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Pakistan slide to 6th in ICC Test Ranking
KARACHI, Aug. 19 (APP)- England and Sri Lanka have improved their positions on the ICC Test Team Championship after winning their series against India and Pakistan, respectively.
 
Independence Day Cup Golf at DACGC from Friday
KARACHI, Aug 19 (APP)- The 6th edition of Independence Day Cup Golf Championship will be held here at Defence Authortity Country and Golf Club from Friday with top professionals and amateur in the fray.
 
Six Pakistan Test players arrives from Colombo
KARACHI, Aug. 19 (APP)- Six-member of Pakistan Test team returned here on Tuesday from Colombo after sffering humiliating 2-0 defeat Sri Lanka in the Test series.
 
Hamza shock holder Asif to storm in 6-Reds Asian Snooker quarters
KARACHI, Aug. 19 (APP)- Former Pakistan Champion Hamza Akbar pulled off a major shock in the Jubilee Insurance 6-Reds Asian Snooker Championship when he ousted compatriot and defending champion Muhammad Asif with a thumping 6-3 victory here at the Khorshed Hall of Hotel Avari Towers on Tuesday.
 
Pakistan International Circuit-II Squash Tournament from Aug 21: Qamar
PESHAWAR, Aug 19 (APP): Pakistan International Circuit-II squash tournament carrying a prize money of 10,000 US $ will be commencing here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex.
 
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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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