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Ibn-i-Safi’s Creative Pen Dipped into his own MadnessBy Nadeem Paracha, Dawn magazine

Asrar Ahmed
alias Ibn-i-Safi
(Credit:urdublogspot4u.com)

As a kid in the 1970s, one of the first Urdu authors that I began reading was Ibn-i-Safi. Most Pakistani kids and young people in cities did that and probably many still do; going on to continue reading his novels well into their less curious adulthoods. I don’t anymore though, outgrowing the fantastic sounding cities and countries full of quirky …

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Swat’s Wood Sculpting Artists Keep Buddhist Tradition AliveBy Fazal Khaliq | The Express Tribune

Wood carver in Swat
(Credit: valleyswat.net)

MINGORA, June 23: Artists from Swat skilled in relief carving and sculpting wood have urged government and non-government organisations to support them in conserving the craft. Woodcarving was once widely practised in the region during the ancient Uddiyana Kingdom, purported to be located in the valley. Woodcarving in Swat can be traced back to the early Buddhist period of Kushan …

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Twitter agrees to block `blasphemous’ tweets in PakistanBy Robert Mackey | The New York Times

At least five times this month, a Pakistani bureaucrat who works from a colonial-era barracks in Karachi, just down the street from the former home of his country’s secularist founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, asked Twitter to shield his compatriots from exposure to accounts, tweets or searches of the social network that he described as “blasphemous” or “unethical.” All five of …

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We Are Reading Differently in the Age of the Internet
Neuroscientists Discover “Eye Byte” Culture among Web SurfersBy Michael S. Rosenwald | The Washington Post

Age of the Internet
(Credit: americastrong.com)

Claire Handscombe has a commitment problem online. Like a lot of Web surfers, she clicks on links posted on social networks, reads a few sentences, looks for exciting words, and then grows restless, scampering off to the next page she probably won’t commit to. “I give it a few seconds — not even minutes — and then I’m moving again,” …

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US Shifts Search for Missing Malaysian airline to Indian Ocean
Kate Hodal in Songkhla, Tania Branigan in Beijing and Gwyn Topham in Londontheguardian.com 13 March 2014

Search for Malaysia airline
(Credit: abc.com)

The international search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is likely widen into the Indian Ocean, as authorities moved to debunk a string of theories and apparent leads about the fate of the airliner, six days after it vanished. With US warships already deployed in the Strait of Malacca, west of the Malay peninsula, the White House said …

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World Wide Web turns 25 years oldAFP March 9, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, the World Wide Web was just an idea in a technical paper from an obscure, young computer scientist at a European physics lab. That idea from Tim Berners-Lee at the CERN lab in Switzerland, outlining a way to easily access files on linked computers, paved the way for a global phenomenon that has touched the lives of …

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‘One Pound Fish’ singer welcomed back to PakistanThe Washington Post

Muhammad Shahid Nazir (Credit: dailymail.co.uk)

Pakistan, Dec 25 – Even in an age of instant Internet singing sensations, Muhammad Shahid Nazir’s tale might seem fishy. After all, it’s not every day that an unsung immigrant from Pakistan makes a respectable challenge to the top of Britain’s Christmas pop chart with a ditty about the “very, very good” fish he hawks on the streets of London. …

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