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Urdu in India – An Uphill Battle Posted by on Oct 26, 2016

In order to appease the Urdu speaking population, particularly to secure their votes at election time, central and state governments in India have taken various steps to promote Urdu. Urdu academies have been founded in several states. Increasing number of colleges and universities have Urdu departments. Urdu receives official grants for mushairas (a poetic symposium), seminars and publications of books,…

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Minar-e-Pakistan (Minaret of Pakistan) Posted by on Oct 25, 2016

Every country has some iconic landmarks that portray its history and culture. In Pakistan one of such iconic landmarks is the Minar-e-Pakistan (Minaret of Pakistan). It was built to commemorate the day when the Pakistan resolution was passed on March 23, 1940. The main tower of this memorial was completed on March 22, 1968. The location was originally…

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Karakoram Highway (KKH) Posted by on Oct 10, 2016

The Karakoram Highway (known informally as the KKH) is said to be the highest paved international road in the world. It’s also known as the road to paradise – if you like exploring the mountains, that is. It’s regarded as one of the world’s hardest alpine climbs. The Karakorum Highway connects China and Pakistan across the…

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Happy New Year! Posted by on Oct 5, 2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016  was the first day of the Islamic calendar in the Islamic year 1438 AH. Awal (1st) Muharram (also called Maal Hijrah) celebrates the beginning of the Islamic New Year, and is also the beginning of ten days of remembrance for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, who was killed…

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Biafo Glacier Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

The Biafo Glacier is a 63 km (39 mi) long glacier in the Karakoram Mountains of the northern areas of Pakistan which meets the 49 km (30 mi) long Hispar Glacier at an altitude of 5,128 m (16,824 ft) at Hispar La (Pass) to create the world’s longest glacial system outside the polar regions. This highway of ice connects two ancient mountain kingdoms, Nagar (immediately south of Hunza) in the west with Baltistan in the east.…

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