JAMSHORO: USAID Deputy Mission Director for Sindh & Balochistan John Smith-Sreen and USAID Deputy Office Director Michael Hryshchyshyn called on VC Mehran University of Eng. and Technology (MUET) Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili.
During the meeting, they talked about ongoing Pak-US collaboration on effective and efficient water management, education, and research. MUET students and faculty also participated in the discussions celebrating the partnership.
USAID provided $23.8 million to create the Center for Advanced Studies in Water (CAS-W) jointly implemented by MUET and the University of Utah in the United States. CAS-W supports high-quality education and applied research on the water to prepare the next generation of experts and leaders to help Pakistan improve water resource management.
The program offers graduate studies in irrigation, integrated water management, environmental engineering, and water sanitation. Both universities are implementing a series of seminars and workshops to enhance awareness about critical water sustainability issues facing Pakistan. USAID also funded the construction of an academic, laboratory, and research complex at MUET to house CAS-W.
CAS-W includes exchange programs hosted by the University of Utah. During the campus visit, USAID officials interacted with MUET students who have completed their exchange program abroad. They learned about their academic experience and impressions about life in the United States.
Approximately, 250 students (33% of them women) have enrolled in CAS-W and 33 have graduated to date. Over 100 students have completed exchange programs in the U.S.
Smith-Sreen emphasized that the U.S. government was proud to partner with Mehran University and the University of Utah on such an important issue: “Water drives economic growth, is critical for good health, and represents a fundamental building block for Pakistan’s development,” he noted.
He further informed that the US had invested in multiple water-related activities in Sindh and Balochistan: “Our higher education collaboration between Mehran and Utah Universities is an important component of our overall water investments in Pakistan,” he concluded.
High Comm. starts Online Appointment System for Attestation
LONDON: Pakistan High Commission London has decided to launch Online Appointment System from December 17 for the smooth functioning of the attestation process of the general public.
According to a statement of the High Commission issued here Friday, this step has been taken to facilitate the Pakistani community.
The PHC statement said that It has been observed that there is a long queue for Attestation at the Pakistan High Commission London every day.
” Resultantly, this makes hard for staff members to facilitate the public in scheduled time and proper manner.”, it added. Initially, the High Commission will accommodate applicants without any prior appointment till December 31 but priority will be given to those applicants who have booked their appointments online.
After the deadline, no applicant will be served without an online appointment at the High Commission. Appointments can be booked on the below-mentioned website:
“Our Diaspora in London is requested to please cooperate in this regard with High Commission enabling us to provide better Attestation Service”, PHC statement concluded.
Fed. Govt. restores licenses issued for prohibited bore weapons
ISLAMABAD: Federal Government has restored all licenses issued earlier for automatic weapons within the prohibited bore.
According to the Ministry of Interior notification: “Federal Government is pleased to notify that all arms licenses of automatic weapons within Prohibited Bore suspended vide the aforementioned notification are now treated to be valid…The ban imposed on the issuance of Non-Prohibited Bore Arms license is lifted with immediate effect”.
The ban on the issuance of arms licenses for Prohibited Bore category [to the extent of General Officers or equivalent, officers or other ranks of the Military in accordance with Army Regulations (Instructions) 2000] has also been lifted. It is pertinent to mention here that these licenses were suspended last year on 26th of December.
Terrosism: 6 security personnel lost lives in Turbat
QUETTA: An intelligence-based operation was conducted on a terrorists’ hideout in Wakai area near Buleda, Turbat, Balochistan on Friday.
Terrorists targeted one of the vehicles of security forces through the improvised explosive device (IED) and as a result, six security personnel embraced Shahadat (martyrdom), said a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). In exchange of fire four terrorists were killed.