ISLAMABAD, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Atif Mashal on Friday said Pakistan's decision to allow Afghan traders to import goods via the Gwadar port in southwestern Balochistan province will boost bilateral trade and transit ties between the two countries. … [Read more...] about Gwadar port to boost Pakistan-Afghanistan trade: Afghan envoy
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By Nirmal Jain Have you seen the glee in the eyes of politicians when they announce loan waiver schemes for farmers? No prizes for guessing whether their eyes are filled with mercy for farmers or avarice for votes. A few weeks ago, the chairperson of the largest state-owned bank sensibly voiced her concern that the loan waiver could upset credit discipline. Some of the legislators had the audacity to demand her apology for this. For them, we are reminded of Jesus’ last words 'Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing'. But there are many people in the government and bureaucracy who know what they are doing. The smaller issue is that they are making bad banks, worse. The larger issue is if the Indian farmer is destined to live in destitution and die in debt? Let us take the smaller issue first. In theory, the burden of loan waiver is borne by the state governments. Its immediate impact may be a slight fall in NPAs but it does spoil credit culture and makes … [Read more...] about View: Is Indian farmer destined to live in destitution and die in debt?
One thing that the past two months have ensured is that people rethink their lifestyle choices and snip out the excess. Sustainable living has become a mandatory mantra and adopting this lifestyle can put you on the track to leading a cleaner, healthier and environment-friendly lifestyle. Here's a checklist to help you get started... Recycling and upcycling This is the first goal in almost every sustainable living guide and is an excellent way to check on your expenditure. It could include recycling delivery packaging, old utensils and clothes too. Spring cleaning your wardrobe may give you more options to choose from, for your experiments. The ones that don't make the cut, can be turned into storage bags and more. Reducing water consumption Saving water is one of the main priorities for a sustainable lifestyle. Working from home may lead to more consumption of water during the day, for various household chores. So using water in an efficient manner is a must. Gardening at home … [Read more...] about Leading a sustainable lifestyle? Here’s your checklist