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Commonwealth Youth Council confers awards on PM Nawaz Sharif for contribution for youth -
VALLETTA, Malta, Nov 28 (APP): The Commonwealth Youth Council on Saturday conferred Award of Appreciation on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  in recognition to his contribution for development of young people of Pakistan and across the Commonwealth.

Pakistan committed to polio eradication: PM -
VALLETTA, Malta, Nov 28 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday said that Pakistan was committed to make the world polio free and had made the eradication of this disease a national cause.

Sharif, Australian PM discuss bilateral issues -
app65-28pm-malta.jpgBIRGU, Malta, Nov 28 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull met here Saturday and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

PM Nawaz due in Paris to represent Pakistan at UN Climate Change Summit -
PARIS, Nov 28 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will arrive here on Sunday to represent Pakistan at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) being held in the French capital from November 30 to December 11, to reach a new global deal to tackle climate change by cutting greenhouse emissions.

PM attends CHOGM's retreat sessions on violent extremism, SDGs -
app37-28pm-malta.jpgBIRGU, Malta, Nov 28 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday along with other world leaders attended two retreat sessions on the second day of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that focused on violent extremism, Sustainable Development Goals and migration.

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LAHORE, Nov 28 APP): Mohammad Rehman of Royal Palm maintained his supremacy in this 5th Chief of Naval Staff Golf Championship at the end of second round at the fabulous par 72, Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Golf Course here on Saturday. 
Rehman leading opening day play of Chief of Naval Staff golf
LAHORE, Nov 27 (APP): Mohammad Rehman of Royal Palm was the star at the conclusion of the first round as he drifted through the first eighteen holes on the opening day of the 5th Chief of Naval Staff Championship here on Friday at Royal Palm golf course.
FIH to assist PHF in revival of hockey
LAHORE, Nov 27 (APP): International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Friday vowed to assist Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to revive international hockey in Pakistan while the Punjab government has assured provision of fool proof security to the foreign teams visiting the country.
Richardson praises CA, NZC for playing historic day-night Test
ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson on Thursday was all praise for Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket and their teams for having the vision to engage the historic day-night Test milestone for world cricket.
The show must go on: Afridi
ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (APP): Pakistan's Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi believes the show must go on referring to the Pak-India series but said it will be great if India tours Pakistan in this difficult time for support.

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Gaza ceasefire offers chance to address ‘root causes’ of Israel-Palestine conflict: UN official PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 (APP): The head of the U.N. agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees said Tuesday that the ceasefire halting the recent conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza offered a chance to ‘address the real problems underlying the crisis’.It is of crucial importance that we seize the opportunity provided by this tragic escalation, the  Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA), Filippo Grandi, said in remarks at a meeting of the body’s Advisory Commission, taking place by the Dead Sea in Jordan, according to a news release issued at UN Headquarters in New York. Difficult political work would have to be carried out, including promoting and supporting lasting Palestinian unity, he noted in reference to divisions among the wider Palestinian leadership, according to an UNRWA news release.
But failing to act now will have dire consequences, he added. The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza, was announced on 21 November, just over a week after the start of the latest wave of deadly violence, which included massive Israeli airstrikes on targets in the Strip.In his remarks, Grandi also noted that an Israeli blockade on Gaza, imposed since 2007, was illegal, and the ‘greatest danger is to return to the status quo ante, and restore the prison-like conditions of Gaza.
He said it would be ‘only a matter of time (until) violence resumes’ if there was such a return. Grandi called for the blockade, which Israel has reportedly said it maintains for security reasons, to be lifted in all its aspects.
He mentioned crossings, fishing zones, imports and exports as aspects of the blockade in need of address, and said there should be proper guarantees given to  and by all parties in respect of the security of all civilians.
Created by the UN General Assembly in 1949, UNWRA is the main provider of education, health, social and other basic services to the five million registered Palestinian refugees in Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
The refugees trace their roots to those displaced amid the Arab-Israeli hostilities of 1948. The Assembly created the Advisory Commission, which comprises 25 UN Member States and three Observer entities, to ‘advise and assist’ UNWRA.
On Saturday, UNWRA said it re-opened all but two of its 245 schools in Gaza, according to the agency. It added that all 21 of its health centres resumed operations on Sunday, while it also named three crossings into the Strip that were open.
The fragile calm in Gaza seems to hold, UNRWA said in a situation report,while also highlighting that a Palestinian youth was killed and 19 other people injured on Friday by fire from the Israel troops.
The people of Gaza used the official holiday on Friday to mourn their beloved ones, to rest, and to somehow find a way back into daily life, the report noted.
The first heavy winter storms, accompanied by strong winds, rain, and cold temperatures, brought further hardship to all those living in damaged homes.
Grandi also briefed the Commission on UNRWA’s work amid the crisis in Syria, where many of UNRWA’s beneficiaries are located and where violence  since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began over 20 months ago  has killed at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, and spawned more than 440,000 refugees.
Concerns about the welfare of the half-million Palestine refugees there have grown as they are increasingly affected by the conflict, the Commissioner-General said. UNRWA’s strategy in Syria, as in Gaza, is to be there, to maintain services, and to address the growing emergency needs as much as possible.
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