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UN dims lights to focus attention on climate change -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 29 (APP): The United Nations went dark later Saturday evening as the Organization shuts off the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of ‘Earth Hour,’ an annual global event raising awareness about the need to take action on climate change and promoting sustainable energy consumption.


Pakistan renew its commitment to UN peacekeeping at first-ever defence chiefs conference -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (APP): Pakistan has renewed its commitment to the “noble cause” of United Nations peacekeeping, the world body’s flagship activity that helps countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace.


At UN, Pakistan urges action to end violence against religious, ethnic minorities in Mideast -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (APP):  Pakistan Friday called for U.N. Security Council action to end the religiously and ethnically-motivated violence sweeping the Middle East by promoting a global consensus for resolving the challenges confronting Iraq, Syria, Yemen and “most importantly” Palestine.


US says Pakistan making sincere effort for Afghan peace -
WASHINGTON, March 28 (APP): Pakistan is making a “sincere effort” towards Afghan peace and it wants to make the best use of the “new environment” by aiding a negotiated political settlement to the conflict in the neighboring country, U.S. Special
Representative Dan Feldman said.


UN leader calls on defence chiefs for ‘unity and backing’ on UN peacekeeping -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 (APP): At the first-ever United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference Friday,  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to senior military officials for more troop contributions from States around the world and for political will and purpose.


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Australia wins CWC for 5th time
From Ehsan Qureshi

MELBOURNE, March 29 (APP): Australia won the 11th edition of Cricket World Cup on Sunday when they defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in one-sided final here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
 
Hafeez must be made captain: Sarfraz Nawaz
ISLAMABAD, Mar 29 (APP): Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz on Sunday urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to make Muhammad Hafeez the captain of the One Day side saying currently the all-rounder suits best to lead the team.
 
Pakistan to tour Sri Lanka from June 12 for full series
From Ehsan Qureshi
 
MELBOURNE, March 29 (APP): Pakistan cricket team will be undertaking  a tour of Sri Lanka from the second week of June to play a series of 3-match Test, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals, a spokesman of Cricket Sri Lanka told reporters here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
 
Australia-New Zealand scoreboard in CWC final
MELBOURNE, March 29 (APP): Scoreboard of final of Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
 
Johnson, Faulkner, Starc dismiss Kiwis for 183 in CWC final despite Elliott’s defiant 83

From Ehsan Qureshi

MELBOURNE, March 29 (APP): Australian left arm pace trio of Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc shared eight wicket between them to dismiss New Zealand for  mere 183 in 45 overs in the Cricket World Cup (CWC) final here 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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