of terror financing.

The nation was shocked to its core by an atrocious act in January; the rape and murder of Zainab Ansari, and although the gaping wound left behind by her demise has not yet healed, the one who did wrong by her has been brought to justice.

Pakistan in 2018 lost many important people and leaders such as Siraj Raisani, Haroon Bilour, Ali Raza Abidi; they kept on championing for democracy, and lost their lives in the process.

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Nobel Prize winner and activist visited Pakistan for the first time in 6 years, she called it the happiest day of her life.

After a decade of inactivity, British Airways are to resume flights in Pakistan, Qatar too opened a visa facilitation center in Islamabad for swift processing of visas, along with a promise of 100,000 jobs for Pakistani workers.

2018 proved to be a golden year for Pakistani cinema, as many of its films went to to receive critical acclaim and managed to bring in big box office numbers; Cake and 3 Bahadur were well received by Pakistani audiences and people abroad, with the former’s director winning an award at the UK Asian Film Festival.

We’ve had our fair share of U-turns, delays and mishaps this year, but we’ve also enjoyed much, this year showed us that Pakistan can persevere through anything with the grace of Allah, it is important to cling on to hope, it is integral to try and find a silver lining in every cloud. Let’s hope the forthcoming year is a prosperous and fulfilling one, bringing all of us joy and solace.

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Mahira welcomes foreign PSL players to Karachi

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KARACHI: With the fourth edition of the celebrated Pakistan Super League (PSL) about to come home, actress Mahira Khan has welcomed the international cricket stars to Pakistan – and especially to her city, Karachi.

Khan, who took to Twitter Thursday night, shared an adorned picture of metropolis’ Shahrah-e-Faisal brimming with vivid lights.

“So happy to welcome all the international cricketers to my city Karachi. Can’t wait to watch cricket on Pakistani grounds. Let the games begin! #HBLPSL#CricketComesHome,” she captioned the picture.

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PSL players have started to land in Karachi for the Pakistan-leg of the league which is starting Sunday. Some of the key international cricketers include Darren Sammy, Shane Watson, DJ Bravo, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rilee Rossouw, Luke Ronchi, Phillip Salt and Camron Delport.

Much anticipated Lahore Qalandars’ AB de Villiers will not be coming to Pakistan after he suffered a back injury and has been advised bed rest for two weeks.

In the opener, Karachi’s historical National Stadium will host Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United. The final fixture will be played on March 17 at the same venue.

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Spring Means Lawn

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Spring is almost upon us; the season of flowers brings us not only pleasant weather to enjoy but clothes to adore and fill our wardrobes with. With all the new designs designers are putting out, there seems to be no end to our appetite, the spring collection this year is by far the most intriguing one we’ve had in a long time, all the more better to take out our wallets and buy everything we can get out hands on. Here is a list of Designers and Brands you should definitely keep an eye on.

1. Sapphire

Vibrant and colourful eye-catching designs by sapphire, encompassing the essence of Spring perfectly.

A must buy for all Spring Collection aficionados.

2. Rang Rasiya

Offering clothes of contrasting palettes and shades, Rang Rasiya have really out done themselves with their innovativeness.

Appealing to the eyes and granting one the ability to stand out in a crowd effortlessly.

3. Saira Rizwan

Laced with intricacies and gorgeous abstract designs, Saira Rizwan’s new collection is a pinnacle of creativity.

With an added traditional touch that reminds us of our homeland, and its rich culture.

4. Bareeze

Bareeze opts for a simple yet chic approach this spring. Intertwining dynamic colours with lively designs, Bareeze is a shoe in to win our hearts.

Dazzling and exuberant pieces that will bring life to any wardrobe.

5. Farida Hasan

Differing from their contemporaries, Farida Hasan’s new collection gives insight into a vigorously imaginative artistic style.

Full of diversity and elegance, you don’t want to miss out on this.

6. Rema & Shehrbano

Keeping in line with the newest trends of the fashion industry, Rema & Shehrbano put out their own little twist with the spring lawn collection.

Symmetrical composition and awe-inspiring handiwork, surely to captivate all those that lay eyes upon it.

7. Suffuse by Sana Yasir

Suffuse spins out their floral oriented spring collection with a vast number of exquisite designs to take your pick from.

Offering embroidered tunics inspired by pop art and retro fashion.

8. Sana Safinaz

Sana Safinaz unravels their new Spring designs laced with themes of nature, the details look and feel so surreal. Ingenuity at its best.

Catering to a wide variety of people, Sana Safinaz has something for everyone. They’re one of the most sought out designer brand for this very reason, and rightfully so.

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Why Splurge?

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(Make up products all under RS 1000)

POUT MAKER™ LIP CRAYON (LUSCIOUS COSMETICS)

This Argan Oil infused matte lip liner is designed for touch-proof, long-lasting wear.

Use it to outline, enhance and contour the shape of your lips before applying lipstick or gloss.

BROW PALETTE (MASARAT MISBAH)

A blend-able and long-wearing eyebrow palette to Sculpt, Fill, Set, and Define the brows.

The all-in-one MM Brow Palette has everything you need to expertly Sculpt, Fill, Set, and Define your brows:

Setting wax: that sets brow hairs and holds its shape throughout the day

Two ultra-pigmented shades of powder: provide buildable coverage that naturally redefines the brows using the mini brow brush.

24K Gold Serum (spa in a bottle)

This is an organic and chemical free blend of light essential oils infused with real 24K Gold dust and Gold flecks for daytime hydration. This oil blend absorbs right into your skin and gives you a radiant and dewy glow. It may be used as a daily moisturizer or makeup primer or may be mixed with your foundation for smoother application. It is also an amazing lip hydrator; apply before the application of liquid matte lipsticks.

Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Mascara:

Maybelline Le Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara gives a polished look to your lashes. This mascara makes your eyes look covered and fluttery. It’s thick and dramatic look make the eyes fuller.

RIMMEL LONDON

Rimmel has a beautiful collection of blushes, from coral to pink. Basically, every color is available. The pigmentation is quite natural and elegant, and it has a great color payoff. However, for dry skin it can look a bit chalky, otherwise it a great product overall.

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