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Visit of UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan -
app27-27islamabad.jpgISLAMABAD, Feb. 27 (APP): The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom called on Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi here on Friday.



Ambassador Jilani highlights Pakistanís growth, investment prospects -
WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (APP): Highlighting Pakistan’s tremendous economic prospects, Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani has said the country is on way to registering a heartwarming five plus economic growth rate this year.


Maleeha takes over as envoy to UN, pledging to forcefully articulate Pakistanís policies -
NEW YORK, Feb 26 (APP): Dr Maleeha Lodhi, assuming charge as Pakistan’s first female Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Thursday, vowed to “protect and defend” her country’s vital interests at the world body.


Threatening man at Pakistan embassy in Washington being questioned -
WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (APP): A man claiming to be a Pakistani and seeking issuance of a passport without presenting any documents caused a stir at the Pakistani embassy, which had to call in the diplomatic security to deal with the threatening individual.


John Kerry says Pakistan has vigorous commitment to counter terrorist -
WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (APP): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said Pakistan has displayed a vigorous commitment to defeat violent extremists groups in the wake of December 16, 2014 terror attack on the Army Public School.



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Committee approves replacement in Afghan squad
KARACHI, Feb 25 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Shafiqullah Shafiq as a replacement player for Merwais Ashraf in Afghanistan’s squad for the tournament.
 
5-member Ski squad to leave for South Korea on Saturday
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): A five-member national ski squad, including one coach will feature in the forthcoming Asian Alpine Ski Championship, being held in South Korea.
 
PSB Junior Age Talent Hunt Squash entered semi-finals stages
PESHAWAR, Feb 25 (APP): Humam Ahmad, Ismail Khan, Rohid Asghar and Muhammad Ibrahim Mohib entered into the semi-finals of the ongoing PSB Junior Age Group Under-9 Category Squash Championship being played here at PSB Coaching Center Squash Courts on Wednesday.
 
Indian baseball manager predicts tough contest against Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Indian baseball manager, Dr Ashma Begum on  Wednesday predicted a tough competition between traditional rivals India and Pakistan when they meet on Saturday in the last fixture of 12th West Asia Baseball Championship here at Pakistan Sport Complex.
 
Yasir, Sarfraz should be given chance: Saeed Ajmal
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Pakistan ace spinner Saeed Ajmal feels Yasir Shah and Sarfraz Ahmed both should be given chance instead of Younis Khan and Nasir Jamshed in the remaining World Cup matches saying the players should now just focus on winning.
 
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Japan extends US$5.4 mln grant for solar energy project PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Feb 11 (APP): The Japanese government extended a grant of Yen 480,000,000 (US$ 5.4 million) to Pakistan for “Introduction of Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System” programme. An agreement to this effect was signed here on Thursday by Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Sibtain Fazal Halim and Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan, Chihiro Atsumi on behalf of their respective governments.

Among others, Head of Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA), also witnessed the signing ceremony.
Under the Clean Energy Initiative, two on-grid solar power generation systems (100 KW each) will be installed under grant-aid through JICA, one at Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and other at roof of Planning Commission’s building.
The project will promote clean energy utilization and will help achieve emission reduction by installing the new system that would be connected to the national grid.
The system is expected to reduce the gas emission, by replacing the part of electric power generated by fossil fuel and contribute to the climate change policy of Pakistan.
This project is first of its kind in the country, which would set precedent as a role model of defining procedures and strategy at the level for on-grid solar power generation.
It is expected to become an effective measure to overcome the energy shortage and a motive for utilizing solar power, for which there is big scope with relatively less investment.
On the occasion. Chihiro Atsumi said that Japan was concerned about the challenges caused by the climate change in Pakistan which has been resulting in receding glaciers and lack of rain fall.
During the Copenhagen conference held last month, Japan has committed to reduce the carbon emission, and Pakistan and Japan would try to utilize the solar energy to achieve this goal.
On the occasion, Secretary EAD said that Government of Japan has deep and diversified relations with Pakistan adding that Japan was the biggest donor partner of Pakistan and continued its support in education, health, energy, environment and disaster management.
Japan has also helped in capacity building and institution building in Pakistan, the Secretary added.
Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Engineering Council, Chairperson Ms. Rukhsana Zubari expressed the hope that the launch of this project and the awareness created through media could lead to the solutions of energy problems.
This system is economically viable and will also help in income generation, she added.
 

 

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