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'Grief Untold' launched at IPS

The research titled 'Grief Untold' was launched at Institute of Policy Studies on Friday, December 2, 2016. The study has been conducted by an Islamabad-based rights group: Defence of Human Rights (DHR). It looks at length into the plights of 100 women family members of missing persons in Pakistan.

Session on ‘REDD+ Governance’

An in-house session on the topic of ‘REDD+ Governance’ was organized at IPS on October 25, 2016, which was addressed by IPS associate and Program Director, Institute of Sustainable Development (ISD) Kanwar Javed Iqbal.

Collaborative seminar with NCHD on ‘World Teachers Day’

IPS LEAD - the Learning, Excellence and Development Program of IPS - collaborated with National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, to celebrate ‘World Teachers Day’ on October 5, 2016 through a seminar, which paid tributes to the teachers for their role in development of societies through disseminating knowledge and wisdom.

waronterorUS is not interested in stabilizing Afghanistan or the region; rather it is promoting “creative instability” in the Middle East and South Asia as a design to serve its own interests and those of Israel and India, claimed M. Akram Zaki, former secretary general foreign affairs, in his concluding remarks at a conference held at Institute of Policy Studies on September 29, 2016. He also quoted Zbigniew Brzenizski’s (called as the man behind Obama’s policies) words, “it is easier to kill a million people than to control them” while describing the hubristic policies of the US post-9/11.

cpecPakistan’s business community should prepare itself to be part of CPEC-connecting new international value chains and invest in research and development to enhance its capacity to meet the challenges and reap the opportunities the Chinese initiative was set to create in the near future.

pak exclusLack of awareness about its enormous maritime potential, especially among the ruling elite, was failing Pakistan as a nation to exploit its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Indian Ocean – up to 200 nautical miles along the country’s 1000km coastline – which is extremely rich in biodiversity, seafood, minerals and hydrocarbon resources and covers an area more than the size of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces combined.

nsg1The membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is critical for Pakistan to secure its defense, energy and economic goals. It has submitted its adherence to the NSG guidelines and has applied formally for its membership on 19 May 2016 but it will not associate NSG membership with talks on FMCT.

IPS PRE-BUDGET SEMINAR

prebudget1Senior economists at a pre-budget seminar held at Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) on Thursday, 19 May 2016, came heavy on what they called “the manipulation of fiscal data” on part of both the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which was destroying the country’s economic statistics.

net meteringtElectricity distribution companies (DISCOs) in Pakistan lack the capacity so far to provide net energy metering facility – which allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid – despite the approval of NEPRA regulations in this regard in September last year.

Cyber Threats: Implication on National Security

cyber thrtSecurity experts in a policy seminar have criticized the absence of a lead agency or comprehensive mechanism in Pakistan that could prevent or respond to any emergency situation should a major cyber threat arise. Development of indigenous IT and satellite technologies was also urged to ensure cyber security.

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