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Azerbaijan provides humanitarian aid to flood, rain affected people

Islamabad—A ceremony took place in F-9 Park Islamabad where ration bags consisting of food items were distributed among the persons who got affected by the torrential rains and flood in Islamabad rural areas like Burma Town and Pindorian. Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) donated these gifts on the behalf of people of Azerbaijan. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad and Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Barrister AbidWaheed Sheikh were the chief guests and Charge d’Affaires of Azerbaijan Dr. Ilham Mammadov was the Guest of Honour in this remarkable ceremony. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Cuban Deputy FM hints at vast scope of bilateral cooperation

Islamabad—Cuba’s Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra Diaz says there is vast scope of close cooperation between Pakistan and his country in several fields of mutual interest. In exclusive interview with Pakistan Observer here Friday on his departure after a 3-day visit to Pakistan, he noted that Pakistan and Cuba had developed cordial bilateral relations. “The two countries are cooperating in various fields including health and they want to explore possibilities of close cooperation in more areas to their mutual benefit. The Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister said though the two countries are geographically apart, they are close to each other in terms of their world view and their commitment to peace, development and human rights. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Pak-Turkey relations are filled with fragrance of veracity and trustworthiness

Islamabad—Emotionalism, veracity and trustworthiness are not enough words to express the deep-rooted Pak-Turkey relations. The grand gala staged on the grassy grounds of Turkish Embassy located in Diplomatic Enclave on Thursday evening to celebrate 91st Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey wore a true meaning to such words. “We do not get tried in repeating expression of gratitude to you for support extended by your ancestors” to Turkish people before partition of the Sub-Continent, said the Ambassador Sadik Babur Girgin during his address to more than 1000 Pakistani guests including politicians, parliamentarians, a large number of Ambassadors and High Commissioners, retired Generals and civil servants, businessmen, religious scholars and friends of Turkey at the festivity. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

NAB arrests key accused Umair of Fayyazi Industries Gujranwala

Islamabad—The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Rawalpindi has arrested accused Umair Ahmed of Fayyazi Industries Gujranwala Private Limited in Rs 7.5 billion case of Modarba case on charges of corruption, corrupt practices and cheating public at large in the ploy of Islamic mode of investment. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Shariah, humanitarian laws lead to common collective good

Islamabad—Speakers while addressing a conference on humanitarian laws discussed in detail contemporary humanitarian laws in the light of Islamic Shariah. International Islamic University in collaboration with International Red Crescent Society (ICRC) had organized the conference titled “Humanitarian Action in the World of today-Challenges and Perspectives in the Light of Shariah and Humanitarian law”. On the concluding day, Friday, of the two-day conference eminent scholars, intellectuals and world renowned jurists called for ensuring respect of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) provisions and for taking appropriate measures on their violations. They also urged the Muslim scholars and jurists to examine IHL rules and find out common points of agreement with relevant norms of Islamic Law. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

World Sight Day at Rawalpindi Medical College

Rawalpindi—World Sight Day, observed annually on the second Thursday of October, is a global event meant to draw attention on blindness and vision impairment. Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with decreased vision Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment. 90% of blind people live in low-income countries Yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Tears, smile, laughter all under NUST roof

Islamabad—Anwar Maqsood, the renowned writer, playwright and poet of our times, has the power to mesmerize his listeners and this he did while speaking at the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) in ‘An evening with Anwar Maqsood.’ His candid remarks, outspokenness and above all, his grip over a wide range of subjects—Pakistan’s history, politics, showbiz, culture, social and moral dilemma, identity crisis, values and rites—is simply amazing. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

NAB launches investigation into allotment of 118 kanal land

Islamabad—National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has launched inquiry into allotment of 118 kanal land of forest department by CDA to private company of a key political figure at Sangjani and disappearance of record of this land from respective office. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Colourful IDPs Relief Mela concludes

Islamabad—The seven-day IDPs Relief Mela with all its colours and festivities concluded here at National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) on Thursday. The festival, which started on October 17, was aimed to generate funds for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of tribal areas, who have been dislocated due to ongoing operation against terrorism. The the proceeds of the Mela (festival) will be transferred to the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage for onward distribution among the IDPs through relevant governmental channels. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Little awareness of iodine deficiency in ICT rural areas

Islamabad—Religious scholars, health professionals, media persons and civil society Thursday urged the government to make laws necessary to ensure iodized salt across the country. They gave this unanimous call while addressing an advocacy seminar on the eve of the Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (GIDD) Prevention Day which was observed across the World on 23rd October 2014. TheNetwork for Consumer Protection had organized the seminar. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Radio’s role has grown in modern age: Irfan Siddiqui

Islamabad —Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui has stated that effective steps will be taken to reform and upgrade Radio Pakistan on modern lines in view of the growing importance of radio in the modern age. Addressing a function organized to launch the rehabilitated 100 kilowatt transmitter of Azad Kashmir Radio Trarkhel in Rawalpindi, he said Radio Pakistan has a history and strategy is being adopted to revive its past glory. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

NBF stops payments to magazine contributors

Islamabad—In order to promote reading habits among people especially, youth National Book Foundation (NBF) is working on a number of projects including ‘Book Clubs,’ ‘Books on Wheels’, ‘Mobile Library’ etc. All these projects were conceived and made operational by the former visionary Managing Director (MD) of the NBF Mazharul Islam. His legacy is being carried forward by Prof (R) Inam-ul-Haq Javed, the incumbent MD. However, despite all the efforts the well-intentioned MD is making the NBF is lacking that luster and glory which were once considered its hallmarks in Islam’s days. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

CDA kicks off cleaning PAT’s mess

Islamabad—Cleanness process on the Constitution avenue started on Wednesday as PAT wind up its sit-in. Following the wind up of sit-in by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) sanitation staff of CDA has started the cleanness work on the most sensitive area of tha federal capital. According to CDA officials, sanitation staff comprises on 200 employees who have been appointed on constitution avenue. The process can take up to one and half month to complete the cleaning, restoration of gardens and sanitation process. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

Judicious use of fertilizer can increase yield

Rawalpindi—Judicious and timely use of fertilizers can increase the country’s agriculture growth by more than 50 percent. This was said by the vice chancellor of the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAU) Dr Rai Niaz Ahmed during a briefing for media here on Wednesday. The briefing was about the agriculture models prepared by the Agriculture University Faisalabad to know the exact quantity of fertilizers required for certain crops. VC Faisalabad Agriculture University is behind designing these models with the support of the Punjab government, USAID and ICARDA (International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas). ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

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