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June 2015

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2016 Sony World Photography Awards

1- Wake-up Call The first prize in the Open category was won by photographer Alex Ingle, who captured the moment of pure joy on a little boy’s face before he jumped onto his grandfather’s legs to wake him up. 2- Cuba Beach Two ladies take a swim in Havana in Alexandre Meneghini’s semi-submerged picture, taken on the second hottest day ... Read More »

World in Focus [ April – May 2015 ]

World in Focus

National, International News & MCQs National Apr 16: The Supreme Court suspended the death sentences handed down to six militants by the military courts. Apr 16: Pakista’s Nobel laureate, education activist, Malala Yousafzai once again made it to the list of the Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. The list includes people like US President Barack Obama and India’s Prime ... Read More »

Vocabulary in News

Vocabulary in News

astound: (v) astonish, stun, confound, dumbfound, flabbergast The magician astounded the audience by conjuring spirits and talking with mummies. befitting:  (adj) fitting, appropriate to, suited to, apt for They offered him a post befitting his seniority and experience. bemused: (adj) bewildered, puzzled, baffled, stumped, muddled He was looking at the boys with a bemused expression. blaze: (n) fire, flames, conflagration, ... Read More »

Wealth Having It All & Wanting More

Wealth - Having it all and wanting more

Global wealth is increasingly being concentrated in the hands of a small wealthy elite. These wealthy individuals have generated and sustained their vast riches through their interests and activities in a few important economic sectors, including finance and pharmaceuticals/healthcare. Companies from these sectors spend millions of dollars every year on lobbying to create a policy environment that protects and enhances ... Read More »

Jinnah’s Vision of Pakistan

Jinnahs Vision of Pakistan

“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a Nation-State. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three. Hailed as a ‘Great Leader’ (Quaid-i-Azam) of Pakistan and its first Governor-General, Jinnah virtually conjured that country into statehood by the force of his indomitable will.” (Prof Stanley Wolpert; ... Read More »

National Finance Commission Award

NFC Award

An important prerequisite for effective functioning of the federal structure is the framework of distribution of fiscal powers and the manner in which the revenues are collected and distributed between the federation and the provinces. Revenue distribution, thus, is an extremely sensitive and critical factor for the long-term sustainability of Pakistan. However, this has always remained a thorny affair as ... Read More »

Non-State Actors & India-Pakistan Relations

Non-State Actors

“The principal characteristic of twenty-first-century international relations is turning out to be nonpolarity: a world dominated not by one or two or even several states but rather by dozens of actors possessing and exercising various kinds of power. This represents a tectonic shift from the past.” (Richard N. Haass; The Age of Nonpolarity: What Will Follow U.S. Dominance) With a ... Read More »