Special report: An in-depth assessment of Budget 2018-19

Special report: An in-depth assessment of Budget 2018-19

Democracy in Pakistan is historically linked to lower GDP growth rates, widening deficits and instability. And yet people of the country seem to prefer the democratic route. Politicians might have a vested interest but why are citizens invested in a democracy that fails to deliver? The Budget 2018-19 provides some clues to...

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The trail of trash and belching facet of ‘The City of Lights’ – Understanding the politics of garbage

The trail of trash and belching facet of ‘The City of Lights’ – Understanding the politics of garbage

The sprawling city of Karachi, with a core population of 13 million and another 4 million living around it, is Pakistan’s most populated city, and the twentieth most populated urban centre in the world. It has always struggled to keep its streets clean. No reliable data exists on the exact amount of garbage generated,...

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Linguistic Ideology: Pakistan’s national language and its evading identity today

Linguistic Ideology: Pakistan’s national language and its evading identity today

Importance of national language Language has been an important and effective means of communication throughout the course of history. In the contemporary era the role of the Power elite has been to essentially use language as a disposition that bends the public opinion to serve their interest. People, who have...

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Combating Malnutrition: Determinants and cures of the medical mystery

Combating Malnutrition: Determinants and cures of the medical mystery

Malnutrition has long been associated with poverty, poor diet and inadequate access to health care, and it remains a key global health issue that both stems from and contributes to ill-health, with 50 % of childhood deaths due to underlying undernutrition. Malnutrition results from lack of food, it happens when the...

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The presidential character and intangibles of leadership: Hail to the new president – Dr Arif Alvi

The presidential character and intangibles of leadership: Hail to the new president – Dr Arif Alvi

Throughout history, leaders have played a major role in every religious community. They keep religious teachings alive in the hearts and minds of believers and motivate them to follow the true path. They are linchpins within the religious community. Islam has also outlined the need for leaders. Allah says: “And...

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Taming Superstitions – The Science of a Puzzled Brain

Taming Superstitions – The Science of a Puzzled Brain

What is superstition? Although there is no single definition of superstition, it generally means a belief in supernatural forces – such as fate – the desire to influence unpredictable factors and a need to resolve uncertainty. In this way then, individual beliefs and experiences drive superstitions, which explains why they are...

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Abortion in the Islamic world (Rava Special Report)

Abortion in the Islamic world (Rava Special Report)

Of the 5 countries in the world where abortion is completely prohibited – El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Malta and the Vatican – none is Muslim majority. That does not mean that it is not a taboo in some Islamic societies. In general, Muslims do not agree with abortion and...

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Shake-out memoir: Fast food fix or felicity?

Shake-out memoir: Fast food fix or felicity?

Fast food is convenient and tasty though it prepared with low nourishing or unhealthy ingredients. This post evolves around the intensity of fast food trend and its impact on Pakistani society. Pakistan is a land where various cultures co-exist and this disparity is reflected in the eating habits of the...

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The beauty of Eid-ul-Adha: Discovering Islamic customs and culture with the spirit of sacrifice

The beauty of Eid-ul-Adha: Discovering Islamic customs and culture with the spirit of sacrifice

Muslims around the world are preparing to celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the two most important festivals in the Muslim calendar. Up to 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide will be kicking off celebrations today to mark the beginning of Eid Al-Fitr following a month of fasting. Eid al-Fitr – Arabic for...

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Are you Glossophobic? Don’t sweat public speaking. Break the silence!

Are you Glossophobic? Don’t sweat public speaking. Break the silence!

What is glossophobia? Glossophobia isn’t a dangerous disease or chronic condition. It’s the medical term for the fear of public speaking. And it affects as many as four out of ten Americans. For those affected, speaking in front of a group can trigger feelings of discomfort and anxiety. With this can...

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