Talha Afzal

  • Bitcoin’s future as an alternative currency has generated a considerable amount of debate in financial parlors. A Bitcoin is merely a transfer of value between addresses. Every time you want to transact, an address is created and transfer of value takes place. When you are on the receiving ...

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  • The chemical attack that killed scores of people in Syria has become a matter of concern for world leaders and media alike. It has been rebuked and criticized by several nations. Some go as far as suggesting that the incident amounts to war crime. World leaders have expressed outrage over one of ...

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  • The recent surge of interest in Tayyaba’s case is founded upon violations of the most basic tenets of human rights. Ever since the news broke out, the moral affront to human dignity has been strongly rebuked by human right advocates and public. Laboring children have endured abuses for as ...

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  • What's your smartphone made of? While some would argue it is made of electronic circuits and battery, I would say its more than just that. It’s made of sweat of workers in Congo who put their lives at risk every day for mere 2 dollars. Cobalt is a major ingredient that goes into the ...

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  • Withdrawing from North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has always been the pillar of Trump’s economic policy. While Canada is open to re-negotiating NAFTA, Trump is talking tough even before he formally takes office. NAFTA has long been the subject of debate and many Americans believe ...

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  • By now, you probably already know about the most recent social media sensation: the chaye wala from Islamabad whose picture is making rounds on internet. The picture that went viral after it was uploaded on Instagram has taken internet by storm. According to a Buzzfeed article, the photographer who ...

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  • Daraprim, a drug that is the de facto standard of care for treating life threatening infections went from $13.75 to $750 overnight. The drug that was initially marketed at $1 a pop in 2009 is also used by transplant and AIDS patients. Although the drug price is down to $375 now after the arrest of ...

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  • Aqeela Asifi, a Pakistani teacher, who set up her first school in the shade of a borrowed tent was nominated for top ten teachers of the world in 2016. When she came to Pakistan as a refugee, there were no schools in the refugee camp that could teach girls but she did not let this defeat her ...

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  • Internet is rife with articles that make towering claims about how Pakistan is decades behind India in terms of development. But isn’t it flat out unfair to compare India with a country that was not provided a levelled playing field? Pakistan and India inherited very different circumstances ...

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  • In a bid to bridge the gap between demand and supply of electricity, NEPRA approved The Net Metering Regulations 2015 to allow consumers to sell surplus electricity from solar panels on their roofs to distributors. News sources also claim that the 400,000 solar panels installed by China as part of ...

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  • Speaking his mind at a conference, Narendra Modi resolutely opposed the initiative by China to develop economic corridor between China and Pakistan. He warned China to stop developing the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) or face dire consequences in Balochistan. CPEC is a collection of ...

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  • Taking notice of the plight of Kashmiris, the Sikh community in America assured that it supports Kashmir’s cause and vowed to support the struggle for freedom. The brutalities and unrest in the region has claimed many lives. The use of pellet guns against unarmed civilians and the death of ...

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  • Police constable Tahir Khan, who recently received doctorate in biotechnology, has become the talk of the town. Talking to journalists he said when he was recruited as police officer, his family was not doing well financially but he did not let his circumstances discourage him. Despite hardship and ...

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  • In a recent turn of events, International Monetary Fund (IMF) decided to release the final tranche of $102 million of the promised $6.6 billion loan.  Pakistan, which is South Asia’s second largest economy, raised this loan in year 2013 under a three-year economic bailout programme. ...

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  • Friendly fraud occurs when a customer fraudulently reports a transaction on his credit card statement as "unauthorized". The bank reverses the transaction leaving the merchant on hook. The reversal, also known as chargeback, is a mechanism to protect consumers who are unfairly charged. However, ...

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  • While I’m thankful to God that our prime minister returned home safely and pray that he never has to undergo another painful surgery, I am appalled that 1,800 armed men were deployed at airport upon his arrival. The job of a police officer is to ensure public safety, not give VIP protocol. I ...

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  • The doctrine of 'qisas' or 'revenge in kind' allows the heir of the victim to take the life of the murderer (after court approval). However, as an alternative, monetary compensation is also allowed where the aggrieved party receives financial compensation in return for forgiving the murderer. This ...

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  • You may like to think you are not a taxpayer but from luxuries down to basic supplies, you are paying taxes all the way. Whether you are a filer or non-filer, you are shelling out money for big brother every single day. Most of the tax today is deducted when you spend your income, not when you file ...

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  • The Cybercrime bill that has already been approved by the lower house of National Assembly is now awaiting Senate approval. Once approved, the bill will be written into law. Critics claim that the law will curb free speech and dissent, and will turn lack of awareness of the ordinary citizen into ...

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  • Donald Trump has been leveling statements against Muslims since Adam. Calling them terrorists is one of his favorite pastimes. He has made it clear if he becomes U.S president, he will ban Muslims from entering the country. He says a lot of disgusting things about Muslims at his rallies. Rally ...

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