Riaz Haq's Blog – April 2015 Archive (16)

Stephen Hawking On British-Pakistani Singer Zayn Javed Malik

“My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics. Because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes. It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe. And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction.”  British Physicist Stephen Hawking…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 28, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Fiber Bandwidth Growth in Pakistan

A $44 million 820 kilometer fiber optic cable being laid between Pakistan and China will be the 6th high-speed connection to add redundancy and to cater to rapidly growing Internet traffic from-to Pakistan. It is part of the $46 billion Pak-China Economic Corridor project recently agreed between the two neighbors.…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 28, 2015 at 9:30am — 47 Comments

Who Killed Sabeen Mahmud?

Who killed Sabeen Mahmud? Why did she have to die? Is she just another casualty of multiple wars raging in Pakistan today?  Did her assassins try to kill two birds with one stone? Amplify the Baloch insurgency coverage and demonize the ISI? These and other questions are being asked by many who loved and supported her and miss her badly. Will these questions ever be answered? I wouldn't hold my breath given Pakistan's history of high-profile assassinations since its birth. I'll still try and…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 25, 2015 at 8:00pm — 17 Comments

Pakistan ETF PAK Launched in New York

A new country Exchange Traded Fund (symbol PAK) started trading on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) this week. The ETF will track the price and yield performance of the MSCI (Morgan Stanley Composite Index) All Pakistan Select 25/50 Index.

Pakistan ETF: 

The new Pakistan…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 24, 2015 at 4:30pm — 14 Comments

Indian Farmer Suicides Continue Unabated

Yet another farmer suicide reported in Delhi today. This suicide did not go unnoticed by the Indian media because it happened in front of the cameras covering the Aam Aadmi Party rally. AAP rules the Indian capital New Delhi. It occurred only a stone throw away from Lok Sabha, the Indian parliament.

About 60% of India's population is…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 22, 2015 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

More Investors to Follow China's Lead in Pakistan

This (China's $46 billion investment in Pakistan) can not be purely politically driven. Beijing is commercial: CEO’s, not think tank intellectuals, travel with politicians. Barron's Asia

Spurred by …


Added by Riaz Haq on April 21, 2015 at 9:30pm — 16 Comments

Post Cold War Geopolitics Keeps Indian Economy Afloat

India runs massive current account deficits. Its imports far outstrip exports year after year. According to the Reserve Bank (RBI) data, in the April-December 2014 period of last fiscal, India's current account deficit stood at $31.1 billion or 2.3% of …


Added by Riaz Haq on April 20, 2015 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

Xi Jinping in Pakistan: Shifting Alliances in South Asia

“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” Henry Kissinger

Rapidly unfolding events confirm shifting post-cold-war alliances in South Asia. Chinese President Xi Jinping is starting his first state visit to Pakistan to commit investment of over $45 billion in Pakistan, representing the single largest Chinese investment in a foreign country to date.

This investment is part of China's “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which is a global project in…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 19, 2015 at 8:30pm — 141 Comments

Animal Droppings Boost India's GDP

"The estimated “evacuation (defecation) rates” are 0.3 kilograms per day for goats and 0.8 kilograms per day for sheep. The study, titled “Positive Environmental Externalities of Livestock in Mixed Farming Systems of India,” was conducted jointly by the Central Institute for Research on Goats, in Makhdoom, Uttar Pradesh, and the National Center for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research in New Delhi. With all those “droplets” added in, the value of India’s…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 17, 2015 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments

Are Pakistan's Illiterate Mobile Phone Users Really Illiterate?

Pakistan's teledensity of 76.65% significantly exceeds the country's reported literacy rate of just 60%. This data raises the following questions:

1. Are the 16.65% of Pakistani cell phone users classified as "illiterate" really illiterate? 

2. If they are "illiterate", then how are they able to use the mobile phones?

3. Isn't there …


Added by Riaz Haq on April 15, 2015 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Haier Pakistan to Manufacture Laptops and Smartphones

Haier-Ruba joint venture in Pakistan has announced plans to start manufacturing laptops and smartphones in Lahore this year, according to the JV chairman Shah Faisal Afridi. The Haier-Ruba group is one of the largest manufacturers of polyester yarn and home appliances in the country. …


Added by Riaz Haq on April 12, 2015 at 9:30am — 10 Comments

Pakistan Air Travel Growth Among World's Fastest

IATA (International Air Transport Association) forecasts Pakistan domestic air travel will grow at least 9.5% per year, more than 2X faster than the world average annual growth rate of 4.1% over the next 20 years. The Indian and Brazilian domestic markets will grow at 6.9% and 5.4% respectively.…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 9, 2015 at 8:30pm — 67 Comments

TiECON 2015 Karachi: Top 5 Reasons to Stay Away From Pakistan

Guest Post

by Monis Rehman, CEO of Rozee.pk

Based on Presentation at TIECON 2015 in Karachi

#5: Pakistan is the World’s most dangerous country

You are 50 times more likely to be murdered in St. Louis than killed in a terrorist attack in Pakistan

You are 10 times more likely to be killed in a car accident in the US than killed in a terrorist attack…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 8, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Israel and Pakistan Acquire Submarine Fleet for Second Strike Capability

Israel does not trust Iran just as Pakistan does not trust India. While Israel is preparing for eventual nuclear-armed Iran in the future, Pakistan is threatened by India's growing nuclear triad and atomic arsenal today. So what are Israel and Pakistan doing to deter potential nuclear attacks by their regional rivals? They are both building sea-based nuclear second strike capability with diesel-electric… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on April 6, 2015 at 9:30pm — 31 Comments

Pakistani-American Sisters Are EDM Music Superstars

Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf, Pakistani-American sisters born and raised in Chicago,  make up the popular EDM  (Electronic Dance Music) superstar duo Krewella.  EDM is recognized by the American music industry as a broad range of percussive electronic music genres produced for dance-based entertainment for nightclubs, raves, and festivals. …


Added by Riaz Haq on April 5, 2015 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Fashion Pakistan Week 2015 in Karachi

The 3-day Telenor Fashion Pakistan Week 2015 (TFPW2015) ended in Karachi Thursday April 2, 2015.  Designers presenting latest fashions at the show included HSY, Nida Azwer, Sadaf Malaterre and Sania Maskatiya, Zara Shahjahan, Deepak Perwani, Amir Adnan, Sanam Chaudhri, Yousuf Qureshi, Shameel Ansari and Somal Halepoto. Here are some of the latest fashions presented  at the show:…


Added by Riaz Haq on April 4, 2015 at 4:14pm — 2 Comments

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