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  • China’s state firms cementing lucrative role in South China Sea, new research shows

    HONG KONG: Beijing’s giant state-owned enterprises are playing an increasing role in China’s build-up in the South China Sea and could seek to cement their dominant position in coming years, according to new research...

    Some experts and regional diplomats believe the strong commercial presence could further complicate any future regional solution should Beijing, which research shows has encouraged firms to operate, protect them...

  • No market for research, no interest in development

    To understand why research and development has primarily been the domain of the public sector and whether there are any hindrances to private sector involvement in the realm of R&D, Dawn spoke to renowned educationist Dr AH Nayyar...

    Q: Is research and development necessarily the domain of the state or should the responsibility be taken up by the private sector as well?A: The private sector always wants to get into research for their...

  • Wuhan market had role in virus outbreak, but more research needed: WHO

    A wholesale market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan played a role in the outbreak of the novel coronavirus last year, as the source or possibly as an “amplifying setting”, the World Health Organisation said on Friday, calling for more research...

    Chinese authorities shut down the market in January as part of efforts to stop the spread of the virus and ordered a temporary ban on trade and consumption of wildlife...

  • Freeing banks to take on tech firms for market share

    Its four-year-old money market fund Yu’e Bao hit $100 billion in just over a year and is now the world’s largest...

    At the release of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) annual report, Managing Director Ravi Menon made the point that despite their smaller size, tech firms do have an unfair advantage as they elbow their way into financial services...

  • Iran's big market tempts European firms despite hazards

    FRANKFURT: With many barriers to dealing with Iran suddenly lifted as part of a deal to curb its nuclear activities, some European companies are ready to seize business opportunities in a tempting market of 78...

    Before sanctions, Iran was a major market for France's Peugeot...

  • Mobile phone firms facing a competitive, saturated market

    But this encouraging spike in the number of consumers using mobile phones and mobile broadband services notwithstanding, the telecom firms continue to struggle for survival in the country’s highly competitive market...

    Heavy taxation, high operational cost and fierce competition among the mobile phone operators to grab a bigger share in an already saturated market by slashing their prices are cutting into their profits...

  • Erratic e-commerce market puts firms on their toes

    According to a recent report by Counterpoint, a leading international technology market research outfit, there are more than 220m smartphone users in India, making it the second-largest market in the world after China...

    Flipkart continues to be the market leader in India and we are in this business for the long haul...

  • Emerging market firms’ $18tr debt needs careful watching: IMF

    LONDON: The International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday that emerging market firms, which together have amassed a record $18 trillion of debt, need careful monitoring as the era of record low global interest rates comes to an end...

    “The upward trend in recent years naturally raises concerns because many emerging market financial crises have been preceded by rapid leverage growth,” the report said...

  • Karachi University without research grant since 2016

    KARACHI: Not a single penny has been allocated for research at Karachi University (KU) since 2016, a situation that has seriously compromised the quality of education on campus especially for students pursuing science subjects, it emerged on Friday...

    It’s nothing but unfortunate that the administration couldn’t foresee this situation and prepare a plan accordingly,” said a senior teacher on condition of anonymity, adding that the...

  • Senate to take up Pakistan Medical and Research Council bill

    ISLAMABAD: After a nearly three decade wait, a bill is going to be laid in parliament to give the Pakistan Medical and Research Council (PMRC) permanent status...

    The Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) has approved the bill, which will also change PMRC’s name to the Pakistan Health Research Council (PHRC)...

  • Research culture in Pakistan: The ‘undisclosed’ moral decadence

    Higher education has seen a remarkable progress in Pakistan recently with an increasing number of students enrolling for Masters’ and Doctoral degrees...

    However, research culture in the country is still far from being inspiring and is adversely influenced by a lack of third party supervision and a dearth of quality academic professionals...

  • LITERARY NOTES: Progressive Writers’ Association in Pakistan: a research-based analysis

    PROF Fateh Muhammad Malik’s latest book Anjuman Taraqqi Pasand Nusannifeen Pakistan Mein: Islami Raushan Khayali Ya Ishtiraki Mullaiyyet (Progressive Writers’ Association in Pakistan: Islamic enlightenment or communist mullah-ism) discloses quite a few secrets about some progressive bigwigs and their strategies in Pakistan...

    The book is a kind of invitation to Pakistani intellectuals, especially those with leftist leanings and a...

  • WHO oversees research to develop corona treatment in Pakistan

    KARACHI: The World Health Organisation (WHO) is supervising a research about fast-track development of Covid-19 treatment in Pakistan which would help ascertain the effectiveness of anti-Malaria drugs while treating the coronavirus patients, officials and industry sources said on Wednesday...

    The development emerged after Getz Pharma — Pakistan’s only WHO-approved manufacturing facility — joined hands with the University of Health...

  • Pakistan to be part of global antiviral research initiative

    KARACHI: Institutions in the US, Brazil, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa and Taiwan will collaborate under a grant that seeks to develop the United World for Antiviral Research Network (UWARN) — a vital global research initiative into infectious diseases and pandemics...

    75 million grant spread over five years has been awarded to the University of Washington (UW) and its partners, including the Aga Khan University (AKU), by the US...

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