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  • 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

    Murree Gallis, Ward 1 with just 17 votes stands at the lowest end while many wards of Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi have registered voters in excess of 30,000...

    The Muttahida Qaumi Movement has stood tall, defeating a mix of PPP, JI, PTI and PML-N candidates in the cantonments of Karachi and Hyderabad where it won in 17 of the 40 wards and was runner-up in five others...

  • 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 art of writing bestsellers and Agha Nasir’s memoirs

    It makes one nostalgic and takes one back to the 1970s when a sort of mini-fair would take place in Karachi’s Saddar area near Regal Chowk on the occasion of the release of a new title by Ibn-i-Safi...

    His migration to Pakistan, education, jobs, postings, getting promoted, meeting prime ministers, presidents, dignitaries, writers, poets and other celebrities, all is narrated in a simple, flowing style...

  • 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...

  • 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...

    The columnist is the author of Karachi Raj and Soraya: Sonnets...

  • Literary Notes: Aslam Farrukhi and the art of writing elegant Urdu prose

    It is quite heartening to note that Prof Dr Aslam Farrukhi, despite being 92, is still engaged in intellectual activities and is writing Urdu prose as elegant as it gets these days...

    Dr Farrukhi’s prose reminds the readers of some of the most remarkable practitioners of the delicate art of writing elegant Urdu prose: Mir Amman, Mirza Ghalib, Muhammad Hussain Azad, Khwaja Hasan Nizami, Mukhtar Masood, Jameel Jalibi and Mushtaq Ahmed...

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