Monday, April 21, 2014
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Slack in core insurance business

The higher profits of non-life companies principally originated from higher incomes on investment and not from

Salvaging sick yet viable units

With banks run by private owners, the possibility of the government interceding on behalf of borrowers is near zero,

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Enigmatic Pakistan-Afghanistan trade

KP CCI President Usman Bilour feels that anxiety about the future of trade with Afghanistan is misplaced.

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Preference for equity investment

“As the risk [in Islamic banking] is shared between the supplier and the user of funds, returns on investment, whether

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Rupee slips against dollar

The dollar rose by 135-paisa in interbank dealings and by 100-paisa in the open market last week

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Trading with India: implications for Pakistani businesses

Increased imports from India won't devastate local producers, since they will replace existing imports from elsewhere.

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Bank deposits dip

The highest amount of funds — Rs137.26bn — were realised from 12-month Treasury bills during the latest auction last

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External account trends

The current account deficit remained flat on a quarterly basis, while the capital account surplus boosted reserves in

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Prospering with acquisitions

Due to IGI stock’s comparatively low turnover, the market appears to have overlooked that the acquisition of Alico by

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Focus shifts to iron ore deposits

German consultants have also been engaged by the Punjab Mining Company to re-establish economic feasibility for

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‘A roadmap for recovery’

MAJOR General Zaheer Ahmed, an experienced officer from the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and the...

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GSP Plus turning into GSP Minus

To capitalise on the currency’s revaluation, it is imperative that the cost of electricity, gas, fuel, and other key

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Low output, high prices of summer vegetables

Pakistan exports 12-15pc of the total vegetable output, but lately traders have focused more on quality and packaging

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KP expedites hydropower projects

Three hydropower projects of cumulative capacity of 56MW are in advanced stages of completion, at a total cost of Rs12

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New food safety law

The effectiveness of the new law would depend on the food safety authority which is responsible for improving ‘nutrition

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Legal hurdles in GI for basmati

It is time that the GI-awarding mechanism is rectified and updated to earn approval of the EU for basmati

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How To ...

Email is one of the biggest productivity challenges that executives face. Sorting through the daily barrage consumes a

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High performers are covertly victimised

In a study set in a Midwestern field office of a US financial services firm, high-performing employees were more...

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Are you future oriented?

The structure of the language spoken by a company’s top team affects the firm’s planning for the future,...

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Mortgage-interest deduction

The average house size in the Washington, DC, area, is about 1,400 square feet larger than it would have been if the...

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Most US visas go to investors from China

More than 80pc of last year’s special US visas for immigrant entrepreneurs were issued to people from China, up...

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The price of popularity: lower ratings

In the two years after books win splashy awards such as the Man Booker Prize, their average ratings on Goodreads.com...

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Letter from Mumbai: Creeping stagflation

Slackening domestic demand in India has coincided with a fall in exports. In March, exports declined by 3.2pc in dollar

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World commodities

In the Singapore market, Brent crude edged towards $109/barrel on April 16, coming off a six week high as mixed Chinese

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The fragile middle — a slippery ladder

As FT begins to look at the global middle class, Shawn Donnan, Ben Bland and John Burn-Murdoch examine the precarious

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Biofuels — wasted energy

The biofuels companies and environmentalists say the EU’s backtracking is threatening to strangle the waste-to-biofuels

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EU banking reforms mark biggest shake-up for 20 years

The centrepiece of the reforms is an EU-wide rule book to ensure shareholders and bondholders, and not taxpayers, are

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