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Freestyle polo continues to thrive in G-B, Chitral

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ISLAMABAD:  While others may play other games, the king of games is the game of kings – is an adage associated with polo, considered to be one of the most popular sports of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Chitral for centuries. Polo has brought together people of these ancient valleys from times when there were no jeeps plying the narrow, precarious roads ...

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How can Pakistan implement Climate Change Act 2016 to overcome the dire results of Climate Change?

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By Ibrar Karim On 16th March, 2016 Pakistan Climate Change Act was passed by the Parliament of Pakistan and then the Senate of Pakistan; with an objective to help the country progress and attain sustainable goals. New institutions were formed: the Pakistan Climate Change Council, Pakistan Climate Change Authority and Pakistan Climate Change Fund. Elaborating the role of the new ...

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Alarming number of suicide attempts in Ghizer district

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The increasing number of suicide attempts in the Ghizer district of Gilgit Baltistan has become alarming as five more youngsters have reportedly committed suicide during last one week. This district, where literacy rate is comparatively better, has emerged as the worst district keeping in view the number of suicides during the past one decade. According to residents of the area, ...

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The dilemma of suicide and homicide in Gilgit-Baltistan

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By Asif Sakhi The prevailing suicide tendencies among youth are alarmingly increasing in GB. Four suicide cases reported within three days. Whereas, not a single case has been properly investigated to ascertain the root causes. Some incidents of honor killings have allegedly been labeled suicide incidents to evade possible legal actions against the perpetrators. It has become a social stigma ...

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Climate change and the aftermath in Gilgit-Baltistan: Why is it important for GB to stay below 1.5°C

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Today the world is focusing more on traditional security issues with great zeal. Almost every country is spending a huge amount of their budget on their defense and security, but the common enemy of mankind, regardless of their religion, race and nationality, is climate change. Climate change is one of the Non-Traditional Security Issues — prominent and eminent in nature ...

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Role of media in narrative building of our society: a global perspective

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By Shakeel Ahmed The term media is derived from Medium, which means carrier or mode. Media denotes an item specifically designed to reach a large audience or viewers. The term was first used with the advent of newspapers and magazines. However, with the passage of time, the term broadened by the inventions of radio, TV, cinemas and Internet. In the ...

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China’s constructive approach for regional development

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By Shakeel Ahmed China’s rapid advancement has put the effort on the relations; it deals with its neighbors. Particular national interests and the large social and political diversity in the region make the advancement of regional community a complex and soft mission. China has the largest number of neighbor’s 14 sharing its 22,000 km land borders namely: North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, ...

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In a Man’s World, Gilgit’s First Female Judge Continues to Break Stereotypes

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AMAL HASHIM Whatever conservative conceptions you had of the province of Gilgit Baltistan should be removed by now because the region has managed to have its first female judge since 2006. And she is definitely someone you do not want to cross. Her court is one of the strictest in the region with everyone following the proper decorum at all ...

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Working on Gender in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Chhaya Vani Namchu leads a focus group discussion with women involved in groundnut cultivation at the Jalpaiguri Teesta floodplains in West Bengal, India [Photo Credit: The Mountain Institute, Sikkim]

By ChhayaVaniNamchu and MenakaHamal On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is important to reflect on the importance of the inclusion of gender in academia. The goal of gender professionals is to ensure fair representation of marginalized groups in a variety of discourses – be it literature, science, history, or even current affairs and popular culture. A larger awareness ...

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Ineluctability of Gilgit-Baltistan in CPEC

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By Babar Ali Bhatti Surrounded by Afghanistan and three nuclear power countries China, India and Pakistan, Gilgit-Baltistan’s strategic value does not need to be implied anymore The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is much more than just roads. Rather, it is a complete framework of energy, infrastructure, ports and industry related projects. It would connect Khunjrab to Gwadar, and China has ...

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