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Software to melt India, Pakistan’s Sindhi script barrier

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PATIALA: Bringing down the script barrier between 25 lakh Sindhis in India and four crore in Pakistan, a first-of-its-kind software will enable Sindhis settled on both sides of the border to read each others’ literature despite the different scripts.

The yet-to-be-launched software has been developed by Punjabi researchers in Punjabi University, Patiala and Manchester University, England.

Despite having the same language, Sindhis residing on both sides of the border could not read each others’ literature since Pakistani Sindhis use Perso-Arabic script and those in India follow the Devnagari script.

The software, which is in trial stage, will remove this barrier as it will transliterate Perso-Arabic Sindhi into Devnagari and vice-versa.

“Like Punjabis, Sindhis also follow two scripts. Hence, the immense need to remove this language barrier. We had begun work on this project in March, last year. A Punjabi scholar form Manchester University is also collaborating on this,” said Dr GS Lehal of Punjabi University, coordinator of the project.

Dr Lehal said that the software will be equipped with over one crore Sindhi words in Perso-Arabic script and around 50 lakh Sindhi words in Devnagari script.

“Word bank of Sindhi words in Devnagari is smaller as the volume of Sindhi literature published in India is much less than that in Perso-Arabic. We found soft copies of numerous Sindhi magazines, newspapers and books published in Perso-Arabic script. These words were converted into data bank. Besides, there is dictionary of over 25,000 basic words, which is part of the word pool,” he added.

He said that phase I of the project is complete, which means that software has the capacity to transliterate with 90% accuracy. “We will launch it after we achieved accuracy rate of 95%, which likely in the next few months”, he added.


Till 1850s, Sindhi was written in several scripts including Perso-Arabic and Gurmukhi by people of different religions residing in Sindh province of Pakistan. “However, in 1850s, a special committee constituted by British mandated use of Perso-Arabic script to write Sindhi, said Dr Lehal. The practice continued till 1947, when large number of Sindhis migrated to India and settled in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Shortly after Partition, Indian Sindhis adopted the Devnagari script.

Courtesy: The Times of India

U.K: Tens of thousands set for country-wide protests against Government’s ‘bedroom tax’

London – Tens of thousands of people will take part in a “mass sleep out” tonight to protest against the “bedroom tax” and other welfare changes.

People will gather in towns and cities across the UK, including London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, and sleep on the streets to draw attention to the effects of the controversial measures.

One of the organisers, Rick Victory, 46, of Cheltenham, said: “We expect at least 3,000 people to take part in the 60-plus events.

“We fear that the cuts will push people who cannot afford to move into the private rented sector towards homelessness.

Read more » Evening Standard

Developing story: Fighter Jets Scrambled To Passenger Plane

RAF Typhoon jets are scrambled to a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft carrying 297 passengers and escort it to Stansted.

RAF fighter jets have escorted a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft from Manchester Airport to Stansted Airport. The airline has confirmed it is for security reasons. There are understood to be 297 passengers on board who were travelling from Lahore.

The plane was heading west towards Manchester when it was suddenly re-routed near York and headed back out to the North Sea, before travelling south to Stansted. It is believed to have now landed at the airport. An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “An incident has occurred on an aircraft. Police and partners are responding.”

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‘Don’t Attack Iran!’ UK braces for nationwide anti-war protest

Protesters march past The Houses of Parliament during a “Stop the War Coalition Protest March” in London, in protest of the Allied countries presence in Iraq

UK activists from Stop the War coalition are to hold a day of action across the country against war with Iran. The demonstrations are planned in 15 major cities including Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, London, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. …

Courtesy: http://www.rt.com/news/iran-uk-war-protest-375/

People of Sindh

A Seminar on ‘People of Sindh’ in Manchester, UK

London World Sindhi Congress is arranging a seminar hosting eminent writer, journalist, historian and scholar Ms Alice Albania, on Saturday 20th June 2009 from 13.00 – 16.00 pm at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, City Centre, Manchester, M2 5NS, UK.

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A Seminar on ‘People of Sindh’ in Manchester, UK

sindhicivilization– ALI MEMON, London, UK

May 17, 2009

London: World Sindhi Congress is arranging a seminar hosting eminent writer, journalist, historian and scholar Ms Alice Albania, on Saturday 20th June 2009 from 13.00 – 16.00 pm at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, City Centre, Manchester, M2 5NS, UK.

Alice Albania, is author of ‘Empires of Indus’ book on religious and political history of the Indus region. Empires of the Indus is her first book, for which she won a Royal Society of Literature / Jerwood Foundation Special Prize for non-fiction work in progress.

The title of the seminar is ‘People of Sindh’ and will focus on the relationship of Indus River with its people, its ancient multi-religious roots and the advancement of its oldest civilizations spreading from Indian Ocean to Tibetan plateaus. In addition, seminar will also provide an opportunity to understand the current struggle of Indigenous people of Sindh and their national identity as juxtaposed to the increasing religious identities in other parts of Pakistan.

Cultural and Musical program in Manchester

SSUK Social, Cultural and Musical program in Manchester, UK

Report by: Gul Sanai Memon

Press Release: Sindhi Sangat United Kingdom (SSUK) arranged a ‘Social, cultural and Musical Program’ on Saturday, August 30th, 2008 at Manchester. This amazing event was attended by more than 300 participants from all walks of life, all over the United Kingdom and the speakers of the event claimed it the largest gathering of Sindhis in the UK’s history.

Ali Memon and Fahmida Ramzan performed as stage secretaries and kept very much involved all the participants in the program by integrating the ever green Sindhi poetry and the messages of SSUK. Mr. Abdul Haque Lohar, recited verses from holy Quran while Dureshahwar Qureshi and other children presented a prayer in Sindhi.

The lord Mayor, Mavis Smitheman, The Lady Mayoress, Irene Etchells, Mr. Tony Llyod, Member of Parliament for Central Manchester, Sir Gerald Kaufman, Member of Parliament from Gorton, Manchester attended this gracious event and thoroughly enjoyed the program. They all made wonderful speeches and extended their full support to SSUK. Mr. Saif Rehman Khan, acting Consulate general of Manchester acted as representative of Mr. Wajid Shumas ul Hasan, High Commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom who was unable to attend the event because of unavoidable circumstances.

Mr. Shahzado Wadhio, Secretary General, SSUK presented a report introducing SSUK, current activities and future programs. Gul Sanai, Information Secretary, SSUK briefly presented about Sindh, its history and culture in the form of a pictorial presentation for the English speaking people.

Dr. Nazeer Dahar, president, Sindh Doctors Association (SDA) extended its full support and appreciated efforts of SSUK in launching its upcoming projects on Sindh Library and SSUK School of Nursing. He narrated the activities of SDA in detail.

Dr. Haleem Bhatti, Dr. Lakhu Luhano and Surraiya Makhdoom of World Sindhi Congress highlighted the current issues of Sindh and called upon the British participants and Sindhis to come forward to alleviate the suffering of Sindh.

All the participants paid tribute to the legendary personality of Mr. Muhammad Aslam Junejo a Manchester based Sindhi and the principal advisor and Accountant of SSUK who left this mortal world in December 2007 following a deadly heart attack. Prayer was also made for Muhtrama Benazir Bhutto and the martyrs of Sindh, Pakistan.

SSUK children performed very well in dancing over the Sindhi Song of Ahmed Mughal, parody on Jalal Chandio and the different roles of a common people in Sindhi society. The credit goes to Ms. Hafeezan Wadhio who spent months in preparing the children for all this astonishing performance. Dr. Anwar Baloch and Dr. Lakhu Luhano presented gifts to the children who performed as a token of appreciation.

SSUK arranged a Cultural Corner to represent Sindh’s culture where Sindhi dresses, Ajrak, Topi, handicrafts, Bed Sheets, and Showpieces were displayed which remained the area of attention of the families and the distinguish guests.

The new executive committee of SSUK was announced following its election in the last month as Mr. Abdul Jabbar Qureshi, President; Mr. Ali Memon, Vice President, Mr. Shahzado Wadhio, Secretary General, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Gilal, Finance Secretary; Mr. Gul Sanai, Information Secretary and Mr. AD Keerio, Cultural Secretary.

Mr. Nisar Ahmed Gilal and Zulfiquar Ali Gilal with company presented a tablo. Mr. Ghulam Ali Mirza, Ms. Virsha and Kiran Manjiani, Saeen Bux Patoojo, Dr. Ghulam Qasim Channa and well known singer of the Sindh Ustad Rajab Ali performed in musical concert till mid night. The participants couldn’t stop them to dance vigorously and enjoyed the program thoroughly. The musical program ended with the traditional song of Ho jamalo’ the song of joy’ for Sindhis.

As per custom of the Sindhi culture, SSUK presented the gift of Ajrak to all speakers and the lovely food to the participants. SSUK can not forget to extend its high appreciation to all its members and well wishers who played a vital role in the organizing and making this a memorable and successful event. Mr. Abdul Jabbar Qureshi, president, SSUK thanked all the participants for their maximum participation and supporting SSUK.

Sep 2, 2008