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World in Focus (March-April’17)

World in Focus (March-April 2017)

NATIONAL Mar 16: Justice Saeeduddin Nasir of Sindh High Court passed away. Mar 16: Pakistan Navy successfully conducted the test launch of a land-based anti-ship missile. Mar 16: The federal government made it mandatory for health professionals or healthcare establishments to make video recording of every cardiac procedure. Mar 16: The Senate of Pakistan passed the Pakistan Climate Change Act. …

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Machiavelli to Modern Leaders, How to be – and stay – powerful

Machiavelli to Modern Leaders

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, often known as the founder of modern political science, was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician and philosopher. He was a senior official in charge of diplomatic and military affairs, and Secretary to the Second Chancery in the Florentine Republic. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs and poetry. He is best remembered for his “Il Principe” …

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United Nations Peacekeeping Forces Blessed are the peacemakers

United-Nations-Peacekeeping

“The heroes of the world community are not those who withdraw when difficulties ensue, not those who can envision neither the prospects of success nor the consequences of failure – but those who stand the heat of battle, the fight for world peace through the United Nations.” — (Hurbert Humphrey) Conflicts are as old as humans themselves. Starting from Cane …

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IQ TEST

IQ Test

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An interview with Dr Syed Mehmood Hasan, Director ORIC, NED University of Engineering & Technology

An interview with Dr Syed Mehmood Hasan

Dr Syed Mehmood Hasan, the Director Office of Research Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) at NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, is a man of many talents. With his meritorious corporate sector services in Pakistan as well as in the United Kingdom, during the last 15 years, he has earned huge plaudits from all sectors of society. Besides an illustrious …

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Effects of Census on Governance

Almost all countries across the world regularly partake in collecting a snapshot of their populations so that broad specificities on national demography in conjunction with its social, economic and housing characteristics can be gathered. For every modern country, a population census carries great importance because planning for development, allocation of resources and formulation of policies to cater for different needs …

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ISRAEL, HAMAS AND THE SUMMER OF 2017

HAMAS AND THE SUMMER OF 2017

Since the start of 2017, the entire world has been up for a topsy-turvy ride. Those having a keen eye on international politics might be relishing on the prospect of being able to navigate through multiple stories at a particular instance. Those having to analyze these, however, might find it arduous enough to keep pace with the recent developments. From …

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Psychology and Religion

Psychology and Religion

A few days ago, I was having a discussion with my friend, also a psychologist about the concept of nafs. I asked him to elaborate on terms like psyche, nafs, soul, spirit and mind, but he couldn’t give a satisfactory answer; maybe because our educational system has failed to inculcate in the students the trait of critically looking at things. …

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Moser Framework: Policy Matrix

The WID/GAD (Women in Development/Gender and Development) policy matrix examines as to what policy approaches have been successfully used in the past regarding development of women. It also identifies the best policy matrix that can be applied in future to achieve the desired results. Moser, in this connection, has identified following five different approaches. Welfare: It is the earliest approach. …

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Making Sense of US Missile Attacks in Syria

Making Sense of US Missile Attacks in Syria

The declining US influence in the Middle East has prompted the Trump administration to militarily intervene in the festering Syrian civil war. After the chemical attack in the Syrian town of Ghouta on 21 August 2013, the US had been anxiously waiting for a similar attack in Syria so as to provide a legitimate cause to its direct military intervention …

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