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

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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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Hafiz Saeed should be arrested and charged for his crimes: US

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LAHORE: US has said today that JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed should be arrested and charged for his crimes.

According to details, on learning that JuD leader has been released, State Department held:   “The United States is deeply concerned that Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan.

“The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes.”

It is pertinent to mention here that by means of Executive Order 13224 he had been termed Specially Designated Global Terrorist US Department of Treasury.

Today, while delivering a Khutba before Friday prayers at  Jamia Maslid Al-Qadsia here, Hafiz Saeed said that he was fighting for the freedom of Pakistan and Kashmir.

 

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USAID-funded training empowers 143 young girls: Deputy CG John Warner attends graduation ceremony!

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KARACHI: Deputy Consul General John Warner today attended the graduation ceremony of 143 young girls trained under a USAID-funded training.

The program was implemented at Aman Tech – one of Pakistan’s leading vocational training institutes for under-served youth.

Speaking on the occasion Deputy CG Warner said: “I am glad that USAID and Aman Tech have been able to open the doors to prosperity for these young girls through a mix of vocational training and education.  This project has provided them with the tools they need to become productive citizens with a positive influence on their families and society.”

CEO, Aman Foundation, Malik Ahmad Jalal maintained: “Aman Foundation strongly believes in empowering women, as they play a vital role in nurturing their families and hence the nation as a whole. We thank USAID for continued support and hope our mutual mission of empowering women and transforming lives will brighten Pakistan’s future.” 

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PS: This was the second group of trainees to graduate from the “Training and Reading for Adolescents in Need” project under USAID’s Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program.  The young girls from Karachi received basic education for five months, along with technical training in the art of stitching, for three months where they learned the skills of making bedsheets, curtains, and women’s apparel.

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USAID helping boost Pakistan’s chili production!

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KARACHI:  The US Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (*AMD), along with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and Government of Sindh held a conference here today that brought together public-private stakeholders to discuss issues and challenges pertaining to Pakistan’s chili sector.

Conspicuous among others at the event there were USAID Deputy Mission Director Oghale Oddo, Federal Secretary Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Fazal Abbas Mekan, and Secretary Agriculture Government of Sindh Sajid Jamal Abro.

Addressing the audience Oghale Oddo stated: “We are proud of the role USAID has played for many years to support the development of Pakistan’s agriculture sector.

“The U.S. government is hopeful that these efforts will help Pakistan emerge as a major player in the international market.

“We are confident that we can help Pakistani chili exports become more competitive in the international arena by introducing innovative technology and providing technical assistance.”

Through discussions and interaction during the conference, stakeholders reviewed and endorsed AMD’s efforts and shared solutions to problems faced by the industry. 

PS: USAID launched the US-Pakistan Partnership for AMD in February 2015 to improve the ability of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture and livestock sectors to compete in international and national markets in the four target product lines: meat, high value and off season vegetables, mangoes, and citrus. 

This partnership acts as a catalyst for development and investment in the target product lines, helps improve the quality and increase the quantity of exportable agricultural produce, and promotes cooperation among farmers, processors, exporters, and buyers of Pakistani agricultural products in international (non-U.S.) markets thus resulting in increased incomes and generating employment opportunities for Pakistani people working in the targeted product line.

* AMD is a project of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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