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Int’l congress on Islamic history, culture, heritage of Kashmir to be held on April 4-5

Staff Reporter. Islamabad. The Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), a subsidiary organ of the Organization of the Islamic.
Subsequently, IRCICA proposed to hold an International Congress in Pakistan on this topic in collaboration with NH LH Division and Government of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK).In its Program of work for 2019, IRCICA has scheduled an International Congress on “Islamic History, Culture and Heritage of Kashmir” in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and Government of AJK in mid-2019. The Congress will be held on 4th – 5th April 2019 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad.

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Inbuilt sports Infra in Real Estate projects is must to create future Olympians: Mary Kom

Ace Olympian boxer Mary Kom on Sunday said Indian real estate sector should have in-built sports infrastructure in housing projects.She was speaking at the unveiling of Boxing Ring for kids at Happy Trails project by ATS HomeKraft in Greater Noida (West).

“We need to focus on generating interest for sports along with the right infrastructure within the housing premises. Having sports infrastructure within one’s society will help parents to introduce their kids to a variety of sports at a young age.This will greatly help in identifying raw talent at young age and with the right advice and coaching can grow to a professional level,” Mary Kom said at the event.”Sports is a critical aspect for holistic development of any child and we wanted to ensure that residents in our project get top class boxing facility for their children.

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SOTC Travel taking omni-channel approach for expansion

Travel services provider SOTC Travel Friday said it is focusing on an omni-channel approach for expansion and is taking a slew of initiatives.
For this, the company is taking steps to strengthen both online and offline presence in the country.
Currently its distribution centres operates in over 60 cities and towns across India, it said.”As a part of our strategy to increase our online presence, the bulk of our investments are diverted towards streamlining our processes and investing in technology, in order to ensure omni-channel coherence,” SOTC Travel MD Vishal Suri told PTI.
Currently the company sells about 15-18 per cent of its holidays solely through online sales, he added.Highlighting that the customers also prefer to physically interact with the company for certain services, Suri said: “Be it visa, ticketing, or other information pertaining to documentation; customers are more comfortable visiting a brick and mortar store, which is conveniently and centrally located.

For this reason, the company will continue to invest in an omni-channel strategy, he added.”As a part of our investment cycle in this approach, we already have a physical presence in major cities across the country, and will continue to expand in tier 2 and tier 3 markets,” Suri said.
Given company’s omni-channel approach, it has paid considerable attention to ensuring that while alternating between the online and offline models, the customers enjoy a seamless transition, and that the company is well-aligned with its offerings, he added.On being asked about the business segments of the company, Suri said: “We have a Holiday Business, under which, we offer both domestic and international holidays, distributed online as well as offline.
Being a B2C retail or consumer business, it has both physical and digital channels.”
The company also has a significant presence in the Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) business and has recently pioneered the concept of incentive travel in India, he added.
“We are also a travel management company, and we deliver business travel and corporate travel solutions to large companies, administering the travel policy for them,” Suri said.Recently the company has also ventured into Foreign Exchange business.
At this point in time, it has started foreign exchange activities in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai, he added.When asked if the company was also looking at expanding its existing portfolio, Suri said SOTC Travel is essentially a travel and holiday business, and that’s who it wants to be.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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PM promises relief to elderly woman

ISLAMABAD: Taking prompt notice of an elderly and exceedingly poor woman appealing to the government for help, Prime Minister Imran Khan talked to her and promised immediate relief to her and that she would not be left alone.The prime minister assured the homeless woman that she would not have to face hardships and that he was saddened to see her video clip on social media.
The Islamabad deputy commissioner tweeted: The prime minister of Pakistan has personally called the lady. She talked to him on video call.Directions have been received. MD Baitul Mal is on site and resolving all the issues Alhamdolillah.The deputy had replied to a video posted by a user,showcasing the old woman, appealing to the prime minister to provide her with the basic amenities. She complained that she had been forgotten despite having voted for him.The video, still available on social media, shows the woman addressing Prime Minister Imran Khan while requesting to him to provide her a house as she had no other option left but to live in the jungle, after her husband passed away.Due to severe abject poverty, she spends her days and nights under the open sky near a police picket, close to Bhara Kahu.A passerby had made her clip, who approached him while he was waiting for someone.She urged the authorities to let her stay near Bhara Kahu because her husband is buried in the area.
It is reported that she has been shifted to her daughter’s house, after having been provided some amenities by Baitul Mal. Initially, she was adamant on living near the grave of her husband.Local MNA of the ruling PTI, Ali Awan, also tweeted, who is special assistant to Prime Minister on the Capital Development Authority Affairs, saying he had asked the authorities to trace the old woman, who refused to be shifted to a panagah (shelter).The clip of woman, Naseem Bibi, apparently in her 70s, went viral Sunday on social media, invoking compassion and sympathy from all and sundry.The prime minister assured the homeless woman that she would not have to face hardships and that he was saddened to see her video clip on social media.The Islamabad deputy commissioner tweeted: The prime minister of Pakistan has personally called the lady.She talked to him on video call. Directions have been received.MD Baitul Mal is on site and resolving all the issues Alhamdolillah.The deputy had replied to a video posted by a user,showcasing the old woman, appealing to the prime minister to provide her with the basic amenities.She complained that she had been forgotten despite having voted for him.The video, still available on social media, shows the woman addressing Prime Minister Imran Khan while requesting to him to provide her a house as she had no other option left but to live in the jungle, after her husband passed away.
Due to severe abject poverty, she spends her days and nights under the open sky near a police picket, close to Bhara Kahu. A passerby had made her clip, who approached him while he was waiting for someone.She urged the authorities to let her stay near Bhara Kahu because her husband is buried in the area. It is reported that she has been shifted to her daughter’s house, after having been provided some amenities by Baitul Mal.Initially, she was adamant on living near the grave of her husband.Local MNA of the ruling PTI, Ali Awan, also tweeted, who is special assistant to Prime Minister on the Capital Development Authority Affairs, saying he had asked the authorities to trace the old woman, who refused to be shifted to a panagah (shelter).

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FM Qureshi arrives in China on three-day visit

ISLAMABAD : Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reached China on a three-day visit on Monday. The foreign minister will attend the first Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue during his visit, Radio Pakistan reported.
The foreign minister will attend the first Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue during his visit, Radio Pakistan reported.Chinese envoy Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador to China Masood Khalid and other embassy officials welcomed FM Qureshi upon his arrival.A Foreign Office (FO) statement said both sides will hold comprehensive discussions on the entire range of bilateral relations, including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and also discuss regional situation and cooperation at multilateral forums.During the visit, FM Qureshi will address the Political Parties Forum on CPEC and participate in the ruling parties’ dialogue between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Communist Party of China.The foreign minister will also call on the Chinese leadership.In a video message, the Qureshi said that China is a time tested friend of Pakistan and supported Islamabad at every critical time.‘NZ attack grim reminder of Islamophobia sweeping the world’Time has come to hold consultations with China and make a joint strategy for the future, the foreign minister went on to add.FM Qureshis visit is of high importance in the current political scenario.

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Nawaz has option of plea bargain: Fawad

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Sunday said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif might leave the country after entering into a plea-bargain with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

He said the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were doing politics on the health of Nawaz Sharif and trying to halt the ongoing accountability process.He said Nawaz Sharif would have to bear the brunt of his deeds and he would be held accountable for them, adding that all the cases against Nawaz Sharif were instituted during the past regimes.Rejecting media reports that Nawaz Sharif was not being provided best medical treatment, he said extraordinary medical facilities are being provided to Nawaz Sharif to treat his cardiac, kidney and diabetes ailments but he had refused to avail himself of the treatment within Pakistan.
He said, recently, Punjab Chief Minister’s spokesman Dr Shahbaz Gill alongside senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami met Nawaz Sharif at Kot Lakhpat Jail to offer him the medical treatment of his choice within Pakistan but he declined.The minister said, despite Nawaz Shairf’s refusal to get treatment in the country, he said the Punjab government had established a mini-cardiac unit at the Kot Lakhpat Jail with three cardiologists and three technicians available round the clock, but Nawaz Sharif had not allowed them any access.

He said, as a matter of fact, Nawaz Sharif did not want to be treated in the country as he did not have faith in the health facilities being provided in the country which he and his brother Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif built over three decades.The minister recalled the past incident when Imran Khan fell off a staircase during the general elections campaign in 2013 and said it was only Prime Minister Imran Khan who refused to go abroad for treatment and preferred to be treated at Shaukat Khan Memorial Hospital (SKMH), although an air ambulance had been arranged for shifting him abroad for treatment.He said, similarly, Imran Khan’s late father also got all treatment from Pakistan instead of going abroad.He said this was the spirit what differentiated between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-N leadership.

Fawad Chaudhry said that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family are insisting that he be sent to the hospital in London where the former premier received treatment before.Fawad alleged that the complications that have come up in Nawaz’ health are because of doctors in London.The information minister presented a review of the various developments in the former premier’s health over the past few months.Fawad Chaudhry said that certain tests including a thallium scan were done after which a doctor recommended that Nawaz be shifted to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for further tests.On January 22, Sharif was shifted to PIC where he underwent tests.Following this at 3 30pm on the same day the former premier went back to jail.

The information minister added that on Jan 25 the Punjab Home Department constituted a six-member board including doctors from Lahore and Rawalpindi cardiology hospitals while Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) personnel had also been nominated.On Jan 30, this board met Nawaz in jail and advised that the former premier be shifted to a hospital due to previous ailments he had suffered.He added that in 2001-02 Nawaz underwent an angioplasty and in 2016 he had a bypass surgery.Meanwhile in an interview with a private TV channel, Fawad Chaudhry said that no formal negotiations have been held with the United States regarding release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and no substantive progress has been made regarding this matter.Fawad said, It is our desire that Dr Aafia should be handed over to Pakistan and she should complete the remaining term in Pakistan which is her right being the Pakistani citizen. Fawad said that Pakistan has signed extradition treaty with Britain but has no such agreement with the United States adding that this depends on the US policy.

Fawad Chaudhry said that Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting is going to be held in June adding, We will fulfill most of the conditions of FATF and will come out from the gray list in September. He said that the meeting of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with Nawaz Sharif was meeting between the two disappointed persons.
Fawad said that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari have contested their last elections, however, Bilawal’s politics will continue.Replying a question Fawad said that the investigations into the suicide of Brigadier (R) Asad Munir should be held so that the causes of suicide could be ascertained.He said that the postmortem of Asad Munir’s body should have been conducted and application of Asad Munir’s family for not conducting the postmortem should have been rejected.

Addressing a press conference along with Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasim Rashid here at the Press Information Department (PID), he said the accountability process against Nawaz Sharif would not stop on the pretext of his bad health, adding that Nawaz Sharif would have to return every penny of the masses only then he could be allowed to leave the country.He said the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were doing politics on the health of Nawaz Sharif and trying to halt the ongoing accountability process.He said Nawaz Sharif would have to bear the brunt of his deeds and he would be held accountable for them, adding that all the cases against Nawaz Sharif were instituted during the past regimes.

Rejecting media reports that Nawaz Sharif was not being provided best medical treatment, he said extraordinary medical facilities are being provided to Nawaz Sharif to treat his cardiac, kidney and diabetes ailments but he had refused to avail himself of the treatment within Pakistan.He said, recently, Punjab Chief Minister’s spokesman Dr Shahbaz Gill alongside senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami met Nawaz Sharif at Kot Lakhpat Jail to offer him the medical treatment of his choice within Pakistan but he declined.The minister said, despite Nawaz Shairf’s refusal to get treatment in the country, he said the Punjab government had established a mini-cardiac unit at the Kot Lakhpat Jail with three cardiologists and three technicians available round the clock, but Nawaz Sharif had not allowed them any access.He said, as a matter of fact, Nawaz Sharif did not want to be treated in the country as he did not have faith in the health facilities being provided in the country which he and his brother Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif built over three decades.

The minister recalled the past incident when Imran Khan fell off a staircase during the general elections campaign in 2013 and said it was only Prime Minister Imran Khan who refused to go abroad for treatment and preferred to be treated at Shaukat Khan Memorial Hospital (SKMH), although an air ambulance had been arranged for shifting him abroad for treatment.He said, similarly, Imran Khan’s late father also got all treatment from Pakistan instead of going abroad.
He said this was the spirit what differentiated between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-N leadership.Fawad Chaudhry said that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family are insisting that he be sent to the hospital in London where the former premier received treatment before.Fawad alleged that the complications that have come up in Nawaz’ health are because of doctors in London.The information minister presented a review of the various developments in the former premier’s health over the past few months.Fawad Chaudhry said that certain tests including a thallium scan were done after which a doctor recommended that Nawaz be shifted to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for further tests. On January 22, Sharif was shifted to PIC where he underwent tests.

Following this at 3 30pm on the same day the former premier went back to jail.The information minister added that on Jan 25 the Punjab Home Department constituted a six-member board including doctors from Lahore and Rawalpindi cardiology hospitals while Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) personnel had also been nominated.On Jan 30, this board met Nawaz in jail and advised that the former premier be shifted to a hospital due to previous ailments he had suffered. He added that in 2001-02 Nawaz underwent an angioplasty and in 2016 he had a bypass surgery.Meanwhile in an interview with a private TV channel, Fawad Chaudhry said that no formal negotiations have been held with the United States regarding release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and no substantive progress has been made regarding this matter. Fawad said, “It is our desire that Dr Aafia should be handed over to Pakistan and she should complete the remaining term in Pakistan which is her right being the Pakistani citizen.Fawad said that Pakistan has signed extradition treaty with Britain but has no such agreement with the United States adding that this depends on the US policy.Fawad Chaudhry said that Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting is going to be held in June adding, “We will fulfill most of the conditions of FATF and will come out from the gray list in September.” He said that the meeting of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with Nawaz Sharif was meeting between the two disappointed persons. Fawad said that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari have contested their last elections, however, Bilawal’s politics will continue.Replying a question Fawad said that the investigations into the suicide of Brigadier (R) Asad Munir should be held so that the causes of suicide could be ascertained. He said that the postmortem of Asad Munir’s body should have been conducted and application of Asad Munir’s family for not conducting the postmortem should have been rejected.

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Merged districts' development top priority: Mahmood

Tariq Saeed. Peshawar. Chief Minster Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has declared the PTI government was committed to speedy development of the Tribal districts and bringing them at par with the developed areas of the country in line with the vision …

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