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  • News brief: PCB issues notices to three Sialkot districts

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued notices to the presidents of Sialkot, Gujranwala and Hafizabad districts for not playing their matches in the ongoing PCB Inter-district U-19 tournament, which started across the country on May 1...

    Meanwhile, when contacted, Sialkot region president Nauman Butt confirmed that notices had been issued by the PCB, which was the parent body...

  • 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...

  • News channels go off air, Facebook and YouTube blocked in parts of Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Saturday afternoon issued a notification prohibiting live coverage of the operation to end the Faizabad sit-in, following which most private news channels were taken off-air in Islamabad and other parts of the country...

    "This channel is suspended on orders of Pemra," read a message appearing on multiple news channels...

  • Pemra seeks ARY News response to IB complaint against 'fake news'

    The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Saturday directed ARY News to respond to a complaint filed by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) against its report on a list of lawmakers suspected of links with banned militant groups allegedly compiled by the IB...

    The list first came to light when ARY News programme 'Power Play' aired a report on Sept 25 claiming that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had directed the IB on...

  • Pemra serves notices to ARY, Bol News over 'fake' news regarding cabinet reshuffle

    The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued show-cause notices to ARY News and Bol News for airing news items regarding a reshuffle in the federal cabinet and change in the portfolios of some federal ministers, it emerged on Tuesday...

    The two media outlets had aired the news on Monday morning about a possible reshuffle in the posts for Minister for Finance and Minister of State for Interior held by Asad Umar...

  • Facebook shifts News Feed, gives priority to friends

    WASHINGTON: Facebook said Tuesday it was reconfiguring its News Feed, in a move aimed at giving people more information about what is happening to “the friends you care about...

    The world's biggest social network unveiled changes which decrease reliance on “referral” traffic -- or the sharing of news articles or other content...

  • Facebook steps up fight against fake news

    BERLIN: Facebook is to send more potential hoax articles to third-party fact checkers and show their findings below the original post, the world’s largest online social network said on Thursday as it tries to fight so-called fake news...

    Facebook has been criticised as being one of the main distribution points for so-called fake news, which many think influenced the 2016 US presidential election...

  • Facebook adds tips for spotting 'fake news'

    Facebook on Thursday ramped up its fight against “fake news” by adding tips on how to tell when shared stories are bogus...

    An initiative being launched in the US, France and a dozen other countries added an educational tool in an “awareness display” in news feeds at the leading online social network...

  • Facebook makes trending news feature more automated

    SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said it is further automating its “trending” stories feature, a move that will scale back human input to prevent personal bias from influencing which stories get highlighted...

    The social media giant will rely more heavily on an algorithm to operate the feature — which lists what news or events are hot topics — no longer requiring people to write descriptions, according to a Facebook blog post...

  • Facebook lets users click to report fake news

    Facebook announced Thursday it was offering a tool allowing users to report fake news, a move aimed at stemming a wave of misinformation which some claim influenced the 2016 US election...

    “We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we're approaching this problem carefully,” Facebook's vice president Adam Mosseri said in a blog post...

  • Facebook takes aim at fake news with new 'trending' formula

    Facebook is updating its "trending" feature that highlights hot topics on its social networking site, part of its effort to root out the kind of fake news stories that critics contend helped Donald Trump become president...

    With the changes announced Wednesday, Facebook's trending list will consist of topics being covered by several publishers...

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