Popular Urdu poet to be honored in Jeddah

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The Aalami Urdu Markaz team, led by Athar Nafees Abbasi, released details about “Jashn-e-Aezaz” in Jeddah on Tuesday.
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Naeem Bazidpuri
Updated 16 February 2017
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Popular Urdu poet to be honored in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A leading Jeddah-based Urdu poet will be honored on Friday for his contribution to the popular genre of literature known as ghazal.
The India-born Pakistani national, Naeem Bazidpuri, has long been a regular fixture at Saudi and international poetry gatherings (mushaira). His poetry is widely applauded for its simplicity and unique style.
Born in Bazidpur in Bihar, India, he wrote his first poem at the age of 9. It was published in the popular children’s magazine “Khilona” in 1955. He has been employed as a senior journalist with Urdu News, a sister publication of Arab News, since 1994. He arrived in the Kingdom in 1977; his family migrated to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1947.
Bazidpuri takes pride in the fact that he was widely published in Seemab Akbarabadi’s “Shayer” and Khustar Girami’s “Beesween Sadi” — magazines that were known for their prestige and scholarship.
“Since he commands wide respect, we thought it fitting to organize a grand event to honor him and celebrate his poetry,” said Athar Nafees Abbasi, president of Aalami Urdu Markaz which is organizing the event at Jeddah’s La Sani (Spinzer) Restaurant.
Abbasi said that every six months a new literary figure would be similarly honored.
The event, dubbed “Jashn-e-Aezaz,” will be anchored by Hamid Islam Khan and Amir Khurshid Rizvi.
Urdu News Editor in Chief Tarek Mishkhas will be among the prominent guests.
Among those who will shed light on Bazidpuri’s poetry and literary contributions will be Jeddah Radio Urdu Section head, Mohammed Laeequllah Khan; well-known literary figure Fezaur Rahman; popular humorist from Riyadh, Shaukat Jamal as well as the columnist and literary editor, Shahzad Azam and educationist Zia Abdullah Nadwi.
In the event’s second part, Bazidpuri will entertain the audience with selections from his latest poetry.
Those who wish to attend should contact Abassi on 0504851972 or Hamid Islam Khan on 0551902688.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.