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Aid distributed to people affected by drought in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 19th April 2014 (WAM) - In keeping with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan has announced distribution of 1,500 tons of food relief to 20,000 drough - affected families in Tharparkar district of Pakistan's Sindh Province.

The management of the project said that Sheikh Khalifa's initiative was the first international humanitarian response to the sever drought which hit region and affected over 1.2 million people there.

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Quetta violence claims at least four lives

SYED ALI SHAH

QUETTA: At least four people, including a police officer and a 14-year-old girl, were killed Saturday in separate incidents of violence in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

In the first reported incident, police said armed militants shot dead a police officer and critically injured his son in the Sariab road area.

Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police, said two militants on a motorcycle sprayed bullets at the vehicle of Assistant Sub Inspector Police Kudratullah.

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Gunmen kidnap two Pakistani U.N. staff members from Karachi

By Syed Raza Hassan

ISLAMABAD April 19 (Reuters) - Gunmen have kidnapped two men working for the U.N. Children's Fund from Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, police said Saturday

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Improving Punjab Irrigation: More Crops from Every Drop

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pakistan is facing serious threats from escalating water shortages. Over half Punjab’s share of water in agriculture is lost in canals and watercourses.

  • A Punjab government project, supported by the World Bank is providing farmers more efficient irrigation systems, community support, and better technology, maximizing water productivity, minimizing losses, and increasing yields.

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Situation Survey on Polio Eradication Activity in Pakistan

AMDA started a situation survey on Polio eradication activity in Pakistan since September, 2013 with Chigasaki Chuo Rotary Club, which have been the supporter for polio eradication.

For the first survey in September, AMDA staff visited Thatta District in the Sindh Province of Pakistan located approximately 100km east from Karachi, the major city in Southern Pakistan, with the support from a local NGO NRSP(National Rural Support Programme) and collected information on polio campaign.

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Govt plans to enrol 4m children this year

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday launched Students Enrolment Campaign 2014 with a commitment to enrol some four million out-of-school children this year and optimum enrolment by May 31, 2016.

The chief minister was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Students Enrolment Campaign 2014 at his secretariat on Wednesday.

He himself enrolled three students on nursery class at a public school’s stall set up in a corner of the stage.

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Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

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Voice of America

Ayaz Gul
April 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister has asked the military to help protect polio vaccination workers in the insurgency-plagued northwest. The request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic. Recent national eradication efforts have suffered critical setbacks, threatening global gains against the crippling disease.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Conflict, Violence Harsh on Afghan, Pakistani Women

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Voice of America

Sharon Behn
April 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Prolonged conflicts in Pakistan and Afghanistan have had a particularly harsh effect on women in both countries. Terrorism, sectarian conflict, criminality and a culture of impunity are limiting women's ability to get to school and get jobs outside the home, trapping them in an ever-smaller public space.

During the past decade, women have made significant strides towards social, political and financial empowerment in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. But analysts say the gains are being threatened.

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ZonG and UNICEF join hands to defeat Polio in Pakistan

Islamabad, 16 April 2014: As the number of polio cases in Pakistan reached 49 so far this year more partners come forward to protect the children and rid Pakistan and the world of the menace of the this debilitating disease.

To create an enabling environment for polio eradication in Pakistan, ZonG and UNICEF signed today a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on strengthening the use of mobile phone messages to ensure more children are vaccinated during the polio campaign.

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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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United Nations humanitarian fund releases US$9.5 million for critical aid operations in North-Western Pakistan

(Islamabad, 10 April 2014): The United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$9.5 million (920 million Pakistani rupees) to help meet the needs of the more than 1 million people who remain displaced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan due to insecurity.

The funding comes at a crucial time, as significant humanitarian needs remain in KP and FATA, yet aid agencies have limited resources to meet those needs.

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Pakistani Taliban end ceasefire with government but say talks still on

By Saud Mehsud

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, April 16 (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban have formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but are still open to talks with the government, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Gestión del riesgo de desastres para un desarrollo con capacidad de adaptación

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Los desastres naturales afectan en forma desproporcionada a las personas pobres y vulnerables. A la luz de la alarmante tendencia mundial que apunta hacia un aumento en las pérdidas debido a estos fenómenos, la gestión de los desastres y el riesgo climático (DRM, por sus siglas en inglés) está cada vez más presente en las actividades del Banco Mundial. Las inversiones ayudan a proteger millones de vidas y medios de sustento y salvaguardar el crecimiento en sectores socioeconómicos clave.

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Gérer les risques de catastrophe pour protéger le développement

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Les catastrophes frappent majoritairement les populations pauvres et vulnérables. Face à l’aggravation préoccupante des pertes dues aux catastrophes de par le monde, la gestion des risques de catastrophe tient une place croissante dans les opérations de la Banque mondiale. Les investissements contribuent à protéger des millions de personnes ainsi que leurs moyens de subsistance, et à préserver la croissance dans les secteurs socio-économiques clés.

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Polio virus from Afghanistan found in Peshawar water

PESHAWAR/MARDAN: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Sharam Khan Tarakai said on Sunday that polio virus from Afghanistan had been found in water samples in Peshawar and they had requested the federal government to ask the neighbouring country to take emergency steps to stop transportation of virus to the city which had recently been cleared of poliovirus.

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Two more gunned down in Quetta targeted killing

QUETTA: In yet another incident of targeted killing, armed militants killed two people in Quetta's troubled Sariab road area on Tuesday, police said.

Armed motorcyclists opened fire at a barber shop, killing two people. A child outside the barber shop also sustained serious bullet wounds and was rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment.

Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police told Dawn.com that the victims belonged to Punjab and were working on Sariab road for a long time.

“The assailants sped away on their motorcycle after the strike,” he said.

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Canada Announces Support for Religious Freedom in Pakistan

April 11, 2014 - Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today concluded a successful visit to Pakistan where he announced two projects to be supported by the Religious Freedom Fund.

“Pakistan is a country with a multi-faith and multicultural character, which is similar in ways to Canada’s,” said Bennett. “We remain very concerned by repeated incidents of religiously motivated violence in Pakistan and the callous disregard of extremists for the rights of individuals of all faiths to practise their religion in peace and security.”

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Early Warning System for coming Monsoon LoA signed between PMD & UNDP

A Letter of Agreement (LoA) is signed between The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday at PMD Headquarter. The purpose of LOA is to strengthen the “Early Warnings Dissemination during coming monsoon” under the Supporting Community Resilience (SCORE) Project”. The LoA was signed by Mr. Arif Mahmood, Director General PMD while UNDP was led by Mr. Herman Besgsme, CTA, DRR, The team of experts of PMD (Chief Meteorologists and Directors of different units), Mr.Qasim Naqvi, AFA, UNDP and Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Member,DRR, NDMA.