Russia, Pakistan sign MoU on gas pipeline from Iran

Russia and Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding on implementing a project to build an underwater gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan and India, the Russian Energy Ministry said in a statement Thursday.  

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The five-thousand rupee question

Ever wonder why we have a Rs5,000 note? If not, you should — because the note has a very interesting story to tell. It was introduced in 2006, and accounted for the bulk of the increase in “currency in circulation” for the next few years. Those in favour of its publication argued that it simplifies cash movement. So every day, for example, large amounts of cash need to be flown from Karachi to other cities around the country to meet the cash requirements of the banks.

CSS danger alert

The result of the most recent examination for the Central Superior Services (CSS) — in which around 10,000 candidates appeared and 200 passed — has elicited much commentary. Most of it, a lament on the falling standard of education, has been predictable. A different perspective is more intriguing: it lauds the examination for being meritocratic and so rigorous that it selects the very best for the civil service, which, it argues, is all to the good.


The most accident-prone province

In the first year of the present decade, 2010-11, the total number of traffic accidents in Pakistan was 9,723. By the fifth year of the decade, 2014-15, the number has significantly reduced to 7,865 or by 19 per cent. If we exclude Islamabad from 2014-15, as its data is not included in 2010-11, the reduction is 21 per cent. The reduction in fatal accidents was higher at 27 per cent than the reduction in nonfatal accidents at 17 per cent.  In the fatal accidents defined as those causing deaths, the number of deaths came down from 5,271 to 3,847. Accidents without any casualty but causing injuries are defined as nonfatal. The number of persons injured decreased from 11,383 9,297. In these reported accidents, the number of vehicles involved declined from 10,822 to 9,080.

Missing the point

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has generated competing claims among provinces on where the corridor should lie, as though counting the trucks plying on it is what really matters. This is myopic.

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