Nobel laureate, Booker Prize winners to grace 10th Lahore Literary Festival

Web Desk 12:51 PM | 25 Feb, 2023
Nobel laureate, Booker Prize winners to grace 10th Lahore Literary Festival
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The Lahore Literary Festival (LLF), an annual event that attracts some of the most talented writers of the 21st century, provides a platform for individuals who relish engaging in thoughtful conversations and discussions.

The 10th iteration of the LLF commenced at the Alhamra Arts Council on Friday (February 24) and will conclude on Sunday (February 26). Esteemed literary figures from across the world will participate in the festival, with a Nobel laureate and two Booker Prize winners serving as standout personalities of this year's edition.

Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka was awarded the 2022 Booker Prize for his novel, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida and South African playwright and novelist Damon Galgut won the Booker Prize in 2021 for his work, The Promise.

However, the most prominent guest of the festival is Abdulrazak Gurnah, a British novelist of Tanzanian origin, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2021. The festival will also showcase an array of performances, screenings, book launches and art exhibitions.

The festival commenced with a dialogue by the Nobel laureate for literature, Abdulrazak Gurnah, followed by a conversation among H.M. Naqvi, Osama Siddiqui and Mustansar Hussain Tarar. Other events on the first day included a discussion on Sarah Suleri's autobiography and the launch of various books.

Additionally, a session titled ‘Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe’ will delve into historical intricacies.

The ‘Moving Pictures’ session will feature renowned filmmakers and actors Jamil Dehlavi, Shahid Zahid and Nasreen Rehman.

The film Immaculate Conception, starring Zia Mohyeddin, Shabana Azmi, and Melissa Leo, will also be screened at the festival.

Well-known Persian poet Abolqasem Ferdowsi will speak about Shahnameh, and there will be a discussion on travelogues titled ‘Vistas, Unveiled Three Centuries of Travel Writing by Muslim Women’.

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USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar as IMF talks underway

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar as the market is looking for direction amid Pakistan’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Amid the economic uncertainty, the local currency remained unchanged against the greenback, moving up 0.01 percent during the opening hours of trading. Before noon, PKR was hovering at 285.40 in the interbank.

In contrast to the inter-bank, the dollar continued its upward trajectory in the open market and is reportedly available at Rs315, as the gap between the official rate and open market rate is Rs30 per dollar.

As the money market is waiting for a positive development from the economic front, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Pakistan said they continued engagement with Islamabad focusing on the restoration of foreign exchange proper market functioning, with special on the upcoming budget.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 30 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,510.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Karachi PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Islamabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Peshawar PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Quetta PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sialkot PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Attock PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujranwala PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Jehlum PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Multan PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Bahawalpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujrat PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nawabshah PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Chakwal PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Hyderabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nowshehra PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sargodha PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Faisalabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Mirpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500


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