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Political, economic, and social turmoil is nothing new for Pakistan and its people. They have more or less learnt to live with the tumult as a part of life. For many in our part of the world political discussions and debates resulting out of turmoil is a source of amusement and a form of so called "intellectual stimulation" equally enjoyed by all segments of society whether at tea shops in bustling markets, under the shade of a pipel tree in villages or in the lavish drawing rooms of the wealthy. The arenas for these debates are also the TV talk shows where anchors and panellists try to compete with each other more on the strength of vocal cords than intellectual maturity and sagacity. The business world has also developed a great resilience against political turmoil. There are short lulls and then the businesses return to business as usual. These idiosyncrasies of Pakistani society are very difficult for the foreign media and people to comprehend, hence, a negative country perception prevails in the outside world.

Hunted for generations for its tasty meat, the scaly-skinned pangolin is under threat in Gabon as demand for the small mammal surges in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine. A timid and strange-looking creature, the pangolin is rarely seen in the wild, emerging only at night. But in the markets of Libreville, the capital of this west African equatorial state, one will see plenty among the crocodiles, porcupines, gazelles and other bushmeat favoured by the Gabonese.
If Afghanistan is to avoid the chaotic breakdown seen in Iraq, US-trained special forces undergoing instruction at a drill camp outside Kabul must play a key part in imposing security - and building public confidence. The huge base, surrounded by barren hills, is the scene of an all-round education for commandos who have been hand-picked from the regular army to replace US elite units now withdrawing from Afghanistan. On the curriculum is every aspect of planning and executing military operations: from urban warfare exercises and patrolling villages to shooting practice with M4 assault rifles and classroom lessons.
By mid-day on August 18, signs were that the government had avoided its exit, courtesy cargo containers, police power, and refusal of most political parties to support the "Azadi March" of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the "Inqilab March" of Pakistani Awami Tehrik (PAT) because tired supporters of both parties were returning to their homes.
Biotech drug production techniques based on plants, which may prove to be faster, higher yielding and cheaper than current methods using mammalian cells, haven't caught on with the biggest pharmaceutical companies. The leading players in so-called "plantibodies" include San Diego's Mapp Pharmaceutical, which garnered global attention for an experimental Ebola drug given to two American medical workers, as well as companies like Germany's Icon Genetics, Canada's PlantForm Corp, and Delaware-based IBio Inc. All of the privately-held companies are working to produce antibodies, protein drugs and vaccines in fast-growing plants.
Calling the top in financial markets is never easy. Asian stock and bond markets may appear frothy at their near-record levels after a multi-year rally, but global investors are still betting on a mix of healthy returns and history to juice up their profits. Six years since the global financial crisis spurred a relentless pursuit of yields, Asian stock markets are at record highs, bond yields have tumbled to pre-crisis lows and companies are raising huge amounts of cheap equity and debt.
The PML-N government has recently put out an advertisement in the news media highlighting the 'One Year of Economic Turnaround' with 'facts that speak for themselves'. The major achievements in 2013-14 are listed and a comparison made of some economic growth indicators for 2013-14 with 2012-13. IPR has reviewed the stated achievements and indicators.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 15, 2014
Reserves $14.264 bln