December 2009

Suzuki Pakistan to launch 1300cc car in January 2010

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  KARACHI: Pak Suzuki Motor Company (PSMC) is launching Suzuki Swift, a 1300cc hatchback car in mid-January 2010.

“The launch will directly compete with major players in this category i.e. Honda City (Honda Atlas) and Toyota Corolla (Indus Motors)”, an auto expert said in his comments. The company believes that the new model will cater the local market needs with powerful engine capacity in the hatchback category. Read More »Suzuki Pakistan to launch 1300cc car in January 2010

Obama, Pakistan and Mullah Omar

  Why Islamabad resists going after Quetta shura

 LAHORE: No matter how many troops President Obama orders to Afghanistan, victory will also require a surge across the Pakistan border that the Taliban and al Qaeda-but not American GIs-cross easily. The President knows this, but he hasn’t made Pakistan’s help any easier to obtain by signalling his intention to draw down a mere year after his surge troops arrive in Afghanistan.Read More »Obama, Pakistan and Mullah Omar

Islamabad diary: A cause of national confusion?

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Ayaz Amir

Lampooning presidents, prime ministers and politicians is the very stuff, indeed the soul, of journalism. There is no such thing as positive journalism, a notion put about, mostly in a whining manner, by government information departments. Journalism is at its most responsible when it is explosive and incendiary, shaking people out of accepted modes of thinking. It is at its most irresponsible when it follows the dotted line.
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A city ‘turned around’?

Ahmad Rafay Alam

A few days ago, I found myself in a room full of people who agreed that Karachi “has been turned around” and now “looks like a reasonably functioning city.” This impression had been brought about someone’s recent visit to the same city where gun-battles had claimed 28 lives in July, where news of the death of Rehman Dakait brought out tens of thousands of mourners to offer his namaz-e-janaza, where over half its people live in slums and where water is now critically short in supply. A strange opinion to hold, given the circumstances, I thought, and wondered what criterion must be applied for someone to completely overlook the real issues that face a city.Read More »A city ‘turned around’?

Cigarette smoke can disfigure your heart

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Exposure to prolonged puffing can perk up levels of a stress hormone in the heart that can potentially reshape the left ventricle, according to new research.

In a Chicago University (Illinois) [CUI] study using rats as animal model, a five-week exposure to cigarette smoke was associated with the activation of enzymes called mitogen-activated protein kinases that govern cell growth and survival in heart muscle.Read More »Cigarette smoke can disfigure your heart

Post-judgement politics —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

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If the post-judgement political situation degenerates into a conflict between the PPP-led government and the opposition spearheaded by the PML-N, Pakistan can return to a highly dangerous internal confrontation. Such a state of affairs will turn the whole effort to check corruption and misuse of state authority into a head-on collision between the government and the opposition
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Govt to launch new investment scheme for overseas Pakistanis

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* FBR chief warns chronic non-taxpayers to pay their due tax by 31st

By Sajid Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: The government is considering to launch a new scheme for overseas Pakistanis to encourage them to invest in Pakistan.

Federal Board of Revenue Chairman (FBR) Sohail Ahmed stated this while addressing the business community at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday. Read More »Govt to launch new investment scheme for overseas Pakistanis