PNCA to screen Kazakhstani historical film on Saturday

Legendary Kazakh hero Sartay (R) (Asylkhan Tolepov) sits with his beloved Zere (Aliya Telebarisova) near the Big Almaty Lake in the Tian Shan Mountains where the film Myn Bala was shot in June 2011. (Handout photo provided by Reuters)
Updated 03 May 2019

PNCA to screen Kazakhstani historical film on Saturday

  • The film is based on actual events of the eighteenth century war fought between the Kazakhs and the Dzhungars
  • Film screening will be followed by a photo exhibition “Kazakhstan Through Centuries” to present glimpse into lifestyle and culture of Kazakhstan

ISLAMABAD: Kazakhstan’s historical film “MYN BALA: Warriors of the Steppe” will be screened in Islamabad on Saturday in joint collaboration with the Embassy of Republic of Kazakhstan and Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
The movie is a dramatic depiction of actual events which occurred during the eighteenth century war fought between the Kazakhs and the Dzhungars. The title of the film is translated as “The Thousand Boys” who fought for freedom and independence of their motherland.
The film was selected as the Kazakhstani entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards. It was made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence from the Soviet Union.
A historic adventure film shot in Kazakhstan by director Akan Satayev, it is a story about the freedom of the human spirit and the struggle against slavery.
The film revolves around the life of young Sartai, a Kazakh teenager confronted with a war, his love and betrayal who discovers his own strength, and assembles a detachment of teenage warriors called ‘myn bala’ (‘a thousand boys’ in Kazakh). They would become legends, playing a decisive role in the liberation of Kazakhstan from its oppressors.
The country had already been suffering for years from the devastating occupation by a powerful tribe called Dzhungars. Dzhungar troops had taken over ancient Kazakh lands and a third of the nation had perished. The screening is supported by the “Kazakh Film Studios.”
The film screening will be followed by a photo exhibition “Kazakhstan Through Centuries” featuring historical moments, traditions, cultural values, religious convictions, life style and other images of Kazakhstan.


Pakistan to be part of new Saudi foreign manpower program 

Updated 14 November 2019

Pakistan to be part of new Saudi foreign manpower program 

  • New skills-based system to be launched from next month
  • Will include India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Starting next month, Saudi Arabia will introduce a new skilled foreign manpower program that will eventually include Pakistan, a senior official at the Saudi labor ministry said this week. 

Nayef Al-Omair, head of the vocational examination program at the Ministry of Labor, said on Tuesday in Riyadh that the ministry was categorizing the tasks and the structure of some professions for visa-issuing purposes.

Under the new policy, visas would be issued only after skill tests and the previous system would be gradually phased out. 

The new scheme would be optional for one year starting December 2019 after which it would become compulsory, Al-Omair said. The new program would first be applied to manpower recruited from India due to its large size in the Saudi market.

Eventually, the program will cover seven countries, including India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Workers belonging to these states constitute 95 percent of professional manpower in the Kingdom’s local market.

Saudi Arabia is home to around 2.6 million Pakistani expats those have been a vital source of foreign remittances.

Last year the country received $21.8 billion in remittances out of which $5 billion were remitted by Pakistani nationals working in Kingdom.

According to the Pakistani ministry of finance, there was a major decline in manpower export to Saudi Arabia where only 100,910 emigrants proceeded for employment in 2018 as compared to 2017, a drop of 42,453 emigrants.

However, Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari, special assistant to the Pakistani prime minister on overseas Pakistanis, said in an interview earlier this month that Saudi Arabia had agreed to increase the share of the Pakistani labor force in the multi-billion dollar New Taif City development.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have formed working groups to develop procedures for this transfer of manpower. Pakistani groups will visit the Kingdom in the coming months to finalize arrangements.