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Date: 31 December 2014
PESHAWAR: A new communication strategy being introduced by United Nations Children Fund to cope with refusal against oral polio vaccine is unlikely to make any breakthrough in eradication of polio in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to relevant officials.
QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has emphasised the importance of Education Management Information System (Emis) to ensure presence of teachers in schools and identify ghost schools and improve the quality of education in the province.
Addressing the launching ceremony of the Emis website, jointly prepared by the Education Department and Unicef, the chief minister said that the aim of the website was to strengthen the system through information enrichment and technical upgradation.
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3 December - A UN convoy was attacked by al Shabaab in Mogadishu.
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This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.
This is the second edition of the Global Slavery Index. The Index estimates the number of people in modern slavery in 167 countries. This year’s Index also includes an analysis of what governments are doing to eradicate modern slavery. The Index increases our understanding of the contextual factors that make people vulnerable to modern slavery.
In 2014, caste discrimination figured prominently in a number of reports and country reviews by UN human rights bodies. More treaty body reviews than ever before highlighted caste discrimination in concluding observations, and eleven thematic and country reports of special procedures mandate-holders made reference to caste discrimination addressing a broad range of themes.
The present Afghanistan Migration Profile is a tool to be used to enhance policy coherence, evidence-based policymaking and the mainstreaming of migration into development planning. It was prepared in consultation with a broad range of government and non-government stakeholders.
In 2002, NRC began developing a programme targeting youth in post-conflict zones. These Youth Education Packs (YEP) were intended to respond not just to employment needs but also to teach young people, who had grown up in often challenging and unstable situations, literacy and life skills.1 After implementation in several countries around the world (Liberia; Burundi; Sierra Leone and more), beginning in 2010, NRC implemented this YEP project in Afghanistan, specifically in Herat,
How can IOM best achieve the dual objective of return and reintegration in challenging and complex environments that are conflict and post conflict settings? This question drives IOM’s strategic and operational efforts given the inherent difficulty of balancing shortterm (return) and long-term (reintegration) needs of uprooted populations.
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KARACHI: Not every Afghan living in Pakistan is a refugee, says representative for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Maya Ameratunga.
The UN representative was speaking at a group discussion about the UN’s mandated role and operations in Pakistan at a local hotel here on Monday.
The discussion mainly revolved around the repatriation of the Afghan refugees from Pakistan after a brutal attack by the Taliban on a school in Peshawar.
Mubarak Zeb Khan
ISLAMABAD: The United States Congress has notified a $532 million civilian assistance package for Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar Act, said US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson during a meeting with Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar.
An official statement issued here on Monday said that Olson discussed with the minister the breakup of assistance being given for different sectors such as energy, defence against terrorism, economic growth, community building, education and health.
Zahir Shah Sherazi
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police plans to launch an android-based SOS application ‘One-Click’ which aims to notify the police of possible emergency situations in schools in Peshawar.
The app is being developed in the aftermath of the attack on Army Public School Peshawar on December 16 which led to the loss of 141 lives.
According to a handout, the KP police has started ‘this high alert security service on Android which will send a short message service (SMS) and call the police in one click’.
Syed Ali Shah
QUETTA: The Balochistan government on Monday postponed an anti-polio campaign in Quetta owing to security threats.
The campaign was scheduled to be launched in the provincial capital from December 29th to administer polio drops to children below the age of five.
"All arrangements were finalised but in the morning the administration told us not to launch the campaign," an officer of the health department told Dawn.com.
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Pakistan’s religious minorities ‘face acute levels of persecution’, warns new report
(Islamabad, Pakistan) – The persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan has intensified in recent years and has now reached critical levels, according to a major new report released by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) today.