Hamid Maker

  • THamid Maker Some time back, I had been invited to a panel discussion to discuss the important issue of Governance and other citizen related problems, including consumer protection. The group had decided to discuss the issue of Good Governance and the three main pillars that support it, the ...

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  • TDue to the lack of Consumer Courts and the lack of enforcement of PSQCA laws, our markets are flooded with counterfeit, substandard and lookalike products and callous manufacturers use old rusted tins and discarded branded empty water bottles to pack these products and cheat the ...

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  • TIn the past, Karachi was known as the City of Lights and people from Dubai and Singapore used to come to the city to celebrate the New Year. But sadly, due to target killings, kidnappings, lack of enforcement of the rule of law and deteriorating law and order situation, the City of Lights turned ...

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  • TDue to the lack of Consumer Courts and the non-enforcement of existing food laws as well as lack of accountability or legal checks, the gullible citizens are being misled by glossy and misleading advertisements. As such, callous manufacturers and wholesalers continue to play havoc with the health ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK According to dental doctors, Paan, Chhalia, Gutka, the ‘Sweet Poison’ and smoking is a growing menace in our society and is causing oral diseases, which include mouth and throat cancer and is the second most common cause of cancer in children and adults, in Pakistan. Gutka ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK Corporate Social Responsibility is a growing need in today's complex business environment. Prudent corporations have realised that their role is not only to make profits for their companies and shareholders, but also to be recognised as socially responsible enterprises.   CSR is ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK According to the UN guidelines on consumer protection 1985, a consumer has eight basic rights, which are as follows; Right to Basic Needs - Right to Safety - Right to be Informed - Right to Choose - Right to Representation /be Heard - Right to Redress - Right to Consumer Education - ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK Each year, member countries of the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC), International Standards Organization (ISO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) celebrate World Standards Day on 14 October. This year the World Standards Day is being celebrated with the ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK Michel de Nostredame (also known as Nostradamus), a French physician and astrologer who was born on December 1503 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence, France.  He is also known a reputed and prolific seer. He published a collection ...

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  • TConsumer Rights were first recognised by US President John F Kennedy on March 15, 1962 and this day was declared as WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY. The elusive Consumer Protection Law, Sindh, was finally approved and unanimously adopted by the Sindh Assembly on February 21, 2015, and signed by Governor ...

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  • TSometime back, a friend of mine had written an article, “A Stable full of Asses, in which he had quoted an old Arab saying, 'Although an Arab horse may be weak, but it is still worth more than a stable full of asses'. In the article, he had asked, ‘Ever wondered why this country's ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALKS The word honour is usually associated with those who deserve respect and admiration for noble acts of bravery and sacrifice. Therefore one fails to understand as to why the term “honour killing” is used in the brutal, deliberate and cold-blooded acts of murder of innocent ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK On Monday, the 14th of August, Pakistan, the country of the Pak and the Pure, celebrated its 70th Independence Day with the usual ‘Zeal and Fervor’. But sadly, the clarion call of ‘Faith – Unity - Discipline’ by the Quaid, the father of the nation, has ...

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  • TJACOBABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf [PTI] Jacobabad took out a rally here on Saturday to celebrate the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister. Sweets were also distributed among the people on the occasion. The rally, which was led by PTI leader Raaz Khan Pathan, was taken out from ...

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  • TIt seems that the winds of change are also blowing across America. In 1991, a film was made, “Sleeping with the enemy”, starring Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin and Kevin Anderson. It was about a young woman who fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK October 6th has come and gone, not with a bang, but a whimper. I was in Islamabad on that fatal day, as I had an appointment with Dr. Faqir, Registrar Supreme Court of Pakistan, and had expected that access to the SC building would be difficult, due to barricades and blocked ...

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  • TIn our lives there have been many occasions when we have sadly reflected on the mistakes and the wrong decisions that we have taken during our life time, which may have turned out to be fatal and we have been forced to ask ourselves, “If only I had …’. There are also many ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALKS As I had mentioned in my last ST article, Mumtaz and I would be in Dubai for the next two weeks, to attend the wedding of Natasha, the daughter of our friends from Congo and celebrate the festive season in swinging Dubai. So here we are, staying with Fauzia, in her villa in Jumaira ...

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  • TOur two-day stay in Istanbul was soon over and on 7th May, we caught the thirteen hour noon Turkish Airline flight for LA International Airport. We took a taxi from the hotel for the airport at 10am and on reaching the terminal, we were wheeled through custom and immigration and into the Business ...

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  • TAccompanying the dhikr practices of whirling and prayer, the custom of sama serves to further one's "nourishment of the soul" through devotional "hearing" of the "'subtle' sounds of the hidden world or of the cosmos." In contrast to the use of sama, whirling and devotional ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK I always feel depressed when I return to Karachi from a trip abroad and this time was no different. I was saddened by the vast contrast between the quality of life in the cities of Pakistan, compared to other cities in the world. Returning from Dubai and driving through the noisy, ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK The long hot summer months have not even started, but the government has warned us of the threat of a looming power crisis that the country will be facing in the coming months. According to the print media, Minister of Water and Power Khawaja Asif while addressing a press conference ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK Hamid Maker Last week I had written a ST article on ‘Milky Poison’, however, according to an article in the Nation on April 9th, (http://nation.com.pk/business/09-Apr-2017/busting-the-myth-of-unsafe-milk), milk is seen as a comprehensive and ideal source of nutrition, as ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK It seems pure milk is virtually impossible to procure, even as more and more companies selling the product appear in the marketplace with their advertising banners and catchy slogans. A Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, has noted that a large number of milk ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK An article in the daily Dawn ‘What are we drinking in the name of milk?’ by Faraz Khan (https://www.dawn.com/news/1321371) states that the problem of adulteration and contamination of milk begins at the stage of collection. But that is not the only issue in the dairy ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK 15th of March is commemorated by consumer rights organisations all over the world as World Consumer Rights Day. The day is commemorated by organising seminars, debates, walks, TV talk shows, etc., which highlight the rights of consumers and other consumer-related issues along with the ...

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  • TStraight Talk Political activities in Pakistan and even in the US have become stale and there is no Breaking News or new scandals to write about. In Pakistan we have the Panama Papers, which my friend Anwar Maqsood refers to as The Pajama Papers and in the US we have the controversial Trump ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK According to Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times, with every passing day the US president’s behaviour becomes more worrying. One day he demeans a federal judge who challenged his travel ban, the next day, without evidence, he accuses the media of hiding illegal voting or ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK What seemed inconceivable until Nov 8th has now become a reality and Donald Trump has won a stunning, historic election to become the 45th President of the United States of America. His victory has, without a doubt, raised anxious times for much of the world. The unconventional ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALKS The octopus of corruption has spread its strangling tentacles to every nook and corner of our government and society. All governments, both military and civil, have promised to kill this monster, but none succeeded and it still lives in the depth of our seas. To fight the menace of ...

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