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Video: Faisalabad celebrates artistic and cultural diversity

Theatre and dance performances won everyone’s hearts

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August 24, 2019


Machh ado about something: Sindh’s tallest 300-year-old sacred bonfire

The fire is built in a pyramid and weighs around 1,300 maunds

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July 2, 2019


Tea pots and talking heads beat back terror

Qissa Khwani bazaar has a special connection to kehwa

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April 6, 2019


Vlogger Trevor James has fallen in love with Pakistani food

He visited Islamabad and Lahore in March

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March 25, 2019


Airspace closure spells disaster for the 10th Karachi Literature Festival

Many sessions were postponed because the speakers couldn’t get to Karachi

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March 2, 2019


Sanghar teachers shower cash on dancing students at science and culture festival

One of the male students was clad in a sari

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January 4, 2019


Swat Swag: The institution of Lala

A Pakhtun’s painful introduction to life on campus in Islamabad 

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October 31, 2018


No new tax as KP allocates more for power and energy sectors

The budget shows Rs30 billion surplus

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October 15, 2018


Russia calls in action star Steven Seagal to improve ties with the US

Russia has called in the big guns to deal with Russian-US ties — US action star Steven Seagal. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made Seagal its special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries. President Vladimir Putin presented…

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August 5, 2018


Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image rehaul. This is the second significant government change since the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, as heir to the region’s most powerful throne. Prince Mohammed serves as deputy…

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June 2, 2018


The beat is fading for Pakistan’s Ramadan drummers

Lal Hussain saunters through Rawalpindi’s empty streets at 1:00 am shattering the silence with syncopated drum beats, awakening startled Pakistanis so they can sleepily eat one last meal before the day’s Ramadan fasting begins. “Wake up and eat your morning meal!” he howls along with the Bhangra-inspired beats emanating from his dhol drum. Hussain has…

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June 2, 2018


Women take over the red carpet at Cannes

Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek and Marion Cotillard were among 82 women who made a symbolic walk up the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, in a demonstration of solidarity for women struggling for a voice in the movie industry. At the first Cannes festival since the sexual abuse scandals that broke in…

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May 13, 2018


KP decides to preserve Kalash culture

To preserve the centuries-old Kalash culture, the KP government has launched a new project to restore the old houses and historical placed located in Chitral. People of Kalash are known for their unique traditions and style of living. They are also considered to be Pakistan’s smallest ethno-religious community, practising a religion which some scholars characterise…

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May 10, 2018


Natalie Portman not to accept $2m prize in protest against Netanyahu policies

JERUSALEM: Hollywood actress Natalie Portman said she was backing out of a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million prize to protest against the policies of Israel’s prime minister. “I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech…

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April 21, 2018


Kushti – a way of life for Pakistani workers in Dubai

DUBAI: Every Friday evening in Dubai’s bustling Deira district, a sandy lot is transformed into the ring of champions. It is kushti wrestling night and Kala Pehlwan is ready to fight. As the sun sinks below towering palm trees, dozens of men — many in tunics, others in T-shirts — begin to form a perfect…

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April 17, 2018


Suicide machine draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral show

AMSTERDAM: A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday. Called the “Sarco”, short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on…

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April 15, 2018


The fading splendor of 17th century Shahjahan Mosque – Watch

Report by: Zohair Ali The government of Sindh has apparently no proper plan to restore the fading splendor of 17th-century mosque built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in Thatta. Its interior was slightly repaired some 18 years ago, according to Khateeb of the mosque. Since then, no restoration work has been carried out to save this…

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April 7, 2018


Inter-provincial games commence with colourful ceremony in Peshawar

Report by Fayaz Ahmad Cameraman Hayat Khan PESHAWAR: The fourth edition of the inter-provincial games in Peshawar commenced  with a colourful opening ceremony that featured a splendid blend of cultures.  Participants from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan showcased regional dances with finesse at Qayyum stadium in Peshawar. Players taking part in the tournament…

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March 19, 2018


Turkey hits out at Saudi broadcaster over ban on TV soaps

Istanbul: A Turkish government minister has lashed out at a decision by Saudi-owned broadcaster MBC to stop airing Turkish soap operas, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported, amid ongoing tensions between Ankara and some Gulf Arab states. MBC announced the move on Tuesday, saying it would replace Turkish soaps — which have long been a…

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March 7, 2018


Saudi Arabia begins issuing cinema licences

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia began issuing licences Thursday to operate cinemas in the kingdom ahead of their reopening after a decades-long ban was lifted as part of a far-reaching liberalisation drive. The move is another step towards opening the Saudi market to regional and international theatre chains, which have long eyed the kingdom as the Middle East’s…

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March 1, 2018