World Literacy Day marked in Islamabad

Promoting a Culture of Reading in Pakistan Islamabad – Literacy is, rightly termed as ‘a bridge from misery to hope’. It is the ultimate key to open the door to progress, self learning which enhance human competencies and also help to achieve many other rights. On International Literacy Day (September 8) – a day aimed at…

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Saadat Hasan Manto remembered

Islamabad – “Saadat Hasan will die one day, but ‘Manto’ will never die.” This line written by Manto himself has borne out Manto’s belief as his writings reign the Urdu literary world making him one of the greatest storytellers of South Asia. Pakistan’s great literary icon, Saadat Hassan Manto’s 56th death anniversary was observed on…

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Remembering Ahmed Faraz: Poet of Romance and Resistance

Road named after Faraz in Islamabad Published in Pakistan Observer (26 Aug 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – Ahmed Faraz, the poet of love and defiance, was remembered by his friends and admirers on his third death anniversary, observed on Thursday. Ahmad Faraz, who has often been compared with Faiz Ahmed Faiz, holds a distinctive position…

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Remembering a great Story teller – Ashfaq Ahmed –

Published in Pakistan Observer (8 Sept.2011)Sana Jamal In this era of information technology, those old days are swiftly fading away, when children would restlessly wait for the time when their parents would tell them fascinating stories. Those stories used to be vital means of means of educating and entertaining the young generation. But regrettably, this primary activity…

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Poetry book for children launched

Islamabad— Zawiya, a literary organisation launched Shehnaz Rauf’s poem book for children titled as ‘Roshni’ at National language Authority (NLA), in Islamabad on Monday. The author, Shehnaz Rauf, a teacher at OPF College recited a few of her poems at the ceremony and delivered a lecture on the psychology of the children. Speaking on the…

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Mother Tongue Day marked in Islamabad

Seminar on Vanishing Languages of Pakistan highlighted that Mother Tongue is the best tool to impart Education Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD: “We must glorify, preserve and develop our regional languages as it plays a vital role in the development of a country.” This message was highlighted at a seminar  to address the issues of preservation and development…

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Josh remembered as ‘Poet of Revolution’

Islamabad – Kaam hai mera taghayyur, naam hai mera shabaab, mera na’ara: inqilaab-o-inqilaab-o-inqilaab (My task is change, my name is youth! My slogan: revolution and revolution and revolution!) These words of Josh were recited by the key speakers of the conference reminding the audience of one of the greatest revolutionary poets and a dominant figure of Urdu language, Josh…

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Friends of Book gather at NLA

Published in Pakistan Observer (28 June, 2011) Sana Jamal Islamabad – With the expansion of electronic media especially internet, people have parted away from books – which wise men described as ‘a man’s best friend’. And to see book-lovers gathered under one roof, and leafing through the pages of books, was certainly a pleasant scene…

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First Islamabad Literature Festival: City gleams with Intellectual Energy

Day one of the Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) was an eventful day that brought numerous writers and readers together to celebrate literature in all its delightful forms. Though a literary fest in reality, but there was something for all ages, including book fair and book launches, discussions, readings, poetry recitals, theater etcetra. Capital city seemed…

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Faiz remembered as a symbol of Hope

Umeed-e-Sehar ki Baat Suno Islamabad – Faiz Ahmed Faiz was remembered as the symbol of hope, heroism and constant struggle for the people of Pakistan particularly for the youth and oppressed class by the academics on Tuesday. The poetry of Faiz was depicted in the form of mime act and musical performances by the students…

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Faiz centenary celebrations: Tributes paid to Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Published in Pakistan Observer (11 Feb. 2011)Sana JamalISLAMABAD: Faiz Ahmed Faiz was remembered as the symbol of hope, courage and resistance for the people of Pakistan by the scholarly figures of Islamabad who gathered here at a seminar to pay tribute to Faiz. The seminar was arranged by Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) on Thursday to commemorate…

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Brazilian classic literary books launched in Urdu language

To introduce Brazilian literature in Pakistan, two classic Brazilian literary books have been translated into Urdu and English. The books that are the first ever publications of Brazilian literature translated into Urdu were launched in Islamabad

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Book on Militancy launched

Islamabad — Journalist Zahid Hussain says, Lal Masjid tragedy triggered the wave of suicide bombing and terrorism in Pakistan and the death of Ghazi Abdul Rashid has not helped end terrorism in the country. He was speaking at the launching ceremony of his book titled “The Relentless Rise of Islamic Militants in Pakistan: The Scorpion’s…

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Book on Faiz Ahmed Faiz launched

‘Faiz Ahmed Faiz -Muntakhib Mazameen’(Selected essays on Faiz) Islamabad – In these times of chaos and intolerance, Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s writings can help the individuals to realize our real identity in order to emerge as a tolerant, peaceful nation. This was the message of the scholars speaking at the launch of the first book on Faiz…

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Book Launch: ‘Wazir Khan Mosque Rediscovered’

Islamabad – Pakistan’s treasured Wazir Khan Mosque has enchanted and inspired many by its mere magnificent look, but the latest comprehensive documentation on the Mosque is yet to charm the art lovers. The innovative book “Wazir Khan Mosque Rediscovered”, by Mamoona Khan was launched here on Friday at National Art Gallery in the presence of…

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Book launch: ‘Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Beirut’

Published in Pakistan Observer (26 Feb.2011) ISLAMABAD: “Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Beirut” – a book which gives account of four years of the renowned poet’s stay in the capital city of Lebanon has been published by Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL). The book has been written by Tasleem Elahi Zulfi who has focused on activities…

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