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From GDP growth to CDP growth

Macroeconomic figures are the first impression of a country's development. As they say first impression is the last impression. Not so, in every case. Numbers are crucial for measuring anything…

Merkel’s legacy

BACK in 2007, aware of her fear of dogs, Vladimir Putin invited his Labrador into a photo call during his second encounter with the then relatively new German chancellor. Angela…

Averting a pandemic

Covid-19 caught the world off guard; the speed at which it spread and the extent of its impact on people’s lives came as a great shock. Many experts had long…

Reviving the economy

The dramatic developments in Afghanistan can possibly land Pakistan in a repeat of the post-Soviet withdrawal scenario. The US and the West can either deprioritise the region – and Pakistan…

Learning from China

Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly shown admiration for the Chinese system. Contrary to popular notions, being an authoritarian state is not the raison d'etre of China’s rapid success. If…

Autism and Covid-19

THIS year, we are celebrating World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) during the Covid-19 pandemic which has changed our views on existentialism, social interaction and the planet’s future. On a…

Resolving the Afghan conundrum

The manner in which the Taliban are making advances in Afghanistan has resulted in heightening diplomatic efforts to find some kind of a negotiated settlement for a peaceful transfer of…

Shifts in the Palestinian struggle

The Israeli brutality on the Palestinians spanning over 11 days was symptomatic of a larger pattern that has informed Israel’s forever war on Palestine. The Netanyahu government’s policy of using…

Managing MGT

(Part-1) According to an estimate, children waste half of their time while at school every day in more than 60,000 (out of about 130,000) public sector primary schools in Pakistan.…

Reforms at the FDE

In the first part of this series, ‘Challenges for the FDE’, published on March 19, 2021, some major challenges before the FDE (direction, management capacity, fiscal, and delivery of quality…