The lack of manufacturing jobs dents men’s employment in the US

AT FIRST glance the patriarchy appears to be thriving. More than 90% of presidents and prime ministers are male, as are nearly all big corporate bosses. Men dominate finance, technology, films, sports, music and even stand-up comedy. In much of the world they still enjoy social and legal privileges simply because they have a Y . . . → Read More: The lack of manufacturing jobs dents men’s employment in the US

A giant leap in medical science

A man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading chip implanted in his brain.

It allowed Erik Sorto, from California, to sip a drink unaided for the first time in 10 years.

The details, published in Science, reveal how complex bursts of electrical signals in his brain could be interpreted . . . → Read More: A giant leap in medical science

What’s wrong with the CSS intake?

The Quaid-e-Azam once termed the civilian bureaucracy as the “backbone of the state”, while the French Historian Albert Guerard has said, “So long as the bureaucrat is at the desk, France survives.”

In this light, the failure of 97.14 per cent of aspirants in the Central Superior Services (CSS) exams portrays a disappointing scenario. This . . . → Read More: What’s wrong with the CSS intake?

How close are we to Star Trek medical science

In the Sky1 series Critical, surgery often looks pretty similar to butchery. Is it feasible that medical science will ever reach the level it does in sci-fi shows and films from Star Trek to Prometheus, where the patient is simply laid out in a glass cubicle and repaired by what look like magical healing energy . . . → Read More: How close are we to Star Trek medical science

Pakistan’s literacy rate dropped to 58 % in 2013-2014

Despite spending slightly over 2% of its national budget on education, Pakistan could not increase its literacy rate in 2013-14 that dropped instead to 58% because of poor showing by the Sindh and Balochistan governments, an official survey finds.

The overall literacy rate, estimated at 60% in 2012-13, has gone down to 58% in 2013-14, . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s literacy rate dropped to 58 % in 2013-2014

Dec 16 was no turning point

THE realisation is dawning slowly and inexorably: the horror that was Dec 16, 2014 was no turning point. The curtain has not been brought down on extremist elements; not only do they remain free to propagate hatred and intolerance, those in their cross hairs still have no recourse but to fend for themselves.

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Don’t miss out on Yoga!

In an event on the first International Day of Yoga on June 21, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, an Indian mystic and humanitarian, stressed the relevance of yoga in today’s world saying it helps make life a pleasant experience.

“While we may be the generation that enjoys most comforts and conveniences, we are . . . → Read More: Don’t miss out on Yoga!

Truck drivers share political messages with creativity

Pakistan has long been known for the garish decorations with which drivers lovingly adorn the rickshaws and ageing Bedford trucks that ply the country’s dusty roads and highways.But political messages have also started claiming space on the vehicles in a country growing ever more anxious about free speech. . . . → Read More: Truck drivers share political messages with creativity

Asking the right questions

By Aisha Sarwari

It goes without saying that when a guest comes to your house you don’t ask difficult questions. This is perhaps why Imam Kaaba Sheikh Al-Ghamdi was so overwhelmed by the love and support he got from Pakistanis during his visit here. This is actually supported by a Pew Research Centre . . . → Read More: Asking the right questions

Please keep Hajj out of politics!

The uproar started on social media, then spun out of control after a news site published the story.

It was claimed that the Hajj application form now featured a new question – ‘Are you Shia?’ – purportedly added at the behest of Saudi Arabia.

The first time I came across this controversial story on a . . . → Read More: Please keep Hajj out of politics!