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CDA chief tries to clear his name from shady deals

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 12, 2012. Islamabad – These are testing times for the Capital Development Authority (CDA). The Islamabad High Court constituted a commission on Monday to investigate improprieties in several CDA projects, the authority has to come up with a plan for land compensation […]

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Aeromodelling in Islamabad

Islamabad – Qasim Ali Shigri loved cars, so when his father decided to quit selling digital cameras in 2004 and stocked his shop in Rawalpindi with remote-controlled cars and model aircrafts, Shigri naturally tagged along to help. Eight years later, he’s considered an expert of model aircrafts and a guru for other flying enthusiasts in Rawalpindi and […]

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On International Literacy Day 2012

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 9, 2012. Islamabad – Every Pakistani child should get to attend school, and peace and progress in the country cannot be achieved without literacy and education. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, special assistant to the prime minister, expressed these thoughts in Islamabad on […]

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Challenges for Access to Information in Pakistan

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 6, 2012. Islamabad – A complicated application process, blanket exemptions from disclosure and the absence of an independent informationcommission for handling complaints have reduced the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002, according to members of the Centre for Peace and Development […]

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Deutsche Welle Urdu and Pashto educational programmes on radio

An edited version of this story was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 5, 2012. Islamabad – Education is about to be mixed with entertainment on Pakistan’s FM radio stations. In a ceremony held in the federal capital, Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) launched a distance education radio program for Pakistan. The […]

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Pindi’s Great Grato Jalebi

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 19, 2012. Rawalpindi – Muhammad Umair is holding an open pouch made of cotton cloth in his right hand. With a twirling motion, he moves it skillfully over a hot karahi, and a thick stream of batter trickles down into […]

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