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New York police scrap Muslim spy unit -
NEW YORK, April 16 (APP): The New York Police Department (NYPD) has disbanded a secret programme under which detectives were sent to spy on local Muslims at places frequented by them. The Demographics Unit’s operations became highly controversial and was  the subject of two federal lawsuits in the past.  Civil rights groups denounced police targetting of the Muslims community. “This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the  police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys,” the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote in a statement on Tuesday.

American Muslim leader says inter-faith dialogue critical to fostering peace -
WASHINGTON, April 16 (APP): A prominent American Muslim leader has urged a sustained inter-faith dialogue effort towards fostering mutual understanding, peace and socio-economic development in the post-9/11 world, riddled with wars and violent extremism. Frank Islam, a leading entrepreneur and philanthropist, was speaking  at premiere screening of acclaimed Pakistani scholar Akbar S Ahmed’s play Noor, which focuses on implications of conflict between forces of moderation and extremism within the Muslim societies and the United States’ strained relationship with some Muslim countries.

UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent settlers’ takeover of West Bank building near Ibrahami Mosq -
UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (APP): A United Nations human rights expert Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over Al-Rajabi House, a building in the West Bank city of Hebron that was built by Palestinian families but whose ownership was granted to the settlers after a protracted legal battle. The four-story building capable of housing 40 families is located  strategically between the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba and the Ibrahami Mosque, also known as Cave of Patriarchs, in the old city of Hebron.

Iran protests UN Ambassador's visa denial -
UNITED NATIONS, April 15 (APP): Iran has lodged a protest at the United Nations over the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move sets a "dangerous" precedent. The White House has said that Iran's selection of Hamid Aboutalebi to be  its United Nations envoy is not "viable". Aboutalebi was reportedly involved with a group of Iranian students responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S.

Pakistan set to reap benefit from Chinese experience -
BEIJING, Apr 15 (APP): Pakistan enthusiastically participates in all regional cooperation initiatives led by China whether they are strategically important or economically crucial, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA). Equated by some with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the latest BFA just concluded in South China’s Hainan Province, reports infuential English daily Global Times. Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif delivered a plenary speech titled “Reviving the Silk Road.” The forum reflects the major contours of the Asian Century under the dynamic leadership of a rising China. Chinese

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PNF GC approves budget of Rs. 9 million
ISLAMABAD, April 16 (APP): A budget of Rs 9 million for the year of 2014-15 was approved in the General Council Meeting of Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF) held here at committee room of Pakistan Sports Board on Wednesday.  The meeting was held under the chairmanship of President PNF Zafar Iqbal Awan. All affiliated units attended the meeting.  The house also gave the approval for the sports activity for the year 2014-15 including National Beach Net Ball Championship allotted to Sindh Netball Association to be held in May 2014 in Karachi.
Wasti asks Pak players not to bother about IPL
ISLAMABAD, April 16 (APP): Former Test cricketer Wajahatullah Wasti on Wednesday advised Pakistani players not to bother about not playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). There is a lot more for them in the world of cricket, where they should try to prove their worth, he said while talking to APP.
Indo-Pak clash, dire need of subcontinent: Zaheer Abbas
ISLAMABAD, Apr 15 (APP): Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas while praising the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi for doing all-out efforts for the Indo-Pak clash said Pakistan and India face-to-face is just like the Ashes series of the subcontinent.After an ICC meeting in Dubai, the PCB announced it would conditionally support the reforms to be officially signed in June this year which Sethi said will bring major benefits to Pakistan. Sethi had said that Pakistan will get eight years of series, including archrivals India, earning $300 million, after agreeing to the revamp of the game’s governing body.
Keeping Pakistani players away from IPL is a great blow: Wasim Akram
ISLAMABAD, Apr 15 (APP): Former captain Wasim Akram feels keeping Pakistani players away from the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a great blow for cricket-lovers saying mixing sports and politics won’t do any good. Pakistani players have been barred from participating in the IPL since 2008. Howevevr, Akram feels this is the right time for the Pakistani players to be reinstated, for the benefit of subcontinental sports fans.Akram, who is the bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), said whenever Pakistan and India players have played either against each other  or together, they have attracted lot of crowds. “I hope in near future Pakistani players will be able to participate because we have great talent,” Pakpassion.net quoted Akram as saying.
21th Jeevay Pakistan cycle rally to start on April 23
MUZAFFARGARH, Apr 13 (APP): The 21th Jeevay Pakistan cycle rally will leave for Islamabad, here from April 23, Wednesday. The rally titled ‘Anti-drugs and love with sports’ will start from Missali Public school Muzaffargarh and conclude at Jinnah Stadium Islamabad on May 8. A meeting with Commissioner Dera Ghazi Khan Division, Suhail Shahzad was held in the chair at Commissioner’s office on Sunday to review arrangements for the rally. Commissioner DG Khan lauded for holding cycle rally and urged the participants of the rally to play their role in eradicating menace of narcotics and promote sports and other positive activities.
Latest News
NA panel for setting up task force to review media-related laws - PC-I to establish expo centre at Faisalabad being prepared - Steps being taken to implement Media Commission recommendations - Govt committed to development of tribal areas: President - Nawaz, Zardari meeting routine political affair: Governor - Saudi govt take measures to stop illegal visa trade
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NA panel for setting up task force to review media-related laws 22
PC-I to establish expo centre at Faisalabad being prepared 23
Steps being taken to implement Media Commission recommendations 35
Govt committed to development of tribal areas: President 34
Nawaz, Zardari meeting routine political affair: Governor 59
Saudi govt take measures to stop illegal visa trade 70
Rs. 9 billion withdrawn by BISP beneficiaries through BDC 37
Crown Prince Salman receives Pakistan’s commerce minister 69
Nawaz, Zardari meet at PM’s House 72
Govt focussed on boosting economy to ensure peace, prosperity: Dar 104
IHC directs Sec Interior,Chairman CDA to remove slum areas by April 23 29
Foreign, local delegates visits Pakistan stalls at exhibition in Malaysia 37
PTA terms Reuters story regarding 3G, 4G auction baseless 94
British HC hosts reception to celebrate birthday of Queen Elizabeth 80
National security imperative for economic growth: Ahsan 95
Dr Mukhtar Ahmad appointed as HEC Chairman 90
1500-2000 MW power to be added in system this year: Abid 155
Lowari Tunnel Project to be completed in 2017 76
Revenue generation govt’s priority: Dar 106
PSEB a vital organ of IT ministry: Anusha 43
Fiance Ministry rebuts news about spectrum auction 96
Pakistan to overcome energy, gas crises: Envoy 49
PM to visit UK for summit level meeting: Sartaj 133
Dastgir called on Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia 208
Dar to address post US visit press conference Wednesday 161
Tanveer discusses joint collaboration with Malaysian defence leadership 127
Korean PM plants sapling at Shakarparian 128
President urges new envoys to focus on enhancing bilateral ties 147
Dar urges taxpayers to pay taxes as national duty 129
PM approves appointments of MD HBFC, Chairman HEC 140
COAS confers military awards to Army personnel 170
Permanent solution of Kashmir issue to guarantee peaceful South Asia: Barjees 67
President for translating Pak-Korean ties into economic partnership 170
Balighur Rehman distributes cheques among injured at PIMS 149
Parliamentary Studies to be included in syllabus: Ayaz Sadiq 37
PBM spends Rs 218.103 million on providing IFA to the deserving 188
Serious efforts can add over 25000mw of hydropower in 5 years 225
Helicopters, jets extensively used in Indian electioneering 58
PIA refutes news item regarding PIA plane landing at wrong airport in Saudi Arabia 101
China helping Pakistan to overcome energy shortage: Ambassador 84
Fateha offered for Sabzi Mandi victims 78
Baloch hosts reception for participants of Speakers’ conference 117
CM Balochistan for action against trawler mafia 79
Shahbaz, CMEC delegates discuss energy sector 243
Bosnia envoy for increasing bilateral trade 199
Book to be published on rulings of Speakers: Ayaz Sadiq 138
Senate body call for uniform education system 68
BISP beneficiaries withdraw Rs 9 billion through debit cards 182
Ishaq Dar meets representatives of Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s 216
Shahbaz takes notice of two children’s murder in Murree 62
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