As the Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy mounts, the question is where will the accountability lie? In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh dismissed Congress’s demand for his resignation, saying his resignation or that of the state health minister won’t solve the problem. He said that prima facie it appeared that SOPs . . . → Read More: Indian politicians clear themselves of Chhattisgarh deaths
WHY does the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) wish to garnish its credentials as a party that isn’t bound by the law and its procedures? Whether it’s Imran Khan’s resolve to oust Nawaz Sharif in a manner not contemplated by the letter or spirit of our Constitution or his call for civil disobedience (encouraging people to refuse . . . → Read More: PTI’s above the law thinking
At the end of Second World War, Europe was devastated economically and militarily. Germany, France, Italy, UK, Hungary and Poland were most affected by the five years of wars. Two events enabled Europe to get back on its feet. First was the Marshall Plan introduced by USA. It provided much needed financial capital to these . . . → Read More: NATO – future unknown
(By Khaleeq Kiani) The government has put a tight squeeze on public sector development funds to create a substantial cushion for meeting international commitments on fiscal control in case of a shortfall in revenue collection.
In the first four months (July-October) of the current fiscal year, the government disbursed Rs99.8 billion for the Public Sector . . . → Read More: Uplift funds to be shrunk due to International commitments
RT, one of my favorite news sources, has fallen for a fake story put out by the Pentagon to support the fantasy story that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, who died a second time in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a decade after his first death from illness and disease.
This fake story together with the . . . → Read More: Does anyone know the real Bin Laden story?
SOME argue that corruption, seen as ‘speed money’, ‘price of information’, or ‘kickbacks’, is not a big issue in any economy/ society. It is seen as the ‘grease’ that makes a system work. What is not taken into account in such narratives are the broader issues invoked when those who have been entrusted with a . . . → Read More: Corruption becoming a system
In recent months, as the spreading Ebola emergency took center stage in Washington, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have pledged $530 million to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. And in October, at a special session with African leaders on Ebola during the IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington, DC, IMF Managing . . . → Read More: West Africa’s Ebola crisis and IMF
The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) collected Rs411 million in form fees from passport applicants between 2007 and 2013 without the approval of the finance ministry and the central bank, according to the Auditor General of Pakistan’s report for 2013-14.
The bank continues to charge applicants even though the AGP’s office has termed the . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s National Bank collected Rs 411 million illegal fees from passport applicants
On October 17 of this year, investigative journalist Mubasher Lucman was banned for life from television in Pakistan. The case was taken up suo motu by the judiciary and found that Mr. Lucman maligned the judiciary egregiously enough to merit a lifetime ban from appearing in any capacity on television. As he says, “I cannot even host a . . . → Read More: Real reasons for Mubashir Lucman ban