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Deosi Festival to be Held in July This Year

The government of Gilgit-Baltistan has announced Deosai Festival for the year 2016. The event will offer polo matches, zakh competition, paragliding, gems and jewelry showcase, traditional tunes and dances, arts and crafts; and traditional food street according to a flyer posted on Facebook.

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The government of Gilgit-Baltistan has announced Deosai Festival for the year 2016 at Deosai National Park. The event will offer polo matches, zakh competition, paragliding, gems and jewelry showcase, traditional tunes and dances, arts and crafts; and traditional food street according to a flyer posted on Facebook.

According to an official working at tourism department of Gilgit-Baltistan department, preparations have already started to make the even successful. The Chief Secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan Mr. Tahir Hussain has also constituted ten sub-committees for to speed up the preparations.

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A flyer for Deosai Festival 2016 circulated by tourism department of Gilgit-Baltistan.

It must be noted that Deosai Festival was scheduled for late August last year but the government had cancelled the event. There was pressure from WWF Pakistan and many environment concerned organization to cancel the event.

 

In a letter to G-B government, WWF Pakistan Director General Hammad Naqi Khan had written:

“WWF understands that the herbs and fish of the Deosai Plateau make up a significant part of the brown bear’s food. Unfortunately, excessive grazing by nomadic herds (bakarwals) over the years has already degraded the fragile high alpine pastures of the Deosai Plateau. This mega festival threatens to further degrade this unique biodiversity of the Park,”

 

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A flyer for Deosai Festival 2015 circulated by tourism department of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Nazir Sabir, world renowned mountaineer and former president of the Alpine Club of Pakistan had also showed his dissatisfaction about Deosai Festival. He had commented:

“It is our biggest and the highest altitude plateau in the world and we need to secure it instead of exploiting it with bureaucratic functions and pleasing higher-ups. Shandur has also been damaged because of its yearly polo functions,”

Deosai is world’s second highest mountain plateau in the world. It was declared a national park in 1975. Despite environmental threats, government of Gilgit-Baltistan has decided to arrange the festival. The government hopes that the festival will improve tourism in the region.

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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Campaigning in schools for better hygiene on Global Handwashing Day

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Kids perform at Global Handwashing Day 2019 in Gilgit

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), in collaboration with other agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), government agencies and voluntary bodies, facilitated events in schools across Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan to celebrate Global Handwashing Day. These activities aimed at raising awareness about healthy and hygienic practices including the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2019 is “Clean Hands for All,” reminding us that the simple message of proper handwashing for better health has yet to be spread to all. In local schools and communities awareness-raising sessions, handwashing demonstrations and school plays have reached around 5,000 students, parents, and school faculty.

Children and schools play a key role in spreading greater awareness about health and hygiene. In over 600 communities in Pakistan, AKAH has implemented health and hygiene education through its School Health Improvement Programme, benefitting over half a million people.

Nawab Ali Khan, AKAH CEO stated:

“AKAH has reached over half a million people through its health and hygiene education programme focusing on personal, domestic and environmental hygiene and the numbers increase every year. Handwashing is a key component of our health and hygiene programme and this year we are celebrating it as a complement to the prime minister’s vision of clean and green Pakistan.”

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral as part of their Royal Tour in Pakistan

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Chitral, Pakistan
PHOTO CREDITS: WIREIMAGE

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew from Islamabad to Chitral on their third day of Royal tour in Pakistan. This is the first royal tour of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton to Pakistan.

The two were welcomed with traditional Chitrali Pakol, a traditional Chitrali cap, and Chitrali Chogha, a traditional long coat in often presented to dignitaries, at the Chitral Airport.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Chitral Airport where they were presented with traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha. Photo: WireImage

The royal couple had landed in Islamabad on Monday evening as part of a 5-day long royal tour in Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a busy first day in the capital where they had a meeting with Prime  Minister Imran Khan. Earlier, the royal couple visited Islamabad Model College for Girls, a government-run school in the capital city.

Later, the British High Commissioner for Pakistan Thomas Drew hosted a reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad. The royal couple arrived at Pakistan Monument in an auto-rickshaw.

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The Duchess of Cambridge at Chitral Airport wearing a traditional Chitrali cap and Chitrali Chogha.

The Duke had spoken of the challenges Pakistan faces from climate change at a reception at Pakistan Monument in Islamabad.

“Tomorrow we will be seeing some of these impacts first hand and meeting some of the communities adjusting to the new realities and new challenges that climate change has brought to their towns and villages,” he said.

He further added:

“I hope to learn what more we all can do to help prevent and mitigate this impending global catastrophe.”

William and Kate are also expected to visit Gilgit-Baltistan and the historic city of Lahore as part of their royal tour.

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