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Pakistan Rises to 97th Rank in the Global Information Technology Report 2015 |Nayab Khan

Information technologies

This article is about information technology in Pakistan. For an overview of modern science and technology in Pakistan, see Science and technology in Pakistan. Also seeCommunications in Pakistan and Internet in Pakistan for further information.

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What is the Global Information Technology Report?

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For technologists, industry watchers and citizens of a country, World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report holds immense value and is eagerly awaited by investors & decision makers alike.  This report basically outlines how great (or bad) a country is doing in adopting technology in making people’s lives better by investing in infrastructure, economic potential, human resources, competitiveness level and more in order to arrive at its conclusions.

In short, it looks at data from 144 countries, and tracks how far the country has progressed by adopting technology in fulfilling the social, economic, academic and lifestyle needs of its population. This relates to both the private sector and the government’s efforts to invest in technology to enhance competitiveness and economic progress.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is important for sustained economic growth and stable job creation, so that the youth of the country are not found without opportunities as they enter the job market. ICT has also revolutionized how businesses are done, cutting down operating costs and time, increasing a company’s competitiveness level across the board and in the industry.

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Pakistan’s Global Ranking in ICT over the years

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Information technology in Pakistan is a growing and rising industry that has a lot of potential. Matters relating to the IT industry are overseen and regulated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of Pakistan. The IT industry is regarded as a successful sector of Pakistan economically, even in financial crisis. The government of Pakistan has given numerous incentives to IT investors in the country during the last decade, this resulted in the development of the IT sector. In the years 2003-2005 the country’s IT exports saw a rise of about fifty percent and amounted a total of about 48.5 million USD. The World Economic Forum, assessing the development of Information and Communication Technology in the country ranked Pakistan 111th among 144 countries in the Global Information Technology report of 2014.

As of 2011, Pakistan has over 20 million internet users and is ranked as one of the top countries that have registered a high growth rate in internet penetration. Overall, it has the 27th largest population of internet users in the world. In the fiscal year 2012-2013, the Government of Pakistan aims to spend Rs. 4.6 billion on information technology projects, with emphasis on e-government, human resource and infrastructure development.

What do these numbers mean for Pakistan over the past 3 years?

The World Economic Forum has placed Pakistan 97th in a list of 143 countries it evaluated for business and innovation environment in its Global Information Technology report 2015.

Lets celebrate the good news first. In a span of just 1 year, Pakistan turned the tables around, rating significantly better than in the preceding years in ICT readiness and progress.

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Utopia Of Maldives Best For Tourism | Nayab khan

Maldives

Maldives:

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Maldives the Republic of Maldives is also known as the Maldive Islands, is an island in the Indian Ocean that has 26 atolls. Is a sovereign island country and archipelago. It is located southwest of India and Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea.Maldives Islands, which is away from city life and close to the nature. Maldives is another tropical paradise that feels like a dream world. Maldives is a best Tourism Board for the travelers. There are Hundreds of lush islands, lined with the whitest sandy beaches, and surrounded by the clear bluest of water, the Maldives is a heaven of holiday sojourn.

Maldives The Zone Of Island:

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1-Alila Villa Hadahaa:

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The rumor is now officially confirmed: the Resort Alila Villas Hadahaa, located in the extreme south of Maldives, in North Huvadhoo Atoll is, since today, Park Hyatt Maldives !

Open in 2009 by Alila Villas Design Hotel Brand, Hadahaa was the successful combination of contemporary design (a signature feature across the Alila Hotels) and Maldivian architecture. Alila Villas Hadahaa had also won many awards during the first year of operation : in 2010

Today, Alila Villas leaves to her successors a beautiful island with an exquisite charm and a unique architecture among all Resorts of the archipelago. With Hadahaa, Park Hyatt opens its very first Resort in the Maldives.

2-Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives:

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Enjoying a prime location in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll island archipelago and on the doorstep of Hanifaru Bay, Anantara Kihavah Villas is the perfect place from which to explore the underwater world of the Indian Ocean. Set on Kihavah Huravalhi, one of the most pristine Maldivian islands, the resort is 30-minute seaplane flight from Male International Airport, an unforgettable experience in itself as the plane flies over a string of glowing coral islands amidst turquoise waters.

79 spacious private pool villas, ranging from 260 to 2,730 square meters, are either poised over the water with sweeping ocean views or nestled along a pristine stretch of private beach.

3-Kuramathi Island Resort:

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Established on Rasdhoo Atoll Kuramathi stretches all along the palm grove right into the turquoise water. Guests can choose to stay at the garden, beach or water villas and relax on a white sandy beach, enjoy infinity pools and outdoor jacuzzi. There are various water activities, excursions to other islands and entertaining evening program.

4-Alimatha Island, Vaavu Atoll, Maldives:

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Alimatha Aquatic Resort is located in Alimatha island in Vaavu Atoll. The island sits on the eastern edge of Maldives, 3°35’39.1″ North  of the equator and 73°29’55.5″ East. The transfer to Alimatha  takes 20 minutes by seaplane or about 90 minutes by speedboat from Ibrahim Nasir International airport.
Alimatha is the perfect Maldives resort to experience world class diving for both beginners and professionals. TGI Maldives Alimatha Diving Center has been operational since 2006.

5-Sun Island Resort and Spa:

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Sun Island set in the magnificent island of Nalaguraidhoo, will capture your heart with its exotic tropical flowers and beautiful greenery in the gardens that takes you to the purest of stunning blue sapphire lagoons. Located 62 miles from the male’ airport, Nalaguraidhoo is the most breathtaking and picturesque island in South Ari Atoll. Sun Island, has been noted for its beautiful setting.

Sun Island Resort is the biggest resort/island hotel in Maldives and offers you all the modern comforts, conveniences and facilities that you can ever think of. It is a mature island with dense tropical vegetation and tall coconut palms, numerals enough that you could loose your self amongst them. With wide beaches of fine white sands all around the island, there is no difficulty in finding your own private little cove for the day.

6-Dusit Thani:

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Situated on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, the resort was inspired by Thai style and philosophy. Luxurious private villas, tennis courts, SPA centers and even boutiques can be found here. The resort is surrounded with the richest marine life in Maldives. Therefore it is the best place to go diving and snorkeling.

7-Six Senses Laamu:

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The only resort in the Laamu Atoll, which is only 150 km from the equator, Six Senses is environmentally responsible and contemporary. Its rustic luxury villas blend so well with the nature and do not disturb atoll’s vibes. Villas have glass see-through tables, that reconnect with the Ocean.

8-Banana Reef, North Male Atoll, Maldives:

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his banana shaper reef belongs to the marine protected areas of north male and has excellent coral reef with very abundant fish life. It lies inside Kuda Kalhi and was one of the very first dive sites of maldives. Close to Club Med resort there are always divers here. Big rocks get to amazing coral formations where sharks, barracuda, traveally and black snapper. On the east side there are alwasy big schools of bannerfish. There are also some caves where groupers and seafans can be found. The last one, at 20m there is a small concave wall where a washing machine is formed with strong currents. Grey reef sharks can be seen there. If you get caught by the washing machine don’t try to fight it, and ride it staying close to the reef until you can get out.

9-National Museum:

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Located at Male, the number seven spot is the National Musuem of Maldives. The building houses a lot of different kinds of historical artifacts that reflect the history of the country. The original museum was the old 3-story museum that is the only remaining part of the Maldivian Royal Palace. The new museum is built and designed by the Chinese Government, and is where eventually the artifacts from the old museum would move to. It was declared as the official National Museum on July 26, 2010. If you want to know more about Maldivian artifacts and the rich story behind each, this is the perfect place to go.

10-Hukuru Miskiiy Mosque, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives:

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Hukuru Miskiy or Old Friday Mosque is an ancient decorated mosque located in the city of Malé, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives. The mosque was originally constructed in 1658 under the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar I over two-year time. It’s a beautiful structure made from coral stone into which intricate decoration and Quranic script have been chiseled. The mosque was built on the foundations of an old temple that faced west towards the setting sun, not northwest towards Mecca. Consequently, the worshippers have to face the corner of the mosque when they pray – the striped carpet, laid at an angle, shows the correct direction.

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A Taste Of Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur’s 5 Best Restaurants|Nayab khan

Kuala Lumpur's 10 Best Restaurants
Restaurants:

“Trendy place withstanding the test of time”

The 5 Best Trendy Kuala Lumpur Restaurants 2015 list is a guide to the city’s best fashionable restaurants to indulge in and be seen at. Although Kuala Lumpur is a very tourist friendly capital, its food options are still largely geared towards the local crowd, with Chinese coffee shops and mamaks (Indian-Malay restaurants) dominating its dining scene.

Kuala Lumpur’s restaurant scene runs the gamut from budget street food to high-end luxury.It also reflects the diversity of cultural traditions in Malaysia, bringing in Indian,Chinese, and Western influences to its Southeast Asian foundations. This list of ten of the best restaurants in KL

“Outstanding culinary experience!”

Kuala Lumpur 5 Best Trendy Restaurants

1-Bijan Bar & Restaurant:

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Bijan Bar & Restaurant is perhaps one of Kuala Lumpur’s best-kept secrets. An award-winning restaurant opened in 2003, it was listed as one of the Malaysia Tatler’s 2011 Best Restaurants in Malaysia and was also the fully-deserving winner of Time Out KL’s Food Awards Best Malay Restaurant in 2009.Serving high-end Malay cuisine, the food served here is halal and only the best ingredients are used.

Authentic Malay food with great service

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30 & 18:30 – 10:30 Monday – Saturday; 16:30 – 22:30 Sunday
  • Address: No. 3, Jalan Ceylon 50200 Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel: +603 2031 3575 or +603 2031 6568

2-The Bird Restaurant:

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A place where delicious local & Nyonya dishes are served. A place that has heart and you will be made to feel truly welcomed and be entertained by the multitalented owners. They sing, they paint and they cook up a meal that you will never forget. A place where the elderly would appreciate as well. A place where you will tell people about. A place where you will want to return again & again.

The Bird would be a good place to dine at where one can find a fusion of Chinese, Thai and Nyonya food.Mango Ice Blended, King Toh Chicken, Vegetable, Marmite Chicken, Romaine Lettuce, Butter King Fish, Squid Dish, Homemade Cendol, 3 Flavour Prawn, Mantis Prawn, Four Heavenly Kings vegetable, The Sambal Paku, Fried Squid/Calamari, The Coffee Chicken Wings

“Delightful Gem with Amazing Hospitality”

  • Opening Hours: daily (11 am – 11 pm).Closed on Monday
  • Address: 5 Jalan 3/62D,Medan Putra Business Centre,Bandar Menjalara, Kepong,KL
  • Tel: 03 6277 1453, 012 314 9882, 012 305 8836

3-Enak:

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Enak takes the best elements of Malaysian food.The combination of nostalgic home cooking and a fine dining sensibility makes Enak another advocate for raising Malay cuisine to fine dining heights. Traditional dishes such as Satay, Gado-Gado andRendang Padang are all given a contemporary twist, while staying true to their original incarnations as family favorites. The restaurant also attempts to rediscover forgotten flavors and dishes by trawling the cultural memory of Kuala Lumpur’s residents.

“Great food only disappointment to setting ”

  • Opening Hours: Open from 12pm to 12am(Last order at 11:45pm)
  • Address: LG2, Feast Floor,Starhill Gallery 181. Jalan, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Tel: +60 3-2141 8973

4-Songket:

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You are invited to Songket Restaurant & Bar an authentic Malay cuisine restaurant with a modern twist. We focus on outstanding Malay food with only the freshest ingredients in an elegant restaurant with a sophisticated ambience given the rich tradition and luxury associated with songket, At Songket, we delight our guests with a menu inspired from traditional Malay specialties, live traditional Malay entertainment, and luxurious songket from some of Malaysia’s most notable states.

Savour the delicious dishes, beautiful surroundings, excellent service, and the warm atmosphere of Songket. It is the perfect place for a leisurely meal, a drink with friends, a party or a business meeting. For extra comfort and to please a large group of people we can cater to company or personal functions by fully utilising the indoor area and the comfortable outdoor garden patio.

“Mouth-watering Malay cuisine!”

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm ,Sat – Sun & Public Holiday 5pm – 11pm
  • Address: No. 29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
  • Tel:  +603 2161 3331 or  sms/call +6012 2607769 (Firdaus) 
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5-The 39 Restaurant:

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The 39 Restaurant is a restaurant in PNB Darby Park that redefines classic Malay cuisine. Set in elegant surrounds, it presents Malay cooking in an all-new setting by entering the fine-dining circle. Here, special emphasis is placed on food presentation and dishes use only top-notch ingredients.

The 39 Restaurant is divided into an air-conditioned indoor dining area and an al fresco rooftop section. There are no alcoholic beverages served so patrons enjoy the excellent teh tarik (milk tea) and kopi o (coffee), which is not really a hardship since the food pairs up better with these drinks anyway.

To avoid if you are looking for fine dining

  • Opening Hours: 12:30 – 15:00; 19:00 – 22:00
  • Address: PNB Darby Park, 10 Jalan Binjai, 50450 KL
  • Tel: +603 7490 3333

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