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Ambassador Jilani highlights Islamabadís policies, Pak-US ties -
WASHINGTON, April 18 (APP): Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani addressed the faculty and participants of 2014 National War College, encompassing a wide range of subjects including positive trajectory in Islamabad-Washington relations, ongoing transformations in Pakistan and developments in the region.


Youths are torch bearers of Pak-China friendship: Masood Khalid -
BEIJING, Apr 18 (APP): Ambassador Masood Khalid has said that youths from both the countries are the torch bearers and have the responsibility to take forward the legacy of Pak-China friendship that built up over past 60-years.


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.


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National Women Softball Championship-2014 starts
RAWALPINDI, April 18 (APP): A three-day National Women Softball Championship-2014 started at Pindi Cricket Stadium here on Friday.
 
Army wins national netball championship title
LAHORE, Apr 18 (APP): Army routed Higher Education Commission 27-17 in the final and won the title of the 13th national men’s netball championship at Islamabad’s PSB complex on Friday.
 
Afghan cricket teamís training camp starts
KARACHI, Apr 18 (APP)- A short training of Afghanistan team in preparations for ACC Premier League 2014 began here at the Arabian Sea Country Club (ASCC) at the outskirts of the city on Friday.
 
PCB advertises for spin bowling consultant for Pakistan team
KARACHI, Apr 18 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday placed an advertisement in some newspapers for positions as the coaching staff in Pakistan cricket.
 
Saeed Ajmal cleared for county cricket
ISLAMABAD, Apr 18 (APP): Star off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been given clearance by Pakistan Cricket Board to play a shortened stint with Worcestershire in the English season.
 
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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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