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Pakistani currency is under severe pressure currently as US dollar surged to historic Rs 143.50 in the open market on Saturday. The Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan (ECAP) reported that the rupee lost another Rs1.20 against the US dollar and closed at a new record low of Rs143.50 in the open market. However, there is speculation in the market that the rupee will settle at around Rs145 by the time Pakistan strikes a loan agreement with the IMF.
In 2018, the dollar appreciated 27% against the rupee, witnessing two of its biggest ever single day jumps in the short span of one-and-a-half months. It was one of the most volatile years in terms of exchange rate uncertainty. Presently, Pakistan is negotiating a loan package with the IMF but it hasn’t been finalised yet. Experts say the IMF would set difficult economic reform targets for Pakistan including a free-float exchange rate, which may result in further depreciation of the rupee.
SONIA NAJAM SHAIKH
Sufferings in Tharparkar
For once if we observe that we live in a desolate place where people are, but plausible deaf, dumb and blind. We cry for help and go unheard by them. Imagine we live in a territory where sizzling voice of air has been stopped since decades, nocturnal animals have been impeded their hooting gesture. Imagine a place where hearth is not ready to give fire and wells are without water and people are facing scarcity of water. These places can be imagined in Pakistan where people face these calamities and destruction inevitably.
A prominent district of Sindh, Tharparkar, has been rotting in the stem of hell. Without ambiguity, there are colossal problems but a few infamous I would like to highlight such as underage children marriage dilemma, poor education, honour killing, religious dilemma, famine and malnutrition. A few days ago, two videos went viral on Pakistan’s social media. It was shown that two underage girls named Reena and Raveena who were Hindu and converted to Islam and both were married to two men. It is time that such actions must be stopped, otherwise our enemy – India – would exploit the situation and tarnish the soft image of our motherland.
NAVEED ABBAS MAITLO
Social media & education
By tracing the history of Social media back, it can be argued that the face of social media in this juncture is quite different from what was deemed to be social media in the days of yore. It is vibrant for all and sundry nowadays but it was not like that around a decade back. Users could create their profiles and could also invite people as their friends.
This way of communication was lasted till 2001 was fallen. The social media has been entered the educational institutions for donkey’s years. But they are now backing the education nights and days by all accounts. Cheap packages have long-drawn-out the ground of its users throughout the world. Students, round the clock, use them to convey their academic activities towards their colleagues. Also, they make groups to discuss thereupon their activities. Whatever is concerned with their education, they forward as well as receive in a brisk manner at best.
The biggest social media plays in education is of “time saving”. It simply saves students’ time, decreases their expenses, and reduces their distance in the bargain. Not only the information concerning their class activities students share, but also the books, slides, assignments and notes they can share with one another.
But, the studies done on social media have derided the academic performances of students. In the eyes of those studies, students consume a lot of their time on using all these tools of communication but the use of these tools slightly declines their academic achievements and performances in the bargain.
RAMEEZ MAHESAR, RASOOL BUX BODANI
The big cities anywhere in the world often come in the news report, thereby becoming the talk of the town. Take Mumbai – India’s big financial hub – for example! The recent bridge collapse in Mumbai had got the attention of everyone. As a person who has worked in Mumbai and Thane, I know a lot about how Mumbai and its lifeline work on a daily basis. Mumbai has been crying for attention on various fronts for longer time than thought.
Mumbai’s beauty has been constantly eroded despite its endurance and great energy. Remarkably enough, my 1998 college trip from Tuticorin to Mumbai is always memorable. And we the college students had visited so many interesting places in Mumbai. I still love and admire Mumbai to the effect that I have long been keeping the English newspapers like THE TIMES OF INDIA, THE ASIAN AGE that I bought then, in my house in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. Even during the course of our 1998 trip, I was as a student able to observe the crumbling infrastructure and overcrowding in Mumbai, so there!
More interestingly, Mumbai’s beauty, culture, cosmopolitan style, energy and resources are always commanding and appreciable at the same time. To begin with, good sense is important in the direction of revamp on all the fronts in Mumbai. Above all, greater efforts with strong strategies, sincerity of the executive and technological advances should be used properly and literally by the book to make Mumbai City much stronger and far more beautiful.
P SENTHIL S DURAI