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Literary Notes: Of magical realism, political critique and translations in Urdu

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MAGIC and realism car­ry two apparently contradicting connotations. But a literary technique that caught the fancy of readers and critics alike in the third and fourth decades of the 20th century was called magical realism. Some Latin American fiction writers have used this technique wonderfully in last few decades, too. Alternatively called marvellous realism and […]

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Govt paying Rs320m in dues to media: Shafqat Jalil

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Federal Secretary for Information and Broadcasting Shafqat Jalil met All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) General Secretary Sarmad Ali in Karachi on Saturday and conveyed his concern over a statement issued by the APNS and Pakistan Broadcasting  Association (PBA) regarding figures pertaining to advertisement dues, which the secretary conveyed are disputed. “Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has […]

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APNS, PBA reject minister’s claim

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KARACHI: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association have taken exception to a claim made by Federal Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain that media houses have not paid salaries to workers even though the government had cleared almost half of their dues. The information minister had said in a statement on Wednesday […]

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Finance minister assures to address APNS demands

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KARACHI: The Federal Finance Minister, Asad Umar, has assured the APNS office bearers and the members of the Executive Committee that the government is fully cognizant of the issues and problems of the print industry. The finance minister said it is the government’s responsibility to help media to brave the financial crises. Asad Umar was […]

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APNS terms ad policy draft against freedom of expression

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ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) termed the draft of advertisement policy of the government as against the freedom of expression and tantamount to controlling and limiting the media freedom by killing small news outlets financially. It also said the new draft is aimed at subduing the freedom of expression to the government through […]

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CPNE welcomes proposed advertisement policy

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The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has welcomed the federal information ministry’s move to hold consultation with CPNE over the proposed new advertisement policy. CPNE has termed the decisions taken in the proposed policy such as the legal, just, transparent and unbiased distribution of advertisements, banning distribution of advertisements for the purposes of reward or […]

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Books by design

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It happens almost instantaneously. Without us even realising what’s happening, without any warning. No matter what we are told about refraining from judging a book’s content by its cover, we can’t avoid it. The more alluring, the better. However, as far as publication of Urdu books in Pakistan is concerned, one can’t help but think […]

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Media matters

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Pakistani media houses are facing a serious financial crunch, leading to downsizing and layoffs. The issue gained prominence after the induction of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)-led federal government, which stopped releasing pending government advertisement to private media. It warned of a worse situation in the days to come, urging the media houses to rethink their […]

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Media facing extreme suffocation: CPNE

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KARACHI: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has expressed deep concern over the condition of freedom of the press in the country, saying the media is undergoing a phase of extreme suffocation and unnecessary restrictions. The CPNE through a resolution passed at a meeting of its standing committee headed by council president Arif Nizami […]

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CPNE passes resolution to ‘protect’ freedom of press

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The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has expressed deep concern over the prevailing condition of freedom of press in Pakistan, saying the media is undergoing a phase of extreme congestion and unnecessary restrictions. According to a resolution passed in a standing committee’s meeting headed by CPNE President Arif Nizami, despite non-implementation of the notorious censorship, […]

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APNS rejects govt ads policy

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RAWALPINDI: All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has rejected new policy of federal government for advertisements. An emergency meeting of APNS Regional Committee Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was held which was chaired by its committee Chairman Syed Haroon Shah. The meeting reviewed federal government’s new policy for advertisement and its impacts on media, particularly on regional newspapers. The […]

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Should govt directly distribute ads to newspapers?

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ISLAMABAD: The federal government has sent the draft of new policy for issuing advertisements to the print and electronic media to the stakeholders for their feedback and recommendations. The APNS, CPNE, PBA, PFUJ, provincial governments and concerned institutions have been asked to furnish their suggestions after thoroughly studying the new policy draft. Secretary Information and […]

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Govt to establish new watchdog to regulate TV, print, social media

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said the government while disbanding Pemra has decided to establish Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority, which will simultaneously regulate electronic and print media as well as social media. “In Pakistan, media enjoys freedom and is effective too as it can be compared with that of any developed […]

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11th Urdu Conference begins tomorrow

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KARACHI: The 11th International Urdu Conference organised by the Arts Council of Pakistan will be held from November 22 to November 25. Following their yearly protocol, leading intellectuals, poets, researchers and writers from the world, including India, US, China, and the United Kingdom (UK) will participate in this mega event to be held in Karachi Arts […]

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