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TRUMP AND THE DAY AFTER FEARS AND HOPES

On January 20, Donald J. Trump assumed office as the 45th President of the United States. In his inauguration speech, Trump pledged to pursue an "America First" policy that was a populist anti-Washington rallying cry. "From this moment on, it's going to be America First", thundered the new Republican President before hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the ceremony. "Every decision on trade, o...


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE ERA OF UNCERTAINTY AHEAD

The world is changing faster than we think and we are engaged in consuming our energies on petty issues. How can a nation, unfamiliar with changes taking place around, meet the challenges arising day by day? The cover story of the magazine is revealing. The writer informs that the era of globalization is over and the whole world is heading to an unknown ...


PAKISTANS TRUMP CARDS FOREIGN POLICY CHALLENGES IN 2017

Pakistan deserves a foreign policy based on pragmatism and facts. Security, economy, normalization of relations with key countries and countering its enemies must be robust for a brighter and prosperous Pakistan

There are six basic factors that will sway Pakistan’s foreign policy in the year 2017. Prominent amongst these is the Indian foreign policy more aggressive under PM Modi toward...


LICENSE TO CORRUPTION

SAY NO TO CORRUPTION" is their preaching while their performance we see in the form of 'plea bargain' at NAB with the corrupt people. Plea bargain is nothing short of a "license to corruption" for the people on top slot

The sacrifice of black goat for the security and safety of PIA airplanes is the worst example of ignorance and mental degradation. At a time when the world is knocking ...


DOOR TO THE LIBRARY

The sunlight filtering through the large windows lights up this scene from the Punjab Public Library, becoming an allegory for the light of knowledge. The artist has taken the dilapidated scene that he came upon and turned in into poetry by illustrating the haphazard piles of paper and the people hunched as they pore over them, in beautiful tones of brown and ochre. The relatively dull colors are offset...


PAKISTANS STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT

We cannot afford to lose sight of the fact that military power has to be backed by social and economic cohesion

Pakistan’s security perspective remained exceedingly bleak during the decade following India’s first nuclear explosion in 1974. Its policy of nuclear ambiguity from the mid-eighties onwards served it well. Though the country was finally forced to come out of the nuclear close...


THE ANKARA ASSASSINATION EVALUATION RUSSIAN ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Turkey and Russia had a love-hate relationship spanning over centuries. The political waves of present day Middle East are so turbulent that the crests and troughs in relationship between the two nations remain unpredictable on week by week basis. The launch of arts and painting exhibition in Ankara titled “Russia through Turkey’s eyes” was to be a high point in the relationship highlighting centuries o...


INTERVIEW WITH GENERAL (RETD) MIRZA ASLAM BEG, FORMER CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, PAKISTAN

GLOBAL AGE: HOW DO YOU SEE THE CHANGE OF COMMAND IN PAKISTAN ARMY?

GEN BEG: It is a welcome move since the change of command took place in line with the principles. New Army Chief is competent like the predecessor General Raheel Sharif. In sha Allah, he would deliver in such difficult times. In the same way, General Zubair Mehmood Hayat, Chairman as Joint Chief of Staff would discover...


AFGHANISTAN: TOO MANY BUTCHERS SPOIL THE COW

This policy of the US and NATO allies towards Pakistan and Afghanistan prompted the emergence of Russia and China as competent stakeholders in the region

Intelligence is crucial to the development of understanding — it requires practitioners and experts to operate in a complex environment. The Taliban intelligence war in Kunduz province received mixed responses in military circles of A...


CIVIL SERVICE REFORMS IN PAKISTAN: SOME REFLECTIONS

Most reforms so far have focused on short-term, episodic gains and failed to make an impact". It goes without saying that administrative/civil service reforms are an ongoing process, the world over

There are few issues in Pakistan, which over the years have engaged the attention of the elites as well as the civil society, other than the working of its bureaucracy and all that is percei...


PAKISTAN NEEDS TO CURB POLITICAL VIOLENCE

During political violence a lot of people abandon their ethnic, cultural values, religion or traditions to pledge allegiance to new, artificial and unproven entities

Pakistan in the recent decades has been the focus of world media and humanitarian organizations for ugly violence prevalent across the country but with severe intensity in the north western parts and Karachi. It had been t...


PAK-RUSSIA RELATIONS AND FUTURE PROSPECTS

Washington will capitalise on the International Monetary Funds (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) to prevent Pakistan from fostering its security and economic relations with Russia

The national interest of a country often plays the underlying role in determining its relations with other states. Similarly, due to convergent and shared economic and security objectives, both Pakistan and Russi...


CHILDREN: THE UNHEARD MINIORITY OF THE WORLD

From child soldiers to targets of terrorist attacks, it is obvious that children are becoming targets

We have all seen videos of Syrian children reacting to traumas such as that of being sole survivors of aerial attacks and of reaching the brink of food deprivation that forces them to eat grass. The unfortunate child who garnered the greatest amount of press coverage out of all these w...


Branding is not Just Good Packaging of Product But -------

Every brand has its life cycle, so the brand should be updated on continuous basis from the technology and environment point of view and should stay contemporary and relevant

Branding is not just good packaging but branding is a process to create, maintain, protect and leverage the brand to a level that it should not only satisfy the consumers through its value and benefits but it shou...


Modernism is not Mere Westernization

Apparently there is a fine line between westernization and modernism and it is significant that a country can be modernized with positive elements of westernization

Samuel P. Huntington, the famous political scientist and author, views the emerging world as a reflection of ethnic conflict and a clash of civilizations. He believes that western belief in the universality of western c...


Decline of Education in Pakistan

AN OVERVIEW

Education plays a pivotal role in the development of the country. High literacy rate ensures sustainable economic development, labour productivity and economic prosperity. Equalization of educational levels eliminates regional inequalities and gender discrimination. It also strengthens the ability to meet the emerging challenges of the modern world through upgrading the ...


Mahmood Khan Durrani, George Cross

Captain Durrani's award of the George Cross was published in the London Gazette on 23 May 1946. The citation mentioned that "His outstanding example of deliberate cold-blooded bravery is most fully deserving of the highest award"

It was on a beautiful evening on March 15, 1941 when a battalion of the Indian state force, under command of Colonel RC Fletcher, landed on a beach of the Pen...


Interview with Rana Omer CSS, 2015 14th Position Pas (Pakistan Administrative Services)

OUR READERS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND.

I am an Electrical engineer by profession. I did my undergraduate studies from UET Lahore, later I received Fulbright Scholarship and did my graduate studies from Georgia-Tech USA.

WHAT WAS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO APPEAR IN CSS?

I preferred working in Pakistan to working in US...


Vocabulary in Context

Following Sentences Can Greatly Help You in Using the Words in a Meaningful Sentence

CSS candidates usually remain unsuccessful in making proper sentences which can explain the meaning of the given word/ phrase, etc.

The historical animosity between Sunni authorities of Saudi Arabia and Shi’a authorities of Iran for hegemonic designs in the Middle East has always ign...


Take a Hint Strategy to Revise CSS Course in a Week

Revision of all compulsory and optional subjects is instrumental in achieving success in the competitive examinations. Revising effectively means much more than simply trying to memorize information to regurgitate in the exam. It involves the following three important aspects:

practice in recalling information in a flexible and 'useable' way;

practice in understandi...


General Knowledge in Pictures

ASEAN AT A GLANCE

One Vision, One Identity, One Community

Founding states: 5

Member states: 10

Obserever states: 2

Secretariat: Jakarta

Chairman: Rodrigo Duterte

ECONOMIC STATUS

ASEAN is the sixth largest economy of the world if considered a single economy. ...


The Important Events Taking Place in Dec 2016 to Jan 2017

Timeline: 17th December — 16th January

17 Dec

Interior minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan faced allegations in National Assembly of perpetrating terrorist activities i.e. APS attack, Aug 8 Quetta carnage, in a country by the opposition parties. 

Indian shelling across LOC caused one dead and wounded 8 stud...


Pak-India Relations Updated Facts Relevant to CSS Current Affairs

INTRODUCTION

Relationship between India and Pakistan has always been antagonistic despite both have marked their 70th anniversary.

There has been a series of border skirmishes between India and Pakistan in the year 2016, including firing along LOC, cross border shelling and so-called surgical strike claimed by India.

CPEC, which is a game changer...


MCQs

CURRENT AFFAIRS

1. ————————— is the largest airport of the world.

a. King Fahd International Airport

b. Beijing Capital International Airport

c. Dallas Worth International Airport

d. Denver International Airport

2. Freedom House is a U.S.-based nongovernmental organization that conducts res...


Lunar And Solar Eclipse

LUNAR ECLIPSE

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth into its umbra (shadow). This can occur only when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can occur only the night of a full moon. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital no...


Autobiographical Notes of A Celebrated Leg Spinner/ All Rounder and Former Captain of Pakistan Cricket Team

ABDUL QADIR

After watching all this, I concluded that playing cricket brought about respect in society. That was the moment when a strong desire rose like a wave in my heart to become a good player similar to Abdul Sattar

My interest in "inappropriate games" went side by side with my participation in hockey or football. Walnut or top-playing remained my favorite pas...