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Andre de Bussy for increasing Franco-Pak ties

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FAISALABAD:French Embassy Counselor for Cooperation & Cultural Affairs Andre de Bussy lauded Franco-Pak ties in academic field. 

However, he stressed the need to further strengthening agricultural, academic, textile and cultural ties to get benefit from each other experiences that will help combat the common challenges. He called on the University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice-Chancellor  Dr Zafar Iqbal Randhawa at VC Chamber here. Faculty of Food, Nutrition and Home Sciences Dean Dr Masood Sadiq Butt; and Dr Rizwan also attended the meeting. Andre de Bussy said that they would help UAF promote Cheese culture.  He said that French language courses being offered at UAF will help raise understandings among the peoples. 

UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Iqbal Randhawa said that the university was having the faculty of 700 and out of which 480 faculty members are PhDs. He said majority of the university doctors had studied abroad. He said that they were setting up different clubs of foreign qualified faculty members of Europe, America and China so that they can interact with the experts of country where they studied, and contribute their effective role to address the challenges and problems. Dr. Masood Sadiq Butt said that French Center set up at UAF produced  100 students in French language for the educational, research and business purposes. He said that University was having a number of faculty members who studied from France. He said they were planning an international conference in the weeks to come in which Australian experts will come.

 

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Tokyo bourse closes in the green

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Tokyo stocks gain on bargain-hunting

TOKYO: Shares edged up today with investors expressing relief as US President Donald Trump appeared to take a softer stance on his thorny trade dispute with Japan.
The key Nikkei 225 index rose 0.31 percent, or 65.36 points, to close at 21,182.58, while the broader Topix index was up 0.38 percent, or 5.79 points, at 1,547.00.
“Players were relieved as President Trump did not take a tough stance on the US-Japan trade issue,” Daiwa Securities chief technical analyst Eiji Kinouchi told AFP.
After a fun-filled weekend of golf and sumo, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held formal talks Monday, with trade and tensions with North Korea topping the agenda.
Ahead of their talks, Trump hinted that tough negotiations on their bilateral trade could wait until after July elections in Japan.
Trump tweeted: “Great progress being made in our Trade Negotiations with Japan. Agriculture and beef heavily in play.”
In remarks after the closing bell, Trump also told reporters: “We hope to have even more to announce on the trade, very very soon.”
The dollar fetched 109.52 yen in Asian afternoon trade, against 109.29 yen in New York late Friday.
In Tokyo, Nissan was up 0.97 percent at 747.8 yen after news that its French alliance partner Renault and Italian-US auto giant Fiat Chrysler are weighing a potential merger.
Its rival Toyota gained 0.79 percent to 6,554 yen while Honda was down 1.11 percent at 2,759 yen.
Takeda Pharmaceutical jumped 2.46 percent to 3,942 yen while telecom and investment firm SoftBank Group was up 1.65 percent at 10,465 yen.

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Dep. PM of Uzbekistan arrives in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Elyor Ganiev has arrived here today on a two-day visit to Pakistan.

Elyor Ganiev is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising Deputy Ministers for Investment and Foreign Trade, Transport and other senior officials.

He is scheduled to meet a number of Federal Ministers and Advisers. He will hold consultations with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The talks will focus on discussing ways and means to further bolster the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

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Uzbek deputy PM due today on two-day visit

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Govt. to further strengthen Sino-Pak partnership

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has expressed the govt’s commitment to further strengthen Sino-Pak strategic partnership.

He was addressing Friends of Silk Road Forum organized in honor of visiting Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan here today.

The Foreign Minister said both countries are observing 2019 as a year of mutual relations and it is expected that people to people contacts will reach a new level.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said CPEC has helped to strengthen bilateral relations and take economic and social development to new heights.

He said the CPEC has entered into its second phase which focuses on industrial, social and economic cooperation. He expressed the confidence that Special Economic Zones will pave way for the progress of Pakistan.

Foreign Minister said the government has a special focus on poverty alleviation, industrial development, education, technology, scientific innovation, and agricultural development.

He said both the countries have common thinking of improving the living standard of their people. He hoped that the development target will be achieved by mutually harnessing the capabilities of the two countries.

Foreign Minister paid rich tributes to the services of the Chinese Vice President in promoting the strategic partnership between the two countries. 

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