M. M. ALAM
PARIS: Accusing UNESCO of anti-Israel bias US has said here today that it was pulling out of the UN cultural agency.
Withdrawal decision announced by State Department was not news for pundits at the helm of affairs as Trump administration had been insinuating apropos withdrawal for months.
Viewers of Newspakistan.tv may recall that back in 2011 US stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member.
Nevertheless, a UNESCO office was maintained by the US State Department. Presently, America owes US$550m in back payments.
Private sector can bring cost-effective methods for delivering energy to Pakistani industry: USAID
ED: M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) brought together stakeholders from government institutions and the private sector to investigate challenges and explore opportunities for increasing investment in clean energy.
Project developers, financiers, investors, senior federal and provincial government officials, industry advisors, regulators, donors, and other energy professionals were in attendance. The workshop provided a forum for formulating a framework based on international best practices to promote clean energy development across Pakistan.
Addressing the workshop, USAID Deputy Mission Director for Sindh and Balochistan, John Smith-Sreen, reflected on the history of USAID’s efforts to expand energy access.
“Over the years, our partnership with the Government of Pakistan and the private sector has resulted in a higher quality of life, and a brighter future, for more than 38 million Pakistanis,” he held.
John Smith-Sreen also contemplated the future of the partnership, stating: “We believe that the private sector can bring new, innovative, efficient, and cost-effective methods for delivering energy to businesses and households across the country. These entrepreneurs need an environment which rewards, even incentivizes, taking a chance on clean energy endeavors. What we learn today will help us to define the support required for government institutions and the private sector to meet growing consumer demand for energy.”
Agha Wasif Abbas, Sindh Secretary for Energy chaired the inaugural session of the workshop. They reiterated the Government of Pakistan resolves to promote reforms in the energy sector and make it more sustainable, efficient, and capable of meeting the growing energy requirements of the country.
USAID’s Sustainable Energy for Pakistan (SEP) project, which aims to promote private sector investment in clean and sustainable energy production, transportation, and delivery in Pakistan, organized the workshop.
Black-listed US diplomat, who killed a biker in Islamabad, cannot stand trial in Pakistan!
ISLAMABAD: IHC has been informed by the federal government that Black-listed US diplomat, who killed a biker in Islamabad Ateeq Beg and injured another by ramming his vehicle into their bike at an intersection here, could not be tried in Pakistan due to diplomatic immunity.
Nevertheless, according to the Deputy Attorney General (DAG), Emanuel Hall’s name has been put on the black list and hence he could not leave Pakistan.
DAG, while informing IHC that putting Emanuel’s name in the ECL was a very lengthy process, added that he could not be arrested as Geneva Convention gives him immunity. US Attaché could only be tried in Pakistan if his immunity is withdrawn.
It is pertinent to mention here that during the last hearing IHC judge held that being a diplomat did not mean the he could kill Pakistani citizens. The Kohsar SHO was also reprimanded for destroying the case by not conducting a blood test of the accused to determine whether he was driving under influence of any drug.
Accused kingpin has been extradited to US by Colombia!
BOGOTA: Accused kingpin has been extradited to the US by Colombia, a former right-wing paramilitary leader who is accused of having headed one of the country’s largest drug cartels.
Daniel Rendon Herrera, also known as “Don Mario,” was handed over to agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and “is en route to the United States,” said Colombia’s police chief General Jorge Nieto.
A former leader of Colombia’s “united self-defense forces,” the right-wing paramilitary groups that formed to fight Marxist rebels, Rendon is due to appear before a US federal judge in New York on drug trafficking charges.
Rendon was captured in a jungle raid in 2009 but the Supreme Court initially ruled that he could not be extradited until he had taken part in the country’s reparations process, which provides a degree of amnesty for former fighters who testify about crimes committed during the country’s half-century of civil war.
Rendon had commanded a paramilitary outfit in the Eastern Plains region of Colombia before forming one of the most powerful and feared drugs cartels in the country, known as the Gulf Clan.
The self-defense groups had been formed in the 1990s to fight the Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and were disbanded in 2006 during the presidency of Alvaro Uribe.