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UN chief lauds Pakistan's efforts to provide relief to flood-hit people, offers world body's help -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the efforts of the Pakistani government in providing relief to the flood-affected people across Pakistan, and offered United Nations help, if requested.



Ban welcomes actor Leonardo DiCaprio as new UN Messenger of Peace -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): Ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday welcomed at the world body's headquarters in New York UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, whom he has hailed as the world body's "new voice for climate advocacy."


UN kicks off its women global gender solidarity campaign -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): Launching one of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, opened a star-studded event in New York Saturday evening with strong calls on men and boys worldwide to raise their voiced for gender equality today and women's empowerment.


UN chief launches world body's Ebola response mission -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response and has instructed the advance teams for the first-of-its-kind operation to head to its base in Accra, Ghana, by Monday.


US to sell Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to Pakistan -
WASHINGTON, Sep 20 (APP): The U.S. State Department has approved sale of 160 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to Pakistan for an estimated cost of $198 million, as Washington believes that the country is ‘vital to U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in South Asia.’


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Hafeez backs Afridi as T20 captain
ISLAMABAD, Sep 21 (APP): Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez has come out in support of the appointment of Shahid Afridi as the national T20 captain.
 
Imran, Rizwan Sr. Bhutta bang hat-tricks as Pakistan blast SL 14-0 in Asian Games Hockey

By Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 20 (APP): Full-back Muhammad Imran and forwards Muhammad Rizwan Senior and Muhammad Umar Bhutta slammed hat-tricks as Pakistan got off to an emphatic start in the XVII Asian Games Hockey Tournament when they thrashed Sri Lanka 14-0 here on Saturday.

 
Pakistan went down 3-0 against Kuwait in Asian Games Volleyball
By Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 20 (APP): Pakistan which finished 8th in the last Asiad in China went down 3-0 against Kuwait in their opening group B preliminary round match at Songnim Gymnasium on Saturday.
 
Hussan, ray of hope for Judo gold in Asian Games: Masood
PESHAWAR, Sept 20 (APP): Secretary Pakistan Judo Federation Masood Ahmad has said that Shah Hussain, who grabbed silver medal in -100kg weight in the Commonwealth Games and Gold medal in South Asian Games, is a ray of hope for winning gold medal in the 17th Asian Games being played in Incheon, South Korea.
 
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.
 
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2.1 mln children born with mental deficiency each year PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Mar 6 (APP): Around 2.1 million children are born each year with mental disorders in the country due to iodine deficiency in pregnant women.According to health experts, iodine deficiency in children leads to mental retardation, loss of cognitive abilities, still born, miscarriage and birth of children with congenital abnormalities like deaf, dumb and stunted.Urinary iodine test results revealed a bigger figure of about 36% of mothers and 23% of pre-school children suffering from severe iodine deficiency in the country, they added.

According to them, the utilization of iodized salt at the household level was only 17% despite 56.4% respondents were aware about iodized salt.
They said goiter rates among school age children were 4.3% in urban and 8.2% in rural areas of the country. According to national nutrition survey, the national prevalence of goiter among women was 21%, they added.
They said that iodizing edible salt was an easy and inexpensive way to provide the iodine to the children. They added still there are some problems which need to be addressed like low consumer demand, lack of quality control, absence of legislation and low production of iodized salt.
They urged institutions both public and private, individuals, parents and children to come forward and join hands for elimination of iodine deficiency disorder from the country.
They said the role of the media was important to create awareness among the people about the issue as the most common way to prevent such pervasive public health problem was salt iodization.
They suggested to have three pronged strategy to address the iodine deficiency disorders in the country included legislation for universal salt iodization, supply side interventions and demand creation activities.
 

     

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