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Pakistani Architect wins the Jane Drew Prize 2020

Jan 22, 2020

Pakistan’s first-ever female architect, Yasmeen Lari, has been awarded the Jane Drew Prize 2020 for her contribution to raising the profile of women in architecture and design. The prize is named after Jane Drew, an advocate for women in a male-dominated profession.

Source: Architects' Journal

Pakistani Film-maker wins the first Oscar Academy Award for Pakistan

Feb 27, 2012

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy wins an Oscar Award for her documentary, Saving Face. She won the award for the best documentary in the short subject category. "This win is a testament that Pakistanis can do anything", said Chinoi. Saving Face is set to air on American cable television network HBO on March 8.

Source: Reuters
The New York Times

Aleem Dar is named the best cricket umpire for the third consecutive year

Sep 12, 2011

Aleem Dar wins the David Shepherd trophy for the Umpire of the Year for the third consecutive year. Dar beat off strong competition from his colleagues on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires Steve Davis, Ian Gould and five-time ICC Umpire of the Year Simon Taufel.

Source: ESPN cricinfo
The News

Naseem Hamid breaks all speed barriers to become the fastest woman in South Asia

Feb 08, 2010

Naseem Hamid, the 22-year old female athlete from Pakistan wins the 100-metre sprint gold medal at the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Naseem is the first female athlete from Pakistan to have won the sprint in the competition’s 26-year history. The South Asian region comprises one-fifth of humanity.

Source: France 24: International News 24/7

Ali Nawazish stuns the world with record breaking A-Levels

Jan 31, 2009

Ali Moeen Nawazish, an 18-year old Pakistani student, shatters the world record by passing 23 A-Levels in a single year with 21As. The feat earned him a place at Cambridge, realizing one of his dreams and passions.

Ali was a student at Roots High School, Rawalpindi, and is now studying computer science at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge.

Source: The Sun
The Independent
The Herald

Wateen Telecom Pakistan awards Motorola one of the world’s largest WiMAX device orders

Jan 28, 2008

Motorola has announced a contract with Wateen Telecom Pakistan for the supply of 198,000 end-user WiMAX customer premises equipment (CPE) devices which is being marked as one of the Largest WiMAX Device Orders in the world. Pakistan is currently viewed as one of the fastest developing telecoms markets in the world. The CPE units will provide subscribers in Pakistan with unprecedented wireless access to agile and affordable data and Voice over IP (VoIP) services.

Source: Motorola Media Center

Pakistani entrepreneur is ranked #8 in Forbes Midas List of Global Venture Capitalists

Jan 24, 2008

Asad Jamal, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ePlanet Ventures, is ranked #8 at the prestigious Forbes Midas List of the Top 100 Global Venture Capitalists. Forbes' annual Midas 100 list surveys the top tech deal makers in the world.

ePlanet Ventures is a Silicon Valley headquartered technology venture capital firm, with US$ 640 million under management. ePlanet has business presence throughout the world's major innovation centers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Asad led investment in Chinese search engine Baidu, which has more than doubled since its IPO in 2005.

Source: Forbes Midas List - Asad Jamal Markets
Forbes - Asad Jamal profile

Pakistani woman explorer lands in Antarctica after being to North Pole

Jan 08, 2008

A Pakistani artist, astronaut and adventurer Namira Saleem has reached Antarctica. Earlier last year, she became the first Pakistani woman to reach the North Pole. Namira is also the first lady member of the first Astronomy Society of Pakistan, Amastropak

Source: Gulf News

The Harvard Law School to award its highest honour to the Chief Justice of Pakistan

November 13, 2007

The Harvard Law School has announced to award its highest honour, the Harvard Law School Medal of Freedom to Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The defiant Chief Justice had been replaced and detained along with 60 other judges by the military dictator, Pervez Musharaf as part of his proclamation of emergency in Pakistan. Chaudhry Iftikhar had earlier declared the proclamation of emergency null and void and had refused to take oath of loyalty to Musharaf under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).

The Medal of Freedom reflects commitment to freedom, justice, equality and the past recipients of the award include former South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Source: Harvard Law School News

Pakistani environmentalist shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and other scientists

October 12, 2007

The Nobel Committee announced that the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize would be split equally between Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for their efforts to disseminate knowledge about man-made climate change and lay the foundations to counteract it.

Adil Najam, an environmentalist of Pakistani origin was a lead author in two of the IPCC reports that contributed to the award of the prize. Adil holds a PhD in International Environmental Policy, MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and MS in Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Source: The Boston Globe
MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Boston University
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Pakistan win second Blind World Cup Title

December 22, 2006

Pakistan beat India by six wickets in third Blind Cricket World Cup, winning the title twice in a row.

Source: Cricket World

LUMS students win the best SPAM Filtering Performance Award at Discovery Challenge

June 2006

LUMS Computer Science students, Khurram Nazir Junejo and Mirza Muhammad Yousaf (supervised by Dr Asim Karim) received top ranking for SPAM Filtering Performance Award at the Discovery Challenge, organized by 17th European Conference on Machine Learning. 57 teams from 19 different countries participated in the challenge including participants from Germany, India, China, Greece, Canada, New Zealand, and Russia.

Source: Discovery Challenge 2006
LUMS, CS Department Highlights

Pakistani female astronaut signs up for space travel

April 2006

Namira Salim, a Pakistani artist has signed up as an astronaut to go into space in the Virgin Galactic Space Ship in 2008, to fulfill her childhood passion. Namira is also the first lady member of the first Astronomy Society of Pakistan, Amastropak.

Namira's art work has been exhibited during various summits at the United Nations, UNESCO and SAARC. She also plans to publish her first book of English poetry this year.

Source: MSNBC
The News
Khaleej Times

Pakistani student wins world wide writing competition


Waleed Amjad Malik, a Pakistani student from Beacon House, Islamabad, won a UN world wide writing competition on "Human Rights and poverty" in connection with the Human Rights Day, 2006.

The competition was organized by the UN Department of Public Information in co-ordination with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Social Policy and Development, on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2006. Over 700 entries in five UN official languages from all regions of the world were received for the competition.

Source: United Nations in Pakistan

Pakistan emerge Blind World Cup champions at Chennai, India

December 14, 2002

Pakistan beat South Africa by five wickets, to win the Blind Cricket World Cup, 2002. The team that was initially doubtful even to make it to the World Cup, put up a surprising performance in the tournament, finally clinching the cup.

Source: Cricinfo

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