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New bldg. for US-Pak Center for Advanced Studies in Water inaugurated

M. M. ALAM

JAMSHORO: USAID Mission Director Jerry Bisson & Deputy Mission Director Denise Herbol has jointly inaugurated a new building and research center here at Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET).

Speaking on the occasion Herbol highlighted the US’ long-term commitment to strengthen Pakistan’s education sector and help find practical solutions for the country’s water challenges.

Addressing the researchers, Herbol predicted that their work will have important implications for the growth of the country.  

The facility was constructed with the support of the U.S. government under the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) project.  

Education Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar expressed his appreciation for USAID support and thanked US for assisting in many projects in the province, including basic education and health.

Conspicuous among others there were  Vice Chancellor of MUET, Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili and Former Vice Chancellor MUET Prof. S. M. Qureshi.

The new three-story state-of-the-art building has a covered area of 54,721 square feet with an additional 108,600 square feet of open area for landscaping and future expansion.

The facilities include five classrooms, six research labs, a library, a lecture theater/auditorium, a conference room, student common rooms, research scholars’ room and administration offices.

PS: Through USAID, the U.S. government has provided $20 million for the construction of four new research centers at Pakistani universities.  This initiative is part of USAID’s larger $127 million U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies program that is harnessing applied research to find innovative solutions for Pakistan’s water, energy, agriculture, and food security challenges.

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PM Abbasi meets Nawaz Sharif in London

LONDON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held a meeting with his predecessor Nawaz Sharif here today where the former told the latter that Kulsoom’s success in the recent NA-120 by-election was a ‘victory for democracy’.

The meeting took place at the office of Nawaz’s Hassan Nawaz. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Hussain Nawaz also attended the meeting.

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“Nawaz not honest anymore, he shouldn’t head the party”: Farooq Sattar

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Head Farooq Sattar has said that the deposed PM [Nawaz Sharif] shouldn’t head the party as he’s no more ‘honest’.

“If any of our lawmakers have supported the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in making this possible, we will take action against them,” he told reporters outside an anti-terrorism court here today.

His remarks came after the government succeeded on Friday in amending the Political Parties Order and paving a way for Nawaz to once again take the helm of the PML-N.

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Pakistan capable of responding to Indian aggression: Interior Minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that India was resorting to unprovoked shelling just to divert world’s attention from the burning Kashmir Issue.

“Our armed forces have the capability to defend every inch of the motherland, besides, giving the answer to the enemy in a befitting manner,” he said.

His remarks came a day after the Indian shelling on Sialkot border villages in which several civilians were killed and some others injured.

Talking to the media after enquiring about the health of injured at Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Ahsan said that India was shelling the Sialkot border villages by violating the ceasefire agreement, adding Pakistan would give a tit-for-tat response to India.

Later, the interior minister along with Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid visited the Indian BSF shelling-hit Sialkot border villages in Charwah, Sucheetgarh and Harpal Sectors.

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