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New bldg. for US-Pak Center for Advanced Studies in Water inaugurated

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JAMSHORO: USAID Mission Director Jerry Bisson & Deputy Mission Director Denise Herbol has jointly inaugurated a new building and research center here at Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET).

Speaking on the occasion Herbol highlighted the US’ long-term commitment to strengthen Pakistan’s education sector and help find practical solutions for the country’s water challenges.

Addressing the researchers, Herbol predicted that their work will have important implications for the growth of the country.  

The facility was constructed with the support of the U.S. government under the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) project.  

Education Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar expressed his appreciation for USAID support and thanked US for assisting in many projects in the province, including basic education and health.

Conspicuous among others there were  Vice Chancellor of MUET, Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili and Former Vice Chancellor MUET Prof. S. M. Qureshi.

The new three-story state-of-the-art building has a covered area of 54,721 square feet with an additional 108,600 square feet of open area for landscaping and future expansion.

The facilities include five classrooms, six research labs, a library, a lecture theater/auditorium, a conference room, student common rooms, research scholars’ room and administration offices.

PS: Through USAID, the U.S. government has provided $20 million for the construction of four new research centers at Pakistani universities.  This initiative is part of USAID’s larger $127 million U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies program that is harnessing applied research to find innovative solutions for Pakistan’s water, energy, agriculture, and food security challenges.

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High Comm. starts Online Appointment System for Attestation

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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:
www.phclondon.org
“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.

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Fed. Govt. restores licenses issued for prohibited bore weapons

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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.

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Terrosism: 6 security personnel lost lives in Turbat

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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.

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