Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed says Pakistan Railways has completed feasibility study of up-gradation of Quetta-Taftan Rail Track. He was talking to Iranian Ambassador Syed Mohammad Ali Hussaini in Islamabad today. He said Quetta-Taftan Rail Track, to be upgraded at a cost of 112 billion rupees, will increase trade and movement of passengers between […]
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نئے عمودی گاؤں کا ایک بہترین آغاز جس میں 13 ملین ڈالر کے پینٹ ہاؤس کی فروخت بھی شامل ہے نیویارک، 2 مارچ 2017 / پی آر نیوز وائر / — ایکس ٹیل ڈیویلپمنٹ کمپنی نے آج اعلان کیا ہے کہ نومبر کے اوائل میں ون مین ہٹن اسکوائر پر فروخت کا آغاز کرنے کے […]
New Vertical Village is off to an Epic Start Including the Sale of a $13M Penthouse NEW YORK, March. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Extell Development Company today announced it has sold over 100 residences, including a $13 million penthouse, at One Manhattan Square since the launch of sales in early November. Extell’s largest luxury condominium project […]
Video Released on Lake Biwa and Other Famous Spots in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture, Shown in Seven Rainbow Colors for First Time: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Purple
OTSU, Japan, Mar. 2, 2017 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ — The Biwako Visitors Bureau, located in Shiga Prefecture, which forms part of the Kansai region in the western part of Japan’s main island, has released a video titled “Rainbow-Colored, Beautiful SHIGA: Shiga – Biwako.” (Biwako or Lake Biwa is the largest freshwater lake in Japan.) Various locations […]
Rabat (IINA) � Morocco’s King Mohammed VI held a phone call on Wednesday with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Morocco World News reported citing a statement by the Royal Office.
During the conversation, the king enquired about the health of President Buhari and voiced satisfaction at his noteworthy improvement, said the statement.
The two sides also touched on the outcome of the meeting, held in Casablanca last December, on the Morocco-Nigeria Atlantic Gazoduc and the upcoming stages of this strategic project.
King Mohammed VI thanked President Buhari for his personal involvement concerning the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU). He also assured the president of his intention to making the Rabat-Abuja strategic axis a framework for consultation and cooperation on all African issues, the statement added.
Source: International Islamic News Agency
ISLAMABAD � Fast-growing Pakistan will conduct its first census in 19 years in March, the statistics bureau said on Thursday, hoping to end years of wrangling by
politicians concerned about how a survey would affect the makeup of their local electorates.
Changes could be significant in a country where 60 percent of the population is under the age of 30.
In 2015, the World Bank estimated Pakistan’s population at 188.9 million but the country still uses the official 1998 figure of 134.7 million. The population has exploded since its first census in 1951, when it had 33.8 million inhabitants.
Political leaders across the country have voiced concerns about the census, fearing a loss of influence from any changes in provincial demographics.
Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa said the Pakistani army had been drafted in to provide security and ensure there was no harassment of officials.
“With every civil enumerator will be a military officer to ensure that the enumerator can enter the correct data without being intimidated by local political figures,” Bajwa told a press briefing in Islamabad.
Electoral seats in Pakistan’s parliament are assigned using population density data, and with rural populations fluctuating due to urbanization, powerful feudal landlords and political families fear losing influence in Islamabad.
“Some regions are over-represented in the parliament and the political elite are wary of the census because it changes the voting pattern, changes the representation in the parliament,” said Shahid Faiz, chief executive of Free and Fair Election Network, an organization collecting electoral data.
Bajwa said 200,000 military personnel would assist civilian counters to complete the 70-day data-gathering campaign, which will start on March 15.
The inclusion of Afghan refugees in the census, confirmed by Bajwa, had been strongly opposed by leaders from the country’s sparsely populated Baluchistan province, where separatists are waging an insurgency.
The ethnic Baluch fear being turned into a minority in their own province due to growing populations of other communities.
Similar fears have been voiced by Sindhi politicians in southern Sindh province.
In January, normally conservative Pakistan announced that the country’s transgender community would be included in the 2017 census.
Originally scheduled for March, 2016, the census was postponed due to the unavailability of army personnel to oversee security. The United Nations Population Fund will assign international observers to oversee the administration of the census, Bajwa said.
Source: Voice of America
Pakistan is moving to merge its troubled tribal areas with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, in part to crack down on extremist groups that have sought refuge there, allegedly plotting and launching terror attacks elsewhere in the country and across the bor…