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iTFA-free alternatives, reformulation strategies to help Pakistan enable healthier food options for consumers: Dr Vaqar

iTFA-free alternatives

ISLAMABAD, MAY 19 /DNA/ – Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), underscored the potential for Pakistan to offer healthier food choices and meet evolving regulatory standards by embracing iTFA-free alternatives and reformulating products. Addressing attendees at the SDPI’s session titled ‘Empowering SMEs; Training on reducing industrial trans fatty acids for a healthier Pakistan,’ Dr. Ahmed emphasized the critical importance of reducing industrially produced trans fatty acids (iTFAs). He stressed the necessity for informed strategies and well-planned regulations in this domain. The discussion spanned aRead More

Deputy PM, Saudi FM discuss robust bilateral relations

Deputy PM

ISLAMABAD, MAY 19 /DNA/ – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a telephone discussion today with Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   The two Leaders discussed the robust bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, exploring various avenues for further strengthening cooperation across multiple sectors. This dialogue underscored the profound and enduring partnership between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. They reviewed preparations for the visit of the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia HisRead More

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan Arrives in Islamabad for High-Level Talks

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan

ISLAMABAD, MAY 19 /DNA/ – The Foreign Minister of Türkiye, Hakan Fidan (@hakanfidan), has arrived in Islamabad for a two-day official visit. He was warmly received by Additional Foreign Secretary (Afghanistan & West Asia) Ambassador Ahmed Naseem Warraich. During his visit, Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and engage in comprehensive discussions with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar (@MIshaqDar50). The meetings will focus on reviewing the state of bilateral relations and preparing for upcoming high-level engagements betweenRead More

Generals Campbell, COAS Munir highlight bilateral military cooperation

COAS Munir

RAWALPINDI, MAY 19 /DNA/ – General Angus J. Campbell, Chief of Defence Forces Australia, paid a visit to General Syed Asim Munir, NI (M), Chief of Army Staff (COAS), today. During their meeting, they engaged in discussions on matters of bilateral professional interest, with a particular focus on the global and regional security environment and cooperation between the two Armed Forces. Both parties expressed a mutual desire to further expand military-to-military cooperation. The Australian Chief of Defence Forces expressed his admiration for the high professional standards maintained by the PakistanRead More

“Navigating the Queer Movement in Pakistan amidst Educational Paradigms”

“Navigating the Queer Movement in Pakistan amidst Educational Paradigms"

By: Durre Maknoon In Pakistan, a traditionally conservative society, there has been a remarkable surge in the visibility and activism of the queer movement in recent years. Research indicates a growing acceptance and recognition of LGBTQ+ identities, particularly among younger generations, challenging traditional taboos and fostering spaces for LGBTQ+ visibility and activism. Digital platforms and social media have emerged as powerful tools for LGBTQ+ activism and community-building in Pakistan. Online forums, blogs, and social networking sites provide avenues for individuals to connect, share experiences, and organize events, contributing to theRead More

Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue updated on Banking Sector’s Strategic Initiatives in Priority Sectors

Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue updated on Banking Sector’s Strategic Initiatives in Priority Sectors

DNA KARACHI, MAY 19: Pakistan Banks’ Association (PBA) held a meeting with the Federal Minister for Finance & Revenue, Muhammad Aurangzeb. The meeting focused on enhancing support by the banks for the three key sectors of Agriculture, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and Digital & Technology in Pakistan. The discussion underlined the banking sector’s commitment to fostering financial inclusion in the Country.  Federal Minister mentioned at the outset that the idea of this exercise shall be to encourage the entire sector to contribute towards these priority sectors as per theirRead More