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UN chief condemns latest terrorist attack in Kenya -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23, (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has  condemned the brutal killing of 28 people on a bus in Mandera, Kenya, in the latest spate of terrorist violence to afflict the East African nation.


UN committee approves resolution calling for promoting safe environment for working journalists -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP):  A committee of the UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution on the safety of journalists that calls on States to promote a safe environment to journalists to work independently.


Obama signs order expanding US Afghanistan role: NYT -
NEW YORK, Nov 22 (APP): President Barrack Obama has quietly expanded US military's role in Afghanistan from the previous guidelines that were to limit its troops' involvement in the war-wrecked country starting this year, The New York Times reported Saturday.


Pakistan slams UN Council's silence over July's Israeli attacks on Gaza -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP): Pakistan has sharply criticized UN Security Council's "conscious reticence" on the deadly Israeli aggression against Gaza in July, saying the massacre that followed could have been averted had the 15-member body taken timely action.


Pak calls for boosting investment in children, UN marks 25th anniversary of child rights convention -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (APP): The United Nations marked the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by holding a special meeting of the General Assembly Friday to assess its progress, with Pakistan making a strong case for more investment in children to help them fully realize their human rights.


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Sajjad storms in World Snooker knockout rounds with 5th straight win
KARACHI, Nov. 24 (APP): Dazzling Muhammad Sajjad maintained his unbeaten run by assuring a place in the knock-out round with his fifth win in row in IBSF World Snooker Championship when beat ex-compatriot Farhan Mirza of Sweden in Bangalore (India) on Sunday night,according to message received here on Sunday.
 
Toss to play a vital role in 3rd Test: Sarfraz Nawaz
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz believes the toss will play a vital role in the result making of the third and final Test against the Kiwis saying skipper Misbah-ul-Haq should implement a straightforward winning and aggressive mentality while entering the field.
 
Ajmal confused over ICC technology used to assess bowling actions
ISLAMABAD, Nov 24 (APP): Pakistan ace-bowler Saeed Ajmal while confused over the technology being used to assess bowling actions said he hopes the technology is 100% accurate as careers are at stake and any slight error could be catastrophic for a cricketer.
 
My main agenda is promotion of peace, education: Kainat Khan
ISLAMABAD, Nov 23 (APP): Pakistan’s emerging female tennis player Kainat Khan has said that her main agenda is to promote peace and education and bring forth the true and soft image of the country.
 
Pakistan wheelchair cricket team prepares for international success
KARACHI, Nov 22 (APP): Denmark Ambassador to Islamabad Jesper Moller inaugurated the training camp for Pakistan's wheelchair cricket team here Saturday and said cricket was a sport which had made Pakistan proud in the past.
 
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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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