Pakistan Wins International Cyber Drill !!

Pakistan has marked victory in International Cyber Drill Competition, the competition was based on tricks and techniques regarding “Cyber Security and how to secure systems from hackers and hack attacks”. Pakistan took part in the drill for the first time and beaten experts from 28 other countries.

Ammar Jaffri, President at Pakistan Information Security Association ” Pakistan took part in this cyber drill for the first time and won”.

President at Pakistan Information Security Association was founded in 2005 to educate people on immediate response on hacking attacks. Four members from Pakistan Information Security Association and four students from National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) took part in the drill and successfully blocked hacking attacks from different hackers.

Teachers from Pakistan Win at Education Forum in Jordan

Two Pakistani teachers, out of 200 educational professionals from over 25 regional countries, have won the regional competition at Microsoft’s “Middle East & Africa Regional Innovative Education Forum” held recently in Aqaba, Jordan.

Microsoft Innovative education forum focuses on implementing innovative approaches that will ultimately improve the learning outcome of education systems across the globe.

Teachers are initially selected from different countries based on their innovations in teachings to compete in regional events. Upon winning regional competition, these teachers then qualify for global competition.

At Middle East & Africa Regional Innovative Education Forum teachers competed to receive one of twelve innovative teaching awards in four key categories at regional level. The winning group representing Pakistan consisted of Tahmeena Raees, Huma Islam and Kiran Imran from Roots School System.

Earlier in August, Pakistan announced the results for the country-level competition from which the winners participated in the regional level round for Middle East and Africa.

Talking about this event Kamal Ahmed, Country General Manager, Microsoft said, “Microsoft strives to create educational experiences that remove boundaries and bring students, teachers, educational policy makers and employers closer. I congratulate the winners from Pakistan. They have proved that technology is an important enabler in education and have supported students to gain the necessary skills to thrive in the 21st century.”

Delighted with this achievement Tehmeena Raees said, “We need to think out of the box to cater to the requirements of Information Technology and education in Pakistan. I am sure all the successful projects will go a long way in helping students take advantage of information and communication technology for the benefit of society. Microsoft has done an amazing job by providing us this platform.”

In addition event included workshops and an exhibition of all the participating schools and educator’s projects. A number of different awards for outstanding projects in various categories were also rewarded to the participants by an international jury of education experts. The winners of this round are selected to attend the Partners in Learning Global Forum that will be held in Washington DC on 07th November 2011 – 10th November, 2011.

As part of the Innovative Education Forum (IEF), Microsoft holds two competitions every year: Innovative Schools Program and Innovative Teachers Forum. Local offices of Microsoft all over the world organize such forums in their respective countries and then the winners compete at regional level.

The winners from regional level then go to participate in World Wide Innovative Education Forum where winning teachers from regional forums and innovative schools selected from all over the world show case their projects. The projects are then assessed on the basis of teacher-student engagement, innovation and contents and three top projects for each of these categories are declared.

Urdu Column by‎ Javed Choudary – Sousti ka banulaqwami award (سستی کا عالمی ایوارڈ )

  Javed Chaudhryجاوید چوہدری) is a newspaper columnist. His series of columns have been published in four volumes in Urdu language. His most notable column ZERO POINT has great influence upon people of Pakistan especially Youth and Muslims of Pakistan. He writes for the Urdu newspaper Daily Express four time a week, covering topics ranging from social issues to politic

Below is his new column published also with Daily Express  titled “Sousti ka banulaqwami award سستی کا عالمی ایوارڈ– in which he writes about the our behavior in life and technology fields.

World’s tallest building coming to Saudi Arabia

Kingdom Tower, project financed by Saudi prince, will rise more than 3,280 feet

Saudi Arabia took a key step forward Tuesday in its plan to build the world’s tallest tower and outdo Gulf neighbor Dubai, which inaugurated its own record-breaking skyscraper less than two years ago.

The Saudis awarded a more than $1 billion contract for a spire that will soar two-thirds of a mile high, to be named the Kingdom Tower. It will have a luxury hotel, serviced apartments, condominiums and offices, encompassing some 5.4 million square feet.

The plans make Saudi Arabia a front-runner in the competition between the oil-rich Gulf nations for glitzy, architectural trophies that dot their desert territories with such status symbols as glimmering skyscrapers and elaborate, artificial islands.

Kingdom Holding Co., the investment firm headed by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, said it signed a $1.2 billion deal with the Saudi Binladen Group to build Kingdom Tower on the outskirts of the Red Sea city of Jiddah.

The construction giant is owned by the family of Osama bin Laden. The family disavowed the slain al-Qaida terror group leader years ago.

The venture is seen as a key part of Saudi ambitions to diversify its economy away from the crude oil that has fueled it for decades.

The tower, to exceed 3,300 feet in height was designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture. It is the initial phase of the planned Kingdom City, a two-square-mile, $20 billion urban development project first announced in 2008.

In June 2009, KHC signed a deal with Dubai-based Emaar Properties to develop and oversee the construction of Kingdom City and Kingdom Tower.

Emaar, which is partly owned by Dubai’s government, also is the developer of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which at 2,717 feet can boast 160 livable floors and a boutique Armani hotel.

That tower in Dubai, one of the seven sheikdoms making up the United Arab Emirates, opened in January 2010.

By comparison, the tallest building in the United States, Willis Tower in Chicago, rises 1,451 feet — plus the 278-foot antenna towers that top it.

The One World Trade Center, now being built in New York City, will measure 1,776 feet with its antenna spire. It’s due for completion in 2013.

Top Most Poisonous Animals

It is not easy to tell which animal is the most poisonous.But here are the top 10

1. Box Jellyfish

The top prize for “The World Most Venomous Animal,” would go to the Box Jellyfish. It has caused at least 5,567 recorded deaths since 1954. Their venom is among the most deadly in the world. It’s toxins attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells.

2. King Cobra

The King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is the world’s longest venomous snake – growing up to 5.6 m (18.5 ft) in length.

3. Marbled Cone Snail

This little beautiful looking Marbled Cone snail can be as deadly as any other animal on this list. One drop of its venom is so powerful that it can kill more than 20 humans

4. Blue-Ringed Octopus

The Blue-Ringed Octopus is very small, only the size of a golf ball, but its venom is so powerful that can kill a human. Actually it carries enough poison to kill 26 adult humans within minutes, and there is no antidote.

5. Death Stalker Scorpion

Contrarily to the popular belief most of the scorpions are relatively harmless to humans as stings produce only local effects (pain, numbness or swelling). However, the Death Starker Scorpion is highly dangerous species because its venom is a powerful cocktail of neurotoxins which causes an intense and unbearable pain, then fever, followed by coma, convulsions, paralysis and death. Fortunately, while a sting from this scorpion is extremely painful, it would be unlikely to kill a healthy, adult human.

6. Stonefish

Maybe Stonefish would never win a beauty contest, but it would definitely win the top prize for being “The World Most Venomous Fish”. Its venom causes such a severe pain that the victims of its sting want the affected limb to be amputated

7. The Brazilian wandering spider

The Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria) or banana spider appears in the Guinness Book of World Records 2007 for the most venomous spider and is the spider responsible for most human deaths.

8. Inland Taipan

The prize for “The World’s Most Venomous Snake” goes to the Inland Taipan of Australia. Just a single bite from this snake contains enough venom to kill 100 human adults or an army of 250,000 mice. Its venom is at least 200 – 400 times more toxic than a common cobra.

9. Poison Dart Frog

If you ever happen to be running through the rain forests somewhere in Central or South America, do not ever pick up beautiful and colorful frogs – it can be the Poison Dart Frog.

10. Puffer Fish

Puffer Fish are the second most poisonous vertebrate on earth (the first one is golden dart Frog). The meat of some species is a delicacy in both Japan (as fugu) and Korea (as bok-uh) but the problem is that the skin and certain organs of many puffer fish are very poisonous to humans.

Karan Singh is the world’s biggest baby

Is the ten month old Karan Singh (left) the worlds biggest baby?

India’s tallest woman, who stands 7ft 2in, claims her baby has grown to 3ft 2in in only 10 months. Svetlana Singh says she hopes her child Karan, who already weighs three-and-a-half stone, will be the tallest man in the world. Speaking in the family’s home in Meerut, outside Delhi, Mrs Singh told how the hungry boy needs feeding an astonishing 20 times a day, Telegraph

p.s: that really tall man holding the child is the momma

Weighing in at a burly 7 stone and standing 4ft 5in tall, two-and-a-half-year-old Karan Singh is believed to be the tallest toddler in the world.

Almost the same height as his 10-year-old neighbours in Meerut, India, Karan is twice the size of children his own age – and his giant mum believes this is just the start.

Dwarfing her husband, 7ft 2in Shweatlana Singh is Asia’s tallest woman, and the proud mum is praying her baby outgrows her.

Karan Singh Towering twos: Two and a half year old Karan Singh, who is 4ft 5in tall, posing here with his same-age friends in Meerut, India, is believed to be the tallest toddler in the world

Karan Singh

Growing boy: Karan, sat with more friends at nursery school, already weighs seven stone ‘He was born big and is already half as tall as me, so I believe he will outgrow me soon,’ said Shweatlana.

Karan, who was twice the size of normal babies at birth – 13lb and 2ft – never fitted baby clothes and now wears clothes designed for children three or four times his age.

‘I had to throw away the baby clothes I’d bought for him and go to the market again. The people in the hospital told me to buy clothes designed for one-year-old kids,’ laughed Karan’s proud father.

At 6ft 7in Sanjay Singh towers over most people but is dwarfed by his wife and expects Karan to soon catch up.

The giant family spends £124 a month – almost three times their neighbours’ budgets – keeping everybody fed, including 20 jars of honey.

‘When Karan wakes up in the morning the first thing he does is ask for food and tea. Whenever he sees anybody eating, he asks for food,’ said Shweatlana. ‘He’d never stop eating if I didn’t force him to.’

Karan Singh Big lad: Karan is already as tall as his five-year-old friend pictured here

Karan Singh

Tall order: Karan Singh, second from right, poses with his friends Akash, 7, Vipin, 12, (in blue) and Kiran Singh, 12, far right wearing orange

The constantly hungry toddler devours five apples in a go, craves sweets and demands ten teaspoonfuls of honey a day.

‘In the afternoon when he asks for food, he will consume two plates of rice, two buckets of vegetables and three chappatis (bread) with curd,’ said Sanjay.

When Karan first went to kindergarten teachers took one look at the giant toddler and refused to admit him, insisting he must be old enough for primary school.

‘Only after I showed them his birth certificate did they agree to admit him in nursery,’ said Sanjay.

Mum Shweatlana, a basketball player who is preparing to represent India in the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi next month, said: ‘Whenever we go shopping we buy the biggest clothes we can get for him and in five months time he grows out of them,’ she said.

‘His height is an advantage and if he wants to play basketball in future I will send him to America for studies there.’

Karan Singh's familyBig family: 7ft 3in tall Shweatlana Singh, 24, the mother of two and a half year old Karan, with her relatives

World’s First Full Face Transplant Surgery in Vall d’Hebron Hospital – Spain

Doctors in Spain have successfully completed the world’s first full face transplant on a man injured by a gunshot to the face five years ago.  The team of 30 doctors transplanted the entire face, including cheek bones and teeth in a mammoth operation that took over 22 hours.
The patient was shot in the face five years ago and was left unable to breath, swallow or talk properly and was severely disfigured.

He had undergone nine other reconstructive surgery operations, but they were all unsuccessful at restructuring his damaged face.

The full face transplant was actually undertaken in March of this year, but the hospital at which it was conducted, Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, have only released details of the operation now.

The man, who is currently recovering at the hospital in Barcelona, has apparently seen his face in a mirror since the operation and is pleased with the result.

There have been ten other face transplants, but this operation was the most ambitious and most complex, and has been hailed by the medical world as a great achievement. (Picture courtesy Vall d’Hebron University Hospital).

Largest & Longest Ambulance in the World

Largest and longest ambulance of the world, launched in the streets of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Ambulance got a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records. Said Khalifa bin Dry Executive Director of the Center for ambulance services that the new ambulance is longer than 20 meters to accommodate more than 45 injured at one time and includes two operating rooms and intensive care room and family medical as well as medium-sized stretchers and seats for minor injuries. The ambulance/car has been linked to satellite and Internet services. We’ve engineered this car should not be just an ambulance to transport the injured, but also a mobile hospital to receive patient and diagnose his condition, in case it is needed to undergo an operation they are transferred to the intensive care unit in the car. As said by the ambulance director of Dubai the car costing nearly two million dollars has been provided with more than 25 state of the art medical equipment in the world. The car also includes a pharmacy containing all the necessary medicines for the surgical treatment of injuries and accidents and emergency medicine.

First Mosque Designed by A Woman

Some weeks ago the Sakirin Mosque opened in Istanbul, Turkey. Sakirin Mosque is the first mosque in the country to have an interior designed by a woman, Zeynep Fadillioglu. An interior designer known for jet setting ways, she nonetheless won a commission to redesign the religious structure in Istanbul. She even recruited women to help in the construction. Begun last year, the project was just recently completed. It’s a fairly impressive building, subtly blending modern techniques and materials into what might be the world’s most conservative design vernacular.

One thing that is notable in the Şakirin Mosque will be the women’s area. In traditional mosques, this is often a very small, dark and apathetic place at the back. Although many believe that this is what “Islam” ordains, it is actually a relic from the culture of the medieval Middle East. No wonder ultra-Orthodox Judaism has a similar tradition of male-favoring seclusion. In Fadıllıoğlu’s design, women will still be separate, but the upper-level designated for them will be open, lighted, and beautifully decorated. A mosque designed by a woman, as she proudly noted, will be more welcoming to women.

The mosque will also have a small museum showcasing works of Islamic which is plans to opart. Among these might be the overlay of the Ka’aba of Mecca, the holiest Muslim shrine, which the Şakir family recently bought at an auction at Sotheby’s for about a million dollars. The total expense for the mosque is unknown – but it is estimated to be very, very high.

Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu is a Turkish designer known for creating some of the most stylish lounges and nightclubs in Istanbul. As a winner of the Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year award, her fame, and that of her husband, restaurateur Meto, has gone beyond Turkey. “For almost 25 years, this glamorous pair have been creating sophisticated hot spots that are the number-one destinations for Turkey’s glitterati,” wrote The Independent in 2004, in a review of the couple’s then newly opened restaurant in London. “Zeynep manages to make her passion for all things Oriental and European sit together in easy, informal arrangements.”  Yet, probably none of the projects Fadıllıoğlu has undertaken before were as passionate as her current one in terms of combing the Orient and Europe: the design of the most modern mosque that Istanbul, and Turkey, has ever seen.

The project was commissioned by a London-based wealthy Arab-Turkish family in the memory of their deceased mother, Semiha Şakir, whose name is recognized by Turks from the quality schools she founded. Her children, Ghassan, Gazi and Gade, have decided to name the mosque “Şakirin.”

It obviously is a reference to their family. But it also has the literal meaning, “Those who are thankful (to God).”

The Şakirin mosque seems to be a combination of traditional elegance and modern austerity. It has a dome; but unlike those on traditional mosques, this metal sphere looks like a space ship. The architect, Hüsrev Tayla, built Ankara’s magnificent Kocatepe Mosque before, which is in the old Ottoman style. This time, in collaboration with other artists such British designer William Pye, he has taken a whole new direction.

Fadıllıoğlu’s job is to design the interior. Different artists are working for her on the altar, calligraphy and pool in the courtyard. Every detail, from the carpets to tiles, is designed anew. She is also planning a system by which the worshippers, after taking their shoes off to enter the mosque, will wear galoshes. Hygenie, she notes, is as important as aesthetics.

Admittedly, I have not been inside a lot of mosques and don’t know much about how light and open space is supposed to work in them, traditionally. I just know that this has a crazy gorgeous interior, with a lovely soaring, open feel to it. It’s got lots of gold in the color scheme, but it manages to be tasteful and elegant, instead of looking like Trump Mosque. The unfinished wood accents contrast nicely. And I love how the “dripping chandelier” catches and magnifies natural light. I want that thing in my house!

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