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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.

 
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US increases flood relief aid to $ 71 million, sending more helicopters PDF Print E-mail
WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (APP): The United States on Wednesday increased its assistance for flood-ravaged Pakistan to $ 71 million and said more helicopters are on way to contribute to relief and rescue services for millions of people affected by the largest natural calamity in the South Asian nation’s history.

“This is a devastating catastrophe, and we recognize that, President Obama, Secretary Clinton, the U.S. government recognizes that” U.S. Special Representative Richard Holbrooke told Washington-based Pakistani journalists as Islamabad grappled to look after 14 million people affected over 150,000 sq km of the country’s territory.
Besides destroying crops and infrastructure, the flooding has claimed lives of nearly 1600 people and shattered 650,000 houses.
Holbrooke, who has been discussing relief assistance efforts with Pakistan’s ambassador in the United States Husain Haqqani, also renewed Washington’s call for greater international help for Pakistan in this hour of immense challenge.
Ambassador Holbrooke hoped that a previously scheduled October 14 conference of Friends of Pakistan in Brussels, would turn into a conference of support for Pakistan’s flood recovery.
“We have sent helicopters from Afghanistan, and we know how difficult that was to do. We have got a ship off the Karachi coast now with more helicopters on it, about to go in. So far, we have committed $ 71 million,” he said, updating Tuesday’s figure of $ 55 million.
The U.S. flood relief assistance exceeds more than the combined aid commited by the rest of the world has committed so far.
“We are reaching out to everyone” in support of Pakistan’s effort, he added, drawing international attention to the enormity of the task Pakistan faces.
But Holbrooke was confident that the Pakistanis would overcome the colossal devastation brought by the relentless monsoon flooding.
“Pakistan is resilient country, resilient people. They need international assistance but they will pull themselves back together,” the diplomat said.
“Our first thought is how to help the people of Pakistan and we are focused on that,” he declared, adding that the United States cares about the victims of the disaster, the marooned people clinging to their rooftops.
“And when the water subsides, we have got a monumental reconstruction challenge, bigger than Swat last year---- reconstruction cost will exceed the relief effort - but first we have to save people.”
The spceial envoy, who also met with Pakistan Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamer Suleman, said the visitng official also emphasized the importance of helicopters in carrying out relief and rescue work over vast flooded territories.
He also appealed to the people incluing the Pakistani-Americans to donate generaously to flood relief. He vowed to mobilize the American business community toward flood relief contribution.
“We need to explain to the people that this is not just an other flood. This is a catastrophe. We know how serious it is. The President (Barack Obama), Secretary (Hillary Clinton) and I know how serious it is. We have to do some education,” he said, urging people in the United States to text word SWAT from their cell phone to number 50555 and contribute $ 10 each the assistance to be administered by UN High Commission for Refugees.
He said the Pakistani leaders are very concerned about this tragedy and there have been telephonic contacts with them.
Pakistan, he said, is confronted with a combination of of problems abut emphasized that Washington’s help for the country is not because of regional U.S. interests but for the sake of Pakistan and Pakistanis.
“That is why we have made Pakistan a focal point of our international efforts since Barack Obama became the president. But let me say clearly that we help Pakistan for its own sake, not because of Afghanistan or other neighbors. We are there for Pakistan and its people, with Kerry-Lugar-Berman legislation, with our helicopters, with our assistance. I know no country that faces more challenges. And in the midst of it the additional burder of floods is staggering. But the people of Pakistan are resilient and they will pull together, I am sure. But we have a big big job ahead of us.”
 
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