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UN welcomes payments to victims of Bangladesh’s year-old factory collapse -
UNITED NATIONS, April 24 (APP):  One year after the global garment industry’s worst industrial accident, the fund chaired by the United Nations to compensate victims of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory collapse has begun issuing its initial round of payments, the UN said.


New UN report spotlights potential of mobile technology to advance literacy -
UNITED NATIONS, April 24 (APP): Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world, according to a new report published by the United Nations education agency on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day.


Pakistan calls for strengthening UN General Assemly’s role in shaping Security Council -
UNITED NATIONS, April 24 (APP): Pakistan on Wednesday called for strengthening the role and authority of the General Assembly, the most representative UN organ, in shaping the Security Council, as talks continue on ways to reform the 15-member body.


Pakistan can produce cost-effective energy from geothermal resources: Expert -
WASHINGTON, April 24 (APP): The development of Geothermal energy resources available in all provinces of Pakistan can provide cost effective energy for the long-term and save billions of dollars spent on import of fossil fuels, a Pakistani energy expert said.


UN chiefs make impassioned plea to save besieged civilians in Syria -
UNITED NATIONS, April 23 (APP): The heads of five U.N. humaniarian agencies Wednesday made an urgent call on Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the indiscriminate bombing of civilians, saying ‘those with the responsibility, power and influence’ should work to re-energize a thus-far failed diplomatic push to end the brutal three-year conflict.


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Sharjeel stuns World Champion Asif in KC Challenge Snooker
KARACHI, Apr 23 (APP): Sharjeel Mehmood stunned former World Champion Muhammad Asif 4-1 to chalk out his third victory on the third day of 18th Karachi Club Open Challenge Snooker Tournament at KC’s Amir Bakhsh Billiards Hall on Wednesday.
 
A unique feat at KBA Bridge
KARACHI, Apr 23 (APP): A Dead Heat of three bridge players-Shakeel Chandna, Pak Day International Pairs Bridge winner, Shahab Khan and enthusiast Muhammad Rafique, all of them finished on top with a handsome score of 59.38 percent, Karachi Bridge Association (KBA) announced on Wednesday.
 
Three matches decided in Nishan-e-Haider hockey Tournament
LAHORE, Apr 23 (APP): Pakistan Railways, Wapda and National Bank of Pakistan marched ahead in the Ninth Nishan-e-Haider Hockey Tournament after winning their respective matches on Wednesday at the Mutiullah hockey stadium Bahawalpur.
 
Sherwani, Jan optimistic about hockey revival
KARACHI, Apr 23 (APP): Former Olympian Salim Sherwani and international Jan Muhammad are optimistic about the revival of Pakistan hockey despite a bleak scenario.
 
Zaheer Abbas named principal advisor to Chairman PCB
LAHORE, Apr 21 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed, former test cricketer, Zaheer Abbas as the Principle Advisor to PCB Chairman and Moin Khan as Chief Selector and Manager of National Cricket Team.
 
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Prime Minister to be Patron in Chief of Pakistan International Council PDF Print E-mail
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ISLAMABAD, May 12 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will be Patron in Chief of the newly established Pakistan International Council, which has been set up as a wide ranging public diplomacy initiative aimed at promoting friendship and goodwill about Pakistan through strong people to people contacts.

Prominent Overseas Pakistanis and Friends of Pakistan will be part of this body which would work globally to promote Pakistan. Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large Javed Malik will be the Chairman of Pakistan International Council, whereas a Board of Governors comprising prominent Overseas Pakistanis and Friends of Pakistan will be announced next week.

Pakistan International Council (PIC) will work closely with Overseas Pakistanis, as well as Friends of Pakistan to build positive cultural relations, closer business and commerce ties, and highlight a positive image about Pakistan as a progressive, moderate and democratic country. 

PIC will establish Pakistan Friendship Societies worldwide as well as initiate projects to involve the overseas Pakistani community in the nation building process.

It will also create networking opportunities for Pakistani and international businessmen through establishing Pakistan Business Groups worldwide which would work in co‑ordination with the public and private sector in order to enhance cooperation.

Special projects will also be initiated to remove misconceptions about Pakistan in the international media and a series of activities are being planned in this regard which also include Pakistan International Media Forum which will bring together international media professionals and journalists that report about Pakistan.

Similarly strong democratic relations will be established between democratic institutions and individuals in order to promote democracy in Pakistan. 

PIC will initiate activities to develop people to people contacts globally, promote cultural exchanges and business and commerce relations, support democracy in Pakistan and organise the overseas Pakistani community worldwide.

The Prime Minister attaches great importance to the role being played by overseas Pakistanis, and has directed the Pakistan International Council to work closely with the overseas Pakistani community worldwide and play a role in bringing the community together.

The Prime Minister has directed the PIC to also organize the Global Pakistani Awards of Excellence which would recognize the achievements of overseas Pakistanis and Friends of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister also directed PIC to activate the Overseas Pakistani community and Friends of Pakistan to highlight the issue of internally displaced persons and help extend global public support to these people.

Pakistan International Council will be initiating an awareness campaign alongside the Pakistan missions abroad and support the Prime Minister’s initiatives and the official fund being established by the government of Pakistan.

 

     

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