Riaz Haq's Blog – December 2015 Archive (9)

High Demand For Cow Dung Drives E-Commerce in India

Cow patties -- cow poop mixed with hay and dried in the sun, made mainly by Indian women in rural area -- are among the hottest selling items by online retailers including Amazon and eBay in India, according to …


Added by Riaz Haq on December 28, 2015 at 8:30pm — 21 Comments

Pakistan Ranked 5th in the World For Financial Inclusion Policy

When people in need of money go to unscrupulous and unregulated moneylenders, they usually get trapped in mounting debts at exorbitant interest rates. In developing nations like India and Pakistan, many end up losing their basic freedom and human dignity when they are forced to work as bonded laborers. How can this situation be changed?

The first obvious answer is to enforce laws and rules against the use of bonded labor. The second, often ignored, answer is to enable people…


Added by Riaz Haq on December 25, 2015 at 5:30pm — 21 Comments

Global Spread of Hindu Nationalism

India's top Hindu Nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has gone global with shakhas (branches) in 39 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and several Islamic middle eastern nations, according to Indian media reports.…


Added by Riaz Haq on December 23, 2015 at 7:45pm — 39 Comments

Pakistan Economy Nears Historic Trillion Dollar PPP GDP Mark

Pakistan's PPP GDP is nearing trillion US$ mark in 2015, according to the latest figures available from the International Monetary Fund.

Nominal GDP based on current exchange rates is reported at $270 billion in 2015, up from $246 billion in 2014, an increase of $24 Billion.  Pakistan's per capita nominal GDP for 2015 is $1,427.085, up from $1,325.790 in 2014.…


Added by Riaz Haq on December 16, 2015 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

How Would Trump Plan to Bar Muslims Hurt Pakistanis & Pakistani-Americans?

Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on". While Trump's supporters have cheered this move, top Republican party leaders have denounced it.

The notion of banning all members of one religion from the country "is not what this party stands for," said Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan at Capitol Hill. Ryan's…


Added by Riaz Haq on December 9, 2015 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

Silicon Valley Book Launch of Cemendtaur's "The Green Ibn Battuta"

Pakistani-American community gathered for the unveiling of Ali Hasan Cemendtaur's travelogue "The Green Ibn Battuta" at Pakistan American Cultural Center in Silicon Valley on Saturday, December 5, 2015.…


Added by Riaz Haq on December 8, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Karachi Local Elections; San Bernardino Shooting; India Climate Change

What does MQM's Karachi sweep mean for Sindh's future? Will Karachi return to the situation prior to Rangers' operation? Or will MQM change by cutting its ties to militants and criminals? Will local elections help produce new and better national leadership of the future?

Was San Bernardino shooting an act of terror? Or was it just another mass shooting…


Added by Riaz Haq on December 6, 2015 at 8:36pm — 4 Comments

The Green Ibn Battuta: Seeing the World Through Pakistani Eyes

History is often referred to as "His Story", a description acknowledging the fact that the history writer's worldview influences his or her work. This reality applies to travelogues as well.

We are used to reading world travel accounts written by western travelers; …


Added by Riaz Haq on December 4, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Bangladeshi Myths of Exploitation and Genocide Debunked

Aided and abetted by the Indian and western media, the Bangladeshi Nationalists led by the Awami League have concocted and promoted elaborate myths about the events surrounding Pakistan's defeat in December 1971.…


Added by Riaz Haq on December 2, 2015 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

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