Urdu lessons in prison

July 26, 2015

The Hindu — Yakub Memon is imprisoned in Faansi (death row) Yard of Nagpur Central Jail. A month ago, G.N. Saibaba, a wheelchair-bound Professor of English, who was accused of having links to the Maoists, was in the same jail, but in the Anda cell, an egg-shaped labyrinth meant for convicted and under-trial terrorists. Last May, the two prisoners were introduced to each other in a meeting room, as they waited for their family ۔۔۔

Speaking sense

July 14, 2015

Express Tribune — The summary submitted to the Supreme Court by the federal government on promoting Urdu makes good sense. Under the proposal, the prime minister and the president will deliver their speeches in Urdu both within the country and abroad. In addition, all official documents and signboards will also be in the language. We should soon be seeing the beautiful Urdu script in many more places then, and the government decision should play a part in helping to resurrect a language that has been badly degraded. We seem to have failed to overcome the baggage that came with colonial rule and it is high time that we did. We must hope that sports figures and other people in the limelight will also follow the examples set by leaders and help restore Urdu’s standing. Statesmen and celebrities from around the world have no qualms about speaking in their national language. We need to shed those that we ۔۔۔

PM, other officials to address in country and abroad in Urdu

July 11, 2015

The News — ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was informed on Friday that the government had declared Urdu as the official language and now heads of the country, including the president, prime minister, federal ministers as well as senior government officials, will deliver speeches in Urdu in the country and during foreign ۔۔۔

Wali by any other name spurs thorny debate

July 4, 2015

Times of India — AHMEDABAD: The father of Urdu ghazal and one of the country’s greatest poets, Shah Muhammad Waliullah or Wali Gujarati, seems to be the subject of an unusual identity crisis. Urdu scholars are embroiled in a scholarly duel, arguing that Wali Gujarati is actually Wali ۔۔۔

‘Urdu implementation no joke, Govt must uphold obligation’

July 2, 2015

Pakistan Today — Supreme Court (SC) has directed attorney general (AG) and information secretary to bring it to the notice of the prime minister (PM) that implementation of Urdu as national language and promotion and publication of provincial languages is a legal and constitutional requirement, and a constitutional obligation that the federal and provincial governments to ۔۔۔

Shehla Raza appointed as Bilawal’s Urdu teacher

July 2, 2015

The News Tribe — KARACHI: Deputy Speaker of Sindh Assembly Shehla Raza is a prominent name in the circles of Pakistan People’s Party and thus has been given a gigantic task again. This time the job it is not political but rather educational. Yes, she has been appointed as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s teacher to improve his Urdu language. According to party sources, she has started work on Bilawal’s language and gave him first lesson on Wednesday. She has been instructed to perk up Bilawal’s Urdu as well as his accent as he has been widely mocked and criticised for his broken Urdu with English ۔۔۔

نیشنل بک فائونڈیشن کے زیراہتمام ملک بھر میں کتب میلوں کے انعقاد کا فیصلہ

June 18, 2015

روزنامہ اوصاف — نیشنل بک فائونڈیشن کے زیر اہتمام ملک بھرکے متعدد شہروں میںبک ٹاور، شہر کتاب اور کتب میلوں کے انعقاد کا فیصلہ ، اسلام آباد میں بک ٹاور ، کراچی اور پشاور میں شہر کتاب اور کتب میلے لگائے جائیں گے ۔ذرائع کے مطابق نیشنل بک فائونڈیشن کی کراچی پی ٹی وی کے پاس سٹیڈیم روڈ پر عرصہ دراز سے خالی پڑی بیس کنال قطع اراضی کو قبضہ مافیا سے بچانے کے لیے خالی کرواتے ہوئے اس میں شہر کتاب کے نام پر ہفتہ میں دو دن کتب میلہ لگایا جائے گا اور اس موقع پر پچاس سٹال قائم کیے جائیں گے ۔ذرائع کے مطابق پشاور میں موجود نیشنل بک فائونڈیشن کی دس کنال اراضی پر بھی اسی طرح بک فیئر اور شہر کتاب بسایا جائے گا جہاں پر متعدد مصنفین کی کتابیں رکھی جائیں گی ۔ذرائع کے مطابق نیشنل بک فائونڈیشن کے تحت اسلام آباد جناح سپر میں موجود ڈیڑھ کنال قطع اراضی پر چھ منزلہ بک ٹاور قائم کیا جائے گا جس کا پی سی ون تیار کرکے نقشے بھی بنوا لیے گئے ہیں ،اس ٹاور میں کتب اور کتب سے متعلقہ دکانیں قائم کی جائیں گی ،ذرائع کے مطابق جب تک ٹاور تیار ہوگا اس ۔۔۔