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UN chief urges finance leaders to 'plant seeds' of post-2015 development agenda -
WASHINGTON, Apr 19 (APP):  Financing will be key for the creation and unveiling of an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared Saturday, as he stressed that 2015 marked a time of global action for people and the planet.


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UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Saturday's "barbaric attack" in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, and called for swiftly bringing those responsible to justice.



New Deputy MD IMF applauds Pakistan's economic recovery in meeting with FM Dar -
WASHINGTON, April 19 (APP): Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar met with Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, the new Deputy Managing Director IMF, and briefed him about the excellent economic recovery, the Pakistani embassy said.



Amid growing world confidence, forex reserves boost to $ 17.67 bln: Dar -
WASHINGTON, April 19 (APP): Amid growing international confidence in Islamabad's economic direction, Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves have risen to $ 17.67 billion and are expected to hit a historic high this year, Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar said.


Dar meets World Bank Vice President; highlights economic development programs -
WASHINGTON, April 18 (APP):  Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar met with the Vice President of World Bank’s South Asian Region Ms. Annette Dixon at the World Bank on Saturday and discussed Pakistan’s economic development.


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RAWALPINDI, Apr 19 (APP):  The spectators were treated to a fine brand of Polo during final match of Remount Polo Cup Championship held at Rawalpindi Polo Ground here on Sunday.    
 
Foolproof security to be accorded to Zimbabwe cricket team: Commissioner
KARACHI, April 19 (APP): Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that fool proof security will be ensured to  the Zimbabwe team during cricket matches in the metropolis,  planned for next month.

 
Foolproof security to be accorded to Zimbabwe cricket team: Commissioner
KARACHI, Apr. 18 (APP):  Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that fool proof security will be ensured to the Zimbabwe team during cricket matches in the metropolis, planned for next month.
 
Inter-district U-19 cricket tourney from April 22
ISLAMABAD, Apr 18 (APP): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Regional Inter-District U19 two-day tournament will roll into action on April 22.
 
Ist twenty20 deaf Asia Cup
LAHORE , Apr 17 (APP): The deaf cricket teams of India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and hosts Pakistan will be seen in action during the 1st Twenty20 Deaf Asia Cup 2015 which will commence from  April 19 (Sunday).
 
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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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