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Death toll in Syria civil war over 191,000: UN -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 (APP): The number of people killed in Syria is double the number documented a year ago, the U.N. human rights chief Friday announced, criticizing the international community for failing to stop the “killers, destroyers and torturers” that have torn the country apart.


Pakistan urges UNSC to make full use of diplomacy for resolution of conflicts -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 (APP): At the United Nations Security Council today Pakistan urged the Council to make full use of the preventive diplomacy tools at its disposal under Chapter VI "especially mediation, arbitration, inquiry, judicial settlement, involvement of regional organizations,the Secretary General's good offices" to defuse tensions and  to resolve conflicts that were simmering just below the surface but threaten to explode.


US favors dialogue, peaceful expression of view -
WASHINGTON, Aug 21 (APP): The United States thinks there needs to be a political dialogue, in the face of marches by Opposition parties in Islamabad, and it also favors peaceful expression of view, the State Department said Thursday.



Prolonged “sit-in” harming Pakistan’s Int’l Image: Javed Malik -
LONDON, Aug 21 (APP): Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large Javed Malik has said that the ongoing “Sit-in” (Dharna) at the country’s federal capital is detrimental to the country’s global image because it sends a negative message to international business community.


Obama says entire would appalled byAmerican journalist's killing by ISIL -
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (APP): U.S. President Barack Obama strongly condemned the killing of an American journalist, saying "the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL."


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Pakistan “A”, India, Iran, Thailand in Asian Team Snooker semis
KARACHI, Aug 22 (APP): Country’s last hope Pakistan “A”, holder India, favorites Iran and Thailand advanced in the Jubilee Insurance second Asian Team Snooker Championship after winning their semi-finals on Friday evening.
 
Egypt beat Pakistan, retains title
ISLAMABAD, Aug 22 (APP): Egypt retained the WSF Men’s World Junior Team Squash Championship title for the third time in a row after beating Pakistan 2-0 in the final being staged at the Wanderers Sports Club in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia.
 
Pakistan to feature in Judo Championship
ISLAMABAD, Aug 22 (APP): Pakistan judo team will feature in the World Judo Championships 2014, scheduled to be held in Chelyabinsk, Russia from Aug 25 to 31.
 
Jessica stars in Australian win over Pakistan women in Ist ODI
KARACHI, Aug. 21 (APP)- Jessica Cameron slammed a sparkling unbeaten 58 to lead World Champion Australia to six wickets over Pakistan women in the first One-Day International at Brisbane Oval on Thursday.
 
Tight wins for Pakistan teams in Asian Team Snooker
KARACHI, Aug. 21 (APP)- Pakistan “A” and “C” faced a strong challenge before beating their respective opponents on the opening day of Asian Team Snooker Championship on Thursday.
 
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Compensation package for Hunza affectees soon; Gilani PDF Print E-mail
ALTIT (HUNZA), May 21 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that following the damage assessment a compensation package would soon be announced for the Hunza lake affectees and assured funds from the federal government on priority.Gilani who is here on a day-long visit to assess the situation caused by the landsliding at Atta Abad and the blockage of the Hunza river, said it was important to turn challenges into opportunities.He prayed for those killed in the natural calamity and appreciated the courage with which the people braved the disaster.  He said it was a temporary phase and they would be able to return to their homes soon.

He said the 22 km stretch of damaged portion of Karakoram Highway would be repaired as soon as the water recedes. He also promised generation of economic activity so that the people who have suffered financial loss may stand up on their feet.
Prime Minister Gilani regretted the delay in disbursement of the funds for the Gilgit Baltistan and assured that allocations would be made for the people in the budget.
He said government was committed to empower the people, and particularly the women and would do all to remove their sense of deprivation.
He said the smart cards under the Benazir Income Support Program would help the people meet their basic needs. He said the government of Pakistan Peoples Party would ensure that the promises made to the people by Shaheeds Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto would be kept and they would soon witness a positive change in their lives.
He regretted that due to bad weather he could not visit earlier and said he however kept in touch with the authorities about measures to drain the lake and relief activities.
The lake was created on January 4 as a huge landslide blocked the flow of Hunza river and carried along with it the Atta Abad village. The artificial lake has stretched back to 23 km, submerging a number of low-lying villages, destroying crops and fruit trees.
Estimates put the volume at around 100,000 acre feet and was rising daily as increasing summer heat melted the glaciers upstream.
Prime Minister, accompanied by Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, also had an aerial view of the artificial lake and the affected areas.
He was informed that the boat service has been stopped and stranded people would be ferried through helicopters and supplies dropped.
Earlier he was received at the airport by Governor Gilgit Baltistan, Chief Minister and Federal Minister in charge.
Earlier Chairman NDMA Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed briefed the prime minister about the situation and measures taken to address any eventuality, soon after his arrival in Gilgit.
According to his estimates water will start flowing over the 24 meter deep and 1300 meter long spillway created by the Frontier Works Organisation by May 25 and said arrangements have been made for 24,000 IDPs from 32 villages.
He said camps have been set up at government schools and arrangements made to provide them food, shelter and medical assistance.
He said those killed in the landsliding have been paid a compensation of Rs 0.5 million each, while Rs 100,000 provided for the injured. This total amount of Rs 10.2 million was distributed amongst families of 6 missing, 3 killed and 7 injured people.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of the FWO, the NDMA and other agencies and volunteers that made hectic efforts to provide relief to the affected people.
He visited the Control Room and the IDP camp to see arrangements for the displaced people. He met the people and assured that the government would take all steps to take care of them in their hour of need.
Gilani also inaugurated the Benazir Langar at the relief camps of Hunza Nagar and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), established for the Internally Displaced Persons of Hunza Lake, by Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal.
He appreciated the swift arrangements made by the Managing Director PBM Zamurd Khan in this regard. Gilani was informed that some 50 truck loads had been dispatched from Islamabad, that would reach Gilgit in two or three days.
He said milk, sweets and toys would also be provided to the children sheltering in the camps.
 

     

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