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March 2013

WORLD IN FOCUS (Jan 2012- Feb 2013)

News From National & International Press  National Jan 16: The ministry of Law and Justice issued the notification for the appointment of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui and Justice Noorul Haq N. Qureshi as Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges. Jan 17: MPA Manzar Imam, a member of the Sindh Assembly belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement was killed. Jan 17: The …

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New Provinces in Pakistan: A Debate and Controversy

The debate on the creation of new provinces evokes a mixed response, pitting the emotionalists or alarmists against the rationalists. Pakistan is passing through an innovative phase of history, particularly due to its experimentation with a new form of federalism as enunciated in the 18th Amendment. While the model of centre-province relations in the 1956, 1962 and 1973 constitutions remained …

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The Philosopher Par Excellence

The Greek philosopher and polymath, Plato, who is also referred to as the father of idealism in political philosophy, is, by any reckoning, one of the most dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition and one of the most penetrating, wide-ranging, and influential authors in the history of philosophy. Following is a panoramic view of the life of this great …

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Quotable Quotes

1. The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. — Bertrand Russell 2.    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. — Martin Luther King Jr. 3.    Try to learn something about everything and everything about something –Thomas Henry Huxley 4.    Wit …

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Vocabulary In News

swivel: (v) revolve, rotate, swing around An owl swivels his head to visualize the surroundings. spurn: (v) reject, contemn, despise, rebuff, reprobate Investors have plenty of reasons to spurn PIA. denigrate: (v) belittle, malign, asperse, defame He has been known to both praise and denigrate “talent” equally. implacable: (adj.) merciless, grim, inflexible, rancorous, vindictive An officer with a face of …

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HOW TO WRITE A PRECIS

What is a Precis? A Precis is the expression of a given passage in a condensed form. A precis has to be a shorter re-statement of the original. In the examination, the length of the precis is mentioned, and the precis should not exceed or fall short of the prescribed length by more than 5 words. In case the length …

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This Month in History March

March 1, 1974 Seven former high-ranking officials of the Nixon White House were indicted for conspiring to obstruct the investigation into the Watergate break-in. Among those indicted were former chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, former top aide John Ehrlichman, and former attorney general John Mitchell. March 2, 1943 – During World War II in the Pacific, a Japanese convoy was …

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QUERIES FOR CSS MENTOR

1.Why a candidate undergoes inferiority complex and how should he shun that? Inferiority complex is very common among the CSS aspirants. The issue is how you handle it. There are thousands of candidates preparing for this exam, many of them have been preparing for years. A large number of candidates compare their preparation level with that of others. They somehow …

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In Conversation with Dr Anoosh Masood Chaudhry, PSP 34th-2011

‘Proper guidance is always needed but the candidate has to be self-reliant’ Jahangir’s World Times (JWT): May I know your academic details and the achievements? Dr Anoosh Masood Chaudhry: I did MBBS from Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, with distinction and got the Gold Medal. After that I did one-year House Job at Mayo Hospital. I used to participate in …

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Growing Tensions in East Asia

In view of the growing weight of the East Asian countries in the world economy and their deepening economic linkages with the rest of the world, threats to peace and security in East Asia have grave implications for global economic prosperity. The growing tensions in East Asia are a matter of serious concern not only for the regional countries like …

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