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Planting solutions

Shahzada Irfan Ahmed Historically, the uncontrolled growth of cities, lack of proper urban planning, non-implementation of building bylaws and a general disregard for green development rules have resulted in environmental disasters in…

At modernity’s door

Fahd Humayun Shotly before Eid, an android application for moon sighting was made available on Google Play. A calendar that can be accessed through Pakistan’s first official ‘moon-sighting’ website now indicates scientifically determined…

Hacking humanity

Zarrar Khuhro Science can get really scary. I say this after reading a report about Chinese scientists who decided to ‘improve’ a group of macaque monkeys by making them more intelligent. They didn’t do this by training the monkeys (that…

The alchemy of Tabdeeli 2.0

Zaigham Khan The sorcerer’s stone, also known as Manka, Geedar-singhi and Tabdeeli, has not worked and we are back to the clinic of our own dear hakeem to receive our favourite medicine. Perhaps, it is the attraction of his young…

Contours of PTM further exposed

MUHAMMAD USMAN Despite a stem warning by DG ISPR that time is up for PTM, it continues to carry forward its foreign sponsored agenda unabated. Its latest episode was an armed attack on Army check post at Kharqamar in North Waziristan a…

Foreign exchange companies’ concerns

Foreign exchange companies have almost become a permanent feature of the foreign exchange market as they perform a useful function by facilitating the sale and purchase of foreign currencies among citizens. The rates at which they buy and…

The will and the intellect

Hussain H Zaidi The visible contrast between Imran Khan’s iconoclastic stance on the economy and governance before the 2018 elections and his run-of-the-mill policies since being sworn in prime minister is all the rage in social media…

Time for Hindutva lite?

M Saeed Khalid The Indian general election 2019 could prove to be highly consequential in some ways. The BJP’s clear victory shows that it pays to play on the Indian masses’ insecurities by promising a Hindu India after a thousand years…

Safe Food, a Necessity!!!

Marina Pervaiz The first-ever World Food Safety Day, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018, will be celebrated on 7 June 2019 under the theme "Food Safety to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent,…

Food Safety: Everyone’s business

M J Asad The proverbial phrase ‘You are what you eat’, implies how the quality of food affects its consumers. Since Food is the simplest of the basic necessities of mankind, the concerns for food safety are universal and have a global…

Wazir-i-Azm Kamyab Naujawan programme

By Rafia Yasmine According to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan, the country has largest percentage of young people in the world. This is also largest population of youth in Pakistan’s history as well. Such huge youth…

Matriculation: Obsolete yet overpowering

Ahmad Mujtaba Ours is a society with aging, prowling hardliners. We are swift to blame the youth for much of what has been set in stone by people before them. So it is with Pakistan’s infamous ‘brain drain’. We click tongues and lament…

Ramooz-e-Ramadan held at UET

By Our Staff Reporter LAHORE: University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore organised a seminar titled “Ramooz-e-Ramadan” in campus on Wednesday. At this occasion a renowned religious scholar Syed Junaid Ghaznvi participated as…

After the programme

Dr Akmal Hussain As Pakistan enters into its 13th IMF programme, it may be helpful to consider the likely economic, political and security consequences. Since the financial crisis is more acute than at any other time in our history, and…

Motive behind PTM exposed

Muhammad Usman IT was no foretelling when from the onset, people called PTM a joint venture of US, India and Afghanistan to serve their ends and purposes. Given conditions, it is a change in method, not the motives. The press conference…

Rise in remittances

According to a latest data of the SBP, the country received $16.096 billion in remittances during nine months of the current fiscal year which were higher by 8.7 percent compared to $14.80 billion received in the corresponding period of…

State of economy

The data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) as well as the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP’s) second quarterly report do not provide a comfort level with respect to the performance of the government. Exports declined by 11.13 percent…

Tourist economy

South Asia has again attained the position of a main tourist attraction. However, Pakistan lags behind its neighbours, particularly India whose tourism revenues have nearly doubled since 2010 to $28 billion in 2017. On the other hand,…