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149th death anniversary of Mirza Ghalib observed

ISLAMABAD: The 149th death anniversary of classical Urdu and Persian poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib was observed on Thursday throughout the country with tributes paid to his selfless contribution in Urdu literature. According to a private news channel, Ghalib was born on December 27, 1796 in the city of Akbarabad (present Agra). He was an…

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Zayn Malik is experimenting with “a lot of Urdu”

NEWS DESK: According to an Indian fashion magazine, British-American singer Zayn Malik has recorded his first song for a Bollywood movie. Moreover, the young singer is experimenting with “a lot of Urdu”. “It’s one of the first songs I’ve sung in full Hindi, so it’s going to be cool to see what the response to that…

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What Zainab wrote in her Urdu workbook – Watch

The seven-year-old Zainab, who was abused and strangled to death in Kasur, wrote about herself in her Urdu workbook before she was abducted on Jan 4. Zainab’s body was found in a rubbish dump on Tuesday, several days after she went missing.

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Books Children Read!

By Gulrukh Tausif Stories that you read and hear in your childhood stay with you all your life. Sometimes as a wisp of a memory and sometimes as a lesson etched into your mind. I have always loved reading and I used to read a lot of Urdu and English books in my youth. There…

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Video: British High Commissioner sent out warm greetings to Pakistanis. That, too, in Urdu!

NEWS DESK: Thomas Drew, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, has shown some remarkable gesture by issuing a video statement, wishing Pakistanis a Happy New Year in our national language, Urdu. Best wishes for a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2018 from all at the British High Commission in Islamabad. #NewYear2018 نیا سال مبارک —…

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Google pays homage to Mirza Ghalib

NEWS DESK: Paying homage to Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birth anniversary, Google celebrated the late poet with a doodle. Ghalib was a prominent Urdu and Persian-language poet during the Mughal era. His real name was Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan and he was born in Agra on December 27, 1797. He began composing poems from…

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Today marks the 23rd death anniversary of renowned poetess Parveen Shakir

ISLAMABAD: Today marks the 23rd death anniversary of renowned Pakistani poetess Parveen Shakir whose verses have left an imprint on thousands of people residing in the sub-continent. Parveen Shakir became an acclaimed poet with her first published collection Khushbu in 1976. She received the Pride of Performance award for her significant contribution to Urdu literature….

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10th International Urdu conference commences in Karachi

KARACHI: The 10th International Urdu Conference kicked off on Thursday and is being held at the Arts Council of Pakistan.  The event is being attended by local and international intellectuals, scholars, poets and writers. As is the case every year, the main purpose of the conference is to highlight the importance of Urdu language and…

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Urdu has become second official language in this Indian state

HYDERABAD: Indian state Telangana’s assembly on Thursday passed a bill to accord Urdu the status of second official language in the state, reported Times of India. Once it becomes law, all state government official correspondence and other orders will have to be issued both in Telugu and Urdu. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had made…

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Urdu words ‘Abba’ and ‘Achcha’ become part of Oxford English Dictionary

NEWS DESK: As many as 70 new words from Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil and Telugu languages were added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in the latest update that happened a month ago, reported Times of India. Urdu words ‘Abba’ and ‘Achcha’ are among the words recently recognized by the dictionary. ‘Anna’, meaning elder brother…

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Pakistani-British filmmaker’s My Pure Land chosen by Britain for Oscar

NEWS DESK: Sarmad Masud’s debut film, My Pure Land, has been chosen as Britain’s submission for the foreign-language Oscar race, reported Variety. My Pure Land tells the true story of a mother and her two daughters in rural Pakistan who were forced to defend their land from a militia of 200 bandits. Its submission marks…

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JIT report on Chinese nationals’ kidnapping submitted to Nisar

ISLAMABAD: A joint investigation team (JIT), which probed the kidnapping incident of Chinese nationals in Quetta, on Tuesday submitted its detailed report to Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. The minister reviewed the report and approved several measures, including immediate ousting of all those foreigners after cancelling their visas, who are…

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Meet 15-year-old Swat singer Muskan

Muskan, a young and talented singer from Swat, has recorded seven new Pashto songs to be released on Eid ul Fitr. Wishing Pakistanis a happy Eid, the 15-year-old singer is hopeful that her new songs will be received well by her fans.  Watch details in this report.

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The bold voice of humanism: Abeda Iqbal Azad

  By:Shazia Tasneem She was not a Sorojini, not Emily Dickson. Not even Perween Shakir or Meera Bai but Abeda Iqbal Azad was an activist of her own genre—a reason that has made the society of Urdu literature mourn five years after her death on April 20, 2012. If you haven’t heard that name, or…

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Raza Rabbani’s Urdu remark is shameful: Wasay Jalil

Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM-London) lashed out at Raza Rabbani over his remarks against Urdu language, saying, “Pakistan, it seems, is in wrong hands.” Watch what else he said.

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Urdu was enforced on us, says Rabbani

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani has said it seems as if Urdu language was forced on us, Samaa reported. He made the statement while talking to media. Rabbani stated that the first point of order was raised when Bengali was named national language. He added that former senator Nisar Memon was labeled a traitor when…

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Govt to launch digital Urdu dictionary

ISLAMABAD: The government is all set to launch first ever Urdu digital dictionary for the improvement and reservation of Urdu language with a total budget of Rs.208 million. This is to promote and preserve the national language of our country. English is the preferred medium of communication in government bodies and offices which has decreased…

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Pakistani cop saves suicidal man by speaking Urdu in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: A local policeman of Pakistani descent has become a hero and won thousands of hearts overnight after he talked a man out of committing suicide in fluent Urdu. Ifzal Zaffar, 20, from the patrol unit of Yau Tsim District, received a call at around 10:40am on Sunday that a suicidal Pakistani man had…

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SA rejects resolution seeking status of official language for Urdu

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly Tuesday rejected a resolution urging the PPP-led provincial government to adopt Urdu as official language. The resolution was tabled by Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Kamran Akhtar. Through the resolution, the MQM lawmaker urged the government to implement Urdu as official langue in all private, government and semi-government institutions in the light of…

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LHC orders holding of CSS exam in Urdu

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered holding of Central Superior Services (CSS) exam in Urdu language from 2018. On a petition filed by Advocate Saif Ur Rehman, the court ruled that the exams should be conducted in Urdu language in line with the decision given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The court…

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Karachi Literature Festival 2017 starts today

KARACHI: The eighth Literature Festival will be held in Karachi on the 10th, 11th and 12th of February at Beach Luxury Hotel. The Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) has become a sincere symbol of Pakistan’s cultural life that was earlier hidden from the rest of the word, reason being the scarred reputation of our country. Today…

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