Riaz Haq's Blog – November 2013 Archive (6)

When Ayub Met JFK in 1961



I was a little child growing up in Karachi when the news of JFK's assassination was received with great shock and extreme sorrow in Pakistan. That was 50 years ago today. Just a couple years earlier in 1961, Pakistan's President Mohammad Ayub Khan had  made a successful state visit to the United States. He was warmly received at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington DC by US President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy. …
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Added by Riaz Haq on November 22, 2013 at 6:49pm — No Comments

India's Tech Exports Figures Over-inflated

A 2005 study by US General Accounting Office (GAO) found that Indian government's figures for software and technology exports to the United States were 20 times higher than the US figures for import of the same from India.



U.S. General Accounting Office looked at the 2003 data showing the United States reported $420 million in unaffiliated imports of BPT (business, professional, and technical) services from India, while India…

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Added by Riaz Haq on November 20, 2013 at 10:55am — 16 Comments

Value Added Agriculture in Pakistan

Livestock revolution enabled Pakistan to significantly raise agriculture productivity and rural incomes in 1980s. Economic activity in dairy, meat and poultry sectors now accounts for just over 50% of the nation's total agricultural output. The result is that per capita value added to agriculture in Pakistan is almost twice as much as that in …

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Added by Riaz Haq on November 14, 2013 at 6:00pm — 16 Comments

Suhail Rizvi Makes $3.8 Billion Gain on Twitter IPO

Suhail Rizvi's 15.6% stake in Twitter was worth $3.8 billion at the end of trading on Thursday when the social media company went public on the New York Stock Exchange.…



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Added by Riaz Haq on November 8, 2013 at 7:36pm — 1 Comment

Ms. Marvel: Pakistani-American Female Superhero to Debut in 2014

The new Ms. Marvel’s real name is Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Muslim Pakistani-American girl from Jersey City, New Jersey. “Kamala has all of her opportunities in front her and she is loaded with potential, but her parents’ high expectations come with tons of pressure,” says Marvel's press release. “When Kamala suddenly gets…

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Added by Riaz Haq on November 6, 2013 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Pakistani-American Education Entrepreneur Osman Rashid

Book rental companies like Silicon Valley based Chegg, founded by Pakistani-American Osman Rashid and Indian-American Aayush Phumbhra, are helping American college students deal with rising textbook costs. Their business is inspired by Netflix movie rental business. Other major contenders in this space are Bookrenter,…

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Added by Riaz Haq on November 4, 2013 at 1:42pm — No Comments

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    Are Some Pakistanis Feeding into Indian Delusions of Grandeur?

    Many Pakistanis are singing effusive praises of India on social media platforms and racking up millions of views, according to a report in the Indian  mainstream media. These Pakistanis are boosting their earnings by feeding into the Indians' delusions. The "India Today" report claims that, in the last 6…

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    Agriculture: A Rare Bright Spot in Pakistan's Economy

    Pakistan's agriculture sector grew 6.3% in 2023-24, far outpacing the overall economy that grew just 2.38%, according to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2023-24.  This is good news for about 40% of the country's population working in the agriculture sector. By contrast, India's agriculture growth slowed to …

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    Posted by Riaz Haq on June 13, 2024 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

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