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A rational response to the gun attack on journalist/TV anchor Hamid Mir would have been to condemn it in strongest possible terms and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. Instead it turned into a free for all, with different media houses giving vent to their rivalries and commentators, barring a few exceptions, making nonsensical arguments either due to mental limitations, to please certain quarters, or to take potshots at the government.

Economic growth may be slowing in China, and fears of a credit crunch there may be rife, but the world's second-largest economy was a driving force for US company profits in the last quarter. Some of the biggest names in Corporate America, including Coca-Cola Co, General Motors Co, United Technologies Corp and McDonald's Corp all in the past week reported strong results from their China operations. In some cases this helped to offset weakness in the US or Europe.
After four decades in the same Mumbai slum, Vimal Gaikwad is well used to politicians' tall promises at election time, when the city's millions of shanty dwellers become sought-after voters. "The candidates just promise and say they will help, and then they do nothing," said the 60-year-old grandmother, perched on the steps of her green-painted, tin-roofed home in the north-eastern Bhim Nagar neighbourhood.
"You must be relieved - the PPP and the MQM have formed an alliance and have committed to serving the people of Karachi and Hyderabad together and..."
A Pakistani industrialist is sanguine that Narendra Modi will infuse new life in Indo-Pak trade and investment regime and transform the present scenario of policy paralysis and lack of optimism into more bang for the buck.
Far from the spotlight, in secretive high-level meetings and company boardrooms, Beijing is drawing up one of the country's thorniest reforms: an overhaul of China's hugely inefficient state-owned industry. It shapes up as an eclectic mix of pilot projects and initiatives rather than a single blueprint, which makes it harder to judge their progress than, for example, regulation-driven financial liberalisation.
Pacifist Japan is gradually learning to love its military, with an apparent public relations campaign under way to soften its image, featuring online popularity contests, a much-touted soprano vocalist and dating events. The armed forces are also visible in youth culture, with young teens tuning in to "Girl und Panzer" a cartoon about schoolgirls who do battle in tanks. Japan's most popular Twitter hashtag in 2013 was KanColle, a reference to an online game in which anthropomorphised warships compete to out-pretty each other as young girls.

 



 
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