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Riaz Haq's Blog – January 2012 Archive (10)

TCF: The Other Face of Pakistan

Guest Post by Amjad Noorani

Like any young nation, Pakistan has been on a roller coaster ride. Things are looking up now -- and TCF is doing its part.

Here are sample facts about an emerging nation and its modest progress, through sources that underscore Pakistani business, its economy, education, social programs, democratic institutions, an improving infrastructure and quality of…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 31, 2012 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

India and Pakistan Environment Among the Most Polluted in the World

With a score of just 3.73 out of 100, India ranks as the worst country for the ill effects of toxic air pollution on human health among 132 nations, according to a report presented at the World Economic Forum 2012. India's neighbors also score poorly for toxic…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 28, 2012 at 8:46am — 2 Comments

Pakistani Film Receives Oscar Nomination

Emmy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s latest film Saving Face has won an Oscar nomination in the category "Best Documentary, Short Subject".

Saving Face is the story of two women from Southern Punjab who are victims of acid attack. “It’s a positive story about Pakistan on two accounts: firstly, it portrays how a Pakistani-British doctor comes to treat them and it also discusses, in great depth, the parliament’s decision to pass a bill on acid violence,” Obaid-Chinoy…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 24, 2012 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Computer Prodigy's Legacy Will Inspire Pakistani Children

Arfa Karim Randhawa passed away at the tender age of just 16. Inna Lillah Wa Inna Elaih Rajeon!

Born in 1995, she achieved celebrity status after becoming the world's youngest computer expert at the age of 9, passing a tough series of Microsoft tests designed for software professionals. Her success brought her an invitation to Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, where she met its chairman, Bill Gates,…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 17, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Pakistan is the Low Cost World Leader in SMS Service

Pakistan's 152 billion text messages and Rs. 40 billion in texting revenue in 2009-10 put it among the top-ranking nations for sms traffic, says a report produced by Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA).

The main driver for growth of texting in Pakistan has been its low cost compared with voice…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 12, 2012 at 10:41pm — 1 Comment

Pakistanis Rank High in Generosity

"Righteousness is not that ye turn your faces towards the east or the west, but righteousness is, one who believes in God, and the last day, and the angels, and the Book, and the prophets, and who gives wealth for His love to kindred, and orphans, and the poor, and the son of the road, beggars, and those in captivity; and who is steadfast in prayers, and gives alms." Quran 2:177


More Pakistanis gave to charities and the country saw the "largest jump in the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 9, 2012 at 3:42pm — 3 Comments

Improving Quality of Primary Education in Pakistan

Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.


Improving quality of education is just as important as broadening access to it for Pakistan to reap full demographic dividend of its young population. Inquiry-based learning is an important pillar of the efforts undertaken by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and The Citizens Foundation (TCF) to… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 7, 2012 at 9:25am — 6 Comments

Solar Energy Lights Up Homes, Schools and Factories in Pakistan

“I use the solar light for cooking at night. We save money because we had to buy candles and kerosene before. We also use it to charge our mobile phones.” Marvi, Yousaf Babar Village in Sindh, Pakistan

About 250 schools and 12,000 homes in Pakistani villages have so far been lit by solar lights. The program is funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DfID) to help flood-affected people in…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 5, 2012 at 10:05am — 11 Comments

Karachi School of Business & Leadership to Open Doors in 2012

Cambridge University's Judge Business School and Karachi Education Initiative are launching Karachi School for Business & Leadership (KSBL) in 2012.

Karachi Education Initiative, which is providing the initial core funding for KSBL, is a non-profit group of leading industrialists and businessmen of Karachi. The group has committed to raising a permanent endowment fund to support the education of deserving students at KSBL, as well as for the provision of resources, facilities and…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 3, 2012 at 12:11pm — 7 Comments

Pakistanis Remained Highly Resilient in Year 2011

“You tend to hear the worst 5% of the Pakistan story 95% of the time.” Pakistani Entrepreneur Monis Rahman

Most of the reviews of Pakistan's Year 2011 fit the above description of how Pakistan's story is told by foreign and domestic media engaged in the 24X7 news cycle.

So let me get the worst 5% of the story out of the way before telling you the rest of the 95% of…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 1, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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    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

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