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    Languages Of Pakistan Notes From The Universe

  • Literary Notes: Pakistani languages, Sufi poetry and Bulleh Shah’s Urdu translation

    HOW many languages are spoken in Pakistan? The precise answer to this question is not known, but Dr Memon Abdul Majeed Sindhi in his Lisaniyaat-i-Pakistan (National Language Authority, Islamabad, 1992) has mentioned different languages and their dialects spoken in the country...

    The sum comes to around 70, that is, if all the languages, their dialects and regional accents are counted...

  • Literary Notes: National language and Pakistani languages: the only way out

    AT the one-day symposium, organised by Idara-i-Farogh-i-Qaumi Zaban (IFQZ) to discuss the status of Pakistan’s national language and Pakistani languages, the participants seemed to agree on many issues...

    But on three points there was an absolute consensus: 1) every Pakistani language should be protected and promoted; 2) English should immediately be replaced with Urdu as official language; 3) there is only one language that should...

  • Pakistan’s lost universe

    IF the world of science, in particular physics and astronomy, is referring to the Ligo discovery in superlative terms such as “transformational” and “the beginning of a new era” for mankind’s understanding of the universe, it is for good reason...

    Albert Einstein first postulated the existence of gravitational waves, or what have been described as “ripples in the fabric of space-time” a century ago...

  • Contestant from South Africa wins Miss Universe crown

    LAS VEGAS: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who represented South Africa, won the Miss Universe crown on Sunday...

    The 22-year-old, who wants to use her reign to champion HIV/AIDS and self-defence causes, was crowned at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip...

  • STARS OF A PARALLEL UNIVERSE

    If you still read newspapers and ask “Who the heck are these people?” the kid sitting next to you with his/her iPhone will probably scoff at you and say with a disdainful look, “How can you not know them? They are superstars!” Three years ago the Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan had conceded, “These are that new breed of artists who aren’t on television, they are not on films, they don’t need any media except their houses, rooms, their own...

  • ‘Universe boss’ Gayle reaches 10,000-run landmark in T20s

    MUMBAI: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle proved he remains a bowlers’ nightmare after becoming the first player to reach 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket, going past the milestone during a match-winning blitz in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday...

    Swashbuckling Gayle, 37, who plies his trade across the world’s Twenty20 leagues, smashed 77 off 38 balls with five fours and seven sixes to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 21-run...

  • Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe after live TV mix-up

    LAS VEGAS: Miss Colombia was wrongly named Miss Universe in a dramatic mix-up in front of a global television audience of millions on Sunday, before the rightful winner Miss Philippines was finally handed the glittering crown...

    The pageant’s host, US comedian Steve Harvey, misread his cue card and initially announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, had triumphed...

  • Website review: Magnifying the universe

    HAVE you ever wondered how much bigger a mountain is than an atom? And what is the size of our Earth in the Milky Way? Or how big is the Universe?But mere words just don’t satiate the queries of the mind...

    For that, you need to have answers in pictures or animations so that you could easily grasp the distance, the sizes and the scales with the things you see commonly in this world...

  • Five lingering questions about Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe disaster

    IT’S been nearly two days since Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was awkwardly forced to remove her Miss Universe crown and give it to Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach, because host Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner...

    Yet the internet is still buzzing about the incident, largely because it was one of the more mortifying moments in TV history...

  • My five-minute date with Miss Universe

    The media liaison was quite clear as we lined up for our exclusive interviews with Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who was ensconced in a Novotel suite reserved for that purpose...

    Well, shoot, I thought as I mentally crumpled the list of questions I had for Pia, and tossed it into the nearest imaginary waste bin...

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