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UN-backed Asia-Pacific forum stresses social protection for poverty reduction - UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (APP): Basic social protection for all segments of the population is key to protecting people from extreme poverty and economic exclusion, according to views expressed Monday by government representatives from the Asia-Pacific region attending a UN forum in Thailand.Developing countries can afford to provide universal basic social protection, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) says in an assessment, which formed the basis for discussions at the ESCAP Commission Session for Asia-Pacific governments being held in Bangkok.According to the ESCAP study, entitled “The Promise of Protection,” a universal basic social protection package costs no more than 3 per cent of gross national income (GNI) and is affordable at virtually any stage of economic development.
NUPSA condemns attack on military base in Karachi, praises efforts of security forces - LONDON, May 23 (APP)- The UK-based National Union of Pakistani Students and Alumni (NUPSA) Monday strongly condemned the attack on Naval air base in Karachi and praised the sacrfices rendered by the security forces in dealing with the situation.Calling for national unity at this juncture, NUPSA said this menace require united efforts by every member of the society to effectively surmount the challenge pose by the terrorists to national security and the people of Pakistan.“NUPSA is deeply saddened by this event and cannot begin to express the level of pain they feel along with all the Pakistanis at home and abroad. We commend the security forces for fighting these militants and giving up their lives in the confrontation,” spokesperson Sundas Malik said.
No Chinese citizens taken hostage at air base in Pakistan: Spokesperson FM - BEIJING, May 23 (APP) - No Chinese nationals were taken hostage in a terrorist attack on an Mehran Navy Base in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi late Sunday night, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu confirmed in a press release here on Monday. Jiang said, as a friendly neighbor of Pakistan, China supports the efforts of Pakistani government and people in maintaining the country’s social stability.
PTI UK stage protest outside US Embassy in London against drone attacks - LONDON, May 23 (APP):The UK chapter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) organized largely participated protest outside the American Embassy in Central London at the weekend against the drone attacks in Pakistan. The presence of hundreds of people including women and children from all across the UK conveyed the deep feelings of the Pakistani community in Britain against the US drone attacks.
Pakistan?s flags flew high at Tiananmen Square during PM?s visit - BEIJING, MAY 23 (APP): During Prime Minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani’s recent visit to China, Pakistani flags were flying high on the Tiananmen Square, which show the sentiments the Chinese people and government have towards our nation and the importance they attach to their relations with Pakistan, said Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Masood Khan. Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest city square with a total area of 440,000.
ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP) - Aaj Peshawar beat APP by 39 runs on Sunday in the TCKP Media Cricket League and Festival dedicated to Swat Valley played here at F-9 Park. APP won the toss and invited Aaj news to bat first, Aaj scored 84 runs in the allotted six overs with the loss of 3 wickets. Rashid (26), Hassan (22) were higher scorers. In reply APP failed to reach the target and was restricted to 45 runs with the loss of four wickets in six overs. ISLAMABAD, May 21 (APP):Hassan Sadpara, a Pakistani mountaineer who recently conquered the Mount Everst, has asked the government to help young mountaineers for better results in future.He said that he wished to climb 14 mountain summits to include his name in the Guinness Book of World Record.Talking to PTV, he said that the task of climbing the world top mountain peaks could be accomplished with the assistance and support of the government.Sadpara, who successfully climbed the world’s highest 8,850 meter summit, thanked President Asif Ali Zardari for supporting and accepting his demand in 2009.
LAHORE, May 21 (APP)- Pakistan Hockey Federation has invited two more players to attend the training camp of national senior probables from May 30 at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium Islamabad to prepare for different assignments in Europe in June and July.“ On the recommendations of national selection committee and the team management, the PHF has included the names of two more players Mazhar Abbas (Goalkeeper) and Bilal Qadir (Forward) in the list of camp trainees”,said a spokesman of PHF here on Saturday.
LAHORE, May 21 (APP)- Fourth seed, Yasir Butt won the FMC International squash Pakistan Circuit II ,snuffing a weak challenge from wild card holder Mohammad Shahnawaz in straight sets 11-9,11-8,11-3 in thef final here on Saturday at PSA complex.Shahnawaz who caused sensation by toppling top seed Farhan Mehboob in the semi finals, failed to rise to the occasion and disappointed a large gathering with his sluggish play and poor finish in a match lasted just 34 minutes.
LAHORE, May 21 (APP)- Former world squash champion, Jansher Khan gave glimpses of his glittering past by playing two back to back exhibition matches here on Saturday at PSA complex.Jansher, who ruled the squash world for over a decade by winning all the major titles at stake was in good physical shape and demonstrated his usual punch and sting in his attacking game.In the first match he beat Sheraz Saleem, a member of Punjab Squash Association’s executive committee who is a regular player and then played against Punjab’s promising player Ali Bokhari.
April, 2011 March, 2011 February, 2011 January, 2011 December, 2010 November, 2010 October, 2010 September, 2010 August, 2010 July, 2010 JEDDAH, May 22 (APP): Pakistan and Saudi Arabia can benefit from each other in the field of education, particularly women’s education, and there is a need for greater cooperation among media and women of Muslim countries for preserving Islamic identity and counter propaganda against Islam. This was stated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan during her visit to Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University in Riyadh on Sunday.
She was received by the Vice Minister for Education, Girls Education, Dr. Nourah Al Faiz, President of the University, Dr.
Huda bint Muhammad Al Ameel and other high ranking officials of the Ministry, said a press release received here from Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Firdous was given an extensive briefing on the University which is considered the world’s largest women university and reflects the Saudi leadership’s determination to uplift and promote women education in the Kingdom.
Dr. Firdous toured various University faculties and was shown through the 19-km long tram network that links the university’s various buildings.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan appreciated the pioneering role of Nora University in promoting education.
Later, talking to Saudi TV, the Minister said that keeping in view the criticism and propaganda of some western media against Islam and the Muslims, there is a dire need for strong media cooperation between the Muslim media to counter the nefarious propaganda against Islam and the Muslims.
She said that the objective of her visit is to promote cooperation in the fields of Media & Information, women development and women education.
She underlined the need for greater exchange of delegations of mediapersons, education experts, teachers and students.
She also underlined the need for benefitting from each other’s experience.
Talking to the Pakistani community at the residence of Asghar Qureshi, member, Board of Governors for Overseas Pakistanis, the Minister said that the Pakistani community in KSA was doing a great job by contributing to the development of Saudi Arabia and boosting the economy of Pakistan.
She advised the community to abide by the rules & regulations of the KSA and work as responsible citizens.
She thanked the Saudi leadership for providing a congenial atmosphere to the Pakistani workers and lauded the deep ties and the noble stand of the Saudi leadership and the nation towards Pakistan.
Later, the Minister visited the central Museum in Riyadh and was shown the artefact, historical documents, relics, antiques and classical portraits put on display.
She appreciated the Saudi authorities’ keen interest and for preserving and maintaining the historical edifices at the Museum. Chinese Prime Minister Visit to Pakistan Presidential address to the joint sitting of parliament Official Results Election 2008