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Imran calls for opening channels of humanitarian aid for Yemeni people

ISLAMABAD: Emphasizing that all stakeholders must engage in dialogue process, Prime Minster Imran Khan on Wednesday called for opening channels of humanitarian assistance for the people suffering from famine in Yemen. "The conflict in Yemen affects the regional peace and stability and no military solution can resolve it," he said during his meeting with Ambassador of Yemen to Pakistan Mohammed Motahar Alashabi, who called on him in Islamabad. Imran Khan has reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to play its role in bringing…

Law minister calls for devising mechanism to control public sector companies

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law Barrister Dr Muhammad Farogh Naseem and Finance Minister Asad Umar on Friday held a meeting for devising a mechanism for control of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). The federal minister for law and justice said there were two types of public sector companies in Pakistan such as incorporated companies, under the companies' laws of Pakistan, and statutory corporations, which were created through statutes. "Currently, all the PSEs are under administrative control of the federal…

Minister calls for collective efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Aamer Mehmood Kiani Thursday called for collective efforts of all stakeholders to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "It is important to recall that SDGs are not just an additional plan, but a shared vision of the world as these form the basis of a new social contract between the leaders and their people," he said while addressing the third Surgeon General International Conference. He said environmental and geostrategic…

Barnier calls for more time to find Brexit deal

LUXEMBOURG: The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday (Oct 16) called for more time to reach a deal with London, as fears grow about Britain crashing out of the union with no agreement in place. Barnier said there were still several important differences between the two sides, notably on the thorny question of the Irish border. As he arrived to brief EU ministers meeting in Luxembourg on the state of negotiations on the eve of a crucial summit, Barnier said "we're not there yet". Read More: UK PM says…

Planning minister calls for expanding cooperation between Pakistan, ADB

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar has called for further expanding the scope of cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in various sectors of the country, especially in the underdeveloped areas for sustained socio-economic development. "Pakistan values its partnership with the ADB. Pakistan appreciates its contribution and assistance over the decades in various development initiatives in the country," he said while talking to a delegation of the bank…

Du Plessis calls for tougher ball tampering punishments

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has called for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to dish out tougher punishments for players found guilty of ball tampering. “I know they (ICC) met a while ago but it doesn’t look like anything has changed. It’s still the same rules and stuff, so they need to change that,” Du Plessis, who has twice been found guilty of ball tampering, told reporters ahead of South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka. “The penalties needs to be harsher for ball tampering.” Ball tampering incidents…

Israel minister calls for more settlement approvals

TEL AVIV: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has summoned a meeting of top Israeli planning officials for next week to expand Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, his office said on Thursday. A brief statement said he had convened a session of the Supreme Planning Council for Monday "to approve new programmes for the planning and sale of housing units in all parts of the (West Bank)." It did not give details. The Hebrew-language statement said the move was "part of the policy of Defence Minister…

Guardiola calls for more protection for players

LONDON: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola feels more needs to be done to protect players from suffering serious injuries after seeing Kevin De Bruyne carried off in a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Following City goalkeeper Ederson’s dramatic late penalty save, Palace’s Jason Puncheon lunged in on De Bruyne and took out the Belgium midfielder who left the pitch on a stretcher, with his right leg in a brace. De Bruyne was later seen being helped down the touchline back to the dressing room by City’s medical…

Zardari calls for enlisting 13 million women voters

ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday expressed concern over the missing 13 million women voters from the voters’ list and called upon the government and all relevant state institutions to address the issue in right earnest for the credibility of the 2018 polls. The former president said this at a briefing by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Zardari House Islamabad on voters’ registration and other election related issues in the country. The four member FAFEN team which gave the briefing…

Sacked Catalonia leader calls for opposition to Madrid’s rule

MADRID/BARCELONA: Sacked Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday called for peaceful “democratic opposition” to the central government’s takeover of the region following its unilateral declaration of independence from Spain. Puigdemont, whose regional government was dismissed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday, accused Madrid of “premeditated aggression” against the will of the Catalans. Rajoy removed Puigdemont, took over the administration of the autonomous region and called a new election…