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You are off to a great start! US CG John Warner tells ‘Eng. Works’ Students

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KARACHI: John Warner, the Acting Consul General of USA posted in the Metropolis welcomed 175 newly enrolled students to the six-month English Works Program here today.

Addressing the students on the occasion John Warner maintained: ““English is a tool that can help you build a better life for yourselves, your families, and your communities.  This program will enhance your confidence and leadership skills, expand your understanding of democracy and volunteerism, and help you reach your full potential as future leaders of Pakistan.  You are off to a great start and you should be proud of the hard work you are putting into this program.”

The program, funded through US Government’s Regional English Language Programs Office, focuses on enhancing business communication skills – including professional-level English – to improve students’ employment and educational prospects, and, in many cases, their ability to support their families.  The program also introduces youth to American values, such as volunteerism, as well as cultural and religious pluralism.

The English Works program was launched to improve job-related English and practical skills among disadvantaged young people aged 17-25.  Four hundred participants throughout Pakistan currently receive up to 12 hours of classroom instruction per week in English vocabulary, grammar, and writing for workplace environments. The program also includes seminars, workshops, and conferences on resume writing, job interviews, and workplace etiquette.

Consul General John Warner snapped addressing the students.

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Public sector net lending hits record high in 2017

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SEOUL: South Korea’s public sector net lending hit a record high last year, thanks to a robust gain in tax revenues, data showed Friday.

Net lending, which refers to total revenue minus total expenditure, came to 53.7 trillion won (US$48.36 billion) in 2017, up from the previous year’s 47.7 trillion won, according to the data by the Bank of Korea (BOK). This is the highest annual net lending since the central bank began compiling statistics on the public sector account in 2007. It is also the fourth consecutive year that the country’s public sector balanced stayed in the black.

Total revenue in the public sector grew 5.7 percent on-year to 815.0 trillion won in 2017, while total expenditures advanced 5.3 percent on-year to 761.3 trillion won, the data showed. Both revenue and expenditure reached an all-time high. “The record net lending is attributable to a solid growth in tax revenues and ample social security funds,” BOK official Kim Seong-Ja said, noting that tax revenues jumped by 27.9 trillion won to 348.6 trillion won last year.

Central government posted a deficit of 3.7 trillion won in 2017, down from a 12.5 trillion won loss the previous year, and local governments logged a combined surplus of 9.3 trillion won, according to the central bank. The public sector deficit in South Korea accounted for 3.1 percent of the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, which is a bit higher than in major countries such as Switzerland, Britain, Australia, and Japan, the data showed.

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Pak-Austria joint academic linkages

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Austria on Thursday stressed the need for initiating joint academic & research linkages to promote education sector.

This was decided during a meeting held here in which Dr. Brigitta BLAHA, Ambassador of Austria to Pakistan was called on Prof Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), a press release said.

The meeting was also attended by the Prof Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, HEC. Welcoming the ambassador, the Chairman HEC emphasized that international collaboration in the education sector is a blueprint for economic stability and social development.

He added that several Pakistani Higher Education Institutions have an encouraging history of academic collaboration with Higher Education Sector in Austria and assured that Pakistan and HEC would create further opportunities for beneficial academic collaboration between two countries.

Dr. Banuri explained that resurgence of Pakistani higher education sector over a short span of 15 years under the umbrella of HEC is a well-acknowledged reality and have become possible because of unrelenting resolve and support of the Government of Pakistan. He also highlighted that the Pakistan Vision 2025 has added new dimensions into the reforms process of the higher education sector of Pakistan.

Dr. Banuri expressed his commitment to adopt a wholesome approach for advancement in all areas of the higher education sector including human resource development, promotion of basic & applied research, establishing University-Industry Linkage, encouraging entrepreneurial culture, quality education, physical and technology infrastructure development and international collaboration.

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30,918 educators to be trained

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LAHORE): As many as 773 educationist and experts will impart training to 30,918 educators under the aegis of the Punjab School Education Department from 22nd June 2018.

The Punjab School Education Department sources told APP on Wednesday that the two-day training would be imparted to educators who had been selected recently.

They said in this connection the Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED) had issued schedule for the training.

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