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Advanced skills required in modern economy to alleviate poverty: president

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday said education was mandatory for alleviating poverty as advanced skills would be required in the modern economy. Addressing a ceremony titled "Artificial Intelligence and Computing" in Karachi, he said fourth industrial revolution was coming in which machines will replace many jobs of humans. The president said components of fourth industrial revolution were enormous computing power, sensors and other sophisticated technologies. Dr Arif Alvi said people were earning their…

Rs82 Billion plan initiated by Ministry to diminish rural poverty

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) revealed Rs82 billion plan for the agriculture sector on Wednesday, with the endeavor of better crop acquiesce, enhanced water competence, livestock and fisheries expansion, and formation of agro-markets in order to elevate small farmers and to diminish rural poverty. Sahibzada Mehbub Sultan, Minister for National Food Security and Research stated in a press conference regarding the detailed preparation which will be executed in the time span of almost…

Ivory Coast twins struggle for a way between superstition and poverty

Cutely clad in matching white robes and skullcaps, five-year-old twins Salim and Mahamadou Cisse step carefully through blocked traffic and pedestrians in Abidjan's teeming Abobo district, holding up a begging bowl. At the roundabout outside city hall in the bustling quarter of Ivory Coast's commercial capital, three other pairs of twins are also begging. Two of the pairs are dressed respectively in pint-sized costumes of the Nigerian national football team and Real Madrid. In Ivory Coast, twins are widely seen as a…

Driven to desperation by poverty, a rickshaw driver set his vehicle on fire and even tried to immolate himself

KARACHI: Just three days after a rickshaw driver committed self-immolation and later died when he was forced to pay extortion by a traffic cop, another similar case surfaced when a driver of three-wheeler attempted to burn himself due to poverty. According to details, rickshaw driver, Shahid, set his rickshaw on fire in North Nazimabad area of the city and also attempted to commit self-immolation but was stopped by passers-by. Citing poverty as the reason, Shahid lamented that he was “unable to get any passengers…

Another rickshaw driver attempts to kill himself in Karachi

KARACHI: Just three days after a rickshaw driver committed self-immolation and later died when he was forced to pay extortion by a traffic cop, another similar case surfaced today when a driver of three-wheeler attempted to burn himself due to poverty. According to details, rickshaw driver, Shahid, set his rickshaw on fire in North Nazimabad area of the city and also attempted to commit self-immolation but was stopped by passers-by. Citing poverty as the reason, Shahid lamented that he was “unable to get any passengers…

CM decides to conduct scientific survey to assess poverty in Sindh

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to conduct a scientific survey to measure poverty ratio in the province so that it could be addressed accordingly. He took this decision on Monday while presiding over a meeting on development programme here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Chairman Planning & Development (P&D) Department Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Finance Dr Noor Alam, Fatah Tunio of P&D, Additional Secretary CM Secretariat…

BISP to launch food program to reduce stunted growth

ISLAMABAD: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is launching a food program to deal with the issue of stunted growth of children, as per the goal of the new government and the World Health Organization. Secretary BISP Mr Omar Hamid Khan said that BISP is the largest social safety net of the country and is set to launch several new initiatives to support the poverty stricken women of the country. Pakistan had a stunted growth rate of 44 percent of total children and 9.6 million children experienced chronic nutrition…

PPP’s efforts against poverty alleviation are recognised globally: Bilawal

SEHWAN/ DADU: Pakistan People Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday carried forward his election campaign across Sindh visiting the towns of Sehwan Sharif and Dadu just days before the general elections. Addressing a campaign rally in Sehwan, the PPP chairman said the role of the PPP in poverty alleviation has been appreciated around the world, and the BISP is now recognised as a gold standard against eradicating poverty. He said the vision of Benazir Bhutto was left incomplete after her martyrdom, and it…