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PM has allocated 20% quota for overseas Pakistanis

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved to allocate 20 percent quota for overseas Pakistanis to be appointed as trade commissioners in Pakistan missions abroad, Secretary trade & commerce Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera briefed the subcommittee of Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday.

Responding to a quarry sukhera informed the committee that there are 42 out of 52 trade commissioners in Pakistan missions abroad.

Following PM’s approval, the Posts for the trade commissioners in missions abroad will be advertised in the paper, will be advertised in the paper, secretary informed the committee.

Raja Pervez Ashraf, the member of the committee remarked that successful Pakistani businessmen of different countries will be suitable candidates for these posts since they are familiar with the local language, culture and have good relations and contacts.

This is an extremely good idea, the secretary responded adding the problem is that they are not willing to work on salary the Pakistani government offers against these posts.

Raja Pervez Ashraf however said “I know many patriotic Pakistani abroad who wants to serve the country with any benefit, you should find such patriotic Pakistanis”.

The subcommittee of Public Accounts Committee under the convener ship of MNA Fakhar Imam, was reviewing the audit paras of ministry of trade & commerce.

 

 

 

 

 

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Russian Pianists Mesmerize Karachiites (VIDEO AND TEXT)

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KARACHI: Music aficionados from all over the Metropolis converged at the patio of Alliance Française de Karachi (AFK) – French Cultural Centre – here on Monday (29th April). The occasion was a piano concert by Russian twin sisters Anastasia & Polina Churbanova. 

KARACHI: Humane Urduphone Consul General of the Russian Federation Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin announced that the first piece of the evening had been dedicated to Ahmed Mir (late official of the Qatar Airways) who had sponsored the duo’s transportation – Mir died in an accident in the USA.

KARACHI: Conspicuous among others there were  Consul Generals of Russia & France, Commissioner Karachi, Bina Shah (President AFK), Behram & Goshpi Avari (who had sponsored the twin’s stay here), and family members of the late official of Qatar Airways Ahmed Mir.The soirée commenced with two sisters playing German Composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s Minuet & Badinerie  (from Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor). The next piece was French composer & pianist Francis Poulenc’s Sonate Zu vier Händen. Alexander Scriabin’s composition (Sonata No.3 in F-sharp minor op.23) Andante was performed by Polina whereas, her sister’s solo was Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 27 in E Minor op.90. The last scheduled composition played by the twin sisters was Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Barcarolle, Scherzo, Russian Theme, Romance, Waltz and Slava (6 pieces, op.11 for piano four hands). After three curtain calls the twins excused as they were too exhausted to perform.  KARACHI: Talking exclusively to this scribe Anastasia & Polina Churbanova told that they were from St. Petersburg and were playing Piano since they were six. After taking lessons for a year they took part in a globally acclaimed contest named after Lubov Brook. Later in 2003, they won first prize in the famous international competition named after celebrated Russian pianist/composer A. Rubinstein. The twins told this was their second visit to the Port City, a Metropolis where they would love to perform again in future. They give piano concerts in Russia regularly and – besides  Pakistan – had performed in five foreign countries (including Austria, Germany, Holland, & Ukraine). 

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PS: It is pertinent to mention here that this performance was part of an international concert series termed as Classical Music Without Borders.

 

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CG JoAnne Wagner opens Photo Expo “Muslims in America” (VIDEO AND TEXT)

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KARACHI: JoAnne Wagner Consul General of USA, and Syed Sardar Shah Sindh Minister for Culture, have inaugurated a photo exposition titled Muslims in America at Lincoln Corner in the Liaquat National Memorial Library here.

Commenting on the exhibition Consul General remarked: “The images in the exhibit demonstrate two founding principles of American society: those of tolerance of religious diversity; and freedom of religious practice.  Americans are proud of their right to practice the religion of their choice, without any fear,”

The photo exhibition showcases religious diversity and religious freedom in the USA that is home to one of the most diverse Muslim populations in the world.

The exhibit will remain open to the general public till 4th June.

 

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PM Imran says country to come out of challenges after two months

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KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan assured that he will get the country out of every challenge after just two more months of difficulties as whenever bad times have come, country have also gotten out of it.

While addressing at the fund-raising ceremony for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Karachi, he expressed that Pakistan is the biggest blessing that Allah has given them. Pakistan will be exemplified as people will come here to find jobs, he added.

PM Imran asserted that nation unites in the difficult time instead of purchasing dollars. “You bear a little when you have loans on your house,” he added. Difficult time comes to teach and strengthen a person. “Man only strives but God gives success,” he expressed.

 

 

 

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