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February 2012 Blog Posts (7)

Top Harvard Urban Planner Leads Green City Development in Karachi

Work started today to build a 21st Century eco-friendly model city about 50 km north east of downtown Karachi, Pakistan.

Named DHA City Karachi or DCK, the project has been planned by Doxiadis and Osmani Associates along with Professor Spiro Pollalis as its chief planner on an 11,640 acre rural site. Constantine Doxiadis (1914-1975) was a Greek architect and urban planner who planned Pakistan's capital Islamabad and several…

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Added by Riaz Haq on February 23, 2012 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Subsidies to Public Sector Units Hurt Education in Pakistan

"...under 1.5% of GDP [is] going to public schools that are on the front line of Pakistan's education emergency, or less than the subsidy for PIA, Pakistan Steel, and Pepco." Pakistan Education Task Force Report 2011



Pakistan has ordered 5 Boeing 777s and 75 train engines for its state-owned companies in a bid to catch up with rising passenger and cargo service demands, according to media…

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Added by Riaz Haq on February 20, 2012 at 6:30pm — 53 Comments

Pakistan Leads the World in Microfinance

Pakistan ranks first in Asia and third in the world in Economist Intelligence Unit's overall microfinance business environment rankings for 2011. Among other Asian nations, only the Philippines at #6 made the top ten list.

On a scale of 0-100, Pakistan scores 62.8, just…

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Added by Riaz Haq on February 18, 2012 at 7:29pm — 2 Comments

Karachi Offers Expats High Living at Lowest Cost

A worldwide cost of living survey of 131 major cities has found that big South Asian cities of Dhaka, Delhi, Karachi and Mumbai are among the ten least expensive in the world. In other words, foreign visitors, expatriate businessmen and overseas investors can live better for less in South Asia, particularly in Karachi which is the cheapest on the list, just one rank below Mumbai, India.…

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Added by Riaz Haq on February 15, 2012 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Military Brings Computer Manufacturing to Pakistan

Military-run Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) at Kamra has launched manufacturing of Android tablets, Android eBook readers and Windows/Linux notebook computers.

All three products are being offered by Commercial Products Manufacturing Cell (CPMC), a join venture of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra (PAC) and Hong…

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Added by Riaz Haq on February 9, 2012 at 10:00pm — 23 Comments

Pakistan Whitewash England 3-0 in Test Series at UAE

Pakistan defeated England in the final match of the cricket test series in UAE to complete a historic 3-0 whitewash.

Pakistani bowlers emasculated English batting throughout the series and won the third test by 71 runs in Dubai.

Pakistan won in spite of their relatively poor fielding and less than stellar batting which made them look very vulnerable at times. But the bowlers strongly reasserted Pakistan's dominance each time to bring their side back in the game, winning the…

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Added by Riaz Haq on February 6, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Richest Pakistani-American's Luxury Yacht On Sale

Shahid Khan, Pakistani-American owner of an NFL team, has put his luxury yacht up for sale. Asking price: $112 million.

The Pakistani-American owner of Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise owns the 223-foot Kismet, a German-made yacht built in 2007. The boat has an expansive bedroom suite, a formal dining salon, disco, teak decks, jacuzzi, sauna and gym. High-end woodwork adorns everything from a beer keg to a motorcycle hatch with crane. There's also a 25-foot Chris Craft boat, Yamaha…

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Added by Riaz Haq on February 3, 2012 at 6:05pm — 1 Comment

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    AdAsia 2019: Asia's Biggest Advertising Industry Conference in Lahore, Pakistan

    On December 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2019,  Pakistan played host to AdAsia 2019 after a gap of 30 years. It is the largest and most prestigious advertising industry conference in Asia – organized bi-annually by the Asian Federation of Advertising Associations (AFAA). It drew attendees from all over the world to Lahore, Pakistan.  This conference has taken place at a time when Pakistan's 88 billion rupee media industry is in the midst of a major shakeout after a long period of rapid double-digit growth…

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