Conquering the heights

Published in Hilal English Jan 2014

Written By: Maria Mir Kashif

Weekend is a time when one may tends to relax in his/her own way and may browse through websites and TV channels to look for something interesting. During the last weekend, while I was switching channels on the TV, something forced me to stop – it was airing of news about a female rock climber from Pakistan, Ms. Nazia Parveen by a private TV channel. The list of achievements of this girl took me by surprise and I was curious to know about her. It was heartening to know about the accomplishments she has undertaken at such a young age; and I was convinced yet again that, in a man's world; a woman can attain whatever she desires with constant hard work and dedication.

Nazia Parveen, a young and energetic girl, belongs to Bajaur Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Her father, Subedar Gul Zaman is proudly serving in Pak Army. She didn't realize her potential in rock climbing until she went on a field trip organised by her college and tried to climb a rock as an adventure. She enjoyed the activity and decided to take it up more often. Hailing from the Tribal Areas, it was a difficult decision for her to participate in these sports activities frequently. But her father backed her and with support of her family, this courageous lady decided to excel in the field of rock climbing.

Till that time, she had never taken any formal training or classes for the rock climbing activity; however, after participating in a rock climbing competition on International Women's Day in 2010; she joined “The Adventure Club Pakistan” for regular training in this field. Nazia won her first of this kind of competition in October 2010, and only two months later, she won her second rock climbing competition on International Mountain Day. She became the national champion for Sport Climbing during 2011, 2012 and 2013 and, has never looked back since then. She has so far won 28 national level rock climbing competitions in a row; and is still working her way up to the glory.

Nazia won the 'Chenab Rock Climbing Competition' with distinction and completed the climb in very less timings as compared to her competitors. She also holds the record for climbing with the best time in both male and female categories; a proud female to have this honour. The list of her achievements doesn't end here as she was selected as instructor of rock climbing at 'The Adventure Club Pakistan'. She is also being supported by the Club to take advanced rock climbing training to polish her skills and bring more successes to the country. Nazia is all set for her international exposure and will participate in Bouldering competition in Singapore. She will also be the first female from Pakistan to represent the country in rock climbing at international level.

Nazia is also interested in archery, trekking and camping. She has also got an elementary paragliding license and is a good player of badminton, basketball and handball. Apart from this, a Polish channel is also working on a documentary with her which has been named “Women in the End of the World”.

Nazia represents a Pakistan that is often ignored particularly by the Western media. Her family, particularly her father, also deserves appreciation that despite hailing from conservative society of FATA, he encourages his daughter to participate in various levels of competitions. A woman can surpass all the hurdles once she makes it her goal; and this is exactly what Nazia Parveen has proved to all of us!

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Fauji Fertilizer Company at a Glance

Published in Hilal English Jan 2014

Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) links its well being with the prosperity of Pakistan. FFC is an associated concern of Fauji Foundation. It contributes 43% of its profits towards welfare projects of Fauji Foundation which is a trust setup for the welfare of ex-servicemen and their dependents. It is incorporated under The Charitable Endowments Act, 1890 and its aim and structure of governance is managed as notified by the Government of Pakistan. FFC works as an independent private organization run on modern corporate lines having no connection with Pakistan Army in terms of authority or finances. FFC's visionary management in 1978 decided to enter into Fertilizer sector to help Pakistan ensure food security and now it has diversified itself to cater for national demands. In view of shortage of electricity and energy crisis in Pakistan, FFC developed Pakistan's first Wind Power Project and created a new way for others to follow. The 50MW Wind Power Project at Jhampir started feeding electricity to National Grid on 16 May 2013. This has provided new avenues for attracting foreign investment in Pakistan for alternate energy projects.

Al-Hamd Foods was acquired by FFC to safeguard the fruit / vegetable wastage and encourage the farmers. Al-Hamd foods will provide fresh and quality healthy food preservation mechanism to the people. FFC now has major shareholding in Askari Bank in its endeavors to provide financial solutions to the Pakistani entrepreneurs.

FFC professional management has always shown key priority in long term sustainable resource management through a mix of civilian professionals (Engineers, Marketing, IT and Financial Experts) and ex-servicemen in administrative positions. FFC has consistently remained in the list of top 25 best performing companies of Pakistan consecutively for 16 years since 1994 and is one of the highest tax payers of the country.

FFC spends substantially in helping out the deprived people of this country in education, health and related fields. The organization has adopted many government schools located close to the plants. FFC provide free books, stationary to its students, teacher's pay and even undertake construction of the classrooms. It also offers free education to selected students at top institutions like LUMS and FC College. Moreover, the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programs at FFC arrange free medical camps.

FFC is an organization which looks much beyond the scope of its profitability while entering into any business deal and also expect other organizations to come forward and contribute to help Pakistan grow.


Skin Issues in Cold and Dry Weather

Published in Hilal English

Written By: Dr. Armeela Javaid

Winter brings delicious food and irresistible dry fruits in front of our fire places. We enjoy the juicy citrus fruits, gajar ka halwa and Kashmiri pink tea with the festivities of New Year celebrations. It also brings cold, wind, rain, sleet, ice and sometimes snow. To cope with the cold, people have to turn on the heating in their houses. The combination of the cold and the damp outside, together with the heat and the dryness inside can cause skin issues for some individuals. These may range from minor skin dryness to severe dryness in which the skin cracks and bleeds. Sufferers of such seasonal skin ailments can take some steps to minimize their discomfort and in some cases eliminate the issue completely. With the right solutions and treatment, we will be better able to enjoy the season.

01 Dry Skin

The cold weather outdoors and the dry heat indoors can sap moisture from skin. Skin that was smooth and hydrated during the summer months can suddenly become dry and flaky. Some indications that the skin is too dry include tightness, flaking, roughening, and cracking. Usually, the regular application of moisturizers can help with this kind of problem.


Choose the Right Moisturizer

The best moisturizers typically include a number of key components and a few of these vital ingredients are described below.



within a moisturizer that draw moisture out of both the air and the environment surrounding the user. They then attract that beneficial moisture to the skin where it can be used. Some examples of humectants include hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Too much oil can cause skin



to beak out. However, the right natural oils in the right amount actually create a barrier that seals moisture inside the skin. Some effective natural oils include argan oil, avocado, hazelnut, and rosehip oil. Moisturizers that include the right ingredients are more likely to provide sufficient moisture for skin. Users must check the ingredient lists on any creams, moisturizers or lotions before purchasing them.


Cut Back on Exfoliants

moisturizer, a light cream cleanser can do wonders for skin during winter. This type of cleanser may have the word "hydrating" or "hydration" on the bottle. People who suffer from mildly dry skin will likely want to cut back on any exfoliating products or harsh scrubs. The ingredients in exfoliants sometimes include glycolic acid, lactic acid, and retinol all of which can be effective in removing dead skin but can also exacerbate dryness during the winter.



skinissutwo.jpgSometimes, people experience extreme dry skin during the winter. This dryness can result in scaly rough patches that are both uncomfortable and unsightly. An effective hydrating cleanser and moisturizer may not be sufficient to get rid of such patches. In these cases, an exfoliant may be necessary to get rid of the scaly patches before the skin can be properly treated and hydrated. Microbead scrubs that gently exfoliate rough patches typically work well. Users may also want to invest in an electronic scrubbing brush. Brushes like these facilitate the exfoliating process. In addition, some moisturizers may include glycolic or lactic acid both of which can function as chemical exfoliants. However, chemical exfoliants can be harsh on some skin types.



skinissuthree.jpgDuring the fall and winter the lips are exposed to harsh wind, sleet, rain, and snow. Sometimes users pull a scarf over their faces for protection but the cloth or yarn from scarves can dry out the lips as well. Sometimes the dry skin condition affects the lips as Eczema does. When lips become chapped and cracked they may peel or look crusty. Chapped lips are both irritating and unappealing but they can be treated easily. First, users should buff them with tooth brush to remove the flakes of dead, dry skin. Next, users will need to apply a layer of lip balm over both the bottom lip and the upper lip. Ideally, the lip balm used should include natural oils from plants, natural waxes such as beeswax, and shea butter.



In some cases, dry skin may become so parched that it cracks open causing redness, itching and possibly even bleeding. This is especially common for the skin on hands and fingers, especially if an individual uses a lot of soaps and hot water throughout the day. To relieve the inflammation and itching, sufferers should slather the skin cracks with a substance like aqueous cream or pure petroleum jelly. Directly after applying it, users should cover their hands or feet with gloves or socks to seal in the moisture. They will also need cortisone cream to alleviate itching and to prevent infection.



Some men and women may sense the onset of dry skin and apply moisturizers and lotion to prevent it from becoming worse. Occasionally, they may overcompensate by applying too much moisturizer. If users begin to notice that their skin looks shiny or oily long after they have applied moisturizer, they may be using a stronger moisturizer than needed or they may be applying it too often. Breakouts and facial or body acne can be another indication of over-moisturizing. In such cases, users should cut back on the amount or the frequency with which they apply the moisturizer, cream or lotion. They may also want to try a different brand of moisturizer, one that is lighter and contains natural oils.



If people engage in winter sports or spend a good deal of time outdoors with friends and family, the combination of wind, cold and moisture can chap the skin. Many people think of the face as the exposed area subject to chapping, but the wrists and the hands can also fall prey to this problem. To alleviate this condition users should gently wash the affected area, pat it dry with a soft towel and then apply a generous amount of an oil-based moisturizer. This treatment should soothe the irritation and return some much-needed moisture to the skin.



Drinking plenty of water and avoiding excessive hot air can be crucial to preventing skin dryness. If the heat needs to be on due to cold weather, users may want to consider purchasing a humidifier or two for their home. They should also avoid taking very hot baths and showers since the heat can further dry out the skin. Taking certain vitamins and natural oils such as vitamin E, evening primrose oil and omega 3 fish oil can also help the body retain its moisture.

Winter should never be anything less than a delightful time of the year in which families and friends can enjoy spending quality time together, sharing traditions and participating in favourite activities. However, for those who suffer from winter skin problems, the fun can be lessened by discomfort. If users are diligent about applying proper skin creams and if they take steps to make environment comfortable for their skin they will experience rapid results. With clear, hydrated skin, both men and women alike will be better able to enjoy the food, the friends, and the fun that comes along with the winter holidays.

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Our bodies are around 60% water, give or take. It is commonly recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (the 8×8 rule). Although there is little science behind this specific rule, staying hydrated is important.

1. It helps you exercise better
2. It boosts your metabolism
3. It gives you younger skin
4. It cures headaches
5. It boosts productivity
6. It's good for your immunity
7. It improves digestion
8. It'll increase your energy
9. It puts you in a better mood
10. It reduce the risk of cancer
11. You are less likely to get cramps and sprains
12. It regulates body temperature

(“12 Reasons to Drink More Water “ , Cosmopolitan Magazine, http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/body/health/a24610/12-reasons-to-drink-more-water-2887/)

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