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The science of trolling

The contemporary term ‘troll’, exists in two forms. It is a noun and a verb. The noun troll was originally a Norse mythological creature. Very much like shame, it resided…

The science of a budget

By virtue of parliament’s vote, the budget becomes a legal document and cannot be treated as merely an statement of intentions. However, Pakistan’s successive governments have presented budgets on unrealistic…

Look to science

Like the rest of the world, the Covid-19 pandemic is slowly unfolding in Pakistan. If we go by the available data, the Covid curve is headed relentlessly upwards. This means…

Science versus dogma

There was this front-page photograph, published on Friday, in which a member of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is looking through a very large telescope at dusk on Thursday in Karachi. This…

Reviving science

AS our economic situation (particularly the exchange rate parity and balance of trade) has worsened over the last few months, everyone feels an expenditure squeeze. There is likely to be…

Mainstreaming Science

Mainstreaming science

The twentieth century was marked by burgeoning technological advancement around the world. World leaders developed an unequivocal realisation that political and economic development would, in future, depend on scientific and…

Mistrusting science

ONCE upon a time, in a small village in Punjab, a poor family gave up their young daughter to the wife of the zamindar, whose haveli was located in a…

Science Under Trump

Science under Trump

Somehow, some way, we have made it to the end of 2017.And what a long year it’s been. Looking back, it is almost unbelievable how much damage the Trump administration…

Paralysis Of Political Thought

Paralysis of political thought

So, Nawaz Sharif has decided to fight on and not give up on the attachments that put him at the head of Pakistan and Punjab’s largest political party. He may…