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Who is afraid of Donald Trump

Who is afraid of Donald Trump

There are more than 80% chances that Donald Trump will make it to the White House. There are several reasons for my assessment. Firstly, if history is any guide, then it is the turn of the Republicans to govern America and Donald is surely going to get their nomination. Secondly, his likely opponent Hilary will…

Pakistan Railways: Historical Evolution

Pakistan Railways: Historical Evolution

After first successful commercial launching of regular train service from Liverpool to Manchester in 1830, railways networks were rapidly built in all the British colonies including India.  On April 16, 1853, the first train in the Subcontinent ran between Bombay and Thane. Drawn by three appropriately named locomotives (i.e. Sultan, Sindh and Sahib) this 14-carriage-long…

Public Policy Formulation and Analysis

Public Policy Formulation and Analysis

Introduction During the last few years public policy studies have been receiving a lot of attention in the academic circles all over the world for diverse reasons. Besides the increasing awareness about the role and importance of public policy formulation and implementation in tackling the multifaceted challenges being faced by every country, the main reason…

Global Food Security

Global Food Security

Global Food Security: Challenges and Response Introduction Food is the first basic human need and fundamental right of every human being, having constitutional guarantees in almost all countries. The United Nations (UN) recognized the Right to food in its Declaration of Human Rights issued in 1948, considering it to be vital for the enjoyment of…

Agrarian Reforms in Developing Countries

Agrarian Reforms in Developing Countries

Despite its gradually declining contribution to global Gross Domestic Product in relative terms, importance of agriculture for any country, whether developed or developing, cannot be overemphasized. No country in the world has made significant and sustained industrial progress without first bringing agricultural revolution and not vice versa. After all it was the agricultural revolution which…

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of Authority

Introduction Organizational effectiveness is dependent upon several factors. Appropriate quantum of delegation of authority to right persons and up to right level is one of them. Unfortunately public servants all over the world are very reluctant to delegate for one reason or other despite the fact that appropriate delegation of authority is the perfect foundations…

How to Conduct Effective  Meetings

How to Conduct Effective Meetings

Introduction Attending, conducting or organizing the meetings are some of the functions, which a civil servant has to perform almost daily. One of the most important elements of public administration, meetings are held for multifarious purposes i.e. from disseminating information about new policy, holding discussion to sort out an issue, making a decision of follow…

Twelve Principles of Effective Negotiations

Twelve Principles of Effective Negotiations

Introduction Whether having discussions with colleagues or sub-ordinates, conducting meetings, communicating with the public or with different stakeholders, negotiations are part and parcel of daily routine of a public servant. In order to have harmonious interpersonal relations among the colleagues and with the stakeholders, mastery of effective communications and particularly of negotiations skills is extremely…

Pakistan Railways-1 Challenges

Pakistan Railways-1 Challenges

Why State Owned Enterprises(SOEs) Underperform ? Case of Pakistan Railways-1 /The Way Forward In every country, developed or developing, general public has been complaining against the state owned enterprises about their performance. Ranging from inefficiency, poor service delivery, non-friendly customer behaviour of the employees, inadequate complaint redressal mechanism to corruption and bad governance are some…

Pakistan Railways-2 Response

Pakistan Railways-2 Response

Why State Owned Enterprises(SOEs) Underperform ? Case of Pakistan Railways-2 /The Way Forward   In our last post we discussed the issues and problems of Pakistan railways and highlighted the factors responsible for its decline over a period of time. In this 2nd and last piece we will present a plan of action for its…