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Tehran. Not exactly Middle East

Tehran. Not Exactly Middle East The first thing I notice about Tehran is the airport is not in a bad state. For a country supposedly crippled by sanctions and isolation for over a decade, one would expect some signs of disrepair. But the terminal is refreshingly

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Taha’s school

When Taha’s school principal asked us to start thinking about alternate arrangements for him, it sounded like the end of the world.  For six years Taha had been part of a main stream school in Karachi that gave him friends, a social circle, loving teachers,

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Gilgit Serena Hotel – Our oasis after Chilas

The Gilgit Serena Hotel Gilgit Serena’s facade is unassuming.  The driveway is paved with uneven pieces of slate.  There are two  security barriers and a guard posted at each. The lobby is standard plush red carpet with a hand woven pattern, the staff welcoming with open

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The road to Gilgit – First impressions.

The road to Gilgit. 24 years ago my memories of Chilas are of unending barren vistas and heat. Post Besham and Dasu, once you cross into Diamer you can immediately see the transition. Green moss and tree covered mountains transitioning into iron rich cliff faces

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Gilgit Hunza Road Trip June 2015

Gilgit Hunza road trip – 2015 There are many ways I could describe how this particular road trip came together. There are two that are foremost in my list.   Middle distance running in Peshawar and retracing the path our college tour took twenty four years

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Peshawar Junior Athletics Championship – 25 – 27 May 2015

Moheed and Hiba crowned best junior national athletes in Peshawar. In sunny Peshawar a new trend was witnessed at the very competitive national junior athletics championship that concluded today at Qayyum Stadium. Punjab’s traditional dominance of the games was successfully challenged by younger teams from

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RCSA – Risk Control Self Assessment

RCSA RCSA (Risk Control Self Assessment) is an empowering method/process by which management and staff of all levels collectively identify and evaluate risks and associated controls. It is a technique that adds value by increasing an operating unit’s involvement in designing and maintaining control and

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Operational risk management for banks

Operational Risk Operational Risk (OR) is the risk of direct and indirect loss resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes, people and systems or from external events. This definition includes legal risk but excludes reputational and strategic risks. According to the Basel II accord, a

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