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Sinking of Mediterranean migrant boat amounts to ‘mass murder’: UN rights chief -
UNITED NATION, Sept 19 (APP): The UN’s top human rights official Friday urged Egypt and other North African and European states to help bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants in last week’s “truly horrendous incident” in the Mediterranean.


UN announces mission to combat Ebola, declares outbreak 'threat to peace, security' -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 19 (APP): The United Nations Security Council  Thursday night declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the U.N. will deploy a new emergency health mission to combat one of most horrific diseases on the planet that has shattered the lives of millions.



Afghanistan must reach unity govt deal soon, or risk conflict: UN envoy -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 18 (APP): There is "quite simply no better way forward" other than a unity government in Afghanistan, U.N. envoy Jan  Kubis told the Security Council from Kabul in his final briefing in that capacity.



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.


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Imran leads green Pakistan contingent at dazzling Asian Games opening
From Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 19 (APP): Olympian Hockey Captain Muhammad Imran led the Pakistan Contingent at the XVII Asian Games which opened with a glittering, colorful and dazzling opening ceremony at Incheon Main Stadium here on Friday evening.
 
Ganguly wants revival of Indo-Pak matches
ISLAMABAD, Sep 19 (APP): Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Indo- Pak matches are bigger than the Ashes hoping that peace prevails and the bilateral matches between both countries can be played again creating more wonderful memories.
 
Premier Football League begins September 20
ISLAMABAD, Sep 19 (APP): The 11th Pakistan Premier Football League will be staged at three different venues across the country from September 20 with a total of 12 teams competing in the extravaganza.
 
Lahore Lions need persistence in batting order: Akmal
ISLAMABAD, Sep 19 (APP): Wicketkeeper and batsman Kamran Akmal has said  that team of Lahore Lions is doing great in T20 Champions League and asked captain Mohammad Hafeez to keep continuity in the batting order. 
 
KP Inter-District Football Championship from Sept 20
PESHAWAR, Sept 19 (APP): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-District Football Championship will be commencing from today (Saturday) here at Sumbal Khan Football ground, Qayyum Sports Complex.
 
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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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