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Arooj Aftab becomes first Pakistani artist to light up Times Square in New York

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Pakistani-American singer Arooj Aftab, two-time Grammy nominee, has  been featured on Times Square Billboard as Spotify’s Ambassador for ‘EQUAL Pakistan’.

Aftab, who has become a household name with her singing skills, is representing women creators of Pakistan at a global level.

The world’s most popular streaming service aims to celebrate female creators by giving them a platform to share their content with the world.

The Mohabbat singer is being featured as the platform’s ‘EQUAL Artist of the Month’ on the digital billboard ad in New York as a part of global campaign. 

“I am extremely excited to be the first Ambassador of EQUAL Pakistan because this kind of well-structured program will help uplift women in the audio industry of Pakistan.” said the singer.

Aftab is the first Pakistani woman to have been nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Artist and Best Global Performance category.

Her work is being appreciated around the world and she’s “elated” about her music being recognised by the highest award ceremony in the industry.

She once performed at a music festival in Pakistan where she met Sufi legend Abida Parveen and had sung ‘Man Kunto Maula’ with her. 

As for her connection with Pakistani music, the singer believes that Pakistanis, on a cultural level, are never without music or poetry, never without some form of art and dance. 

Aftab is also the (first Pakistani artist) to perform at American musical festival Coachella this year alongside artists such as Harry Styles, Lil baby, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, 21 Savage, Stromae and many other artists.

Arooj Aftab is globally known for her unique singing style. She was also featured in former US president, Barack Obama’s playlist of music he enjoyed listening to during the summer of 2021. 

Her song ‘Mohabbat’ was mentioned alongside songs from artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and Rihanna.

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In Lahore, several unlawful constructions were dismantled

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In response to bylaw infractions, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) demolished a number of structures in Lahore.

An illicit workshop next to Hair Factory at Adda Plot on Raiwind Road was destroyed by the LDA crew.

Along Raiwind Road and in LDA-controlled areas close to Lahore Ring Road, a number of additional unlawful constructions were also removed.

In addition, a private school that had broken land use regulations was sealed.

Chief Town Planner II Azhar Ali led the operation with the assistance of the police, enforcement team, and heavy equipment.

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The expected increase in power tariff is Rs 7.13/unit.

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According to specifics, NEPRA will consider the appeal today, and a one-month power rate hike will result from a fuel price adjustment for energy used in January.

The CPPA filed the petition with the NEPRA, claiming that hydropower plants accounted for 11.12% of all electricity output in January, coal-fired plants for 16.51%, natural gas plants for 12.45%, and nuclear plants for 20.78%.

Prior to this, the monthly fuel adjustment (MFA) caused the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to raise the power cost by Rs5.63 per unit.

Following the conclusion of the NEPRA hearing on the Central Power Purchasing Agency’s (CPPA) appeal for a fuel monthly adjustment that will increase the power rate by Rs5.63 per unit for December 2023, the verdict was made public.

The electricity users would bear an extra Rs49 billion in costs as a result of the permission. The customers’ power bills for the following month will include an extra payment.

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Promoting Mother Languages: Int’l Mother Language Day Being Observed Today

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All around the world, including Pakistan, today is International Mother Language Day. “Multilingual education is a pillar of intergenerational learning” is this year’s topic for the day.

Numerous events have been planned to honor the day and emphasize the value of Pakistan’s regional languages.

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