August 2014

Jahangir’s World Times August 2014

World in Focus (June-July 2014)

National & International News & MCQs National June 17: Eight people, two women among them, were killed and over 100 injured when police clashed with activists of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) over removal of barriers from near Dr Tahirul Qadri’s Minhajul Quran headquarters in Model Town. June 17: A federal anticorruption court granted pre-arrest bail to former Prime Minister, …

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Saving Pakistan from Political Destabilization

For cultivating political stability in a country, two fundamental things are extremely important: the devolution of power to the grassroots level, and economic growth through fiscal responsibility and visible socioeconomic prosperity that is available to the general public. Without these two characteristics of a nation-state, the democratic nature of a country’s political system can be vulnerable to destabilization of varying …

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India & Afghanistan, Two key foreign policy challenges

On the eastern front, despite Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s peace overtures to Modi government, Islamabad has little option but to wait and watch as to how Modi goes about business. Mr Modi has yet to articulate his Pakistan policy. However, it is not difficult to identify some of the strands that would define the Indian government’s approach towards Pakistan. New …

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Provincial governments should generate energy and start building power plants on their own. Energy is an essential ingredient of socio-economic development and economic growth of a country. All productive and supportive activities in today’s world are heavily dependent on cheap, continuous and sustained supply of energy. Industry, agriculture, transport, communication, services, education, healthcare, entertainment, water supply and sanitation; all are …

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Education plays a significant role in the socioeconomic and cultural development of a country. It is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills and habits of groups of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. Education is a social instrument through which humans can guide their destiny and shape their future. …

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Budget is the basic instrument through which financial resources are allocated to different entities within the governance setup in Pakistan. The process is conceptually based on economics and finance, but it has to be legally formalized. Besides, whatever any government may choose to say, the budgetary allocations also reflect the priorities of governance. The Constitution of Pakistan 1973 through its …

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The metamorphosis the world is going through is posing a serious question: are we seeking any dignified place in the transformed world or would happily remain in obscurity? The nations that have ruled the world economy during the past several decades are beginning to crumble under their own weight, and their glory will soon be a tale from the past. …

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The word ‘democracy’ a Greek word in origin’ is composed of Demo or the people and ‘Cracy’ rule, or rule of people, it started in city states of Greece. A lame tradition of Democracy was practiced in Rome where it got mixed up with Emperorship and had a zigzag course. Otherwise in Europe, worst authoritarian rule remained entrenched till the …

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Why is the Moon Leaving Us?

Goodbye Moon. Every year, the Moon slips a few centimetres away from us, slowing down our day. Why is the Moon drifting away from us, and how long will it take before the Earth and the Moon are tidally locked to each other? A long time ago the Mars-sized object Theia, collided with the Earth and the Moon was formed …

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