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Chitral’s three endangered languages get written form


CHITRAL: Three endangered languages of Chitral have gotten a new lease of life by securing a written form for the first time. With the financial assistance of the USAID, primers of these languages have been made and printed; local folk tales have been recorded, and many other steps have been taken for their preservation. The primers and a CD of ...

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Pakistan’s Kalash fight for their identity with UNESCO bid


Gohar Abbas Chitral (Pakistan) (AFP) – Pakistan’s smallest religious minority, the Kalash speak their own language and celebrate their gods through music, dance — and alcohol, which they brew themselves in Chitral’s plunging verdant valleys. Here, the sexes mingle easily, marriage can be sealed with a dance, and women are free to move on to new loves — it is ...

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Study reveals trafficking of poor Chitrali girls

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CHITRAL, March 23: Trafficking of Chitrali girls in the garb of marriage goes on unchecked for last many years by professional human traffickers who take advantage of the poverty, ignorance and weaker social fabric of the area. A study recently conducted by Regional Women Empowerment Project of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) reveals that 74 per cent of marriages ...

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Russian seeking bride in Chitral for Rs1 million arrested


By AFP CHITRAL: A Russian national who came to Pakistan in search of a wife has been arrested and is being questioned by intelligence agencies, officials said Saturday. Apelgans Viacheslov, a 28-year-old from Moscow, had put up posters in the northern district of Chitral advertising his dream of marrying a local woman and offering a one million rupees ($9,550) reward to ...

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Chitral: 80pc work on Booni bridge complete says DC Chitral


CHITRAL: Deputy Commissioner Osama Ahmad Waraich on Sunday said due to the continuous monitoring, 80 per cent work on the stalled project of RCC bridge at Booni has now been completed. During a visit to the town in the early week of February this year, the DC had set the deadline of April 15th to complete the project. It may ...

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Two girls from Chitral makes nation proud by winning prestigious award in India

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Islamabad: (Press Release) Aliya Harir and Suraya Islam belong to the mountainous region of Chitral.  Chitrali women are known for their dedication, hard work, andcontributions in different spheres of life. Aliya and Suraya touch the cuticles of the most difficult of relation. They are working to build peace and friendship between the people of India and Pakistan. They run an ...

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FOCUS issues alert for landslides, snow slips


ISLAMABAD: Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, has embarked on an elaborate search and rescue operation in response to an avalanche in Susum village of Karimabad Valley, Chitral. At the same time, FOCUS issued an alert for landslides and more snow slips during the next 36 hours. In a press release here, FOCUS ...

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Women benefit most from ‘smart villages’ in Pakistan’s Hindu Kush

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DR ABDUR REHMAN CHEEMA Life is tough in the remote villages of the Hindu Kush Himalayas of northern Pakistan, far from the reach of power grids and at the mercy of floods and extreme weather. But by harnessing the glacier fed rivers that tumble down the steep mountains, communities are transforming their lives and future prospects. “Before the [energy from] ...

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Small business owners turn to e-tailing to reach a ‘global audience’

A Chitrali woman, who works with the artisan brand Kai, stitches a scarf. ─ AFP

ISLAMABAD: In the Hindu Kush mountains craftswomen painstakingly stitch flowing scarves, skilled artisans who were unable to sell their products beyond the remote region until mobile internet came to Pakistan and dropped the market into the palms of millions of previously marginalised people. The women of northern Chitral are among the unlikely profiteers of an e-commerce boom since 3G and ...

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Ashiqi Angar – When West Meet Chitral


Aayan Arif: Irfan Ali Taj is a story of struggle, hard work and determination. The Chitral based musician terms himself as, “A struggler folk artist having the soul of true Pakistani Culture and Music”. The purity of his relation with the mountains of Chitral sounds in his voice. His debut song Ashiqi Angar, featuring the sensational Zoe Viccaji is making ...

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