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Health minister elected as member of GAVI board

ISLAMABAD: In an election held during 65th WHO Regional Committee Meeting in Khartoum, Sudan, Federal Health Minister Aamer Kiani was elected as member of the prestigious Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) board. It is a great honour for Pakistan and recognition of its role in global health at the International level, said a press release issued by the Health Ministry. Gavi board is a high-powered body which deliberates, discusses and decides about global policies on vaccination and its apparatus.…

Pakistan elected as Member OIC Water Council for two years

ISLAMABAD: The Conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ministers for Water has elected Pakistan as Member to the OIC Water Council for two years tenure, 2019-2020, during its fourth session held at Cairo. Pakistan was also elected as the vice chairman to the ICMW (Islamic Conference of Ministers Responsible for Water) Bureau, said a press release. In his statement to the plenary session, Ambassador of Pakistan to Egypt Mushtaq Ali Shah highlighted the importance that the government attached to…

PM Imran congratulates Arif Alvi on being elected as president

KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday felicitated one of the founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Dr Arif Alvi on success in presidential election, ARY News reported. "Congratulations to Dr Alvi on being elected president," he wrote on his Twitter account and shared a picture from early days of the party with the caption "When our world was younger!". When our world was younger! Congratulations to Dr Alvi on being elected President. pic.twitter.com/C2HIueGRjc — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI)…

First woman elected Mexico City mayor

MEXICO CITY: Mexico City has elected a woman mayor for the first time in history, local politician and scientist Claudia Sheinbaum, according to exit polls. Sheinbaum, 56, won the election to lead North America's largest city with between 47.5 and 55.5 percent of the vote, according to an estimate by polling firm Mitofsky. A woman had previously served as mayor of the capital on an interim basis -- Rosario Robles, from 1999 to 2000 -- but Sheinbaum, who holds a doctorate in physics, is the first woman elected to the…

Pakistan elected member to UN Human Rights Council

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been elected member to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2018-20. Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan secured more than two third majority votes in the election held today at the United Nations General Assembly. He said Pakistan's membership demonstrates confidence of the international community in our role and contribution to the national and global human rights agenda. Read More: Malik writes to UN Human Rights Council over Kashmir killings

Najam Sethi elected as PCB Chairman

KARACHI: Pakistan Super League (PSL) head and journalist Najam Sethi was elected as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a three-year term on Wednesday.  Sethi, 69, will replace Shaharyar Khan, who quit because of health and personal reasons after completing his tenure. Sethi was unopposed and was unanimously elected by a 10-member new PCB board of governors. Pakistan's deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had appointed Sethi as member of the board of governors last month. It is mandatory, according to…

Dog elected mayor of Kentucky town for the fourth time

KENTUCKY, US: Kentucky town kept surprising the world of its unusual move of electing a dog as its mayor, and that too for the fourth time. The aptly named Brynneth Pawltro is the town’s fourth dog Mayor, according to WDRB. She managed to defeat three other candidates, a chicken, a donkey and a child. But many residents are full of praise for their new representative ‘She has the best smile I’ve ever seen,’ said Jordie Bamforth. But Bobbi Kayser admitted the new mayor had been accused of ‘inappropriate licking’.…

Emmanuel Macron elected French president

PARIS: Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron resoundingly won France's landmark presidential election on Sunday, first estimates showed, defeating far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a pivotal vote for the future of the divided country and Europe. At 39, the former investment banker will be the country's youngest-ever leader and faces a huge challenge to heal a fractured and demoralised country. The vicious election campaign has exposed deep economic and social divisions, as well as tensions around identity and…

‘Dead man’ elected to office in US county

WASHINGTON: A man who died of cardiac arrest in the US state was elected to office in the coastal San Diego County city more than a month later. Gary Ernst was elected to Oceanside City Treasurer by a six percent margin over challenger Nadine Scott. The election results are expected to be certified on December 7th by the city council. Ernst died Sept. 23 which did not allow enough time to remove his name from the ballot. City council members can declare the seat vacant since the winner cannot physically take office,…