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Pak-China universities ink students exchange agreement -
GUANGZHOU, Apr 18 (APP): National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad and China’s Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), Guangzhou, Friday concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Academic Cooperation and a Student Exchange Agreement. The documents were signed by Maj Gen (Retd) Masood Hasan, Rector NUML and Prof. Zhong Weihe, President GDUFS. The initiative of the MoU and the agreement between the two Universities was launched and facilitated by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Guangzhou. Under the MoU on Academic Cooperation, the NUML would set up a NUML International Center of Education (NICE) on the premises of GDUFS. NUML will initially assign academicians/ instructors at the NICE for English and Urdu languages and subsequently extend it for other languages.


UN Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP): Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi Thursday urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.



On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade -
UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (APP):  On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the ‘illegal collective punishment’ unleashed on the population there.


US lauds Pakistanís economic upturn; hopes for Pak-India progress -
WASHINGTON, April 17 (APP): The United States has been encouraged by Pakistan’s economic turnaround over the past year and hopes for Pakistan-India progress after the Indian elections towards trade expansion, a senior American official said.  “We are encouraged by the economic progress that Pakistan has made in the past year, though it still faces many challenges ahead,”


Pak maritime trade to further boost as China accelerates planning to re-connect Maritime Silk Road -
BEIJING, April 17 (APP): The maritime trade of Pakistan will get further boost through inter-connectivity as the Chinese government is stepping up the planning of reviving the Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, with port construction as the priority, according to local media.The plan is expected to focus on infrastructure construction of countries along the route, including ports of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the China Securities Journal said.China will coordinate customs, quality supervision, e-commerce and other agencies to facilitate the scheme, which is also likely to contain attempts to build free trade zones.


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Saqlian questions ďDoosaraĒ in present era
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Master off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq indirectly questioned the legality of “Doosra” in the current era.  The inventor of the mystery ball, said that, due to his technique, he never felt any difficulty in managing the away going delivery,” he told a private television channel on Thurdsay. He declined to comment on the official rules, in this regard, saying that it was the job of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter.
 
11th National Women Softball Championship from Friday
RAWALPINDI, April 17 (APP): A three-day 11th National Women Softball Championship-2014 will be held at Pindi Cricket Stadium from Friday. In a joint announcement here, District Coordination Officer  (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall and Chairperson Senate Standing Committtee on Sports Kalsoom Perveen, said Six teams from all over the country including defending champions Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad and Police Department would participate in the championship.
 
National Shooting trials for Asian, CW Games on May 10
KARACHI, Apr 17 (APP): Second phase of trials to select Pakistan sharp shooters for this year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will be held at Naval International Shooting Range here on May 10, National Rifle Association of Pakistan (NRAP) announced on Thursday. “Trials will be conducted in all events like Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun,” Executive Vice President NRAP Razi Ahmed Khan told APP here.
 
Army excels in National Taekwondo
KARACHI, Apr 16 (APP): Pakistan Army swept all the 30 gold medals at stake in the National Taekwondo Championship at the Rangers Training Centre & School here, said a news release issued here on Wednesday. Army martial arts players dominated the event from start to finish with superb technique and power.
 
First round of Inter-Media cricket tournament ends
ISLAMABAD, Apr 16 (APP): The Inter-Media Cricket Tournament organized by Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) continues in full swing here. The tournament, organized in collaboration with National Press Club, comprises of teams belonging to national and international print and electronic media. The first round saw thrilling matches between various teams which competed fiercely to reach the second round.
 
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President Zardari to present Pakistanís point of view on promoting religious harmony at UNGA PDF Print E-mail
NEW YORK, Sept 24 (APP)  :President Asif Ali Zardari, who had arrived here on Sunday evening will highlight the challenges being faced by the international community to promote peace and security at global level and present Pakistan’s point of view to promote religious harmony when he will address the 67th General Assembly session on Tuesday. “President Zardari will present Pakistan’s efforts and measures taken by Pakistan government for ensuring peace and security in the regional and at international level,” said Ambassador Masood Khan while briefing the media persons here on Sunday night regarding the salient features of President’s Zardari’s address to the General Assembly session.
Ambassador Masood Khan, who especially flew into New York for the session of General Assembly, said due to the importance of Pakistan and being a key player in the war against terror, the international community will listen the address of the President.
He said Pakistan is very important and key player in maintaining peace and security in the region and its sacrifices had been acknowledged by the international community.              
Answering a question, he said, Pakistan always supported Afghan owned and Afghan led reconciliation process and would continue to so in future to ensure peace and security in the region.
He said due to neighboring countries, peace in Afghanistan will have direct impact on Pakistan.
Ambassador Masood said Pakistan is member of the Security Council of the United Nations therefore it has great concern about peace and security in the region and in the world.
He said President Zardari will meet foreign ministers of China and United States besides holding an important trilateral meeting with leadership of Afghanistan and Britain for finding a permanent solution to the present Afghan crisis.
Replying to a question, Ambassador Masood said, although U.S.  is an important partner  of Pakistan for resolving the Afghan crisis, but any consultation with other partners always helpful in resolving the issues and avoids conflicts.
Ambassador Masood said President will especially highlight the reaction of the Muslims Ummah, particularly shown by the people of Pakistan, on the sacrilegious film that has created unrest among the Muslims of the world.
He said Muslim countries especially at the platform of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have the support from the European Union, African Union and Arab League regarding the improvement of international laws to stop the events of disgracing of any religion.
He said Pakistan wants that there should be some strict laws made by the international organizations like United Nations to face the challenges like hatred on the basis of religion.
He said President Zardari will highlight the need to amend the laws so that no one case plays with the religious feelings of any religion.
Ambassador Masood said participation of President Zardari in the 67th General Assembly session and his address will improve Pakistan’s image in the international community as Pakistan has been playing an important role.              
Commenting on Pak-US relations, Ambassador Masood said, these ties are now going back on track and all the important issues were discussed during the meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar held in Washington.
He said both the foreign ministers reviewed full spectrum of the bilateral relations in all fields and agreed to continue this dialogue process in future.              
Earlier, President Asif Ali Zardari was given warm welcome when he arrived here on Sunday evening to attend the General Assembly Session.
Besides the U.S. President Barack Obama, leaders from the member states of United Nation will be attending the General Assembly session which will start with the address of President Obama.
 

     

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