June 8, 2009

Press freedom in Pakistan

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By Zafar Iqbal    

zafar-picThroughout the sixty one years troubled history of Pakistan, the situation of media freedom in Pakistan has never been beyond criticism and particularly under military regimes media has faced a harsh dealing from its dissidents.

Of late, the situation of press freedom has undergone colossal deterioration. As per recent global survey about political rights and civil liberties, Pakistan was ranked as ‘Partly Free’ and ‘Not Free’ in the 2009 version of Freedom of the Press.Read More »Press freedom in Pakistan

Development at the cost of Destruction-By Zafar Iqbal

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neelum-river-2Pakistan has initiated a mega power project in its administrative part of Kashmir without fulfilling mandatory environmental obligations required for development projects. Contemporary international environmental laws and standards bound all governments and their publics to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and ecological surveys (both phase1&2) in every developmental project to achieve goals of sustainable development, nonetheless, Pakistan’s official Water And Power Development Authority (WAPDA), has started the construction of US $2.16 billion- Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Project in a remote and scenic Neelum Valley -100 km to the north-west of Islamabad, through a consortium of Chinese firms in order to generate 969 Megawatt electricity, without fulfilling the set global criteria.Read More »Development at the cost of Destruction-By Zafar Iqbal

International monetary system, globalisation and developing countries

By Aftab Ahmad Khan

Just as any national economy needs generally accepted money to serve as a medium of exchange, unit of account and standard of value, so the international economy requires an accepted means for trade, payments and services. Unlike the national economies, however, the international economy lacks a central government that can issue currency and regulate its use. Historically, the problem has been resolved through the use of gold and national currencies. Gold was used to back currencies and settle international accounts. Read More »International monetary system, globalisation and developing countries

Islamabad: NUST engineers develop 7.5MW power house

Scientists of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) have developed a power house which can produce 7.5 mega watts of electricity.

According to a press release, this was informed in a ceremony titled ‘The role of engineers in the short fall of energy’ at engineer day here Sunday.

The power plant was developed at a cost of Rs6 lakh while French scientists have spent Rs6.5 million to develop such power house.Read More »Islamabad: NUST engineers develop 7.5MW power house