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Pak-China universities ink students exchange agreement -
GUANGZHOU, Apr 18 (APP): National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad and China’s Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou, Friday concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation and a Student Exchange Agreement. The documents were signed by Maj Gen (Retd) Masood Hasan, Rector NUML and Prof. Zhong Weihe, President GDUFS. The initiative of the MoU and the agreement between the two Universities was launched and facilitated by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Guangzhou. Under the MoU on Academic Cooperation, the NUML would set up a NUML International Center of Education (NICE) on the premises of GDUFS. NUML will initially assign academicians/ instructors at the NICE for English and Urdu languages and subsequently extend it for other languages.


UN Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP): Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.



On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP):  On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the ‘illegal collective punishment’ unleashed on the population there.


US lauds Pakistan’s economic upturn; hopes for Pak-India progress -
WASHINGTON, April 17 (APP): The United States has been encouraged by Pakistan’s economic turnaround over the past year and hopes for Pakistan-India progress after the Indian elections towards trade expansion, a senior American official said.  “We are encouraged by the economic progress that Pakistan has made in the past year, though it still faces many challenges ahead,”


Pak maritime trade to further boost as China accelerates planning to re-connect Maritime Silk Road -
BEIJING, April 17 (APP): The maritime trade of Pakistan will get further boost through inter-connectivity as the Chinese government is stepping up the planning of reviving the Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, with port construction as the priority, according to local media.The plan is expected to focus on infrastructure construction of countries along the route, including ports of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the China Securities Journal said.China will coordinate customs, quality supervision, e-commerce and other agencies to facilitate the scheme, which is also likely to contain attempts to build free trade zones.


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Saqlian questions “Doosara” in present era
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Master off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq indirectly questioned the legality of “Doosra” in the current era.  The inventor of the mystery ball, said that, due to his technique, he never felt any difficulty in managing the away going delivery,” he told a private television channel on Thurdsay. He declined to comment on the official rules, in this regard, saying that it was the job of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter.
 
11th National Women Softball Championship from Friday
RAWALPINDI, April 17 (APP): A three-day 11th National Women Softball Championship-2014 will be held at Pindi Cricket Stadium from Friday. In a joint announcement here, District Coordination Officer  (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall and Chairperson Senate Standing Committtee on Sports Kalsoom Perveen, said Six teams from all over the country including defending champions Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad and Police Department would participate in the championship.
 
National Shooting trials for Asian, CW Games on May 10
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Second phase of trials to select Pakistan sharp shooters for this year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will be held at Naval International Shooting Range here on May 10, National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) announced on Thursday. “Trials will be conducted in all events like Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun,” Executive Vice President NRAP Razi Ahmed Khan told APP here.
 
Army excels in National Taekwondo
KARACHI, Apr 16 (APP): Pakistan Army swept all the 30 gold medals at stake in the National Taekwondo Championship at the Rangers Training Centre & School here, said a news release issued here on Wednesday. Army martial arts players dominated the event from start to finish with superb technique and power.
 
First round of Inter-Media cricket tournament ends
ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (APP): The Inter-Media Cricket Tournament organized by Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) continues in full swing here. The tournament, organized in collaboration with National Press Club, comprises of teams belonging to national and international print and electronic media. The first round saw thrilling matches between various teams which competed fiercely to reach the second round.
 
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Gilani appreciates Obama’s acknowledgement of support of Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
pm-us-del.jpgISLAMABAD,May 2 (APP):Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has expressed his appreciation of President Obama’s statement in which he duly acknowledged Pakistan for its support and cooperation leading to the hideout of Osama Bin Laden.The Prime Minister emphasized the need for constructive and positive messaging from both the sides on Monday’s operation and stressed that the sensitivities in this regard must be given due importance rather than giving it a spin.He was talking to the US delegation led by Ambassador Marc Grossman, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan here at Prime Minister House.                         

The Prime Minister welcomed the fact that through the recent visits of Director General ISI (Inter Services Intelligence), Foreign Secretary and the Defence Secretary to USA and Marc Grossman’s current visit to Islamabad, both sides have been able to resume the process for fourth round of strategic dialogue.
Pakistan, he added, was looking forward to Secretary Clinton’s visit to Pakistan later this month for the fourth round of dialogue which he hoped would pave the way for important projects in water, energy and economic development sectors in Pakistan.
He also welcomed the fact that trilateral dialogue between Pakistan, United States and Afghanistan at official level would be held on Tuesday to prepare the ground for ministerial level trilateral meeting, hopefully next month.
While dilating upon his meeting with President Karzai and his team in Kabul last month, the Prime Minister cautioned that media and think tanks of US should avoid creating misunderstanding between the two countries on Afghan issue.
The Prime Minister reiterated that his government fully believed that Pakistan, US and Afghanistan should form the core group to coordinate their position on the reconciliation and reintegration process, which he emphasized must be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned. As far the strategic documents to be negotiated between US and Afghanistan on International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and US role, the Prime Minister emphatically told that it was a bilateral matter between the countries.
The Prime Minister said that his government would ensure timely implementation of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement. The ministers of commerce of the two countries, he added, are scheduled to meet in the immediate future to clear the bottlenecks in its implementation.
The US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan thanked the Prime Minister and his government for their steadfast cooperation and support in war against terrorism and intelligence cooperation, which eventually led to elimination of Osama Bin Laden.
He termed Foreign Secretary’s visit to US for consultations after the Prime Minister’s visit to Kabul as very helpful in promoting better understanding between the two countries on Afghan reconciliation issue.
He agreed with the Prime Minister that Pakistan, US and Afghanistan should form a core group and enhance their cooperation in this process.
He assured the Prime Minister that US would keep Pakistan fully apprised about the US policy on Afghanistan and would share the progress of the strategic documents with Afghanistan.
He stated that Kerry Lugar Bill assistance would help the Government of Pakistan in carrying out the economic reforms which is considered to be imperative for the revival of Pakistan’s economy.
 

     

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