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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

 

Taliban, Afghan govt hold talks in Islamabad

To facilitate the “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” peace and reconciliation process, a meeting was hosted by Pakistan between the Afghan Government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan representatives near Islamabad on 7 July 2015. The representatives of China and the USA also participated in the meeting. It was agreed that for lasting peace in the region, each side was fully committed to the process. The participants exchanged views on ways and means to bring peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, and recognized the need to develop confidence building measures to strengthen trust among all stakeholders.Read More


Japan to renew weather surveillance radar system at Karachi

ISLAMABAD: The government of Japan will replace the weather surveillance radar in Karachi with a grant of 1.95billion Yen (approx. 1.6 billion PKR). For this purpose, Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan signed and exchanged notes with Mr. Muhammad Saleem Sethi, Secretaryof Economic Affairs Division (EAD) today. A grant agreement on the details of implementation of the project was also signed between Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Chief Representative of JICA and Mr. Syed Mujtaba Hussain, Joint Secretary of EAD. Four(Islamabad, Karachi, Dera Ismail Khan and Rahimyar Khan)out of seven meteorological radarRead More


PM vows to improve education quality, reduce gender disparity

OSLO: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said his government is determined to improve the quality of education, enhance gender equality and provide increased learning opportunities to both male and female students in Pakistan. He made these remarks while talking to Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai, who called on him here in the Norwegian capital. The Prime Minister said significant steps have been taken for promotion of rights of women, children and minorities and efforts towards an inclusive society will continue. He said the government is committed to increasing education spending toRead More


US to cut 40,000 soldiers from Army: official

WASHINGTON: The United States Army is to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years at home and abroad, a defence official said Tuesday, in a move that will raise doubts about its ability to fight wars. Under the cost-cutting plan, the Army will be down to 450,000 soldiers at the end of the 2017 budget year, even though in 2013 it argued in budgetary documents that going below 450,000 troops might mean it could not win a war, USA Today said. By comparison, the Army swelledRead More


Cuban leader Fidel Castro greets Greek leadership

Hon. Mr. Alexis Tsipras Prime Minister of Greece: I warmly congratulate you for your brilliant political victory, details of which I followed closely through the channel TeleSur.Greece is very familiar among Cubans. She taught us Philosophy, Art and Sciences of antiquity when we studied at school and, with them, the most complex of all human activities: the art and science of politics. Your country, especially your courage in the current situation, arouses admiration among the Latin American and Caribbean peoples of this hemisphere on witnessing how Greece, against external aggression, defendsRead More