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Pakistan - General News

Geneva-II peace conference only 'viable chance' to end Syrian conflict UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan told the UN Security Council that next month's international peace conference for Syria, involving President Bashar al-Assad's government and rebels seeking to overthrow him, was the only "viable chance" of ending the deadly three-year-old conflict."A dialogue in good faith must start, a dialogue that leads to a ceasefire, a broad agreement and peace," Ambassador Masood Khan said, after Robert Serry, the UN's special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, briefed the 15-nation body on Monday. The Geneva-II conference is set to begin on January 22."It is now critical to ensure that the sides finalize the list of their representatives and participate in the conference without pre-conditions," the Pakistani envoy said.Noting that the Middle East peace process was at a delicate stage, Masood Khan said without tangible progress, strains were increasing. "This process therefore needs to be preserved and sustained. If the process falls apart, it would ...

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Malaysia interested in skilled workforce LAHORE: Punjab government is taking solid measures for expanding the scope of employment of Pakistan's workforce in the labour markets of Malaysia, Far East and European Countries.Pakistan's labourers and workforce are more hard working and talented than that of any other country, stated by provincial Minister for Labour Raja Ashfaq Sarwar while talking to the delegation of a Malaysian company at Social Security Head office here Tuesday.Secretary Labour Capt. Muhammad Yousaf (Retd), Vice Commissioner Shahid ...

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Snowfall expected in Malakand, GB: MET office ISLAMABAD: The Metreological Department Tuesday predict mainly cold and dry weather in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours.Partly cloudy weather with chances of light rain and snowfall over the hills is expected at isolated places of Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan.Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning is: Islamabad 6 degree centigrade, Lahore 7, Karachi 18, Peshawar 8, Quetta 3, Muree 4, Muzaffarabad 10 and Gilgit 1 degree centigrade.The 162-kilometre Thokar ...

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Early completion of Pak, Iran gas pipeline project urged ISLAMABAD: Energy sector expert Dr Gul Faraz has said that the elected government can overcome energy crisis by developing people-friendly policies.Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said that the provision of gas to industrial sector has been suspended in winter season for the last two or three years but now we should change our priorities and provision of gas to industrial sector should be ensured to increase production.He also said that price of the gas in ...

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Christmas arrangements picks up momentum in twin cities ISLAMABAD: Preparations for Christmas have picked up momentum in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, as Christian Community is busy making arrangements to celebrate the day with zeal and fervour.Christians have started illuminating their homes and churches while shopping is in full swing.Almost all the churches have been decorated with colourful lights and illuminated Christmas Trees.The Christmas tree is usually decked with different ornaments, including baubles, small bells painted in gold or silver, stars of ...

Pakistan - Politics & Policy

18th amend, provincial autonomy put public sector varsities in financial crises: CM PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak while expressing concern over financial crisis of the universities in the province has asked the Vice Chancellors to take bold decisions and make concrete steps on realistic grounds in order to control expenditures and increase resources of the universities instead of waiting for miracles. He was addressing the Vice Chancellors Conference of the Universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at CM Secretariat Peshawar on Monday. On this occasion the challenges ...

Pakistan - Politics & Policy

Complete revamping of SIDA essential: Qaim KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that overall revamping and re-organising of Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA) is essential not only to enhance its capacity but also to ensure its performances up to expectation of the growers.This he stated while presiding over 41th meeting of SIDA Board and to review its performances here on Monday.Additional Chief Secretary, Development, Arif Ahmed Khan, Secretary Irrigation, Babar Afandi, MD SIDA Ahsan Leghari, representative ...