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Vienna shooting ‘linked to Balkan mafia’: police

VIENNA: A shooting which left one man dead and another seriously injured in central Vienna on Friday is thought to be linked to a Balkan mafia, police said in a statement Saturday. "At the moment the crime looks as though it is connected to organised crime in the Western Balkans region," the statement said. The shooting, which happened at around 13:30 local time on Friday, briefly sparked panic in the historic centre of the Austrian capital, in an area popular with tourists. The two victims, aged 32 and 23, were…

Urban planners look to Vienna to solve housing crises

Vienna´s sumptuous imperial palaces may be the main draw for the many millions of tourists visiting every year. But for urban planning experts from all over the world, the Austrian capital´s more humble abodes are of greater interest as they search for solutions to the housing crises plaguing many of Europe´s cities. Vienna is this week hosting a conference on affordable housing, where the experts can take a close look at the city´s much-vaunted public housing model for themselves. Wolfgang Mack, a 72-year-old…

Pakistan elected as member of IAEA BoGs for two years

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has once again been elected as member of Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the next two years. The election was held in a meeting of the agency in Austrian city of Vienna. A Pakistani delegation led by Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Muhammad Naeem was also in attendance. This is seen as huge diplomatic achievement of Pakistan and also recognition of the country's status as a responsible nuclear power state. Out of thirty five members, eleven are…

Pakistan elected to UNIDO’s policy making bodies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been elected to the main policy making organs of the UN specialised agency United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The decision was taken during the 17th Session of the general conference held in Vienna, Austria from 27 November to December 1. These include the Industrial Development Board (IDB) for another four years term 2018-2021 and the Program and Budget Committee (PBC) for two years term 2018-2019. In addition, Pakistan's Ambassador in Vienna Ms. Ayesha Riyaz was…