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29 more dengue cases across Punjab

LAHORE: Some 29 more patients were tested positive for the dengue fever during the last 24 hours all over the province.

After emergence of new cases, the total number of dengue cases in Punjab has reached 455 so far, according to an official.

He said Rawalpindi is at the top among other districts where the number of dengue patients was alarmingly increasing followed by Sheikhupura and Lahore.

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Pakistan bans TV channel amid increased attempts to control freedom of expression

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A politically motivated ban imposed on a Pakistani TV channel critical of the government constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) today suspended transmissions of private network ARY TV for 15 days. It has been accused of ostensibly “maligning” the country’s judiciary after it aired an interview with a man currently the subject of a high-profile trial before the Lahore High Court.

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Polio workers in Khyber refuse to vaccinate children

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Polio workers in some parts of Khyber Agency refused to vaccinate children at the start of a three-day drive starting Monday (today) with at least 116,000 children likely to be vaccinated in the tribal region.

Polio workers in some parts of Khyber refused to carry on with the drive over non-payment of stipends from the previous three campaigns, sources said.

Workers in some areas of Landi Kotal and Jamrud have also refused to conduct the vaccination drive, citing non-payment of their previous dues.

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Polio on the rise: Another case detected in Khyber

By Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Another polio case has been reported in an 18-months-old female child from the Akakhel area of Bara in Khyber Agency.

The government’s failure to reach out to unvaccinated children has taken up the total number of polio cases in Khyber to 45.

Khyber Agency has the highest number of reported polio cases after the restive North Waziristan Agency.

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Gunmen kill nine labourers in southwest Pakistan: officials

Sunday 10/19/2014 - 08:40 GMT

Suspected separatist insurgents in southwest Pakistan killed nine labourers Sunday in what appeared to be an ethnically motivated attack, officials said.

The gunmen stormed a poultry farm in the early hours of Sunday in the town of Hub, some 640 kilometres (400 miles) southwest of Baluchistan province's capital city Quetta.

They kidnapped 11 labourers, senior local administration official Fawad Soomro said, and questioned them over their ethnicities.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review - South Asia | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Chronic conflicts, earthquakes, recurrent seasonal storms, floods, droughts, and severe winter weather, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Germany and UNDP partner to support displaced persons with one million euros

Cyrill Nunn, German Ambassador to Pakistan, and Marc-André Franche, Country Director of UNDP in Pakistan, signed an agreement of 1 million euros at the German Embassy today to support the rehabilitation and return of displaced persons from the North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Tariq Orakzai, Director General of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also attended the signing agreement.

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Two die of Congo fever in Quetta

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: Two men died in hospitals here on Wednesday of Congo fever.

Both had been admitted to the hospitals last week and doctors had confirmed that they had been afflicted by Congo virus.

Relatives of Tahir Mehmood Rana, 25, who worked at a newspaper, said he was admitted to the Mission hospital after Eid when he started bleeding from nose and mouth. Later, he was shifted to Combined Military Hospital where here died on Wednesday morning.

Also read: Another Congo case emerges in city

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Pakistan rights body reports exodus from restive province

10/15/2014 - 11:45 GMT

More than 300,000 people including minority Shiites and Hindus have fled Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan over the past 10 years due to growing unrest, a rights group said Wednesday.

Resource-rich but poor Baluchistan is in the midst of its fifth armed uprising against the Pakistani state, which began in 2004, while Islamist violence featuring sectarian groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has also surged in recent years.

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Suicide bomber kills five in NW Pakistan: officials

10/15/2014 - 07:17 GMT

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a peace committee meeting in a restive Pakistani tribal area on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding seven others, officials said.

The bombing took place in Pir Mela village of the restive Khyber tribal district, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of Peshawar.

"At least five tribesmen were killed and seven others were wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up in an Aman (peace) committee meeting," a local government official told AFP.

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Mercy Relief to disburse $30,000 in response to south Asian flood 2014

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Mercy Relief, a Singaporean humanitarian NGO, will be disbursing an initial tranche of $30,000 to support ongoing local relief efforts after floods struck the Kashmir region of Pakistan and India on the first week of September.

A public fundraising appeal in Singapore has been launched for the relief response, with the fundraising campaign running until 16 November.

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Nobel brings little impetus for peace in India and Pakistan

10/14/2014 - 04:45 GMT

by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA / Sajjad TARAKZAI in Islamabad

New Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai wasted little time living up to the accolade last week, inviting the leaders of traditional foes India and Pakistan to accompany her and fellow winner Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights activist, to the award ceremony.

But, just hours later, a fresh exchange of fire between troops in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir provided a stark reminder that the prospect of lasting peace remains as distant as ever.

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‘Brain-eating’ amoeba deaths: explanation sought for lack of chlorination

KARACHI: The 12th death of the year on Thursday caused by deadly waterborne infection primary amoebic meningoencephalitis has set alarm bells ringing for authorities who have asked the officials responsible for providing safe tap water to citizens to explain the reasons leading to deaths caused by the ‘brain-eating’ amoeba in the city, it emerged on Friday.

Naegleria fowleri also known as the ‘brain eating’ amoeba has caused 12 deaths, including a nine-month-old baby girl and two women, since May.

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Anti-polio campaign launched in Balochistan to vaccinate 850,000 children

By Syed Ali Shah

QUETTA: A three day anti polio campaign was launched in Quetta and other six districts of Balochistan on Monday morning.

According to Health Department of Balochistan around 850,000 children below the age of five years would be administered polio vaccine in Quetta, Pishin, Killa Abdullah, Sherani, Zhob and Lasbela districts of the province.

Security was tightened in Quetta and other districts keeping in view the past attacks on polio vaccination teams in Balochistan while police and levies personnel provided security to the teams.

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Pakistan Housing Project for War Affected Families of Northern Province inaugurated

The ground-breaking ceremony of Pakistan housing project for the rehabilitation of war affected homeless people of the Northern Province was held in Puthukkudiyiruppu village of Mannar Town.

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Pakistan’s emergencies require action before problems grow

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More help needs to reach the 1.7 million Pakistanis who survived floods and landslides last month before hunger and despair begin to feed the terrorism and militancy that is prevalent in the region.

ACT member Church World Service says Pakistan’s catastrophes are not being addressed and funded in relation to the severity of the calamity.

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International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction: “Disaster Risk Reduction strategies should be Older People Inclusive”

Message from the Prime Minister on the occasion of International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction: “Disaster Risk Reduction strategies should be Older People Inclusive” (13 October, 2014)

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International Day for Disaster Reduction

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Islamic Relief

As the world marks the International Day for Disaster Reduction, Islamic Relief highlights seven of its projects that are helping vulnerable communities to reduce their risk from disasters.

Developing early warning systems in Bangladesh

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Sindh records 421 cases of violence against women in three months

KARACHI: Khairpur — the home district of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah — tops the list of districts in the province with the highest number of violence incidents against women recorded during the third quarter of the year, says a report released on Friday.

In all 421 incidents of violence against women and girls were reported and 72 of them were recorded in Khairpur alone, according to the quarterly report titled “Situation of Violence Against Women in Sindh (July-September 2014)”.

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