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Elections 2013
Allocation of 10 per cent of GDP for health and education in Pakistan seems to be unrealistic at a stage when tax to GDP ratio is only 10 percent, says Mukhtar Ahmad, a senior analyst, while analyzing the MQM manifesto. Appreciating the proposed taxes on agri-income in the manifesto, he stressed the need to focus more on urban development. He said the manifesto should also discuss rural development, as half of the country’s population lives in rural areas. Our Correspondent Wasif Naqvi has the report…
Food Security
At a consultative meeting on \'Agriculture and Food Security Policy\', experts termed the draft policy on Agriculture and Food Security a wish list, and say it lacks concrete governance measures. The consultative meeting was organized by SDPI in collaboration with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council and Food and Agriculture Organization here at Islamabad. Raja Taimur Hassan has the story...
Peace and Conflict
Pakistan wishes to work with SCO for the promotion of regional harmony by acquiring its full membership. A session on 'Countering the Three Evils' Extremism, Terrorism, Separatism was organized by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and HSF Germany. Our correspondent Wasif naqvi has the story…
SD Conference
With the depletion of non-renewable energy resources, increased demand for energy has become an issue not only for the underdeveloped world but also for the developed one. According to the World Bank Report 2011, 21.8% of the population had no access to energy due to which millions of people across the globe are facing livelihood problems. Our correspondent Kashmala Chaudhry has more to tell.
Environment
More heatwaves are likely in future, which would be more intense, say experts at a seminar titled \"Future Trends of Heat Waves: How to Cope?\" organized by SDPI in Islamabad. Experts further say the poor are more vulnerable to natural calamities, such as heatwaves, that\'s why the government should take broader safety measures besides building their resilience. Raja Taimur Hassan has the story...
Governance
The formation of strong armed forces to cater to the threat perceptions after independence in 1947 created an imbalance between civilian and military institutions, which further aggravated in future. What was the result of this aberration and what were the events that shaped the subsequent history was the topic of roundtable consultation organized by SDPI in Islamabad. Fatima Mansoor has the story...
Social Sector Development
Experts at the launch of baseline studies in Lahore called for empowering masses and inclusion of marginalized groups, including women, in the democratic process so as to strengthen democracy in Pakistan. Our correspondent Wasif Naqvi has some more to elaborate…
Miscellaneous
Speakers at a roundtable discussion called for an international, legal, operational and ethical framework on the issue of drone strikes. Renowned analysts took part in the discussion titled “Drone Strikes: Are Operational Concerns Guiding Strategy?” was organized by SDPI here at Islamabad. Our Correspondent Raja Taimur Hassan has more to tell….
Economic Development
The Young Entrepreneurs Forum of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) organized an 'Indo-Pak Young Entrepreneurs Summit'. The event held in collaboration with Aman Ki Asha which is Indo-Pakistan Project. Young Indians and Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE) also participated. Our correspondent Wasif naqvi has the report...