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  • 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’...

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    The grand finale tied to the sport and festival, Basant, meanwhile, has been replaced by a terrible, extremely painful and obviously unwanted annual exercise...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

    From what I could gather from court documents and newspaper reports, the early and mid-2000s saw at least 35 people killed due to Basant-related activities...

  • 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

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

    Punjab notes: Basant: yellow fields and Lahore’s colourless skyFirst they said it was a Hindu festival, which scholars proved as an incorrect assertion because every place on mother earth, all with varying religions, has its Spring Festival...

  • Unbeaten Rawalpindi qualify for U-19 Super-Six round

    KARACHI: Rawalpindi became the first side to qualify for the Super-Six stage of the PCB Inter-region Under-19 One-day Cricket Tournament when they beat Dera Murad Jamali by 39 runs in Sialkot on Monday to record their fourth consecutive victory in Group ‘B’...

    After being restricted to a modest total of 195 at the Jinnah Stadium with Shadab Khan making a run-a-ball 69 (seven boundaries), Rawalpindi bowled their opponents for 156 in 46...

  • PPP enters Rawalpindi LG election in disguise

    RAWALPINDI: In the race for LG elections in the city, the local PPP will be the oddest participant as its own leaders will be contesting not under the party flag but as independents...

    Former Rawalpindi PPP spokesman, Nasir Mir, is among the PPP members who have been “allowed by the party” to fight the November 30 election as an independent...

  • Rawalpindi observes ‘anti-dengue’ day

    RAWALPINDI: An ‘anti-dengue’ day was observed in the garrison city on directives from the Punjab government...

    In addition, adviser to the Punjab chief minister on health Khawaja Salman Raffique participated in a seminar arranged by the Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC) in the new teaching block at the Holy Family Hospital (HFH)...

  • Police officer arrested in Rawalpindi couple kidnapping case

    Punjab police on Tuesday arrested an assistant sub-inspector for his involvement in the kidnapping of a couple abducted from outside their house in Rawalpindi in the month of June, police said...

    The abductee, Khalid Latif, who was picked up from Rawalpindi's Charring Cross road along with his wife, told DawnNews that as they walking out of their house that day, a car had pulled up and the former ASI and two uniformed constables had...

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