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ADB to loan $810 MN for power distribution, efficiency, up-gradation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Asian Development Bank (ADB) here Saturday inked a $810 million financing facility agreement, under which the latter would provide the amount for “Power Distribution Enhancement Multi-Tranche Financing Facility (MFF)” to help the former improve power management and efficiency in the energy sector. The Loan Agreement of the first tranche of $242 million…

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SSHRCP Consultative review GAT-General test

ISLAMABAD: The meeting of the Consultative Committees to review the GRE Type (GAT-General) test for Pakistani Languages, Arabic and Islamic Studies was held under the auspices of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Pakistan (SSHRCP) at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat. Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik, Chairman, Sub-Committee on Pakistani Languages, chaired the…

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Pakistan wants friendly relations with its neighbours: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan wants friendly relations with its neighbours. Talking to private TV channel, he said, “We want peace, cooperation, friendship with our neighbours as it is in the best interest of the country.” To a question he said, “During a meeting with Indian Foreign Minister I said…

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Tariq Mahmood elected unopposed as APTMA chief

LAHORE: Tariq Mahmood, a qualified Chartered Accountant from a British institute, has been elected unopposed as chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) for the term 2008-09. He has served APTMA as vice-chairman and chairman Punjab zone for the year 2004-05, and also served the textile sector in various capacities dealing with education, banking, supply…

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Australia, SA want Champions League T20 to go ahead: Modi

NEW DELHI: England asked for the Test series to go ahead next month in the wake of the terror attacks in Mumbai, says a high-ranking Indian cricket official, who also claimed next week's Champions League Twenty20 tournament was postponed for logistical, not security, reasons. Lalit Modi, the Vice President of the Board of Control for…

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Mumbai attacks could have wider ramifications: Waugh

SYDNEY: Any disruption to cricket in India in the wake of the terror attacks in Mumbai will have widespread implications for the international game, according to former Australia captain Steve Waugh. “The danger to cricket is that the gaof leprosy patients, wrote in an Australian newspaper column Saturday. “At present we have Pakistan cricket crippled…

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Pakistan to send ISI rep to India, not chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will send a representative of its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to Mumbai to help with investigations of attacks there, not its director general, the prime minister's office said. India blamed on Friday “elements” from Pakistan for the coordinated assault on its financial capital, Mumbai, raising the prospect of a breakdown in peace efforts…

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Gilani calls political leaders, discusses Mumbai attacks

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday telephoned country’s various political leaders and discussed with them the prevailing situation in the wake of Mumbai terrorism incident. Those whom Prime Minister Gilani called included PML (Q) President Ch Shujaat Hussain, PML (N) Chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, ANP Chief Asfandyar…

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U.S. paper lauds Pakistan’s constructive response to Mumbai attacks

WASHINGTON: Praising the Pakistani government’s constructive response to Mumbai terrorist attacks, a U.S. newspaper on Saturday urged the incoming Barack Obama administration to continue encouraging Pakistan and India to cooperate towards peace and security in the region. In an editorial, The Washington Post appreciated the Pakistani leadership’s gesture to send a senior intelligence official to…

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U.N. human rights posthumous award for Benazir Bhutto

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, has formally communicated to President Asif Ali Zardari the decision to award the U.N. human rights prize to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto posthumously, the Pakistan Mission to the U.N. announced Friday. Ms. Pillay, a former South African judge, conveyed the decision to…

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Clues nudge India to look beyond Pakistan

By Jawed Naqvi The recovery of the bodies of a Brooklyn rabbi and his wife on Friday at the end of the seizure of a Jewish centre in Mumbai by terrorists could be as good a reason as any to start a discussion on India’s Middle East policy, among other questions the attacks raised. Instead,…

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IMF conditions may result in 3 MN job cuts: Economists

ISLAMABAD: Conditions attached to the $7.6 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan are expected to cause up to three million job cuts in different sectors and push another 5.6 million to 7.5 million Pakistanis into poverty over the next two years. This was stated by the chief economist of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS),…

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Thai protesters abduct police officer at airport

By CHRIS BLAKE BANGKOK: Anti-government protesters occupying Thailand's international airport seized a police officer, escalating tensions in a four-day standoff that appeared headed for a violent confrontation Saturday. The trouble started after about 1,000 demonstrators moved in on a police checkpoint near the Suvarnabhumi international airport, triggering a showdown that ended without violence when officers…

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Polling gets underway in Indian capital

NEW DELHI: Polling has underway in Indian capital Delhi amidst tight security for electing representatives to the new assembly. Elections are being held in 69 of the 70 Assembly seats. Polls in the Rajendra Nagar Assembly constituency has been rescheduled following the death of the BJP candidate, Puran Chand Yogi. It will be held on…

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Gilani denounces imposition of undeclared curfew in IHK

ISLAMABAD: Senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has strongly condemned the imposition of undeclared curfew by the occupation authorities to prevent people from holding anti-election demonstrations terming it as one of the worst examples of human rights violations, in occupied Kashmir. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, while describing the ongoing…

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Immediate release of kashmiri political leaders urged

ISLAMABAD: Acting chairman Jammu Kashmir Peoples League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza Saturday demanded for the immediate release of all Malik Muhammad Yasin, Moulana Shaukat, Asiya Indrabi, Dr. Muhammad Hubbi and others. He has expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik who has been admitted at…

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P ro-liberation leaders express concern over Malik's deteriorating health

ISLAMABAD: The pro-liberation leaders in occupied kashmir have expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik. The Acting Chairman of JKLF, Bashir Ahmad Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the occupation authorities would be responsible if Muhammad Yasin…

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Concern expressed over Malik's deteriorating health

ISLAMABAD: The pro-liberation leaders in occupied kashmir have expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of illegally detained Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik. The Acting Chairman of JKLF, Bashir Ahmad Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the occupation authorities would be responsible if Muhammad Yasin Malik…

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Mirwaiz condemns barring Kashmiris from offering prayers

ISLAMABAD: Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has strongly condemned the imposition of undeclared curfew by the occupation authorities to thwart anti-polls demonstrations, in occupied Kashmir. According to Kashmir Media Service, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that India was not allowing Kashmiris to perform their religious rites. “We…

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Ex-ECB chairman says England should cancel India tour

LONDON: England should abandon plans to return to India for its Test series in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks, according to Ian MacLaurin, the former chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board. “I think it's sad for cricket,” MacLaurin said Saturday. “But the safety of our players is absolutely paramount and I…

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UNICEF-Pakistan seek inter-ministerial collaboration over children, women rights

ISLAMABAD: A joint meeting of UNICEF and Pakistani officials called for more inter-ministerial collaboration to ensure better results for children and women in school health, water quality, hygiene, sanitation and nutrition for school children. These views were expressed at the Annual Review Meeting of the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)…

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