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Trafficking in children on the rise, says new UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 24 (APP): One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into "modern slavery," according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released Monday by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).


US defence secretary Hagel submits resignation -
WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (APP): U.S. President Barack Obama Monday announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would step down from his position upon confirmation of his successor, and praised the former Republican senator as an exemplary official.


UN chief condemns latest terrorist attack in Kenya -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23, (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has  condemned the brutal killing of 28 people on a bus in Mandera, Kenya, in the latest spate of terrorist violence to afflict the East African nation.


UN committee approves resolution calling for promoting safe environment for working journalists -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP):  A committee of the UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution on the safety of journalists that calls on States to promote a safe environment to journalists to work independently.


Obama signs order expanding US Afghanistan role: NYT -
NEW YORK, Nov 22 (APP): President Barrack Obama has quietly expanded US military's role in Afghanistan from the previous guidelines that were to limit its troops' involvement in the war-wrecked country starting this year, The New York Times reported Saturday.


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Sultan Shah re-elected as President of World Blind Cricket Council
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Chairman of Pakistan Blind Cricket Council Syed Sultan Shah again earned the most prestigious post of the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) when on Monday he
was re-elected unopposed as President of the council for the second consecutive term.
 
PTA organizes first telecom football league tournament
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) on Monday organized the first Telecom Football League Tournament which was won by Telenor defeating Mobilink in a tough match with 4-0.
 
Saeed Ajmal target return in ICC World Cup
KARACHI, Nov 24 (APP): Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is pleased with the progress he has made with the remedial work on his bowling action, and has said he is targeting the 2015 World Cup for his international comeback.
 
Sajjad storms in World Snooker knockout rounds with 5th straight win
KARACHI, Nov. 24 (APP): Dazzling Muhammad Sajjad maintained his unbeaten run by assuring a place in the knock-out round with his fifth win in row in IBSF World Snooker Championship when beat ex-compatriot Farhan Mirza of Sweden in Bangalore (India) on Sunday night,according to message received here on Sunday.
 
Toss to play a vital role in 3rd Test: Sarfraz Nawaz
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz believes the toss will play a vital role in the result making of the third and final Test against the Kiwis saying skipper Misbah-ul-Haq should implement a straightforward winning and aggressive mentality while entering the field.
 
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PAF to acquire 36  5th generation combat aircraft from China: PAF Chief PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD Nov 19 (APP): Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed on Wednesday said 36 high‑tech combat aircraft (CF‑20) would be inducted in the PAF fleet by 2010. These 21st century ‑ 5th generation ‑ aircraft are of Chinese origin and would provide an extra punch to the air force after induction, he said, while answering questions after a briefing to the visiting participants of National Media Workshop being organised by National Defence University at the Air Headquarters.

Air Chief Marshal Tanvir said that modalities are being discussed to acquire two squadrons of the aircraft for the PAF.

He said that the FC‑20 aircraft has been selected after hectic and lengthy deliberations besides considering a long list of the similar category aircraft of various origins.

He said the engine of the aircraft would be manufactured by Russia which is based on most modern technique called reverse technology.

He said that first squadron of indigenously developed fighter aircraft with the help of China ‑ JF‑17 (Thunder) would be inducted in the PAF fleet in the first quarter of 2009, enhancing agility of the air force whereby increasing its reach beyond 350 nautical miles.

In addition to that, he said that after laborious day in and day out efforts, the PAF has acquired the night‑war capability, due to which the country’s defence has been made further impregnable.

This capability has brought the PAF among a few air forces around the globe which have the ability to carry out war operations during night times. “This capability had become imperative to be achieved especially in the prevailing global and regional situations,” PAF chief said.

He said that the roll out of first batch of F‑16 (C & D) aircraft for Pakistan would be held in USA in January next, where he himself would be present to witness the auspicious occasion. The US would supply improved version of F‑16 aircraft to be inducted in the PAF by 2010.

In the surveillance field, he said the Swedish company would supply three SAAB surveillance aircraft to PAF by September next year while contract for acquiring four AWACS systems from China has already been signed.

He said despite economic constraints, all the important programmes of PAF are being run uninterrupted with the aim to make it a real force to meet the challenges.          

     In reply to another question, Air Chief Marshal Tanvir said that UAV technology was achieved earlier and drones are being manufactured indigenously.

Earlier, the participants were given a detailed briefing by the Vice Chief of Air Staff covering various aspects. Senior officers of PAF and National Defence University were also present.

 

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