Corruption becoming a system

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

What Should We Do?

I am a Pakistani — born here, educated here and after working all over the world living here in Pakistan. I pay taxes — on all my income and my assets. In my home there is no gas, power only for three or four hours out of twenty four and the water supply is frequently disrupted. The . . . → Read More: What Should We Do?

Anti-dengue day to be observed on Sept 23

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that we are in state of war against dengue and there is no room for laxity in coping with this deadly virus. He said that due to recent rains, there was a great need to play a vigorous role in the fight against dengue. He said that . . . → Read More: Anti-dengue day to be observed on Sept 23

Facts you overlooked in the Mediagate scandal

The Arsalan Iftikhar affair has made history but for the wrong reason. It may be the only case that was based entirely on hearsay and yet the Supreme Court took it up. Even in its preliminary stage, the affair has so many intriguing aspects that an investigative journalist can explore and bring out a bestseller . . . → Read More: Facts you overlooked in the Mediagate scandal

Govt sells forest for Rs. 9

Members of the Sindh Assembly were stunned to hear that the government had auctioned off thousands of acres of forest land for Rs9. Its market value would be at least Rs100,000.

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LHC: ban on facebook!

 The Lahore High Court on Monday ordered the ministry of information technology to block access to all websites spreading religious hatred.

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Independent Incredible India Celebrates Corruption

When Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ascends the ramparts of Old Delhi’s Red Fort on Monday to address the nation on the 64th anniversary of its independence, it will be as a political leader whose government, party, and personal reputation are seriously bruised. This will be Singh’s seventh Independence Day address since becoming prime minister . . . → Read More: Independent Incredible India Celebrates Corruption

With Kiss-Ins and Dances, Young Chileans Push for Reform

SANTIAGO, Chile — A blanket stretched over their legs, Johanna Choapa and Maura Roque, both 17, sat in front of the stage in a chilly school auditorium last week as more than 300 parents and teachers debated whether to continue supporting their hunger strike aimed at pressuring the Chilean government to reform the country’s education system.

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Govt planning to establish more ATCs across province

A fter taking various steps regarding the Sindh Local Government Ordinance-2000, the Police Order-2002, and reviving Karachi’s five districts and Hyderabad to its original position, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government is now preparing to increase the number of anti-terrorism courts (ATCs) in Sindh, especially in Karachi, to eliminate terrorist activities in the provincial capital. . . . → Read More: Govt planning to establish more ATCs across province

Petrol Shortage: Pakistan Oil Refineries Broken / Out-of-Order

Confronted with acute financial crisis due to non-payment of fuel bills by power generating companies refineries have drastically cut import of crude oil causing petrol shortage in the country.

Talking to Pakistan Observer, Kaleem Siddiqui, President Byco Petroleum Marketing said some of the refineries were borrowing from banks to import crude oil but how long . . . → Read More: Petrol Shortage: Pakistan Oil Refineries Broken / Out-of-Order