November 2013

Power: hard, soft and smart

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By Ikram Sehgal

Power is nothing more than the ability to get others to do what you want. For doing that you require tools of coercion or payment, or ‘hard power’, and tools of attraction, or ‘soft power’.

Soft power is when a state, an organisation or even an individual exercises power with means other than violence and force, being able to convince or persuade others to follow your example, to want what you want, rather than coercing them. Persuasion, diplomacy, foreign aid, cultural influence (like movies and music) etc are some resources of soft power.
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Honda Atlas raises prices by up to Rs 30,000

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Daily Times report by Abrar Hamza 

While Honda Atlas Cars (HCAR) posted a loss of Rs 13 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013-14 (FY14), it has also increased its vehicles’ prices by up to Rs 30,000 owing to rising dollar value, Daily Times learnt on Tuesday.

The company following Toyota, has raised City prices by Rs 20,000 and Civic prices by Rs 30,000. The company had last increased its cars’ prices in September 2013 in the same proportion.

The new revised prices of Honda will be effective from December 1, 2013. Read More »Honda Atlas raises prices by up to Rs 30,000

Toyota Pakistan raises prices again by up to Rs 75,000

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By Abrar Hamza

In a bid to tackle unending losses, the Toyota Motors, locally known as Indus Motor Company (IMC), on Wednesday, has raised its vehicles prices once more in a consecutive two months period of current year by up to Rs 75,000.

According to the new price list issued by the company, the increase would be effective from November 18, 2013. The prices have been increased continuously for the second time during the last few months.
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Pakistan facing five major risks related to climate change

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Associated Press of Pakistan

Pakistan is facing existence of five major risks related to climate change including rise in sea level, glacial retreats, floods, higher average temperature and higher frequency of droughts.

In addition, being a predominantly agricultural economy, climate change is estimated to decrease crop yields in Pakistan not only as a result of flooding, but also as a result of changing temperatures, which in turn will affect livelihoods and food production.Read More »Pakistan facing five major risks related to climate change

A CHILD NAMED THROOR

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BY PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER

“I am going to address a crowd of brainless dummies”, the Indian Union Minister Mr. Shashi Throor might have been thinking when he was getting his video-message recorded for the Young Indo-Pak Entrepreneurs Conference to be held at Jinnah Auditorium Islamabad on 29th October this year. The audience included 22 Indian delegates and officials of the Indian High Commission, including envoy TCA Raghavan. The rest of them were delegates from Pakistan, Pakistani officials, international media-men, and foreign diplomats. Mr. Throor began his video-address by emphasizing the importance and need to strengthen bilateral trade but later took a harder line and started suggesting to the Pakistani government what it must do for the improvement of its relations with India. He shifted all blame onto the shoulders of Pakistan by saying, “Incidents like the Mumbai attacks and the recent violations on Line of Control show a gap between Pakistan’s official statements and military Read More »A CHILD NAMED THROOR

Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan

Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.

While the kingdom’s quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran’s atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic, the BBC reported.

Earlier this year, a senior NATO decision maker told BBC Newsnight that he had seen intelligence reporting that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.Read More »Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan