Global slavery index

While the very notion that human beings can still be subjected to slavery may seem incredulous, the fact remains that brutally exploitative practices such as forced labour and human trafficking remain pervasive in the world today. It does not take much effort to identify numerous instances of people being deprived of basic freedoms, such as the right to leave one ...

Read More »

Pakistan is not a country for artistes, says Adnan Sami

MUMBAI: Pakistani singer Adnan Sami says he doesn’t mourn the death of folk artist Reshma as much he mourns her last days. Lashing out at the Pakistani government, Sami said, “I don’t mourn her death as much as I mourn her last days [of throat cancer], when she was left to rot alone with no support from her government’s ministry of ...

Read More »

South Africa Series: Misbah decries Pakistan’s batting again

ABU DHABI:  Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq called on his top order to play its part to prevent South Africa clinching the One-Day International (ODI) series after the fourth match today. Pakistan trail 2-1 after South Africa secured a commanding 68-run win in the third match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Chasing a challenging 260-run target, Pakistan were dismissed for 191 ...

Read More »

Endowment: WFP to help save wheat stocks

LAHORE: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided 165 high density polyethylene stack packages (known as Gunji kits) worth Rs14.7 million to store 58,000 metric tons of wheat, to the Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (Passco) in a joint effort to reduce post-harvest losses. Previously, WFP supplied 500 kits along with 10 wheat cleaning/grading machines to Passco in ...

Read More »

Succumbing to pressure? 12,000 LG employees back on their jobs

KARACHI:  The Sindh government has taken back its decision to remove nearly 12,900 employees of the local government department who were appointed against the rules. According to a government official, the removal of these workers created a rift between the ranks of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Sindh. Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, who was the local government minister ...

Read More »

Leadership change: Mullah Fazlullah named new TTP chief

MIRANSHAH:  The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ruled out the possibility of peace talks with Pakistan as Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Swat Taliban, was named the new chief on Thursday. Fazlullah was elected by the supreme shura (supreme council) a week after Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike. Sheikh Khalid Haqqani was chosen as his deputy. The ...

Read More »

We are all Anwar Congo

In 1965-66, Indonesia killed one million people it suspected were ‘communists’. Others who became victims of this cleansing were ethnic Chinese. An American filmmaker, Joshua Oppenheimer, goes to Indonesia and bumps into a man, Anwar Congo, who himself killed a thousand people. He and his friends, who were part of the extermination of real or imagined communists, happily boast about ...

Read More »

Pakistan Post to issue commemmorative stamp of Jaun Elia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Post has decided to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Friday to pay tribute to late Jaun Elia for his excellent work in Urdu poetry. The stamp will be available for general public at all the General Post Offices (GPOs). Elia was a renowned Urdu Poet of Pakistan. Born in Amroha, India on December 14, 1931, he migrated to Pakistan ...

Read More »

Trading social media: Twitter hits Wall Street with a bang

NEW YORK: Twitter debuted on Wall Street with a bang Thursday as shares in the fast-growing social network soared amid investor frenzy over the most-anticipated listing since Facebook. The shares shot up by more than 90 per cent in early trade to as high as .00. At 1630 GMT, Twitter was still up 74 per cent at .27 from the initial ...

Read More »

Prepaid customers: Telenor launches life insurance scheme to widen user base

ISLAMABAD:  In a bid to attract low-end mobile service users, Telenor Pakistan launched on Thursday life insurance for its prepaid customers, offering their heirs up to Rs100,000 in case of death amid increasing competition among industry players to expand their customer base. Telenor, which according to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is the second largest player after Mobilink, announced the ...

Read More »

Wildlife researcher passes away at the age of 58

KARACHI: The man known for his extensive research on Indus Blind Dolphin, Hussain Bakhsh Baghat, passed away on Tuesday evening after battling Hepatitis. He breathed his last at the Ziauddin Hospital in Clifton, Karachi. He was laid to rest in his native village, Sagyun, Khairpur, on Wednesday. Baghat left behind a widow, two daughters and two sons. The deceased did his ...

Read More »

Initiating inclusive growth

In my academic papers, I have been arguing that we need inclusive growth if we are to break out of the historical pattern of stop-go growth with inequality. The specific sense in which the term inclusive growth has been used in my work is a growth process within an institutional structure that provides equitable access to the middle classes and ...

Read More »