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March 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Goldman Sachs' Jim O'Neill Bullish on Pakistan

In his recently published book "The Growth Map", Goldman Sachs' Jim O'Neill of BRIC fame has reiterated Pakistan's long term growth prospects as part of the Next 11 (N-11) group of nations which includes Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkey, South Korea, and Vietnam.…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Pakistan: A Unique Lab For Mobile Banking Innovation

Spurred by a favorable regulatory and technology environment, Pakistan is witnessing dramatic growth in branchless banking, according to a March 14, 2012 report by the State Bank of Pakistan.

Here are some of the key indicators contained in the State Bank report:

1. Number of branchless banking accounts jumped 40 percent to 929,184 in October-December 2011 (Second quarter of FY2011-12) from the preceding…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 16, 2012 at 9:13pm — 13 Comments

Khan Academy Urdu Version for Pakistan

The revolutionary Khan Academy is a brainchild of Bangladeshi-American Salman Khan. It is growing in popularity among Pakistanis wishing to take advantage of "Free World Class Education" offered online via short 10-15 minute videos. The subjects range from math, physics, chemistry and biology to astronomy, history, economics, finance, engineering and medicine. Khan counts Microsoft founder Bill Gates among his fans and students. Gates has described…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 14, 2012 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

New Pakistan Tourism Portal

Here's a report about a new tourism portal for Pakistan:

Pakistan-explorer.com: A ray of hope in the clogged-up tourism culture in the country

Launched with a distinct vision of promoting the tourism culture in the country,…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 12, 2012 at 6:05pm — 1 Comment

Pakistani Entrepreneurs Growing Against All Odds

Growing at more than 55% a year and collectively employing 41,000, the winners of Pakistan Fast Growth 100 contest were announced by Harvard-based Allworld Network last week. Of these 100 entrepreneurial companies, 70 also qualified for the Arabia500, putting…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 11, 2012 at 10:45pm — 3 Comments

Was Dead Pakistani Journalist Saleem Shahzad a CIA Asset?

Leaked emails by wikileaks suggest that dead Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad was working for the CIA. The emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods:

Email-ID 1644311

Date 2011-06-01 15:50:16

From burton@stratfor.com

To sean.noonan@stratfor.com, hoor.jangda@stratfor.com,…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 11, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

NUST Supercomputer Catapults Pakistan to Top 200 Supercomputing Sites in the World

NUST's new 132 Teraflop supercomputer has catapulted the Pakistani university's supercomputing center to the elite Top 200 list of supercomputing sites in the world, a list dominated by a handful of industrialized nations. National University of Science & Technology's supercomputer is named ScREC after its supercomputing research and education center. The cluster consists of 66 nodes equipped with a total of 30,992 cores. The NUST site…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 9, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Biotechnology & Genomics R&D in Pakistan

Complete gene mapping of a Pakistani citizen by Human Genome Project in Karachi has put the country on a very short list of nations which have accomplished this scientific feat. To assess the state of genomics and biotechnology in Pakistan, let's take a look at what is happening in the country in this field:

1. Researchers at the Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD) in Karachi collaborated with Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) to complete gene mapping of Dr.…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 1, 2012 at 7:30pm — 29 Comments

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