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The history of English literature, as it is read, taught and enjoyed, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, would forever remain incomplete if it does not find adequate mention of sir Zia’s contribution to it. Syed Ziaul Qamar, who died three days ago on August 24, 2017, had this unique ability of making one instantly fall in love with English language. One wonders how many thousands of his students knew that this man dressed more often than not in western apparel and speaking English language with an enviable savoir faire came from a

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government is planning to organise a grand cultural event to mark the centennial celebrations of the Pashto literature. Deputy Director K-P Directorate of Culture Shahbaz Khan said that they had been working to promote both tangible and intangible components of the Pashto culture internationally. “We have specialists working on different aspects of culture including research and documentation, languages and literature, visual arts and crafts, and steps to integrate culture with modern technology,” Shahbaz added. To create financial opportunities for local artisans, a business plan is being formulated by

Have you heard about podcast? I guess all techy members of Pukhtoogle are already aware about this term and most of them who are using iPhone might have seen podcast app as well. Let me share a paragraph on what is podcast, Kisa dase da che? A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio files which a user can subscribe to so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user’s own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player. The word arose as a portmanteau

The current list of Pashtoons tribes/clans circulating from various pages on facebook is completily wrong. They mentioned 72 tribes while according to wikipedia Estimates of the number of Pashtun tribes and clans range from about 350 to over 400 They are traditionally divided into four tribal confederacies: the Sarbani (سربڼي), the Bettani (بېټني), the Gharghashti (غرغښتي), and the Karlani (کرلاڼي). According to an authentic Pashto online resources website, they published a book “Pukhtani Qabele Opejhany” written by Dr. Latif Yad where they mentioned about 135 tribes with complete information,

Back in the 80s, when there was only state-run TV, an engineer-turned-singer created waves when he sang poems of the great Pashto poet Ghani Khan. Sardar Ali Takar, whose singing style resembled Saigal and Ustaad Nashanas, quickly became a favourite among the youth. It was not only his poetry and voice but the music was also modern, which attracted the Pashtun youth. Sardar Ali Takar’s sonorous voice and Ghani Khan Baba’s poetry became somewhat synonymous. Decades later, Takar is still known and revered for singing the great Pashto poet, Ghani

Two new Pashto poetry collections were launched under the auspices of the Academy Of Letters, Peshawar chapter, here at the Iranian culture centre on Friday. Among the collections were ‘Da Staree Juand Saande Auo Sandery’ of Feroz Afridi, patron-in-chief of Qatar Pakhto Adabi Jirga, and ‘Maana Tanga Khaamoshee’ of Guhar Shanas, a US-based Pashto poet. Poets and writers attended the event in large numbers. Minister for local bodies Inayatullah Khan, who was the chief guest at the event, said creating poetry was a great social service and therefore, poets should

Pashto ghazal maestro Khial Mohammad was decorated with the highest civil national award of Afghanistan at a function held at Afghan Consulate here on Thursday. Afghan Consular General at Peshawar Dr Abdullah Waheed Poyan decorated Khial Mohammad with Mir Bacha Khan Award on behalf of Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani. Earlier the Afghan consular general announced the prestigious award for the singer during a function organised by Pak-Afghan Journalists Peace Forum on November 1, 2016 at Nishtar Hall. He read out the message of President Ashraf Ghani wherein he lauded

A two-day festival to pay tribute to Pashto poet and scholar Khushal Khan Khattak concluded in Akora Khattak, Nowshera on Sunday. ‘Jashan-e-Khushal’ focused on the revival of Pashto in the province. The festival was organised after a hiatus of 27 years. Organisers were unable to hold the event for over two decades due to deteriorating law and order in the province. “The people of this region used to celebrate a festival known as Khushal Mela or Jashan-e-Khushal since 1920,” Alamzeb, the chief organiser of the event told The Express Tribune

In 2006, Google started with machine learning-based translations between English and Arabic, Chinese and Russian. Almost 10 years later, with this update, Google now offer 103 languages that cover 99% of the online population. The 13 new languages — Amharic, Corsican, Frisian, Kyrgyz, Hawaiian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Luxembourgish, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Shona, Sindhi, Pashto and Xhosa — help bring a combined 120 million new people to the billions who can already communicate with Translate all over the world. But, as already existing documents can’t cover the breadth of a language, we

In the case of Kakaji Sanober Hussain Mohmand, his pen was indeed mightier than the sword. Unlike other heroes during the time of independence, Kakaji, as he was more commonly known, used his writing to free Pukthuns from British colonialism and oppression of latter governments. He breathed his last on January 3, 1963. Sadly, few Pukhtuns today know of his contribution and sacrifices. That is predominantly the reason his anniversary passed by without much aplomb in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Even the culture department failed to remember this great revolutionary. Kakaji was born

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