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Alvi wants e-textbooks introduced in the country

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LAHORE: President Dr Arif Alvi has underscored the need to introduce e-textbooks in the country to impart the latest knowledge to the youth. Addressing the concluding ceremony of the 33rd three-day annual conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities at a hotel on Wednesday, he said the world had changed due to revolution in […]


Festival to highlight Kalat’s historical importance kicked off

KHUZDAR: Balochistan Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs Mir Zia Ahmed Langove inaugurated the Kalat Festival on Saturday. Tribal chieftains, notables, students, government officials and people from different walks of life attended the ceremony at the Khan of Kalat Mir Ahmed Yar Khan Stadium. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Langove said that Kalat festival would […]


To, mother, with love

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KARACHI: How does it feel to be an artist of high merit and the son/daughter of a legendary artist? It’s a tricky subject to raise, because only that artist can give the answer to the question, and no creative person worth their salt can come up with a response that can make mortal souls empathise […]


Google remembers Pakistan’s chocolate hero

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KARACHI: Pakistan’s chocolate hero, Waheed Murad, was celebrated by a Google doodle on what would have been his 81st birthday. The doodle shows a dreamy Murad with a jacket flung on his shoulders looking on with a photograph of a woman in the background. According to Google, Murad’s blockbuster films electrified cinemagoers throughout the 1960s […]


‘Shaikh Ayaz’s Urdu verses have Sindh’s soul’

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KARACHI: Scholars shed light on the finer points of iconic Sindhi and Urdu poet Shaikh Ayaz’s poetry at a seminar titled Ayaz Hai Shair-i-Muhabbat organised by the Sindh Literature Festival (SLF) and the Arts Council on the council’s premises on Wednesday evening. But the highlight of the day was recitation of his poems by eminent […]


‘Contemporary Muslim artists are fascinating’

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KARACHI: Ethics is at the heart of contemporary Muslim artists’ works and to understand them we need to understand our times, said Prof Dr Jonas Otterbeck in his lecture on ‘Contemporary Muslim Artists and Creativity’ on Friday. The event was held in the multipurpose hall of the Centre for Innovation in Medical Studies at the […]


Mahira Khan set to represent Pakistan at Paris Fashion Week

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PARIS PR – After the historic representation of Pakistan at cinema’s grandest international film festival, the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, L’Oréal Paris Pakistan’s Spokesperson Mahira Khan is set to represent Pakistan and the brand at the prestigious Paris Fashion Week happening from 23rd September to 1st October 2019. L’Oréal Paris and Paris Fashion Week have had […]


Woman says she falsely accused Ali Zafar of harassment, issues apology

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In 2018, Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar’s of sexual harassment. She claimed the singer-actor harassed her on multiple occasions, in response to which the Channo singer filed a defamation suit against Shafi in the Lahore High Court. The accusations on Zafar did not stop with Shafi’s #MeToo call-out as a few other women also opened up about their stories […]


Pakistani documentary on bomb disposal unit wins Emmy

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KARACHI: A Pakistani film-maker’s documentary about the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Disposal Unit was honoured with a win at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday night. Asad Faruqi’s Armed with Faith received an Emmy in the category for Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary. Co-directed with Geeta Gandbhir, the film follows […]


Art is not valued as much as it deserves to be: president

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ISLAMABAD: Inaugurating the third National Calligraphy exhibition, President Dr Arif Alvi said on Tuesday that it is important to inculcate children with knowledge of culture and tradition, and told people to produce a generation that values its culture and traditions to transform the country into a progressive nation. Dr Alvi said: “Art and culture give […]


Literary Notes: Ali Abbas Hussaini: the early progressive fiction writer

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ONE of the Urdu short-story writers who began writing quite early and penned some very fine stories was Ali Abbas Hussaini, albeit forgotten too soon. He was a short-story writer, novelist, playwright, translator, critic and academic. Hussaini’s short stories had a streak of progressive thoughts even before the formal foundation of Progressive Writers’ Movement was […]


Hundreds of authors protest after Kamila Shamsie’s book award revoked

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KARACHI: Arundhati Roy, J.M. Coetzee and Sally Rooney are among more than 250 writers who have defended Kamila Shamsie after a German literary prize withdrew an award over her support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. As reported by The Guardian, in an open letter published in the London Review of Books, […]


When Dilip Kumar visited Madam Noor Jehan in Karachi

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Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan was Pakistan’s original diva and there’s no denying that. With her looks and fashion always on point, the singer-cum-actor wasn’t just a Pakistani artist – she was a global icon. Noor Jehan passed away in December 2000. But did you know that just days before her passing away, Indian star Dilip Kumar came to […]


Children’s festival begins at Napa

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KARACHI: It is thoughtful of the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) to have come up with a children’s theatre festival, Bachpan Ke Rung, which kicked off on Saturday with the play Chacha Chhakkan, simply because in our society not enough attention is given to ‘fun’ programmes for kids. Yes, events are held to device […]