Government To Use Big Data to Improve Governance: IT Minister KTR

Government To Use Big Data to Improve Governance: IT Minister KTR

Participants during the launch of MetroPolis Youth Network at the XI MetroPolis World Congress 2014 in Hyderabad, Telangana, India- Syed Khaled Shahbaaz, Hyderabad, 09-10-14: In the era of Information Technology where data is money, the government is trying to put all available data to extensive use to beget a golden shine on youngest state of India. The government of Telangana will make use of Big Data to counter all sorts of inefficiencies in the governance and employ data collected from nearly 3.5 crore people from Village Panchayat to metropolitan stratums during the Telangana Intensive Household Survey to solve the challenges of the newest state of the largest democracy in the world, said Information Technology and Panchayati Raj Minister K.T.Rama Rao. Reiterating Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s vision of making the state’s capital Hyderabad a global smart city at the World Metropolis Congress in Hyderabad, Mr Rama Rao said smart cities should offer smarter Citizen Services explaining that intelligence gained from large volumes of macro data and analysis can help revolutionize urban planning and city functioning . Eulogizing the benefits of technology and data he said that ‘technology is fantastic and use of accurate data imperative’ adding that “perfect data should be available to understand the needs of the people, to perfectly design the welfare schemes that suit them and to take the fruits of these schemes to the targeted sections” The IT minister elucidated that technology (data) can be used to provide better resource allocation, understanding needs, patters and trends in citizen behaviour, improvement of efficiencies in process, sector-wise planning, asset management, environmental resource management, monitoring, evaluation and prediction or forecasting. KTR was addressing an elite gathering as the plenary speaker on ‘Urban Agenda – Big Data / Big Challenges and Big Ideas at the world congress. Crunching on the same lines, the Mayor of Barcelona Mr Xavier Trias who is on his maiden visit to Hyderabad to attend the World Metropolic Congress expressed that both Barcelona, with its top-level infrastructure and economical and industrial prowess, and innovation and Hyderabad can collaborate in many fields to become stronger and respond to major challenges while improving the quality of life of people. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner Mr Somesh Kumar, Special Commissioner Mr Babu A. also spoke. Mr Tim Campbell, Global Fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Chairman at Urban Age Institute was the moderator. A vast gamut of brainstorming themes riveted around urban city development, smart cities, housing for all, Telangana Art, Green Buildings, Health people, youth empowerment and much more form the agenda of the congress. At least 857 people registered for the conference including 135 people from abroad. A list of plenary speakers at the conference mentions President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee, former President Dr A PJ Abdul Kalam, IT Minister KTR and Nobel Laureate Rajendra Pachauri among other international personalities during the 5-day conference organized by GHMC in collaboration with the government of Telangana state. Syed Khaled Shahbaaz is an IT engineer with journalistic affinity. He’s penned over 2000 articles on technology, gadgets and all things IT. Like the post or have an opinion/suggestion, write to him at or get over at to follow his updates.
11-Year-old Dies After Being Set on Fire Allegedly in Hyderabad Army Garrison

11-Year-old Dies After Being Set on Fire Allegedly in Hyderabad Army Garrison

Hyderabad: An 11-year-old boy who was set on fire allegedly within a high security military garrison in Hyderabad died of 90 per cent burns today. Before dying, the police said, Syed Mustafa told a magistrate that some “military men” burnt him. Mustafa lived with his parents, three brothers and a sister in Siddiqnagar within the garrison in Mehdipatnam, which is a restricted area and allows visitors only with special passes. As his body was taken away, his mother Shaker Bano wailed repeatedly, “My son was burnt alive…” The police allege that kerosene was poured on the boy and he was set on fire on Wednesday afternoon, a little before 3 pm. A soft drink bottle with traces of kerosene and matches were found at the spot where the boy was allegedly burnt. The army has denied the involvement of its personnel. “On investigation, it is found that the allegation is absolutely false and no army personnel is involved in this incident. The army condemns this act,” an army statement said. A large number of policemen in riot-control gear were posted near the garrison to avoid a flare-up as angry residents protested against the alleged killing. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao announced Rs. 5 lakh for the family as his government kept a watchful eye on Mehdipatnam. “The police have to investigate in a very strong manner. Last night, over 1,000 people came to the roads. We have to control emotions,” Hyderabad Mayor Majid Hussain said. Police chief Mahender Reddy said it is not known who attacked the boy and why. Army officers say they share a good rapport with some 200 families who stay within the garrison and cannot believe that any of their men could have burnt the boy. “We are assisting the police in the investigations since the incident took place in the Army area,” an army spokesperson said in Delhi. – NDTV
A-mantra for business success

A-mantra for business success

Amit Kishore Prasad- By: Syed Zia ur Rahman, Efficient management of space and manpower with limited resources is a challenging task that requires planning and an efficient back-up system to track changes. The goal should be how to boost revenue from the existing assets—man, machine and the available space—while cutting down the operational cost at the same time. The key to success lies in converting this challenge into an opportunity by shuffling the cards properly so as to come up with the winning card. You could call it trade secret or mantra. SatNav Technologies is a global leader in proprietary cloud-based IT and custom mapping solutions to help organizations increase their efficiency and productivity – both in the field and in the office or facility. SatNav Technologies has come out with a-mantra, a Facilities Management Software Product that aims at minimizing these costs by optimizing resource and asset usage. a-mantra is an award-winning, global provider of facility management software and business infrastructure solutions that transform business processes and maximize assets and savings.The Solution focuses on providing vital information for effective planning and process control, thereby reducing operational costs and ensuring Complete Infrastructure Control. The strategy for achieving the goal of optimizing the resouces is a-mantra, modular based software IT product that runs on cloud. The Solution is successfully implemented across different verticals including Retail and Distribution, Banks and Financial Institutions, IT & BPO, Large Corporates, Real Estate and Educational institutions. Its application covers all types of business enterprises wishing to enhance their revenue yield by optimising the use of space and human resource through a well-planned strategy. The a-mantra software programme is a complete facility management suite, which helps large organizations in utilizing the complete space in its head or branch offices. Organizations can choose from different modules including Property and Space Management Module, Assest Managemnt, Seat Optimization, Help desk and Maintenance Management modules. Other advantages are: minimize the operational costs of manpower through strategic planning as well as enhancing the revenue from the organization properties by getting their leases renewed, says…Amit Kishore Prasad, MD, CEO and Co-Founder of the company. A person from the corporate office is assigned the task of collating all the valuable data that is being missed out. AutoCAD drawings are used to identify the accurate area and floor layouts of the branches that are on lease on which the organization are paying the lease amount. Together with other properties that are owned, the a-mantra provide a macro picture of an organisation’s total assets to help them draw up an operational strategy for optimising their sources of revenue. The lease payments that are paid were usually crossing the deadlines owing to the payments of additional amounts as penalty. By introducing a-mantra lease escalation and the information regarding leases it helped the Organizations to project their cash flows correctly and meet the deadlines owing to the prompt payments to the landlords. Generally the Employees were given few assets like a car, laptop, phone etc., for certain designations. These were to be purchased at the time of resigning from the job or moving out for some other reason. The number of assets that were present with a price tag of each was a difficult task to maintain. HR was not having a ready information on what were all the assets a person was having while he was moving out of the organization. A-mantra provided the HR a ready access to the information on its existing assets along with the depreciation cost of how much it would give as a capital to the bank if these assets were disposed of. a-mantra when started to identify the assets. We found some of the assets which were there with some other employees were shown in the account of others. This was rectified and the correct owners for each asset were identified. Access to ready information How did a-mantra improve the bottom line? The space is optimally utilized for the organization, which means before getting a new space you have information on the occupancy and utilization ratios. Business Heads have ready information on how many branches they have and what is the ration in which their business is spread in different branches along with auto CAD drawing and the sq ft leased out for each business. The assets related to the infrastructure of a facility account for almost half of an organization’s annual financial statement. In growing organizations, 30-45% of these assets are changed every year. This expenditure has a significant impact on the productivity of the enterprise. This Solution has helped many Fortune 500 Companies around the world. Through its alliances with global joint venture investors and an international network of world-class reseller partners, a-mantra and SatNav are well on their way to expanding around the globe with a billion product user transactions daily, saving the organizations it serves millions of dollars annually. “Besides a-mantra, we have launched many other technological products at SatNav, which was incorporated on January 9, 2004,” says Amit Prasad, MD & CEO. SatNav Technologies has been a pioneer in GPS Navigation since 2005 and remains a market leader even today. SatNav’s products include an immensely popular GPS Navigation Product SatGuide, Sattracx for tracking and routing, roads of india and so on.
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    SABB/HSBC Emerging Markets Index: Emerging Market Growth in Third Quarter Best Since Q1 2013

    The SABB/HSBC Emerging Markets Index (EMI), a monthly indicator derived from the PMI™ surveys, edged up from 52.4 in August to an 18-month high of 52.5 in September. On a quarterly basis, the EMI averaged 52.2 in Q3, the best since the first quarter of 2013. Latest data signalled that services activity rose at a stronger rate than manufacturing output for the second month running. This was driven by the trend in China, as services activity in Brazil, India and Russia rose at either weak or marginal rates. Among goods producers, those in the Czech Republic posted the strongest growth in September, while declines were registered in Brazil, South Korea and Poland. New business growth remained close to June’s 15-month peak, but remained slower than the average over the nine-year series history. Consequently, outstanding work declined slightly for the third month running, and employment remained broadly unchanged. Input price inflation slowed further to a 15-month low in September. Manufacturing continued to record weaker cost pressures than services, and four economies posted outright declines in manufacturing input prices, namely China, Poland, Brazil and South Korea. The strongest rate of manufacturing input price inflation was again registered in Russia, followed by Turkey. Russia also posted the strongest rate of service sector input price inflation. September data signalled a return to output growth at South African private sector companies. The pace at which activity rose was the sharpest in 21 months, with study participants commenting on increased order intakes and improved conditions in the mining sector. PMI data showed that new business in Saudi Arabia’s non-oil economy rose at the strongest pace for 28 months in September, amid strong demand for goods and services. Notably, construction was reported by several panellists to be a key area of demand growth. Activity in the UAE’s non-oil producing private sector rose at the fastest pace since June during September, with companies commenting on increased order intakes. September data signalled a further improvement in the health of Egypt’s non-oil private sector, with output and new orders rising sharply. Higher business requirements in turn encouraged companies to take on additional workers, resulting in the first rise in staffing levels in nearly two-and-a-half years. Meanwhile, inflationary pressures eased, with both input and output prices rising at weaker rates. –

    13 workers die in fire at Indian fireworks factory

    HYDERABAD, India — A blaze engulfed a fireworks factory in southern India on Monday, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others, police said. The fire department was still trying to control the fire by early evening and the bodies could not immediately be retrieved, said Ravi Prakash, a police superintendent in Andhra Pradesh state’s East Godavari district He said the fire broke out during a lunch break at the factory in Vakatippa village. The local government has ordered an investigation. The fire comes days ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which is marked with fireworks. India has a huge demand for firecrackers, which are used in religious festivals and weddings. — AP
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    Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai Win Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

    Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai Win Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

    Child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai will share the prestigious Nobel peace prize for 2014. The two have been named joint winners of the 1.1 million dollar prize for their “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” The Nobel jury said it was “an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.” Kailash Satyarthi had maintained Gandhi’s tradition and headed various forms of protests and demonstrations focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain, the committee said. The 60-year-old activist, whose “Bachpan Bachao Andolan” is believed to have rescued some 80,000 children forced to work in factories and mines, has never received any award from the Indian government. “The voice of crores of children has been heard,” Kailash Satyarthi told NDTV, dedicating his award to the nation. (Noble Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi: 5 Facts About His Work) 17-year-old schoolgirl-activist Malala Yusoufzai won for what the Nobel Committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to education. The youngest ever Nobel laureate was reportedly pulled out of class in a Birmingham school to be informed about the big award. Malala Yusoufzai was shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago in Pakistan’s Swat Valley for defying a ban on girls going to school. She was airlifted to Britain, where she was treated for life-threatening injuries. The committee said Malala had shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situation. The Nobel Peace Prize usually acknowledges “work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” But over time, the jury has widened the concept of peace work to include efforts to improve human rights, fight poverty and clean up the environment. – NDTV
    Canada cracks down on Gulf passport seekers

    Canada cracks down on Gulf passport seekers

    Tom MacDonaldRiyadh: Ghazanfar Ali Khan A large number of workers and professionals who have applied for Canadian citizenship under a new law will face difficulty coming back to Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, to earn petro dollars after acquiring Canadian passports. The Canadian government has introduced the new law, which changes the rules for acquiring citizenship and invalidates the passports of terrorists. “Traditionally, Canada has welcomed immigrants of all nationalities, but now, the Bill C-24 is placing conditions on the issuance of Canadian passports,” said a report released by the Canadian government. The local Canadian mission justified the move, saying that new policy requirements on Canadian citizenship are in no way aimed at limiting options for individuals to work in the Gulf or any other part of the world. “The focus is on ensuring that those who become Canadian citizens have established a clear link with Canada by living there for a certain duration prior to being granted citizenship,” Canadian Ambassador Tom MacDonald told Arab News on Monday. “If someone wants to become a citizen of a country, it is only reasonable that they demonstrate a genuine link to that country,” he added. MacDonald said Canada takes great pride in being a multicultural country and remains open to new citizens of all backgrounds, “but our citizenship policy is aimed at welcoming those who truly want to become part of Canadian society,” said the envoy, adding that Canada is not there to accommodate individuals who are simply seeking passports of convenience. The Canadian administration is cracking down on the common practice of staying in the country for a short period of time just to get a Canadian passport and then returning to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to continue working on a GCC work permit. According to the new rule, those wishing to be permanent residents will have to stay in Canada for at least 1,460 days, including 183 days for tax purposes, and will have to pay Canadian tax. They will also have to stay in Canada for six years before applying for Canadian citizenship. The government meanwhile has begun invalidating the passports of Canadians who have left to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander revealed in an interview published recently. The minister told the National Post that his department had also revoked the passports of several Canadians who had not yet left the country, but who had intended to travel to the volatile region to enlist as foreign fighters. Furthermore, the Canadian government is insisting that applicants pass an English language test and another test assessing knowledge of the country. There are about 15,000 Canadian passport holders currently living and working in Saudi Arabia.  
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    AIMIM Victory Celebrations for Maharashtra Assembly Election in Jeddah

    AIMIM Victory Celebrations for Maharashtra Assembly Election in Jeddah - Oct 21 2014

    Bazm-e-Ittehad Jeddah with Indian Community members rejoicing the victory of AIMIM in Maharashtra Polls, Dr. Syed Ali Mahmood (Founder and Chief Patron) , Ubaid Ur Rahman, Syed Khaja Viqaruddin, Eng. Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Mirza Qudrath Nawaz Baig, Abdul Azeez, Wasim Mukadam, Nadeem Abdul Basith , Nazim and other prominent community members, in Jeddah. Jeddah: AIMIM Debuted with 2 Significant Seats into Maharashtra State Marks return of Muslims, Dalit & Other BC’s identity Politics after two decades Delights in Jeddah The Maharashtra legislative assembly polls of the commercial capital of Indian was seen as the landmark for the Minority communities, with just a month of electoral campaign before the scheduled state elections, obtained two prestigious seats for All India Majlis-e-Ittehad ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), a secular outfit that made a historical debut in the election of Maharashtra Assembly Poll. AIMIM upstages Raj Thackeray’s MNS and won Aurangabad central and Byculla seats, besides concluding second position in other five constituencies of the state. The state has substantial Muslims, Dalit and Backward Class population, and a major portion of eastern Maharashtra was earlier under the rule of the Nizam state. AIMIM, which traditionally have links in all the Nizam’s ruled territory, is driving hard to make an electoral presence in the best interest of the community. Before this state electoral debut, AIMIM also made their ways in the part of Nizam’s state, by winning sizeable seats at Nanded civic polls last year. The biggest shocker is for the hardliner saffron parties that considered themselves as their bastions. The outcome of the polls brought celebrations not only in India but also abroad especially in the Gulf region where substantial Indians resides. Bazm-e-Ittehad Jeddah (BIJ), a social wing of AIMIM was at the forefront to commemorate the victory. A large gathering of members of both the social outfits, BIJ and other community members were seen at the three districts of Jeddah; Aziza, Bab-Makkah and Sharafia, rejoicing the success by distributing sweets among themselves and also for the passersby. Many prominent members took part in the celebrations that include; the Chief Patron Dr. Syed Ali Mahmood, Eng. Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Mohammed Ubaid-ur-Rahman, Syed Khaja Viqaruddin, Mohammed Abdul Qayyum, Mirza Qudrath Nawaz Baig, Shameem Kausar, Nadeem Abdul Basith, Wasim Mukadam, Abdul Azeez, Syed Rafay, ‘Muzaffar, Farooq, Nazim, Syed Rafathullah Shah and prominent members of community.. Addressing the gathering, Chief Patron of BIJ, Dr. Syed Ali Mahmood thanked the well-wishers for their enthusiasm and thrill showcased with their overwhelmed response for a victory rally on a foreign soil. He said: “This is just the beginning of our show of strength and very soon AIMIM would venture into other neighboring states like; Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and even far-off states of Assam and West Bengal, and I am sure the party will get a thumping majority to represent the sole voice of the millions of desperate Indians”. He continued: “BIJ always extended its logistic support to AIMIM since more than three decades now; we know that this political party is a chosen one that enjoys the blessings from the Almighty to represent the minority community throughout the length and breadth of India and supporters of AIMIM testaments the same God’s blessings worldwide”. Sharing his sentiments, a legendary cricket player and an engineer by profession, Aijaz Ahmed Khan said: “No-doubt just winning two seats might not change the equation of the electoral fray altogether, but what is more important is that AIMIM has eventually spread its wing to a new state on a very positive note that will certainly see the light, and I am sure that this political party will soon become a force to reckon-with in the near future”. Syed Khaja Viqaruddin in Azizia & Bab Makkah Dist & Mirza Qudrath Nawaz Baig in Sharafia Dist.– Thanked to the audience and community members who directly or indirectly took participation in last electoral by influencing there friend, relatives, known people in Maharashtra State. – Yahind News
    Silver Jubilee meeting of Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmasters Club engrossed the audience

    Silver Jubilee meeting of Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmasters Club engrossed the audience - Oct 01 2014

    Bazm-e-Urdu Riyadh Toastmaster’s Club celebrated their 25th Session at a grand evening which was witnessed by a large gathering of Community members and representatives of various social and cultural organisations in Riyadh on Friday 26th September 2014 which started at 08:45PM and extended well passed Midnight. Founder and Immediate Past President Mohammed Abdur Rahman Saleem chaired the meeting. Mohammad Zubair began the program with recitation of the holy Quran. Mohammad Abdul Rasool, the Sergeant-At-Arms started the session and introduced Chairperson of the event. The chairman welcomed the audience and presented flower bouquets to the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor DTM. Joel. During his speech he presented a slide show “A toast master can play many roles”, in which different roles of Toastmasters meeting were presented and discussed. He welcomed DTM Joel who came from Jeddah, TM Sanjay Mahat Area 1 Governor, TM Yaseen Ali Area 22 Governor and TM Syed Waqas immediate Area B Governor from Riyadh were also welcomed. The Chairperson introduced Toastmaster of the day who was the main anchor of the evening. He introduced the Theme of the day “Personality Development” and its importance in day to day life. He was also Word Master of the day. He introduced Word of the day “Sukhn” and explained the origin, meaning and formation of other words by adding pre-fix & post-fix to the same word. The meeting was composed of three Sessions: The first session was Prepared Speeches Session, second session was Table Topics Session and third session was Evaluation Session. Prepared speeches were delivered to cover the “Competent Communicator Manual” from “Toastmaster International”. TM Syed Viquaruddin delivered first prepared speech on topic “Being Human”. This was his 4th Project. Mir Ahmed Ali delivered the second speech which was his 9th Project on “Maqdoom Mohiuddin”. Third speech was delivered by Taqiuddin Mir Fazal on “Education”, with this he completed his CC10 and became Competent Communicator on this evening. He introduced Sayeed Mohiuddin as AH Counter, Mohd Azeemuddin Zubair as Vote counter, TM Sayeed Nawaz as Grammarian, Syed Abdul Hamid as Timer and Mohammed Abdul Hameed as Listening Master. A slide show on “Effective Communication” was presented by TM Abdul Quddus Javeed in which he with the help of slides highlighted how to be an effective communicator. The second session “Table Topics” was conducted by Khaja Wasif. Omar Khan delivered a speech on “Auto Rickshaw Ride”, Mohammed Quaiser president THH delivered a speech on “If this soil is somewhat moist it is very fertile”. Dr Abdul Rahim Khan spoke on “Positive Thinking”, Dr. Misbahul Arifeen spoke on “Showing out eyes” and Tabrez Ahmed, spoke on title “Last seen Movie with family members “. All Table Topic speeches were excellent and gave a lasting impression on the audience, applauded by one and all. Third Session was based on General Evaluation of the complete event. Sayeed Nawaz was General Evaluator. He called on evaluator of first speech Syed Ateeq who presented evaluation of Omar Khan; Second evaluator was Nazim Hussain who evaluated the speech of Mir Ahmed Ali. Third evaluator was Mohammed Mubeen who evaluated the speech of third speaker, Taqiuddin Mir Fazal. Syed Zia ur Rahman, founder of presented evaluation of Table Topic speeches. General evaluator took reports from Ah Counter, Vote Counter, Grammarian and Timer. Audience voted for best speaker from prepared speeches and best Table topic speaker. It gave a learning process to audience about each speech. The address of the Chief Guest was followed by the address of DTM who presented Coat pins to Chief Guest and Chairperson recognizing their services to the community. Club presented memento to Chief Guest, CC Certification holders. The best speaker of the day was awarded to Taqiuddin Mir Fazal and Best Table topic Speaker was awarded to Omar Khan. Mohammed Abdul Hameed presented vote of thanks which was followed by dinner. Everyone present appreciated the efforts of Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmaster Club. This is the “First Urdu Language Club” to receive “Distinguished Club Ribbon” and also “Governors Club Ribbon” in its first year of inception a record noteworthy. –
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    Sameera Aziz is nominated for the best Saudi female Journalist & media person award

    Sameera Aziz is nominated for the best Saudi female Journalist & media person award

    - By Syed Zia ur Rahman, Women leaders & Awards in Saudi Arabia is first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. The summit is to felicitate the Women Leaders of Saudi Arabia and encourage maximum women participation in all developmental projects in Saudi Arabia. It is an enlightening session that offers training program, networking platform and thus bring women leaders into spotlight in the global market. It is an effort to provide contentious support and guidance to the women of Saudi Arabia, giving them global platform and helping them emerging as leaders. Women leaders in Saudi Arabia have made their remarkable influence in the society. Breaking all social dogmas they are now into business, academics, sports, law, accounts and in many such fields, writing their success story in golden words. Because of cumulative acceptance of women in education and various field of employment in Saudi Arabia, the last few years witnessed an increased participation of women in senior level executive positions and decision making positions in both public and private sectors. Sameera Aziz is one of the remarkable women leaders in Saudi Arabia. She is a famous Saudi media personality. She is a Journalist, film maker, director, script writer, radio presenter, novelist, speaker, social worker and activist. She is a Jeddah-based Saudi national. She is most notable as a radio presenter of her weekly show ‘Marhaba with Sameera Aziz’ in Asian Radio Live, which is based in the United Kingdom. She is also the Country Head of ‘South Asian Regional Information Agency’ (SARIA), an international news agency with voice of SAARC countries. Sameera Aziz is also an owner of the production house ‘Sana Solkar production’ in Bollywood which is the first Saudi production house in India. She is recognized as a first Saudi female Bollywood director and writer. She is a director, producer and writer of a Bollywood movie REEM, the first Saudi-Indo venture in Bollywood. Her target of making this film is to promote Saudi tourism and to present a modern and educated Saudi youth as well as to show the cotemporary Saudi lifestyle to the world, contrary to the idea that ‘Saudis are the camel riders.’ She has been involved in film making in Saudi Arabia on women issues as an assistant director and production team member. Sameera Aziz is also recognized as the first Saudi novelist of Urdu language in Saudi Arabia. She is active in humanitarian work. She has written thousands of articles and fictions in politics, social and woman issues. She conducted undercover sting operations – the rare genre in Saudi journalism – and became the part of bold experiments in the new progressive Saudi Journalism. Her reporting experiences include coverage of terrorism, women’s rights and the societal changes now taking place in Saudi Arabia. In 2009, she shocked everyone when she boldly wrote and spoke about an evil incidence of child abuse that she witnessed and protected the child after an encounter. She also campaigned against the gang who brought Afghani origin children to Saudi Arabia with the fake Pakistani passport to make them the beggars, towel and chewing gum sellers in the streets of Jeddah. She was threatened by the criminal group of people during this campaign. She spoke about the ill-treatment and crimes of domestic workers in Saudi Arabia and condemned their propaganda that was being carried out against many guiltless Saudi employers. She is a speaker regarding international, social, expatriate, animal, and women’s issues. She aims to give positive message through her media activities and to bridge the gap between the Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world. She also acts as a consultant to various international organizations for social development and human rights like ‘We The Youth’ and ‘Society For International Peace’ which is a think tank initiated to serve the humanity. She is also a business woman. She is married with two children. She speaks and understands some three languages like Arabic, English and Urdu. She was born on 24 June 1979 in Al-Khober, Saudi Arabia. Her parents first migrated to Pakistan from India, and then to Saudi Arabia, and later still to the United States of America. Her multi-cultural background and innovative work in Journalism and media made her popular among masses. Sameera Aziz has won many awards earlier as well like woman of today, humanity award, pride of the nation, first Urdu novelist, youth ambassador, Best Ind-o-Pak Friendship Icon award etc. – Yahind News
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