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HEADLINES 

J UNE 29, 2016

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Pakistan has urged international community to help it in repatriation and resettlement of Afghan refugees.

Appreciating government efforts WHO has said complete polio eradication will be a landmark victory for Pakistan.

PIA has offered full support to Turkish Airlines in transporting its passengers after the terror attacks at Istanbul airport.

The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned terrorist attack in Turkey.

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MALEEHA

Pakistan has urged United Nations collective action to meet humanitarian needs of millions of displaced around the world.

Addressing to the UN Economic and Social Council, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi hoped that the international community's response to the world's weak and vulnerable is based on compassion and a spirit of brotherhood.

Ambassador Lodhi also urged the international community to prioritize the issue of Afghan refugees and help Pakistan and Afghanistan in their repatriation and resettlement in an honourable and sustainable manner.  

She called 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.

 

HEALTH

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 today. 

The WHO regional head said 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.  The WHO regional head while appreciating the program offered all possible support for the health insurance program.

 

WB

The World Bank has approved 200 million dollar for a water management project in Balochistan which 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 Development Association will finance the project.

 

IT 

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.  

In the Annual Development Plan for the next year, the government has earmarked over 5,020 million rupees for the Information Technology sector with emphasis on developing human resource and accelerating the pace of  e-government to facilitate people in access to government services.

In this connection, some major projects include establishment of Software Technology Park, National Data Center and work on high resolution Remote Sensing Satellite to help in disaster management such as flood forecasting and damage assessment.

The Ministry of Information Technology is also focusing on minimizing the IT gap between urban and rural communities by extending cellular and telephone services to one hundred and seventy two unserved areas of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Ministry also plans to establish five hundred Universal    Tele-centres(UTCs)  for public access to Information and Communication Technology.

 

OATH

Four Additional Judges of Sindh High Court took oath at a ceremony in Karachi  today.

Chief Justice Sindh High Court Justice Sajjad Ali Shah administered the oath. 

Those who took oath include Justice Muhammad Saleem Jessar, Justice Rasheed Ahmed, Justice Muhammad Humayun and Justice Arshad Hussain.

With the induction of four Additional Judges, the total number of the Judges of Sindh High Court reached to thirty-six.

ENCOUNTER

Two terrorists have been killed in an encounter with Sindh rangers in Lyari area of Karachi.

A spokesman of the Sindh Rangers said the Rangers raided a building in the Nawalane area of the city. The outlaws resorted to firing on rangers, in retaliation two of them were killed while two others fled away.

 

PIA

PIA has offered full support to Turkish Airlines in transporting their passengers disturbed due to flight diversions after the terror incident at Istanbul airport.

This has been stated by the spokesman of the national flag carrier in a statement in Islamabad today.

 

BAN

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned  terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport.               

He expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey.

 

US-IS

The United States says coalition forces were making progress against Islamic State militants and planning assaults on key cities in Iraq and Syria.

This has been stated by President Barack Obama's special envoy for the fight against Islamic State, Brett McGurk in a statement at US Senate Foreign Relations hearing in Washington.

He said efforts to find a political solution were making little progress and could not predict an end to fighting .

 

SYRIA

In Syria, 5 million people living in hard-to-reach areas are in need of humanitarian aid.

The UN's emergency relief coordinator Stephen O'Brien, told the Security Council today that large increase is based on several factors including insecurity  and constrained access for humanitarian actors.

He said the UN is now asking for access to reach over 1.2 million people in 35 besieged and hard-to-reach areas next month.

 

EXERCISES

South Korea, Japan and the United States held trilateral missile defence exercise in waters off Hawaii.

The exercises were aimed at countering the growing threat from North Korea.

 The trilateral exercise included a ballistic target tracking operation to test the Aegis anti-missile systems used by the United States and its two key Asian allies.


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