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Pak-China universities ink students exchange agreement -
GUANGZHOU, Apr 18 (APP): National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad and China’s Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou, Friday concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation and a Student Exchange Agreement. The documents were signed by Maj Gen (Retd) Masood Hasan, Rector NUML and Prof. Zhong Weihe, President GDUFS. The initiative of the MoU and the agreement between the two Universities was launched and facilitated by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Guangzhou. Under the MoU on Academic Cooperation, the NUML would set up a NUML International Center of Education (NICE) on the premises of GDUFS. NUML will initially assign academicians/ instructors at the NICE for English and Urdu languages and subsequently extend it for other languages.

UN Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP): Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.

On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP):  On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the ‘illegal collective punishment’ unleashed on the population there.

US lauds Pakistan’s economic upturn; hopes for Pak-India progress -
WASHINGTON, April 17 (APP): The United States has been encouraged by Pakistan’s economic turnaround over the past year and hopes for Pakistan-India progress after the Indian elections towards trade expansion, a senior American official said.  “We are encouraged by the economic progress that Pakistan has made in the past year, though it still faces many challenges ahead,”

Pak maritime trade to further boost as China accelerates planning to re-connect Maritime Silk Road -
BEIJING, April 17 (APP): The maritime trade of Pakistan will get further boost through inter-connectivity as the Chinese government is stepping up the planning of reviving the Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, with port construction as the priority, according to local media.The plan is expected to focus on infrastructure construction of countries along the route, including ports of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the China Securities Journal said.China will coordinate customs, quality supervision, e-commerce and other agencies to facilitate the scheme, which is also likely to contain attempts to build free trade zones.

Sport News
Saqlian questions “Doosara” in present era
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Master off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq indirectly questioned the legality of “Doosra” in the current era.  The inventor of the mystery ball, said that, due to his technique, he never felt any difficulty in managing the away going delivery,” he told a private television channel on Thurdsay. He declined to comment on the official rules, in this regard, saying that it was the job of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter.
11th National Women Softball Championship from Friday
RAWALPINDI, April 17 (APP): A three-day 11th National Women Softball Championship-2014 will be held at Pindi Cricket Stadium from Friday. In a joint announcement here, District Coordination Officer  (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall and Chairperson Senate Standing Committtee on Sports Kalsoom Perveen, said Six teams from all over the country including defending champions Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad and Police Department would participate in the championship.
National Shooting trials for Asian, CW Games on May 10
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Second phase of trials to select Pakistan sharp shooters for this year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will be held at Naval International Shooting Range here on May 10, National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) announced on Thursday. “Trials will be conducted in all events like Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun,” Executive Vice President NRAP Razi Ahmed Khan told APP here.
Army excels in National Taekwondo
KARACHI, Apr 16 (APP): Pakistan Army swept all the 30 gold medals at stake in the National Taekwondo Championship at the Rangers Training Centre & School here, said a news release issued here on Wednesday. Army martial arts players dominated the event from start to finish with superb technique and power.
First round of Inter-Media cricket tournament ends
ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (APP): The Inter-Media Cricket Tournament organized by Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) continues in full swing here. The tournament, organized in collaboration with National Press Club, comprises of teams belonging to national and international print and electronic media. The first round saw thrilling matches between various teams which competed fiercely to reach the second round.
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President stresses strong economic ties with African countries PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 18 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday stressed the need for more concerted efforts to strengthen the trade and economic ties with African countries. The President expressed these views while talking to Imran Yawar, Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and permanent observer to African Union (AU) here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. The President said Pakistan values its close and cordial relationship with Ethiopia and urged the newly appointed ambassador to focus on further consolidating the bilateral relations particularly in trade and commerce sectors. He said that Pakistan’s relations with Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular do not commensurate with the real trade potential and existing goodwill.
Govt. wants to solve issue of terrorism through dialogue: Aftab Sheikh PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 18 (APP) : State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed on Friday said that government wanted to solve issue of terrorism through dialogue. Talking to media outside the Parliament House, he said , the government had showed sincerity in dialogue process with Taliban.  “It is priority of the government to solve the issue of terrorism through dialogue”. To a question he said,”War was not a solution to any dispute; dialogue was the only way to resolve all the disputes confronting the world.” Aftab said that
terrorism in the country was a complicated issue and will take time to resolve, he added.
PPB introduced in Senate PDF Print E-mail
News - Senate
ISLAMABAD April 18 (APP): The Senate on Friday referred  Pakistan Protection of Pakistan Bill-2014 to its standing committee on Law an Justice for further perusal and deliberations. The bill was moved by the Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid. Senator Raza Rabbani opposing the bill said it is against the basic human rights and constitution of the country. He asked the government to review the bill and table in the Senate after addressing reservations of the opposition parties. He said that bill should be drafted according to constitution and law of the land. Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid informed the House that modification had been made in the bill. He said the government will welcome any suggestions in bill from the opposition members.
NSC reiterates govt’s resolve to improve internal security situation PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app54-17pm-islamabad_copy.jpg ISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (APP): The country’s apex national security body Thursday reiterated government’s resolve to improve the internal security situation as it was critical to economic and social development of the country. The meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC), chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here at the Prime Minister’s House resolved to explore all policy options and to utilise all available resources to ensure peace and security in the country. “The Committee endorsed the vision to put Pakistan on the crossroads of opportunity rather than conflict to spur growth for prosperity of the people,” a statement released by the PM House said.
PM reviews progress on Diamer-Bhasha Dam Project PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app65-17pm-islamabad_copy.jpg ISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam will not only cater for energy requirements of the country but at the same time, it would be a source of development for Gilgit-Baltistan. The Dam will prove to be an economic milestone for the country, he said while reviewing progress on Diamer-Bhasha Dam Project here at the PM House. The Prime Minister directed that 1% of the project cost should be allocated, specifically for environmental conservation so that local vegetation and wildlife resources are not affected.
President urges quality research in universities PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app15-17president-islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday emphasized the need for developing a strong relationship between higher education and economic development, urging quality assurance of the research being made in national universities and degree awarding institutes. The President said this during a meeting with the 2nd group of heads of leading universities and degree awarding institutes of the country here at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
President Mamnoon to visit Nigeria on April 21 PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, April 17 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain will undertake an official visit to Nigeria from April 21 to 23, at the invitation of the President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan. Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that this is an important visit since it will be the first presidential visit from Pakistan to Nigeria in last three decades. President Mamnoon Hussain will meet President Goodluck Jonathan during his stay in Abuja. The Vice President of Nigeria and senior Nigerian officials will also call on him.
ECC approves Rs. 2 billion for Ramazan Relief Package PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app77-17islamabad_copy.jpg ISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (APP): The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Thursday approved, in principle, Rs. 2 billion, for Ramzan Relief Package to provide essential commodities on controlled rate during the Holy Month of Ramazan, 2014. The ECC which met here under the chairmanship of Minister for Finance, Mohammad Ishaq Dar also decided that the details of the relief on essential commodities will be submitted by the Utility Stores Corporation (USC) in the next meeting for consideration.
Pakistan calls for better management of Pak-Afghan border PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Apr 17 (APP): Pakistan on Thursday asked Afghan government and NATO to put in place strong measures for better management of Pak-Afghan border, saying that protecting this border is the shared responsibility of both the countries. Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam here at weekly briefing said there is a need for taking extra burden regarding the protection and management of the border.  The spokesperson said, “We have more than 1200 posts across Pak-Afghan border and we also undertake surveillance at the border.”
Nisar, Olson discuss regional security situation PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app61-17islamabad_copy.jpg ISLAMABAD, April 17 (APP): Ambassador of United States of America to Pakistan Richard Olson called on Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Thursday. Matters relating to the bilateral relations especially security situation in the region came under discussion during the meeting.
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