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Consul General: US committed to advance education in Pak; opens Edu Faculty at SAL varsity

Khairpur—Reinforcing the United States’ long-term commitment to advancing education in Pakistan, U.S. Consul General in Karachi, Mr. Brian Heath, along with Sindh Education Minister Nisar Ahmad Khuhro, Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah, VC SALU, Dr. Fazlullah Pechuho, Secretary for Education & Literacy, Govt. of Sindh and Prof. Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti, Member, HR, HEC inaugurated the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded US$1.9 million Faculty of Education building at Shah Abdul Latif University. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

Hindus celebrate Diwali today

Sukkur—The Hindu community will celebrate Diwali festival across Sindh today (Thursday). The devotees would visit temples for worship and pray for the well being, happiness and prosperity of their community members. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

Illegal gateway exchange raided

Islamabad—Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in its ongoing efforts to control grey trafficking, unearthed another illegal gateway exchange at Khudian Khas, District Kasur. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

Malik Riaz offers compensation for robbery in Edhi Center

Lahore—Bahria Town’s CEO Malik Riaz Hussain Wednesday announced to pay maximum compensation to the world-renowned social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi for the dacoity in Edhi Welfare Centre. Malik Raiz said “Edhi is the most honorable and respected personality and I can’t stand to see him troubled”. He added that he will pay maximum compensation amount to cover for Edhi’s loss. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

PUC expresses confidence in Ashrafi

Islamabad—Pakistan Ulema Council supreme council has expressed full confidence in the leadership of Central Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, and appreciated his services for Islam, Pakistan and inter-faith and inter-sectarian harmony. The supreme council said that the PUC and tribal council, led by Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, is constantly striving for the supremacy of Islam, and peace and stability in Pakistan. No propaganda of any sort can affect this struggle. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

3 hurt as anti-polio team comes under attack in Bajaur Agency

Peshawar—Three people were injured on Wednesday when a remote-controlled blast targeted a polio team in the Bajaur tribal region’s Mamond tehsil. Rescue teams rushed to the site of the attack and shifted the injured who included two Levies personnel on security duty and a driver to a hospital in Khar. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

BDU defuses bomb; arms recovered in Bari Banda

Swat—Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) defused a five kilogram bomb recovered during digging of a grave in Gorgadra area, police confirmed on Tuesday. According to details, relatives of a girl that was killed accidently by her cousin, were digging grave when they found a pressure cooker bomb and cartridges of Kalashnikovs in the ground. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

WFP to reduce malnutrition in 40 districts

Islamabad—World Food Programme is implementing a programme in 40 districts including three new districts in Cholistan to reduce the incidences of malnutrition and improve public health and food security in a sustainable manner. Expansion of project called Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is also underway in Punjab with inclusion of seven new flood affected districts. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

IGP dismisses 2 DSPs for links with criminals

Peshawar—The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Nasir Khan Durrani dismissed three DSPs from services. The DSPs concerned were already suspended in light of a departmental inquiry. The three officers were including Rahim Shah Khan, Banaras Khan and Tajamul Khan were suspended for their alleged links with criminal elements, kidnappers and corruption and an order for further departmental inquiry was also issued against them. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Govt to arrange Diwali festival after Ashura

Islamabad—Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf informed the National Assembly on Tuesday that the government would arrange official Diwali festival function after Muharram 10. Responding to pints of order, he said, earlier the official Diwali function was arranged on October, 27 but due to fall of Muharram, it was proposed to arrange the function after the Ashura. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Labourer burnt alive in name of honour

Khanewal—A labourer was allegedly burnt alive in a brick kiln over an honour dispute. According to police sources, Abdul Ghafoor, a labourer was dumped inside a brick kiln after being drugged and was burnt alive. The incident took place in a village near Khanewal over three weeks ago. Police sources said the deceased, Abdul Ghafoor, was abducted from his village one month ago. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Countries need vigilant against polio: WHO

Islamabad—Despite the victory over polio, Southeast Asian countries should remain vigilant against the crippling virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. Ahead of World Polio Day on October 24, WHO regional director for South-East Asia Poonam Khetrapal-Singh said, “World Polio Day is a reminder of our monumental victory over polio. A victory that came through extraordinary efforts leading to polio-free certification of WHO`s South-East Asia region in March this year. “But as we recall our victory over this crippling virus, we must remain mindful that the risk of polio persists and we need to continue our efforts until polio is eradicated globally,” she said in a statement. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Muharram peace meets continue

Peshawar—For maintaining law and order and religious harmony during the month of Muharram-ul-Harram, the administration started holding meetings and sittings with different schools of thought. In this connection, Commissioner, Peshawar Division, Munir Azam held a meeting with Syed Mehr Ali Shah led 30-member delegation of the Idara-e-Tabligh-e-Islam here on Tuesday. Sharafat Ali Mubarak, Abdul Wahid Qadri and Haji Waris Khan especially attended the meeting. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

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