Posted on June 10, 2008 by Qurratulain Akhtar
The thing that pinches me more is to re think again and again, if innovations and development bring us comfort or further problems, and every time I think about this, I remain at the point from where I started. It’s mainly because, innovations and development have equal proportion of positive and negative aspects.
Starting from very common observation, i.e. changing life styles, we see tons of new things. For instance, a site I happen to find through links flood was about innovations in baby gifts. Similarly, from cattle transport to fastest cars, and from simple food to a variety, everything has been changed.
Once, while discussing with an industry expert, I’d come to know that it’s all about creating demand, and so economies grow. On the other hand the evolutions part of Science says, that declining age span, bad health and blah blah is the side effect of this development. But, I think it’s not side effect, it’s half of the effect.
Yes, I remember, a term, “Sustainable Economic Development” was a measure to keep a balance here, but I don’t see any such round!
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Posted on September 28, 2007 by Qurratulain Akhtar
Researching on the economies has been one of my favorite hobbies for some time back, and something that I learn most from. I remember the days spent in university studying finance, though seemed a bit dry those days, but with the passage of time it became a domain of my extreme interest. What actually made me to get inside the field is still undiscovered, but the sped up banking systems focusing more on consumer products has really made me to explore the avenues, and the products I’ve researched on till yet are ATM/debit/credit card, car financing, house financing etc.
Though researched but couldn’t experience the later two while have had some good experience with the former facilities. I in fact used debit card most of the time, but as it can’t replace credit card, and I needed one so applied for such but the procedure here in Pakistan is a bit time consuming as compared to the banks working in developed countries like UK etc. Not only the quick turn round but some additional features of credit card, like one is offered by Co-operative Bank are really makes the credit card economy worth considering for both the consumers and the banking sector.
While having a look at the features of credit card offered by The Cooperative Bank, I found that a consumer will be in equilibrium if the rate doesn’t change for about five years, if he’s given 46 days interest free credit if the balance is fully paid by due date along with some travel rewards. Another feature I liked most at the website was about the donations for good cause, i.e. 1.25p on the transaction amount of 100 pounds. That’s what the bank is on the go with making thousands of customers satisfied and of course resulting as a national equilibrium. And not to mention this is one major factor that helps the developed countries to further boost their economies by the economic growth both at micro and macro levels.
I’d a good experience writing a research paper on micro finance for Institute of Bankers Pakistan, which I’d share some three months after it’s published in their magazine, but till then I can recommend a credit card economy just like one I’d discussed above.
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Posted on September 23, 2007 by Qurratulain Akhtar
I’m an Internet user for about three quarters of a decade, and have seen the Internet world undergoing a structural change. The time I started being on net was nothing more than browsing some tough concepts for an assignment and of course chatting with some friends. Later as I kept on exploring the day-to-day development I just became a part of it, or probably it became a part of my life. Now considering a life without Internet seems incomplete.
Coming to the point, as I’m a trained and experienced educator, I’ve come across a mega development in the education sector with the growth of outreach of Internet. Right now I’m not going to discuss the technological aspect, but being much in Economics I’d love to outline the economic benefits, with special reference to the developing countries, whereby the cost of education has lead the major part of population of away from education. Reducing the cost of hard copy and printing, online education best suits the economies with limited budget for education, since the cost of technology with the widespread of it is decreasing.
While browsing, I’ve come across some facts according to which Online Education has deep roots in the developed countries while the developing countries either do not support or the ratio is very low. Wondering on it, just realized the impact of the economic growth if these (developing) countries just spend a little amount on leveling the grounds for distant learning programs.
Well, this is only a suggestion; hope to see some practices in this regard. One thing that I can do at my level is to point out, and that’s what I’m working on.
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Posted on May 8, 2007 by Qurratulain Akhtar
Being a research student, Economic issues have always gimmicked my attention. Though not very professional, but I’m at least an Economist in Equilibrium. The issue which recently caught my attention is the ‘reduced cost of production’. I just explored the Lean Manufacturing Consulting and found a new way out for the industrialists. The new innovative methods to make the best use of the key resources can not only reduce the cost of production but also reduces the wastage.
The concept of Lean Manufacturing actually works on the principles of pull processing, perfect first time quality, waste minimization, continuous improvement and flexibility. The concept actually dates back from the times of Benjamin Franklin. It also showed the outgrowth of multinationals and other developed corporations of the world. Toyota is the living example of such. Having so much successful experiences the concept of lean manufacturing strongly demands to be applied in small scale businesses as well, where by the firms face a basic problem of increased cost of production.
The effectiveness of the concept in the developed establishments, have made me to ponder why not to have such methods of productions be the part of our industrial production. This will no doubt enhance the performance of the industrial units, and the economy will ride on the strong horse of GDP.
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Posted on February 4, 2007 by Qurratulain Akhtar
Poverty is the lack of basic necessities that all human beings must have: food and water, shelter, education, medical care, security, etc. A multi-dimensional issue, poverty exceeds all social, economic, and political boundaries. As such, efforts to alleviate poverty must be informed of a variety of different factors.
Many people argue that globalisation has served to bring the world closer together creating a more cooperative environment. Contrary to this praise however is the opposing view that globalisation is in fact the effect of the exploitative tendencies of developed nations whereby developing nations’ governments lose their ability to act autonomously. Therefore, sustainable development in the midst of the age of globalisation becomes more of a battle of wills and power based on economic and political clout than anything else.
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