Category Archives: Culture

Baltistan Palace gets UNESCO award

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Islamabad—The ceremony of “UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award 2013 for Cultural Heritage Conservation” was held at the prestigious Khaplu Palace the other day in Gilgit Baltistan to recognize the efforts of Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan- winner of this year’s award. The Director and Representative UNESCO Islamabad,Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata during the ceremony handed over a plaque to the representative of Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan (AKCSP), says a statement issued by UNICEF here on Tuesday. Continue reading


Destination Pakistan Cycle tour started

By: Asghar Ali Rumi & G.M Khan Mir

Hunza: Khawar Hassan and Javaid, the residents of Lahore have started a cycling tour “Destination Pakistan cycle tour” yesterday from Khunjerav Pass. The cyclists will travel through Karakorum Highway, GT road and Indus civilization to Karachi. It is expected that the campaign will complete in thirty-day.

The cyclist has reached Hunza this evening and will leave for Gilgit tomorrow morning.

The prime motto of this campaign is to explore the natural beauty of Pakistan and Gilgit Baltistan particularly.  The cyclist said that this is the piece of contribution to promote tourism and to convey the message of peace to the international communities.

3rd China Eurasia Expo to be held in September 2013

By : A.Q Khan 

The expo is set to run from Sept. 2 to 7 in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 33 countries and 10 multinational companies have confirmed their participation in the Expo.

Eleven countries, including Austria, Australia and India, will join the expo for the first tim..

The China-Eurasia Expo has become an important platform for Xinjiang to boost its regional advantages and accelerate its opening up to the world, said Shatyar Ablehet. Continue reading

Formula finalized to distribute the relief to the affectees of Attabad

Sost, Gojal (ST Correspondent): Yesterday a meeting held among the local administration of Gojal and Gojal Desaster Management Committee regarding the distribution of relief goods sent from China for the affectees of Attabad Lake.

It was decided in the meeting that the relief will distributed equally to all villages affected by Attabad disaster.  The direct affectees of Attabad will get 20 % additional quota of the relief.   Remember last time the relief was distributed with the ratio of 70:30.

Baba Ghundi Festival 2013

Baba Ghundi Ziarat, Chipursan (Web Image)

ST Correspondent: Department of Tourism and culture Gilgit Baltistan is going to organize Baba Ghundi festival at Chipursan Gojal on 29 August.
The event encompass different cultural segments, polo tournament, Tent pegging and a Sufi night.

Speaking to media, Adviser to G-B Chief Minister on Tourism and culture Sadia Danish told this is a part of calendar of event to enhance tourism in Gilgit Baltistan and maximum tourists can visit the region. She also said that the department of tourism and culture will utilize all its resources to make this event successful and for the development of tourism in GB.

Sustainable living: Permaculturist spreading the seeds of his passion

ISLAMABAD: Giving back to the earth is a concept mostly associated with tree huggers and environmentalists, but a global trend towards sustainable communities is gaining momentum.

Austrian-born, Markus P Poelz is an ardent believer and has been quite literally, spreading the seeds of his passion in Pakistan by introducing the new agro-design system, permaculture.

Poelz, who is a permaculture design consultant, has devoted the last decade to developing and introducing a sustainable ecological system that encourages the healthy symbiosis of people, plants and animal life.

Healthy soil, says Poelz means healthy plants and as the saying goes, “We are what we eat.”  Indigenous farmers, newly exposed to the idea of permaculture are intrigued by the demonstration farms set up in upper and central Hunza and Gilgit, according to him. The plan is to educate local farmers about maintaining soil fertility by introducing a concentrated diversity of fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, tea, livestock and trees within a farm.

“This will allow nature to breathe and take its course,” explains Poelz, his exhilaration much like that of an artist upon the completion of a work of art, an analogy that the permaculture expert agrees with.  All the elements of nature meld together in the kind of symbiosis that is the objective of all designers. Continue reading


Eid-ul-Fitar Mubarak

Eid Greeting ST


Our correspondent:

Increase in the flow of water special in the summer season creates problem for everyone in the world. the same is happening in shimshal valley specially in the summer season when temperature increases purkh zerikh (local wakhi language derived purkh-rat, Zerikh-chatch) Bridge is badly affect due to increase in the water and blocks the road access to Karakorum Highway every year. A bridge is required to build there. We the team of Sost Today requests from the high authorities officials of Gilgit-Baltistan and the donor agencies to please give a helping hand to the people of Shimshal villagers.