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Managing development

Managing development

By: Bilal Naqeeb The major issue with the management of state-driven development initiatives in Pakistan is lack of a coherent approach towards its planning and management The progress and achievements Finance Miniter Ishaq Dar boasted of while presenting the Economic Survey 2016-17 and the budget reminded me of the following joke that I had heard in a management training a …

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The adverse impacts of social media addiction

The adverse impacts of social media addiction

By: MOHAMMAD FAROOQ Hooked on to the cyber world The urge to update our Facebook statuses or upload pictures or share jokes there becomes our prerogative and main aim. Even the smallest of things that we are doing; what are we eating; what are we drinking, etc, have to be at any cost be reflected in our statuses Addiction is …

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Why Pakistan lags behind the world in Innovation

Why Pakistan lags behind the world in Innovation

By: TAYYAB TARIQ NARULA Bottom of the barrel One of the primary reasons why Pakistani lags behind the world in innovation is our cultural attitudes. We usually discourage trying new things and want to adopt the path chosen by our predecessors Innovation is central to the rapid development of any country. Advanced economies of the world are only making progress …

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Crucial insights into good governance

Crucial insights into good governance

By: Dr Shenila Khoja-Moolji After the horrific accident in Bahawalpur, one of the key questions everyone is asking is who is responsible for it. Is it the poor lot of people collecting fuel from the old tanker? Or the state that leaves its citizens in such a destitute condition that they have to risk their lives to fend for themselves? …

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A New Deal for the 21st Century

A New Deal for the 21st Century

By: YANIS VAROUFAKIS ATHENS — The recent elections in France and Britain have confirmed the political establishment’s simultaneous vulnerability and vigor in the face of a nationalist insurgency. This contradiction is the motif of the moment — personified by the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, whose résumé made him a darling of the elites but who rode a wave of …

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Right to fair trial

Right to fair trial

By: Parvez Hassan LET us first acknowledge the good among us. For the first time in the history of this country, we are moving towards a genuine culture of accountability that includes the mighty and the powerful. There can be nothing more exhilarating than to see a sitting prime minister being subjected to an investigation before a joint investigation committee …

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CPEC and the new great game

CPEC and the new great game

By: Amir Hussain I fear that I may not be doing justice to describing the sentiments of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral regarding CPEC. The intensity of these feelings emanate from a sense of being excluded and deprived from CPEC’s development potential – both in a political and economic sense. There is a new wave of a nationalistic upsurge, …

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Our foreign policy challenges

Our foreign policy challenges

By: Talat Masood The latest visit of Prime Minister Narenda Modi to the US has been lauded as a great success by both the Indian and Western press. A lot of preparatory work had gone into the trip and, considering the type of relationship shared by the two countries and the congruence of their interests, this was expected. As regards …

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For a different democracy

For a different democracy

By: Atta-ur-Rahman Pakistan has been struggling to establish a suitable system of democracy since 1947. The advantage of a presidential system is that the president can choose the federal ministers from the best brains in various fields in the country. These include people of international eminence who would otherwise not want to contest elections. However, under the parliamentary system, a …

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Towards unfreedom

Towards unfreedom

There is little cogent or visionary opposition to the decimation of India’s secular and tolerant tradition By: Amartya Sen “Faith,” it has been said, “will move mountains.” It is an encouraging belief — when we need to move mountains. But in our day-to-day life, relying on unquestioned faith rather than on reasoning can be a big obstacle to leading an …

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