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The Roman Sindhi script is a writing system used to write the Sindhi language, which is spoken by millions of people in the Sindh region of Pakistan and India. It is based on the Latin alphabet, and was developed by Sindhi language experts and linguists as a way to write Sindhi using the Roman alphabet instead of the traditional Arabic script. The Roman Sindhi script has been adopted by many people as an alternative way to write Sindhi, particularly in diaspora communities where the use of the Arabic script may be less prevalent. It is also sometimes used in educational materials and books to make the language more accessible to people who are not familiar with the Arabic alphabet.
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Destruction Of Indus Delta As A Result Of Dams On Rivers In Pakistan
ذرا اس تباہی کو بھی دیکھ لیں
Sea incursion and intrusion has inundated & destroyed large areas of land in coastal areas of Thatho and Badin districts of Sindh. Historically prosperous indigenous people have become the poorest. They have lost their source of livelihood & many have been forced to leave their abode.
Indus Deltta jee tabaahi pahinjay akhhyun saan ddiso
انڊس ڊيلٽا جي تباهي پنهنجي اکين سان ڏسو
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Indus River: Water Scarcity And The Conflict Between Sindh And Punjab
The basic source of irrigation for Pakistan agriculture is the Indus River. Water resources are becoming shorter due to the irregular flow of water in the Indus River. To overcome the problem of water shortage and to meet the water demands of rising populations, the Punjab and the federal governments are in favor of constructing more dams in order to store the water which is being wasted otherwise. On the contrary, the Sindh holds the point that the construction of dams such as KBD and Bhasha dam would deprived them of their due shares from IBIS. There has been a distrust regarding water sharing between the two provinces.
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Sindh-Punjab Water Dispute
The Sindhi language act
The Sindhi language act was passed on this day on 17 July 1972, 46 years ago. After a passage of about half a century its yet to be implemented in its true letter and spirit. This reminds us to continue our struggle for the right full status of our language.
Read more >> The Sindhi language act
Click to access PUB-15-000291.pdf
Via – Above information is adopted from Social media
A Case Against Kalabagh Dam: Aziz Narejo
Filling in the Dots: Why PILDAT is Reviving Kalabagh Debate: Introductory Note by Kamran Shafi
Kalabagh Dam is a very bad idea indeed. If ONLY for the reason that 3 out of 4 federating units of this blessed country have rejected it.
Chinese tech giant Alibaba breaks into Pakistani market by acquiring Daraz
China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group, broke into the Pakistani market on Tuesday by fully acquiring the Daraz Group.
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UN declaration of rights now available in Sindhi language
A Pakistani student at Cornell University has translated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Sindhi language. The full text and audio versions of the Sindhi translation is now available on the United Nations website.
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Hashoo Kewal Ramanni
“I have bond and love with people of my land (Sindh) who will reclaim me one day. Bharat’s leaders also reclaim their Liaqat who has sent me in exile. Leaders exported from Bharat are telling me this land doesn’t belong to me. It is now Pakistan.” ~ Hashoo Kewal Ramanni
Note: Above quote of Hashoo Kewal Ramanni is adopted from Social meida (Facebook).
More than half of India’s languages may die out in 50 years – survey
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – More than half of the languages spoken by India’s 1.3 billion people may die out over the next 50 years, scholars said on Thursday, calling for a concerted effort to preserve the tongues spoken by the nation’s endangered tribal communities.
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One belt One Road – China makes Pakistan an offer it cannot refuse
MOVE OVER, DUBAI. Some day soon, cruise ships will disgorge frolicking pensioners not by the palm-fringed Persian Gulf but on the balmy Pakistan Riviera. From the muddy delta of the Indus to the barren Baloch coast, a twinkling constellation of attractions is set to rise: luxury hotels, water parks, golf courses, health spas, yacht harbours, night clubs, the works.
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Anand Krishna Addresses The World Tolerance Conference 2017, Purwakarta, West Java, Indonesia
Pakistan – Challenging barbarity
By Lal Khan
The gruesome murder of Mashal Khan is yet another incident that illustrates that ours is a diseased society with elements of pre-medieval barbarism looming more viciously. There is no proof whatsoever of Mashal Khan’s blasphemous remarks on social media or elsewhere.
Jinnah did not want Partition: Ayesha Jalal
Since the publication of her first book, The Sole Spokesman, in 1985, Ayesha Jalal has been Pakistan’s leading historian. Educated at Wellesley College in the United States, and Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, she received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 for showing “extraordinary originality and dedication in [her] creative pursuits…”
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Sindh not in India makes me sad: Lal Krishna Advani
NEW DELHI: BJP patriarch L K Advani today rued that the Pakistani province of Sindh, where he was born, is not a part of independent India.
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Sindh should be Seceded out of Pakistan: says India’s BJP minister Subramanian Swamy
Separate Balochistan from Pakistan if it hangs Kulbhushan Jadhav: Indian Minister
DELHI – “If Pakistan hangs (Kulbhushan) Jadhav, then India must recognise Balochistan as an independent country,” said BJP minister Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday, reacting to Pakistan’s announcement of the death sentence to RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav.
The minister asked the Indian government to ‘declare Balochistan as independent state.’
The minister further said if Pakistan commits another atrocity after this then its Sindh province should also be “seceded out of ” what’s left.
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MQM chief Altaf Hussain repents mistake of his ancestors to migrate from India to Pakistan
Mr. Narendra Modi, please speak out for “Muhaajirs” (India’s refugees living in Karachi and other parts) in Pakistan: MQM chief to India’s PM
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Examining creation of Pakistan
Pakistan: Chinese firms to invest $35bn in 19 power projects
ISLAMABAD: Chinese companies will be investing $35 billion in 19 power projects which will generate 12,134 MW of electricity under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, said Secretary Water and Power, Mohammad Younis Dagha on Thursday.
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Sindhi turns out to be second language of Pakistan
Sindhi remains the second-most widely spoken language in Pakistan, according to MoveHub, a website for people looking to move abroad.
To facilitate people thinking of moving abroad, the website has come up with a map of the world where the names of countries are replaced with their ‘second languages’. While in most cases this shows the effects of colonialism and cultural imperialism, in the case of Pakistan, it reflects post-independence policymaking.
Sindhi is a regional language spoken which is not widely spoken outside of Sindh province, somewhat similar to Punjabi – the first language – which is mostly used in Punjab province.
Incidentally, Pakistan is one of the few countries where the official language is not the first or even the second language. The official language is Urdu.
Pakistan’s regional languages face looming extinction
An Indo-Aryan language, Sindhi is spoken in both India and Pakistan, with some 75 million native speakers around the world. It is the official language of Sindh province of Pakistan and is recognised by India as one of its scheduled languages.
Read more » The Express Tribune
See more >> https://tribune.com.pk/story/1324502/sindhi-turns-second-language-pakistan/
International Conference on Moenjodaro and Indus Valley Civilisation’
LARKANO: Archaeologists from the Unites States, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Japan and Italy attending the three-day ‘International Conference on Moenjodaro and Indus Valley Civilisation’ at the ancient site read out their research papers on the second day on Friday.
The papers focused on technical aspects dealing with the discoveries made and research carried out hitherto, measures undertaken so far to protect and preserve the site for posterity, mid-term plans for the site’s preservation, promotion of tourism, the Indus script discovered so far, seals’ carving techniques etc.
Dr Ayumu Konasukawa, an archaeologist from Japan, presented his paper on ‘Chronological change and continuity of seal carving techniques from the early Harappan to the Harappan periods in the Ghaggar basin’. According to his research, the data for analyses comprises fired steatite seals discovered at Kunal, Banawali and Farmana. Through scanning electron microscope and 3D analysis, it has become evident that the seals found in the basin during the said periods are characterised in various carving techniques. Although the seals have a lot of difference in terms of manufacturing technique and design, such as the motif of the surface, they also have commonality as regards a part of carving techniques.
Read more » DAWN
See more >> http://www.dawn.com/news/1314054
INDUS SCRIPT FONT
The Indus signs have been under constant analysis and study. These have been subjected to various examinations where these were identified as primary and composite signs.
Asko Parpola has made a continuing contribution to research on the Indus writing system. He collected and critically edited the Indus signs as he attempted at structural analysis. His objectives were to find out the number of graphemes, and the word length. His search for primary signs and identifying composite signs resulted in preparation of the sign list of the Indus script, with principle graphic variants, each with one reference.
The Indus signs have been largely used as drawing images in computational analysis and studies. Present effort is to create the Indus signs in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) based font for installing in computers.
National fund for Mohenjodaro has developed this font for installing on computers and embedding on websites by researchers and users around the world. This font is developed by Mr. Shabir Kumbhar, engineering / embedded and mapping by Mr. Amar Fayaz Buriro with the consultation of Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari.
Indus Script font is available to be downloaded for further studies, computational exercises and statistical analysis, free of charge; the only encumbrance is that user acknowledge our website.
Read more >> Mohen Jo Daro Online
See more >> https://www.mohenjodaroonline.net/index.php/indus-script/corpus-by-asko-parpola
IN MEMORIES OF BHAGWANTI NAVANI
Bhaggwanti Nawaanni, Professor Raam Panjwaanni aein Satraam Rohra.
Initiative: Pakistan to build country’s first Naphtha Cracker Complex
LAHORE: In an unprecedented development to boost the economy, Pakistan is set to build the country’s first ever Naphtha Cracker Complex (NCC), a state-of-the-art “grand infrastructure” to change petrochemical raw substances into value-added products ranging from construction, home décor, appliances, furniture, medical care, paints, cleaning stuff and top of the line military gadgets.
Read more » The Express Tribune
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India ‘incomplete’ without Pakistan’s Sindh: BJP patriarch LK Advani
NEW DELHI: BJP patriarch LK Advani feels that India appears “incomplete” without Sindh in its territory.
The 89-year-old leader made the remarks at an event here today while lamenting that Karachi, the capital of the Pakistani province, where he was born in a Sindhi family was not a part of India anymore.
Read more >> THE ECONOMIC TIMES
Pakistan’s Big Threat Isn’t Terrorism—It’s Climate Change
To Pakistan, terrorists seem a more formidable enemy than rising temperatures and sea levels. But what happens when climate change upends Karachi, the country’s economic backbone?
For decades, Pakistan has struggled to manage urgent crises, ranging from infrastructure woes to terrorism. While its policies focus on short-term conventional threats, a potentially devastating danger lurks in the shadows: climate change. As the impact of global warming continues to grow, the political and economic instability it brings will threaten Pakistan’s security. The Pakistani government must prioritize its response to climate change in order to mitigate environmental threats and prevent future calamities.
Read more » FP
See more » https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/03/04/pakistans-big-threat-isnt-terrorism-its-climate-change/
Christmas peace train inaugurated in Pakistan
The train will run across the country to showcase unity & harmony with Christians on the eve of Christmas
The train started its journey from Rawalpindi on Thursday and is scheduled to reach Karachi on December 31, 2016, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported.
Christians in Pakistan make up for one of the two largest (non-Muslim) religious minorities along with Hindus.
The total number of Christians in Pakistan was estimated to be 1.6% of the population in 2005.
The minister, while addressing the inauguration ceremony, said Christians played a key role in the development and prosperity of Pakistan.
“The white colour of our national flag denotes minority groups, and it is incomplete without them,” he said, adding that this train would serve as a symbol of unity, tranquility and harmony wherever it would go.
Read more » WIONEWS
See more » http://www.wionews.com/south-asia/christmas-peace-train-inaugurated-in-pakistan-10441
Asad Chandio is a journalist and a human rights activist based in Sindh, Pakistan.
Dialects of Sindhi language
These are the major dialects of Sindhi Language. The language is the same but their is a slight difference in words or way of speaking. Their are several other dialects of Sindhi language too (like Memoni) but they are not spoken by a big population.
Futher information about the Dialects:
1. Laasi – It is spoken by around 1 million people in Parts of Lasbela, Balochistan and Sindh.
2. Larri – It is spoken by over 2 million people, in Thatto, Sujawal and Tando.
3. Kutchhi, it is spoken by around 2 million people in Pakistan and 2 million in India too. Their is a hug Kutchhi population in Karachi, Sindh. The language bears more grammatical similarity with Sindhi and lexical similarity with Gujarati.
4. Thari or Thareli or (Ddaaddki): it is language of the people of Thar. Spoken on both side of border by over 6-7 million. It is a bit influenced by Rajasthani languages.
5. Vicholi: It is spoken by a huge population of Sindhis. It is spoken mostly in Hyderabad region. Over 11 million people speak this dialect.
6. Siroli: It is spoken by a large Number of people in Upper Sindh, Larkano and Sukkur region, but also in parts of Balochistan and RahimYarKhan (Punjab). It is influenced by Seraiki. It is spoke by over 11 million people. In Balochistan it is known as Firaqi Sindhi, with around 1 million speakers.
* In Karachi the situation is different and Sindhi is more influenced by Urdu, and all dialects mix up. While in rural Karachi people usually speak Laasi or Larri. The total number of Sindhi speakers worldwide is impossible to know as Census of Pakistan and India are politically influenced. According to famous Pakistani demographers the population of Sindh is usually 15-20% shown lesser than it actually is. The total number of Sindhis worldwide is over 40 million, out of which 80% live in Sindh, Pakistan. All the Memon’s and even those that came in 1947 are actually Sindhis by ancestry, their origin is from Thatto. Sindhis in India make up around 6-7 million of the population and while Sindhis in other countries make up around 1.5 million to 2 million, out of which 60% are Indian, and remaining Pakistani Diaspora, but the Pakistani Sindhi diaspora is growing at a faster rate*
Courtesy: Source of above material: Explore the Beauty of Sindh
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Other than that there are some more branches of the Dialects of Sindhi language