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“You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud,” Obama tears up during tribute to Michelle, daughters

CHICAGO: At the emotional close of a farewell address here on Tuesday, President of the United States, Barack Obama paid a tearful tribute to his wife Michelle Obama and teenage daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Ann Obama.

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“Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the south side, for the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend,” Obama said while looking at the first lady.

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“You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor,” he told his wife.

“A new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You´ve made the country proud.”

Obama met Michelle in Chicago and it was where the Obama daughters were born. Obama also put it in a Facebook post ahead of the speech, “for Michelle and me, Chicago is where it all started.”

During his speech, the president praised his daughters as the “two amazing young women”.

“Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad,” he said. “You are smart, and you are beautiful, but more importantly, you are kind, and you are thoughtful, and you are full of passion. And you bore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily.”

After Obama concluded his speech, his family came together on stage for a warm embrace.

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Pakistan

AGP says 7th floor of US Embassy in Isloo can be used for Govt. offices’ surveillance!

M. M. ALAM

ISLAMABAD: The Auditor General of Pakistan has said that seventh floor of US Embassy here can be used for surveillance of the nearby government offices.

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that said floor has been constructed without approval of the Prime Minister.

It is pertinent to mention here that for construction above fifth floor PM’s authorization is needed. However, despite pending approval US Embassy carried-on construction of 6th and 7th floor.

The AGP audit report has stressed on initiating a high-level inquiry and  ‘appropriate corrective action’ against the said construction. 

Cynics go haywire learning that five years ago (in January 2012) the building blueprint was approved by a committee comprising reps. of all the concerned departments.

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Business

Pakistan has great potential for growth in solar power: US Comm. Counselor Steve Knode

M. M. ALAM

KARACHI: US Commercial Counselor Steve Knode has noted that Pakistan has great potential for growth in solar power.

He said this while highlighting the significance of Solar Power International (SPI) being held on 10-13 September. SPI is the world’s largest solar power trade show in N. America.

A six-member delegation of Pakistani companies led by US Commercial Service is participating in SPI : “Our initiative to lead a delegation to SPI demonstrates our interest and commitment to showcase best-in-class U.S. technologies that can help Pakistan realize this potential.”

SPI had more than 18,000 industry professionals and 600 manufacturers, service providers and vendors from all over the world.

The participating Pakistani companies will have the opportunity to gain deeper understanding of solar power technologies and business prospects. 

At SPI 2017, USCS will provide the Pakistani delegation with complimentary Expo registration, business-to-business matchmaking services with pre-screened U.S. suppliers, and complimentary use of the International Business Center.

Pakistan will be one of more than 30 international delegations led by USCS.

PS: The United States is Pakistan’s largest trading partner, and in 2016, USCS led more than 200 Pakistani business people to 15 U.S. states to build trade ties between the United States and Pakistan.  These trade promotion events focus on increasing bi-lateral trade between our nations. 

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Crime

Acting CG of US hands over forensic document analyzer to SSP Jawed Akbar Riaz of Sindh Police

M. M. ALAM

KARACHI: John Warner, Acting Consul General of US here, has today officially handed over state-of-the-art equipment (to uncover fraudulent documents) worth 12.5 million rupee ($125,000) to the SSP Jawed Akbar Riaz who is heading forensic operations of Sindh Police.

The Video Spectral Comparator 8000 – one of the most sophisticated and useful forensic tools available in the world – will enable Sindh Police to identify fraudulent travel and identity documents, banknotes, checks, and official letters.  The VSC 8000 marks the second system to be donated to a Pakistan law enforcement agency.  

Speaking at the event, Acting CG Warner said:  “Fighting corruption is a global imperative for the United States, but it starts at the local level.  That is why we are so pleased to support the Sindh Police as they take on the effort to drive out corruption.”

The U.S. Government sponsored five Sindh Police officers to attend an intensive week-long training session in the United Kingdom on the set-up and use of this equipment in August 2017. 

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PS: The United States Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs works in more than 90 countries to help countries combat crime and corruption, counter drug-related offences, improve police institutions, and promote laws and court systems that are fair and accountable.

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