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  • India asks Pakistan to reconsider downgrading of diplomatic ties, says Article 370 'an internal matter'

    A day after Pakistan decided to downgrade diplomatic ties with India, the latter's Ministry of External Affairs through a statement asked Islamabad to review its decision so that "normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved"...

    The committee had last met on Sunday, a day before India announced revocation of Article 370, which gave occupied Kashmir an autonomous status, and legislated to bifurcate the Valley into...

  • Red tape may affect speech, essay writing contests

    LAHORE: Red-tapism within the Punjab School Education Department may have an effect on the speech and essay writing competitions 2015, launched by the chief minister with the aim to empower both male and female students to combat the menace of terrorism in the country...

    “It has come to the notice of the competent authority that the instructions regarding speech and essay writing competitions are not being conveyed to lower formation…...

  • HEC writing scheme

    THIS is apropos the textbook and monograph writing scheme of the Higher Education Commission (HEC)...

    According to this scheme, the HEC offers Rs100,000 for writing textbooks at master’s and doctoral levels, while Rs80,000 at bachelor’s level...

  • Late Dr Ursani preferred writing to other tasks

    After being schooled at Hyderabad he developed a taste for writing at a tender age of 13 which later developed into an urge for research on various aspects of Sindhi literature, especially the pace and quality of Sindhi short story after independence...

  • Writing on the board

    THE Election Commission of Pakistan recently announced the preliminary results of elections to 42 cantonment boards...

    Though the PML-N considers the political crisis kicked up by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to be over for now, they don’t want to see another one emerge, even if it is of low intensity...

  • Inaugural poet launches Cuba writing project

    LOS ANGELES: Poet Richard Blanco is launching a writing project to lift what he calls Cuba’s “emotional embargo”...

    ”Behar and Blanco have been friends for two decades, and each has spent their writing career exploring questions of identity and belonging...

  • LITERARY NOTES: Master Ramchandr: pioneer of Urdu essay writing

    Very little has been written on Master Ramchandr, though he had played a critical role in development of Urdu essay-writing and modern Urdu prose...

    As proven by Syeda Jafer in her book Master Ramchandr aur Urdu nasr ke irtiqa mein un ka hissa, Ramchandr began writing essays in Urdu much earlier than Sir Syed...

  • The writing on the wall

    KARACHI: With the view clearer and wider, the roads seemed broader and one could breathe more easily after those blots on our landscape, the monstrosities known as billboards, were taken down on the Supreme Court’s orders last year...

    There was no exception to the rule as hoardings and signboards from cantonment areas, Defence Housing Authority, Karachi Metropolitan Corp­oration (KMC) with other district municipal corporations and civic...
  • Challenges of writing in Peshawar discussed

    The moderator, former Peshawar Young Women Writers’ Forum president Faiza Hussein, opened the discussion with a history of the forum, saying it started in Peshawar some 25 years ago and has now expanded across Pakistan...

    Ms Afridi said writing in Peshawar is not easy...

  • ESSAY: WRITING PEOPLE TO LIFE

    Known as khaka-nigari in Urdu, sketch-writing is a prose genre that has become very popular in Pakistani Urdu literature in the last few decades...

    Although a pen-sketch is not intended to be a life-sketch or biography — and Azad has described the lives of the poets in addition to their literary merits and demerits — the personality traits and glimpses of the poets’ inner lives that Azad proffers in his history, in a flowing and...

  • COLUMN: LESSONS IN WRITING FROM BREAKING BAD

    Of course, ever since the advent of cinema, writers have been profoundly influenced by the young art form, as we saw in the simultaneous rise of the cinema and modernist writing in the early 20th century...

    His book on literary criticism, Literary Writing in the 21st Century: Conversations, was published recentlyPublished in Dawn, Books & Authors, May 28th, 2017...

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