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Pakistan’s Economic Take-off

China has become the largest foreign investor in Pakistan. Under the CPEC it has invested almost $30 billion and is committed to invest more in the future. By Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan China and Pakistan are closet friends and with relations covering political, diplomatic, economic, and defense dimensions. Irrespective of whatsoever happening in the region or geopolitics, the ties between the two countries have remained undeterred. On the economic front, China has become the largest foreign investor in Pakistan. Under the CPEC it has invested almost $30 billion and is committed to invest more in the future, particularly focusing on investment in the power sector and infrastructure development. The next stage of the CPEC is focu...

January 19, 2024 at 2:29 pm | Economic Affairs

Would PIA restructuring work now?

By Qamar Bashir Former Press Secretary to the President Former Press Minister to the Embassy of Pakistan to France Former MD, SRBC In a significant step forward, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar introduced a bill in the upper house today (6th August, 2023) on restructuring  and privatisation  of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), allowing the government to sell a 26% stake in PIA to a strategic partner and allow the airline to enter into joint ventures with other airlines. Considering the PIA's dilapidated state and the massive losses it has incurred and will continue to incur if a complete reengineering is not undertaken backed by unwavering political will, it would be an outright injustice to the taxpayers, who ...

August 7, 2023 at 3:05 pm | Economic Affairs

Exhibition “Life in a Play” Begins at Satrang Gallery

October 25,2021Islamabad( Press Release)Satrang Gallery is delighted to present “Life in a play”, a two-person exhibition of Minaa Mohsin and Farazeh Syed.These two brilliant painters have each created vibrant scenes for audiences and viewers to sink into. These vignettes or slices of life are like the moving parts of a play, at times absurd, at others dramatic, sometimes contradictory, coming together to create a complete journey.The title of the exhibition references Shakespeare’s often quoted comparison of the stages of life to the acts of a play. These artists choose to depict the female form within these scenes, either directly or through representation, in order to highlight female dynamism – passion, creativity, assertivenes...

October 25, 2021 at 8:44 pm | Economic Affairs

New Suzuki Cultus Launch in Pakistan

Pak-Suzuki, Pakistan’ largest auto manufacturer, has introduced the new Suzuki Cultus on April 22, 2017. The car in question is aimed to bring more diversity in the locally manufactured 1000 cc car category. With its launch, Pak-Suzuki will be looking forward to curb the influence of imported cars in Pakistan. Market analysts predict that this new car from Pak-Suzuki will sit comfortably between WagonR and Swift and that Pak-Suzuki will have a complete range of products in the price range of product tiers including Mehran, WagonR, Cultus, Swift, Ciaz and a premium product – Suzuki Vitara. It is important to highlight that Pak-Suzuki embarked on the journey to revise its product lineup back in 2016 by launching Suzuki Kizashi. Althoug...

April 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm | News Desk

UWatch – Stay Connected With Your Child

Ufone, Pakistan’s premier telecom operator, is primed to launch a first of its kind product that will bring parents some much needed peace of mind – the UWatch. UWatch keeps families connected in the way they want to be without the need to buy a young child a smartphone. UWatch is a wearable mobile watch designed specifically for kids in order for parents to keep in touch with their loved ones. This watch provides two way voice calling functionality i.e. the parent can dial into the watch and also the child can dial from the watch to the parent’s mobile number. Additionally UWatch also provides real-time location capability via GSM/GPS positioning so that parents can be aware of their child’s location. UWatch is securely c...

February 6, 2016 at 12:01 pm | News Desk

Using the Law of Creation to Live Your Purpose

Life is not something that simply happens to you. It happens for you and through you, only when you recognize and utilize its hands-on magic The fundamental Law of Creation is something which applies to every soul that is manifested on this planet. Inescapable, it is also a beautiful and necessary part of life. Seen most commonly as a mysterious way for the universe to approve or deny the possibility of something, the Law of Creation is actually operational through your own hands, heart, and mind. Understanding the basic premises of the Law of Creation can help you to decide what your true purpose is and inspire you to actually live it. However, the law dictates that you must be present in your own life, taking responsibility for yo...

June 18, 2015 at 5:21 pm | News Desk

Bullying Effects Are More Destructive Than Child Abuse!

Exactly what are the effects of bullying can be? Another study refers to that its long term consequences for psychological wellness are far more awful than those brought on by child-abuse. In a study led by a couple of scientists from England, its been found that bullied youngsters in the nation have more than 60% expanded danger of misery from mental anguish including dejection and considerations of suicide. In the United States, harassed children have no less than 4 times the possibility of awful psychological well-being once they get to be grown-ups contrasted with youngsters their age who didn’t experience harassing or bullying. The study is really made out of two long term researches. In England, its called Avon Longitudinal St...

April 29, 2015 at 10:17 am | News Desk

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launched in style

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been introduced in Pakistan. Famous showbiz icons like the Ali Zafar, Sajjad Ali, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Aysha Umer, QB etc gave breath-taking performances in the colorful evening. ­e iconic Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is featured on Telenor Pakistan’s Sales & Service Centers and franchises for its customers across the country. All Samsung Galaxy Note 4 buyers will receive 6 months free internet along with free apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and Line. A pre-order campaign has also been conducted o?ering free S-View Flip covers to Telenor Pakistan’s customers.­ edevice comes with accidental coverage that includes screen breakage, liquid damage and numerous other types of damages. ­e Samsung Galaxy Note 4 i...

January 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm | News Desk

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

Karachi Diaries: Walk in Klauset

“Dressing well is a sign of good manners” – Tom Ford fashion designer / film director A Canadian based clothing giant that opened the doors of its flagship store in Karachi offers custom made menswear (for now), touch screens to craft unique profiles, and a coffee bar to placate waiting customers.  Klauset’s ‘Made in Pakistan’ label has to be clarified since labor is local, the cloth is imported, and standards are international. The owners try to outline the process for Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro, and regale him with a lesson on texture, weight, limitations (220 gms) and material (micro light, poly wool). Tuxedos that are the rage and come with snazzy cummerbunds raise some eyebrows.  It is the first taste of col...

July 13, 2014 at 12:25 am | News Desk

Laiqa Hasan Salon & Spa

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May 7, 2014 at 5:35 am | News Desk

5th Karachi Literature Festival 2014

Afrah Jamal Like Rick’s from Casablanca, people tend to gravitate towards the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF). To rendezvous with authors, (global & regional), journalists (foreign and local), diplomats, filmmakers, celebrities, publishing giants, analysts & social media pundits. To hail divergent views and forge lifelong connections while sprinting from session to session; at author signings by makeshift book stalls, in the midst of earnest discussions, during lively Q/A’s and at coffee stands. KLF, which became a part of Karachi’s social scene in 2010, is a portal to a realm where discourse is welcome and diversity is celebrated. Where elitism gets shunned, and cultural bonds are reinforced. Those who ventured...

March 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm | News Desk

Sound Check: The Ali Zafar Experience

Afrah Jamal A forlorn figure making portraits in hotel lobbies may not be newsworthy. The flash-forward of him wandering his old stomping grounds however can make headlines. By then he has acquired some elegant titles that go well with stardom, while retaining a measure of humility that keeps him grounded. Renowned musician and actor Ali Zafar has been in the game for a decade. His name is listed in ‘Wall Street Money Never Sleeps’ (2010) - soundtrack section. He has an array of awards under his belt and a line-up of movies & songs to his credit. He saunters on stage to take his place as the star of the evening but happily shares the spotlight - with a fan, randomly chosen for a photo-op, with nimble footed celebrities who walt...

March 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm | News Desk

A fashion show for a cause

  Our correspondent A good candidate for miracles is the story of this young social activist who has given these women with physical disability a way to become sole breadwinner of the family by doing wonders out of mere paper. Touched by the massive victimization of the horrendous earthquake of 2005 and inspired by the strength of these earthquake victims who found shelter at a village on the outskirts of Islamabad, the Rotary Club of Islamabad Renaissance (RCIR) introduced the paper bead-making at the paraplegic centre in order to generate income. Strips of waste paper are rolled in order to make a variety of paper beads supported by chains and strings which finally takes the form of necklace, earrings and bracelets. To put ...

March 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm | News Desk

Obamacare: Voodoo Economics

Tammy Swofford Every month I submit a payment to my private insurance carrier. It covers monthly healthcare costs.  This payment is an economic discipline deployed across a lifetime.  My family consumes most meals at home. We choose non-designer clothing and prudently consider our household purchases.  Our economic discipline allows us to live in a mid-century home on a tree-lined street with a pond and park at the end of the block. Life is carefully planned around our finances. President Obama assures us that “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” is good for Americans. Many Americans loathe this federal mandate.  We remain firmly opposed to what the Democrats have forced upon us.  I am one of those Americans....

November 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm | News Desk

The pain of child brides

Tammy Swofford The many problems afflicting the poor can be heralded as stemming primarily from economic lack. But not all issues are due to economic constraint nor because a lack of formal education. I have found great wisdom, ingenuity and kindness amongst the poor.  But the poor are no different than any other demographic when it comes to the need for governmental provision of solutions for heart-rending societal tragedy.  It is hard for any of us to examine our history, culture and family to determine the small adjustments which need to be made to bless our future generations.  But when little girls die due to cultural acceptance of child brides, it is time for all of us to join hands. This scenario should not be allowed t...

October 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm | News Desk