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We have lost a human rights giant: UN General Secretary on Asma Jahangir’s sudden death

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MANHATTAN: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres while commenting on the sudden death of the fierce defender of human rights Asma Jahangir has said: “We have lost a human rights giant.

“She was a tireless advocate for inalienable rights of all people and for equality – whether in her capacity as a Pakistani lawyer in the domestic justice system, as a global civil society activist, or as a Special Rapporteur…Asma was brilliant, deeply principled, courageous and kind…Asma will not be forgotten”. 

Meanwhile, the CM Sindh has asked the PM to give a state funeral for the fiery human rights fighter.  

 

 

 

 

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US Govt. assistance in Pk. focuses on education!

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KARACHI: U.S. Consul General JoAnne Wagner interacted with youth at a forum organized by the Karachi Rotaract Club and highlighted the role that youth can play for the welfare of society by promoting peace and harmony.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director for Sindh and Balochistan, John Smith-Screen also accompanied the Consul General on this visit.  Dr. Anum Akram, Rotaract Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan provided an overview of Rotaract while Hassan Naviwala, Member Rotaract, outlined Rotaract’s programs and the Club’s role in the community. 

With one of the highest youth populations in the world, Pakistan has a unique opportunity for social, political and economic progress. However, the challenge of keeping youth productively engaged is also enormous. Therefore the U.S. government is supporting the Government of Pakistan as well as private youth fora across the country and holds interactive sessions between youth and policy-makers, and provides grants to organizations that seek to promote social tolerance and community cohesion among young people.

“I’m pleased to see youth, like those gathered in this room tonight, taking steps and creating organizations and public spaces which are an essential platform for development,” said Consul General Wagner. “Many U.S. government assistance activities in Pakistan focus on education, training, employment opportunities, and more inclusive communities for youth.”

Consul General Wagner also highlighted some USAID programs supporting youth such as the Centers for Advanced Studies in various disciplines which send students and faculty on exchange programs to partnering U.S. universities. She also spoke of the support for building 118 schools and improving education in Sindh to allow millions of children to have a brighter future, as well as focused job-readiness training to youth and helping them find jobs or become entrepreneurs. Within Karachi, USAID has partnered with UNDP and Aman Foundation to provide job skills training to 21,500 young people. About 65% of those trained so far have found employment.

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ECC approves uninterrupted gas supply to export oriented industry

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ECC approves uninterrupted gas supply

ISLAMABAD: Economic Coordination Committee at its meeting here today approved the mechanism for supply of uninterrupted gas to zero-rated export-oriented industry.

The meeting chaired by Finance Minister Asad Umar approved the supply of RLNG to the export industry for three months from December this year to February next month.

According to the mechanism, the export sectors will be provided mix energy including RLNG from March to November.

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Minister directs to ensure adequate arrangement on Shah Bhitai’s Urs

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HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Culture, Tourism and Education Syed Sardar Ali Shah has asked the officers of all concerned departments to ensure adequate arrangements for celebrations of three-day annual Urs celebration of a great Sufi saint and poet Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai to commence from 24th October 2018, at Bhitshah district Matiari.
The Minister issued such directives while presiding over a meeting here in Shahbaz Hall on Monday which reviewed the arrangements of three-day annual Urs celebration of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. The meeting, which attended among others by Sajjada Nasheen Dargah Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Syed Waqar Shah Latifi, Nazan Sain, Sindh Secretary Culture Akbar Leghari and Commissioner Hyderabad Muhammad Abbas Baloch, has reviewed at length the arrangement of facilitating tens of thousands devotees including the security measures in order to avert any untoward incident during urs celebration.
The Minister directed the officers of the Police department to ensure foolproof security arrangements including the installation of CCTV cameras, walk through gates as well body and vehicles search equipment so that peaceful atmosphere could be provided to devotees. He also asked the curbing of the tendency of anti-social activities during the urs.
The Minister directed the officers of the health department to set up medical camps with the availability of round the clock medical, paramedical staff, sufficient quantity of medicines and a reasonable number of ambulances in order to provide adequate medical facility to the devotees. The Minister also directed the filling of Karrar Lake with fresh water, lighting in and outside the premises of dargah, installation of street lights, cleanliness with the proper drainage system. He also advised the management of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company to avoid load shedding during the Urs celebrations and also asked the officers concerned to arrange standby generators in order to recover the power outage if occurred.
The Minister also asked the Director Information Sindh Hyderabad to prepare a comprehensive media plan for effective coverage of all activities of the Urs celebrations. He also directed the officers of livestock departments to allow best and precious animals in the cattle show. The participants of the meeting including Sindh Secretary Culture and Commissioner Hyderabad also briefed the Minister about the proposed plan of the Urs celebrations while SSP Matiari gave details of the security plan along with arrangements of vehicles parking and smooth flow of traffic on National Highway.

 

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