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Year-ender 2017

Costliest year in history: Natural disaster damage cost America $306 billion in 2017

NEW YORK: Last year was the most expensive in US history for natural disasters, with a barrage of fires, freezes, floods and hurricanes that cost $306 billion, according to a US government report Monday. In 2017, a total of 16 disasters cost $1 billion or more, and led to at least 362 deaths, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The death toll could be substantially higher, once Puerto Rico completes its review of deaths from Hurricane Maria, experts said. The year far outpaced the…

How Pakistan’s economy fared in the year 2017

Pakistan's economic growth has historically been tumultuous and unsteady, which adds to the uncertainty of the country’s economic conditions. However, the latest trends show an upward projection. Pakistan's economy has become 42nd largest in terms of the gross domestic product (GDP) while 25th largest in the world in terms of purchasing power parity. Plus, there are increasing and encouraging signs of bulk foreign investments in the near future in the country. Despite some blemishes and political instability,…

ANALYSIS: Pakistan’s Tilt Towards Right

In twilight days of 2017 Pakistan passed through a full-throttled political crisis posing serious questions over governance and highlighting fissures within the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). A question that the government led by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after disqualification of Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case, looming large over the minds whether the PML-N government will complete its tenure. If it happens it will be a new example set in the 70-year history of Pakistan that the two political governments in a…

2017 – A year of turnaround for Pakistan cricket

The year 2017 was productive for the country in terms of sports as this year marked the revival of International Cricket in Pakistan after almost eight years. In 2009 after terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, the international teams turned their back from sports events in the country. Six Sri Lankan players sustained bullet injuries in the incident and the country was pushed in isolation. For the next eight years cricket enthusiasts were deprived from witnessing international matches on Pakistani grounds.…

Here are political turncoats who switched sides in 2017

Driven by self-interests and political convenience rather than any principles, values, and ideology, politicians (political leaders) in Pakistan change party colours faster than the chameleons. With the next general elections on the horizon, the year 2017 saw political leaders moving back and forth in search of greener pastures. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) welcomed the most of estranged members of other political parties. Whereas, Pakistan Peoples Party and Dr Farooq Sattar-led…

Pakistani controversies that made headlines in 2017

Pakistan politics is more about rabble-rousing than fulfilling promises. What keeps our politicians more relevant is their frequent motor-mouthing and this is something that has become a regular trait. The 2017 is about to end but it leaves behind plenty of undesirably memorable moments triggered by our elected representatives as well as ‘apolitical’ celebrities. Here we will look at some of the bizarre headline-making statements given by them. Here you go: When PPP's Imdad Pitafi called Nusrat Sehar…

2017 in review: Tumultuous happenings that jolted Pakistan’s politics

It has been quite a tumultuous year with full of surprises that sought to redraw the country's political landscape. The Panama Papers that came to the fore in 2016 continued to shape political narratives and discourses in 2017 and eventually resulted in the inglorious ouster of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. From Supreme Court-sanctioned joint investigation team probing Sharif's wealth and his subsequent ouster, to religious parties' protest, engineered alliances, and Imran Khan's getting a new lease of political…

‘The Year of AI’: Top trends and innovations in science and technology in the year 2017

2017 was an eventful year for innovations in science and technology as the world started embracing Artificial Intelligence , more countries announced ambitious projects for interstellar exploration and block-chain hit banks and business. On the flip side, a growing threat to cyber security and exposure to harmful apps kept scaring users and the sensitive sections of the society with some dubbing this year as the "Year of Blue Whale" after a suicide game in which a secret admin allegedly targeted disturbed  individuals…

9 fake stories of 2017 that people believed were true!

2017 has been an eventful year and if we look back at the outgoing year – a number of stories came into global spotlight due to social media and it’s equally disappointing to note that many of them were fake! Twitter and Facebook remained the popular sources for news around the world, but WhatsApp was also a silent contributor to make any content, primarily videos, viral. A large number of people use social media to share important news, but there is also a segment that resort to this useful medium for manipulation of…

Year 2017: Rise of a little known religious group that shocked Pakistan govt

Year 2017 was different for the country’s political climate which has previously been polarized between the civil and the military leaders. The year saw a surprise emergence of a religious political party, making inroads into the mainstream politics after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government gave in to its demands and sent its federal law minister packing. After Panama Papers case, the resurgence of politico-religious party belonging to Barelvi sect, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA), gave the…