IISR holds debate contest to promote Urdu language

Updated 14 January 2015

IISR holds debate contest to promote Urdu language

The International Indian School, Riyadh (IISR) recently conducted a debate competition for girl students which gave them the opportunity to showcase their talent as well as promote the Urdu language as part of the curriculum.
The debate contest was categorized into three levels: Senior secondary, secondary and junior groups.
Huba Hasmi bagged the first prize for the senior secondary level, Aisha Fatima won the second prize and Ismaa Sheikh got the third prize, whereas for the secondary level, the first prize went to Rahma Habeeb, the second prize was won by Tuba Hafeez and the third prize was shared between Zaina Hameed and Raheema Riyaz.
In the Junior category for the sixth and seventh grades, the first prize was won by Aisha Perwaiz, the second prize went to Manal Hasan and the third prize was taken by Rahma Shah.
Speaking at the grand finale held recently, IISR Principal S.M. Shaukat Perwaiz said that the debate competitions were an excellent opportunity to fulfill the commitment for the development of Urdu by the staff and students of the school. Moreover, such competitions help to enhance the skills of repartee and presence of mind playing a key role in the development of their all-round personalities, he added.
“Urdu is part of our rich literary heritage and composite culture and it is therefore our duty to use it as a lingua franca and not occasionally or casually as is generally the case,” Shaukat observed, noting that the debate in Urdu will further promote the rich native language which now has international reach.
The vice principal of the girls’ section Asma Shah in her welcome address earlier said that the school administration was doing all it could to promote the Urdu language. She also described the language as “a symbol of our composite culture” and urged the students, teachers and parents to play their role in the individual and collective capacity for the development of Urdu.
She further emphasized the significance of the power of the Urdu language as a means of communication and termed the IISR Urdu debate competitions as the hallmark of a sound education system for the students.
Faizah Mustafa concluded the event with a recitation from the Holy Qur’an while Kulsum Sayyid read the translation and interpretation and Hina Kausar explained the rules to the participants.

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.