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Tabassum Saleem is a symbol of Pakistan’s positive image abroad!

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PARIS: Every person wants to be successful in his or her life. It is a human nature to achieve his goal and feel the victory in life, but it is true that to acquire the success anyone has to work diligently and it is also true that to maintain the achievement, harder work is needed. Numerous articles and success stories had been written about a Lady, called Tabassum Saleem.

She is the symbol of a positive image of Pakistan in France. As one of the most important observations of history is that only those nations survive, that safeguard their culture and values.

Tabassum Saleem, French lady of Pakistani origin, has made history by winning the Elections for the Madame Elegante France Internationale 2017 that was held at Paris, on December 4, 2016. The organization Comité Miss Elégante France, organizes each year a competition to elect Miss Elegant France and Madam Elegant France.

Miss Elegant France is in the category of 18 to 34 years of age, and Madam Elegant should be between 35 and above. Unlike other beauty contests, all ladies are eligible, regardless of height, weight and other physical aspects. There is no such nudity which you may have seen in other beauty contests. The organization’s aim is to highlight the beauty and culture of other nations.

Its an honor for people of Pakistani origin, that such a wonderful and brilliant lady of Pakistani heritage got the chance to present a positive image of Pakistan in France otherwise it has been facilitating her present a positive visage of her home-country to the world. Tabassum is the first ever lady of Pakistani heritage to appear before them. The organization was surprised to see a very knowledgeable, courteous, and elegant lady with a huge cultural background.

After winning the title, Tabassum Saleem visited many countries to represent her Pakistani Culture along with French elegance and at last the day came, for which she waited long. It was none other than visiting her home and motherland, Pakistan!

Tabassum received a very warm welcome at the Islamabad Airport, by her relatives, friends and the fans, respectively. Being an International figure, she was treated like a Princess during her stay in Pakistan. As per protocol, her stay was arranged in Punjab house, which is inaccessible to everyone.

Tabassum’s remarkable services for Pakistan on International forums were acknowledged in every corner of Pakistan she visited. Due to which she had a very busy schedule from visiting National Assembly, to meetings with High-level Officials of Pakistan, TV interviews on different News Channels and her outstanding press conference in Pakistan National Club Islamabad, respectively.

Along with her visit to Ganda Singh border (Ganda Singh Wala is a village named after Ganda Singh Dat and lies on the border with Eastern Punjab, India. Since 1970 there has been a daily Retreat Ceremony at the border crossing), she did meet few of famous fashion designers from Pakistani fashion industry. Moreover, she did get chance to meet the top chef from Lahore, discovering the Pakistani gastronomy.

After her successful trip to Pakistan, Tabassum expressed “The love Pakistanis have for me and I have for them is something that is unaffected, I still miss Pakistan like you miss a part of your soul. Like you’ve left a person behind “. It was not easy for her, to say goodbye to people of Pakistan.

 

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France: Yellow Vests stage 10th protest!

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PARIS: France’s yellow vests took to the streets today for a 10th straight weekend of anti-government protests, despite attempts by President Emmanuel Macron to channel their anger into a series of town hall debates.
In Paris, several thousand people, many waving placards calling for Macron to resign or condemning police violence, marched peacefully through the Left Bank in freezing temperatures.
“Parisians, rise up!” they chanted, urging residents of the capital to join the movement which has been led by rural and small-town France.
At the end of the march, clashes broke out around the Invalides war museum, with police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse hooded protesters who threw paving stones and bottles.
Demonstrations were also held in other major cities, with clashes reported in the western city of Rennes and the eastern city of Lyon.
The interior ministry estimated the number of protesters at 27,000 by the early afternoon – down from 32,0000 at the same time a week ago — with 7,000 in the capital.
Turnout was being closely watched for signs of possible fatigue in the movement as it enters its third month and Macron’s “great national debate” gains momentum. Some 80,000 police were deployed to keep the peace.

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Sweden: PM Lӧfven elected to 2nd term

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STOCKHOLM: Sweden ended a four-month political vacuum today when lawmakers elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to a second term after he elbowed out the far-right to save one of Europe’s few left-wing governments.
Lofven’s new minority centre-left government – comprising his Social Democrats and the Greens – won the backing of the Centre and Liberal parties, until now members of the four-party center-right opposition Alliance.

 

 

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Nordic countries crying for kids

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COPENHAGEN: “Norway needs more children! I don’t think I need to tell anyone how this is done,” Norway’s prime minister said cheekily, but she was raising a real concern.

Too few babies are being born in the Nordic region. The Nordic countries were long a bastion of strong fertility rates on an Old Continent that is rapidly getting older. But they are now experiencing a decline that threatens their cherished welfare model, funded by taxpayers.

“In the coming decades, we will encounter problems with this model,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg warned Norwegians in her New Year’s speech. “There will be fewer young people to bear the increasingly heavy burden of the welfare state.”

In Norway, Finland, and Iceland, birth rates dropped to historic lows in 2017, with 1.49 to 1.71 children born per woman. Just a few years earlier, their birth rates hovered close to the 2.1 level required for their populations to remain stable. From Copenhagen to the North Cape, from Helsinki to Reykjavik, demographics across the Nordics reveal two things: there are fewer large families, and women are waiting longer before having their first child.

There’s no single explanation, but financial uncertainty and a sharp rise in housing costs are seen as likely factors. Experts present differing diagnoses and prescriptions to remedy the situation. In Norway, one economist concerned about the effect the slowing demographics will have on economic growth has suggested giving women 500,000 kroner (50,000 euros, $58,550) in pension savings for each child born.

Another has suggested that, on the contrary, women in Norway who reach the age of 50 without having had a child should be paid one million kroner, since children also cost society a lot. Finnish municipalities have already decided to loosen their purse strings to encourage locals to get busy under the covers. The town of Miehikkala, home to 2,000 people, is offering 10,000 euros for each baby born and raised in the municipality.

“The number of childless individuals is growing rapidly, and the number of women having three or more children is going down. This kind of fall is unheard of in modern times in Finland,” said Anna Rotkirch, a family sociologist at the umbrella organization Finnish Family Federation. The Nordic region already boasts a wealth of family-friendly initiatives, such as flexible working hours, a vast network of affordable daycares and generous parental leave systems.

But when all that is still not enough to encourage people to have more children, immigration can be a lifeline — or a threat, depending on the point of view. Sweden may have a falling birth rate, but it still comes in second in the EU behind France with 1.85 children born per woman in 2016.

That is largely due to Sweden’s decades-long history of immigration: immigrant women tend to have more children than the average Swede. With 2.6 children per woman in recent years, the town of Aneby in southern Sweden has one of the highest rates in the country, a phenomenon attributed to the fact that it opened its doors to immigrants two decades ago.

“Aneby welcomed around 225 Eritreans in the early 1990s and just after that (it took in) refugees from the Balkans. 1994 was a demographic record for the town,” local official Ola Gustafsson told the Media.  But population growth among minorities has also fuelled fears. A former justice minister in Norway, Per-Willy Amundsen of the populist far-right, made headlines, his stated goal was to stop Somalis who, he said, had a higher “birth production” rate than “ethnic Norwegians”.

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