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Iran protests UN Ambassador's visa denial -
UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (APP): Iran has lodged a protest at the United Nations over the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move sets a "dangerous" precedent. The White House has said that Iran's selection of Hamid Aboutalebi to be  its United Nations envoy is not "viable". Aboutalebi was reportedly involved with a group of Iranian students responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S.



Pakistan set to reap benefit from Chinese experience -
BEIJING, Apr 15 (APP): Pakistan enthusiastically participates in all regional cooperation initiatives led by China whether they are strategically important or economically crucial, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA). Equated by some with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the latest BFA just concluded in South China’s Hainan Province, reports infuential English daily Global Times. Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif delivered a plenary speech titled “Reviving the Silk Road.” The forum reflects the major contours of the Asian Century under the dynamic leadership of a rising China. Chinese


UN expert urges less military spending, more investment in development -
UNITED NATIONS, April 14 (APP): A United Nations expert Monday called on all governments to boost transparency and cuts in military expenditures, and increase investments in nutrition, health, environmental protection and other major sustainable development challenges. “Every democracy must involve civil society in the process of establishing budgets, and all sectors of society must be consulted to determine what the real priorities of the population are,” Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order Alfred de Zayas said in a statement marking the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.


UN chief welcomes long-awaited UN climate reportn calls for swift action -
UNITED NATIONS, April 14 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the findings of a long-awaited United Nations report on the mitigation of climate change released Sunday and urged all countries “to act swiftly and boldly to reach a global, ambitious and legal [climate] agreement in 2015.


Dar says IFIs agree Pakistanís GDP growth to surpass earlier projections -
WASHINGTON, April 14 (APP): Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said things are shaping up for Pakistan’s economic boost as macroeconomic stability has earned the country huge confidence of international investors and financial institutions. Wrapping up a hectic visit to Washington, during which he had a series of meetings with World Bank, IMF and U.S. officials, Senator Dar also said major financial institutions now agree with Islamabad that Pakistan’s GDP growth would surpass their earlier projections. “The World Bank and the IMF now agree that the country would chalk up a better economic growth than earlier projections and our projection for the year  is 4 percent plus”, he told Washington-based Pakistani journalists.


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Indo-Pak clash, dire need of subcontinent: Zaheer Abbas
ISLAMABAD, Apr 15 (APP): Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas while praising the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi for doing all-out efforts for the Indo-Pak clash said Pakistan and India face-to-face is just like the Ashes series of the subcontinent.After an ICC meeting in Dubai, the PCB announced it would conditionally support the reforms to be officially signed in June this year which Sethi said will bring major benefits to Pakistan. Sethi had said that Pakistan will get eight years of series, including archrivals India, earning $300 million, after agreeing to the revamp of the game’s governing body.
 
Keeping Pakistani players away from IPL is a great blow: Wasim Akram
ISLAMABAD, Apr 15 (APP): Former captain Wasim Akram feels keeping Pakistani players away from the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a great blow for cricket-lovers saying mixing sports and politics won’t do any good. Pakistani players have been barred from participating in the IPL since 2008. Howevevr, Akram feels this is the right time for the Pakistani players to be reinstated, for the benefit of subcontinental sports fans.Akram, who is the bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), said whenever Pakistan and India players have played either against each other  or together, they have attracted lot of crowds. “I hope in near future Pakistani players will be able to participate because we have great talent,” Pakpassion.net quoted Akram as saying.
 
21th Jeevay Pakistan cycle rally to start on April 23
MUZAFFARGARH, Apr 13 (APP): The 21th Jeevay Pakistan cycle rally will leave for Islamabad, here from April 23, Wednesday. The rally titled ‘Anti-drugs and love with sports’ will start from Missali Public school Muzaffargarh and conclude at Jinnah Stadium Islamabad on May 8. A meeting with Commissioner Dera Ghazi Khan Division, Suhail Shahzad was held in the chair at Commissioner’s office on Sunday to review arrangements for the rally. Commissioner DG Khan lauded for holding cycle rally and urged the participants of the rally to play their role in eradicating menace of narcotics and promote sports and other positive activities.
 
Malik Saad Memorial Snooker Cup begins, Saleh, M. Asif, Asif Toba advance
PESHAWAR, Apr 12 (APP): Former World Amateur Snooker Champion, Muhammad Asif, former World No. 2 Saleh Muhammad and current National Championship Muhammad Asif Toba recorded easy sailing on the opening day of the first Malik Saad Shaheed Memorial Snooker Cup, which got under way here at Snooker Club Gulbahar on Saturday. Surprisingly no one is there for inauguration the prestigious snooker championship despite participating of big guns of the game here in provincial metropolis. The tournament is being organized by Malik Saad Shaheed Sports Trust with former World Amateur Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif is the top seed, former world no. 2 Saleh Muhammad is seeded second and current national champion who won the 39th edition of the National Championship, is seeded third.
 
Peshawar District Handicap Twenty20 Cricket begins
PESHAWAR, Apr 12 (APP): Peshawar White defeated Peshawar Red by four wickets in the opening match of the Peshawar Dsitrict Handicap Twenty20 Cricket Tournament, which got under way here at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium on Saturday. President of the Peshawar District Handicap Cricket Association and Governor National Youth Assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Muhammad Amar Khan was the chief guest on this occasion who formally inaugurated the tournament in which a total of four teams from Peshawar District are taking part. Organizing Secretary, Syed Jaffar Shah, Coordinators Khalid Aman and Kifayat Ullah, Amjad Khan, players, officials were also present.
 
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Efforts being made to generate maximum revenue: Saad Rafique PDF Print E-mail
LAHORE, Sept 30 (APP): Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Monday that efforts were being made to generate maximum revenue from all areas of the department. Highlighting the 110-day performance of Pakistan Railways here at Railways headquarters, he said that Pakistan Railways had achieved some initial success in three months adding that each employee of Pakistan Railways was committed to put the department on path to success. In past, he said, Railways HQ and the Ministry both were working in different manner but now they were on same page. He said that different problems could only be resolved through a pragmatic approach. The Minister said that ensuring merit was very necessary to take the PR out of existing challenges.

He said the number of freight locomotives has been increased to 24 from 8 and it had helped in generating good revenue. Pakistan Railways once again started to play main role of oil supply, he added.
Khawaja Saad Rafique said that from now onward all new and used locomotives would be purchased with warranty.
He said that oil reserves had improved during the last three months and now PR has oil reserve of 12 days.
The Minister said that AC business coaches have been converted into AC standard coaches. Pakistan Railways earned over Rs 1 billion in 90 days agaisnt its target, he said.
“We have brought down the daily deficit of the department from Rs 100 million to Rs 20 million,” he claimed.  
Saad Rafique said that scrap disposal policy has been evolved, adding that operation against encroachments was going on which would continue without any discrimination in all areas.
He said that luggage size would be determined so that passengers could not face any problem while travelling.
Now transfers would be done according to the rules, he added.
The Minister said that PR had some 6 to 7 high profile cases of corruption which would be referred to NAB after the appointment of its chairman. Petition has been filed in the Supreme Court for early hearing of case related to Royal Palm Club, he added.
About the allotment of houses, Saad said that no house would be alloted till the formulation of policy in this regard.
He said that from now onwards Pakistan Railways land would not be sold and Technical Committee Examine has been formed for Ex-Pakistan Leave. This committee would examine the applications properly and the leave would be sanctioned purely on merit, he said.
He said that 500 sites have been identified for installing billboards. He said that Railways land would be used for “Mandi Muwashian” cattle market during Eidul Azha for generating revenue.
Saad said that it was prime objective of the PR to upgrade railway track from Peshawar to Karachi to increase the speed of trains upto 120 KM per hour.
Responding to a question, he said that Chairman Railways should be from Railways.
The Minister said that Railway Heritage is also being formed comprising Heritage experts, architects and conservation specialits.
 

     

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