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‘Messy & hidden urbanisation’

BY ISHRAT HUSAIN RECENT research studies on urbanisation in Pakistan, particularly the Social Policy Development Centre’s (SPDC) annual review and the World Bank’s 2016 urbanisation development update on Pakistan’s opportunities and challenges, are noteworthy. The latter report has termed ‘urbanisation’ as being “messy and hidden”. …

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To be or not to be

THANK GOD for small mercies! David Cameron forgot to include Pakistan among his “fantastically corrupt” countries. Nevertheless, the Panama Papers may prove to be the proverbial last straw that breaks the camel’s back of leadership corruption in Pakistan. Or it may not. The COAS has …

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President Trump?

BY DR NIAZ MURTAZA DONALD Trump has become the presum­ptive Republican presidential nominee, an outcome few had predicted. His outlandish candidacy has sent shockwaves not only globally but even among moderate Republi­cans, many of them being unsure if they can back him. It is helpful …

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Investing in climate resilience

THE Paris Agreement is a historic milestone. Last week, Pakistan joined the world community as one of 171 countries to sign the agreement. Having signed the first major multilateral agreement of the 21st century, we now need to prioritise its implementation — and grasp opportunities …

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Lead the way, Mr Prime Minister

The prime minister wants to know why the Panama Papers inquiry should begin with him. Here is a simple answer: because you are the prime minister, sir! The leader of the house! The khabarnama on state-owned PTV begins with you every night. The career of …

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Beijing builds radar in South China Sea: think tank

BEIJING -UNS : Beijing is installing radar facilities on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, an American think tank has said, in a move that could “significantly change” the operational landscape. Satellite imagery of Cuarteron reef in the Spratly islands released by …

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China’s Xi to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran next week

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran next week, Beijing’s foreign ministry said Friday, as the world’s second-largest economy seeks greater diplomatic heft. Spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement that Xi would visit the three Middle Eastern countries over …

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China under suspicion as US admits huge data hack

Washington (AFP) – The US government admitted hackers accessed the personal data of at least four million current and former federal employees, in a vast cyber-attack suspected to have originated in China. “As a result of the incident,” uncovered in April, the Office of Personnel …

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Ship with over 450 on board sinks in China’s Yangtze

BEIJING (AFP) – Divers racing to find survivors rescued a 65-year-old woman on Tuesday after a Chinese ship sank with more than 450 mainly elderly people in the storm-tossed Yangtze river, raising hopes more people can be found alive. She was among 13 people saved …

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China’s Xi greets Modi in ancestral home town with eye to trade ties

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ancestral home town at the start of a three-day visit to China on Thursday as the two Asian giants work to boost economic ties despite decades of mistrust. It was the first …

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