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December 2011 Blog Posts (7)

Indian Students Score at Bottom on PISA & TIMSS International Rankings

Indian students rank near the bottom on PISA, a global test of learning standards conducted in 74 nations this year. TIMSS, another standardized international test, produced similar results earlier in 2003.

This is the first time that Indian students participated in PISA. Students from Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu took the…

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Added by Riaz Haq on December 29, 2011 at 11:00am — 23 Comments

State of Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

A recent report by the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) finds that Pakistanis are less entrepreneurial than their counterparts in the majority of 59 member nations of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), according to Express Tribune newspaper. The…

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Added by Riaz Haq on December 25, 2011 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Does Mr. Zardari Want to Replay the Events of 1971 in Pakistan?

Pakistani-American Mansoor Ijaz's confidential memo to retired US Admiral Mike Mullen on behalf of former Ambassador Hussain Haqqani makes a reference to the 1971 war where it says "this is a 1971 moment in Pakistan’s history". What does it really mean? Does it mean there is another India-Pakistan war in the offing? Or an expansion of US Afghan war into Pakistan? Or further splintering of…

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Added by Riaz Haq on December 16, 2011 at 7:55pm — 8 Comments

Pakistani-American Makes History as Owner of Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL owners are the oldest and whitest of old white guy clubs. Drew Magary


Pakistani-American Shahid Khan made history this week by becoming the first minority owner of a National Football League team. All 31 other owners of NFL teams are white. The deal to purchase Jacksonville Jaguar is for an estimated $760 million and the ownership transfer will be complete Jan. 4, 2012, according to… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on December 15, 2011 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Shining India Story Unravels as BRIC Man O'Neill Expresses Disappointment

For at least two years in a row, BRIC has, in the words of SGS's Albert Edwards, stood for Bloody Ridiculous Investment Concept, not an acronym for populous emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China as Goldman Sachs' Jim O'Neill saw it ten years ago.

In fact, O'Neill has himself expressed disappointment in India, one of the BRICs, a designation that has boosted…

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Added by Riaz Haq on December 11, 2011 at 9:58am — 11 Comments

Veena Malik's Blatant Act of Defiance



Pakistani actress Veena Malik (Urdu: ويتا ملک, born Zahida Malik), who raised eyebrows last year for her provocative on-screen behavior in a reality show, is in the midst of yet another controversy after posing in the nude for the December 2011 cover of the Indian edition of international For Him men's Magazine(FHM). The ISI…

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Added by Riaz Haq on December 3, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Pakistan's Environmental Entrepreneur Blazes New Trail in Lahore

Asif Farooqui is making millions of dollars by turning thousands of tons of waste in Lahore into liquefied petroleum products and fertilizer for farmlands.

Words like "clean" and "green" are not usually associated with the streets of major South Asian cities, but Farooqui's Waste Busters, a successful waste management business, is slowly changing the image of the Pakistani city of Lahore, according to an…

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Added by Riaz Haq on December 2, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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    India's Retired Justice Katju at Interfaith Event in Silicon Valley

    Justice Markandey Katju, retired judge of Supreme Court of India, talked of "dark clouds over India" in a speech to about 200 people of all faiths at an interfaith event in Silicon Valley.  He said "Muslims making up only 15% of the population are on the receiving end" but the rest of India is also paying the price. India's economy is in serious trouble. There is rampant poverty…

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    Posted by Riaz Haq on December 10, 2019 at 12:00pm

    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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    Posted by Riaz Haq on December 8, 2019 at 4:03pm

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