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Pakistan beat India 1-0 to claim hockey gold in SAG
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan continued their supremacy in men's hockey in the region as they defeated historical rivals India 1-0 in the summit clash to clinch gold in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) at the Moullana Tayabullah Hockey Stadium Guwahati, India on Friday. According to information received here, Awais-ur-Rehman scored the lone goal of the match in dying moments of the first half as Pakistan clinched a hat-trick of titles in the SAG.

BCCI has banned me without any evidence: Asad Rauf
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf Friday hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for imposing a five-year ban on him for corruption, saying that the Indian Board did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty. "What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me," Rauf asked.

World Champion Asif gearing up to regain National Snooker crown
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Former IBSF World Amateur Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif was gearing-up to regain his crown in the 41st edition of National Snooker Championship which break-off here from February 15. "Yes I am fully ready to regain my crown after last winning it in 2012," country's premier cueist told APP in an interview on Friday as he prepared to travel to Karachi from Faisalabad to figure in prestigious national event.

Zeeshan/Saif steers Pakistan 5th spot in ICC U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Pakistan ended its campaign in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament. Batting duo of opener Zeeshan  Malik and Saif Badar starred in their team's triumph with sizzling batting.

TDCP Cholistan Jeep Rally starts
BAHAWALPUR, Feb 12 (APP): Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) 11th Cholistan jeep rally has started here Friday. A total of 80 vehicles have got registered in 8 different categories. Two female drivers are also participating in the event. Qualifying round of the rally will be held on Saturday.

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Beef export to UAE fetches US $ 43.61 mln amid 24 % growth PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (APP): The export of beef to United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reached US $ 43.61 million during 2014 15, registering 24 per cent increase as compared to previous year. The beef export to UAE during 2012 13 was US$ 35.1 million and thanks to Market Access Initiatives taken by present government under which a number of accredited Pakistani slaughter houses were increased by 50 per cent since 2013. Currently, 12 Pakistani meat processing/slaughter houses, eligible to export, have been approved by UAE authorities, sources at Commerce Division said on Saturday.
Pak-Qatar LNG deal help ease energy shortfall: Business Community PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Welcoming the landmark Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) deal signed between Pakistan and Qatar, the business community of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Friday observed that it would help the government overcome energy shortfall in the country. The LNG accord signed during the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sahrif to Qatar was indeed a great achievement for the present government, President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and industry (FPCCI), Abdul Rauf Alam said while talking to APP.

Govt focusing on unemployment and investment in the country PDF Print E-mail
khurram_dastgir.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Federal Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that the government has controlled crippling economy and now its focusing on creating employment and bringing investment in the country. Talking to a private news channel, he said that before 2013 election, the core problems facing the masses were electricity load-shedding, terrorism and inflation while the government has overcome them to a large extent.
LNG agreement with Qatar to boost economy,increase foreign reserves PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP)-Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) agreement by government with Qatar would not only strengthen bilateral ties in diverse fields but also boost economy, revive industry and increase foreign reserves. Analysts gave this opinion while talking in Radio Pakistan’s News and Current Affairs’ programme.
Liquid foreign reserves stood at US$ 20.195 billion PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): The total liquid foreign reserves held by the country  stood at US$ 20,195.8 million. According to a statement issued by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday upto February, 5, 2016 total foreign liquid reserves were recorded at US$ 20,195.8 million.

Services trade deficit dips 31.79% in Jul-Dec PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): The services trade deficit during first six months (July-December) decreased by 31.79 percent as compared to the same period of last year. The services exports witnessed a decrease of 5.38 percent while the import fell by 14.30 percent during first half of current fiscal year.
LNG import to bring economic revolution in country:Experts PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): LNG import would help support government to overcome the energy crises. This was stated by experts while expressing their opinions regarding signing of agreement between Pakistan and Qatar regarding import of LNG.
World Bank Group President to reach Pakistan on Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (APP): World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim would arrive here on Tuesday for a two-day visit to Pakistan. World Bank President would meet leaders and stakeholders to find out how best to support making the country's economic reforms more ambitious, said a World Bank statement here Monday. Kim would also discuss how to make the most of Pakistan's untapped economic potential, the advantages offered by a young population, and the opportunities from its geographical position near huge markets.

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