Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali!
A Pakistani Hindu girl adjusts earthen lamps to decorate an area of her house to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan. Hindus across the country are celebrating Diwali, where people decorate their homes with light and set off firecrackers. Photo: Shakil Adil, Associated Press

Hindus at the last day celebrations of Diwali (Deepwali) at Krishna Temple in Saddar Rawalpindi. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID / EXPRESS TRIBUNE

The Italian Archaeological Mission on Wednesday discovered an ancient cemetery dating back thousands of years at Odigram, Swat — a site experts believe was built between 1500 BC to 500 BC.

The newly-discovered vessels symbolise simple but competent craft — ranging from copper pins used to fix hair to small perfume bottles. A total of 23 graves have been excavated at the site that seems to be an ancient cemetery, indicating that they belonged to the pre-Buddhist era.
One grave contained two bodies placed strategically such that they face each other. The region was identified as Ora by Aurel Stein, the city where Alexander the Great fought one of his battles.

Archaeologists have caught another glimpse of Swat’s glorious past — revealing secrets of a civilisation that have been buried in the earth for over 3,000 years. PHOTO: FAZAL KHALIQ/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

 Abbottabad is situated 50 kilometres northeast of the capital Islamabad. PHOTO: ANEEK KAYANI

Like much of the mountainous northern areas, tourism is one of the important sources of income in Abbottabad. PHOTO: ANEEK KAYANI


A round up of events this week:
Alyzeh and Natasha. Saba showcases her Eid collection at La Chantal, Lahore. PHOTO COURTESY SAVVY PR AND EVENTS

Saad and Zainab. Propaganda Pakistan launches at Vogue Towers in Lahore. PHOTO COURTESY BILAL MUKHTAR EVENTS & PR

A man rides a cow-cart as fog shrouds the road on the outskirts of Faisalabad on November 14, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

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