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18 women awarded Fatima Jinnah gold medals

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Women Development, Social Welfare and Special Education on March 20, awarded Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal to 18 women for their outstanding performances in various walks of life. At an impressive ceremony organized by the ministry in connection with the International Women’s Day, President General Pervez Musharraf distributed gold medals and […]


Unicef to support girls education in seven districts of Sindh

LARKANA: Chief of Unicef Sindh Ra’ana Syed chaired a meeting, of Unicef, regarding planning at district level. The meeting was attended by DCO, EDO (Health), EDO (Finance), officials of district government, various departments and representatives of NGOs. Speaking on the occasion, Ra’ana said Unicef had prepared an Action Plan with assistance of government of Pakistan […]


Two US soldiers, journalist killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Insurgents killed two US Marines in Iraq, the US military said on March 19, and an Iraqi journalist allegedly shot by American troops in Baghdad died of his wounds, while US Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged an escalation in insurgents’ attacks. The attack on first Marine Force occurred on March 17, while the […]


Minister for stronger ties with Turkey in IT sector

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Technology Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari on March 19, called for greater cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey in the fields of information technology and telecom. “The government has already liberalized the telecom sector in Pakistan which offers great potential for investment in this sector due to low tele density,” he told Turkish […]


Promotion ceremony of ‘French Online Programme’ held

ISLAMABAD: In continuation of the Francophonie festivities in Islamabad, the promotion ceremony of the “French Online Programme in the Northern Areas” and the programme “ICT for Rural Development in Mountainous and Remote Areas of Northern Pakistan”, was held at Comsats Headquarters. The event was co-organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development […]


US businessmen invited to invest in IT, telecom sectors

LAHORE – Federal Minister for Information Technology Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari on March 17, invited the US businessmen to invest in the information technology and telecom sectors in Pakistan that he assured them excellent opportunities for expanding businesses and ensuring quick returns. “There are indeed very good opportunities for the US businessmen to participate in […]


Internet firms face uphill battle against spam by Matthieu Demeestere

The battle against spam has shifted into high gear with a new US law giving some teeth to those fighting it, but analysts remain skeptical about the prospect of eradicating the plague of unwanted e-mail. Earlier this month, four of the largest US-based e-mail providers announced a series of lawsuits under the new “CAN-SPAM’ act […]


STN expanding network to cover 70 percent population

ISLAMABAD: The STN (Channel-3) expanding its network by adding eight more transmitters and replacing 12 existing ones with news transmitters as part of its modernization and expansion plan. With this replacement and expansion, STN expects to reach out to nearly 70 percent of Pakistan’s population and cover more than 50 percent of its geographical area. […]


Female literacy programme launched

KARACHI: A female literacy programme was inaugurated the other day here at the squatter settlement of Gulshan-e-Sikanderabad in the Keamari Town, conceived and conducted by the Ziauddin Medical University (ZMU). The programme was a collaborative effort of the Gulshan-e-Sikanderabad Welfare Society and the Department of Family Medicine of the university. A community of 25,000 inhabitants […]


36 journalists killed in 2003

NEW YORK – Thirty-six journalists were killed while fulfilling their duties in 2003, more, than a third of them in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual report released on March 11, 2004. The Iraqi conflict has left 13 journalists dead, and the global toll was up sharply from 2002 when 19 journalists […]


Minister vows to curb women trafficking

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Law, Justice and Human Rights Raza Hayat Hiraj has said Pakistan in collaboration with the international community will fight the menace of women trafficking, and secure better future for women in the country. He was speaking as chief guest at a seminar on “Women in illegal trade”, organized by the […]


World Women’s Day

The International Women’s Day with the theme “Gender and HIV/AIDS”, was celebrated in Pakistan, as elsewhere in the world, on March 8, as sort of a reminder of the launch of the struggle for women’s emancipation world-wide. It will be recalled that the Socialist Party of America celebrated the first International Women’s Day in New […]


APNS to discuss govt-press relations on 15th

KARACHI: The Executive Committee of the APNS shall meet on March 15, 2004 to discuss the present state of government-press relations along with other administrative and organisational issues, stated a spokesman of the APNS. Muhammed Aslam Kazi, Secretary General of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society, in a statement has announced that the Executive Committee members […]


120 Indian journalists to cover cricket series

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has issued visas to 120 Indian journalists and media persons including TV commentators for the coverage of forthcoming cricket series between Pakistan and India starting from March 13. The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had been advised to facilitate the issuance of visas to the Indian media representatives, said a spokesman for […]