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  • LETTER from PARIS: Down with Pythagoras, Caesar, Goethe & Plato!

    Socialists Jean-Marc Ayrault (who returned to teaching German in a school following his resignation two years ago as prime minister) and Jack Lang, education minister under President Mitterrand in the early 1990s, both strongly oppose the reforms proposals which, among others, aim at abolishing the teaching of European languages, a prominent feature of the current French school education system...

    Another immensely controversial...

  • German spy agency told US of bin Laden's presence in Pakistan: German media

    BERLIN: Germany's foreign intelligence agency helped United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) track down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, where United States special forces killed the Al Qaeda leader, reported a German newspaper on Sunday...

    The German spy-service BND provided a tip-off that bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, with the knowledge of Pakistani security services, according to the Bild am Sonntag report, which was...

  • German music adds to Karachi’s cultural vibrancy

    KARACHI: International music artists are adding on to the city’s cultural vibrancy and the Friday evening performance of German artists blended with eastern classical music at Habib University was another step away from the usual sampling of music...

    German Consul General Rainer Schmiedchen praised the efforts of the organisers and said: “The tradition of collaborations between Habib University and the German consulate general has...

  • German Weeks in Karachi to begin on Oct 3

    KARACHI: To announce the commencement of a series of cultural events from October to December, German Consul General Rainer Schmiedchen spoke to the media at the Press Club on Thursday and shared some of the highlights that are part of the programme...

    Called ‘German Weeks in Karachi’, the programme’s aim is to “join hands in culture, and encourage people-to-people contact”...

  • Contempt plea filed against govt for not using Urdu as official language

    ISLAMABAD: A lawyer on whose petition the Supreme Court handed down a judgement requiring the federal and provincial governments to use Urdu as official language has now complained that the federal government was not implementing the apex court’s Sept 8 judgement...

    Written in Urdu language, the one-page contempt of court petition argued that Prime Minister Nawaz Shreef did constitute a committee comprising Information Minister Pervez...

  • ‘Heritage Now’ opens at Alhamra: Experts discuss role of museums, identity and language domination

    HERITAGE AND IDENTITY:In a session on Heritage and Identity, moderated by Risham Syed, Dr Tariq Rahman termed language a part of heritage which worked at various levels, saying the language of the power always locked out the language of the poor...

    Giving an example, he said Prakrit was once a widespread language in this region and Sanskrit, the language of those in power, overpowered it...

  • Pakistan registers protest against Bangladesh's 'undiplomatic language'

    The Foreign Office summoned the High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Islamabad on Thursday to register its protest against "the use of undiplomatic language" by Dhaka following a video controversy...

    "In order to register our protest on the use of undiplomatic language in a note verbale, on an incident of obscure origin, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Islamabad was summoned by the director general South Asia and Saarc to the...

  • ‘Language is the carrier of cultures’

    KARACHI: How can you have just development when you have a structure that is fundamentally unjust? This was the question that Dr Mwangi wa Githinji tried to find an answer to in his keynote address at a conference organised by Habib University on Saturday...

    Expanding on dispossessing history, he pointed out factors such as rewriting history, creating racial hierarchies, religious control and language...

  • Footprints: Language under stress

    The renowned poet and writer was born in Lyari but did not fall in love with the language till he started teaching Islamic Studies at the University of Balochistan...

    He wanted people to understand and appreciate this language that no one seemed to be interested in anymore...

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