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Chairman Privatization Commission to announce Pakistan's power sector privatization plan in US -
WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (APP): Chairman Privatization Commission Mohammad  Zubair will announce Pakistan's power sector privatization programme at a roadshow being held in Washington on Thursday (Oct 8).

Ex-UNGA president charged with bribery; Ban 'shocked' -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 6 (APP): Former U.N. General Assembly President John Ashe was arrested Tuesday and charged in a bribery scheme in which he is accused of accepting more than $1 million in exchange for lucrative government investment contracts.

UN chief voices alarm at growing number of deadly incidents in Israeli-occupied West Bank -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 6 (APP): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced 'profound alarm Tuesday at the growing number of deadly incidents in the Israel-occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

UN highlights importance of public spaces for poor and vulnerable citizens -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 5 (APP): Marking World Habitat Day, which is observed every year on the first Monday of October, top United Nations officials today urged the creation of "Public spaces for all."

Mideast would be better off if Saddam & Muammar Gaddafi were still in power: Trump -
NEW YORK, Oct 4 (APP): Republican presidential front-runner Donald  Trump said Sunday the Middle East would be better off if Saddam Hussein  and Muammar Gaddafi were still in power.

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Abouelghar wins International Squash Championship
ISLAMABAD, Oct 6 (APP): World No 38 Mohamed Abouelghar of Egypt defeated his country fellow World No 31 Omar Abdel Meguid on Tuesday in the final of Serena Hotels-Chief of the Air Staff International Squash Championship played here at the Mushaf Squash Complex. 
Wasim urges PCB to make a biometric lab
ISLAMABAD, Oct 6 (APP): Former cricket stars on Tuesday urged the cricket authorities in the country to arrange for early checking of suspect bowling actions by spinners after a third Pakistani off-spinner, Bilal Asif, was reported for this offence in the series-winning match against Zimbabwe.
Saqib, Raheem wins in IBSF World U18 Snooker
KARACHI, Oct 6 (APP): Pakistan’s Muhammad Saqib collected his second win while Abdul Raheem registered his first victory in the inaugural IBSF World Under-18 Snooker Championship at St.Petersburg (Russia), Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) announced on Tuesday.
Anam grabs 4-7 as Pakistan makes clean-sweep in women series vs BD
KARACHI, Oct 6 (APP): Spinner Anam Amin grabbed four wickets and consistent Bismah Maroof scored another fine 41 runs as Pakistan made a clean-sweep against Bangladesh in the international women’s series when they defeated Bangladesh by six wickets in the second One-day international on Tuesday.
Shoaib Malik reaclled in Pakistan's Test squad after 5 years
KARACHI, Oct 6 (APP): All rounder Shoaib Malik has been recalled in Pakistan's Test squad for the Test series against England, after the lapse of five years, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday.
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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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