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UNITED NATIONS,  May 27 (APP): The number of the world’s chronically undernourished has dropped below the 800 million mark as an increasing number of countries hit their Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on hunger, according to a new United Nations report released Wednesday by the Organization’s three food agencies. 


Pakistan rejects US paperís allegation of govtís complicity in degree-fraud case -
NEW YORK, May 27 (APP): A spokesman of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington Wednesday rejected an insinuation in a recent New York Times editorial about Pakistani government’s complicity in the alleged involvement of Axact, a software company, in bogus-degree fraud.


UN chief calls for postponement of Yemen peace talks -
UNITED NATIONS, May 27 (APP):  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to postpone the planned consultations aimed at seeking a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process in the war-torn country, according to a United Nations spokesperson.


UN warns of "alarming" spike in suicide attacks by women and girls in Nigeria -
UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (APP): Northeast Nigeria has witnessed a sharp increase in suicide attacks involving women and girls this year, the United Nations children's agency warned Tuesday, calling on the country's incoming Government make the safety and well-being of children a political priority.


UN chief calls for strong international cooperation to overcome global challenges -
UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the international community was enduring a “time of test” amid explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human rights problems, and called for strong international cooperation and bold action to overcome those challenges.


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COAS presents cash award to 17-year old boy for winning gold medal in Asian Jr AthleticsChampionship
ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday congratulated Muhammad Afzal, 17-year old young boy who won the first ever gold medal for Pakistan in Asian Junior Athletics Championship held at Doha, Qatar in the current month.
 
International golfer Munir wins Nur Khan Memorial Open Golf Championship
PESHAWAR, May 26 (APP): International golfer Muhammad Munir with his gross 11 under 205 over 54 holes clinched the trophy of the Air Marshal Nur Khan Memorial Golf Championship after playing a vital last day round of four under 68 here at lush green 6666-yard PAF Golf Course on Wednesday.
 
Pak, Zim second ODI on Friday
LAHORE, May 27 (APP): The second One Day International between Pakistan and Zimbabwe will be played at Gaddafi Stadium here on Friday.
 
Army Polo Cup, Tent Pegging Championship conclude
RAWALPINDI, May 27 (APP): Army Polo Cup and Tent Pegging Championship ended at Rawalpindi Garrison Polo Club on Tuesday evening.
 
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ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) will hold IBSF World 6-Red and Team Snooker Championship (Women, Men & Masters) in the month of August.
 
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Oscar-winning actress to promote technology for women and girls PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS, June 13 (APP): The U.N. telecoms agency has designated Academy Award-winning Hollywood actress Geena Davis as a special envoy to promote the empowering role technology can play in the lives of women and girls. Among her duties will be to promote the ‘Tech Needs Girls’  campaign of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a three -year campaign that seeks to raise global awareness of the role  information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play in empowering women.  “I am delighted that Ms. Davis will be joining us in our campaign to  help expand the opportunities open to women and girls, and redress the current gender imbalance in the ICT industry, said ITU’s Secretary-General, Hamadoun Toure.

The new Special Envoy for Women and Girls in the field of technology said she is thrilled with her latest role with the ITU. “This role will enable me to take the work I’m doing to a much bigger scale  globally, through developing and consulting on strategies to advance  gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women in ICTs”, said Ms. Davis.
“It’s incredibly important to get more women and girls connected  to technology, and a big factor in making this happen is going to be  ITU’s work,” she added. The Tech Needs Girls campaign aims  to highlight the potential of technology to transform women’s lives,  whether it be through ICT-based career choices or by improved access to services like e-health, e-education, e-commerce, e-banking and a host of new applications and devices that can help girls and women address their day-to-day challenges, ITU stated in a news release.
It seeks to do this with the help of high-profile ambassadors such as Ms. Davis, as well as with an extensive programme of online multimedia content, major advocacy events around the globe and key partnerships with industry, government, civil society and other UN agencies.
Earlier this year, the Geneva-based ITU launched a multilingual web portal focused on helping girls and women access training, job  opportunities and career information in the ICT sector. The Girls in  ICT Portal houses over 400 programmes, including over 100 scholarship programmes and an equal number of contests and awards, some 60 training  and internship opportunities, over 100 online networks offering career support
and mentoring, as well as tech camps and other activities.
 
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