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Workshop for ulema on halal foods PDF Print E-mail

Halal industry is witnessing rapid growth in almost all parts of the world and companies throughout the world are obtaining and displaying halal certification for their products to claim acceptance in the market of around 105 billion Muslims and those non-Muslims who prefer halal food for their nutritious value. It has however been observed that despite such certificates, order questions and reservations about permissibility of processed food have not fully subsided and common Muslims approach their trusted religious scholars (ulema) for religious verdict in this respect.

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IPS hosts four-day youth leadership training for ‘Awaken Pakistan’ PDF Print E-mail

Institute of Policy Studies hosted a four-day Youth Leadership Program for Awaken Pakistan – an Islamabad/Rawalpindi based youth group—from 21-24 January 2013.

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Riphah International University: Capacity Building of Students PDF Print E-mail

An extensive project for building the capacity of the students of Riphah International University (RIU) continues. Enhancing the personality development of students is the main aim of this orientation project.
Since September 2007, price six orientation programs have been conducted in five faculties of RIU; Riphah Institute of Informatics (RII); Riphah Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS); Riphah Institute of Media Studies (RIMS); Riphah School of Leadership (RSL); International Islamic Engineering Colleges (IIEC). Tayyeb Siddiqui is coordinating this project.

 
IPS Strengthens Relations with Chinese Institutes PDF Print E-mail

IPS gives great importance to the study and furthering of Pak-China relations and cooperation. Its project on the China study conducts research, interacts with Chinese institutes, exchange research findings with them and also keep liaison with Chinese government. Over the years, IPS has built strong links with Chinese institutes. The China Study Program of IPS is headed directly by the Director General, Khalid Rahman.

To this effect, China Center for Contemporary World Studies invited Mr. Khalid Rahman to give input on the internal political situation of the Middle East in its conference on “Internal Factors Affecting the Situation of the Middle East and the Trends of their Development”, which was held at Beijing on April 26. DG Khalid Rahman also presented a paper on the topic at the conference.

The next month, China Council for Promotion of International Trade also invited the DG IPS to participate in Sino-Pak Economic and Trade Forum which was held at Chengdu, Sichuan Province, from May 22 to 27.  

DG represented IPS in the forum and participated in a seminar on “Sino-Pak Economic and Trade Cooperation: Reality and Future” where he presented a paper on “Pakistan's Security Situation and Sino-Pak Relations”.

Mr. Rahman was also invited to “China and Pakistan Land Route Trade Convenience Development Forum” held during Third Kashgar Central and South Asia Commodity Fair, Xinjiang, China, on June 30, 2007 where he presented a paper.

In the next month, from July 23 to 27, the DG headed a delegation from Islamabad to China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) at Beijing to exchange views with the Chinese scholars on the subject, “Role of Religion and Religious Politics in Pakistan”.

The Chinese scholars showed keen interest in understanding Pakistan's internal politics with regard to the perspective of religious political parties.

The delegates also discussed the issues related to the areas of mutual interest and cooperation on the basis of the understanding. Earlier, a delegation from CICIR had visited IPS on April 3 and held meeting with the IPS research team.

On another occasion, the new Ambassador of China, H.E. Mr. Luo Zhaohui, visited IPS along with his four colleagues on May 21 and met with DG, Khalid Rahman.

IPS Research Coordinators, Mr. Ershad Mehmud and Mr. Saleem Zafar, were also present at the meeting. The participants exchanged views on Pak-China relations and economic cooperation.

They appreciated Pak-China relations but also pointed towards four major imbalances, which cause hiccups in the pace of growth of their relations: Both countries enjoy strong government to government contacts but people to people contacts are relatively marginal; they enjoy strong strategic and political relations, but carry out lesser trade exchanges; even within economic relations, there is a noteworthy magnitude of trade imbalance; and a number of MoUs and agreements have been signed, but the mechanism of implementing them is weaker.

 
Bangladeshi Delegation Visits IPS PDF Print E-mail
A10-member delegation of Bangladesh Institute of International Strategic Studies (BIISS) visited IPS on May 30. The delegation was led by        Dr. Abdur Rob Khan, Research Director at BIISS. Representatives of Dhaka and Chitagong universities were also present in the delegation.
DG Khalid Rahman apprised them of the institute's  research activities and future plans. He also shared his insights on Pakistan’s society, contemporary debates and issues related to politics and economy. The delegates took keen interest in IPS research program.
IPS and BIISS agreed on the exchange of research journals and publications and exploring the possibilities of cooperation and collaboration between the two institutes.
Both the institutes also agreed to consider producing a joint publication on Pakistan-Bangladesh relations in 2007-8.
 
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