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  • List of NGOs in Islamabad

    1. Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF): 1 Hill View Road, Banigala, Islamabad, Phone no: 051-2613934-50.
    2. Pakistan Micro Finance Network (PMN): 117, Street #66, F-11/4, Islamabad, Phone no: 051-2292331-32.
    3. BRAC Pakistan: House #397, Street #13, Sector #F 10/2, Islamabad, Phone no: 051-2213451.
    4. National Rural Support Programme (NRSP): 46 Agha Khan Road, F-6/4, Islamabad, Phone no: 051-2822324, 051-2822319.
    5. SPARC Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child: No. 7, Second Floor, 109 West Sardar, Begum Plaza, Blue Area, P.O. Box 301, Islamabad.
    6. Progressive Women’s Association: #24-A Street #38, F-8/1, Islamabad, Phone no: 051-2252829.
    7. Urban Poverty Alleviation Programme: UPAP 46, Agha Khan Road, F-6/4, Islamabad, Phone no: 051-2828476.
    8. Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN): House #7, Street #49, F-6/4, Islamabad, Phone no: 051-2821736.
    9. Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP): 1-A, Street #14, Main Kohsar Road, F-8/3, Islamabad, Phone no: 051-2855903-4.
    10. Empowerment through Creative Integration (ECI): Plot #11-13 raja Iftikhar Sabri Street, Phulgran Road, Shahpur Bhara Kahu, Islamabad, Phone no: 051-2230895-7.
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  • Lahore Zoo in Pakistan is the third oldest zoos in the world and one of the largest zoos in South Asia. It covers an area of 25 acres, and houses a collection of nearly 1400 animals of some 130 species. It was established in 1872 and presently run by the wildlife and Parks department of the Government of Pakistan. The zoo is home to some 1285 trees of 70 species and 1370 animals of various species including 990 birds, 350 mammals of 45 species and 82 species of 50 reptiles. More than 3 million people including tourists visit Lahore Zoo throughout a year.

    lahore zoo photos lahore zoo - AlifYAY - guide map lahore zoo - AlifYAY - main enterence lahore zoo

    Areas and Attractions

    1. Animals
    2. Tiger House was built in 1872 for just a few hundred Pakistan rupees and later renovated in 1987. It contains 7 rooms and two moats which presently house lions, Bengal tigers, leopards, a pair of Cougars and a pair of Asian black bears.
    3. Elephant House was built in 1872 for 500,000 Pakistani Rupees on zoo’s 100th anniversary and a female bush elephant, named Suzi, was brought to zoo the same year. The also house African Hippos and white rhinoceros.lahore zoo - AlifYAY - suzi-the african elephant lahore zoo - AlifYAY - whilte rhinoceros
    4. Giraffe House has dromedary camels, a pair of giraffe, variable number of plain zebras and two Bactrian camels. It also houses three species of flightless birds.lahore zoo - AlifYAY - plains zebra
    5. Deer House is house to more mammals than any other house including axis deer, blue bull, fallow deer, sika deer, red deer, mouflon and Indian gazelle. It also contains threatened species of hog deer, urial and samber.
    6. Monkey House became more popular when two part of chimpanzees were brought in 1994 and soon gave birth to triplets. Other animals in the house include grey langurs, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and capuchin monkeys.
    7. Crocodile Ponds is one of the most popular exhibits of the zoo. One pond contains female gharials, and the other pond houses a variety of aquatic birds including greater flamingos, black swans, mule swans and great white pelicans.
    8. Snake House was closed in June 2007 and reopened in 2010. It houses species including Indian sand boas, Indian pythons, Indian cobras and Russell’s vipers.
    9. Fancy Aviary houses variety of species of birds including fowls, parrots, doves and pigeons. It also contains European rabbits, spur-thighed tortoises, Indian wolves, Indian crested porcupines, a jungle cat and a wild boar.lahore zoo - AlifYAY - a bird house cage

    Exotic Plants

    Lahore Zoo has around 1285 trees of 70 species and many of those species have information boards to stimulate education. Species include ditabark, silk cotton tree (sumbal) shisham, bobari, sausage, bottle palm, Indian beech, jujube and many more.

    lahore zoo - AlifYAY - a coral tree

    Safari Park

    Lahore Zoo Safari was started in January 2009 and it’s also called Woodland Wildlife Park. Safari is located at 30 miles from Lahore Zoo and species include emu, lion, mute swan, nilgai, ostrich, silver pheasant, Bengal tigers, common pheasant and Indian peafowl. The park had been through managerial chances and shifts because of poor staff performance. New staff has been doing excellent job and constantly working thgather to improve the park. Ticketing system has been introduced recently in the park to make it a self-financed organization.

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    Public Service

    Maps and instruction boards are placed in zoo for guiding and educating the visitors. In early 2008, umbrella benches, drinking water coolers, new dust bins, pavements and the cafeteria were added and old ones were renovated as part of basic structural updates.

    lahore zoo - AlifYAY - shaded seating area


    Kiran Saleem is the education officer of Lahore Zoo. The zoo organizes guided tours for schools and colleges as well as placing info boards to educated visitors about animals and plants housed in the zoo. Now children can touch animal parts like skin, horns, eggs and feathers since touch tables have been set up by the zoo administration. The zoo has also prepared posters to aware people about endangered species in Pakistan such as Indus River Dolphins.

    lahore zoo - AlifYAY - a dolphin sclpture

    In 2009, zoo distributed regarding importance of vultures in the ecosystems and reasons of rapid declination of Indian white-rumped vultures.

    In recent years, zoo has been celebrating world animal day and world environmental day. For the first time in the history of Lahore Zoo, it started publication, a newsletter, as a part awareness and education programme.


    Electronic rides and camel rides are available for kids in the zoo and the zoo has plenty of space for people to picnic and enjoyment. A waterfall has been built recently for visitors and statues of different animals and birds have been place at various parts of the zoo.

    Gift Store

    In 2005, Lahore zoo and WWF Pakistan opened a gift store. Marketing head of WWF stated that revenue earned would be distributed in half between the Lahore zoo and WWF Pakistan. Lahore zoo uses the profits to improve the zoo and start awareness programs while WWF will use the profits for the conservation of nature in Pakistan. The items include shirts, shorts, bags, jewelry, mugs, posters, caps and many more.

    Breeding Efforts for endangered species

    1. Asian Black Bear: In 2009, a rescued female bear was given to Lahore Zoo by WWF and the zoo was successful in breeding the species.
    2. Chimpanzees: A pair name Romeo and Juliet successful gave birth to a male chimp and a female chimp.
    3. Hippopotamus: A 6 years old hippo was bought by the zoo in 1974 and in July 2006, zoo bought a 6 year old female hippo for the male. However, experts said it was senseless because male had passed his reproductive stage long time ago.
    4. Leopard: In 2008, zoo officials said that a 7 year old leopard was brought to the zoo for breeding but the effort was unsuccessful.

    Future Plans

    Lahore Zoo will start renting animals other countries and this will give chance to local population to learn and understand more about various animals around the globe. The zoo has been planning to rant two big pandas from China and once it gets a sponsor, Lahore zoo management will send a request to Chinese government for the panda, which is very famous around the world. To inspect housing and facilities in Chinese officials will visit Lahore Zoo and then send the animals to Pakistan.

    Visit official website

    Lahore Zoo timings: 9am – 7pm

    Safari zoo / Lahore Zoo Video 

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  • I am a student and working part time as a research assistant and need to open a bank account to receive my salary.

    Opening a bank isn’t as simple as walking up to an ATM and withdrawing your money. You require a bit of preparation to open a new bank account. For example, you’ll have to decide which account type you want and how you want to use it. Fortunately, this process isn’t very complex once you learn a few banking basics.

    Follow the steps below to successfully open a bank account:


    Make sure you’re eligible for opening a new bank account. You’ll need to be over 18. You’ll need a minimum amount of money for initial bank deposit. Bank Al-Falah requires you to deposit Rs 2000 and they put this money into your account. However, amount of money for opening an account varies form bank to bank. You’ll also need some identification documents and be ready to share some personal information.

    Choose the right back for you

    All the banks are not same. Their services and charges are different. You’ll need to find a bank that suits your needs. There are some large chain banks and they’ve branches in various cities and even international branches. They usually charge more than small banks. However, small banks generally charge less but they don’t have a lot of branches across the country. Do a bit of research and you’ll be able to move the right piece.

    Pick the account type you want

    Most of the time when someone opens a new bank account, it’s a regular current or saving account. There’re other types of accounts such as business account and salary accounts, etc. You can ask for details of these accounts by visiting your desired bank’s website or simply call costumers service representative.

    Visit the bank and ask to open an account

    Visiting a bank personally is usually the best way for newbies. One big advantage is that you can ask as many questions as you want about the bank policies and services.  You will be required to submit documents, read terms and policy document and filling out the account opening form. You’ll be guided step-by-step when you’ll visit the bank.

    Important questions to ask before your finalize your account

    This is an excellent time to ask for clarification if there’s anything regarding your account that is beyond your understanding.  Don’t worry about asking any questions that come up in your mind about the account.

    Ask questions about a monthly fee for maintaining your account, the minimum balance that you need to keep within the account, ATM and check book details and charges, transaction charges and so on. You may also ask how you can make transactions without paying fees.

    Keep the account documents secure

    You’ll receive important documents that contain information about your account. You should keep them secure and make sure no-one can access them. People may use that information for bad purpose.


    You can also apply for internet banking and mobile banking that allow you to make transactions while sitting at home.

    If you’re under the age of 18, you’ll need help of your parents to open a bank account for you.

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  • Today, it’s a lot easier to learn English. You don’t need any traditional books. All you required is a computer and the internet. To improve your language skills, here are some useful websites that can help you practice grammar, vocabulary, and even speaking and listening.


    This website lets you practice new vocabulary and grammar by choosing lessons that fit your needs. You can even choose your weaker part and pay more attention. You can chose very detailed lessons on pronunciation, writing, structures and grammar. If you’re planning to travel, there are lessons that can help you achieve your desired language goal.

    BBC learning English

    I personally prefer BBC and I’ve used their amazing resources to enhance my skills. They have high standards and they’ve been very successful. You can improve a lot while relying on their material, but you must have some experience with English. Unfortunately, they don’t offer absolute beginner lessons.

    This website is developed for intermediate and advance learners. Learning English videos and podcasts are readily available for learners around the globe.

    British Council

    This website is very useful for everyone. They have different sections for adults, teens and kids. No matter how old are you, there is always something interesting for you. You have an exercise after you finish a video or a lesson and it helps you remember what you have learned.


    This website helps you learn English by real online community. Practice reading and speaking is very difficult online but livemocha makes it possible.

    Other resources

    DAVE’S ESL café

    Many things

    Learn British English

    Learn English for free

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  • Job interview is the most immediate opportunity of making a first impression and you get a chance to get on to the employer’s good side, which may give you an extra edge over other candidates whose records are better than yours.  Following are some suggestions to prepare for a job interview.

    Research the company’s background and profile

    Visit your company’s website or directly call the company to find details. Learn the name of your interviewer and his/her position in the company. This way you will be able to talk more in depth about the company on interview so it’s better to know about the company as much as possible.

    Think about questions you can ask the interviewer

    It’s a great idea to make a good impression by asking at least 2 or 3 deep questions. Don’t ask such questions that can be easily answered by a simple internet search. Questions should reflect your keen interest in future prospects. Try to bond with the interviewer to ask questions about his/her background or how long he/she has been serving the organization. Always ask for more details if you are not sure about something and this will make the interviewer think you are paying attention and not using more “yes” and “absolutely” words.

    Practice with your friend.

    If you’ve a friend who is already preparing for an interview, try practicing with him. It will help you get comfortable with giving answers and use the right terminology. And don’t forget to ask for feedback.

    Predict questions from the interviewer

    Always make sure you prepare a diverse range of questions by thinking about your own career aims, strengths, past successes and previous experience. On the other hand, you should also try to prepare tricky questions that most interviewers like to throw at the applicants.

    “Where do you see yourself in next 5 years?”

    “What is your biggest weakness?”

    “Why do you want this job?”

    You can’t always speak truth but you shouldn’t sound like you’re lying. Try to be genuine and say something to try to put a positive spin on the things.

    You shouldn’t try to show that you know everything. It’s alright if you don’t know something. Admit it that you don’t have the answer if situation comes. It makes a good impression if you avoid lying and be genuine.

    Dress up professionally

    On the interview day, you should wear formal dress just like you wear at work. A white shirt, dark color suit and shoes and a matching tie is ideal for an interview. You can easily give a bad first impression by not taking care of your appearance. Both men and women should wear colors such as blue, black, grey or brown that represents a professional appearance.


    Show up in the best possible shape

    Make sure you already know how to reach your interview location. Get there at 15 to 20 minutes earlier. If your interview is in morning, eat healthy breakfast. Exercise before the interview for an hour and leave an hour to calm down.

    After the interview

    Shake hand with the interviewer and leave the room with a high head. If your interviewer doesn’t tell you, it isn’t inappropriate to ask “when can I expect to hear back from you?” You will most probably get the answer.

    Send a thank you letter to your interviewer and keep it simple and brief.

    Most common interview questions with answers Click Here

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  • Lecturer Asked on September 8, 2015 in Diet & Fitness.

    It is often recommended that you can manage your weight by eating healthy food and doing regular exercise. However, there are still a large number of remedies that will help you to attain your ultimate goal.

    Before we go further, you must have an idea of the process your body goes through when losing weight. In order to lose weight, you must simply consume more energy than you take in. When you are burning more calories than you are taking in, your body access the stored fat in your body and converts it to energy and it makes the fat inside your body to shrink and help you lose weight. You also need to consider other generic and environmental elements.

    Here are some remedies that will help you attain your ultimate target.

    Green tea and ginger

    Components in green tea boost your system and overall bodily functions and help you lose weight. An amino acid, Theanine, releases a chemical in your body that makes you happy and relaxed. Ginger adds some flavor to the tea and also helps in digestion.

    Rose Patel water

    This a very refreshing drink to help you stay hydrated. It cleans your kidneys and blood and keeps your system healthy and ultimately you are able to lose weight.

    Peppermint and dandelion

    Peppermint and dandelion tea is an amazing drink that keeps your liver healthy. If your liver is healthy, it will be able to detoxify your body. It plays a significant role in many metabolic processes and many which affect weight. This tea is a powerful liver protecting agent that also helps in digestion and absorption of nutrients.

    You will need:

    Dried dandelion leaves – 1 teaspoon

    Peppermint leaves – 1 teaspoon

    Boling water – 8 ounces

    Fresh Yogurt and Honey

    This is a wonderful breakfast diet. Yogurt is really wonderful for your digestive track. It helps a lot with digestion, helps your processing things easily and plays a significant role in maintaining healthy functioning of the body. Honey has a lot of benefits if you use it wisely. Excessive use can be harmful if you want to lose weight. Use a little amount of honey in your breakfast with yogurt and feel the difference.

    Black pepper and lemon

    It helps in reduction of fats in body and bloodstream and helps you lose weight. Drink one cup of black pepper and lemon tea.


    Get enough sleep every night. Sleep deprivation does more harm than good.

    Try to remain stress free because it can also trigger weight gain.

    Do not eat before going to sleep. Your metabolism slows down when you go to bed so you may gain extra fats.

    Do not try to lose too much weight and get too skinny. Your body needs a normal weight to perform all the functions.

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  • Buying a used car is not as hard as it seems in the first place, but you must take wise steps and do some research to make it happen successfully. Buying a vehicle from a private seller is less hazardous compared to car dealers in the market. Dealers are trained and experienced, and they try to hide the flaws of a vehicle or even mislead you. On the other hand, many times private sellers also try to hide facts about the car you are interested in. However, you can tackle such things with a suspicious mindset and inspecting every part of the vehicle. No need to hurry up during that process.

    Follow the steps below to buy a used car successfully:

    Car brand and model

    Think about your budget, family requirement and space in your house, etc and decide what brand and model you should buy.

    Find a car

    Now you have decided the brand and model. It is the time to find car dealers and individual sellers. You can visit car markets in person or you can search on the internet. There are many classified sites that you can use to find a car of your choice.

    Car Inspection Essentials

    When you go for an inspection, bring the following things with you:

    Get a pen or pencil and a notebook for jotting details down. Details may include vehicle price, identification number (VIN) or millage, etc.

    A small working flashlight or mobile phone with camera flash to for detecting problems under the car’s hood and in the trunk

    A small magnet to check if the body is concealed

    A cassette or CD to check audio systems

    Some towels or small piece of paper to inspect engine oil

    Now with these essentials in hand, you are ready to test the waters.

    Car Inspection Checklist

    This checklist will help you discern if the car is worth buying


    Observe carefully if body colors match, no sign of fresh paint, and windshield, wipers, doors, truck and bonnet working properly. Make sure headlights, indicators and other lights are completely functional.


    Make sure tires are free of cracks and cuts or other problems, and are in excellent condition and of a reputable brand. Do not forget to check spare time and tools.


    Make sure engine oil or fluids are not leaking, oil filter neck is not covered with black discharge, no black oil on oil dip stick, no smell of engine and exhaust pipe discharge is neither blue nor black. Both are red flags.


    Make sure all doors open and close evenly, air conditioner, heater, stereo systems, gears, warning lights and power windows are fully functional, seats are free of cracks and loaded with seat belts. Brakes are engaging evenly, steering wheel is fully operated and car is not vibrating or shaking.

    Verify Documents

    Ask for registration document, return file, original number plate, and owner CNIC. Check the documents thoroughly and make sure they are original.

    For acquiring CNIC details of seller you can send seller’s CNIC number to 7000

    If you have verified everything and still want to make sure if the car is stolen, call Rescue 15. They have records of stolen cars and they can further assist you.

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  • Shoukat Khanam Memorial Trust (SKMT) is the world’s largest cancer hospital run by donations.

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