NEWS DIGEST 06.09.2020: Awards honouring journalists fighting for society’s rights

Good morning. Today’s news digest is some of the leading stories from HEM News Agency’s HEM Journalism Portal on Twitter. International press freedom activist network Index on Censorship is now gathering nominations for its Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship 2021, … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 06.09.2020: Awards honouring journalists fighting for society’s rights

RADIO MASHAAL: Pakistan shuts down US-funded radio station

Islamabad – VIJAY SHAH via CPJ Pakistani media authorities have ordered Radio Mashaal, a radio station funded by the US, to close operations on the nation’s soil, causing protests and condemnation among advocates for freedom of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported on Friday. The shutdown affects Radio Mashaal‘s bureau in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The radio station broadcasts in the Pashto language, a relative of Persian, which is spoken in Pakistan’s northern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and which is also a national language of neighbouring Afghanistan. The station is headquartered not in Pakistan, or indeed Asia, but in … Continue reading RADIO MASHAAL: Pakistan shuts down US-funded radio station

INDO-PAK DIALOGUE: New trade talks stutter over conditions; hostilities

A new round of talks on commerce and security between South Asian neighbours and bitter enemies India and Pakistan, designed to facilitate links and friendship has ground to a halt over tensions during the high-level government meetings, the Voice of America reported yesterday. In Pakistan‘s capital Islamabad, the Pakistani delegation called off the talks after the two sides began ‘trading barbs’ over the meeting’s agenda, VOA reports. The national security advisors of both countries were due to meet in India‘s capital New Delhi today and tomorrow, but the reluctance of the two nations to step away from their pre-conditions for the … Continue reading INDO-PAK DIALOGUE: New trade talks stutter over conditions; hostilities

PHOTO MOMENT: Khewra Salt Mine

with Arif Shah (contributor) Khewra Salt Mine, Pakistan – World’s 2nd Largest Salt Mine. – Waqt News This striking image of a cave system which seems at first impression to be made entirely of amber, is in fact taken at part of a salt mine in Pakistan, said to be the world’s second largest in size. The image was originally posted by the Facebook page of Waqt News, an Urdu–langauge news channel from Pakistan and was shared by a Facebook friend of mine from Peshawar in the north-west of the country. Waqt News began news reporting operations in December 2007. … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Khewra Salt Mine

GULL COLLECTION: The Patiyala House album

Vijay Shah Bright colours, soft fabrics, luxurious designs and a fashionable reminder of desi culture. Evocative of spring festivals, the harvest season and a million weddings. The Half-Eaten Mind presents to you today a photo album of some very tasteful shalwar kameezs. The Patiyala House album comes courtesy of UK-based South Asian fashion emporium “Gull Collection”, and based on email marketing by Shahzad Ali Khan. In mid-September I received a handful of emails from Gull Collection, advertising albums for Desi clothes from the Indian subcontinent. I have no idea how they managed to obtain my email, but my guess is that a … Continue reading GULL COLLECTION: The Patiyala House album