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India’s failed attempt to convert to Hindi… again

India's failed attempt to convert to Hindi... again

It was then Home Minister Gulzarilal Nanda who brought the question of Hindi to the fore. This time, it is Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju who has done so. Many people in Tamil Nadu then immolated themselves alive to register their protest. Thank God it has not come to that stage yet. Nanda had advised the …

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Alibaba CEO at the UN e-comm development drive

Alibaba CEO at the UN e-comm development drive

Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma said on Tuesday the Internet should be a utility available to the whole world, putting his weight behind a UN call for e-commerce to boost developing economies and help fight poverty. Ma, who advises the United Nations trade and development agency UNCTAD on small business and young entrepreneurs, was the star attraction at a conference …

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Don’t underestimate benefits of CPEC

There has been a spate of articles by journalists and statements by business leaders expressing reservations both about CPEC-related industrial zones and also our nation’s ability to meet its sovereign obligations vis-a-vis various projects undertaken by the Chinese and other investors. Whereas most of the reservations expressed are out of sincere concern, they nonetheless are, in my view, unfounded and …

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Are more taxes being collect under provincial system?

Are more taxes being collect under provincial system?

The 18th Amendment to the Constitution and the 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) award supporting it give the provinces greater control over their fiscal affairs, but has that increased revenue collection? This post compares how Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have raised tax revenue following devolution. Pakistan’s tax-to-GDP ratio in 2016 stood at 12 percent. According to a recent …

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Erdogan’s referendum, rigging evidence surfaces

Erdogan's referendum, rigging evidence surfaces

Even as Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims victory in the April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments to change the system of government in Turkey, more reports of fraud pour in. Some of the major ways in which Erdogan’s partisans allegedly committed fraud was to ballot stuffor distribute ballots in advance to the poor who would get paid only by …

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Resolution against Nawaz Sharif proposed in Punjab Assembly

Pandemonium was the order of the day at the Punjab Assembly after the opposition tried to pass a resolution demanding the prime minister’s resignation in light of the Panamagate verdict. This sparked an uproar as the opposition and treasury benches started chanting slogans against each other’s leadership. When PA Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan refused to entertain opposition leader Mian …

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Panama crimes and the SC verdict

Why did the Panama case judgement refer Puzo’s bestseller? The Panama case judgment starts with a reference to Godfather, a renowned novel by Mario Puzo 1969 and the epigraph selected by the author is fascinating: “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” –Balzac The original version in French reads as follows: ‘The Secret of a great success for which you …

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The connection in the French Election

Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron will take on far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the second-round runoff of France’s presidential election on May 7 after they finished as the top two candidates in Sunday’s first round, according to projections. France is the eurozone’s second-biggest economy as well as a global military and diplomatic heavyweight, with veto power as a permanent member …

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Pakistan’s circular debt spins on

Long hours of load-shedding are back. The recurrence of this is an old political issue, though successive governments are oblivious of its economics. There is a strong association between politics and economics, but the role of the latter has always been brushed under the carpet. How can one ignore economics? The habit of absolute comparison tends to create a mirage. …

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Trump’s inability to understand EU trade, Merkel repeats

President Trump did not understand that the US cannot negotiate a trade deal with Germany alone and must deal with the European Union as a bloc, a senior German official told The Times of London. “Ten times Trump asked [German chancellor Angela Merkel] if he could negotiate a trade deal with Germany. Every time she replied, ‘You can’t do a …

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