Sep 302018
 
FM Qureshi to meet NSA Bolton on visit to White House

In addition to his planned meeting with United States (US) Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will also hold a meeting with the country’s National Security Adviser (NSA) John Bolton at the White House, Dawn reported on Monday. Qureshi had arrived in Washington DC on Sunday for talks on bilateral relations with US officials following his trip to New York for the United Nation’s General Assembly session. He is expected to meet both, Bolton and Pompeo, on Tuesday. His first stop is expected to be the White House where he will meet Bolton for talks on untangling Pakistan’s ruffled relations with the US. He will then proceed to the US State Department for his second meeting with the secretary of state. On Monday, Qureshi will meet Pakistani diplomats and experts to prepare for the crucial talks that are to be held on Tuesday. Pompeo and Qureshi first met in Islamabad early in September when the US government approached the new Pakistani government to discuss key issues that have strained decades-old ties between the two countries. In a briefing about his earlier meeting, Pompeo said that, following the election of Prime Minister Imran Khan in July, the US “wanted to get out there at the beginning of his time in an effort to reset the relationship between the two countries”. It was during his Islamabad visit that Pompeo invited the Pakistani foreign minister to visit Washington for further talks. Pak-US relations and the Afghan dynamic Speaking to [Read More…]

Sep 302018
 
Commercial Bank of Dubai Selects Glint to Drive Focus on Employee Engagement

Leading UAE Financial Services Firm Committed to a People-Centric Culture DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Glint, the people success platform that helps leading organizations increase employee engagement, develop their people, and improve business results, today announced that Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD), a leading bank in the United Arab Emirates, has chosen Glint to deliver improved agility to its employee engagement strategy. Glint’s platform will help CBD increase employee engagement through frequent pulse surveys, as well as employee lifecycle, manager and team effectiveness surveys that will take employees just minutes to complete. Glint’s interactive dashboards will automatically analyze employee data and deliver results, recommendations, and suggested actions in real time. “The financial services industry is rapidly changing and becoming more digital in its product and service offerings. In order to respond to these changing demands our employees must be fully engaged and committed to our goal of creating a high performance culture,” said Gareth Powell, Chief Human Resources Officer, Commercial Bank of Dubai. “Glint’s people success platform represents the very best technology to equip our organization to understand the employee experience and take the right actions to improve engagement and performance. Their technology and expertise will give us an important foundation for supporting our employees to deliver on the bank’s ambitious goals through to 2020.” “Commercial Bank of Dubai is committed to fostering a high-performance culture and sees the implementation of an agile employee engagement process as essential to support this effort,” said Scott Sinatra, [Read More…]

Sep 302018
 
Strong Regional Growth in Demand for Graduate Management Education

Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe Regions See Gains; Strong Economy and Political Turmoil Continue to Impact U.S. Numbers RESTON, Va., Oct. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Overall, demand for graduate management education is stable in 2018 compared with 2017 according to findings of the annual Application Trends Survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council. Applications to business school programs in the Asia-Pacific, European, and Canadian markets are up over 2017 while programs in the United States report a drop in volume.  Across graduate business school program types—including MBA, business master’s, and PhD programs—most programs in Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe received more applications than last year. Growth in the Canadian and European regions derive largely from increases in international applications, while domestic growth is fueling increases in Asia-Pacific. Regionally, strong growth in application volume across all program types was offset by declines in the United States.  Programs in Asia-Pacific had an 8.9% increase, Canada realized 7.7% growth, and Europe had a 3.2% increase in application demand across all program types. The United States experienced a nearly 7% decline, including a 1.8% decline in domestic application volume and a 10.5% drop in international volume across all program types. “Demand for graduate management education is stable year over year,” said Sangeet Chowfla, GMAC president and CEO.  “However, there are significant regional variations. Non-U.S. programs continue to thrive, highlighting the continued emergence of enhanced educational and professional opportunities outside the United States.” “Several factors can help explain the lag in U.S. business school demand,” Chowfla continued.  [Read More…]

Sep 302018
 
PTI nominees for Lahore by-polls ‘left in the lurch’

LAHORE: Unlike the PML-N, campaigns of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) candidates for by-polls in NA-124 and NA-131 appear to lack lustre primarily because the party leadership has refused to extend them any support for being in power and also owing to differences within the party. Humayun Akhtar Khan, brother of PML-N Senator Haroon Akhtar, has not yet succeeded in putting up even a single successful show in his constituency of NA-131 — comprising Walton, Defence, Cantonment, Nishat Colony, Qainchi, Chungi Amar Sidhu. A PTI leader Dawn spoke to on Sunday said differences within the party over awarding of ticket to ‘outsider’ (Humayun) and lack of support from any party leader in Lahore were the main reasons behind a poor campaign. “Humayun has failed to develop momentum in his campaign as party workers in the constituency are not cooperating with him. At the same time, the party leadership has told him that he will have to use his own resources to compete with PML-N stalwart Khwaja Saad Rafique, as being in power the PTI top leaders cannot run his campaign,” he claimed. A woman worker of the PTI said the women’s wing was also not fully cooperating with Mr Humayun. “A few women are running his campaign. It appears that the party has left its candidate in the lurch,” she claimed. Former PTI Lahore president Waleed Iqbal, who was earlier promised by Prime Minister Imran Khan the ticket for NA-131, had initially run the campaign for Humayun. Now, he is [Read More…]

Sep 302018
 
Hiring on merit

Pakistan Studies is being taught as compulsory subject to graduate students of all disciplines in universities across Pakistan. Since many universities have a shortage of permanent faculty, they often hire part-time teachers for this compulsory subject. According to HEC rules, the minimum qualification for university teachers is MS or M Phil in the relevant subject. Unfortunately, merit is completely ignored during the hiring of Pakistan Studies teachers and people who are from influential backgrounds are recruited.In one of the renowned universities of Islamabad, the subject of Pakistan Studies is mostly taught by the administrative/ clerical staff of the university or some influential people who have cordial relations with the head of departments. A large number of teachers don’t have the required qualification. It is a dire need that this subject must be given its due importance and only those teachers might be hired who are competent and have command over the subject. The HEC should take steps against those universities where Pakistan Studies is being taught by those who do not meet the criteria.Imran ShahzadIslamabad

Sep 302018
 
Do no harm

In one of the country’s biggest hospitals, the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), a person with no medical qualifications was working as a doctor. Although the impersonator was handed to the police, two of his accomplices have been suspended from training for only six months. Both accomplices are postgraduate doctors at PIMS. These real doctors were the masterminds behind this act of deception. They did not only shy away from their official responsibilities, but they also allowed a conman to enter the hospital’s premises.This put the lives of patients who put blind trust in the hands of health care providers in danger. Does a mere six-month suspension from training do justice to the crime committed deliberately? The authorities concerned should take serious steps to ensure that such action is not repeated in the future. The wrongdoers should be brought to book.Syeda Mehreen GilaniIslamabad

Sep 302018
 
Tourism potential

The world celebrated Tourism Day on September 27. Officials in Pakistan should highlight the importance of tourism and both local and foreign tourists should be acquainted with major tourist destinations across the country. In order to promote tourism on a wide canvas, tourists ought to be provided with safe transportation, clean and affordable motels, and foolproof security so that tourists can explore the areas freely. Since the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) is a full-fledged corporation, it must meet all the needs of tourists and ask assistance from both the KP and federal governments. It has also been reported that tourists complain about heaps of garbage which can be seen almost everywhere. The PTDC must provide dustbins at suitable places so that litter is properly disposed of.The existing hotels/motels must be upgraded and more should be constructed to meet the increasing demand of tourist. The PTDC must hire professional translators for the guidance of foreigners. It should also ensure that hiking treks are properly maintained and that hygienic food free of any contamination is being provided at hotels.Engr Riaz AkbarWah Cantt

Sep 302018
 
Asia Cup

The recently concluded Asia Cup 2018 has disappointed a large number of Pakistani fans who were waiting for their national team to at least make it to the finals. The national team wasn’t confident at all and barely managed to win against Afghanistan. However, the amount of criticism that Pakistani fans have levelled against the team also needs to be checked. We cannot start dropping good players from our team.If our players are out of form, we need to pay more attention to their training sessions. There are obviously some mistakes that are being repeated by players. The authorities concerned need to keep a check on them and take steps to rectify them. Let’s hope that the team will perform better in the upcoming series against Australia.Iqra ShaheenFaisalabad

Sep 302018
 
Unsafe in Karachi

This refers to the news report ‘Patients, staff robbed at hospital in Federal B Area’ (Sep 28). I lived in Karachi until the early 2010s and moved to Lahore in 2012. The sudden move was motivated by a traumatising incident, which frightened my family to a great extent. It was 10am on a weekday when I saw some men entering my house through the main gate – which was ajar. The well-dressed men saw me and one of them hurriedly stood beside me. After that, the other four men took out their guns and warned me to keep quiet. My wife who was in the kitchen shrieked in horror.Our youngest daughter was sleeping in her room and the robber ordered my wife to fetch her. He asked all three of us to sit quietly in one room. Two out of the four men started stripping our house of its valuable items. I still thank my stars that none of us was injured that day. When I read the news report, I remembered the horrific day when the sky came falling down. I am amazed that the authorities concerned have not taken any concrete steps to curb such crimes.Syed Jamal HasanLahore