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    Basant Festival In Faisalabad 2013 Dodge

  • Basant Festival draws crowd to Lok Virsa

    ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa, organised a one-day Basant Festival on its premises on Sunday, the last day of the chunri and kite making training programme...

    The six-day training programme in chunri (tie-dye) and kite making to mark Basant, was part of a series of programmes that Lok Virsa organised under the title of ‘Craft of the Month’...

  • Four dacoits dodge 500 policemen

    VEHARI: Police have failed to find any clue to four members of a dacoits’ gang which kept police engaged for three days near Chak 113-WB and killed a tracker and a constable in the shootout...

    The outlaws who had taken refuge in corn fields managed to break the police siege laid by over 500 policemen from Multan, Lodhran, Khanewal and Vehari
  • Pakistan may dodge adverse impact of Gulf crisis

    KARACHI: The diplomatic crisis in the Gulf is not expected to impact Pakistan adversely in the immediate future, business leaders said, but advised the government to stay neutral to ensure steady trade ties and uninterrupted import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar...

    In a dramatic decision earlier this week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states broke off ties with Qatar
  • India can’t afford to dodge Pakistan in Champions Trophy: Sethi

    KARACHI: Pakistan Super League Chairman Najam Sethi on Saturday predicted that India will play against Pakistan at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England despite the BCCI’s threats not to do so...

    In an exclusive talk with Dawn News, Sethi said that PCB has made it clear to the International Cricket Council (ICC) that in case India does not play against Pakistan in the 2017 mega event “we will demand full points of the game
  • Faisalabad Literary Festival starts

    FAISALABAD: A two-day third Faisalabad Literary Festival kicked off at the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan auditorium on Friday and it attracted a large number of people...

    The festival turned out to be a great opportunity for the citizens of the industrial city as the hall was packed at the inaugural session where Salima Hashmi and Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy addressed the audience while Bano Qudsia chaired the session...

  • Basant ban and the loss of livelihood

    LAHORE: The Punjab government brought Basant to a drastic end in 2007 following deaths due to chemicalised twine...

    But the blanket ban did not only contain deaths, it affected every aspect of the huge informal industry that started functioning weeks ahead of Basant...

  • Basant and spring, a heady combination

    KARACHI: Despite basant and particularly kite-flying becoming a much polarised and politicised yearly event, the seasonal festival celebrations at the DA Country & Golf Club on Sunday saw family and friends gather together to celebrate the Basant & Spring Gala 2016 amid much fanfare...

    The festivities were as much an ode to the basant festival as they were in celebration of spring in Karachi which vanishes as quickly as it comes...

  • Lok Virsa celebrates Basant with song competition

    ISLAMABAD: Lok Virsa organised a Basant song competition on Sunday to celebrate spring, featuring several musicians from across the country...

    Executive Director Dr Fouzia Saeed said it was very important to celebrate traditional events such as Basant...

  • No more Basant...

    The grand finale tied to the sport and festival, Basant, meanwhile, has been replaced by a terrible, extremely painful and obviously unwanted annual exercise...

    Each year a few weeks ahead of February, the month when Basant used to take place, there is a flurry of totally unneeded activity...

  • Another year without Basant

    IN a tweet sent on Feb 7, Shahbaz Sharif reiterated his government’s policy of a “complete ban” on Basant in Punjab...

    The statement puts to rest months of speculation concerning a regulated revival of the festival...

  • Salam Basant

    Thinking about his promise two days after a minister in Punjab falsely declared a return of the great kite-flying festival, the progressive prime ministerial streak could soon have him talking fondly about Basant...

  • Basant means happiness and all it takes are a few precautions

    Every year instead of being happy as the people of this land automatically become once spring comes, we place bans of the festival of colour, of kites painting up the sky, of music and of good seasonal food...

    It surely does occur to every true Lahori just why do our religious ‘experts’, whom the establishment remains scared of, want Basant banned...

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