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January 2011 Blog Posts (5)

Rising Incomes in Agriculture Sector Boost Pakistan's Rural Economy

Since taking the reins of power almost three years ago, the coalition government in Islamabad, which is led by the Pakistan Peoples' Party, has been increasing the support prices of wheat and other agricultural commodities every year. This policy has had the following effects:



1. It is transfering the additional new income of about Rs. 300 billion in the current fiscal year alone to the ruling… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 23, 2011 at 6:00pm — 45 Comments

Gold, Copper and Rare Earths at Pakistan's Reko Diq Could Exceed $500 Billion



The sale of Reko Diq mining rights is currently being reviewed by Pakistan Supreme Court in response to allegations of lack of transprarency. The entire discussion in the courtroom is primarily centered on valuations and estimates…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 14, 2011 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

Celebrating the Life of a Genuine Pakistani-American Hero

My friend Tariq Khanzada died in a tragic accident in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 12, 2011. He is survived by his wife Ruby, two sons and a daughter.







I knew Tariq to be a genuinely friendly and helpful individual. I will always remember his beautiful smile. His death is a real shock to me and the rest of the Pakistani-American… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 13, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Pakistani-American's 3D Sensor Technology Wows Xbox Gamers

Walking into the local Fry's stores in Silicon Valley during Christmas shopping season, I was fascinated by the latest Xbox 360 demo complete with excited kids dancing in front of a big screen wth a 3D sensor mounted on top of it.



Upon closer examination, I learned that Microsoft Xbox 360 has acquired a few new game-changing tricks thanks to the use of the amazing 3D gensture recognition technology from Canesta, a company co-founded in 2002 by my… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 6, 2011 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Pakistan's Other Story: Explosion in Arts and Literature in 2010

Have you ever wondered if Pakistan is really as one-dimensional a country as stereotyped by the negative torrent of international media coverage that dominated the news headlines in 2010?



Have you ever thought that Pakistanis engage in any pursuits other than as perpetrators or victims of terror that the journalists find the most newsworthy about the world's sixth most populous South Asian nation?



Well, an Indian-American producer Madhlika Sikka on NPR's Talk of the Nation… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 1, 2011 at 9:47am — 21 Comments

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    Inspirational Story of University-Going Daughters of Karachi's Rickshaw Driver

    Three daughters of a Karachi rickshaw driver named Amjad Ali are attending top universities in Pakistan. All three graduated from The Citizens Foundation's K-12 schools located across Pakistan, including poor districts of Pakistan's megacity of nearly 20 million residents. Amina Amjad, the eldest is studying at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) to become a medical doctor, the second daughter is enrolled in Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZBIST) to…

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    Posted by Riaz Haq on June 23, 2019 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

    Vehicles in Pakistan: Over Half of All Households Own Motorcycles in 2019

    Private vehicle ownership in Pakistan has risen sharply over the last 4 years. More than 9% of households now own cars, up from 6% in 2015. Motorcycle ownership has jumped from 41% of households in 2015 to 53% now, according to data released by Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) recently. There are …

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    Posted by Riaz Haq on June 17, 2019 at 10:57am — 5 Comments

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