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Govt plans new body to regulate media: Fawad

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday announced a broad outline of the newly proposed Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) to oversee print, electronic and social media. The announcement set alarm bells ringing among stakeholders including journalists who complained that they had not been consulted on the issue and expressed scepticism over the government […]

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APNS thanks PM for exempting duty on newsprint

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KARACHI: All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has expressed its gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan on exempting five percent import duty on newsprint and instructing the Ministry of Information to clear the advertising outstanding dues. APNS President Hameed Haroon and Secretary General Sarmad Ali, in a press statement on Wednesday, thanked the prime minister for […]

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PM meets APNS delegation, vows to clear dues

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said his government will extend all-out support to the newspaper industry to enable it to deal with its longstanding problems. At a meeting with a delegation of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) on Tuesday, Mr Khan said that dues of the print media would be cleared soon, according […]

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Literary notes: Urdu’s first essay writer and Sir Syed’s selected essays

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Dr Jameel Jalibi thinks it was Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. In his Tareekh-i-adab-i-Urdu, or history of Urdu literature, Dr Jalibi has mentioned Sir Syed as “pioneer of the genre essay writing in Urdu literature” (vol. 4, page 874). But in the same book Dr Jalibi admits that “when Sir Syed began writing essays, he benefited […]

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Sibghatullah Qadri – Bikhri Yaadein Aur Baatein launched

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KARACHI: A book titled Sibghatullah Qadri — Bikhri Yaadein Aur Baatein penned by Barrister Sibghatullah Qadri was launched at the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi on Saturday evening. Mr Qadri, who lives in London, delivered a thought-provoking speech on the occasion. He said the event had enabled him to meet a lot of people who […]

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Hawkers union hopes newspaper price issue will be resolved

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LAHORE: Akhbar Farosh Union Lahore President and All Pakistan Akhbar Faroosh Federation Chairman Chaudhry Nazir Ahmed has expressed the hope that the issues of newspaper prices and commission will be resolved amicably. “We are earning with dignity and respect and serving the country,” said Nazir Ahmed while addressing a meeting at the Akhbar Market in Lahore. […]

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Shah Latif`s verses carry the message of freedom

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KARACHI: Speakers at the launch of a transladon of Shah jo Rüalo on Thursday said Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai was one of the first few poets of olden times who championed freedom of individuals and nations with desire to see peace and prosperity across the globe. `Go through his entire poetry; analyse his characters and […]

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No restriction on media: FO

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office spokesman has said the government gives utmost importance to freedom of expression. In a statement, the FO spokesman said over a hundred electronic and print media outlets are functional in the country and there is no restriction on the media. He said the government is committed to protect rights of citizens […]

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Applications sought for Jang, Geo, Aga Khan Trust Architecture Design Awards

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LAHORE: The Architecture Design Awards under the Jang Group, Geo TV and Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been announced. An introductory ceremony for this purpose was organised at Alhamra on Wednesday. On the occasion, Faqeer Ijazuddin, Nayyer Ali Dada, Masood Khan and Kamran Lashari expressed their views about Lahore city and its landscape. Maria […]

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Journalists, media workers hold rallies against downsizing, curbs

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ISLAMABAD: Journalists and media workers held rallies across the country on Tuesday in protest against downsizing, stopping of advertisements and measures aimed at curbing newspapers circulation and TV channels’ transmission in certain areas. The protest rallies were held on the call of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ-Afzal Butt group). In Islamabad, journalists and media […]

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Media bodies endorse PFUJ demands

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ISLAMABAD: All the stakeholders of media industry have agreed to constitute a joint action committee of journalists, editors, broadcasters and owners to save the press and its working force from the increasing onslaught on their professional and economic rights. On the invitation of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), spearheading the movement for freedom […]

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IHC dismisses petition against newspaper

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) observed on Monday that the high courts are not meant to entertain petitions against news reports since the proper forum is the Press Council of Pakistan (PCP). Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani made this observation while dismissing a petition filed against an English daily alleging that the newspaper misrepresented Kashmiri […]

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Literary notes: Urdu books on etymologies and word histories

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ONE of the blames that our beloved (read: poor) Urdu language has to bear with is that it does not have the kind of reference works that the English language boasts of. For example, on the topic of word history and etymology one can find scores of books in English but Urdu, say the naysayers, […]

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Kashmiri leader distances himself from social media campaign against newspaper

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KARACHI: Veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Gilani has said that he neither has a Twitter account nor has he ever criticised a Pakistani newspaper for its coverage of the protest movement by Kashmiris for their right to self-determination in India-held Kashmir. Mr Gilani’s family sources said the recent outburst on social media, quoting Ali Gilani […]

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