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Measles cases rise 30 percent worldwide: UN

Measles cases worldwide jumped more than 30 percent last year compared to 2016, with increases recorded in wealthy European countries like Germany where vaccination coverage has historically been high, the UN said Thursday. The World Health Organization said the worrying trend of resurgent measles cases was a near global phenomenon, but the causes varied among regions. In Europe, experts blamed the problem in part on complacency and misinformation about a vaccine proven to be both effective and safe. Martin Friede,…

Palestine solution imperative for regional peace: Maleeha Lodhi

New York: At the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi called for a resolution of the Palestinian dispute, describing it as an imperative for regional peace and stability. Permanent representative of Pakistan at the UN, Lodhi said that the “lack of progress on the Palestinian issue had not only betrayed the hopes and aspirations of generations, but had also sowed the seeds of endless hostility and discord in the region.” She was speaking in the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly on the Report of the…

UN Commission should set up to probe rights abuses in Kashmir: Lodhi

NEW YORK: Maleeha Lodhi reiterated the call on the United Nations (UN) to establish a Commission of inquiry to investigate the grave human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The call was renewed by Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi while speaking in a debate on Self Determination in the Third Committee of the UN’s 193-member General Assembly. The report issued on Kashmir by the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights in June 2018 had made a recommendation for such an inquiry. “We endorse the…

Merkel warns Trump against ‘destroying’ UN

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday warned US President Donald Trump against “destroying” the United Nations. “I believe that destroying something without having developed something new is extremely dangerous,” Merkel said at a regional election campaign event in Bavaria. The veteran leader — a close ally of Trump's bugbear Barack Obama while he was president — added that she believed multilateralism was the solution to many of the world's problems. Trump failed to see the possibility for win-win solutions,…

SMEDA endowed Rs29.73 billion in Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP)

LAHORE: The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) assisted an investment of over Rs.29.73 billion during last decade through handholding of the upcoming SMEs and up-gradation of 27 existing SME clusters by providing them common facility centers of worth Rs.2.772 billion as PSDP (Public Sector Development Programme) projects. This investment is disclosed by SMEDA Chief Executive Officer Sher Ayub Khan in meeting held in SMEDA head office yesterday to celebrate World SME Day. He esteemed the United…

PM Abbasi arriving in New York to attend UN General Assembly

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is arriving here today to represent Pakistan at the session of the United Nations General Assembly. On the sidelines of the General Assembly, the PM will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the secretary general of the UN. PM Abbasi will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will interact with the US Pakistan Business Council. He will also have extensive interaction with the international media. The theme of this year's session is 'Focusing…