All that glitters…

When I was a four-year-old, one of my father’s friends asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. According to my family, my instant response was ‘main bara ho kar actor banu ga’. This remained my mantra until the day I did, in fact, become a part of the media, not only as an actor but a ...

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Stallone artwork on show in Russia

A collection of paintings by Hollywood action star Sylvester Stallone go on show at The Russian Museum in St Petersburg.

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Catering to a new class of consumers

For some time now, I have been suggesting that the formulation of a grand strategy by the government in power in Islamabad could help to revive confidence in the country’s economic future. Increased confidence is necessary in order to draw investment into the economy. I have now changed my mind about the need for a well-integrated plan of action which ...

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Blasts in Indian city kill 5 at political rally

At least five people were killed and dozens wounded in a string of blasts before the start of a rally for controversial opposition leader Narendra Modi in the eastern Indian city of Patna, authorities said.

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Can we end our doublespeak on America?

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the US marks a new phase in the stormy bilateral relationship between the two ‘frenemies’. The two countries, notwithstanding the asymmetrical power relationship, are bound by the regional imbroglio. The US has to exit its misadventure in Afghanistan and Pakistan can facilitate that. Pakistan has been struggling with an economic meltdown and terrorism, and ...

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Patriots All

This week, President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance. We are told by the government’s PR section that this ordinance maintains that the writ of the state would be established at all costs. It is a lofty thought. But one is unclear why an ordinance is needed for this purpose. Such questions are possibly somewhat unfashionable to ask ...

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The illusion of English for the masses

I have been writing on the medium of education and related issues in language in education policies for about a quarter of a century. Unlike other people doing similar work elsewhere, I did not begin from the point of view of an educational linguist or an educationist. Rather, my concern was injustice, inequality and the continuation of privilege for the ...

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Georgia PM ally ‘wins presidency’

An ally of billionaire Prime Minister Bidzi Ivanishvili is projected to win Georgia’s presidential election outright, exit polls say.

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Dozens killed as bomb blasts rock Iraq

At least 44 people died and scores were wounded when a string of car bombings shook the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Mosul. One blast detonated just as Iraqi soldiers were lining up to collect their monthly paychecks.

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India BJP rally hit by deadly blasts

A bomb attack on crowds gathering for a rally by India’s BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi kills five people.

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