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  • The patchy world of Urdu newspapers

    IN 1947, just like the immigrants moving both ways, ‘immigrant newspapers’ had travails of their own to overcome before they could settle down in their dreamlands...

    In terms of face value, if nothing else, Urdu journalism has dramatically changed over the years...

  • Shariat court declares test tube babies legal

    The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) on Tuesday validated the option of using 'test tube baby' method for conceiving babies for those married couples who were having some medical complications, it has been learnt...

    In its 22 page decision, the court declared that if "the sperm has been obtained from the father and the egg from the mother and the same has been fertilised in the test tube through medical process and the embryo is then...

  • 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...

  • Newspapers not delivered in Balochistan amid threats

    QUETTA: Newspapers were not distributed in the city and other parts of the province on Tuesday as hawkers and agents refrained from delivering them due to threats hurled by banned militant organisations...

    The organisations are demanding the media publish statements about their activities and have threatened to stop distribution of newspapers in any area of the province...

  • The struggle of Sindhi newspapers

    Once the target was achieved, regional newspapers became more objective and focused on their role of being society’s watchdogs...

    Although newspapers and periodicals started coming out of various cities across the province, Karachi continued to remain the hub of Sindhi journalism well into the 1950s...

  • Dangerous or fair: How global newspapers covered the SC judgement on Panama

    In an editorial titled "The Guardian view on Pakistan and the Panama Papers: an international affair", the paper wrote:"Though this leaves Pakistan’s politics in turmoil, it is a very international affair […] Efforts must not stop there...

    In an op-ed titled "Pakistan’s Court Sets a Dangerous Precedent", Aqil Shah wrote:"The verdict came as no surprise...

  • India stops Kashmir newspapers from printing amid unrest

    SRINAGAR: Authorities in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) have shut down printing presses and temporarily banned newspapers from publishing in a sweeping information blackout after days of anti-India protests left dozens of people dead in the region...

    The government says 36 people — 35 civilians and a police officer — have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces, while local human rights groups and newspapers say at...

  • APNS criticises govt’s indifference towards problems of newspapers

    KARACHI: The executive committee of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society criticised what it described as consistent indifference of the federal government, especially the information ministry, towards long-pending issues of the newspaper industry, said an APNS press release on Tuesday...

    This had resulted in a sharp decrease in advertisements in newspapers which in turn had made it difficult for smaller and regional publications to...

  • Here's how Indian newspapers covered the Pathankot attacks

    Almost all major Indian newspapers, in editorials published after the Pathankot attacks, advised their government to "stay the course" and not stall or suspend talks with Pakistan after the attacks, which are seen as an attempt to undermine resumption of dialogue between the two neighbours...

    Saturday’s attack could also be designed to sow fresh suspicion in Indian minds about the intent of Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif,...

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