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Some 22 million displaced by natural disasters in 2013: UN-backed report -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 18 (APP): A new U.N.-backed report launched Thursday reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters sparked largely by earthquakes or climate-and weather-related events, almost three times more than by conflict in the same year.


UN Mideast envoy announces deal on reconstruction in Gaza -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 17 (APP) : With the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire holding in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations has reached agreement with Israel and Palestinian Authority on a new reconstruction mechanism for the enclave to kick start recovery and rehabilitation and give hope to the people there, a senior UN envoy announced.


Amid many challenges facing the world, UN General Assembly's 69th session opens -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 17 (APP):  With myriad devastating crises gripping the world, the United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session Tuesday, with the body's new president calling on member states to harness opportunities and to find solutions to the challenges confronting humanity.


World hunger falls, but undernourished remain 'unacceptably high': UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16 (APP): More than 800 million people - or one in every nine on the planet - suffer from hunger, but a new joint UN agency report released Tuesday stated that the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is still within reach.


Actor DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has tapped top Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to help promote global action on climate change.


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Pakistan to defend hockey, cricket, squash titles in Asian Games
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 18 (APP): Pakistan will be hoping to defend their hockey, cricket and squash titles as the XVII Asian Games open at the state-0f-the-Art Hunmak Stadium here on Friday evening at glittering ceremony.
 
Farhan confident of striking double gold in Asian Games squash
By Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, (South Korea), Sept 18 (APP): Pakistan has got a golden opportunity of striking double gold in the squash event of XVII Asian Games, said captain Farhan Mahboob on Thursday.
 
Lahore Lions face California Eagles at Jalandhar
LAHORE, Sept 18 (APP): Sports Board Punjab’s Lahore Lions kabaddi team, with an ambition to top the medals table in the ongoing World Kabaddi League (WKL), left here on Wednesday for India.
 
Railways to participate in 11th PFF Premier Football League
LAHORE, Sep 18 (APP): Pakistan Railways Football team will leave for Islamabad on Friday to participate in 11th PFF Premier Football League.
 
KP Police win 3rd All-Pakistan Field Marshal Ayub Khan Memorial Hockey title
PESHAWAR, Sept 18 (APP): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police clinched the trophy of the 3rd All-Pakistan Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan Memorial Hockey Tournament being played at Hockey ground, Haripur 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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