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PM gets a warm welcome at Doha -
pm3.jpgDOHA, Feb 10 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday received a warm welcome as he arrived on a two- day visit to Qatar. The Prime Minister and his delegation was received at the Hamad International Airport by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasir bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Prime Minister of Qatar and Dr Muhammad bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister for Energy.



Upcoming World Humanitarian Summit must help tackle crises:UN chief -
UNITED NATIONS,  Feb 10 (APP): Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit,  United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-moon has called for "far greater global leadership" to end conflicts that are driving millions of people from their homes and overwhelming humanitarian organizations."We need to show the millions of people living in conflict" with chronic needs and constant fear "the solidarity that they deserve and expect," the Secretary-General said at the launch of his report, One Humanity: Shared responsibility, for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, set for May 23 and 24 in Istanbul, Turkey.



Two Pakistan Americans running for US Congress -
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (APP):Two Pakistani Americans are running for US Congress in 2016, as the country enters the crucial race to elect the next President of the United States. Dean H Malik, 44 is a Republican candidate for the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania while Ali Mirza, 54, is a Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District of New York. Currently Republicans are in control of House of Representatives.


Snow creates messy conditions on New York area roads -
NEW YORK, Feb  9 (APP): Another storm bringing snow whipped by strong winds is moving through the New York area Tuesday, creating treacherous driving conditions and disrupting flights. Temperatures throughout the northeast region were below zero mark.Road crews were out all night pre-treating the roads in anticipation for  the second round of snow in two weeks.


Pakistan urges 'more effective' implementation of drug control conventions -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 9 (APP): Pakistan has called for stepped up efforts to implement the three conventions on drug control that are aimed at preventing the use of drugs for non-medical purposes. "What is needed is more effective implementation by member states and  international drug control agencies," Nawab Mohammad Yousaf Talpur, a Pakistani National Assembly member,  told a parliamentary hearing on 'The World Drug Problem', pointing out that Pakistan was a member of the UN conferences that adopted the three conventions.



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Pak female swimmers win bronze in South Asian Games
ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Pakistan Swimming Team (Female) won a bronze medal in 4x200 m Freestyle Relay in the South Asian Games at India. The team included swimmers Lianna Kiran, Bisma and Areeba, says a press release issued here.

 
Umar Akmal believes PSL help to perform in Int'l cricket
ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): Lahore Qalandars star batsman Umar Akmal believes that Pakistan Super League will help him perform well in the Twenty20 format. "PSL is a good step and we hope it will help us in international cricket," said Umar. Umar scored a blistering 93-run knock off just 40 balls against Quetta Gladiators.

 
WAPDA players shine in South Asian Games, clinch 3 gold, 5 silver medals
ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP): The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) players, who are representing Pakistan, continue to bring laurels for their country in the 12th South Asian Games, being played in India. WAPDA players so far have won 3 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals for Pakistan in different games. According to the details, WAPDA player Nasir Iqbal won gold medal in squash (men's single) while Muhammad Inam and Zaman Anwar clinched gold medals in wrestling.

 
Hira, Saif Ullah win Peshawar District Badminton Women, Men singles titles
PESHAWAR, Feb 9 (APP): Hira Shaheen and Saifullah Tuesday clinched Women and Men Singles titles of the Peshawar District Badminton Championship organized by District Sports Officer here at Tariq Wood Hall, Qayyum Sports Complex. President KP Billiard and Snooker Association Zulfiqar Ali Butt was the chief guests on this occasion.

 
Muay Thai Association KP players showcase stunning skills
PESHAWAR, Feb 9 (APP): The players of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa showcased their skills in the Muay Thai, a mixed Martial Arts of Pakistan with martial art sports such as boxing and wrestling styles here at Lala Rafique Sports Arena on Tuesday. The Muay Thai Association KP under the aegis of Directorate of Sports KP and Pakistan Muay Thai Federation organized Individual and Team Katas along with group fight only to give a stunning show to the large number of spectators present on this occasion.

 
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Pakistan committed to strengthen Intellectual property rights: Hameed Afridi PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, June 27 (APP): Intellectual Property Organization  (IPO)-Pakistan is committed to trengthening Intellectual Property Rights laws and legislation in this regard is being done through  parliament to promote businesses and restore the confidences of the investors in the country. This was stated by Chairman IPO-Pakistan Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi  while addressing the media consultants forum on Intellectual Property Programme Rights (IPR), and the European Union (EU) funded Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) Programme here.  Director General IPO Sajjad Ahmad Bhutta, Executive Director Umardad Afridi and media representatives also attended the forum.

The exclusive Media Interactive Session was organized on the eve of visit of Mansur Raza, Deputy Director, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)- Asia pacific region.
Afridi told the participants that IPO-Pakistan has moved into  high gear by initiating sold steps for IP infrastructure development, capacity building and promoting linkages with all the stakeholders.
Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi apprised the participants about the major achievements of IPO-Pakistan in connection with approval of IPO Ordinance 2012, Digitized Publication of Trademark Journal, announcement of Benazir Hall of Fame, bringing IP registries under one roof, signing of agreements with research and business representative organizations, opening of IPO facilitation desks,establishment of dedicated IP tribunals, formulation of IP policy board.
He said with the support of European Union and TRTA II Programme, implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in association with WIPO, a number of professionals nominated by the stakeholders were imparted advance training about IP related matters which has helped to improve their managerial and technical skills.
He also informed about the administrative and legal reforms  adopted to update the service delivery system according to the required standard besides initiating consultation process with stakeholders for signing patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Madrid Protocol with the objective to facilitate the business community and IP right holders in becoming more competitive and obtaining greater benefits from their IP assets.
The Chairman IPO said protection of property rights must be  enforced by the enforcement agencies to encourage foreign and local investors.
In this regard, he said an international enforcement agencies conference will be held here in collaboration with Ministry of Interior soon to further strengthen the enforcement of IPO laws for the benefit of the country.
Highlighting the importance of IPO-Pakistan , he said that this organization was necessary to promote business and restore investors confidence for the socio economic development of the country.
He informed that participants that IPO-Pakistan offices would soon be established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces to facilitate the businesses registration and protect their property rights in the country.
He on the occasion thanked EU , WIPO for their support and cooperation in the promotion of Intellectual property rights in the country.
He expressed the hope that through strengthening of IPO-Pakistan and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights laws would boost image of the country at global level besides boosting national economy.
Sajjad Bhutta, talking to media correspondents said that all  possible opportunities were being explored to make IPO a vibrant organization by ensuring active participation of stakeholders.
He said that after brain storming sessions with experts, a national policy framework is being prepared to promote the core functions of IP.
He also mentioned the cooperation of EU, WIPO and IP sister organizations to enhance the working capabilities of IP professionals in Pakistan.
Sajjad Bhutta asked the IP related persons and organizations to  join hands with IPO Pakistan to contribute for public awareness and IP rights protection in the country.
Mansur Raza responding to questions clarified that WIPO is providing financial and technical support to all the member countries for capacity building and institutional strengthening.
He appreciated the contributions of IPO-Pakistan for initiating  positive steps for effective coordination among the stakeholders besides active participation in all the international forums.
He also thanked the EU for financing the important TRTA II programme.
 
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