Pakistan Urges UN for Collective Action to Meet Humanitarian Needs of Displaced Person

Pakistan urges United Nations collective action to meet humanitarian needs of millions of displaced around the world. This was stated by Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi while addressing to the UN Economic and Social Council. International community's response to the world's weak and vulnerable is based on compassion and a spirit of brother-hood. Also urged the international community to prioritize the issue of Afghan refugees and help Pakistan and Afghanistan in their repatriation and resettlement in an honorable and sustainable manner. Calls on the global community to better appreciate Pakistan 's hospitality and its challenges in hosting the most protracted presence of refugees anywhere in the world. About 130 million people around the world requiring aid and an unprecedented 65 million are displaced .

5,000 Women to be Equipped with Computer Skills under Digital Empowerment Program

Over five thousand women from under developed areas will be equipped with computer skills under the Women Digital Empowerment Program during the next fiscal year. According to Annual Development Plan 2016-17, the government has earmarked over 5,020 million rupees for the Information Technology sector. Money will be spent on developing human resource and accelerating the pace of e-government to facilitate people in access to government services. Ministry also plans to establish five hundred Universal  Tele-centers (UTCs)  for public access to Information and Communication Technology.

WHO Lauds Pakistan’s Efforts for Polio Eradication

World Health Organization has lauded Pakistan 's efforts towards polio eradication. This was conveyed by World Health Organization Regional Head Dr. Ala Alwan while talking to Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarrar in Islamabad. Complete polio eradication will be a landmark victory for Pakistan . On the occasion the minister shared progress in the Prime Minister's health insurance program.

Germany to Provide Six Million Euros to Pakistan to Meet Climate Change Threats  

Germany committed to provide six million euros to Pakistan to meet the challenge posed by climate change. Secretary Economic Affairs Division Tariq Bajwa said climate change poses serious threat to Pakistan and appreciated the assistance of Germany in this regard. In another agreement, European Union will provide 46.8 million Euros to Pakistan for the development of rural areas in Balochistan. Speaking on the occasion, the EU representative said the union will continue to provide developmental assistance to Pakistan .

WB Approves $200 Million for Baluchistan’s Water Management Project

The World Bank has approved 200 million dollar for a water management project in Balochistan. Project will benefit some 43,000 farm households in the province. Balochistan Integrated Water Resources Management and Development Project will support investment in two of the eighteen basins in Balochistan Nari and Porali river basins.           

International News

Thirty Six People Killed in Attack at Istanbul Airport  

In Turkey, at least thirty-six people have been killed and more than hundred injured in suicide bomb attacks and gunfire at Istanbul airport. According to Governor of Istanbul Vasip Sahin, three suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance of Ataturk international airport. Officials said the death toll may rise further. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said early signs suggested the so-called Islamic State was behind the attack. He calls a suicide blast at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul a "heinous planned attack".

Condemnations from World Leaders

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned suicide blasts at Ataturk Airport Istanbul in which several innocent people have lost their lives. In a message, he extends heartfelt condolences to the Turkish government and people on the loss of precious lives. Prime Minister condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. President Mamnoon Hussain says people of Pakistan stand by the people of Turkey in this hour of sorrow. Islamic countries should join hands to confront the menace of terrorism.

“Britain will build strongest ties with European Union”: David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron says the country would not turn its back on Europe and would instead build the strongest ties it could. Cameron says as a democrat he had accepted the will of the people and other leaders had also respected the choice in a mood “of sadness and regret”. “I threw myself in head, heart and soul to keep Britain in the European Union and I didn’t succeed.” “And when you lose you have to say right I’ve lost that argument, I’ve lost that ... debate and its right to hand over to someone else who will take the country forward. Now of course I am sad about that, but frankly I’m more concerned about Britain getting its relationship right with Europe.”


New York Times

Ending Spain’s Political Deadlock

On Sunday, just three days after Britain’s shocking vote to leave the European Union, Spanish voters returned to the poll for the second time in six months to elect a government. In December, two upstart parties, Podemos and Ciudadanos, buoyed by a wave of voter frustration with the political establishment in a country hit hard by economic crisis and austerity, turned Spanish politics upside down, ending more than three decades of alternating governance by Spain’s two major parties, the conservative Popular Party and the Socialists. The resulting Parliament was too fractious to form a government, forcing new elections.


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