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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.


US lauds Pakistan’s economic upturn; hopes for Pak-India progress -
WASHINGTON, April 17 (APP): The United States has been encouraged by Pakistan’s economic turnaround over the past year and hopes for Pakistan-India progress after the Indian elections towards trade expansion, a senior American official said.  “We are encouraged by the economic progress that Pakistan has made in the past year, though it still faces many challenges ahead,”


Pak maritime trade to further boost as China accelerates planning to re-connect Maritime Silk Road -
BEIJING, April 17 (APP): The maritime trade of Pakistan will get further boost through inter-connectivity as the Chinese government is stepping up the planning of reviving the Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, with port construction as the priority, according to local media.The plan is expected to focus on infrastructure construction of countries along the route, including ports of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the China Securities Journal said.China will coordinate customs, quality supervision, e-commerce and other agencies to facilitate the scheme, which is also likely to contain attempts to build free trade zones.


In memory of Naga Parbat tragedy, a women expedition team starts climbing Mount Everest -
BEIJING, Aril 17 (APP): A four members of the first ever private Chinese women expedition to Mount Everest (Qomolangma) left from Kathmandu Tuesday to fulfill their dream of conquering the world’s highest peak from the south, reports state media.Ma Liyamu, the team leader, is a Muslim woman from Xinjiang, which is located in the northwest of China. She started doing outdoor sports in 1996, and if she successfully reaches Everest’s 8,848-metre-high peak, she will be the first woman from her region and community to achieve such a feat, said Xinhua news agency in a dispatch from Kathmandu.


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Saqlian questions “Doosara” in present era
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Master off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq indirectly questioned the legality of “Doosra” in the current era.  The inventor of the mystery ball, said that, due to his technique, he never felt any difficulty in managing the away going delivery,” he told a private television channel on Thurdsay. He declined to comment on the official rules, in this regard, saying that it was the job of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter.
 
11th National Women Softball Championship from Friday
RAWALPINDI, April 17 (APP): A three-day 11th National Women Softball Championship-2014 will be held at Pindi Cricket Stadium from Friday. In a joint announcement here, District Coordination Officer  (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall and Chairperson Senate Standing Committtee on Sports Kalsoom Perveen, said Six teams from all over the country including defending champions Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad and Police Department would participate in the championship.
 
National Shooting trials for Asian, CW Games on May 10
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Second phase of trials to select Pakistan sharp shooters for this year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will be held at Naval International Shooting Range here on May 10, National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) announced on Thursday. “Trials will be conducted in all events like Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun,” Executive Vice President NRAP Razi Ahmed Khan told APP here.
 
Army excels in National Taekwondo
KARACHI, Apr 16 (APP): Pakistan Army swept all the 30 gold medals at stake in the National Taekwondo Championship at the Rangers Training Centre & School here, said a news release issued here on Wednesday. Army martial arts players dominated the event from start to finish with superb technique and power.
 
First round of Inter-Media cricket tournament ends
ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (APP): The Inter-Media Cricket Tournament organized by Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) continues in full swing here. The tournament, organized in collaboration with National Press Club, comprises of teams belonging to national and international print and electronic media. The first round saw thrilling matches between various teams which competed fiercely to reach the second round.
 
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Pakistan to get GSP Plus access in EU by 2014:Gilani PDF Print E-mail
expoooooooooooooo3333333333333.jpgKARACHI, Oct. 19 (APP)- Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday that by 2014, Pakistan is expecting to qualify and benefit from the European Union’s import preferential treatment under the GSP Plus regime allowing duty free access for all export products.He was speaking at the inauguration of 6th Expo Pakistan 2011 at Governor House. Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Minster for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Farooq Sattar, Port and Shipping Minister Babar Khan Ghori President FPCCI were also present on the occasion.
He said that the government has made concerted efforts to acquire better market access for Pakistani products to the world markets. “In this regard, the President and I have been emphasizing Pakistan needs “Trade Not Aid”.
He pointed out that the European Unions’s offer at the WTO to Pakistan for duty free access to goods from 75 tariff lines is just one example of such endeavours of the present government.
Referring to efforts for market access, he said Pakistan has already entered into preferential and free trade agreements with China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Iran, and Mauritius. I would strongly urge our exporters to take full advantage of the market access opportunities of the bilateral agreements”, he opined.  
Talking of negotiations with India, he said the government was also making concerted efforts to enhance regional trade with our neighbours. Recently held trade talks between India and Pakistan are going in a positive direction, he noted.Prime Minister pointed out that the Ministry of Commerce has announced a three year Strategic Trade Policy Framework to provide a long-term policy framework of sustainable businesses. This would enable them to plan expansion and growth, he observed.
He asked the government agencies  to simplify procedures, reduce red tapism, and enhance transparency and efficiency to create a business-friendly environment in the country.
“I am happy to note that meaningful headway has been made in this regard by the people’s government”,he added.
Quoting a recent World Bank Report “Ease of Doing Business in South Asia”, which has put Pakistan as one of the attractive investment destinations in the region, he said this is an acknolwdgment of our policies.
He said the government realizes the hardships of the business communities who are facing severe problems in the face of energy outages and still they have outperformed. It is the ingenuity and hard work of the Pakistani entrepreneurs that made the difference.
He said the democratic government is fully cognizant of these difficulties and is taking appropriate steps to overcome all such problems to facilitate the undertaking of businesses in the country.  
He said that though Pakistan is facing the menace of terrorism at home and in our neighborhood, it is still an attractive country for doing business.
He also thanked the business community for their assistance and support to the government’s efforts for rehabilitation of flood affected people.
He advised the exhibitors at this EXPO to play the role of trade ambassadors. They should not only showcase and market quality products and services but also practice the best business ethics. The focus should be to build long-term business relations with our customers abroad with a view to establish “MADE IN PAKISTAN” as a reliable brand.  
He also commended the organizers of this 6th EXPO PAKISTAN for all their efforts in putting up this impressive event.  
 

     

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