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High-value mountain products can promote sustainable livelihoods in Himalayas

Integrated farm with fruits, vegetables and herbs, Swat valley, Pakistan

Strengthening linkages between value chain actors, mountain farmers and consumers is important in achieving sustainable growth in Hindu Kush Himalayan region By Dr Surendra Raj Joshi The bountiful mountain areas of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) are a cornucopia of diverse, high-value products. With an abundance of niche goods, the region has a comparative advantage over other markets due to the ... Read More »

American Muslim raise over $100,000 for California shooting victims

American Muslim raise over $100,000 for California shooting victims

American Muslims groups nationwide have joined forces to raise funds for the families of the victims in the San Bernardino attack. Their efforts have raised $100,000 as of Tuesday. The project, “Muslims United for San Bernadino”, has raised more than $113,000 as of Wednesday. The money raised through the crowdfunding site LaunchGood will go towards various expenses such as funeral costs, medical ... Read More »

Heart of Asia Conf. delegates call for unified approach against terrorism

Heart of Asia Conf. delegates call for unified approach against terrorism

Conference stress enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Heart of Asia region ISLAMABAD – Dignitaries from Afghanistan, India, China, Turkey, Iran and other Asian countries called for enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Asian region at the Heart of Asia conference. The ‘Heart of Asia’ summit is jointly hosted by ... Read More »

Malaysia welcomes first group of Syrian refugees

Malaysia welcomes first group of Syrian refugees

Malaysia has received the first batch of Syrian migrants out of a total of 3,000 it plans to allow into the country. Malaysia will open its doors to 3,000 Syrian migrants over the next three years to help alleviate the refugee crisis, said Prime Minister Najib Razak. Najib said Muslim countries were partly responsible for ensuring the well-being of the ... Read More »

Pakistani art exhibit in Turkey commemorates Rumi Day

Group photo of Artist and Governor Konya with guests.

The art exhibit in Konya is part of exhibition commemorating Rumi ANKARA (Turkey) – Pakistan is participating in the 742nd commemoration ceremonies of the death of Moulana Jalaluddin Rumi being held in Konya from 7-17 December 2015. Twenty paintings made by Pakistan’s renowned artist, Mr. Shafique Farooqi, representing Sufism as seen and depicted through the intellect of Moulana Rumi are ... Read More »

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake hits Tajikistan, shakes Pakistan, India, Afghanistan

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake hits Tajikistan, shakes Pakistan, India, Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD – A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has hit Tajikistan, according to the US Geological Survey. The earthquake’s epicenter was located 109 kilometers (68 miles) west of Murghob, Tajikistan and 133 kilometers (83 miles) northeast of Khorugh, Tajikistan. The depth of the quake was 29 kilometers. But buildings shook as far away in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan,  sources report. A ... Read More »

Five US kids arrested over plot to bomb school’s assembly

5 Fifth-Graders arrested over alleged bomb plot in United States

NEW JERSEY (United States) – Five New Jersey 5th graders, ages 10 and 11, were arrested yesterday after teachers discovered their plot to “bomb” another school’s assembly. Police say the young students at Clifton Elementary School 11 made a “device” out of cinnamon and vinegar. Police in Clifton, New Jersey, say five fifth-grade students were arrested after they allegedly planned to set ... Read More »

Reception on board Pakistan Naval Ship Shamsheer in Colombo

HE Shakeel Hussain (2nd right) with SL Minister of Industries Rishaad Bathiueedin Mission Commander and DA Col Rajil

COLOMBO — A colorful reception was arranged on board visiting Pakistan Navy ship SHAMSHEER which is in Sri Lanka on a 4 day visit reflective of strong multifaceted relationship and engagement between the two friendly countries. The reception was attended by large gathering of guests which included Sri Lankan Ministers, Diplomats, Senior Officers of Armed forces, Top Government officials, business ... Read More »

At least 14 people shot dead in U.S. by three gunmen

U.S. shooting on December 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — At least 14 people were killed and 17 others wounded on Wednesday (early Thursday in Pakistan) when three people burst into a handicapped training center in San Bernardino, California and started shooting. According to VOA reports hours later, police shot and killed two of the suspects in a neighborhood nearby Redlands, California when officers spotted an SUV in ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia plans to build World’s tallest skyscraper

Saudi Arabia plans to build World’s tallest skyscraper

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) – Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from neighboring Saudi Arabia. Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, could be stripped of its Guinness title if Saudi Arabia succeeds in its plans to construct the even larger Jeddah Tower — a prospect looking more likely as funds for the $1.23 ... Read More »

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