Editorial

Science and the Sustainable Development Goals

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THE CONCEPT of Science Diplomacy is becoming widely used by policy-makers, scientists and scholars of International Relations. Though this is a new concept, it refers to an old practice as scientists always have been at the forefront of international collaboration. Science Diplomacy can be regarded as a tool for states to use science and scientists to pursue their Foreign Policy goals. This can be done to promote the national interests or to solve problems faced by the state. Several states…Read More

National development

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article image Pakistan today has the lowest GDP growth in the region. The government claims to have a GDP growth of 4.7 percent but independent experts disagree and insist that it is well below 4 percent. What has gone wrong? We seem to have no idea that we now live in a world where the most important resource is knowledge. We continue to spend only about 2 percent of our GDP on education, despite hollow promises by successive governments. With our educational system in…Read More

Education and development

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article image Only 200 years ago, the difference in economic conditions among those living in different parts of the world was minimal. It was the industrial revolution with automated means of production that created imbalances in production levels and economic conditions across the globe. Countries which were able to adapt to the new technologies during the industrial revolution became richer compared to the rest of the world. The ability to create and utilise new…Read More

Fast collapsing textile sector

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article image PAKISTAN’S textile industry is fast collapsing after the closure of around 100 textiles mills and their Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) are massively rising, causing more setbacks to the struggling economy. Out of total of 250 textiles mills, these 100 mills located in Punjab and Sindh are feared to have added another Rs3 billion in the already piled up Rs630 billion NPLs by the end of June 2015, up 5.8 per cent from a year ago. Though most of the increase in NPLs came from the…Read More

A blueprint for development

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article image Since the formation of Pakistan, successive governments have largely ignored the key pillars necessary for socio-economic development including education, science, technology and innovation, access to a quick and effective justice system that swiftly punishes the corrupt and a visionary, honest and technologically competent government. The era that we live in today has been termed by the World Economic Forum as a technological revolution…Read More

Science and Technology in Pakistan

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article image Science and technology are the key drivers in the acceleration of development in a society which directly alter the living standards of the people, and the way they connect and communicate with each other. Technological improvements provide a root to the advancement of economic development, health system and infrastructure. The development of science and technology in developing countries plays a crucial role in the reform of poverty level and technological…Read More

Losing ground for science & technology

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The 13th OIC summit has decided to shift the COMSTECH summit to Astana, Kazakhstan, following the Pakistani government’s decision to twice postpone the international event last year owing to the volatile security situation across the country. Even efforts are afoot in the OIC headquarters to also shift the committee’s headquarters from Pakistan. The move is being viewed as a major diplomatic setback for Pakistan, which was chosen as COMSTECH secretariat (Islamabad) in recognition of its…Read More

Losing ground for science & technology

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article image The 13th OIC summit has decided to shift the COMSTECH summit to Astana, Kazakhstan, following the Pakistani government’s decision to twice postpone the international event last year owing to the volatile security situation across the country. Even efforts are afoot in the OIC headquarters to also shift the committee’s headquarters from Pakistan. The move is being viewed as a major diplomatic setback for Pakistan, which was chosen as COMSTECH secretariat (…Read More

Promoting innovations culture

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It is beyond any doubt or argument that innovation and research have emerged as the driving force for economic development. The current progress in the developed nations is the glaring manifestation of this argument. As far as the case of Pakistan is concerned, vigorous efforts though are being made to introduce innovation economy, yet the international indicators are not satisfactory. In fact, the country is yet to see the dawn of culture of innovations. Most recently, the Global Innovation…Read More

Need to keep panama disease at bay

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Panama disease of banana is posing a great risk to global banana production in many states. Tropical Race 4 (TR4), which affects Cavendish bananas as well as many other banana cultivars, was confirmed for the first time outside Southeast Asia in Jordan in 2013. This disease has drastically declined the banana production in most of the states. In Pakistan, bananas are majorly produced in the Sindh and Balochistan provinces. Symptoms of Fusarium wilt, including wilting of leaves and vascular…Read More