By Ali Salman / Jazib Nelson
The new development agenda of the world has been set under the rubric of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with expected cost of $3 trillion.
With so much of its focus on appreciating the scarcity of world resources and its sustainable utilisation, a natural query that stems is what makes these $3 trillion less scarce?
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By Munizae Jahangir
As a former High Commissioner to India, how do you see what is happening in India now, and do you think there will be a reaction against Modi?
Well, we already see evidence of that reaction. That is why the Bihar election, which used to be seen as a cinch – as the Americans would say – for the BJP, is now being seen to be very closely contested. It is possible the BJP might not win. If that happens, that would confirm the supposition that Modi’s popularity has, to some extent, peaked.
Continue reading Former HC to India, Jahangir’s views
(By Humayun Gauhar) ‘United States of Amnesia’ includes Europe too but this is only one view.
ISIS is winning in the sense that it has got what it wants so far. Paris lives in fear. Belgium went into lockdown. By extension not only the public of the whole of Europe but also the people of its North American civilisational periphery live in a state of fear, confusion and uncertainty too. ISIS could strike anywhere, anytime, anyhow. Russia and NATO went into low-level contretemps after Turkey ratcheted up the heat by downing a Russian fighter-bomber. Ominously, Russia is biding its time, only meting out economic punishment incrementally to Turkey. Continue reading West – The creators of terrorism
Pakistan’s foreign reserves have been on a sharp ascent and are often quoted by the ruling party as a manifestation of sound economic policy work. The total foreign exchange reserves of the country have climbed to 19.828 billion dollars according to the State Bank of Pakistan.
According to an article published in Bloomberg, “at least half of the country’s $20 billion stockpile comprises debt and grants, almost all of which have flowed in since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office in May 2013. That money could leave quickly as Pakistan begins repaying the IMF in 2016 or if oil prices surge, leading to another balance-of-payments crisis”. Continue reading Progress on loan
The Army and the Government of Pakistan were seen to be on the same page as long as their views converged on the following two points:
a. The war against terrorism was a minor matter which could be resolved through negotiations between the terrorists and the government.
b. The plunder of national resources was not a national security issue as long as the Army high command could also partake of it.
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