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Taxes and social democracy

“The perks culture has also held real estate development hostage for decades as officials seek to reward themselves through plots. Government sponsored developers such as the DHA and Coop societies…

Taxes, inflation & social welfare

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has achieved a historic milestone of collecting taxes of Rs 4.17 trillion in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, for which…

Science of cities

One has always been in favour of good qualitative research as it captures the depth of social realities better. However, quantitative research if done well could also be very useful…

Social media curbs

MOST of you reading these lines are strangers to me. What impression would I leave if, on our first meeting, I asked you questions about your salary, home address and…

A socialist approach

Cuba’s socialist approach to developing vaccines against Covid-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world. Cuba’s production of four vaccines is grounded in science and dedicated to…

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…

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…

Arts or science?

ADD ‘or commerce?’ to the question in the title. With the examination season in full swing, to be followed by college admissions a few months later, this is naturally the…