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April 2014 Blog Posts (10)

Pakistan Second Lowest Cost Country With $877 Billion PPP GDP and $4,450 Per Capita GDP

Pakistan is the second least expensive country in the world. Pakistan's GDP is $788 billion as of 2011 based on purchasing power parity (PPP), according to International Comparisons Program (ICP) findings 2011 released yesterday by the World Bank.



World Bank's International Comparison Program (ICP) does a detailed study of a list of… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on April 30, 2014 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

OPEN Forum 2014: Question Iftikhar Chaudhry About His Adverse Impact on Pakistan Economy

Organization of Pakistani-American Entrepreneurs (OPEN) Silicon Valley has just announced a panel discussion featuring Pakistan's former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and former attorney general Munir Malik.…



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Added by Riaz Haq on April 29, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Does GeoTV's Hamid Mir Have Links With Taliban and Intelligence Agencies?

Attempt on Hamid Mir's life has rightly drawn widespread outrage in Pakistan and around the world. It has to be condemned without reservations. Hamid Mir is reported have suspected that he was on Pakistani intelligence agency ISI's "hit list".…



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Added by Riaz Haq on April 28, 2014 at 4:20pm — 4 Comments

Pakistan Economy Better Than 27 Countries including India and Iran

Pakistan (score 21.9) at 28 ranks below Iran (score 61.6) at 2 and India (score 25.6) at 19 on world misery index rankings for 2013 compiled by Washington's Cato Institute. Other nations worse off than Pakistan on the list include Serbia, Argentina, Jamaica, Egypt, Spain, South Africa, Brazil, Greece, Macedonia, Palestine,… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on April 26, 2014 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Pakistani-Americans Release 1700 Urdu Videos on Khan Academy

Guest Post by Ali H. Cemendtaur



Koshish Foundation, a Silicon-Valley based non-profit corporation (Chairman, Suhail Akbar) with a strong presence in Pakistan where it works on education-related projects, has announced the completion of over 1700 math and basic science videos that are Urdu translations of the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on April 25, 2014 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Oscar-winning Pakistan Techie Shines in Hollywood

Academy Award winning Hollywood hits Frozen, Life of Pi and The Golden Compass have one thing in common:  Each used extensive computer-generated imagery (CGI) created by Pakistani-American Mir Zafar Ali who won Oscar statuettes for "Best Visual Effects" in each of them.…



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Added by Riaz Haq on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Pakistani-American Dr. Asad Qamar of APPNA Among Highest Paid Doctors in America

Dr. Asad Qamar, a graduate of Lahore's King Edwards Medical College, received $18.2 million in payments from US Medicare program in 2012, making him the second highest billing doctor in America. Dr. Qamar is a member of APPNA, Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North America. He was a candidate for the presidency of APPNA in… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on April 11, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Pakistan's Umar Saif in Silicon Valley

Umar Saif was invited by Organization of Pakistani-American Entrepreneurs (OPEN) to an event yesterday at the Palo Alto offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman Law Firm  in Silicon Valley to talk about the state of technology in Pakistan. The event was appropriately titled: "Presenting Umar-The Force Behind Plan 09- Pakistan's Leading Incubator For… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on April 8, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Pakistani-American Kumail Nanjiani Stars in HBO Comedy "Silicon Valley"

“This guy’s a really good programmer, so that makes him arrogant, because of his skills in a very specific world. And then I take that arrogance and apply it to every other aspect of his life that he’s not good at. So I think that guy’s funny ’cause he’s arrogant — about everything, about how he thinks he is with the ladies. He’s not good with the ladies. You know, all that stuff. He thinks he’s cool. He’s not cool. He’s only good at programming.”… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on April 3, 2014 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Are Pak-Turk Schools Threatened by Erdogan-Gulen Split in Turkey?

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has scored a convincing victory over his opponents in the latest municipal polls in Turkey.  His Justice and Development Party (AKP) has won 44% of all the votes, well ahead of the 29% for the opposition People's Republican Party (CHP) which was founded as a secular party by…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 2, 2014 at 8:56pm — 3 Comments

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    Pakistan Garment Industry Becoming More Cost Competitive With Bangladesh's?

    Low wages and trade deals with Western nations have helped Bangladesh build a $30 billion ready-made garments (RMG) industry that accounts for 80% of country's exports. Bangladesh is the world's second largest RMG exporter after China. Rising monthly wages of Bangladesh garment worker in terms of US dollars are now catching up with the minimum wage in Pakistan, especially after recent Pakistani rupee devaluation. Minimum monthly wage in Pakistan has declined from $136 last year to $107 now…

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    Pakistani Mini Invasion of China?

    Mid-1960s America saw a phenomenon called the "British Invasion". Anecdotal evidence suggests similar phenomenon, albeit on a smaller scale, is occurring in China with about 100,000 Pakistanis arriving there in recent years. While the growing presence of the Chinese in Pakistan gets a lot of press, there has been relatively little coverage of the movement of people in the other direction---from…

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