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Waseem contends with a bronze medal in Asian Games boxing
INCHEHON, South Korea, Oct 2 (APP): Pakistan's silver medal hope in boxing event was shattered on Thursday when top pugilist Muhammad Waseem was contended with a bronze medal after was out-boxed in the final of his flyweight division bout by Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan of XVII Asian Games Boxing Tournament here at Seohnak Gymnasium on Thursday.
 
Trials to select final lineup for Sultan of Johor Tournament on Saturday
ISLAMABAD, Oct 1 (APP): The trials to select final lineup for Fourth  Edition of Sultan of Johor Junior Hockey Tournament will be held at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium Islamabad on Saturday.
 
Pakistan face formidable Iran in Asian Games Kabaddi semis on Thursday
INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 1 (APP): Pakistan Kabaddi team will face formidable Iranian team in the semifinal of XVII Asian Games at Songdo Global University Gymnasium on Thursday.
 
Pakistan Rugby suffers third major defeat in Asian Games
INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 1 (APP): Pakistan Rugby team Wednesday suffered third defeat against Malaysia in classification match of XVII Asian Games for 9-12th place at Namdong Asiad Rugby Field.
 
Naseer leads Pakistan to 11th spot in Asian Games Volleyball
INCHEON, South Korea, Oct 1(APP): Spectacular Naseer Ahmed scored 20 points to spearhead Pakistan to 11th position when they defeated Saudi Arabia 3-0 in Asian Games Volleyball classification match of the 17th Asian Games at Ansan Sangroksu Gymnasium on Wednesday.
 
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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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