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Some 3.2 billion people now online, but short of Internet target: UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 1 (APP): Some 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4 per cent of the global population, but the number still falls significantly short of reaching the anticipated goal of 60 per cent by 2020, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. While the proportion of households projected to have Internet access in 2020 will reach 56 per cent, exceeding the 'Connect 2020' target of 55 per cent, only 53 per cent of the global population will be online in 2020, the report found, ranking the Republic of Korea first in the information and communication technology (ICT) 2015 Development Index (IDI).

Pakistan ready to help revive Afghan peace process: Maleeha -
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 1 (APP):  Pakistan ready to assist in reviving an Afghan-led and Afghan's owned peace process, but the Kabul government lacks a unified policy on the undertaking, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told the U.N. General Assembly on Monday. At the same time, the Pakistani envoy underscored the need for ceasing "the anti-Pakistan rhetoric from Kabul".

UN chief welcomes Paris meeting between PM Sharif and India's Modi -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 30 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that took place on the margins of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on Monday. "We obviously welcome any direct contacts between prime ministers of India and Pakistan," the secretary-general's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric," told APP at UN Headquarters in New York when asked for the UN chief's reaction on the development.                                    

Climate change agreement must be cognizant of developing countries' needs: PM -
By Shahid Saleem Khan

PARIS, Nov 30 (APP):  Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday said that Pakistan was committed to reduction of global emissions with various initiatives already taken like efforts for renewable technologies, energy efficiency, implementation of mass transport systems and expansion of hydro-electricity potential. "For the effective implementation of our (Pakistan's) national programmes, finance, technology transfer, and capacity building remain key enablers," he said while speaking at the leaders event of a two-week 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) which started here in the French capital.

Both Pakistan, India desire to move forward: PM -
PARIS, Nov 30 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday said that both Pakistan and India desired to move forward and 'all states must keep the door to dialogue open.' Talking to newsmen, the Prime Minister said he and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held a good chat in a good atmosphere. To a question, he said all issues could not be discussed in a brief interaction.

Sport News
Pakistan slips to sixth slot in ICC T20 rankings
ISLAMABAD, Dec 1 (APP): Pakistan has moved to 6th slot from 2nd in the fresh T20 rankings after losing three-match series against England.Pakistan on Tuesday lost the last match of the series against England as the visitors clinched the match in super over after the close encounter ended up as tie in the normal 20 overs.

Peshawar Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament begins
PESHAWAR, Nov 30 (APP): The second edition of the Peshawar Press Club Inter-Media Cricket Tournament got under way here at Maazullah Khan Cricket Academy and BISE Grounds on Monday. Senior Minister Sharam Khan Tarakhai and Senior Journalist Rahim Ullah Yousazai formally inaugurated the month long event that carrying a total of 32 teams comprising Geo TV, ARY News, Dunia TV, Dawn News, APP, Express News, 92 HD News, Daily Suba, Waqat News, Sports Writers Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Journalist XI, Channel 24 News, Daily Aaaj, Nai Baath, Daily Jang, Sama News, BBC News, Daily Khyber, Khyber News, Daily Aeen, Aaj News, Daily Express, The News, Daily Mashriq, Neo TV, Abb Tak News, Photo Journalist Tigers. Daily The Frontier Post will defend its title.
WAPDA's players grab Naval's Chief Staff Amateur Golf Tournament
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority's players Muhammad Rehman and Ghazanfar Mehmood snatched All Pakistan Chief of Navel Staff Amateur Golf Tournament, held at Royal Palm Golf Club, by obtaining first and second positions respectively.
Players should see Misbah as role-model: Mushtaq Ahmed
ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Pakistan bowling Coach Mushtaq Ahmed said the players should make Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq as their role-model as his fitness is commendable and an example to follow.  Mushtaq said Misbah is 40 plus now and still his fitness is admirable, therefore the current players should see him as an example to follow. 
BISE Mardan wins All-Pakistan Inter-Board Girls Netball
PESHAWAR, Nov 29 (APP): Mardan Board clinched the trophy of the All-Pakistan Inter-Board Girls Netball Championship after defeating Peshawar Board in the final played at Post Graduate College for Women Mardan on Sunday.
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Steering Committee on Integrated Transit Trade meets PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): The sixth meeting of the Steering Committee on "Integrated Transit Trade Management System' (ITTMS) was held here on Monday under the chairmanship of Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenues and Statistics. Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) informed the Committee about progress made regarding the decisions taken during previous meetings. 
Irfan Siddiqui casts his vote in UC-36, G-10 area PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app04-30islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Irfan Siddiqui, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Affairs on Monday morning polled his vote here in UC-36, sector G-10. It may be mentioned here that the polling process started here in the Federal Capital to facilitate 676,795 voters in 50 union councils for putting in place first ever local government.
Measures afoot for timely completion of North-South gas pipeline project PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): The government is taking solid measures for the construction and timely completion of North-South gas pipeline project by December 2017. Rostec will construct a 1,100- kilometer pipeline, having capacity of 12.4 bcm gas flow per annum, to connect liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals located in Karachi with those of Lahore. 
Polling ends in smooth, peaceful manner PDF Print E-mail
News - National
app33-30islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP):The polling process in first ever local bodies elections in the federal capital ended in a smooth and peaceful manner on Monday evening. There were no reports of any major clash between workers of different political parties. The ten and a half hour polling that started at 0700 hours continued till 1730 hours without any break. Polling process sailed smoothly with turn out gradually raised after offices were closed midday to facilitate capital residents for casting vote.
Dar for ensuring stable potato price PDF Print E-mail
News - Business
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar on Monday directed Ministry of National Food Security and Research to analyze and monitor the export of potatoes to ensure that domestic prices are not affected. He was chairing a meeting of National Price Monitoring Committee here to review the price movement of essential items in the country.
Govt announces Rs 40 billion additional tax measures PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): The Government on Monday announced Rs 40 billion additional tax measures to meet the revenue shortfall during first quarter of the current fiscal year. The decision in this regard was taken in the meeting of Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC), which met here under the chairmanship of Minister for Finance, Revenues and Economic Affairs, Mohammad Ishaq Dar.
Govt to eradicate polio from country: Sara Tarar PDF Print E-mail
News - National
KARACHI, Nov 30 (APP): Minister of State for National Health and Services, Regulation and Coordination, Sara Afzal Tarar Monday said that her ministry is committed to eradicating polio virus from Pakistan. She said that for controlling the crippling virus there was further need of improved and concerted efforts and for that Centre and Provinces were endeavouring hard. Drawing more attention to Karachi for preventing the virus as the city had become a spreading source to other areas, she pointed out.
Mamnoon Hussain summons NA session PDF Print E-mail
News - National Assembly
ISLAMABAD,Nov 30(APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday summoned the session of National Assembly to meet on December 7 at 4:00 pm. The President has summoned the National Assembly Session in exercise of powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 54 of the Constitution.

2396 candidates contesting on 650 seats PDF Print E-mail
News - National
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): As many as 2396 candidates are in the run in 50 union councils of federal capital in the first ever local government elections on Monday.

Pakistan to contribute in global efforts on climate change issues: PM PDF Print E-mail
News - World
PARIS, Nov 29 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif  Sunday said with the developed countries having more responsibility in tackling the climate change challenges, Pakistan was ready to contribute in the global efforts."Though Pakistan has minimum level of carbon emissions, we will contribute in the global efforts to tackle the climate change issues," the Prime Minister said in a brief chat with the media  soon after his arrival here to attend the two-week 21st UN Climate Change Conference being opened in the French capital on Monday.
PM arrives in Paris to attend UN Climate Change Conference PDF Print E-mail
News - World
PARIS, Nov 29 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday arrived here on a two-day visit to France to represent Pakistan at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) being held in the French capital from November 30 to December 11. The Prime Minister is accompanied by First Lady Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif and his Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi.

PM leaves for Paris after concluding Malta visit PDF Print E-mail
News - World
app01-29pm-malta.jpgVALLETTA, Malta, Nov 30 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday left here for France on the second leg of his visit after concluding his three-day trip to Malta where he participated in the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The Prime Minister was seen off at Luqa International Airport by senior officials of the Malta government. Pakistan's Ambassador for Tunisia resident in Malta Zaheer Pervaiz Khan was also present.
Pedestrian bridges on Expressway being used mainly by motorcyclists PDF Print E-mail
Articles & Editorials - Articales-Features
By Muhammad Atif Noor
ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Pedestrians' overhead bridges installed at Islamabad Expressway with millions of rupees have become Interchanges for most of the Motorcylists and Rikshaw drivers who use these bridges to switch from one side of the road to other. This irresponsible attitude of these drivers and riders is not only a  sheer voilation of traffic rules but also creating hiderance for the pedestrians who use these bridges.

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