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UN chief welcomes Paris meeting between PM Sharif and India's Modi -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 30 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that took place on the margins of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on Monday. "We obviously welcome any direct contacts between prime ministers of India and Pakistan," the secretary-general's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric," told APP at UN Headquarters in New York when asked for the UN chief's reaction on the development.                                    

Climate change agreement must be cognizant of developing countries' needs: PM -
By Shahid Saleem Khan

PARIS, Nov 30 (APP):  Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday said that Pakistan was committed to reduction of global emissions with various initiatives already taken like efforts for renewable technologies, energy efficiency, implementation of mass transport systems and expansion of hydro-electricity potential. "For the effective implementation of our (Pakistan's) national programmes, finance, technology transfer, and capacity building remain key enablers," he said while speaking at the leaders event of a two-week 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) which started here in the French capital.

Both Pakistan, India desire to move forward: PM -
PARIS, Nov 30 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday said that both Pakistan and India desired to move forward and 'all states must keep the door to dialogue open.' Talking to newsmen, the Prime Minister said he and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held a good chat in a good atmosphere. To a question, he said all issues could not be discussed in a brief interaction.

Classical singer Hamid Ali Khan mesmerizes audience at musical soiree in New York -
NEW YORK, Nov 30 (APP):  Famed Pakistani singer classical singer Ustad Hamid Ali Khan enthralled an appreciative audience with his lilting ghazals and songs at a musical soiree held at the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations in New York. Pakistan U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi hosted the cultural event as part of her efforts to promote the soft image of the country.                                    

Dialogue only way to resolve disputes between two countries: Fatemi -
PARIS, Nov 30 (APP): Describing as "good"  the meeting between Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi on Monday said dialogue was the only way to resolve disputes between any two states. "Prime Minister Modi himself approached Prime Minister Sharif and had a brief meeting," Tariq Fatemi told APP after the meeting which was held here on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference.

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Peshawar Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament begins
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WAPDA's players grab Naval's Chief Staff Amateur Golf Tournament
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority's players Muhammad Rehman and Ghazanfar Mehmood snatched All Pakistan Chief of Navel Staff Amateur Golf Tournament, held at Royal Palm Golf Club, by obtaining first and second positions respectively.
Players should see Misbah as role-model: Mushtaq Ahmed
ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Pakistan bowling Coach Mushtaq Ahmed said the players should make Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq as their role-model as his fitness is commendable and an example to follow.  Mushtaq said Misbah is 40 plus now and still his fitness is admirable, therefore the current players should see him as an example to follow. 
BISE Mardan wins All-Pakistan Inter-Board Girls Netball
PESHAWAR, Nov 29 (APP): Mardan Board clinched the trophy of the All-Pakistan Inter-Board Girls Netball Championship after defeating Peshawar Board in the final played at Post Graduate College for Women Mardan on Sunday.
Top tennis seeds to participate in SN Tennis
ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Top tennis seeds have confirmed their entries for participating in the Subh-e-Nau (SN) National Tennis Championship to be staged here at the PTF Tennis Complex from which will be played from Monday (November 30). Davis Cupper and seasoned Pakistani tennis veteran Aqeel Khan, Shahza Khan, Muhammad Abid, top junior player Muhammad Mudassar and leading women players Sara Mansoor have confirmed their entries for the tournament.
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15 mln women get CNIC for BISP assistance PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 (APP): More than 15 million women have obtained Computerized National Identity Cards(CNIC) for getting benefits from the numerous initiatives of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).The programme has gained great success in social sector by making its outreach to almost 7 million poor families to provide them  with financial assistance and making them self-reliant.The door to door poverty survey to identify the poor segment of society has been completed in most parts of the country while it is under process in FATA,Bajour and Kurram Agencies, Farzana Raja, Chairperson of BISP said in an interview with APP on Wednesday.The BISP will hopefully reduce 20 per cent poverty in the next five to ten years through various schemes, she said.

About major initiatives of the BISP, Farzana said, an amount of Rs 70 billion has been disbursed to date among Rs 2.24 million beneficiary family in the first phase.
Whereas, approximately Rs 25 billion has so far been distributed among 3.2 million eligible families after identification through the nationwide poverty survey.
Farzana Raja said the programme under ‘Waseela-e-Haq’initiative is providing an amount of Rs 300,000 to the registered beneficiaries through a transparent manner.
The amount is given as soft loan to the beneficiaries to run small businesses.22 Waseela-e-Haq draws have  taken place so far and 10,974 beneficiary families have been declared eligible to receive this returnable financial assistance.
Under ‘Waseela-e-Rozgar’, the BISP is planning to impart vocational and technical training to the female beneficiary or her nominee under this initiative and training has been conducted for master trainers in 50 trades in collaboration with China.
As many as 150, 000 beneficiaries will be given technical training to produce skilled manpower for the country every year which will enable these families to become self-reliant, Farzana said.
The vocational courses of one month, six months and one year duration have been announced both for men and women, however, each trainee be given a stipend of Rs 6000 every month.   
Under Waseela-e-Sehet, the beneficiary families are entitled to receive Rs.100,000 in case of death of their bread earner, under the ‘Life Insurance’ scheme and around 3.1 million families have already been insured in this process.  
However, Health insurance has been initially launched in Faisalabad district which will soon be scaled up in other districts, Farzana said.
After successful launch of these projects, BISP is now all set to enroll more than one million children of beneficiary families in schools by April next year under its ‘Waseela-e-Taleem’ Programme.
Farzana Raja said that the project would help promote education in the country as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir, adding “the BISP is also playing a key role to empower women, youth and children of the country.”
She said that MoUs have already been signed with Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while the project would be extended to Punjab and Balochistan soon.
Around one million children will be registered in the schools for free education in the first phase of the initiative.
Three children from each beneficiary family can be enrolled in the schools for free education and the deserving families will be given cash grant on the condition of ensuring registration of their children in schools, the official said.
An amount of Rs 200 per child will be given as conditional cash grant for each beneficiary family under this initiative.
For ensuring transparent transfer of cash grant to its beneficiaries, BISP has also introduced Benazir Smart Card in some districts on pilot basis and cash grant of over Rs. 2.27 billion has been transferred by BISP through smart cards.
In districts; Mainwali, Mirpurkhas, Multan and Sanghar, 182,511 cards have been distributed among beneficiary families.
However, Mobile Phone Banking has also been introduced for the first time in the history of the country.
Free mobilephones has been distributed among 107,000 beneficiaries in the districts Larkana, Battagram, Layyah, Rawalpindi and Islamabad and an amount of Rs 1.16 billion has been disbursed to date.
Mobile Phone Banking is also being launched in districts Barkhan, Poonch,Ghanche shortly.
Farzana said BISP is playing a pivotal role in eradication of poverty as well as socio-economic uplift of the beneficiary families through  its initiatives.
She said the programme was launched for economic empowerment of down trodden segment of society, following the vision of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for women emancipation.
Farzana Raja said that the democratic government has taken concrete and practical steps to advance the cause of women empowerment in the country.  
The BISP is the major programme in the country which is striving for the economic and social empowerment of the women.
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