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UN labour agency set to ramp up operations in quake-hit Nepal -
UNITED NATIONS, May 6 (APP): The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal two weeks ago is expected to impact one third of the country’s labour force, the Kathmandu office of the United Nations agency mandated to promote jobs and workplace rights worldwide warned Wednesday.


Robust signs of improvement in country’s economy -
WASHINGTON May 6 (APP): Robust signs of improvement in Pakistan’s economy have led to the upgradation of its credit worthiness and economic outlook that will help attract foreign investment and boost the economy further. 


Economists, international agencies laud Pakistan’s economic development -
WASHINGTON, May 6 (APP): Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Pakistan is being seen as a “game changer” in the region.


Dar arrives Dubai to attend IMF meeting -
DUBAI, May 6 (APP): Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar arrived in Dubai from Baku after attending the 48th annual meeting of ADB Board of Governors, its related events and undertaking other engagements on the sidelines of the BoG meeting.


UNICEF, EU begin airlift of 80 metric tonnes of humanitarian supplies to quake-hit Nepal -
UNITED NATIONS, May 5 (APP): Humanitarian supplies to meet the emergency needs of some of the 1.7 million children affected by the April, 25 earthquake in Nepal are being airlifted in to the capital, Kathmandu, as the United Nations children's agency works with the European Union (EU) to provide much needed relief from  effects of the disaster.


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Return of international cricket to Pakistan “a big joy” says Misbah
KARACHI, May 6 (APP): Test captain Misbah-ul-haq, has described the return of international cricket back to Pakistan after six years of isolation as ‘a big joy.
 
Green-shirts seem back on track: Zaheer Abbas
ISLAMABAD, May 6 (APP): Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas on Wednesday said the passion and aggression that was missing in the green-shirts was seen in the second Test against Bangladesh.
 
Chigumbura to lead Zimbabwe on Pakistan tour
KARACHI, May 6 (APP): Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Wednesday has announced a 15-member squad which will tour Pakistan for three one day internationals and two T20 Internationals in Lahore later this month.
 
Looking forward to exciting Pak-Zim series: Alistair Campbell
KARACHI, May 6 (APP): Former Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell has said that they are looking forward to an exciting series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe later this month.
 
Mardan wins KP Inter-Division Women Judo Championship title
PESHAWAR, May 6 (APP): Mardan clinched the trophy after securing 81 points with five gold medal, four silver and one bronze medal in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Division Women Judo Championship played here at Lala Rafique Sports Arena on Wednesday.
 
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Firdous Ashiq seeks media help to restore soft image of Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
firdous-media.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday sought media help for restoring the soft image of Pakistan in the international community. The minister was talking to media persons after offering Fateha and laying floral wreath at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Memorial at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi.She said: “at international level there is a wrong perception about Pakistan, and the government and the media will have to work together to restore the soft and true image of the country.”
She reiterated the PPP government stance that it fully believes in right of freedom of speech and would take all possible steps in this regard.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the promotion of inter-faith harmony, grant of rights to minorities, women and the deprived classes were the top priorities of the democratic regime.   
The minister said she has come to the memorial of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto as a party worker and to renew the pledge to continue her mission.
“Shaheed Mohtarma throughout her life struggled for the cause of democracy, and for the rights of the masses and sacrificed her life in this struggle”, said the newly appointed minister who before taking charge of her new ministry visited the site of Shaheed PPP chairperson’s martyrdom.
Dr. Firdous Ashiq said that she was thankful to the President and the Prime Minister who reposed confidence in her and assigned her the Ministry of Information. “With the help of the media I will try to come up to the expectations of the PPP high ups”, she said.
The minister said that the country was facing several problems including terrorism, unemployment, inflation and the government was striving to overcome these problems.
She appealed to the print and electronic media to play constructive role and help the government in resolution of the problems being faced by the country.
The minister also said that media being an important pillar of the state has always played constructive role in promotion of democratic process in the country.
While responding to a question about Pervez Musharraf’s arrest warrants by a court, she said that the matter was sub-judice but the government would assist the court whenever the court issues any direction in this regard.     
A large number of PPP workers including women wing activists were also present on the occasion. On her arrival the minister was greeted with slogans of “Zinda Hai BB Zinda Hai”, and “Jiey Bhutto”.
 
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