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What is Pakistan's dilemma with floods and what can be done about it? There is nothing absolute in my life except the dictates of the Almighty. What are the consequences of this statement? It simply means that I do not see why with an upright mind that the Homo sapiens have there are no neo interventions. Neo stands for alternatives but if you have superficially educated engineers and irrigation engineers are a devastating lot there will be no interventions that can handle the situation. President Zardari was the only one who understood that water is a precious commodity and if not handled well can lead to disaster and he felt that the water sector required an out of the box solution and for that he handed the responsibility to agriculture research. Precious water cannot be thrown away in buckets is what Lee Kuan Yew the Singaporean PM stated in a seminar at the National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC). When you are talking to the engineers and I know many of them you are in virgin territory when it comes to efficient use of this commodity. Please do not hand me the cliché that we have the world's largest irrigation system and if the land is moist then its productivity is unparallel. Do not live under any delusions. The irrigation system may be the largest but we are the world's most inefficient system when it comes to agriculture productivity. But that is another story.

Resource mobilization refers to the generation of savings from domestic resources and their allocation to economically and socially productive investments. Such resource allocation can come from both the public and private sectors. The public sector does this through taxation and other forms of public revenue generation.
Though diet studies disagree about what's worse for you, carbohydrates or fat, most say nice things about eating protein, including its potential for better weight control. US consumers have taken note, and so have food manufacturers and restaurant chains. More than a dozen companies have introduced new products or meals that are "enriched" or "fortified" with protein in the last few years, and the protein push is accelerating.
"Rehman Malik the peacemaker..."
In Pakistan, a heated debate is going on about democracy, constitution and rule of law. Government and Opposition are busy countering what they call "onslaught of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) against elected parliaments." Both sides are accusing each other of violating constitution and laws. While PTI and PAT claim that vast majority of parliamentarians are tax cheats, the government's media co-ordinator has alleged that 82% of PTI elected members, including Imran Khan, have "evaded taxes."
When it comes to connectivity between India and China, leveraging the potential of direct roads still remains low. Road corridors enable not only trade, but also infrastructure like electricity lines, oil pipelines, industrial units, ancillary businesses and optic-fibers. Tourism is another beneficiary, if the attraction of Wagah at the India-Pakistan border is any evidence. Trade via roads between India and China is possible only in three points, like Nathula in Sikkim. But these are mainly aimed for local traders from the border provinces. They do not serve the movement of large-scale trade into the heartland of either country, for which the time and money intensive sea-route is still used. This is where the BCIM project comes into discussion - given its potential to be a game-changer in the way goods and economic activity eventually move between South Asia and China. BCIM Project is a multi-modal economic corridor being planned through Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar to connect Kunming with Kolkata. China has been its most vocal supporter, pitching it to its South Asian partners at several forums in recent years. Bangladesh is another supporter, as it gives it a cost-effective trading route to the region's two largest economies. In fact, it is actually India which has dilly-dallied. Some Indians are hesitant, on the premise that development of roads close to the border would make it easy for Chinese troops to enter right into Indian territory should any tension escalate. This fear has some validity, but it is also illogical. Roads are being developed on the Chinese side anyway. If tension escalates, the Chinese are capable of moving up to the border as it is. In fact, India would have everything to lose if it does not develop its connectivity to border areas.
Talk of $34 billion proposed Chinese investment with government claiming it to be a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) while others describing it as a loan is a good fodder for TV shows. Interestingly, a large number of politicians in Pakistan too are taking a lot of interest in this subject that requires more clarity. The fact is that the truth needs to be in black and white.


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