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Nearly 300,000 children head back to school in conflict-torn Syria, Gaza: UN agency -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16 (APP): As the school year kicks off around the world, nearly 300,000 children Monday returned to U.N.-run classrooms in Gaza and Syria, where in both instances, the UN is trying to meet the emergency education needs of Palestine refugees in war-ravaged areas where many of their schools damaged and destroyed.


UN urges young people to engage in democracy -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 16 (APP): The United Nations has marked the annual International Day of Democracy with calls on young people to lead a major push for inclusive democracy around the world.


John Kerry holds out strong support for democracy on International Day -
WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (APP): Emphasizing that democratic societies are strong and better-positioned for progress towards a stable future, the United States has reaffirmed support for people struggling around the world for democracy.


UN refugee chief, envoy Angelina Jolie, warn of mounting crisis in Mediterranean -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 15 (APP): Urging European countries to take action to alleviate the harsh and often deadly conditions migrants face on the high seas, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie Monday warned about the mounting crisis in the Mediterranean.


UN hails ratification of disability convention by 150 states as 'major milestone' -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 15 (APP):  Guyana became the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century and one of the fastest to be ratified. 


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Shahid Afridi named captain of T20
LAHORE, Sep 16 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday named all rounder Shahid Afridi as captain of the Pakistan T20 squad till the ICC World T20 in 2016.
 
Shahnaz leaves with high hopes for Asian Games
ISLAMABAD, Sep 12 (APP): National hockey team coach Shahnaz Sheikh on Thursday along with the national team left to participate in the 17th Asian Games with high hopes for defending the title saying his extensive hard-work on the green-shirts would definitely pay him back.
 
Pakistan taekwondo squad to participate in Asian Games
ISLAMABAD, Sept 11 (APP): Pakistan taekwondo squad will be participating in the 17th Asian Games scheduled to be held in Incheon, Korea from September 19 to October 4.
 
Players to get a salary cut, if not passed fitness test
ISLAMABAD, Sep 11 (APP): Pakistan players who are centrally contracted to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) could lose 25 percent of their salary if they fail to match fitness levels prescribed by the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
 
Difficulties removed in training camp: Shahnaz Sheikh
ISLAMABAD, Sept 10 (APP): National hockey team coach Shahnaz Sheikh on Wednesday said the players have been focused in removing all their physiological and mental difficulties in the training camp kept for preparation of the Asian Games here at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium.
 
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Pakistan, Iran Presidents vow to take concrete steps to bolster bilateral trade PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Nov 22 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday vowed to take concerted and concrete steps to bolster Pak- Iran bilateral trade to new heights while vigorously pursuing mega projects in all areas particularly energy, trade and economic fields for the mutual benefit of the two brotherly countries.Briefing about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that during the bilateral meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Presidency on the sidelines of the Eighth D-8 Summit in Islamabad hosted by Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari proposed to Iran that preferential tariff and free trade arrangements and removing tariff and non-tariff barriers between the two countries would further enhance bilateral trade and investment.

He said that Pakistan has entered into currency swap agreement with a number of countries and emphasized the need for Pakistan and Iran to encourage trade in local currencies.
President Zardari urged businessmen of the two countries for optimum utilization of the tremendous trade and investment potential existing between the two countries to achieve the bilateral trade target.
On barter trade, President Zardari said that agreement on export of wheat and rice to Iran was a testimony for our barter trade and called for its replication in other areas to the mutual benefit.
The President said that Pakistan was in dire need of energy resources and was taking all possible steps to meet the growing demands of power.
In this context the two leaders also discussed bilateral energy projects including the Iran-Pakistan Gas pipeline, the 1000 MW Taftan-Quetta power transmission line and the Gwadar power supply project.
The Spokesperson said that during discussion on regional situation particularly Middle East, Syria and Afghanistan, the President said that his country desires peace, stability and security in Syria, adding that it would continue supporting any initiative aimed at bringing peace and stability to Syria in accordance with aspirations of the people of Syria and without any foreign interference.
On situation in Afghanistan, President Zardari said that Pakistan would continue to support an Afghan-led, and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation and process in Afghanistan and stressed the need for the two countries to work closely for peace and security both in Afghanistan and Syria as it was in the interest of the two countries.
From Iran side, those who attended the meeting included among others Ali Akbar Salehi, Foreign Minister, Baghaei, Vice President of Executive Affairs, Rostam Ghasemi, Minister for Petroleum, Heyder Moslehi, Minister for Intelligence, Mojtaba Samreh Hashemi, Chief advisor to President, Dr. Bashmani, head of the Central Bank, Alireza Haghighian, ambassador of Iran to Pakistan and other senior officials.
From Pakistan side, the meeting was attended among others by Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Minister, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Finance Minister, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Federal Minister for Capital Administration and Development, Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri, Minister for National Food Security, Makhdoom Shahabuddin , Federal minister for Textile Industry, Dr. Asim Hussain, advisor to PM on Petroleum and Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar.
 

     

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