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President reaffirms Pakistan’s resolve to raise literacy rate

National
ISLAMABAD:President Dr Arif Alvi has reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to raise the literacy rate by providing school access to all children. In his message on the International Day of Education observed on Tuesday, he said we will have to focus on enrolling the out of school children. The President also expressed the resolve to improve the education system and enable the youth to earn a respectable livelihood with the help of modern technology. Dr Arif Alvi said that education is a powerful driver of development, and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health. He said no country can make sustainable progress without significant investment in the human resource.

NDMA, WB agree to chalk out framework for building climate resilient communities in Pakistan

National
ISLAMABAD:National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and World Bank (WB) have agreed to form a joint working group to chalk out collaborative framework for building climate resilient communities in Pakistan. This was agreed when a World Bank’s team for Pakistan called on Chairman NDMA, Lieutenant General Inam Haider Malik here in his office, according to an official statement issued here on Tuesday. They discussed the various aspects of disaster management system in view of recent floods and sustainable disaster risk reduction models to protect vulnerable communities. Chairman NDMA highlighted transformative idea of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based National Emergencies Operations Centre (NEOC) at NDMA as a leading forum for managing, collating and disseminating critical infor...

Govt re-launching PM’s Youth Business, Agricultural Loan Schemes

National
ISLAMABAD:The government is re-launching the Youth Business and Agricultural Loan Schemes under Prime Minister’s Youth Program to promote self-employment and entrepreneurship. According to a Radio Pakistan’s report, the people in the age bracket of 21 and 45 years can avail the loan facility of up to 7.5 million rupees under the schemes. For IT and E-commerce businesses, the lower age limit is eighteen years. Micro-financing through small business loans will promote a norm of job creation rather than job seeking among the country’s youth bulge. The addition of agricultural loans will help the rural youth in bringing innovation to farming. There will be no interest rate on the loan of up to 0.5 million rupees. Five percent interest will be charged on the loan of over 0.5 million to...

Pakistan, Tajikistan vow to unlock potential in trade, economy

National
ISLAMABAD:Pakistan and Tajikistan have resolved to unlock the potential in trade, economy and connectivity. This came at a meeting between Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Tuesday on the sidelines of 26th meeting of ECO Council of Ministers. In a tweet, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed his pleasure over upward trajectory in the bilateral relationship. Meanwhile, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have resolved to further promote their cooperation in trade, energy and connectivity. This came at a meeting between Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Uzbek Foreign Minister Bakhtiyor Saidov in Tashkent on the sidelines of the 26th meeting of ECO Council of Ministers. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari t...

Electricity completely restored across Pakistan: Energy Minister

National
ISLAMABAD:Minister for Energy Khurram Dastagir has said the electricity has completely been restored after Monday’s breakdown. Addressing a news conference here in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said the country’s 1112 grid stations stand restored and there is none which is not energized. The Minister commended the efforts undertook by the National Transmission and Dispatch Company, Power Division and WAPDA for restoring the power supply. He said despite the extensive breakdown, there were some areas in the federal capital and Peshawar where the electricity remained available all the time. Similarly, there was no disruption in power in the flood hit areas of Sindh and Balochistan. The Minister said the exact reason of the technical challenge that was experienced in the North and South tran...

Bid to smuggle drugs to Sharjah foiled

Crime
KARACHI:An attempt to smuggle drugs to Sharjah was foiled by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) at Islamabad International Airport as the personnel held a man with nine heroine-filled capsules in stomach, authorities said Tuesday. Around 618 grams of heroin was also seized from his shoulder bag. The accused was the resident of Karachi. Separately, the ANF detained two suspects, Rawalpindi and Muzaffarabad residents respectively, and confiscated 2kg of hashish from their car near Faizabad Bus Stop. The accused were books in separate cases under the Anti-Narcotics Act.