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UN voices concern over Europeís restrictive measures as refugee and migrant influx continues -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (APP): With the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe showing no signs of easing in 2016, the United Nations refugee agency has expressed its concern over increasing restrictive measures on the part of European Member States and called for protecting the human rights of the more than 2,000 people who continue risking their lives every day to reach Europe. Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), underscored that despite rougher seas, harsh winter weather and numerous hardships endured upon arrival, more than 80,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by boat during the first six weeks of 2016, with more than 400 dying in their attempt. Comparably, large numbers began arriving in Europe only by July 2015.


Pakistan snubs NYT for allegation over ISIS, Afghanistan -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12  (APP): The Pakistan Embassy in the U.S. rejected a report carried out by the New York Times  (NYT) that blamed Pakistan for  deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, adding such accusation would harm the reconciliation process in that country. In a strong rejoinder to the editor, a spokesman for the embassy challenged the assertions made in the report titled "Pakistan's Hands in the Rise of International Jihad" and drew the attention of the author to the world praise for Pakistan for its role in fighting global terrorism.     



UN marks 1st Intíl Day of Women and Girls in Science -

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12 (APP): More than ever today, the world needs science and science needs women, the head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday, marking the first International Day of Women and Girls in Science. “UNESCO’s message is clear “the new [2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] will not meet its promise without investing in women’s and girls’ empowerment through and in science,” Director-General Irina Bokova highlighted in a message.



At Chicago event, Pakistani diplomat says ending polio top national priority -
faisal_niaz_tirmizi.jpgCHICAGO, Feb. 12 (APP): Over 500 people in Chicago on Thursday attended an event organized by Rotary International, in collaboration with the Pakistani Consulate Genetral, to honour the ‘selfless commitment’ of the people and the government of Pakistan for their tireless work to eradicate polio from the country. “Polio eradication is our national priority and the prime minister of Pakistan is supervising efforts to eliminate this debilitating disease,”  Pakistani Consul Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, told the gathering in the course of discussion on “Ending Polio in Pakistan”. 


Pakistan rejects claims of its role in deteriorating situation in Afghanistan -
NEW YORK, Feb 12 (APP): A Pakistani diplomat has debunked allegations made in an article published in a leading American newspaper last week  that Pakistan had facilitated the recent Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. The article, titled ‘Pakistan’s Hand in the Rise of International Jihad’, was written by Carlotta Gall, a New York Times correspondent who reported from Pakistan from 2001-13.


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Pakistan beat India 1-0 to claim hockey gold in SAG
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan continued their supremacy in men's hockey in the region as they defeated historical rivals India 1-0 in the summit clash to clinch gold in the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) at the Moullana Tayabullah Hockey Stadium Guwahati, India on Friday. According to information received here, Awais-ur-Rehman scored the lone goal of the match in dying moments of the first half as Pakistan clinched a hat-trick of titles in the SAG.

 
BCCI has banned me without any evidence: Asad Rauf
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf Friday hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for imposing a five-year ban on him for corruption, saying that the Indian Board did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty. "What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me," Rauf asked.

 
World Champion Asif gearing up to regain National Snooker crown
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Former IBSF World Amateur Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif was gearing-up to regain his crown in the 41st edition of National Snooker Championship which break-off here from February 15. "Yes I am fully ready to regain my crown after last winning it in 2012," country's premier cueist told APP in an interview on Friday as he prepared to travel to Karachi from Faisalabad to figure in prestigious national event.

 
Zeeshan/Saif steers Pakistan 5th spot in ICC U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Pakistan ended its campaign in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament. Batting duo of opener Zeeshan  Malik and Saif Badar starred in their team's triumph with sizzling batting.

 
TDCP Cholistan Jeep Rally starts
BAHAWALPUR, Feb 12 (APP): Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) 11th Cholistan jeep rally has started here Friday. A total of 80 vehicles have got registered in 8 different categories. Two female drivers are also participating in the event. Qualifying round of the rally will be held on Saturday.

 
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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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