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  • TV channels’ nightmarish Urdu pronunciation and an Urdu pronouncing dictionary

    URDU pronunciation of some Pakistani TV channels is giving nightmares to many, though the owners and anchors of those channels may not even be aware how mercilessly they have been slaughtering our national language...

    Aside from intermingling English words and phrases with their Urdu conversation, these innocent anchors mispronounce many Urdu words, sometime rendering the sentence ridiculously incorrect...

  • Gboard introduces Roman Urdu to Urdu feature

    Google has recently launched its Roman Urdu to Urdu Google Keyboard (Gboard) feature for both Android and iOS...

    pk's (TJ) review, Gboard’s Roman Urdu to Urdu feature is smart and accurately translates Roman Urdu text into Urdu script in real time...

  • Teen Navilet: French in Urdu, or Urdu in French?

    In Columeau’s case, French and its Provencal dialect are his native languages, and Urdu and Punjabi the languages that he speaks with native fluency...

    The cultural gulf between French and Urdu does not split the writer’s imagination, but enriches it in ways that make his work outstanding...

  • Is Pakistan’s problem Urdu?

    For Pakistan’s founders, Urdu was to be the glue cementing together the new country...

    Instead, it wanted Urdu (Pirpur Report, 1938) because it was thought to be the carrier of Islamic culture...

  • 'You are losing Kashmir,' former Jammu and Kashmir CM warns India

    Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday called on India to 'wake up', and warned New Delhi that: "You are losing Kashmir...

    "In a stinging interview with IndiaToday, Abdullah, who is contesting by-polls in Srinagar, urged India and Pakistan to hold talks to beat the threat of terrorism...

  • Urdu & courts

    THE federal government has informed the Supreme Court that the prime minister has signed an executive order to make it mandatory for the president, prime minister, federal ministers and other official representatives to deliver their speeches in Urdu the country or abroad...

    The apex court was also informed that federal government departments have been asked to translate their policies and rules in Urdu...

  • Satire lightens up Urdu conference mood on penultimate day

    KARACHI: It would be an understatement to suggest that the session dedicated to the popular humorist and satirist Anwar Masood on the third day of the 8th International Urdu Conference brought the house down on Thursday evening...

    Before unleashing a series of quatrains, Masood described the moment of being in the conference as ‘unfaramoshable’ and ‘unbayanable’ (funny coinage of Urdu words that had English prefixes and suffixes,...

  • Banks to take immediate steps for Urdu

    KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has advised all financial institutions, including banks, to take immediate measures for implementing Urdu as per the directions of the prime minister, said a circular issued on Monday...

    According to Article 251 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the national language is Urdu, and arrangements shall be made to use it for official and other purposes, the circular said... ...

  • 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...

  • Urdu translation of Hamza Alavi’s essays launched

    KARACHI: Speakers at the launch of a book discussing the effects of religion and secularism in making of Pakistan on Sunday said it raised certain basic questions involving the country carved out of the British India 70 years ago and the state that was still fluid to answer those critical issues...

    “This book has raised the core questions about Pakistan and its state, which are yet to be answered,” said Dr Riaz Shaikh, who compiled...

  • Speakers of both Sindhi and Urdu suffer at PPP govt’s hands: Palijo

    KARACHI: Qaumi Awami Tehreek (QAT) chief Ayaz Latif Palijo has said there is no reason that Urdu- and Sindhi-speaking people of the province clash with each other as both are suffering “atrocities at the hands of the incompetent” Sindh government...

    The participants included a large number of women who were raising slogans and holding party flags, banners and placards against corruption, terrorism, division of Sindh, recent population...

  • An Egyptian scholar of Urdu and his Talaash

    An Egyptian scholar of Urdu, Prof Ibrahim received a doctorate from Lahore’s Punjab University...

    Now he teaches Urdu at Girls’ Branch, Faculty of Humanities, Al Azhar University, Cairo where he is the head of Urdu department...

  • COLUMN: URDU IN AMERICAN ACADEMIA

    The last panel in this tradition must have been close to 10 years ago; scattered papers on the Urdu milieu continue to be presented and exclusive panels on Urdu literature have a wide range...

    This year I organised a full-day preconference on literary history and, cue Ralph Russell, called it ‘How (Not) to Write the History of Urdu Literature’...

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