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UN marks 1st Intíl Day of Women and Girls in Science -

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12 (APP): More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday, marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science. “UNESCO’s message is clear “the new [2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] will not meet its promise without investing in women’s and girls’ empowerment through and in science,” Director-General Irina Bokova highlighted in a message.



At Chicago event, Pakistani diplomat says ending polio top national priority -
faisal_niaz_tirmizi.jpgCHICAGO, Feb. 12 (APP): Over 500 people in Chicago on Thursday attended an event organized by Rotary International, in collaboration with the Pakistani Consulate Genetral, to honour the ‘selfless commitment’ of the people and the government of Pakistan for their tireless work to eradicate polio from the country. “Polio eradication is our national priority and the prime minister of Pakistan is supervising efforts to eliminate this debilitating disease,”  Pakistani Consul Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, told the gathering in the course of discussion on “Ending Polio in Pakistan”. 


Pakistan rejects claims of its role in deteriorating situation in Afghanistan -
NEW YORK, Feb 12 (APP): A Pakistani diplomat has debunked allegations made in an article published in a leading American newspaper last week  that Pakistan had facilitated the recent Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. The article, titled ‘Pakistan’s Hand in the Rise of International Jihad’, was written by Carlotta Gall, a New York Times correspondent who reported from Pakistan from 2001-13.


US says security assistance to Pakistan contributes to counter-terrorism operations -
WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (APP): The US security assistance to Pakistan contributes to counter-terrorism operations, a State Department spokesman said on Thursday, adding that the country was an important partner in the region in achieving a stable and secure Afghanistan. At a regular press briefing at the State Department, spokesman Mark Toner said counter-terrorism operations by Pakistan reduced the ability of militants to use Pakistani territory to carry out terrorist attacks and as a base of support for insurgency in Afghanistan. 


Pakistan operation pushing militants into Afghanistan, terrorists know no boundaries: US -
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (APP): A top US military official in Afghanistan said on Thursday that a military operation in Pakistan has pushed Taliban militants into Afghanistan and described terrorists' sanctuaries along the border as a regional problem. Brig Gen Wilson A. Shoffner, Resolute Support Mission spokesman, while addressing a press briefing via video-conference said that over the past couple of years, Pakistan is putting "increasing pressure on Taliban, both on Pakistani as well as Afghan Taliban operating there."



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PSL fever grips even the politicians
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Not only the common folks but politicians of different hues are also getting under the sway of Pakistan’s ongoing inaugural International T20 Cricket show, the Pakistan Super League. Politicians from MQM’S Faisal Sabzwari to PTI’s Asad Umar have expressed their interest in PSL, supporting their favourite teams also.
 
Sports Gala from Monday
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): The Inter Board Sports Gala 2016 will kick off here at the Pakistan Sports Complex from Monday.  The 8-day event to be concluded on February 22 is being hosted by the  Azad Jammu and Kashmir Mirpur Board, said a press release issued here.
 
Mohsin terms PSL as Dubai Super League
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Former Coach Mohsin Hasan Khan while terming PSL as Dubai Super League said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should be shifted to Dubai as it is doing anything for the promotion of the game in the country. Criticizing on the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Mohsin said there was no need to hold the PSL in Dubai. “PSL is Pakistan’s league and should have happened here,” he said while talking to a private news channel.
 
35th CAS Open Golf Championship begins at Airmen Golf Course
PESHAWAR, Feb 11 (APP): The 35th edition CAS Open Golf Championship-2016 began at Airmen Golf Course and Recreational Park, PAF Base Korangi Creek. The Championship will last for four days and 18 holes will be played each day. Air Vice Marshal Salman Ahsan Bukhari, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, who is also Patron in Chief Airmen Golf Course, inaugurated the Championship.

 
Nasir Iqbal win gold in SA Games
PESHAWAR, Feb 11 (APP): Nasir Iqbal clinched the individual squash gold medal beating compatriot Farhan Zaman in straight games in the final to win gold medal in South Asian Games being held in India. Nasir defeated Farhan Zaman 14-12, 11-7 and 11-9 in straight sets. Former Pakistan Sports Board Weightlifting coach Farman Ali said that he was feeling proud of his son winning gold medal in South Asian Games.

 
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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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