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CPEC has changed the dynamics of Pakistan’s business & economic landscape

CPEC has changed the dynamics of Pakistan’s business & economic landscape

prevailing for years was causing an unrest among the public and casting negative effects on the country’s industries and other economic activities. Pakistan’s Ministry of Energy said that the completed CPEC power projects have brought a great change in the energy sector by bringing the power cut hours to zero form 12-14 hours a day in 70 percent of the ... Read More »

State must provide opportunities to budding entrepreneurs

State must provide opportunities to budding entrepreneurs

NORTHAMPTON: Entrepreneurship is crucial for any economy as it provides innovative and out-of-the-box solutions to effectively tackle some of the pressing problems that economies face today – be they in health, education, technology or environment. Entrepreneurs share ideas and trade with new markets bringing new ideas home from other countries, they facilitate job creation and help in technological innovation that ... Read More »

Five years in power – PML-N largely delivered on promises

Five years in power – PML-N largely delivered on promises

ISLAMABAD: For the first time in 30 years, since it was established in 1988, a PML-N government completed its term in the federal government last week. Largely given the mandate to govern the country to recover economic growth and gain energy security in 2013, the party’s economic performance is being intensely debated. Presenting highlights of the government, Prime Minister Shahid ... Read More »

Report on climate risks and food security analysis launched

Report on climate risks and food security analysis launched

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan addressed a press conference at Ministry of Climate Change highlighting achievements of Ministry of Climate Change and launched a report on Climate Change Risks and Food Security Analysis in collaboration of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Khan highlighted that under its Green Pakistan Programme (GPP) 25 million trees planted during first ... Read More »

Europe’s Iran plan

Europe’s Iran plan

The EU has promised Iran that it will remain committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The question is: how long can the EU withstand American pressure, even if it is serious in its passionate commitment? European leaders are either in an apparent dilemma to realise their pledge with Tehran or going astray like Donald Trump – who ... Read More »

A new economic direction?

A new economic direction?

Confident of winning the upcoming polls, the PTI has unveiled a roadmap for governance. In a word, the roadmap seeks to put in place a welfare state. It is an eye-popping promise, but, as always, the devil lies in the details. After coming into power, the PTI will create 10 million jobs, build five million housing units for low-income people, ... Read More »

Neoliberalism and poverty

Neoliberalism and poverty

Poverty has been vaguely defined in development literature as an undesirable state of living with no indepth analysis of its real nature. If you read any social policy journal, an article on social development or a treatise on political economy, you will learn that poverty is multidimensional. The multidimensionality of poverty is a major theoretical impediment in understanding how it ... Read More »

POLITICS: IRAN’S NEW BEST FRIEND

POLITICS: IRAN’S NEW BEST FRIEND

Tehran traffic is gridlocked half the time, and the city spends most of the year engulfed in smog, so it’s not surprising that locals travel underground when they can — on a metro system that sometimes carries two million people a day. During the sanctions decade, when Iran was largely frozen out of global commerce, the capital’s authorities managed to ... Read More »

Comment, by invitiation: Don’t let Chinese imports kill Pakistan’s local industry

Comment, by invitiation: Don’t let Chinese imports kill Pakistan’s local industry

From time to time, Dawn will invite a key stakeholder in business and economic matters to share his or her views about a large issue facing Pakistan’s economy. This week we invite Ehsan Malik, CEO of the Pakistan Business Council, a think tank and business advocacy body composed of the largest private sector businesses in Pakistan, including multinationals, to share ... Read More »

Importance of literary criticism

Importance of literary criticism

As theories of literary criticism in Urdu are being maligned and violently discarded, here’s an attempt to unravel the reasons Literary criticism in general and contemporary Urdu criticism in particular has been under fire in the last few years. Instead of instituting a serious debate on the theories in vogue, their epistemological roots, and efficacy in interpreting literary texts, their ... Read More »