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Pakistan professor wins prestigious UNESCO award

ISLAMABAD: Scientists from Pakistan and Bangladesh have been named as the winner of the prestigious UNESCO Prize for Microbiology. The Pakistani scientist Dr. Shahida Hasnain and Bangladeshi professor Dr. Samir Saha have been named by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the two laureates of the 2017 Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO…

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World’s deepest Lake Baikal faces crisis

MOSCOW: Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the catching of a signature fish that has lived in the world’s deepest lake for centuries but is now under threat. Holding one-fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, Baikal in Russia’s Siberia is a natural wonder of…

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U.S., Israel quit UNESCO citing anti-Israeli bias

PARIS: The United States and Israel announced on Thursday they were quitting the U.N.’s cultural agency UNESCO, after Washington accused it of anti-Israeli bias, reported Reuters. The withdrawal of the United States, which is meant to provide a fifth of UNESCO’s funding, is a major blow for the Paris-based organization, founded after World War Two…

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UNESCO says it regrets U.S. decision to leave its organization

UNESCO, the cultural and educational agency of the United Nations, expressed regret on Thursday over the United States’ official decision to leave its organization. “After receiving official notification by the United States Secretary of State, Mr Rex Tillerson, as UNESCO Director-General, I wish to express profound regret at the decision of the United States of…

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UNESCO signs agreement with Italian govt on safeguarding girls’ education in Pakistan

In the presence of the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Mohammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Natural Heritage, Syed Junaid Akhlaq, UNESCO and the Government of Italy signed an agreement of approximately USD 1.7 million to enable UNESCO to implement a two-year project titled “Support to girls’ right to…

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International Literacy Day to be observed tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations’ (UN) International Literacy Day will be observed on September 8 to raise people’s awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world.     According to UNESCO, about 774 million adults lack the minimum literacy skills. One in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women. About 75…

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Senate asks govt to preserve Kalash culture

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday adopted a resolution asking the government to preserve the culture and heritage of the people of Kalash, Chitral, and making arrangements for inclusion of that area in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The resolution was tabled by Senator Farhat Ullah Babar which was unanimously adopted by the house. The house…

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UK survey finds 28,000 plant species for medical use

LONDON: More than 28,000 species of plants around the world have a medical use but poor documentation means people are not making the most of the health benefits, according to a survey released on Thursday. Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London recorded 28,187 species in its latest annual survey and said it was…

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Saving Pakistan’s lost city of Mohenjo Daro

The centre of a powerful ancient civilisation, Mohenjo Daro was one of the world’s earliest cities — a Bronze Age metropolis boasting flush toilets and a water and waste system to rival many in modern Pakistan. Some 5,000 years on archaeologists believe the ruins could unlock the secrets of the Indus Valley people, who flourished…

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AIOU launches non-formal teaching programs

ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will soon launch non-formal teaching programs in order to provide quality education to the people through distance learning system. These will be post-graduate diploma and certificate courses of non-formal teachers’ training. Necessary funding for this purpose will be provided by UNESCO, said a press release here Saturday. In this…

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World Press Freedom Day being observed today

KARACHI: World Press Freedom Day is being observed across the globe including Pakistan today (Wednesday) to pay tribute to journalists who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. The day was first announced in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly following a recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of United Nations Educational,…

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UNSCO condemns killing of SAMAA cameraman

PARIS: The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today deplored the killing of media worker Taimur Abbas in Karachi, Pakistan, and called for justice and improved safety for journalists. “I condemn the killing of Taimur Abbas,” said the Director-General. “Violence against media workers threatens the free flow of information. It also undermines good governance and rule…

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France to unveil copy of landmark prehistoric art cave

PARIS: The last of four boys who discovered the Lascaux cave paintings, a stunning display of prehistoric art in southwest France, will visit a new replica of the site Saturday.

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Journalist killed every 4.5 days, says UNESCO

PARIS: One journalist is killed every four-and-a-half days, according to a shocking report released by UNESCO on Wednesday. During the last decade, 827 journalists have been killed while on the job, the UNESCO director-general’s report said. The worst hit areas were Arab States including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. Latin America is the next worst…

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UNESCO votes on Palestine resolutions opposed by Israel

PARIS: The UN cultural agency voted Tuesday on two resolutions on the occupied Palestinian territories, which Israel believes ignore Jewish ties to religious sites in east Jerusalem. Israel has suspended its cooperation with Paris-based UNESCO, which oversees World Heritage sites, over the controversial resolutions which were proposed by Arab countries. The resolutions refer to “Occupied…

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UNESCO head faces ‘death threats’ over Jerusalem vote: Israel

JERUSALEM: UNESCO chief Irina Bokova has received “death threats” after expressing reservations about Arab-backed resolutions on the holy sites in Jerusalem, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations organisation said on Monday.

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Wiki Loves Monuments: Top pictures from Pakistan

CALIFORNIA: This is the third time Pakistan is taking part is photography competition organised by US-based Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization which runs Wikipedia. The organisation has shortlisted best pictures from Pakistan for competition ‘Wiki Loves Monuments’. It is also supported by Unesco through its Unite4Heritage campaign, launched to create a global movement to safeguard…

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World Teachers’ Day being observed today

  ISLAMABAD: World Teachers’ Day is being observed on Wednesday (October 5) across the world including Pakistan. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding,…

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Lahore’s Shahi Hamaam wins UNESCO award for impressive preservation

  LAHORE: UNESCO awarded Lahore’s Shahi Hamaam the UNESCO Heritage Asia Pacific Award for its preservation, protection and cultural significance. Built during the Mughal Era, the Hamaam has been preserved in its original form. Upon winning the award, Walled City Authority held a gathering meant to inform people about the site and its protection. A…

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Pakistan 50 years behind in achieving education target: UN Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is at least 50 years behind in its primary and 60 years behind in its secondary education targets, according to the UN Global Education Monitoring Report, 2016. The report was released by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on Tuesday. The target world leaders set for all children to have at least…

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UNESCO chief slams Quetta attack

UNITED NATIONS: The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom denounced Monday’s terrorist attack that killed at least 70 people, including two journalists, in Quetta. “There can be no justification for violence targeting civilians,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said Wednesday in a…

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