Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Book Review: Journey Through Lens

Have you ever shown a child a photo of Waheed Murad, and the child innocently asked you who the fellow was while you tried to impress upon her or him the enormity of Murad’s ‘chocolate hero’ status during the 1970s? Or seen a scratchy print of a film that was once a super hit, but is now virtually unknown? How many of our youngsters would know that Lollywood was once a thriving, tri-lingual industry that produced cinematic masterpieces in Urdu, Punjabi and Bengali? Sadly, not many.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Saving a language

Punjabi language activists in Pakistani Punjab have placed their bets on
making it compulsory in primary schools. This seems to be the most important step in their battle to save Punjabi from complete extinction.

Lahore's Dengue outbreak in 2011

Almost two hundred dengue cases have been recently reported in Lahore, in a second and more intense wave this year. The epidemic is expected to continue through September and October, monsoon months which are most conducive to mosquito breeding. The threat is higher in northern Lahore and walled city where water pools, leaking pipes and congested areas serve as safe havens for mosquito vectors. 

Replug: Coercion, resistance or media-trial

On a cloudy day, the Punjab University’s Philosophy Department looks serene and lush, with relaxed and preoccupied students strolling down the corridors. Yet this department pertaining to Iqbal and Nietzsche became the centre of violence last week when its teachers and students came in conflict with the Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT).

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