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Cultural Heritage : Every year University of Balochistan, Quetta (Pakistan) organises cultural and sports week to promote ethnic harmony amongst its various ethnic students as well as to create opportunities for them to participate actively in sports and other events, such as music competition and live stage shows etc. During the whole week the students as well as guests from outside of the university visit other ethnic group's stand/stall/tent and get served with tea/cold drink or any other traditional meal. The traditional set up of various ethnic stands/stalls are usually very reflective of one's rich cultural heritage and are really very helpful to understand each other's cultural heritage.

Because of good, amicable and tolerant ambience that we had in the early 80's I would say our golden weeks used to be really 'GOLDEN'

But unfortunately over the last few years due to intolerant religious elements who foment only hatred between the adherents of different religious schools of thought or between people of different ethnic background, the situation regarding ethnic tension has greatly deteriorated.

Cultural Heritage

Khadimsquetta

Every year University of Balochistan, Quetta (Pakistan) organises cult ...

Updated: Feb 22, 2014 10:33am PST

StMarie-iphone Pohtos : 50th Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show:

The photos presented in this gallery were taken by iPhone, for SLR camera pictures please visit the relevant gallery.

During my five day stay (June 26 to 30th) in the beautiful valley of Sainte Marie aux Mines I spent most of my time in the Mineral & Fossil Zone (the main show) while on the last day I spent a couple of hours in the Gem Zone which was about 400 yards away from the main show – a free ‘shuttle/navette train’ was available to link the two shows (please view the relevant pictures in the two galleries).

Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department of Alsace region in northeastern France.

The 50th Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral & Gem Show which was held from June 27th to 30th is an international show where more than 1000 exhibitors from around the world participate to sell and buy or exchange their rocks/minerals. The Mineral Show dates back to the early 1960s, when Francois Lehmann organized a small mineral exhibition. Soon the fair became a tourist attraction in the area and many collectors from the neighbouring countries started visiting the show.

The exhibition area covers part of the old town streets where hundreds of exhibitors put their beautiful and rare products (minerals, fossils & gems) on display. During the main four-day fair the first two days are only for professionals so that they can buy/exchange on preferential trade rates while the last two days are open to the general public. Besides, parallel events such as conferences, workshops and visits to local mines are also organised. Some village buildings, like the Theatre or the School, among others, are also filled with exhibitors. 

There were about 50 exhibitors from Pakistan and Afghanistan, a significant number of them came from European countries and the USA. (I will add further information at a later stage!).

StMarie-iphone Pohtos

Khadimsquetta

50th Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show: The photos presented in t ...

Updated: Jul 06, 2013 9:10am PST

Trek Videos : There were many hours of video that we recorded.  Here are two that were put together to give a quick glimpse of the trek to K2.

Trek Videos

Iqbal

There were many hours of video that we recorded. Here are two that we ...

Updated: Mar 10, 2011 10:44am PST

Chapter 1 - Advance Party in Pindi : The advance Party of me, Linda, Matthew and Anisa got to Pakistan a week before the rest of the group.  We had not too much time to get Trekking permits, food, handle logistics and get everything in order for the rest of the team to move without the delay.  Saadia, Zaby and Daany timed their visit for the same time to creat the greatest amount of "rownak" or happy activity around the house.  We got to go to Trek 3 for a training hike and then to Murree for a nigher altitide hike at 8000 feet.

Chapter 1 - Advance Party in Pindi

Iqbal

The advance Party of me, Linda, Matthew and Anisa got to Pakistan a we ...

Updated: Oct 19, 2010 7:43pm PST

Chapter 3 - Skardu and the Jeep Ride to Thungol : A Boeing 737 that was being flown like an F-16 swooping and banking as it came in for a landing. A picturesque hotel on the cliffs overlooking the Indus in high flood.  A jeep ride on narrow trails clinging to the mountainside and through swollen streams where our guides had to construct fords to create passage. Scrambles on a precipitious ledge with the Braldu below or what we fondly called "the jaws of death", and finally Thungol, our first campsite.

Chapter 3 - Skardu and the Jeep Ride ...

Iqbal

A Boeing 737 that was being flown like an F-16 swooping and banking as ...

Updated: Oct 07, 2010 9:50pm PST

Chapter 2 - The Team Gathers : The day before we are supposed to head out to Skardu, the remainder of the team start coming in.  I drive to Lahore to pick up Rich, Tanya, Erin and Jeff who come in from JFK and Ignacio flies in to Islamabad from Mexico via London.  We try to fly to Skardu on the 9th of August but the flight is cancnelled after we are all checked in and mentally ready to go.  It did however five our folks a little time to decompress before going on another whilrwind trip.  It also helped that Saadia whipped up a great brunch on our return from the airport.  The rest of the day was shopping, visiting ATM's and going out to dinner at BarBQ Tonite.

Chapter 2 - The Team Gathers

Iqbal

The day before we are supposed to head out to Skardu, the remainder of ...

Updated: Sep 09, 2010 9:07pm PST

April 2006 Training Camp : Now I am doing monthly visits to make sure the team is tracking to the plan.  The goal in this visit was to get some good numbers for time trials to see which events we can be competitive in.  The athletes did ergometer testing as well as extensive seat racing and time trials.  Zaheer got very good at getting the information plotted so the athletes could see it.  We finally started to break ground on the ergometers where almost half of the athletes go their personal best while everybody got the best score of the season.  The sweep boats are still not going as fast as I would like, but the double sculls are really moving along.

April 2006 Training Camp

Iqbal

Now I am doing monthly visits to make sure the team is tracking to the ...

Updated: Jul 15, 2009 2:16pm PST

National Team Training - November 2005 : I coached the Pakistan Rowing Team for 10 days.  This band of two dozen athletes are drawn from the Army, Navy, WAPDA and Colleges and made some impressive improvements.  I also gave a coaches clinic for aspiring and current coaches.  Zaheer Ahmad was crucial to getting things to run smoothly. Rizwan was the man behind the scenes who got all the events organized.

National Team Training - November 2005

Iqbal

I coached the Pakistan Rowing Team for 10 days. This band of two doze ...

Updated: Jul 15, 2009 2:12pm PST

Karachi Boat Club : In November 2006, I was able to go our for a day to see the Pakistan Team row out of the Karachi Boat Club in preparation for the Asian Games in Doha.  In the evening I got to see Kiran and Sama row.  They were coached by Linda in the summer for the Junior Asian Games.  All of this was arranged by Arif Ikram, the genius behind the revival of rowing at KBC.  It was wonderful to see the hustle and bustle at the club as boys and girls got on the water.  KBC has an impressive set of new shells and oars, and is hosting an international regatta in December.

Karachi Boat Club

Iqbal

In November 2006, I was able to go our for a day to see the Pakistan T ...

Updated: Jul 15, 2009 2:10pm PST

Pakistan, Mar 2005 : Visit to Pakistan: Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore between 28th Feb 2005 and 12th March 2005
PictoJournal posted at  http://suchit.net/photo/pakistan_2005/index.htm

Pakistan, Mar 2005

Suchit Nanda

Visit to Pakistan: Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore between 28th Feb 2005 an ...

Updated: May 18, 2009 8:30am PST