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A Critical Appraisal of the CE-2019 Examination

A Critical Appraisal of the CE-2019 Examination

Aims and Objectives The purpose of this White Paper is to analyze as objectively and dispassionately as possible, the papers set by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) for Competitive Examination 2019, in the light of the syllabus published by the FPSC on its website. The basic assumptions in this regard are: 1. that the purpose of the syllabus is …

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Resorting to RENEWABLES for Electricity Production

Resorting to RENEWABLES for Electricity Production

While other countries of the world have to pay a premium over market rates for renewables to replace fossil fuels, there is no such need for Pakistan. The renewable energy will come cheaper than what is being paid for the equivalent kWh from fossil fuels, and can be financed by domestic public finance, rather than foreign loans. Setting a renewable …

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The Population Challenge

The Population Challenge

Prime Minister Imran Khan and the former Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar addressed a seminar organised by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan on “Alarming Population Growth: Call for Action” and highlighted the need for launching a campaign to control population growth rate. The economic compulsion of reducing the growth rate is compelling: high growth rate places …

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How to Stay Cool under Pressure

How to Stay Cool under Pressure

Some Tricks from former US President Barack H. Obama During his tenure as President of the United States, Barack H. Obama was famous for always appearing cool and calm. The press sometimes called him “No Drama Obama” and didn’t always mean it kindly. Mr Obama said there was some truth to the nickname when he repeated it on stage at …

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The US College Admissions Scandal

The US College Admissions Scandal

Meritocracy is a myth invented by the rich A major college admissions scandal in the United States has revealed the dark side of America’s hypercompetitive, brand-driven approach to higher education. It has laid bare the elaborate lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into competitive American universities.  In its “Operation Varsity Blues,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation …

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5 Elections to Watch in 2019

5 Elections to Watch in 2019

The year 2019 will see important and consequential elections. Some of those might come as a surprise. Rumours already abound that some parliamentary systems might call snap elections. But many elections are already on the calendar. Here are 5 to watch. 1. Ukrainian Presidential Election (March 31) The two leading contenders are familiar faces: incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former …

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Rising Fear and Anger across the World

Rising Fear and Anger across the World

A colossal change is awaiting the world, which will cause a series of economic and political crises. However, it is not easy to foresee in which region or country the first indicators of this change will be seen. The US is still, of course, the centerpiece of the world system. But, despite the wealth and extraordinary military power of the …

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Hypersonic Weapons An Explainer

Hypersonic Weapons

Hypersonic weapons are those that can travel at Mach 5 or higher, which is at least five times faster than the speed of sound, or around one mile (1.6km) per second. For reference, commercial airliners fly subsonically, just below Mach 1 whereas modern fighter jets can travel supersonically at Mach 2 or Mach 3. A traditional jet engine could operate …

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Quotable Quotes For Competitive Exams

Quotable Quotes For Competitive Exams

Education 1. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela 2. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin 3. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” — Margaret Mead 4. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learnt in school.” …

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