The most anticipated talk show of the year presenting the loved couple Hina Altaf and Agha Ali – ‘The Couple’s Show’ has finally gotten a release date, slated to go on-air on Aaj Entertainment, from 21st February, Sunday, at 9 PM.
Brought by the internationally acclaimed digital network, Emax Media, the show is bringing new-age and quality content to the viewers, being the first of its kind entertaining couple’s talk show.
Talking about the show, the acclaimed actress and model Hina Altaf revealed, “I think everyone is going to be happily surprised with the kind of show this is going to be. I can’t wait for it to finally go on air and hear everyone’s feedback!”
Chiming in, actor and co-host Agha Ali also said, “It is absolutely amazing to see the kind of entertainment the creators are bringing with this show – and I hope everyone enjoys watching it as much as we have enjoyed working on it!”
The Couple’s Show would be hosting Pakistan’s biggest celebrity couples, bringing them to some entertaining and heart to heart conversations. The show would be airing on Aaj Entertainment, every Sunday, bringing a new couple to the couch for the audiences.
Emax Media, the internationally acclaimed digital network is bringing an exciting new show with the most-loved couple in town, Hina Altaf and Agha Ali, featuring the duo as hosts of this new venture.
Bringing new-age and quality content to the viewers, Emax Media has now taken up another new opportunity, with the talk show as another step to bring entertainment in an unconventional way. The show’s production is on the floors, and it is expected to bring some entertaining stars and Pakistan’s biggest celebrity couples to the couch in a candid conversation with the couple.
Hina Altaf and Agha Ali, who gained popularity after their brilliant performance in the hit drama serial ‘Dil-e-Gumshuda,’ is one of Lollywood’s most loved couples. The talented actors will now be seen in a new light, hosting their own talk show soon.
The couple show will hit your TV screens soon also on Urduflix too.
Pakistan’s numero uno entertainment network HUM Network Limited celebrated the 16th anniversary of its premier entertainment channel HUM TV, on January 16, 2020 in Islamabad in a special show hosted by the iconic humorist Ahmed Ali Butt and the gorgeous Shifa Yousafzai. The anniversary transmission was attended by prominent faces of the country’s entertainment landscape and dignitaries including DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar, Zulfi Bukhari, Adnan Siddiqui, Bushra Ansari, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Farhan Saeed, Sarah Khan, Vaneeza Ahmed, Momina Duraid, Usman Mukhtar, Sultana Siddiqui President HUM Network Limited and CEO HUM Network Duraid Qureshi. Humayun Saeed, Ali Zafar and others also joined the transmission via video links and congratulated HUM on completing 16 glorious years of pure entertainment. The show simulcasted on HUM TV, HUM Masala and the official YouTube and Facebook pages of HUM, also raised the curtain on HUM TV’s new ID featuring the who’s who of the entertainment industry.
The start of 2021 will witness mega projects by HUM Network that will touch the audiences’ hearts including Raqs-e-Bismil, Raqeeb Se, Phaans, Chupke Chupke, Taana Baan and Sangema to name a few. Through all of its growing years, HUM TV has played a major role in empowering women, showcasing stigmas and issues that people shy away from, presenting them with sensitivity and gaining acceptability with the masses. After the successful inaugural edition of HUM Women Leaders Awards 2020, this year HUM Network will once again celebrate the success stories of our women and women leaders around the world in the second edition.
Most of HUM TV’s content is made to impact the society in a powerful way! The success of its content comes from the subtle ways it approaches taboo topics, creating relatable characters that leave an unforgettable impression, delivering the message while maintaining the essential entertainment factor. It is the uniqueness of the content and the realistic portrayal of the characters, which are loved and followed by a large number of fans, not just in Pakistan but all around the world.
HUM has the credit for being a pioneer in many aspects, be it the first food channel, the first awards show for an entertainment channel, showcasing new talent, creating fashion events on a high scale to taking our industry to the world by organizing awards in different parts of the world.
The LUX Style Awards office announced nominations in 28 categories this week for the year 2019. Nominations in the categories of Fashion, Film, Music and Television were announced for the 19th LUX Style Awards.
Due to the pandemic, the voting with the jurors for the four categories was conducted online, and overseen by auditors, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
Earlier this year, the LUX Style Awards team had announced a postponement of the annual event and pledged to support those in the entertainment and fashion industry impacted the most by the on-going pandemic. LSA redirected show funds and partnered with the Akhuwat Foundation, to support the impacted members of these industries.
Asima Haq, Director, Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever Pakistan says, “Conceived 20 years ago as a platform focused on celebrating and promoting the entertainment and fashion industries of the country, the LUX Style Awards are considered the epitome of glamour in Pakistan. Earlier this year, we took a call to redirect funds to support those who have worked tirelessly to make LSA the legacy that it is today. Through this decision, we were able to support some of the groups in the entertainment industry that were worst impacted by the pandemic.
However, keeping up with the LSA vision of honoring and recognizing exceptional work in the fields of fashion, music, television and drama, we will be awarding the coveted LSA trophies to the winners this year.”
The LUX Style Awards is an annual event held to honour the best in the fields of Fashion, Film, Music and television. The winners for the 19th LUX Style Awards will be announced in a befitting virtual ceremony later this year.
Lux Style Awards 2020 nominations are:
Model of the Year (Female)
- Alicia Khan
- Fahmeen Ansari
- Farwa Kazmi
- Mushk Kaleem
- Zara Abid (posthumous)
Model of the Year (Male)
- Aimal Khan
- Champ Imi
- Hasnain Lehri
- Shahzad Noor
- Waleed Siddiqui
Achievement in Fashion Design – Pret
- Miraka by Misha Lakhani
- Sania Maskatiya
- Zaha by Elan
Achievement in Fashion Design – Luxury Pret
- Ali Xeeshan
- Husain Rehar
- Misha Lakhani
- Sana Safinaz
- Sania Maskatiya
Best Menswear Designer
- Emran Rajput
- Ismail Farid
- Munib Nawaz
- Republic by Omer Farooq
- Sania Maskatiya
Achievement in Fashion Design – Bridal
- Ali Xeeshan
- Faraz Manan
- House of Kamiar Rokni
- Sana Safinaz
- Shehla Chatoor
Best Fashion Photographer
- Alee Hassan
- Ashna Khan
- MHM Studio
- Rizwan ul Haq
- Shahbaz Shazi
Best Hair & Makeup Artist
- Fatima Nasir
- Qasim Liaqat
- Saima Bargfrede
- Shammal Qureshi at Toni & Guy (North Pakistan)
- Sunil Nawab
Best Emerging Talent
- Asad Bin Javed for Photography
- Maha Tahirani for Female Model
- Natasha Zubair for Photography
- Sachal Afzal for Male Model
- Zara Ali for Photography
- Baaji – Produced by Saqib Malik at Page 33 Films
- Laal Kabootar – Produced by Hania Chima and Kamil Chima
- Parey Hut Love – Produced by Asim Raza at The Vision Factory Films
- Ready Steady No! – Produced by Hisham Bin Munawar
- Superstar – Produced by Momina Duraid at MD Productions
Best Film Director
- Asim Raza for Parey Hut Love
- Hisham Bin Munawar for Ready Steady No!
- Kamal Khan for Laal Kabootar
- Mohammad Ehteshamuddin for Superstar
- Saqib Malik for Baaji
Best Film Actor (Viewer’s Choice & Critics Choice)
- Ahmed Ali Akbar for Laal Kabootar
- Nadeem Baig for Superstar
- Rashid Farooqui for Laal Kabootar
- Salman Shahid for Ready Steady No.
- Sheheryar Munawar for Parey Hut Love
Best Film Actress (Viewer’s Choice & Critics Choice)
- Amna Ilyas for Baaji
- Mahira Khan for Superstar
- Mansha Pasha for Laal Kabootar
- Maya Ali for Parey Hut Love
- Meera for Baaji
Best Playback Singer (Film)
- Ali Sethi for Bekaraan from Superstar
- Ali Tariq for Behka Na
- Jabbar Abbas for Jugart
- Mai Dhai for Raag Murli
- Zeb Bangash for Gudi Wang
Singer of the Year
- Ali Pervaiz for Unkahi
- Ali Sethi for Chaandani Raat
- Haadia Hashmi for Bol Hu
- Saakin for Aj Sik Mitraan Di
- Shehroze Hussain for Qurbaan
Song of the Year
- Late Night by Shamoon Ismail from Brown Sugar
- Raavi by Sajjad Ali from Raavi
- Resistance by Abdullah Siddiqui from Resistance
- Sitaaron se Aagay by Abbas Ali Khan featuring Lalarukh
- You and I by Saba Jaswal featuring Abdullah Siddiqui
Best Emerging Talent
- Ali Hasan for Chaaraasaazi
- Hassan & Roshaan for Savera
- Nimra Gilani for Zindagi Tamasha Bani
- Producers Hamad Khan & Sohaib Lari for Big Foot Music
- Zain Ali & Zohaib Ali for Ali Haiderium
Best TV Play
- Aangan – HUM TV
- Cheekh – ARY Digital
- Ishq Zah e Naseeb – HUM TV
- Meray Paas Tum Ho – ARY Digital
- Ranjha Ranjha Kardi – HUM TV
Best TV Director
- Farooq Rind for Ishq Zah e Naseeb
- Kashif Nisar for Inkaar
- Kashif Nisar for Ranjha Ranjha Kardi
- Muhammad Ehteshamuddin for Aangan
- Nadeem Baig for Meray Paas Tum Ho
Best TV Best Actor (Viewer’s Choice & Critics Choice)
- Bilal Abbas for Cheekh
- Humayun Saeed for Meray Paas Tum Ho
- Imran Ashraf for Ranjha Ranjha Kardi
- Rehan Sheikh for Inkaar
- Zahid Ahmed for Ishq Zah e Naseeb
Best TV Actress (Viewer’s Choice & Critics Choice)
- Ayeza Khan for Meray Paas Tum Ho
- Iqra Aziz for Ranjha Ranjha Kardi
- Saba Qamar for Cheekh
- Sajal Ali for Aangan
- Yumna Zaidi for Inkaar
Best Play Writer
- Faiza Iftikhar for Ranjha Ranjha Kardi
- Hashim Nadeem for Ishq Zah-e-Naseeb
- Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar for Meray Paas Tum Ho
- Sarwat Nazir for Khaas
- Zafar Mairaj for Inkaar
Best Original Sound Track (TV)
- Ishq Zah-e-Naseeb by Naveed Nishad
- Kaisa hai Naseeba by Zeb Bangash
- Khaas by Natasha Baig
- Ramz-e-Ishq by Shani Arshad
- Ranjha Ranjha Kardi by JB Sisters/Rahma Ali
Best Emerging Talent
- Haroon Shahid for Do Bol
- Naimal Khawar for Ana
- Saheefa Jabbar Khatak for Beti
- Shees Gul for Meray Paas Tum Ho
- Usman Mukhtar for Ana
Ansab Jahangir has launched a beautiful bridal collection with the name ‘D I A’. A wedding filled with an abundance of joy every woman dreams of having, with her family and friends by her side. Creating a cheerful & exhilarating atmosphere, D I A is a lovely celebration of a bride enjoying her magical moment in the sun.
The collection embodies a whimsical experience with a fun spirit, indulging in musings and laughter with sisters, bridesmaids and family; featuring Ayeza Khan, Anila Murtaza, Sona Memon, Hiba Khan and Manal Tabani, stunning in the remarkable collection which presents tremendous cultural allure. The occasions cherished are the traditions that have grown on vines, including beautiful moments from the ENGAGEMENT to the NIKKAH and MEHENDI, akin to seasons throughout the year. The exciting journey and zest of a memorable celebration a happy bride dreams of is exceptionally fulfilled through D I A, which proposes a union that will last a lifetime.
With a wondrous array of color, joy and lush greenery, Ansab Jahangir’s newest collection promises an enthralling adventure with the special people in our lives, commemorating an eternal bond with the utmost elegance and refined grace. D I A has an illustrious range in store, full of vibrancy which matches the festivities, whether it be for a blissful Nikkah, subtle yet charming Engagement, or a bright and cheerful Mehendi, the collection covers all the aspects of what a bride-to-be would ideally desire!
Beaconhouse launches its first fully virtual SOT Conference with
Over 60 international thought leaders in 21 live sessions on July 10-12
Beaconhouse is launching its first fully virtual School of Tomorrow (SOT) Conference: A World of Tomorrow: Negotiating a Better Future on July 10-12, 2020, made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor UBL. Targeting a global audience of over 500,000 people, the SOT seeks to understand how Covid-19 is shaping important global conversations about safer and more balanced futures, as well as pushing educators to reimagine the future of education at both school and university levels.
The conference opens with a special message by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization. The Federal Minister of Education, Shafqat Mahmood, and Sindh Minister of School Education, Saeed Ghani, are amongst key Pakistani speakers. Global participants include Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s Head of Education & Skills, Carla Rinaldi, President Fondazione Reggio Children, and Lord Jim Knight, UK’s former Minister of State for Schools along with 2 other members of UK’s House of Lords, Lord David Puttnam and Baroness Nosheena Mobarik, a life peer of Pakistani origin. Other key speakers include Professor Maggie Atkinson, former Children’s Commissioner for England and Dr Siva Kumari, Director General of the International Baccalaureate Organization, amongst many others.
The 3-day virtual conference is anchored on the idea of a ‘brave new world’ being shaped by our response to the pandemic and will be streamed live on www.sotevents.com along with Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and is primarily aimed at parents, educators and policy-makers. Registration is free of cost for all.
Speaking about the conference, Kasim Kasuri, Event Chair and CEO of Beaconhouse, said “The present crisis presents an unprecedented opportunity to us to reimagine the kind of future we truly want, and what we need to do to get there.”
SOT Events are made possible by the generous support of corporate sponsors. The organizers acknowledge the support of United Bank Limited as the Lead Sponsor for SOT Edition XI.
The non-profit School of Tomorrow Event Series was launched in 2000 and is organized by Beaconhouse as part of its ongoing commitment to its social responsibility
Making first 2,000 Exams of Microsoft MOS and MTA free for students
Pakistan has joined the league of some of the top countries of the world by providing a Certification from Home Platform for Microsoft Certifications for its students. An agreement was reached between the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and Microsoft to provide this Certification free of cost to the first 2000 students who register for the opportunity. It’s a major step not only for bridging the gap between education and employability, but also for helping students acquire professional skills while they have more time during this Covid period.
Microsoft and HEC have been working together in a strategic partnership over the last decade to promote the use of information technology in the Higher Education sector. The partnership covers all public and private sector universities in the country, with multiple programs aimed at upskilling theyouth and providing them with multiple platforms which can be used to help build up their capacity and showcase their technical potential at a global level.
Under thisstrategic partnership,a certification platform has been launched toprovide students with a prescribed curriculum roadmap, a kindof a blueprint for technology skill development and certification. Specific areas of study include Productivity, Computer Science, Data Science, and IT Infrastructure. The offered Certifications of MTA(Microsoft Technology Associate) and MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist)provide useful credentials for individuals seeking to validate their skills and advance their careers. The exams covered include all the productivity tools under Office 365, but also cover tech intensive certification paths, such as Cloud Fundamental courses covering Azure Fundamentals, Dynamics 365 Fundamentals and Microsoft 365 Fundamentals.
Many students have found that they have more time at hand during the long COVID-19 break,which can give them the space to focus on developing marketable skills in addition to theoretical knowledge.To support such students, HEC plans to introduce the Certification from Home Platform initiative for students across Pakistan. Under this initiative, the first 2,000 students who register for a certification would get a free certification offer on their choice of available MOS or MTA offerings. The students can conveniently select the technology area of their choice and not only learn at home with in-depth tutorials and self-study videos but also take the Exam online from the comfort of their home.
Commenting on the relationship between HEC & Microsoft, Chairman HEC Dr. Tariq Banuri said,
”Digital transformation has been at the forefront of every industry in the last few years, and education is no different. Working with Microsoft, HEC has been able to bring in a set of tools and technology offerings that can help establish a technology-rich culture in higher education. Enabling students to acquire more advanced skills not only helps them in their careers, it also strengthens the technical potential ofPakistani industry as well as academia.”
Microsoft has partnered with Certiport – a Pearson VUE Business, to deliver this program for universities under HEC’s leadership. To ensure the best exam experience for the end user, without facing any lag or other downtime, Azure is the cloud platform of choice which is being used to host the IaaS resources to deliver this complete experience. The platform has been used to deliver more than 120,000 exams globally, with great reviews from teachers and students. Azure is also the cloud platform of choice for multiple universities across the country, being used for backup and disaster recovery strategies, to host Universities webservices, and as a driver for a Universities Cyber Security strategy using tools such as Azure Security Center and Sentinel, the Cloud-native SIEM of Microsoft.
Country Education Lead Microsoft-Pakistan; Mr Jibran Jamshad shares that “today’s workplace requires adaptability to frequent technology changes and problem-solving strategies. The variety of skills you can learn in the Microsoft Certification Program allows you to display your flexibility to current and prospective employers. These credentials demonstrate that you can use a variety of strategies to solve problems and resolve the concerns of consumers as well as stakeholders more effectively”
Dot Republic Media, one of the biggest YouTube MCN (Multi-Channel Network) in the region, in collaboration with their talent partner Alchemists, has announced the launch of ‘CreatorsOne Fitness’, a first of its kind fitness platform in Pakistan.
As the current situation continues to cause hindrance in the health and fitness regimes for people across Pakistan, the popularity of the digital fitness space has grown considerably over the past few months. According to Google’s What is Pakistan Searching For? report, the search interest for “health clubs” has increased by 1.5x and “fitness classes” by 189%. It has also seen a jump in “gym at home” searches by 125%, and “home workouts” by 80%. C1 Fitness is an all-in-one digital platform shaping the future of fitness, nutrition, and wellness of the Pakistani Audience lead by Pakistan’s finest fitness influencers and enthusiasts.
Keeping the trends in mind, this platform is an intimate digital space that empowers and enables Pakistan’s top fitness creators and experts to follow their passion and inspire their audience to achieve their health and fitness goals. It will be providing access to unique and purposeful fitness and nutrition-related content to the viewers.
The first set of teasers have already been released on the YouTube channel, and it would be marking its official launch with the first video slated for release on the 1st of July.
For more information and updates, find the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c1fitnessofficial
A statue of “Ertugrul Ghazi” has been removed in the Turkish province of Ordu for resembling Turkish actor Engin Altan Düzyatan.
According to international media reports, statues of other Turkish historical figures, including Ertugrul Ghazi, were erected in the Turkish province of Ordu as part of a project, but when a picture of Ertugrul Ghazi’s statue went viral on social media, users identified that the statue resembles actor Engin Altan.
Engin Altan is a Turkish actor who has played the role of Ertugrul Ghazi in the Turkish series “Dirilis: Ertugrul”.At the request of social media users, the administration of the Turkish province of Ordo has removed the statue of Ertugrul Ghazi.
It should be noted that on the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Turkish series ‘Ertugrul Ghazi’ is being aired on state TV channel.
“We were disturbed by the fact that the bust of Ertugrul Gazi resembles Engin Altan Düzyatan, the lead actor in the Resurrection Ertugrul series and the same day the bust in question was removed,” said the municipality in a written statement.