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Some 3.2 billion people now online, but short of Internet target: UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 1 (APP): Some 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4 per cent of the global population, but the number still falls significantly short of reaching the anticipated goal of 60 per cent by 2020, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. While the proportion of households projected to have Internet access in 2020 will reach 56 per cent, exceeding the 'Connect 2020' target of 55 per cent, only 53 per cent of the global population will be online in 2020, the report found, ranking the Republic of Korea first in the information and communication technology (ICT) 2015 Development Index (IDI).

Pakistan ready to help revive Afghan peace process: Maleeha -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 1 (APP):  Pakistan ready to assist in reviving an Afghan-led and Afghan's owned peace process, but the Kabul government lacks a unified policy on the undertaking, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told the U.N. General Assembly on Monday. At the same time, the Pakistani envoy underscored the need for ceasing "the anti-Pakistan rhetoric from Kabul".

UN chief welcomes Paris meeting between PM Sharif and India's Modi -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 30 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that took place on the margins of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on Monday. "We obviously welcome any direct contacts between prime ministers of India and Pakistan," the secretary-general's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric," told APP at UN Headquarters in New York when asked for the UN chief's reaction on the development.                                    

Climate change agreement must be cognizant of developing countries' needs: PM -
By Shahid Saleem Khan

PARIS, Nov 30 (APP):  Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday said that Pakistan was committed to reduction of global emissions with various initiatives already taken like efforts for renewable technologies, energy efficiency, implementation of mass transport systems and expansion of hydro-electricity potential. "For the effective implementation of our (Pakistan's) national programmes, finance, technology transfer, and capacity building remain key enablers," he said while speaking at the leaders event of a two-week 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) which started here in the French capital.

Both Pakistan, India desire to move forward: PM -
PARIS, Nov 30 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday said that both Pakistan and India desired to move forward and 'all states must keep the door to dialogue open.' Talking to newsmen, the Prime Minister said he and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held a good chat in a good atmosphere. To a question, he said all issues could not be discussed in a brief interaction.

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Pakistan slips to sixth slot in ICC T20 rankings
ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 (APP): Pakistan has moved to 6th slot from 2nd in the fresh T20 rankings after losing three-match series against England.Pakistan on Tuesday lost the last match of the series against England as the visitors clinched the match in super over after the close encounter ended up as tie in the normal 20 overs.

Peshawar Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament begins
PESHAWAR, Nov 30 (APP): The second edition of the Peshawar Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament got under way here at Maazullah Khan Cricket Academy and BISE Grounds on Monday. Senior Minister Sharam Khan Tarakhai and Senior Journalist Rahim Ullah Yousazai formally inaugurated the month long event that carrying a total of 32 teams comprising Geo TV, ARY News, Dunia TV, Dawn News, APP, Express News, 92 HD News, Daily Suba, Waqat News, Sports Writers Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Journalist XI, Channel 24 News, Daily Aaaj, Nai Baath, Daily Jang, Sama News, BBC News, Daily Khyber, Khyber News, Daily Aeen, Aaj News, Daily Express, The News, Daily Mashriq, Neo TV, Abb Tak News, Photo Journalist Tigers. Daily The Frontier Post will defend its title.
WAPDA's players grab Naval's Chief Staff Amateur Golf Tournament
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority's players Muhammad Rehman and Ghazanfar Mehmood snatched All Pakistan Chief of Navel Staff Amateur Golf Tournament, held at Royal Palm Golf Club, by obtaining first and second positions respectively.
Players should see Misbah as role-model: Mushtaq Ahmed
ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Pakistan bowling Coach Mushtaq Ahmed said the players should make Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq as their role-model as his fitness is commendable and an example to follow.  Mushtaq said Misbah is 40 plus now and still his fitness is admirable, therefore the current players should see him as an example to follow. 
BISE Mardan wins All-Pakistan Inter-Board Girls Netball
PESHAWAR, Nov 29 (APP): Mardan Board clinched the trophy of the All-Pakistan Inter-Board Girls Netball Championship after defeating Peshawar Board in the final played at Post Graduate College for Women Mardan on Sunday.
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1,204 die, 1,309 injured, 4,772 villages affected by flood PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Aug 9 (APP): At least 1,204 persons have so far lost their lives and 1,309 injured due to floods across the country.   As many as 289,086 houses have been destroyed or partially damaged with 3,610,735 persons affected across the country by the flash floods. According to data released by the Federal Flood Commission (FFC) here on Monday, 1,871,567 acres of area of crop have also been affected.

The FFC said at least 91,210 houses have been destroyed or damaged in Punjab, 171,010 houses in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 19,619 in Balochistan, 1,430 FATA, 2,336 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 3,481 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir so far.
At least 208 relief camps have also been established in all the flood hit areas to provide prompt relief to the affectees.
The flood also affected 4,772 villages in various parts including 1,472 in Punjab, 468 in KP, 2,584 in Balochistan and 193 in GB.
Meanwhile weather pundits have forecast more rains across the country this week threatening renewed flooding after 12 million people were affected and crops were damaged in the deadliest floods in over eight decades.
“Urban flooding in Karachi is possible and further heavy rain may aggravate the Indus River flooding in Sindh,”  the weather office said in a statement on Monday.
Hundreds of women and children have taken refuge on the highway from Peshawar to Islamabad in the Nowshera district, one of the worst affected.
Skin infections, diarrhoea and malaria outbreaks are spreading quickly, Hasnain Ahmed, a doctor working with a relief crew, said at a medical camp in Nowshera.
Floods have caused 200 billion rupees ($2.33 billion) of losses in the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the worst-affected of the four provinces, Riaz Arshad, president of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said by telephone from Peshawar on Monday.
On the other hand, River Indus is flowing in ‘exceptionally high flood’ with rising trend in Guddu-Sukkur reach and while at Chashma in ‘very high flood with rising trend at Chashma.
The river is in high with falling trend at Kalabagh and in High Flood with rising trend at Taunsa while at Tarbela in Medium Flood with rising trend, says daily report issued by federal flood commission.
River Kabul is in Very High Flood Chenab is in Medium Flood with rising trend at Trimmu and is in Low Flood with rising trend at Marala and Panjnad.
Moreover the report indicates that Tarbela and Mangla Dams are at elevations of 1536.10 feet and 1206-00 feet, respectively, which are 13.90 feet and 4.00 feet below their respective maximum Conservation Levels of 1550.00 feet and 1210.00 feet.
The concerned quarters have already been advised to take utmost care and vigilance in further filling, of both the reservoirs and strictly follow filling criteria and safety guidelines. Today’s combined live storage position of Tarbela, Mangla & Chashma is 10.813 MAF as compared to last year’s 10.887 MAF.
According to Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, Yesterday’s Low over western Madhya Pradesh (India) has merged into Seasonal Low and its trough is extending towards southern parts of Sindh. Southeastern monsoon current is penetrating into sub-mountainous areas of Punjab and Kashmir upto 3000 feet.
The weather system is being closely monitored by the Pakistan Meteorological Department for its further movement and intensity.
As predicted by the FFD, Lahore, fairly widespread thunderstorm/rain is expected over lower Sindh, Kashmir and upper catchments of Rivers Indus, Jhelum, Rivi & Sutlej, including Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, D.G.Khan and Bahawalpur Divisions during the next 24 hours. Scattered thundershower/rain is also expected over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab Gilgit-Baltistan, kashmir, upper Sindh and southern & northeastern parts of Balochistan during the same period.
Significant rainfall events reported during the past 24 hours include; Thatta = 107 mm, Badin = 102mm, Karachi (Gulshan-i-Hadeed = 80 mm, Airport = 61 mm, Saddar = 43 mm, Faisal Base = 42 mm, MasroorBase = 30 mm & Landhi = 26 mm), Mithi = 59 mm, Chhor - 55 mm, Barkhan = 53 mm, Mirpukhas = 48 mm, Nawabshah = 46 mm, Cherat = 42 mm, Parachinar =33 mm, Bunji = 31 mm, Huderabad = 26 mm, Alexandra Bridge = 25 mm, Daggar = 24 mm, Daulatnagar = 22 mm, Gilgit = 20 mm, Rohri = 18 mm, Peshawar (Airport) and Saidu sharif = 15 mm, River Indus is flowing in Exceptionally high Flood Level in Guddu-Sukkur reach. Flood Bunds i.e. Tori Bund located along right bank and Qadirpur Loop Bund along left bank of River Indus downstream of Guddu Barage have breached, which resulted in damages to crops and property, Provincial Irrigation Department government of Sindh with help of Pak Army is trying to control the situation.
The flood peak of Exceptionally High Flood Level is likely to pass through Kotri sometime on 10th/11th August, 2010.  Provincial Irrigation Department Government of Sindh and District Administrations have been advised to take precautionary measures for safe passage of peak flood flows into Arabian Sea.
According to the latest Hyderabad conditions as reported by Flood Forecasting Division Lahore, River Indus at Taunsa is likely to attain Very High Flood Level ranging between 6.80,000 to 7,30,000 cusecs during the period 0600 hrs of 11-08-2010 to 0600 hrs of 13-08-2010.
Under this scenario, the inundation and riverine flooding in low lying areas of Districts Bhakkar, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, D.G. Khan and Rajanpur is expected.
Al-concerned are being kept informed by the Flood Warning Centre, Lahore on round the clock basis.
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