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UN chief’s call to ‘save the Pacific to save the world’



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PORT VILLA: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was vital “to save the Pacific to save the world” as he wrapped up his brief South Pacific tour in Vanuatu on Saturday.

Guterres has spent the past week in the region pushing for urgent action ahead of a UN summit in September billed as a last chance to prevent irreversible climate change.

According to the UN, Vanuatu is the world’s most at-risk country from natural hazards, but Guterres said it was also “leading the way” with is resilience.

At a joint press conference with Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, Guterres praised the way the country had bounced back from the catastrophic Cyclone Pam which lashed the archipelago in 2015.

It claimed at least 15 lives, flattened villages and impacted nearly half the 300,000 population.

“It is clear that the Pacific is on the frontline of climate change even though they don’t contribute to climate change,” Guterres said, referring to low-lying Pacific islands which are threatened by rising sea levels.

“So the Pacific has the moral authority to offer a lesson for the rest of the world. We absolutely need to save the Pacific to save the world.”

The UN target is to limit rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial revolution levels and Guterres urged governments “to understand that we need transformative measures, in industry, in agriculture and in relation to the oceans”.

“I believe it is time to recognise that we need to shift taxation away from people to carbon and pollution instead,” he said.

“We need to stop subsidies for fossil fuels. It doesn’t make any sense that taxpayers’ money is contributing to increased storms, the spread of drought, glaciers melting, corals bleaching and putting these islands in danger.”









Lt Gen Faiz Hameed is new DG ISI




RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army has appointed Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed as new Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), ISPR said.

Gen. Hameed will be replacing Lt-Gen Asim Munir, who has now been posted as the Corps Commander Gujranwala, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), media wing of the army.

Gen. Hameed is from the Baloch Regiment. He was in-charge of the internal security wing at the ISI. He has commanded a division in Pano Aqil.

Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza has been appointed as Adjutant General of Pakistan Army at the General Headquarters (GHQ) while Lieutenant General Aamir Abbasi has been named as Quarter Master at GHQ.

Lieutenant General Moazzam Abbas has been named Engineer-In-Chief at GHQ, said ISPR.

Earlier in April, the Pakistan Army had announced a number of high-level appointments and transfers in its ranks.






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Google honors world’s dads on the occasion of Father’s Day with doodle



Google Doodle

SILICON VALLEY: Search engine Google posted a new doodle in order to honor world’s dads on the occasion of international Father’s Day being celebrated around the world today (June 16).

Google posted three animated slides, illustrating the filial love that they shower upon their children.

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Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year around the globe to highlight paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society.

It started off to be observed on 19 March that is on the feast of Saint Joseph who is often called “Nutritor Domini (“Nourisher of the Lord”) in Catholicism and “the putative father of Jesus” in southern European tradition”.

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Father’s Day being celebrated around the world today



Fathers Day

KARACHI: Like other parts of the globe, International Father’s Day is being celebrated in Pakistan to pay tribute to the unconditional love and support he provides to the whole family especially his children.     

Several programmes have been scheduled to pay homage to the great person for his unconditional love and support.

Fathers are not articulate enough when it comes to expressing the inner deep feelings, unlike mothers. They mostly remain invisible in daytime, allowing mothers to rule and return to the home in the night when darkness prevails with their real and unspeakable power.

Albeit, they love to express their feelings but more often they could not give tongue to it. To pay respect to fathers and appreciate their hardship for the entire family, the father’s day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year.

The objective of the day is to recognize the contribution and services of fathers for their children. It honours fathers for their relentless dedication for their families, and celebrates fatherhood and paternal bonds.

On this day, every child gets a turn to tell a father about his importance by sending special messages to them. Indeed, he deserves a big thank for the never-ending support to family.

The event was first observed in the year 1910 in the United States, based on an idea endorsed by Sorona Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington, who wanted to pay respect to her father.

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