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US says no position on lifting executions’ moratorium -
WASHINGTON, Dec 24 (APP): The United States has said it has no position on Pakistan’s decision to lift a moratorium on executions of convicted terrorists, viewing it as Islamabad’s internal matter.   


UN officials hail entry into force of landmark global arms trade treaty -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 24 (APP): United Nations officials welcomed the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Wednesday, hailing it as a new chapter in collective efforts to bring responsibility, accountability and transparency to the global arms trade.


Muslim group trapped by Central African Republic violence face dire situation, warns UN -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 23 (APP): The United Nations refugee agency voiced concern Tuesday over the “deteriorating situation” facing more than 400 members of a Muslim minority group trapped by the ongoing violence fracturing the Central African Republic (CAR).


Two NY policemen shot dead while sitting in patrol car -
NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (APP): Two New York City police officers were shot  dead while sitting in their patrol car on Saturday in Brooklyn.



Two NY policemen shot dead while sitting in patrol car -
NEW YORK, Dec 21 (APP): Two New York City police officers were shot dead while sitting in their  patrol car on Saturday in Brooklyn.


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Farhan set date with Tayyab in Rangers squash final
KARACHI, Dec 26 (APP): Farhan Mahboob set the date with Tayyab Aslam in Saturday’s men final of 8th DG Rangers Sindh National Squash championship after contrasting victories in the pre-finals here at Sindh Rangers Jahangir Khan Squash Complex North Nazimabad on Friday.
 
Raza hits maiden hundred as SNGPL retain Quaid Cricket Trophy
KARACHI, Dec. 26 (APP)- International Raza Hasan smashed a maiden first class hundred as National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) salvaged some pride by holding defending champion Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) to a draw in the final of Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Trophy Gold League here at the National Stadium on Friday.
 
Pentangular Cup shifted to Karachi
KARACHI, Dec 26 (APP): Because of the foggy and inclement weather in Multan, the Pentangular Cup One-Day Cricket Tournament has been shifted from Multan to Karachi, a spokesman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.
 
Kamran, Sami’s unbeaten tons enables NBP to fight back in Quaid Trophy final
KARACHI, Dec 25 (APP): Brilliant Kamran Akmal and Sami Aslam smashed contrasting unbeaten centuries as National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) staged a fight-back against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) on the penultimate day of their 5-day Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Trophy Gold League final here at the National Stadium on Thursday.
 
PCB chief for quick functioning of PCB Academy, repair of NSK
KARACHI, Dec 24 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan was not happy with condition of country’s premier Test centre - National Stadium Karachi (NSK) and wanted quick completion of PCB Academy here.
 
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Population census must for credible socio-economic policies: PM PDF Print E-mail
pm-population.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 10 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Thursday terming population census as government’s constitutional responsibility, said credible statistics would help formulate effective socio-economic policies and distribution of resources.Addressing a seminar in preparation for the Population Census 2011 starting March-April, the Prime Minister said the exercise would allow the Federal government to fulfill its obligations in equitable distribution of national resources.The Prime Minister said the government has decided in the meeting of Council of Common Interest (CCI) to hold the next population and housing census in 2011.
The census to be done in two phases - house listing in March and April and population census in August and September, would be the sixth and would be conducted on modern lines to ensure accuracy of data.
The Prime Minister directed all Federal Government ministries and departments to extend their full support to extend cooperation to the Population Census Organisation (PCO).
Gilani called upon the stakeholders to use the methodology for census which must involve new technologies and latest scientific methods.
He urged for benefitting from the experiences of various countries in carrying out successful census.
Gilani said the government had ensured gender equality and the role of women in socio-economic development.
He said the census would also provide data of the percentage of women in the country which will help formulate better policies for them. He called for deputing women staffers to collect data from other women.    
Gilani said the government would consider the recommendations of the workshop in policy-making.
Minister for Finance Abdul Hafeez Sheikh termed the Population and the Housing Census was an important national activity and its success would only be because of close coordination and active support of all the Federal and provincial government ministries and departments.
He said maps of the country have been updated so that the census staff may reach all areas and modern methodology and equipment will be used to ensure accuracy of data.
He said the PCO has already initiated necessary steps for the gigantic exercise and have completed preparations for the House Listing Operation through out the country from April 5.
He hoped the deliberations of the seminar would discuss Tabulation Plan for publication of census results, use of Sampling Frame for development of a Uniform Coding Scheme.
He said technical groups would deliberate on all the issues and come up with recommendations.
Hafeez Sheikh also presented a copy of the National labour Survey to the Prime Minister.
Earlier at a presentation Secretary Statistics Division said the Census 2011 has been planned in a very comprehensive manner and data would be collected through a door-to-door survey across the country.
He said security was a big issue and the matters were being discussed with the Pakistan Army for conducting survey in the sensitive areas.
He said the data would be placed on the Google Maps through the Geographic Information System (GIS) for analysis and better planning of health, education and other public services.
Bajwa, as an example, showed satellite images of Multan, with GIS data, giving details of health services for the vast population.
Prime Minister Gilani in his speech referred to the Google images of Multan and said he was born in Karachi. He said he was proud to be associated to the historic city of Multan, that was as old as Damascus.
He however in a lighter vein added that it was important to note that “not all roads leads to Multan.”
 

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