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The Federal Budget 2019-20


The Federal Budget 2019-20 Rarely if ever, except perhaps during the initial years after our independence in 1947, has Pakistan faced such dire economic straits as those that confront it today. Consequently, the template of the federal budget was cast by the IMF programme terms that the country recently agreed with the Fund at the staff-level and has duly complied ... Read More »

European Elections


European Elections Young people chose Europe! The European Parliament elections are over, with the liberal wing sighing with relief, while the right wingers can smugly point to the increase to 25% of representation in the world’s second largest democratically-elected parliament. The good news is that the elections gained something of a new momentum. Since its first-ever direct elections in 1979, ... Read More »

Second Belt and Road Forum

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives to attend a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Pool

Second Belt and Road Forum Key Takeaways Magazine Desk The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing from April 25 to 27 under the theme “Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”. The forum consisted of the opening ceremony, the Leaders’ Roundtable, the high-level meeting, 12 thematic forums and a CEO conference. 40 ... Read More »

National & International MCQs (Feb-March 2019)


National 1. Akhtar Hussain Langove of ______ is the current chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Balochistan provincial assembly. (a) BNP-M                 (b) BAP (c) JUI-F                       (d) PTI 2. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrived in Islamabad on his first official ... Read More »

World in Focus (Feb-March 2019)

World in Focus (Feb-March 2019)

National Feb 16: Sarah Mahboob easily won the SN Ladies National Tennis, beating Sara Mansoor in final. Feb 16: Members of the Balochistan Assembly unanimously nominated Akhtar Hussain Langove of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) as chairman of the provincial Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Feb 17: In the aftermath of the Pulwama incident, India raised the customs duty to 200% ... Read More »



‘Searching For the Enemy’ The startling revelation that the Taliban’s founder Amir and its supremo, Mullah Mohammad Omar, had lived and died in Afghanistan’s Zabul province – not in Pakistan as international media has relentlessly propagated – has created many ambiguities, and has also put a big question mark against the performance of many international agencies focusing on Afghanistan during ... Read More »

National & International MCQs (Jan – Feb 2019)


National 1. On Jan 16, Prime Minister Imran Khan constituted an eight-member ministerial committee to negotiate a long-term Strategic Economic Framework arrangement with_____. (a) Saudi Arabia             (b) Turkey (c) Qatar                          (d) Malaysia 2. On Jan 16, Prof Dr Zaheer Ahmed Siddiqui, the first ... Read More »

World in Focus (Jan – Feb 2019)

World in Focus (Feb-March 2019)

  NATIONAL Jan 16: PM Imran Khan constituted an 8-member ministerial committee to negotiate a long-term Strategic Economic Framework arrangement with Turkey. Jan 16: The Supreme Court held the system of jirgas and panchayats in violation of Pakistan’s international commitments under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Convention on the Elimination of ... Read More »



How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Is Changing the World Proposed in 2008 and launched the following year, bitcoin – a “peer-to-peer electronic cash system” – was initially viewed by many as the preserve of geeks and criminals. Yet it has subsequently taken giant strides towards the mainstream. There have been various high-profile attempts to unmask the “real” ... Read More »