World Book Day Event – Hotfm 105

Hotfm 105 added another stone to the wall of its milestones. 30th April 2015, Hotfm 105 organized an event on account of World Books Day at Bahria University, Karsaz. The event was more than the conventional books selling stalls arranged by many leading book stores of Karachi this month in several universities. The event was settled for the youth audience that is apparently more interested in fiction than academic course books. The event was set keeping the youth in mind and the students celebrated it till the end. The event started at 11 pm with a stall of fiction novels and a selfie booth with props. Students enjoyed the novels collection and the crowd started capturing pictures on the booth.

There was another session called Spill your thoughts, where there was a white wall to write your favorite dialogues or lines from movies or books. Students and teachers came up with their favorite lines and spilt their thoughts. Our reason for not liking the smart phones technology was registered the moment students used their smart phones to search lines to write on the wall, Sigh!
The next session started with a buzz, it was a quiz that undoubtedly was the most successful session of the event. It comprised of questions from famous fiction novels. A specially designed mug was given as a prize for answering 4 questions correct out of 5. RJ Mirza Humanyun took auditions for RJs, news readers and voice over artists at the university. The students took extraordinary interest and hotfm 105 stood successful in recruiting new talents for the radio station.

Celebrating Second Anniversary of “Press Club”

Press Club, for its poignant and edgy debates about the current affairs has achieved a well known reputation amongst listeners. The show centers News and issues of daily life. The host, Mr. Imtiaz Khan Faran (Former President, Karachi Press Club) discusses the ongoing scenarios of the country with the participants who usually are either senior Journalists or analysts from the major media houses. The participants share their views on and about all the hot topics and affairs of the society. The show gets into a heated debate and turns out to be giving solutions to the issues being faced by the inhabitants. Mr. Yasir Qazi, the Executive Producer of the show, hosts the show in the absence of Imtiaz Khan Faran.

In last two years, Press Club has showcased numerous issues out of which many were completely ignored by the government. But, after Press Club highlighted those issues, the government had no other choice than to give ears to them. Press club has triumphantly pushed The Government of Sindh and The Federal government into solving tremendous problems existing around. After the criticism about Thar crisis in the show, the CM Sindh, Qaim Ali Shah Sahab was pressurized into visiting the victims for the first time during the disaster. Thar Development Authority (TDA) was also formed to address the drought situation in the desert. A distribution of Wheat Bags (free of cost) among the victims of Thar drought was held in 2014.

Ansoo Bai, handicapped girl from Thar was given recognition for her 2 decades long services in the field of Education, She was running a home based school on her own, without getting any remuneration. Press Club displayed the figure for her services in education. Later on, the Education minister of Sindh, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro visited her personally in Thar and appointed her as a government teacher and converted her home-based school into an institute working under the government of Sindh. Sindh Assembly then invited and organized a session to applaud Ansoo Bai’s efforts.

Several ghost schools were opened and/or given furniture and building, and numerous villages were given electricity and gas connections due to the noble attempts made by the participants of the show.

Recently, Hotfm 105 celebrated the second anniversary of the show. A cake cutting ceremony was held on air to extol the efforts of its host and participants.

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The participants were:

Muhammad Imtiaz Khan Faran  Host of the show (Former President, KarachiPress Club)
Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah Patron of the show
Khursheed Ahmed Abbasi Analyst/Participant (Secretary General)
Altaf Mujahid Analyst/Participant (Senior Journalist from Daily “Nawaa’ey Waqt”)
Dr. Ali Rind Analyst/Participant (Editor, Fortnightly “Affair” Magazine)
Rashid Noor Analyst/Participant (Senior Journalist from Daily “Nawaa’ey Waqt”)
Durdana Shahab Analyst/Participant (Editor, Monthly “Sutoor” Magazine)
Aslam Morai Former Host/Analyst
Yasir Qazi Executive Producer
Yasmin Tauha (Senior Journalist, Monthly “Sutoor” Magazine)
Shabbir Soomro (Sub Editor, Daily “Nai Baat”)
Fawzia Khan (Senior Educationist & Analyst)

The day stood as a milestone for Hotfm 105, Mr Imtiaz Khan Faran and all the participants as for it will always be remembered as a symbol of nobility and achievement for everybody.

Earth Day 2015 – Hotfm 105

Started in late 70s, Earth day is celebrated every year on 22nd April to spread awareness and to appreciate the beauty of nature and to remind ourselves that Earth provides us with life and sustenance. Today, it has become one of the most celebrated days and has grown into a world-wide movement. On this day, many events and activities take place all around the world, for instance plantation, awareness campaigns about waste management, beach cleanup drive, etc. This Earth day while surfing through the internet I found this: logical   For initiatives like these, all we need is drive and love for mother nature. We at, hotfm 105, organized an in-house activity on air and off air to celebrate Earth day with our employees; through which we intend on spreading the message of mutual respect and love for everybody. To inculcate love and awareness for our planet earth by giving pots to each employee with a message on it, which we believe must bring harmony and peace in the environment. IMG_0907

“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air, water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.”  – Gaylord Nelson.

Loving nature does not only mean admiring and appreciating the physical beauty of it but rather learning to see, accept and cherish the inner beauty of the residents of mother earth. Living with peace and harmony and spreading the message of love is what actually reflect one’s love for Earth. The more the respect, the more the peace. We should regard each other with respect, accept everyone despite of the differences and actually celebrate the diversity, not just on Earth day, but every day, for the rest of our lives. We are all citizens of planet Earth; the diversity might make us feel different but our shared humanity is what unites us.

Nazia Hassan – Lawyer Turned Singer

There can possibly be nobody who would say he hasn’t heard ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’, ‘Disco Deewanay’, ‘Camera Camera’ and ‘Dosti’. Nazia Hasan, with her singing skills, elegance and cuteness; has achieved her dream of spreading melody. She started singing at the age of 15 and achieved milestones one after the other for the rest of her life (on the contrary, 15 year old girls these days are getting makeovers for upcoming Halloween parties). However, Nazia with her brother Zohaib Hasan has represented Pakistan on the international ground when nobody could have imagined doing so. The duo has proved that it only takes effort and courage to bring about change. Nazia’s ‘Aap Jaisa Koi’ was featured in a bollywood movie ‘Qurbani’, which still gets into remixes by a bundle of Indian singers. Duh! (Let’s just consider it as a tribute to her from them.)

Although, the trend of lawyers turning singers is old, obviously Nazia started it. You cannot blame Ali Noor, but Nazia was eclectic. It takes a lot of effort to study law, while you have an interest in music and you want to do social work too.

Rightly said in Punjabi, “EDI TU MULTITALENTED”

Her talent did not only stay put to singing but she acted in some of her videos too. Whether it be the pink frilly long gowned Nazia in “Ankhen Milaney Waley” or the brown blue jean-ed Nazia in “Disco Deewane”, she flaunted the best of her skills and performances in all her videos too.

She has won many awards including Pride of Performance, Double Platinum Award, Golden Disc Award and a Filmfare Award. Yes, the award Fawad Khan won last year, but she won it in a female playback singer’s category. She is the first, the only and the youngest to win the award by now. Kudos to the lady! She has definitely made a mark. For singers today, it is one of the biggest issues to release a single. While she has released 5 albums within a span of 15 years from 1980 to 1995 when back in nineties music was known to a few people. It is not just luck that makes you successful; it takes talent, hard work and effort.

I’d prefer not judging Hasan for her secret marriage because then I’ll have to judge her for keeping her cancer a secret too. A lady with elegance, talent and grace, a rare combination and a real treat to ears; what gives me or anybody else the right to peer into her personal life while she wanted to keep it to herself?

When she died, Pakistan lost one of its most precious assets. For those who can understand, it was the demise of Pop music culture in Pakistan for nobody can ever deny the fact that Nazia and Zohaib Hassan were the pioneers of Pop Music in Pakistan.

The nation hasn’t forgotten her and it never will. Always remembered, always cherished, Nazia lives in the nation’s hearts – today and always.