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Satellite remote sensing can help improve food security situation, tackle adverse effects of climate change

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 14, 2013. Islamabad – The total cultivated area in Pakistan’s Punjab province is twice the size of cultivated land in Indian Punjab, yet the yield from the neighboring state’s farms is 1.6 times that of Pakistani Punjab’s yield. Using satellite images […]

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Islamabad Christians protest against Joseph Colony massacre

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 11, 2013. Islamabad – Seen from the eyes of Master Rafaqat Masih, life has always been tough for Pakistani Christians. When their houses are not being burned on allegations of blasphemy, they are turned down for jobs because of their religious […]

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Journalists safety and combating impunity in Pakistan

Edited versions of these articles were first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 7 and 8. Islamabad – Over 90 journalists have lost their lives in the line of duty in Pakistan since 2000. In the past five years, 13 journalists on average were killed every year. Just in the space of one week, […]

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Capacity building, info sharing needed for better drug control in Pakistan: INCB report

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 6, 2013. Islamabad – The government of Pakistan needs to focus on capacity building and sharing information with the provincial governments to effectively address drug control. The Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for 2012 was released on […]

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Government launches first-ever national policy on climate change

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 27, 2013. Islamabad – Pakistan might have its first National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) but the road to effective implementation of the policy is long and arduous. The policy, which was officially launched by the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) in […]

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Strong institutions needed for robust economic growth

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 22, 2013. Islamabad – Strong public institutions, better research and policies that explore the potential of ignored commodities such as dairy products and horticulture could help improve Pakistan’s agriculture growth. These were the thoughts expressed by John Mellor, an American economist […]

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Save energy in power-starved Pakistan

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 7, 2013. Islamabad – It might seem bizarre to ask Pakistani citizens to conserve energy when most of them spent 2012 braving hours of loadshedding and a power shortfall that peaked at 8,500 Megawatts (MW) this past summer. Yet, experts suggest […]

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NA passes private education regulatory bill

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 24, 2013. Islamabad – The Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) is all set to get some real powers after the National Assembly passed a bill on Wednesday to keep Islamabad’s private educational institutions (PEIs) in check. The Islamabad Capital Territory […]

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Social initiative helping street children

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 22, 2013. A few years ago, Sarah Adeel was reading the famous children’s book “The Little Prince” to a group of six-year-olds. Suddenly, coming to a passage where one of the characters, a fox, tells the little prince it cannot […]

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US takes diplomatic stance on Pak democracy after TuQ march

An edited version of this article was published in The Express Tribune on Jan 19, 2013. Islamabad – The United States (U.S.) is only lending its support to democracy not individuals or political parties in Pakistan, the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, said on Friday. “I can very directly say that we are not supporting […]

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