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Pakistan’s healthcare concerns

  Pakistan Economic Survey 2013-14, while appreciating government initiative to increase total expenditure outlay on health by 29% over the preceding fiscal year, laments the inadequacy of overall healthcare facilities in the following words: ‘However, some specific gaps continued to persist largely on account of demographic, epidemiological and socio-economic factors, leaving large segments of population with inadequate healthcare access. Healthcare facilities at some parts of the country are found to …

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Long-term support and developments by Agha Khan’s network in Pakistan

  Northern areas of Pakistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa been specially focused The Agha Khan manages all social and humanitarian initiatives through the Agha Khan Development Network (AKDN). Eleven agencies operate within the AKDN each focusing on a different objective e.g. education, health, microfinance, planning and building etc. Regional agencies within AKDN identify areas where funds can be allocated whereas budgeting is done through the AKDN regional office. AKDN operates no …

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Awareness about benefits of insurance vital for growth: CEO, SPI Insurance

Insurance plays a key role in sustainable growth both on social and economic fronts, said Mian M. A. Shahid CEO, SPI Insurance, however, awareness of the masses at grassroots level about the benefits of insurance is equally important for growth of insurance in the country. Mian M. A. Shahid was addressing the 10th annual general meeting of SPI Insurance, which was attended by members of the board of directors and …

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Pakistan has become an attractive telecom market for foreign and local firms

  Pakistan is rapidly evolving as one of the telecom sector’s key investment prospects. The telecom sector has witnessed a significant year-to-year growth in the country. About 90 percent of Pakistanis live within areas that have cell phone coverage and more than half of the total population has access to a cell phone. The country’s telecom infrastructure is improving dramatically with foreign and domestic investments into fixed-line and mobile networks; …

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Plan9 – Pakistan’s largest technology incubator aiming to facilitate technological entrepreneurship

  The Punjab government is committed to bringing transparency, efficiency and accountability through the use of ICT interventions and e-Governance. The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), led by Dr. Umar Saif, is at the forefront of efforts by the Punjab government to help citizens gain access to technology as well as to interact with the government in a more transparent and accessible manner. The Punjab E-gateway Project, planned and executed …

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Industrial development in Pakistan: issues and challenges

  With a population of 180 million, a geo-strategic location, the required human resources and natural endowments, Pakistan has all the potential to grow as a developed industrial national. Unfortunately, it is still a developing nation even after lapse of more than six decades since it appeared on the world map as a sovereign and independent nation. Having rich in natural resources, the country has been going through major challenges …

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Growth challenges for Pakistan’s television industry

  With both its merits and demerits, media is a double edged sword. It has become an industry of entertainment, information, projection and propaganda. It influences and builds opinion on certain issues of local, national and international importance. It can play a vital role in projection of a nation’s image across the globe. It can export and import both virtues and vices for a country. Rapid development and advancement of …

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Influence of electronic media on the education sector in Pakistan

  In the world which is currently experiencing globalization, several domains are no longer what they used to be. The role of the media in particular has widened with it having an influence on a number of domains, education being one of them. Electronic media and social media and networking in particular have changed the way in which traditional classrooms operate because of alternative approaches to learning now spreading like …

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Media maturity — A function of country’s economic development

  It’s worth trying to determine Pakistan’s development stage in terms of Rostow’s five stages of economic growth that is: traditional society, preconditions or preparatory stage, take-off stage, drive to maturity, and mass consumption. The trouble is with Rostow’s failure to take into account government policies and economic reversals resulting from mismanagement and administrative corruptions. For example, the preparatory stage decrees development of certain economic and social infrastructure like ports, …

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Pakistan broadcasting corporation keeping country’s history and novelty intact

  In Pakistan, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) or Radio Pakistan is a public radio broadcasting network and is also a mass-media state-owned huge corporation. PBC offers a broad range of news and radio services which are broadcast in Internet, TV and radio, outside the country in ten dissimilar languages. Pakistan broadcasting’s programs served as mission idea to entertain citizens by cultural features, music, and plays, while educating the international spectators …

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