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Reading Helps Prevent Dementia

  By Linda Freund | May 13th, 2019 Reading every day may reduce dementia risk, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry in July 2018. Researchers at Hong Kong’s Elderly Health Centres tracked more than 15,000 people ages 65 and older for five years. All of the participants were dementia-free at ...
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Reading habit of the student community across the globe

by Jaganth G. & Thea Pan Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities. —Ben Okri Reading is considered to be one of the finest acts of humans that ...
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Do e-books help children learn to read?

A recent US survey commissioned by the children’s books publisher Scholastic found that 65% of 6-11 year olds prefer to read print books even when e-books are available on tablets. In the UK, a National Literacy Survey found that children who read stories both on tablets and in print are more likely to ...
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The surprising link between science fiction and economic history

Exactly 200 years ago, in 1816, a teen-aged girl called Mary Shelley began writing the story of Frankenstein in a villa in Cologny, a short walk from where the World Economic Forum now has its offices. Her ghoulish but subtle tale featured a scientist bringing a sentient, suffering creature to ...
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Art and literature are vital to democracy

Why are we here? Why was I created? What’s the purpose of this thing called life? To artists, whose essential purpose is creation, these grand questions are felt profoundly — the human condition is our stock in trade, even if it’s incredibly privileged to ponder it as one’s profession. As ...
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Reading Helps Prevent Dementia

  By Linda Freund | May 13th, 2019 Reading every day may reduce dementia risk, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry in July 2018. Researchers at Hong Kong’s Elderly Health Centres tracked more than 15,000 people ages 65 and older for five years. All of the participants were dementia-free at ...
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Reading habit of the student community across the globe

by Jaganth G. & Thea Pan Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities. —Ben Okri Reading is considered to be one of the finest acts of humans that ...
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The surprising link between science fiction and economic history

Exactly 200 years ago, in 1816, a teen-aged girl called Mary Shelley began writing the story of Frankenstein in a villa in Cologny, a short walk from where the World Economic Forum now has its offices. Her ghoulish but subtle tale featured a scientist bringing a sentient, suffering creature to ...
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Art and literature are vital to democracy

Why are we here? Why was I created? What’s the purpose of this thing called life? To artists, whose essential purpose is creation, these grand questions are felt profoundly — the human condition is our stock in trade, even if it’s incredibly privileged to ponder it as one’s profession. As ...
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The European countries that read the most

Most households in the European Union spend more on books, newspapers and stationery than they do on package holidays. This was one of the surprising statistics released by the EU in April to mark World Book Day. Image: Statista A survey of people aged from 20 to 74 in 15 ...
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Do e-books help children learn to read?

A recent US survey commissioned by the children’s books publisher Scholastic found that 65% of 6-11 year olds prefer to read print books even when e-books are available on tablets. In the UK, a National Literacy Survey found that children who read stories both on tablets and in print are more likely to ...
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7 smart ways to use technology in classrooms

Sep 13, 2017 / Hailey Reissman istock Many schools and teachers have an uneasy relationship with technology: they decry its power to distract young people but see it as a necessary evil to be tolerated, or at least strictly limited. Fargo, North Dakota, third-grade teacher Kayla Delzer believes that technology can truly revolutionize education ...
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Tablets out, imagination in: the schools that shun technology

Tablets out, imagination in: the schools that shun technology Parents working in Silicon Valley are sending their children to a school where there’s not a computer in sight – and they’re not alone In the heart of Silicon Valley is a nine-classroom school where employees of tech giants Google, Apple ...
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How Ebooks Lost Their Shine Kindles Look Clunky Unhip

How eBooks lost their shine: 'Kindles now look clunky and unhip' Just a few years ago, the Kindle was being blamed for the death of the traditional book. But the latest figures show a dramatic reversal of fortunes, with sales of ebooks plunging. So what’s behind this resurgence? Books as ...
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E-reader Sales Slack as Paper Books Reclaim Market Share

E-reader Sales Slack as Paper Books Reclaim Market Share If you have an e-reader collecting dust on a bookshelf somewhere, forgotten in the same place you’ve had it tucked for the last umpteen months, you’re not alone. Recent data from the Publisher’s Association indicate a major market trend back toward ...
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Create a reading culture in your school

Creating a reading culture in your school By Lauren Shapiro Time and time again, I find that the schools seeing the most progress with reading are those with a strong culture of reading that reaches into every part of school life. The striking thing about these schools is not just that students ...
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The magic of Whole School reading

The magic of Whole School reading How to turn your school into a "reading school" - Drop Everything and Read!  For fifteen minutes a day, everyone in school - from pupils, to the headteacher, to the school caretaker - drops everything and reads! Photograph: www.alamy.com Louise Kanolik & Ela Turker ...
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The important lesson of giving teachers respect

World Teachers’ Day: the important lesson of giving teachers respect On this day of all days, Sunny Varkey argues that teachers must be encouraged, respected and receive proper investment across the world, to ensure that every child benefits from a decent education It’s World Teachers’ Day today – and we ...
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How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips

How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips  Here are some of the best ideas, initiatives and projects that teachers use to help students develop a love of reading. Photograph: Alamy.While students might trudge through set texts in lessons, how can teachers inspire them to ...
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Essentials of teachers training

Essentials of teachers training “Those who educate children are more to be honoured than those who produce them” — Aristotle  Shagufta Gul Teaching is a sacred job.With three parallel systems of education, Pakistan is really unfortunate to have a meagre budget for education, besides there are only nominal incentives for ...
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A childhood spent in the libraries of Quetta

Stories from an attic: A childhood spent in the libraries of Quetta Vaqar Ahmed In those days, books were written for either children or for adults. There was nothing specifically for a teenager or a young adult. —Creative commons Unlike the densely populated and highly volatile Quetta of today, the ...
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The magic of libraries

'The magic of libraries': Why we need them, by Joseph Coelho Published on: 03 October 2017 Author: Joseph Coelho Author Joseph Coelho mounts a passionate defence of libraries - and explains how they really help our communities. I grew up next to the best library in the world, West Hill Library - my ...
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The calamity of the disappearing school libraries

The calamity of the disappearing school libraries Debra Kachel Professor of School Library and Information Technologies Program, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania From coast to coast, elementary and high school libraries are being neglected, defunded, repurposed, abandoned and closed. The kindest thing that can be said about this is that it’s curious; ...
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Public libraries, e-lending, eating out and rasgullas

Public libraries, e-lending, eating out and rasgullas Rauf Parekh COLONEL Muhammad Khan, one of Urdu’s celebrated 20th century humorists, once wrote that when a librarian complained that the number of visitors to the library was dismal and rarely did a book get issued, he suggested that to lure the readers ...
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10 Inspiring Bookshops around the World

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. – Henry David Thoreau Just some shops that sell books that I think are worth crossing oceans for…   1. Libreria Alta Acqua, Venice, ...
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Create a reading culture in your school

Creating a reading culture in your school By Lauren Shapiro Time and time again, I find that the schools seeing the most progress with reading are those with a strong culture of reading that reaches into every part of school life. The striking thing about these schools is not just that students ...
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The magic of Whole School reading

The magic of Whole School reading How to turn your school into a "reading school" - Drop Everything and Read!  For fifteen minutes a day, everyone in school - from pupils, to the headteacher, to the school caretaker - drops everything and reads! Photograph: www.alamy.com Louise Kanolik & Ela Turker ...
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The important lesson of giving teachers respect

World Teachers’ Day: the important lesson of giving teachers respect On this day of all days, Sunny Varkey argues that teachers must be encouraged, respected and receive proper investment across the world, to ensure that every child benefits from a decent education It’s World Teachers’ Day today – and we ...
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A manifesto for primary education

A manifesto for primary education The transition from home — a place marked by parents’ love and care — to school needs to be handled with sensitivity and care 01-Oct-17 by Shagufta GuLl Children don’t only bring their bags full of textbooks and lunch boxes to schools. They also take with them ...
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Education system needs reform

Education system needs reform It’s evident that the state needs to take the most critical component of education more seriously to control growing intolerance and extremism in the society by Shagufta Gul Pakistan remains in a state of confusion when it comes to devising solutions for its most serious issues like ...
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Let us be called Readers rather than Terrorists

Let us be called Readers rather than Terrorists By Syeda Fatima Hasan Gilani In my last article I talked of the advanced reader who is now an observer through the concern towards global warming which has become a multi-faceted delinquent. I ended on the note that there are a number ...
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For the Advanced Reader who is now an Observer

For the Advanced Reader who is now an Observer by Adv. Syeda Fatima Hasan GIlani As I read more I become conscious and aware of the problems around me. Reading not only gives information but also the observational capacity lagging in our insight. Today I wanted to write about reading ...
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My seniors

‘My seniors’   Adv. S. Fatima. H. Gilani Senior vice Chairperson Read Pakistan Scarcely in life one understands what life wants and how it manifests its manifestations. Plenty the questions put forward are less tacit and even lesser inferred how they are supposed to. Walking down the aisle of life one ...
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Reading to relax

Reading to relax by Syeda Fatima Hasan Gilani Advocate Senior Vice Chairperson, Read Pakistan Learning to relax through reading could be the strongest defense against its debilitating effects.  Relaxation is a relative term as that of stress itself still it does not lessen the importance of it. The existence cannot ...
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MASTER KEY OF READING:

MASTER KEY OF READING It was a treat when I started reading Napoleon Hill and even a bigger treat when I read Andrew Carnegie. The path to success is so firmly devised to be through multiple tools to operate life in the best possible manner. Most of which are tested ...
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موٹی موٹی کتابیں چند گھنٹوں میں کیسے پڑھیں؟

ذیشان الحسن عثمانی  بدھ 14 دسمبر 2016 کم از کم صفحات کی تعداد طے کرلیں، مثال کے طور پر میں روز کے 100 صفحات پڑھوں گا۔ اب چاہے کچھ ہوجائے، آپ نے اپنا ٹارگٹ پورا کرنا ہے۔ ایک مسلمان اب اگر مہینے کے 3 ہزار صفحات بھی نہ پڑھے تو کتنے شرم کی بات ...
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میر علی شیر قانع ٹھٹوی

سندھ کا قدیم شہر ٹھٹہ علم و ادب کے حوالے سے عالمی شہرت کا حامل تھا۔ یہ شہر کبھی نامور شعرا، تذکرہ نگار، مورخین، علما و فضلا، فقہا اور محدثین کی وجہ سے شہرت رکھتا تھا۔ یہ شہر مخدوم محمد ہاشم ٹھٹوی، مخدوم ابو الحسن صغیر ٹھٹوی مدنی، طاہر محمد ...
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کتاب پڑھنے کے لیے عمر ، وقت ، موسم ،جگہ کی قید نہیں

مطالعہ انسانی ذہن کو جِلا بخشتا ہے، کتاب انسان کا بہترین ساتھی ہے اسلامی تمدن میں علم اور تحصیل علم انتہائی اہمیت کے حامل ہیں۔ حقائق اشیا ء کا علم آدمؑ نے خود ذات باری تعالیٰ سے حاصل کیا۔ اس علم نے اسے اشرف المخلوقات بنایا۔ رسول اکرم صلی اللہ ...
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علم کے موتی اور ہماری نوجوان نسل

 علم وہ عظیم نعمت ہے جس کی عظمت اور سر بلند یوں کا صحیح معنوں میں احاطہ کرنا ممکن تو نہیں مگر یہ ایک طے شدہ امر ہے کہ علم فطرت کے اسرار کو منکشف کرتا ہے، زندگی گزارنے کے آداب سکھاتا ہے، اور خاک نشینوں کو افلاک کی رفعتوں ...
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ڈھولا لمے نہ ونج او۔۔۔۔

ڈھولا لمے نہ ونج او۔۔۔۔ رات گئے اپنے گائوں جیسل کلاسرا پہنچا ہوں۔ نعیم بھائی کی برسی ہے۔ رہتا اسلام آباد میں ہوں لیکن دھیان اور دل یہاں کے قبرستان میں رہتا ہے جہاں پیارے دفن ہیں۔  لندن کے دوستوں نے کئی برس پہلے زور دیا تھا کہ اب یہاں ...
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Seven CEOs on the Books That Changed Their Lives and Shaped Their Careers

Considering a new job? by AJA FROST Reading requires focus. It requires time. And, let’s be real, it requires a lot of discipline—because at the end of the day, you’re probably more likely to reach for your phone than your Kindle. Of course, you know that you should be reading more (and ...
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32 Books Anyone Who Wants to Succeed Should Read

If reading is something you're willing to do to sharpen yourself, check out these highly recommended titles. By Christina DesMarais The most successful people typically work hard, practice the right habits every day, and often are readers who strive for self-improvement. If reading is something you're willing to do to sharpen yourself, take some suggestions ...
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Ibn-i-Safi makes a resounding return

Ibn-i-Safi makes a resounding return Rauf Parekh JUST before the fall of Dhaka, Muhammad Badar Muneer, an Urdu writer and journalist, would go to a Dhaka hospital and read out novels to a 90-year-old ailing Bengali woman. The novels were in Urdu and were written by Ibn-i-Safi. After the fall ...
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The 10 best Urdu autobiographies

The 10 best Urdu autobiographies Rauf Parekh You may differ or even be surprised at some of the titles thatothers declare as favourites, as Andre Maurois has said: “Inliterature, as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen bythe others”. — File photo Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the third president ...
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On the fall and decline of nations

Literary Notes: Agha Iftikhar Hussain on the fall and decline of nations Rauf Parekh “AN interesting thing that I noted while studying the decline of the Roman Empire is that the people of the Roman Empire had little interest in knowledge and sciences, especially during the period leading to their ...
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Do e-books help children learn to read?

A recent US survey commissioned by the children’s books publisher Scholastic found that 65% of 6-11 year olds prefer to read print books even when e-books are available on tablets. In the UK, a National Literacy Survey found that children who read stories both on tablets and in print are more likely to ...
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Why You Should Read to Your Kids

10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing ...
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Tips for parents to promote reading among kids

Parents, here’s how you can promote reading among your kids There are several ways to boost reading habits among children. Here, we round up a few.  Encouraging kids to read has many psychological, health and linguistic benefits, say researchers.   Apart from providing a great source of fun and entertainment for ...
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Tips for reading with kids

Research shows that just 20 minutes a day spent reading with a child helps him/her develop critical reading skills Della Harp As families settle into the regular routines and earlier bedtimes of the school year, it’s a great time to pull out some books and get your child excited about ...
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Teach Your Child to Recognize the Letters of the Alphabet

Teach Your Child to Recognize the Letters of the Alphabet Children who have basic literacy skills like letter recognition before they enter kindergarten will be better prepared for success in school. Before they can learn to read, children need to be able to recognize letters of the alphabet and know ...
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