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Pakistan to defend hockey, cricket, squash titles in Asian Games
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 18 (APP): Pakistan will be hoping to defend their hockey, cricket and squash titles as the XVII Asian Games open at the state-0f-the-Art Hunmak Stadium here on Friday evening at glittering ceremony.
 
Farhan confident of striking double gold in Asian Games squash
By Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, (South Korea), Sept 18 (APP): Pakistan has got a golden opportunity of striking double gold in the squash event of XVII Asian Games, said captain Farhan Mahboob on Thursday.
 
Lahore Lions face California Eagles at Jalandhar
LAHORE, Sept 18 (APP): Sports Board Punjab’s Lahore Lions kabaddi team, with an ambition to top the medals table in the ongoing World Kabaddi League (WKL), left here on Wednesday for India.
 
Railways to participate in 11th PFF Premier Football League
LAHORE, Sep 18 (APP): Pakistan Railways Football team will leave for Islamabad on Friday to participate in 11th PFF Premier Football League.
 
KP Police win 3rd All-Pakistan Field Marshal Ayub Khan Memorial Hockey title
PESHAWAR, Sept 18 (APP): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police clinched the trophy of the 3rd All-Pakistan Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan Memorial Hockey Tournament being played at Hockey ground, Haripur on Thursday.
 
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UN expert urges leaders at G-20 summit to put right to food before PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31 (APP): A U.N. expert urged world leaders Monday to put the right to food before industry interests when committing to a food security plan later this week at the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, warning of the negative impacts that biofuels and financial speculation have on this basic human right. “The G-20 made an important statement of intent by placing food security at the top of its agenda. But agreeing on a food security action plan without addressing biofuels and speculation would be like running a bath without putting in the plug.All of the good ideas simply drain away,” said Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, in a statement.
De Schutter called for governments to put an end to biofuel mandates and subsidies as they are a major factor that causes food prices to rise and creates a high demand for farmland in developing countries.
“Leaders are yet to prove that they heard the joint recommendations of international organizations five months ago, which urged G-20 governments to stop subsidising biofuels. It is not enough to name-check the issue’ the G-20 must put the human right to food before the vested interests of some of its industries,” he said.
De Schutter also called for leaders to put financial regulations in place to stop speculation on food commodity prices, making them rise unnecessarily, and said the action plan agreed by G-20 agriculture ministers in June is too weak and requires a stronger stance to have an impact.
“Food commodity markets must not be a refuge when other financial markets have dried up. Speculation on these markets is rife, and instead of allowing producers and buyers to hedge against risk, it has increased risk and led to price changes unconnected to the underlying fundamentals.”
In addition, De Schutter said food reserves can be used to stimulate the growth of small farmers, prevent famines, and bring stability to the food market.
“We must be more ambitious, and use food stocks as a tool for stabilizing the market. If we buy from small-scale farmers when supply is plentiful, and release these stocks when markets are tight, we can prevent the volatile price swings and supply shocks which create humanitarian crises in the first place.”
The expert warned that unless bolder actions are taken, the world will be unable to feed the nine billion people estimated to inhabit the planet by the year 2050.
“Time is running out for world leaders, who must go beyond rhetoric and deliver real change. The hungry cannot wait,” he said.
 

     

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