In a magnanimous but totally inexplicable budgetary gesture the government has decreed that henceforth hybrid cars upto 1200cc engine capacity will be duty and tax free. It transpires that there are no hybrid cars in this engine capacity range. The government has also decided that bigger luxury hybrid cars could be imported on reduced duty. . . . →Read More:Breaking what’s not broken
One can now safely suggest that the days of the previous PPP-led coalition partners,PPP,ANP and MQM are as good as over. The truly democratic forces of Pakistan seemed to have had enough. The previous government had broken all records of corruption,bad governance,intrigues and javelin throwing. Ok,so the breaking of the javelin . . . →Read More:With change in the air
I was completing an internship program at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS),where I came across numerous people suffering from various behavioural and mental illnesses. Their visits to the doctor revolved around getting a prescription of anti-depressants or relaxants to calm themselves until their next visit.
. . . →Read More:Antidepressants are no cure
Several interesting developments seem to be taking place as the post election scenario moves to the swearing in of the new federal and provincial governments. The electronic and print media is going bananas reporting the kaleidoscope of events as they unfold. It would be instructive to review some of the more significant stories.
It seems . . . →Read More:BREAKING NEWS
In drought-choked Rajasthan,Barkha Dutt finds children dying on hilltops so remote that no doctors or nurses have ever made the steep trek up.
By Nadia Khawaja
Fairness creams devalue natural South Asian beauty
We have all witnessed the fairness complex at some point in our lives,be it taunts about our complexion from our aging grandmothers,comparisons of skin color in front of the mirror,or,the media’s glorification of fair skin (Snow White,anyone?). While a . . . →Read More:Fairness creams promote low self-esteem
By Ghalib Sultan
‘Siapa’ is a wonderfully expressive Punjabi word almost impossible to accurately translate into English. It means a development or situation full of interconnected problems,difficulties,contradictions and intrigues — not easy to resolve and not easy to live with. Why should the elections that catapulted the Sharifs to power be a ‘siapa’?
. . . →Read More:THE SHARIF ‘SIAPA’
I don’t know if Saad Rafique is guilty or not,but he’s right. What is being conducted against him is a misguided campaign of propaganda –by people with very little idea about election regulations and standards of evidence.
All the people out to get the man may have had second-hand,rarely ever first-hand accounts, . . . →Read More:An open letter to the D-chowk revolutionaries by Ahmad Shah Durrani
I was a schoolgirl in the 80’s and I know you. I remember the excitement of the Brookebond ad,the value of your autograph. I remember the pages in slambooks dedicated to you. I know who my boy-cousins and chacha’s were pretending to be when they swung a bat over their shoulders and . . . →Read More:A symbol of hope