Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing the
nation on August 15, 2009. His speech is written in Urdu.
The Channel Two of Saudi Arabian Television will
telecast news in Urdu language at 7 p.m. daily, beginning from
Friday, Suleiman Al-Hamoud, director of the channel said in a
statement on Wednesday.
The Urdu news was planned on the directives of Culture and
Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja as a substantial number of
the channel's viewers in East Asia and the Kingdom speak Urdu,
according to Saudi English daily Arab News.
Saudi Arabia and neighboring Gulf
countries are home to millions of Urdu speaking expatriates from
India and Pakistan.
Born in the Indian sub-continent
during the British colonial rule, Urdu is one of the widely spoken
languages in the world. Contrary to the general perception, the
language is spoken by a large number of Non-Muslims across the
Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan
Singh and former premier IK Gujaral are known Urdu speakers. Dr.
Singh's speeches are very often written in the Urdu language.