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UN voices concern over Europeís restrictive measures as refugee and migrant influx continues -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (APP): With the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe showing no signs of easing in 2016, the United Nations refugee agency has expressed its concern over increasing restrictive measures on the part of European Member States and called for protecting the human rights of the more than 2,000 people who continue risking their lives every day to reach Europe. Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), underscored that despite rougher seas, harsh winter weather and numerous hardships endured upon arrival, more than 80,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by boat during the first six weeks of 2016, with more than 400 dying in their attempt. Comparably, large numbers began arriving in Europe only by July 2015.

Pakistan snubs NYT for allegation over ISIS, Afghanistan -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12  (APP): The Pakistan Embassy in the U.S. rejected a report carried out by the New York Times  (NYT) that blamed Pakistan for  deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, adding such accusation would harm the reconciliation process in that country. In a strong rejoinder to the editor, a spokesman for the embassy challenged the assertions made in the report titled "Pakistan's Hands in the Rise of International Jihad" and drew the attention of the author to the world praise for Pakistan for its role in fighting global terrorism.     

UN marks 1st Intíl Day of Women and Girls in Science -

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12 (APP): More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday, marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science. “UNESCO’s message is clear “the new [2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] will not meet its promise without investing in women’s and girls’ empowerment through and in science,” Director-General Irina Bokova highlighted in a message.

At Chicago event, Pakistani diplomat says ending polio top national priority -
faisal_niaz_tirmizi.jpgCHICAGO, Feb. 12 (APP): Over 500 people in Chicago on Thursday attended an event organized by Rotary International, in collaboration with the Pakistani Consulate Genetral, to honour the ‘selfless commitment’ of the people and the government of Pakistan for their tireless work to eradicate polio from the country. “Polio eradication is our national priority and the prime minister of Pakistan is supervising efforts to eliminate this debilitating disease,”  Pakistani Consul Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, told the gathering in the course of discussion on “Ending Polio in Pakistan”. 

Pakistan rejects claims of its role in deteriorating situation in Afghanistan -
NEW YORK, Feb 12 (APP): A Pakistani diplomat has debunked allegations made in an article published in a leading American newspaper last week  that Pakistan had facilitated the recent Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. The article, titled ‘Pakistan’s Hand in the Rise of International Jihad’, was written by Carlotta Gall, a New York Times correspondent who reported from Pakistan from 2001-13.

Sport News
Pakistan beat India 1-0 to claim hockey gold in SAG
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan continued their supremacy in men's hockey in the region as they defeated historical rivals India 1-0 in the summit clash to clinch gold in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) at the Moullana Tayabullah Hockey Stadium Guwahati, India on Friday. According to information received here, Awais-ur-Rehman scored the lone goal of the match in dying moments of the first half as Pakistan clinched a hat-trick of titles in the SAG.

BCCI has banned me without any evidence: Asad Rauf
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf Friday hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for imposing a five-year ban on him for corruption, saying that the Indian Board did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty. "What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me," Rauf asked.

World Champion Asif gearing up to regain National Snooker crown
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Former IBSF World Amateur Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif was gearing-up to regain his crown in the 41st edition of National Snooker Championship which break-off here from February 15. "Yes I am fully ready to regain my crown after last winning it in 2012," country's premier cueist told APP in an interview on Friday as he prepared to travel to Karachi from Faisalabad to figure in prestigious national event.

Zeeshan/Saif steers Pakistan 5th spot in ICC U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Pakistan ended its campaign in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament. Batting duo of opener Zeeshan  Malik and Saif Badar starred in their team's triumph with sizzling batting.

TDCP Cholistan Jeep Rally starts
BAHAWALPUR, Feb 12 (APP): Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) 11th Cholistan jeep rally has started here Friday. A total of 80 vehicles have got registered in 8 different categories. Two female drivers are also participating in the event. Qualifying round of the rally will be held on Saturday.

Latest News
Army Polo championship held; COAS gives away awards to winners - Imran Khan resorts to hereditary politics: Pervaiz Rashid - Nisar seeks report on ex-Herat Governor\'s abduction, cop killing - Gas issue to be resolved next month; State Minister - Nisar inaugurates Emergency Service in Kallar Syedan - BISP beneficiaries to get enhanced grant of Rs 4700: Marvi
PM announces compensation package for deceased, injured PIA employees PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday announced financial assistance of Rs 2.5 million each for the heirs of two deceased PIA employees. The said PIA employees were killed during a firing incident outside the Karachi airport. According to a PM House statement, the Prime Minister said that loss of the lives of PIA employees was not only a loss to their families and friends but also to the national flag carrier.

Rs 400 mln to be provided for human rights education, awareness PDF Print E-mail
News - National
pm_nawaz-sharif.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, while approving the draft Action Plan to Improve Human Rights Situation in Pakistan, further ordered that an amount of Rs 400 million would be provided for human rights education, sensitization, awareness, research and communication. Out of this total amount, Rs 150 million would be allocated during the current financial year through a supplementary grant, while Rs 250 million through budgetary allocations in FY 2016 17, said a press release of PM Office Media Wing on Saturday.
PM directs policy guidelines for foreign appointments PDF Print E-mail
News - National
pm141215.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (APP): To ensure transparency, merit and fairness, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed for the adoption of policy guidelines over foreign appointments. These guidelines would be followed in letter and spirit concerning postings in Pakistan Missions and against Pakistan’s positions at international, multilateral and regional organizations and bodies, said contents of a letter from the office of Secretary to the Prime Minister on Saturday. According to the policy guidelines, the concerned ministry or division in each case would ensure that selection process is completely transparent and absolutely merit based.
PM approves appointments PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has accorded his approval to the appointment of Naseem ul Zaman as Commandant National Police Academy. While Major General (Retd) Tariq Rasheed was appointed as Ambassador of Pakistan in Mauritius, said PM Office Media wing in its press release on Saturday.
Imran Khan resorts to hereditary politics: Pervaiz Rashid PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app55-13infominister-islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting and  National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid Saturday said PTI chief Imran Khan had taken a U-turn on the issue of hereditary politics with the joining of  Hamid Nasir Chattha to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Talking to reporters after addressing a function held in  memory of Jamila Hashmi here, the minister said the PTI Chairmam was  in the habit of taking U-turns as there had been contradiction in his  actions and words. He was a critic of hereditary politics, but now  people like Hamid Nasir Chattha had been included in the PTI fold,  which reflected hereditary politics, he added.  

PM approves increase in stipend for BISP beneficiaries PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has approved increase in the annual stipend to Benazir Income Support Progamme (BISP) beneficiaries from Rs. 18,000 to 18,800 per annum. Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, in a statement
here Saturday, said that he had detailed discussion with the Prime  Minister regarding increase in the stipend for BISP beneficiaries.
Nisar seeks report on ex-Herat Governor's abduction, cop killing PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app49-13islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (APP): Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday sought a report over kidnapping of former Governor of Afghan province of Herat and killing of a policeman on IJP Road. Chairing a high level meeting over law and order situation in the  city, he also sought an explanation from authorities concerned over the  two incidents. According to press release, the minister was informed that during  the last 24 hours concrete progress had been achieved in investigation  into kidnaping of former Herat Governor, who would be got released  soon.
Afghan Ambassador meets Ishaq Dar PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ishaq-dar1.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (APP): The Ambassador of Afghanistan,  Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal paid a courtesy call on Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Saturday. The minister welcomed the newly appointed Afghan Ambassador and felicitated him on assuming his responsibilities, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance.
Nisar inaugurates Emergency Service in Kallar Syedan PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ch-nisar-ali-khan.jpgKALLAR SYEDAN, Feb 13 (APP): Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday inaugurated Emergency Service Rescue 1122 in Kallar Syedan to provide the most efficient response to emergencies in the area. Speaking on the occasion, the minister congratulated the residents of Kallar Syedan on inauguration of Emergency Service Rescue 1122 station. Rescue 1122 was already working very hard and efficiently and it would. maintain the quality of service in Kallar Syedan also, he added.

Army Polo championship held; COAS gives away awards to winners PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app36-13lahore.jpgRAWALPINDI, Feb 13 (APP):  The spectators were treated to a fine brand  of Polo during Army Polo Championship Finals held on Saturday at Lahore Garrison Polo grounds, an ISPR news release said. Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif was the chief guest and  awarded prizes to the winners of Army Polo and Tent Pegging Championship. Commander Lahore Corps Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali was also present.
Haroon urges traders to avail benefits of new tax scheme PDF Print E-mail
News - National
MULTAN, Feb 13 (APP): Special Assistant to Prime Minister  on Revenue Haroon Akhtar Khan on Saturday urged non-tax filers to  avail an opportunity under the tax amnesty scheme which would surely  benefit them. Addressing a seminar arranged jointly by traders  and the FBR here, he said nearly one million people out of  180 million in the country were paying taxes which was very  low. He added that 4.5 percent people in India used to pay  taxes and if Pakistanis paid at the same percentage, then there  would be nine million tax payers in our country.
Ahsan for making collective efforts for countryís progress PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ahsan_iqbal.jpegLAHORE, Feb 13 (APP): Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal stressed the need for making collective efforts for the progress and development of the country. Talking to the media after addressing the inaugural ceremony of University of Lahore (UoL), Young Development Corps (YDC) Lahore Chapter at (UoL) on Saturday, he said that all of us have learned from mistakes of past and recognized the supremacy of democracy.
Easy procedure being adopted for BISP beneficiaries to get money: Marvi PDF Print E-mail
News - National
marvi-memon.jpgTHATTA, Feb 13 (APP): Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), MNA Marvi Memon has said that the grant to women had been increased from Rs 4500 to Rs 4700. Talking to newsmen at Makli press club here on Saturday, she said that  the ATM cards system will soon be abolished and an easier procedure will be introduced through which the beneficiaries can get the amount of BISP at their homes.

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