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September 2009

Chinese firm to join Lahore Ring Road project

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LAHORE: Punjab government and China State Construction and Engineering Company (CSCEC) have decided to cooperate in Lahore Ring Road and Rawalpindi Expressway projects and a team of Chinese company will visit Lahore on October 15 to settle details in this regard. The company will also complete its ongoing project of Software Park at Ferozpur Raod within timeframe.
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New industrial zone to be set up in Mirpur

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Associated Press of Pakistan

MIRPUR: The Government of Azad Jammu Kashmir is planning to set up a new industrial zone, over an area of 26000 kanal of land in Mirpur district to boost economic activities in the liberated territory, official sources said.

This big industrial zone is proposed to be constructed at Moori on Mirpur Jatlan road for which the required state-owned and private land was being acquired by the government of AJK to materialize the plan.
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How to whiten black money?

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The much-feared United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is credited with fearlessly placing not only influential and wealthy tax evaders on the mat, but also dangerous criminals, inclusive of those engaged in the drug trade. The IRS is able to do so effectively because IRS auditors/officials have no fear of any reprisals, including job loss or transfer of the investigator to the boondocks.Read More »How to whiten black money?

Obama’s Afghan dilemma —Shahzad Chaudhry

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shehzadchOne thing though should be expressly clear: there is no military victory in Afghanistan. Success will be in leaving behind a stable Afghanistan minus Al Qaeda, but not minus what time has begun to define as the Taliban

Obama’s Afghan policy is in a flux. Having inherited it as work in progress, he ended up owning it by default. Of the two, Iraq and Afghanistan, he was committed to retrenching on Iraq, but had to stay the course on Afghanistan.Read More »Obama’s Afghan dilemma —Shahzad Chaudhry


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27 September 2009

javed f3  Last month the Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Dr. Farooq Sattar the Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis observed that the Overseas Pakistanis (OPs) should not be treated merely as remittances sending machines.  Rulers, ministers, parliamentarians and so called committees always spray such flowered academic feelings and sentiments but practically do nothing. For example addressing by any aggrieved OP even these members of Senate Committee on any problem does not bring back even an acknowledge of the communication let alone any practical attention.Read More »REMITTANCES MACHINES-By Muhammad Javed

Earth needs ‘users guide’ to protect it from people

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* Expert claims human activities pushing world into danger zone

OSLO: A new users’ guide is needed to help protect the Earth from dangerous changes such as global warming and extinctions of animals and plants caused by humans, scientists said on Thursday.

A group of 28 experts suggested nine key areas, such as freshwater use, chemical pollutants or changes in land use, where governments could define limits to ensure a “safe operating space for humanity”. “Today we are clearly driving development in the world blindfolded,” Johan Rockstrom, leader of the study and director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, said. “We are not considering the risks that there are deep holes we can drive into,” he said. The call, for setting “planetary boundaries”, was published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature. Read More »Earth needs ‘users guide’ to protect it from people

Pakistan rupee to gradually gain in 2009, reserves to reach $15.5 billion

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KARACHI: Pakistani rupee is likely to gain gradually against the US dollar during the rest of the year, says a foreign exchange analyst of a leading foreign bank.

Priyanka Chakravarty, an India based FX strategist at Standard Chartered Bank, says the IMF’s decision to allocate an additional $3.2bn to Pakistan, and the ensuing sovereign credit rating upgrade by Standard and Poor’s, bode well for the currency. She says the rupee is not likely to lose value despite pressure from a deteriorating trade deficit due to rising commodity prices. Read More »Pakistan rupee to gradually gain in 2009, reserves to reach $15.5 billion

ISLAMABAD: British Council opens Chevening Scholarship for applications

Associated Press of Pakistan, 24th September 2009

The British Council has opened British Chevening Scholarship for enabling future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers from around the world to become familiar with the UK to gain new skills, or update current professional skills. The last date for submission of forms is Sunday, October 4th 2009. The Chevening programme currently provides around 2,300 new scholarships each year for postgraduate studies or research at UK institutions of higher education.Read More »ISLAMABAD: British Council opens Chevening Scholarship for applications

Industrialisation, mounting pollution threaten Lahore

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By Ali Raza

LAHORE: Rapidly increasing industrialization and commercialisation has turned the provincial metropolis — once known as the City of Gardens — into one of the most polluted cities in the country.

Even residential localities are not safe from increasing trends of commercialization and industrialization because many industrial zones, which were established some years ago outside the city, are now situated right in middle of the City.Read More »Industrialisation, mounting pollution threaten Lahore