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“The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes". This was a tweet by the United States President elect Donald J. Trump on December 22. The short statement has compelled analysts' world over to draw various conclusions on the likely United States nuclear posture under Trump...


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THE TRIUMPH OF TRUMP

The world is changing faster than we think. The best example we see in case of Donald Trump's triumph against the predictions made for the victory of Hilary Clinton in the US presidential election 2016. The triumph of Trump should be a point to ponder for the ...


THE ERA OF UNCERTAINTY AHEAD

A political commentary upon the turns of events which changed the face of international politics and led to the Brexit and victory of Donald Trump

Every era is distinguished with others due to it distinct character and events taking place in it. Ours is the special due to transition from globalization to an era whose primary features are unknown to us — being hidden in the mist of fut...


RULE OF LAW WHERE LAW ENDS, TYRANNY BEGINS

Titled “Rule of Law,” the story of life on the earth begins prior to the birth of Adam. No human society can survive and flourish without rule of law. Keeping in view the importance of law, the question arises: How can a society be called human society without rule of law? You cannot even imagine survival of satanic network without rule of law. More often we apply the term “Jungle Law” to the lawlessnes...


PAINTING OF THE MONTH

Hues alongside the Hazuri Bagh

This painting by the artist reflects his artistic growth as he uses a distinct colour palette to depict a historical monument; where indigenous history is clearly at the heart of the work. The foliage surrounding it draws the eye inexorably to the building at the centre, signifying its importance to the artist. The dappling of the sun is also masterfull...


CONTROVERSIES IN THE HEART OF ASIA

The twists and turns in Pak-Afghan relations

Following the change of command in Pakistan Army, the new Chief made a number of high profile changes at the military top brass, as is the norm. Wonder where on earth would our changes in the heads of military intelligence, training, ordnance and logistic wings as well as among the Corps Commanders, be noted and discussed most? In Kabul, o...


THE CRISIS OF INDIAN INTELLIGENCE

Pathankot terrorist attack generated a new debate about failed strategies

During the last three decades, there have been tenacious efforts in India to introduce security sector reforms in order to bring intelligence agencies under democratic control, but notwithstanding the last reform proposals of the Naresh Chandra Committee report (2012), democratic governments in the country coul...


LEADERSHIP, POLITICAL PARTIES & THEIR IDEOLOGY

They range in their persona from the extremely idealistic to the most ridiculous

To start on an optimistic note, here is a quote from a respected American source, published towards the latter part of the Musharraf regime. “Economic and social outcomes in Pakistan over the last 6o years are a mixture of paradoxes. The economic growth has been averaging around 5 percent annually since ...


THE CHABAHAR-GWADAR CONUNDRUM

In fact, Indo-Afghan interest in Chabahar was a foregone conclusion after Pakistan had turned down Afghanistan's request to permit access to Pakistani territory for its trade with India

The prevailing sense of elation about the supposedly ultra-bright prospects of the Gwadar-CPEC projects has in recent times been dampened by news about the expected rise of an adjoining port, a mere ...


THE BILL GATES OF PAKISTAN

INTERVIEW WITH MR. SALIM GHAURI

SALIM GHAURI, FOUNDER AND CEO OF NETSOL, ONE OF THE TOP I.T. COMPANIES OF PAKISTAN IS CALLED BILL GATES OF PAKISTAN. IT IS HE WHO RAISED AN I.T. COMPANY FROM A SCRATCH IN A COUNTRY ALREADY ENTANGLED WITH PROBLEMS LIKE TERRORISM, ECONOMIC CRISIS, ILLITERACY AND SO ON. FOR SOMETIME HE RENDERED HIS SERVICES AS CHAIRMAN, TASK FORCE OF I.T. IN PUNJAB. ALSO...


EDUCATION IN DISARRAY

"Your education today is your economy tomorrow" —ANDREAS SCHLEICHER Leading Educationist, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Manipulation of education to serve political purposes has been an Achilles heel of Pakistan. From widespread distribution of Ayub’s biography, “Friends Not Masters” in schools across Pakistan to nationalization of educational instituti...


Criminal Justice System —A brief Introduction

"Courts are corrupt, incompetent, Kangaroo courts, Chamak dazzles the judges; no criminal can be convicted by this judiciary." These are the remarks passed by the masses and even by the educated sections of the people. The opinion may be right to some extent, in a few cases, but it is not the whole truth. In order to solve this enigma in its true perspective we are to analyze the administration of/...


THE PERFORMANCE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

A CRITICAL ANALYSIS

Various surveys (Herald survey and Gallup surveys) opine that people are generally satisfied with the performance of present government while and PILDAT survey 2015 claimed Nawaz Sharif as the most popular leader in Pakistan. However, we need to make an objective analysis of government performance to draw a judgement based conclusion. This is the first time that N...


WHY WILL TRUMP HONOUR THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL?

The successful nuclear deal has provided Iran with the ample opportunity to increase manifold its economic and military tentacles in the Middle East

During the much-hyped presidential elections in America, President-elect Donald Trump used an incendiary language against Iran's powerful clerical rulers and the historic deal on the clandestine Iranian nuclear programme. The businessman t...


OBITUARY IN THE LINE OF DUTY!

“Agar dard ki goli naheen hai, tau meri Gun se mujhe hi goli maar do” (If you can’t find a pain killer then please shoot me from my gun) These were the last words to the doctors Hilal uttered in utter frustration before breathing his last at the emergency ward of Government Hospital Chilas, in the wee hours of 6th of August 2013

The SSP of Diamir district (Chilas being its headquarter ...


REVOLUTION IS A DANGEROUS WORD

Civil resistance is a political action that relies on the use of nonviolent resistance by civil groups to challenge a particular power, force, policy or regime

The world is changing and so with it the concept of fundamental change in political power in a relatively short period of time. The word revolution has its roots in Latin revolutio which means “turn-around.” Revolutions have oc...


Interview with AMNA BAIG

CSS-2015 POLICE SERVICE OF PAKISTAN

GLOBAL AGE: OUR READERS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND.

I have a degree in Economics from NUST Business School. I did my Bachelors in 2013 and right after graduating, I started preparing for the CSS Exam.

GA: WHAT WAS YOUR SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO APPEAR IN CSS?

My fath...


GRAMMAR POINT

MOST OF THE GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES ARE ABOUT Verb ‘Be’

Verb "Be" and its other forms are also used as auxiliary or helping verbs. You must know which form of verb is to be placed after any form of verb "Be".

To use verb 'Be' or its forms as helping verb

REMINDER

ONE

RULE

Place either 1st form of v...


TAKE A HINT

WHY DOES A CANDIDATE FAIL IN CSS ESSAY?

Especially addressing the candidates who are going to attempt CSS in Feb, 2017

Essay is the subject which decides one's fortune in CSS in the first 3 hours of the whole CSS examination. Following are a few frequently done mistakes leading to low scoring in the paper of Essay.

Avoiding them will surely make ...


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE IN PICTURES

FACTS AND DISTINCTIVE INFORMATION ABOUT KHYBER PAKHTUNKHAWA

Location

North-western province of Pakistan

It was formerly known as North West Frontier Province (NWFP), but the name was changed in the 18th Amendment on 15 April 2010

It borders the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to the west and south,...


THE IMPORTANT EVENTS TAKING PLACE in Nov & Dec, 2016

Timeline: 17th November — 16th December

Nov 17  

The orders issued by the government have been challenged by the officials of Pak-Turk Educational Foundation as being asked to leave Pakistan by the 20th Nov.

Turkish President Erdogan addressed Pakistan's Parliament for the third time to promote bilateral relationship.

M...


JUNAID JAMSHED (1964-2016)

While returning from Chitral to Islamabad, "Dil Dil Pakistan" fame Junaid Jamshed expired in an air crash on 7th December 2016. In fact, he was on a Tableeghi Jamaat mission to Chitral. After completing his mission, he boarded on a PIA flight 661 heading to Islamabad where he was to deliver Friday sermon in parliament house mosque. Unfortunately, his flight crashed near Havelian, KPK.


ENGLISH ESSAY ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IS DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL TO LITERACY RATE

OUTLINE

1. INTRODUCTION

2. RESOURCES TO CREATE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND ROLE OF LITERACY AMONG THEM

2.1 Financial, Natural and human resources are the tools to bring about economic prosperity and what is the role of literacy in utilizing them.

3. HOW LITERACY RATE IS SIGNIFICANT FOR ECONOMIC PROSPE...


ENGLISH ESSAY MILITARIZATION OF SPACE— ITS IMPACTS ON CURRENT WARFARE

OUTLINE

1. INTRODUCTION

Space; from pristine place of peace to an undeniably contested arena

2. MILITARIZATION OF SPACE IN RETROSPECT

3. SPACE; AN ULTIMATE STRATEGIC HIGH GROUND

I. Major players in militarization of space

II. U.S space endeavors ; an effort at protecting its hegemony i...


MCQs

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

1. Balochistan shares border with how many provinces of Pakistan

a. 2

b. 3

c. 1

2. What is the capacity of Sahiwal coal power project in its first phase

a. 600MW

b. 660MW

c. 1320 MW

3...


BENEFITS OF DARK CHOCOLATE

HEALTHIER HEART

The latest research backs up claims that chocolate has cardiovascular benefits: in a 9- year Swedish study of more than 31,000 women, those who ate one or two servings of dark chocolate each week cut their risk for heart failure by as much as a third. Another big, long-term study in Germany last year found that about a square of dark chocolate a day lowered bl...


RECIPES OF THE MONTH

Pineapple Coconut Salad

Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

WHAT IS REQUIRED

15 oz pineapple (fresh or canned), in chunks

1/3 - 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut

1/2 cup sour cream/yogurt

1 - 2 Honey

1 teaspoon...


DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAM AND ROM

FUNCTIONS

RAM reads effectively to run applications.

ROM helps to boot the computer.

RAM

Definition

Retrieves an individual byte directly. Stores instructions and data temporarily. Allows both reading and writing of instructions.

Memory...


AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOTES OF A CELEBRATED LEG SPINNER/ ALL ROUNDER AND FORMER CAPTAIN OF PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM __ABDUL QADIR

The spectators would watch my every move and give a round of applause. Their clapping and delight recharged me to do more

The string wrapped around our little finger and thumb in the form of 8 was called ‘Gith’ in native (Punjabi) language. Later on, the string was used to make a roll. Sometimes we faced a lot of difficulty since the string of the gith was entangled and it was r...