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Growing use of drones in law enforcement may violate human rights, warns UN expert -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (APP): The increasing use of armed drones within domestic law enforcement risks depersonalizing the use of force and infringing upon the rights of individual citizens, a United Nations human rights expert warned Thursday.


At General Assembly, UN experts urge global action on enforced disappearances -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (APP): The heads of two United Nations expert bodies Thursday urged States to take full responsibility to solve all aspects of the issue of enforced disappearances -- prevention, search for the disappeared, punishment of the perpetrators and reparation for the victims.


Pakistan calls for ban on autonomous weapons that would select and attack targets without human cont -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (APP): Pakistan has called for pre-emptive ban on the development of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS), known as killer robots, that are capable of making their own combat decisions without human intervention, saying such devices would undermine world peace.


Obama reaffirms support for Afghan unity government -
WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (APP): President Barack Obama on Wednesday spoke with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai by video conference, along with his Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and reaffirmed support for their unity government.


PTI should follow suit, pack up like PAT: Pervaiz -
ROTTERDAM (The Netherlands), Oct 22 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Wednesday said that the decision of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri to end the sit-in in Islamabad was very good and welcoming.


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PCB extends remedial work on Saeed Ajmal
KARACHI, Oct 22 (APP): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB has decided to extend Saeed Ajmal’s remedial work under Saqlain Mushtaq’s watch by another 15 days.
 
National Hockey camp for Indian Tour from Oct 28 at Karachi: PHF
PESHAWAR, Oct 22 (APP): The training camp of national senior probables preparing for participation in the Hero-Honda Champions Trophy to be played at Bhubaneswar, India from December 6-14, 2014, will be organized at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium, Karachi on October 28, 2014.
 
Fund raising match brings joys and fun for IDPs of Baka Khel camp in FR Bannu
BANNU, Oct 22 (APP): Shahid Khan Afridi’s 16 balls 45 runs knock enable Boom Boom Afridi XI to 31 runs victory against DG ISPR XI in a friendly cricket fund raising match played at Baka Khel IDPs camp for the IDPs of North Waziristan Agency here.
 
Shahbaz bestows Rs 2 lakh each on hockey team
LAHORE, Oct 21 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif gave away cash award of Rs 200,000 each amongst the members and officials of the national hockey team for their brilliant performance in the recently concluded Asian Gmaes.
 
Omar Abdel Meguid, Aamir Atlas reach final of CAS Squash championship
ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (APP): Omar Abdel Meguid of Egypt and Aamir Atlas reached the  final of  Serena Hotels Chief of Air Staff International Squash Championship being played at Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad.
 
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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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