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Jessica Hartogs reporting for the CNBC has said that Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde has divided corruption into three parts, including economic and social cost of corruption. "Direct economic costs of corruption are well known, the indirect costs may over even be more substantial and debilitating, leading to low growth and leading to income inequality," Lagarde was quoted as saying. She also reportedly said, "corruption undermines trust in government and erodes the ethical standards of private citizens".
Today we read with horror stories about the atrocities committed by Boko Haram and IS fuelled by fanaticism and prejudice against people of other faiths. Fanaticism is not religion, not Islam, it is cultural prejudice coloured by the fanatic's idea of religion. Do we ever stop to think when we, who are not fanatics remain silent and do not strongly pretest may be responsible for the atrocities too?
On his way down from the top of Mount Everest, Indian mountaineer Nava Kumar Phukon saw the woman sway from side to side - a classic sign of severe mountain sickness - as snow and fog reduced visibility to less than 10 feet (3 meters). Phukon's sherpa guide later told him the woman was 34-year old Australian Maria Strydom, who died last Saturday on the high slopes of Everest after making a failed push for the summit.
From miniature to portraiture and landscape to calligraphy the paintings were oozing imaginations and expressions at the Kaaf Noon Gallery - a new venue for promotion of visual arts was inaugurated recently in the city. Opening with a group exhibition of established and renowned Pakistani artists the new space is an addition to the art scene of Karachi to give artists and art their due importance in our society. It will definitely provide great opportunity for the artists and visitors alike to see the achievements of our masters and new emerging artists' efforts.
Smart home technology that has long been knocking at doors will settle into the mainstream after rival gadgets and services become hassle-free guests that get along with one another, industry insiders say.
Captain America and Iron Man may be the stars of Marvel's latest comic-book blockbuster, but Black Panther - making his big-screen debut - is most definitely the superhero of the moment.
Mohammed al-Sheikh is only 12 and feels trapped in Gaza but he dreams of a Guinness world record for a series of stunning backflips and his almost unbelievable body contortions.