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UN reports civilian death toll in Yemen now exceeds 1,500 as humanitarian crisis worsens -
UNITED NATIONS, July 7 (APP): The United Nations human rights office Tuesday voiced deep concern over the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in Yemen that has more than 1,500 civilians dead, 3,600 injured and 1 million displaced in three months of violence.


After Ebola outbreak failure, WHO must reorganize to deal with emergencies review panel -
UNITED NATIONS, July 7 (APP): A panel of experts tasked to look into UN World Health Organization's  response to the deadly 2014 Ebola outbreak said Tuesday the agency needs to re-establish its pre-eminence as the guardian of global public health and that this will require it to make significant changes throughout, with strong political and financial support from member states.


Pakistan, Norway companies sign MoU for 150 MW solar power plants -
app65-07pm-oslosign.jpgOSLO, Jul 7 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Norwegian counterpart Mrs. Erna Solberg witnessed signing ceremony of an MoU between Scatec Solar of Norway and Nizam Energy of Pakistan to jointly develop and Build-Own-and-Operate solar power plants in Pakistan here on Tuesday.


PM seeks Norwegian cooperation in energy sector -
app72-07pm-oslo.jpgOSLO, Jul 7 (APP): Highlighting the importance of energy for a developing economy like Pakistan, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday sought the Norwegian cooperation in energy sector, particularly in the area of hydro-electric power to cope with the country's growing energy needs.   


Pakistan giving high priority to education despite numerous challenges: PM -
app42-07pm-oslo.jpgOSLO, Norway, Jul 7 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said despite numerous challenges, Pakistan was giving high priority to education and aimed at increasing public expenditure on education to 4 percent of its GDP by 2018.


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Younus achieves milestones in Pallekele Test
KARACHI, July 6 (APP): Pakistan batting ace Younus Khan by scoring fifth hundred in fourth innings Test match against Sri Lanka on Monday created history in Test matches.
 
Leghari's ton powers Brothers CC in last-8 of in KG Ramazan cricket
KARACHI, July 3 (APP): Imtiaz Leghari smashed a whirlwind century to power Brothers Cricket Club Dadu into the last eight stage of Omar Associates 30th Karachi Gymkhana Ramazan Cricket Tournament when they inflicted 96 runs defeat on Karachi Whites Blues here at the KG Ground on Friday.
 
Pakistan's Tariq to play for Bengal Warriors in PKL
ISLAMABAD, July 2 (APP): Pakistan's Mohammad Tariq will play for Bengal Warriors in the cash-rich Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) this season.
 
PCB to appoint former LCCA official as director game development
LAHORE, June 29 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to appoint a former interim chairman of Lahore city cricket association, Aizad Hussain Syed, as the director game development, national  cricket academy, ignoring the set criteria and merit.

 
PBF distributes sports gears among players
PESHAWAR, June 28 (APP): President Pakistan Badminton Federation Mian Iftikhar Hussain Sunday said that the so called sports pundits being head of various sportsorganizations over the years did nothing apart from their joyrides tours and protocol culture that badly damped Pakistani sports.
 
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USACA to seek techncial support from PCB, other Boards PDF Print E-mail
LAHORE,Oct 10 (APP)  United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) is keen to seek technical support from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and other test playing countries boards to evolve a system to establish its cricket under a solid base at various levels to eventually attain test status. This was stated by Senior Vice President of USACA, Nabeel Ahmed, a Pakistani American in an interview with APP from Detriot, USA on Saturday.

He said USACA’s ultimate aim is to attain test status in next five to seven years and for that they need technical assistance from PCB and any full member board(s) to achieve their ultimate goal.
“All the full member board(s) are technically sound because of ample presence technical officials in the field of coaching, umpiring and other departments of the game and we will like to acquire their services to consolidate our existing cricket structure”, he said.
Nabeel, a former cricketer who remained involved in playing cricket in US and Canada, is the first ever Pakistani American to have that important slot in USACA.
He was elected for the second time last year which speaks volume of
his cricketing managerial skills as an administrator and organizer of the game at various levels.
He said in the past Great Lakes Cricket Conference,a league of which he is the Chairman, has hired the services of nearly six Indian umpires annually to stand in the league matches.Now they will also like to have Pakistani umpires to officiate in the matches there, besides hiring coaches from Pakistan to improve the coaching standards in USA.
Regarding structure of USA cricket, he said they have implemented their cricket development plan in schools to motivate the youth to take up cricket as a sport.
“Today our cricket activities at early level are being attended by 60 percent native students and 40 percent expatriates from different origins and we are confident that we will be making a rapid progress in next five years to give cricket the status of a major sport in USA “, said Nabeel who is also the Trustee of Detroit cricket club.
“ We are also considering to hire the services of first class players to feature in our league which will be started in a couple of years on the pattern of league in England and by implementing league system we will be having a strong base of the game”,he asserted.
While living in USA Nabeel has not forgotten to patronage cricket in Pakistan and he is regularly sponsoring a cricket tournament “Col. Fateh Sher Khan Memorial tournament” in the memory of his late father.He is also the patron of Cricket Centre Club in Model Town, Lahore.
“It is not possible to keep myself away from cricket in Pakistan because whatever I have achieved in life is because of Pakistan and the best way is to make efforts for the development of cricket in Pakistan and I am up to this task “, he asserted.
USACA official said their cricket structure revolves around 8 regions and majority states of USA are divided on these regions and leagues are associated with regions. The leagues are featuring in cricket activities on regular basis.  Around 40,000 players are registered with USACA.
“PCB is always looking for neutral venues for their series with other countries, I think it is in the best interest of PCB to develop a relationship with USACA more that any other full member board. PCB had an opportunity to bring Pakistan New Zealand series to USA. However,in future USACA will welcome to hold such international events.
 
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