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Solar goes mainstream in Pakistan

Crystal clear warning signs for Pakistan

The government of Sindh in Pakistan plans to launch an auction for the development of 50MW of solar PV in the Province, with support from the World Bank. A formal procurement process is set for Q2 2018 and this will be followed by many subsequent renewable energy auctions in Sindh. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) first enabled such …

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Manmohan Singh under fire as Indian politics gets dirty

Narendra Modi’s charge of Pakistani interference in Gujarat election is little more than political gamesmanship aimed at putting the Congress under pressure. From the details that have emerged, it seems likely that Congress leaders schmoozing with guests from Pakistan at host Mani Shankar Aiyar’s residence last Wednesday had bilateral relationship and Kashmir on the menu along with the dinner. Secretive …

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Is Saudi Arabia favoring Israel?

The Trump declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocating the U.S. embassy there is as historically significant to Israel’s control of Jerusalem as the Balfour Declaration was to recognizing the rights of the Jewish people in Palestine. But according to new revelations, the announcement could be part of a grander plan to help Israel wrest control of Jerusalem, as …

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The shrinking political party

The shrinking political party

Two MNAs and three MPAs presented their resignations and announced their dissociation with the ruling PML-N at a public meeting held in Faisalabad on Sunday by groups demanding the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah over his remarks during a recent protest by a religious organisation in Islamabad. The organisers of the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat conference presided over by Pir Hamiduddin Sialvi …

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India a failed secular state

India a failed secular state

RELIGIOUS bigotry has official sanction in the new India. It is fashionable in saffron circles and common among the middle class. The common refrain is that India is a Hindu country and finally the majority community need not be apologetic any more about it. Brazen bigotry is the zeitgeist of the ruling Hindu right-wing BJP, whose icons, such as Uttar …

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The weakening Modi

No, Prime Minister PM Narendra Modi’s Congress-Pakistan-Muslim rhetoric may win him votes but it undermines his office — and poisons India’s politics If politics in a mature constitutional democracy is also about the unwritten rules of the game, if it includes a reciprocal pact between players to acknowledge and uphold dignity, their own and their opponent’s, then this is a …

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The Failing tax System

The Failing tax System

THE deadline for the annual filing of income tax returns has now been extended till mid-December and unsurprisingly so. The repeatedly changing deadlines make a mockery of the taxman’s writ — so frequently compromised in recent years with extension after extension of annual tax deadlines. This pattern has come at the cost of severely weakening a cornerstone of our economic …

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Airline fuel crisis in the making

The oil industry has raised the red flag over imminent closure of local refineries and related inability of the oil companies to provide enough fuels for smooth operations of aviation and security aircraft. In an “SOS-Rush to Desk” to the petroleum division, the Oil Companies Advisory Council (OCAC) — an umbrella body of around three dozen refineries and oil marketing …

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CPEC hiccups as China reviews changes

CPEC is definitely NOT a "Game Over"

China has halted the release of funds for three projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) till the revision of its ‘financial mechanism’ by Beijing, Minister for Planning and Develop­ment Ahsan Iqbal confirmed on Monday. According to an official press release issued by National Assembly Secretariat, the minister informed the 25th parliamentary committee meeting on CPEC that the Chinese side was …

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Has Nawaz Sharif become the weak link in PML-N?

Sharif and family to appear before Accountability Court

PML-N and the forthcoming elections With elections due within months, there seems to be no end to PML-N’s woes. First it was the PTI, then the court cases and now a section of the religious lobby. Meanwhile Nawaz Sharif, who was scheduled to return from London on Sunday, has extended his stay by another four days. The party which is …

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