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"Mian Nawaz Sharif has finally seen the light."

What does it take to change a mind of an individual and of a nation collectively? We see deep ingrained attitudes in all nations but there is a difference when these attitudes are positive or otherwise. As a civil servant the exponential experience that I have gone through and I dare say the same experience is also visible in other colleagues. The civil service for all its ills provided an experience level that is not visible to any other service. The others that criticised the service had their points of view but the manner in which the authority of the service was nibbled away had its regressive aspects. While carrying out a survey of the large industry on Sheikhupura road I was accosted by serious criticism from the industrialists who managed to draw a distinction on the arrogance of the lot. When it was enquired as to whether they were able to handle their problems when they arose. They agreed. But as a word of caution I had also mentioned that the time will come when you will remember the service for its delivery. That world has come sooner than I think. Talk of Karachi and the problems of governance - of bhatta khori and of murder and of a host of other problems. Where would the industrialists go and have problems redressed? Go to any urban areas and the problems exist causing immense loss and fear to the industrialist. The loss that the industrialist experiences is passed on to the consumer but then the consumer can accept that much of a cost and then he finds that the price is enormous he starts looking for substitutes.
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Rising orders and increasing optimism from companies like United Technologies Corp and Tyco International point to a strengthening recovery in the US commercial construction market, which has been limping back since bottoming more than three years ago.
Pakistan will certainly face more embarrassments in the forthcoming review talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Dubai on August 6, 2014 as the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has failed on expanding tax base as well as meeting the revised target. However, it is sure that once again the government will manage to justify the arguable fudged figures of collection of taxes and refunds blocked-the doctrinarians sitting in Ministry of Finance and FBR are sure that IMF has no independent sources to challenge their claims! The demand for an independent audit by Public Accounts Committee, as suggested by us in these columns, is still a far cry. The tax evaders sitting in the National Assembly and Senate want "favours" from FBR and would never take them to task.
ImagePower Crisis has once again gripped the nation. We appear to be in the same state as July last year if not worse with over 12 hours loadshedding, public protests, workers lay off and more. Government has also realised that they are not winning the war against power shortage and that they have not been able to live up to their promises to the nation. The Prime Minister has expressed his disappointment & the team has run out of ideas.
South African shantytown residents have forced the closure of a museum honouring anti-apartheid heroes, accusing the authorities of building "a house for dead people" while they live in squalor. Once a tourist magnet, The Red Location Museum in New Brighton outside the southern city of Port Elizabeth houses hundreds of "memory boxes" containing the life stories of anti-apartheid activists, including the late liberation icon Nelson Mandela.


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