Quote Of The Week
“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
– Khalil Gibran
Fashion weeks & trade
It is welcoming to see trade fairs and exhibitions being organised by government organisations like TDAP to promote the fashion industry and the export of luxury goods. In European countries, top luxury brands share a major portion of the country’s exports. This has been achievable through effective government legislation and identification of this sector as a lucrative means to boost trade. Pakistan is also blessed with many crafts and articles of cultural significance, apart from the growing contemporary eastern fusion and traditional designer wear. The government needs to enact laws and facilitate the segment, as it can reap great returns in future.
After the much ado about nothing episode of the government and telecommunication companies on the auction of 3G technology, it is disappointing that services being offered to customers despite high cost, is poor and slow. Developed countries have made 4G and LTE technology a commonplace service amongst their consumers, but in Pakistan telcos are yet to effectively handle 3G technology, let alone think about advancement in this sphere. The companies need to stop minting money with excessive hidden charges, the government needs to stop taxing the public with high GST and instead focus on providing quality services to the people.
Rise in the number of bikes
Last week the Finance Minister inaugurated a motorcycle plant in Karachi, and welcomed the investment brought forth by the international company to locally manufacture motorcycles. While the investment is a welcome sign, the moves being made by the government are irrational and without any foresighted planning. There are already 1.5 million motorbikes in Karachi alone, majority of which are unregistered. Moreover, bikes are the preferred mode of transport for street criminals. It is also interesting to note that in the developed world, the vehicle is either a luxury good, or an accessory, not primarily meant for regular transportation. But in countries like Pakistan and India, due to fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs, entire families are commuting on a bike. It is because of the ad hoc policies of the various governments that motorbikes have now littered the motorways and main roads of the metropolis. There is no check and balance and instead of putting a cap or controlling the rate of production, companies have been given a free-hand to dole out thousands of bikes every year. The government clearly needs to set out its priorities right and forecast the damage it is doing to the transportation system of the city.
Although the electricity shortfall continues to plague our lives, an upside to this misery is the efficacy of K-Electric in managing its consumers. Announced load-shedding and robust customer service has been a sigh of relief for people, who now at least get the chance to plan in advance, fully-aware that the electricity will be unavailable for a particular duration. Power distribution companies operating in other cities should take cue from K-E and at least try to ease the worries of their consumers.
Heyaa MAG!!! Loved the Reiki feature… sounds like a spooky art. Good job! Keep it up…
Loving your interviews… thanks for bringing veteran stars back to the foray. They are our assets and need to be valued!
Saniya Ali Khan
Good job Mag, gr8 fashion & beauty tips. Keeping up with summers. Add sumthng abt shoes n bags too..
Gr8 cover. Amna Ilyas is nw less of a model, more of an actress… will wait fr hr upcmng films.
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