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Nuclear Power Generation: Options for Pakistan

Pakistan’s construction of two nuclear reactors with the help of China has created media hype in Western capitals. The two reactors, each having a capacity to provide with 1,100 megawatts of electricity to national energy grids are being built in Karachi. Notwithstanding the opposition, Pakistan’s civilian nuclear energy programme is destined to meet the severe energy crisis of Pakistan. Contrary to other states, Pakistan has a small nuclear power program with 725 MWe capacity but it had been planning for quite some time to increase it substantially. Since the 1950s, the concept of the peaceful use of nuclear energy has emerged and on December 20, 1951 for the first time, electricity was produced through nuclear energy at the Ex...

June 10, 2015 at 1:01 am | News Desk

English Speaking Union meet: Pakistanis moving in the right direction: Ambassador Sanchez

  A meeting of the English Speaking Union (ESU) was held at the residence of its member, Khalid Malik and nearly all members attended the event. The Secretary General of the Union MuzaffarQuereshi moderated the proceedings. The Spanish Ambassador to Pakistan, His Excellency Javier Carbajosa Sanchez was the chief guest. Welcoming the gathering, ESU President Retired Major General Masud Akram began by thanking Mr Malik for his generous offer to host the occasion. He then spoke of his aims to make the ESU a more vibrant and well known organization. He said that the Union promotes mutual advancement of education of the English-speaking peoples of the world, respecting their heritage, traditions and aspirations, the events and issues ...

June 10, 2015 at 12:53 am | News Desk

Balochistan: Does Budget Matter In Education?

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. ~Benjamin Franklin Over the past few years, governors, policymakers and other elected officials are having to cut education spending due to immense budget deficits. Within Pakistan, Balochistan comprises 44% of land and only 5% of the total population. The indicators including weak development, low literacy rates and huge poverty levels, making Balochistan different from the rest of the province The government has been struggling for the last six years to endorse education but it still stands behind the other provinces. The educational system in Balochistan is categorized by low primary school enrollment, lack of access to secondary education, a shortage of middle and secondary...

June 10, 2015 at 12:46 am | News Desk

Stop Executions Please!

Initially, executions in Pakistan were carried out for terrorism related charges. However, in the wake of the Peshawar tragedy, the government of Pakistan decided to lift the moratorium on the10th. of March of this year and reinstated the heinous punishment for all death penalty offences. The PPP lead coalition government in 2008 placed a moratorium on executions following pressure on the government by the European Union and human rights’ groups.  On the 21st.of April, 17 inmates were executed in Pakistan, the highest number of executions in a single day since reversing of the country’s self-imposed ban on the death penalty in December after the Peshawar massacre that took more than 140 innocent lives. The prisoners were executed in...

June 10, 2015 at 12:39 am | News Desk

Budget 2015-16: Corridor projects to dominate $14b spending

In a budget dominated by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Pakistan plans to allocate upwards of $14 billion in total development spending for fiscal year 2016, though remarkably only 20% of that will be financed by foreign lenders. The Annual Plan Coordination Committee (APCC) met on May 26, approved a Rs1,418 billion national development programme for the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2016, an allocation that is up 20% from the outgoing fiscal year’s budget. Foreign lenders will finance 20% of the national development programme and provide Rs283.4 billion loans during fiscal 2016. For the federal development budget, this ratio goes higher to 31%, mainly due to projects that are part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CP...

June 10, 2015 at 12:36 am | News Desk

Views On China

China is going to partake in shaping our lives in a big way in the future. Despite being the third largest country in the world, China has remained shrouded in mystery, and for several centuries in the past, little was known about it. It was generally thought to be a fabled land, like we find in fairy-tales, hard to get at but still very real. Part of China’s seclusion from the rest of the world was because the Chinese had virtually no interactions with the nations outside its territory, and yet they were the inventors of some of the greatest inventions like papermaking, the compass, gunpowder and printing which changed the face of the earth. In days of antiquity i.e several centuries before the birth of Christ, China had excelled in mec...

June 10, 2015 at 12:23 am | News Desk

Nepotism; all around at NBP

There is no doubt that relationship matters in career advancement. Especially, in a country like Pakistan, it become difficult for professionals to achieve high rank positions if they don’t have close references, relations or friendships with people at higher levels. It is called nepotism. Nepotism and violation of merit has destroyed our institutions as incapable persons are being appointed on sensitive positions which also involve budgetary authority. National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) is one institution has been suffering due to the manse of nepotism and violation of merit. The State Bank of Pakistan recent inspection report mentioned a number of appointments at senior position in NBP in violation of rules and merit. A few examples are...

February 4, 2015 at 6:09 pm | Sajid Gondal

Economics, Not Politics

No instant change, Reforms take time Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a 60 kilometre long motorway project in Hazara in November 2014. This road will be completed at a cost of $ 27 million. By laying the foundations of a fenced four-lane motorway there, Pakistan has commenced off the multibillion dollar Pakistan-China Economic Corridor development programme. China-Pakistan economic corridor projects envisage $ 34 billion investment in the energy sector and around $ 11 billion in infrastructure. These projects offer immense opportunities to businesses and will give a boost to Pakistan’s economy. Earlier this month, PM Nawaz Sharif during his visit to China also signed deals worth $ 45.6 billion, which included projects co...

February 4, 2015 at 6:01 pm | News Desk

Kazim Hasan | the man behind interiors

When Atrio Café and Grill opened at the end of 2012, its rooftop was all the rage, making the tensile structure on the rooftop a landmark of Jinnah Super Market. The inspiration came from the Sahara Mall in Dubai, says Kazim Hassan, the brain behind its interior. “The one in Dubai is a huge structure with multiple cones. Atrio rooftop structure is a miniature of that concept. The rooftop floor design of Atrio is inspired by grapevine” His inventory includes projects with massive budgets ranging from commercial projects to interior and set designing for dramas, movies and morning shows. However he terms Atrio Café and Grill his favorite until now. He hints about an upcoming restaurant in F-7 with another rooftop and a project, salon an...

January 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm | Mareea Khalid

An Interview with Bina Sultan

Bina Sultan, (BNS) was invited to display her collections at a show in Seoul (South Korea), recently in November 2014. BNS managed to impress the Koreans by its variety of fusion outfits & its traditional garments. _e show consisted of a range of out_ts from their new collections "Kashmir" which hightlights the beauty of hand embellished garments. EA: For our readers, please shed light on your unbeaten career outline with us? BNS: _e career initially is an unstoppable struggle when your mind follows the ambition for what you want to do in life. With the passage of time, you decide upon your interest and passion and start your journey in the right direction. My entire career is about doing something I enjoy & being passionate a...

January 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm | News Desk

Standardized education essential to overcome economic challenges

The Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) celebrated Convocation-2014 to honor its graduates. More than 100 graduating students gathered at ICMAP Islamabad Centre with their families, fellow students and friends, taking the chance to consider past achievements, aspirations and challenges before them. ­They cheered up together as the Chief Guest of the occasion, renowned nuclear Scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, conferred degrees upon the ICMAP graduates. Dr. Qadeer Khan, in his speech, praised the senior fellows and faculty members of the institute for their excellence, distinction and efforts in elevating the institute’s image. Addressing the convocation at ICMAP in Islamabad, Dr A Q Khan said, “Nothing...

January 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm | News Desk

US Secret Service Security Breaches: An American Problem

"I wish you spent the time protecting the White House that you spent protecting your reputation here today." ---Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachussetts to former Secret Service Director, Julia Pierson during her Congressional hearing Since the above quote was made, the United States Secret Service Director, Julia Pierson, has resigned. On September 19, 2014, a man jumped over the fence of the White House and entered the main floor...with a folding knife. Up to this point he was completely undetected. This is the White House we are talking about...the residence of the President of the United States. It would be another ten whole days until The Post would report that the White House intruder, Omar Gonzalez, had made it that far into the execut...

October 18, 2014 at 9:10 am | News Desk

UAE: Milano 2015 and World Expo 2020

Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan The United Arab Emirates has been taking part in many regional and international expos since its inception. It has been highly appreciated in all the expos it has participated. It was among the top ten pavilions at EXPO 2000 in Hannover. It was awarded a gold medal at EXPO Zaragoza 2008. It won a popular vote among the general public in Shanghai and came top in an academic study conducted by staff from UCLA who looked at public diplomacy criteria and the last but not the least received a silver medal in Yeosu.  Furthermore, the main film shown in Yeosu has also won three gold medals at international film festivals. It has been acknowledgement of its superior skills of management, HRM, capacity building, craftsmanshi...

October 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm | News Desk

Kashmir: Caravan of Camels

Have you ever watched a camel take time for an energy boost?  If food is scarce a camel will simply dine on bones, fish, leather, or even the owner's tent. It can consume thorns and twigs. The camel's oral cavity lining is tough enough that almost anything can be eaten without injury to the mouth.  Camels are not picky. But we should be glad they cannot talk. If they talked like they eat it would be out of both sides of their mouths. The disarticulated jaw with the big teeth are quite a sight to behold. It would be absolutely mesmerizing to watch a camel speak. Camels are  ships of the desert. As a species, they are known by fancier names.  But when considering how they were created, camels should be known by a more simple designatio...

October 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Tammy Swofford

Sughra Solangi; woman of courage award

Married as a child bride at age 12 in rural Pakistan, Ghulam Sughra Solangi rose against all odds to become a leader and voice for  oppressed women in her community. She is a renowned trailblazer for women’s rights and leadership who has spent most of her life struggling for the rights of marginalized communities in rural Sindh. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Marvi Rural Development Organization and she is one of the luckiest Pakistani women who became first Ashoka Fellow in 1999 and in 2011 received International Women of Courage Award by the US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.  EA: Our readers would like to know about our early life and how you begin your career. SS: I was born on March 02, 1970 in ...

October 5, 2014 at 11:52 am | Salman Ali

Let’s have an adventure

Let’s have an adventure Jehanzaib Malik  ‘A healthy mind is found in a healthy body’ is a conventionally held statement that has been culturally communicated to most of us. However, owing to commercialization of life-styles and even sports, a very few can afford to spare time to indulge in, at least, conventional sports such as hockey, cricket and football. Generally, from school to university level, students – the best of the youth- were institutionally engaged in such healthy and productive activities. Those golden days, I must sadly say, are over. These days, the sports situation is so pathetic in Pakistan that even our culturally rich-in-sports educational institutions no longer offer much to the youth. Hence, the latter’s ...

October 5, 2014 at 9:25 am | News Desk

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