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Pakistan calls for integrated approach to implementing 2030 development agenda -
maleeha.jpgNEW YORK, Feb 11 (APP):  Pakistan has called for an integrated approach to implementing the United Nations’ 2030 development agenda by placing sustainable energy at its heart. Chairing a meeting of an informal group of countries that seek to promote what is called ‘SE4All’ or Sustainable Energy for All, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, said that energy is pivotal to achieving economic growth and development.


PM invites Qatari investors to explore opportunities in Pakistan -
DOHA, Qatar, Feb 11 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday invited Qatari investors to explore investment opportunities in Pakistan with particular focus on energy related projects, infrastructure development, and consumer based industry. The Prime Minister was talking to Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) Sheikh Abdullah bin Muhammad Al-Thani, who along with his delegation called on him here.


UN chief warns illicit drugs impede sustainable development -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (APP): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday urged the global community to weigh every option available to control illicit drug use that promotes violence, impede sustainable development, endanger communities and undermine people’s health. “This global challenge is interconnected with corruption, terrorism and illicit flows of money,” the secretary-general told UN official and delegates at a meeting ahead of a UN General Assembly special session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in April.


PM visits Sheikh Faisal Museum -
DOHA, (QATAR) Feb 10 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday visited the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, which is one of the most unique museums in the Middle East with vast rare historical collections. The Prime Minister, accompanied with his delegation, took round of the various sections of the building where he was briefed by the officials.



UN warns of threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (APP):  The overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting rural livelihoods and food security, and requires globally coordinated efforts, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday. Speaking to European ministers of health and agriculture at a conference on antimicrobial resistance in Amsterdam, FAO Deputy Director-General Helena Semedo emphasized that antimicrobial agents foster increasing resistance among the very microbes that cause the infections and disease they were designed to quell, thereby threatening to reverse a century of progress in human and animal health.  



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PBCC to replace Anees
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) has decided to replace skipper Anees Javed owing to his poor performance in the recently concluded Asia Cup at India. Talking to APP, PBCC Chairman Syed Sultan Shah said a new skipper will be appointed in the days to come as Anees’s performance has not been up to the mark.
 
Age no barrier for Pakistani players in 12th South Asian Games
ISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (APP): Age is just a number for the Pakistani table tennis team for the 12th South Asian Games which is taking place from 5 February to 16 February 2016 in Guwahati and Shillong, India. They have the 45 plus duo of Shabnam Bilal and Raheela Khalif, who helped the women's team win the silver, 12 years after they had claimed the same feat at the Games' 2004 edition in Islamabad.

 
England to face Pakistan in 5th place playoff in U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb 10 (APP): England demolished Namibia by 203 runs on Wednesday to set up a clash with Pakistan for the fifth/sixth position playoff in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016. England, which lost to Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals, piled up 286 for nine after being sent in to bat in a match reduced to 48 overs a side due to murky weather in Fatullah.

 
England to face Pakistan in 5th place playoff in U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb 10 (APP): England demolished Namibia by 203 runs on Wednesday to set up a clash with Pakistan for the fifth/sixth position playoff in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016. England, which lost to Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals, piled up 286 for nine after being sent in to bat in a match reduced to 48 overs a side due to murky weather in Fatullah.

 
Rookie Nawaz, Rumman in Pak team for Asia Cup & World T20, Shahzad, Gul axed
KARACHI, Feb 10 (APP): National selectors Monday named rookie all-rounder Muhammad Nawaz and southpaw paceman Rumman Raees in their 15-member squad for the upcoming ACC T20 Asia Cup and ICC World T20. Opener Khurram Manzoor was also recalled in the national squad with Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed. No specialist spinner included in the team.

 
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$150 m committed for flood victims part of longstanding US commitment: Rajiv Shah PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Aug 26 (APP): Administrator USAID Dr. Rajiv Shah said that 150 million dollars committed by the United States for flood affected people in Pakistan is part of the longstanding and significant portfolio commitment to help the country overcome consequences of the natural disaster and economic challenges.He was speaking as chief guest in Radio Roundtable programme launched by Radio Pakistan. The new series is aimed at discussing major issues of Pakistan and the first roundtable was devoted to role of donor agencies and radio as an industry in rebuilding Pakistan.


The Administrator USAID said his current visit to Pakistan was aimed at understanding the tragic scale and tremendous human cost of the disaster so as to ensure that the US Government is fully prepared to effectively respond in meeting immediate requirements of the affected people. He said 20 million people have been affected by the floods and eight million of them are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance for water, shelter and medical support.
He said the USAID has an active presence in Pakistan ever since earthquake of 2005 and that is why it has been able to provide critical assistance to the affected people. Over six thousand people have been evacuated with the US support and 1.5 million people have been provided with food ration for thirty days, he said adding they are also providing assistance to ensure shelter, clean drinking water and health needs of the affected population.
Dr. Rajiv Shah pointed out that the country’s 4.3 million acres of land or 23 per cent of the total crop land has been inundated by flood water inflicting heavy losses on agriculture. He said it will be their priority to ensure that the farmers get access to appropriate seed, replenish their livestock and get best quality inputs. The USAID will also provide support for distribution and marketing of the agricultural products so as to ensure stability in their prices.
He said the United States has established 60 large-scale treatment centres to provide critical medical assistance against infectious diseases.
Replying to a question he said the donor agencies are forming a sort of cluster to provide assistance in areas of pressing needs.
Taking part in the programme, former Speaker of the National Assembly Syed Fakhar Imam said there is urgency to restore damaged agriculture infrastructure in view of the fact that the wheat crop is to be sown in two months.
Director-General Radio Pakistan Murtaza Solangi, who hosted the programme, said the process of rescue, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction is difficult as it needs a lot of planning, coordination and effective communication strategy besides huge resources.
He pointed out that the United States is doing a great effort in rescue and relief both in monetary and logistical support for the affected people.
Apart from experts of different fields, representatives of different radio networks and some PBC correspondents also participated in the programme from different regions giving their impressions and suggestions to cope with the flood situation.
 
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