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Thursday September 22, 2011 08:41:27 AM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing the nation on August 15, 2009. His speech is written in Urdu.

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Malegaon: 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 world.

 

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.   

 


 

 

 

 

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