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Riaz Haq commented on Riaz Haq's blog post Pakistan Among Top 5 Countries to Discover Oil and Gas in 2017
"Unprecedented growth witnessed in petroleum sector in five yearshttps://tribune.com.pk/story/1720526/1-unprecedented-growth-witnessed-petroleum-sector-five-years/To step up search for oil and gas in potential areas across the country, the government…"
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Riaz Haq commented on Riaz Haq's blog post Iran-Pakistan Ties: Friends or Foes?
"Saudi Arabia and Pakistan: Moving From the Personal to the Strategic DomainKamal Alam and Ibrahim Al-Othaiminhttps://rusi.org/commentary/saudi-arabia-and-pakistan-moving-personal-strategic-domainOn many fronts, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are working…"
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Riaz Haq commented on Riaz Haq's blog post Major IT Projects in Pakistan Public Sector
"My six years with the governmentBy Dr Umar Saif Published: May 30, 2018https://tribune.com.pk/story/1722328/6-six-years-government/Punjab has totally computerised its land revenue system (aka notorious Patwari system), where land record of over 54…"
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Riaz Haq commented on Riaz Haq's blog post Pakistan 2.0: Technology to Drive Productivity and GDP
"My six years with the governmentBy Dr Umar Saif Published: May 30, 2018https://tribune.com.pk/story/1722328/6-six-years-government/Punjab has totally computerised its land revenue system (aka notorious Patwari system), where land record of over 54…"
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zahra zafar replied to Riaz Haq's discussion Sal Khan of Khan Academy on Improving Higher Education
"“The transcript coming out of engineering school should essentially be the things that you’ve created,” he said. Exams and grades are much (much) easier to administer to thousands of students. Having each student create some…"
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Pakistan Among Top 5 Countries to Discover Oil and Gas in 2017

Pakistan made two key oil and gas discoveries in the third quarter and another three discoveries in the fourth quarter of 2017. These discoveries may have prompted the US-based Exxon-Mobil to join off-shore drilling efforts in Pakistan. American energy giant's entry in Pakistan brings advanced deep sea drilling technology, its long experience in offshore exploration and production and its deep pockets to the country. US Energy Information Administration …See More
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Riaz Haq commented on Riaz Haq's blog post Pakistan Consumer Boom Driving Media Advertising Revenue
"The dawn of advertising in Pakistan (1947-2017)AURORATHE 21ST CENTURY: THE AGE OF THE MILLENNIALHARMONISE OR GO BUSThttps://www.dawn.com/news/1398497 Throughout Pakistan’s tumultuous 70-year history, the advertising sector has undergone…"
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Riaz Haq commented on Riaz Haq's blog post Pakistan Consumer Boom Driving Media Advertising Revenue
"The dawn of advertising in Pakistan (1947-2017)AURORATHE 21ST CENTURY: THE AGE OF THE MILLENNIALHARMONISE OR GO BUSThttps://www.dawn.com/news/1398497A new dynamicAccording to a study conducted by Standard Chartered Bank last year, between 2011 and…"
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Profile Information

Where do you live?
Silicon Valley, CA, USA
Your real name? (No pseudonyms, please)
Riaz Haq
Which college or university?
NED University and New Jersey Institute of Technology
Any fellow Pakistani Alumni living near you?
Yes, many.
Your graduation date?
1974
Your major?
Electrical Engineering
What do you do for a living?
Start-up business consulting
Any professional affiliations? Memberships in professional orgs?
TIE Charter member, NED Alumni Association of Silicon Valley
What have you done for your alma mater lately?
Organized NEDians Convention 2007. Started NEDians Worldwide.
Tell us about you:
I am the Founder & President of PaAlumni . In addition to being a high-tech executive, I am an entrepreneur, an investor, and an avid watcher of South Asia and financial markets, I have more than 25 years experience in the hi-tech industry. I have co-founded two high-tech startups and managed multi-million dollar business. I am a pioneer of the PC and mobile businesses and I have held senior management positions in hardware and software development of Intel’s microprocessor product line from 8086 to Pentium processors. My experience includes senior roles in marketing, engineering and business management. I was recognized as “Person of the Year” by PC Magazine for my contribution to 80386 program. I have an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. I have two blogs: http://riazhaq.blogspot.com, http://southasiainvestor.blogspot.com
What are your hobbies?
Reading, travel, blogging, community service.
Your favorite books?
1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Long Tail, Wikinomics, Blue Oceans Strategy, The Buffet Way
Website:
http://southasiainvestor.blogspot.com
Favorite Music:
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, U2, Cat Stevens, Ghazals, Nusrat Fateh Ali
Favorite TV Shows:
60 Minutes, The Simpsons, Aaj with Kamran Khan,Pak Music on Geo & ARY, CNBC Squawk Box.

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Pakistan Among Top 5 Countries to Discover Oil and Gas in 2017

Pakistan made two key oil and gas discoveries in the third quarter and another three discoveries in the fourth quarter of 2017. These discoveries may have prompted the US-based Exxon-Mobil to join off-shore drilling efforts in Pakistan. American energy giant's entry in Pakistan brings advanced deep sea drilling technology, its long experience in offshore exploration and production and its deep pockets to the country. US Energy Information Administration …

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Posted on June 18, 2018 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

"Veere Di Wedding" Challenges South Asian Social Norms

I had a chance this week to see Veere Di Wedding, the latest Bollywood flick released recently in Silicon Valley, CA. The movie's story revolves around the lives of four childhood friends Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor), Avni (Sonam kapoor), Meera (ShikhaTalsania) and Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar).

The film…

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Posted on June 15, 2018 at 4:25pm

Pakistan Launches NUTech to Prepare 21st Century Workforce

As technology begins to permeate every aspect of life in Pakistan, the country needs a balanced mix of highly skilled workers, technicians, mechanics, technologists, engineers, researchers and development scientists to meet the challenge.  Recent launch of National University of Technology (NUTech) is part of Pakistan government's response to this challenge.

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Posted on June 12, 2018 at 3:30pm

Pakistan Among Top Contributors to Global Plastic Pollution

Pakistan is among the biggest contributors to the 8 million tons of plastic waste that is dumped into the world's oceans every year, says a United Nations Report released on World Environment Day. This year's theme is 'beat plastic pollution'. While disposable plastic bags, bottles and straws are used for a brief time and then thrown away, it takes hundreds of years to decompose them. Fortunately, a Pakistani scientist has discovered a plastic eating microbe to accelerate this degradation…

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Posted on June 8, 2018 at 4:51pm

Fighting Hunger in the Holy Month of Ramzan

Going without food and water from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramzan heightens Muslims' empathy for the  world's 800 million hungry. It drives Islamic philanthropy in the form of fitra, sadaqa and zakat during this month of fasting and prayer.  This annual giving puts Pakistan among the ranks of the …

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Posted on June 7, 2018 at 9:52am — 1 Comment

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At 7:08pm on October 30, 2007, Sohail Sarwar Tahir said…
Thanks for your comments, certainly you have experienced these kinda forumns more closely.....but let me share couple of points...

1) we have couple of mailing lists for NEDians to say in touch but most of the students are not aware of dat

2) web is the most effective way to share our thoughts (scholarship program: transactions can be made onlilne etc, mentoring forum: detailed profile of alumni with search capabilities and students can contact us)

3) online books, resources that can be added later....in fact that should be done by NED Admin but I dont think daz gonna happen in next decade

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So, my point is if we can create a web its easy to share with students and they can get any info they want from there (just one platform)

I know its a lot of effort and you are right you wanna figure out if its worthit.....which is perfectly alright BUT I THINK its worth trying

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Solution::: Can we suggest the web development as final year project for NED students?? Do you think this can do??

When I had time, I worked on that but I was depending on folks in karachi to register NGO / NPO but no one really wanted to do all the paper work and therefore I almost had to quit the idea....

Couple of students contacted me for scholarship but I really didnt have any good answer for them

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Bottomline::: These ideas are not new, all we need is a proper representation, that is accessible to students [we dont need to depend on any mailing lists, any other mode of communication, like notice board :) etc......just one single platform]

Looking forward to hear from you more on this

Take care,

Regards,
At 11:21am on November 12, 2007, Syed Qasim Bukhari said…
thnx for the informative links sir !! they r really of my great interest & i would give some thoughtful time in reading those articles butttttttt actually they are not related to the problem em facing....... em having difficulties regarding the stereo vision algorithms ... 8 point algorithm n others.. how to aply them.. what if I ve a pair of images what to do next ?? what problem i might face when working underwater . etc
At 9:47pm on December 13, 2007, Riaz Qamar said…
Thanks for your appreciation. Sadly, I don't see revival of cricket in Pakistan :'(
At 10:35pm on December 18, 2007, Syed Zulfiqar Yezdan said…
Thanks. I will try to get the source files and upload again
At 5:12pm on December 29, 2007, Dilara Hafiz said…
Thanks Riaz Bhai - this looks like a great website. I always enjoy your opinions in Pakistan Link - keep up the thoughtful, analytical writing - we need it!
At 12:33pm on January 17, 2008, Ameer Alam said…
Thanks Riaz Bhai. I will post more material as soon as I can find some time. Allah Hafiz
At 12:42pm on January 17, 2008, Ameer Alam said…
Inshallah very soon, I need a recent potrait made.
At 8:50pm on January 18, 2008, Sohail Sarwar Tahir said…
Thanks sir...what are your plans for de long weekend?
At 9:49pm on January 18, 2008, Sohail Sarwar Tahir said…
i will relax ...daz all i want...might look into office stuff on sunday and monday though....tried to implement something, somehow it didnt work as expected, have a deadline to meet (feb mid)....daz about it..
At 5:10pm on February 24, 2008, Muhammad Riaz said…
Thanks

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    Pakistan Among Top 5 Countries to Discover Oil and Gas in 2017

    Pakistan made two key oil and gas discoveries in the third quarter and another three discoveries in the fourth quarter of 2017. These discoveries may have prompted the US-based Exxon-Mobil to join off-shore drilling efforts in Pakistan. American energy giant's entry in Pakistan brings advanced deep sea drilling technology, its long experience in offshore exploration and production and its deep pockets to the country. US Energy Information Administration …

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    Posted by Riaz Haq on June 18, 2018 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

    "Veere Di Wedding" Challenges South Asian Social Norms

    I had a chance this week to see Veere Di Wedding, the latest Bollywood flick released recently in Silicon Valley, CA. The movie's story revolves around the lives of four childhood friends Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor), Avni (Sonam kapoor), Meera (ShikhaTalsania) and Sakshi (Swara Bhaskar).

    The film…

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    Posted by Riaz Haq on June 15, 2018 at 4:25pm

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