PM house converted into Islamabad National University

pm universityISLAMABAD (Monitoirng Desk): Fulfilling the promise made by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the PM House has been converted into Islamabad National University.

A ceremony of converting the palatial building into the university was held Friday at the PM House.

Addressing the ceremony, the prime minister said all the symbols of colonial mindset will be broken.

We are making the masses aware of their rights so that they question rulers about their tax money, PM Khan said.

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Education is the top priority of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government and enough funds are being made available for higher education in the country, he added.

 

UAE to deposit US$3 billion in State Bank of Pakistan

uaeABU DHABI (Monitoring Desk): A month after Prime Minister Imran Khan meeting with Prime Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the United Arab Emirates announced its intention to deposit US$3 billion (equivalent to AED11 billion) in the State Bank of Pakistan to support its financial and monetary policy, Emirates News Agency said Friday.

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development said, in a statement today, that it will deposit the said amount in the coming days to enhance liquidity and monetary reserves of foreign currency at the central bank.

The country’s support for Pakistan’s fiscal policy is based on the historical ties between the two people and the two friendly countries and the desire to further develop the bilateral cooperation in all fields.

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has financed eight development projects in Pakistan with a total value of AED1.5 billion, including AED931 million in grants. The funds covered projects in sectors such as energy, health, education and roads.

17 Astonishing Places You Wouldn’t Believe Are In Pakistan

Pakistan, home to a population of almost 200 million people, rich in culture and exotic places for tourism has faded under the dark clouds of terrorism and other mind-numbing concerns. However, let’s for once not highlight our slip-ups and focus on the brighter side of things. These exotic destinations will make you want to pack your bags and leave immediately.

1. A location amidst the Seven Kingdoms from Game of Thrones?

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This is Kalash Valley, Chitral. Where the Nuristani people of Kalash speak ‘kalashamondr’. Breathtaking!

2. A hospitable café by the river in Switzerland?

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Not at all! This is Kalam Valley, Swat. A tourist hot-spot, labeled as ‘mini-Europe’ by many.

 

3. Volcanoes fascinate everyone. Is this on Dante’s peak?

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Not exactly, these Mud volcanoes can be found in different regions of Balochistan. This particular one rests in Hingol, Balochistan.

4. The magical waters from the Chronicles of Narnia?

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Can’t be. This is the exotic Ghizer River in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Wrapped around lush, green and pleasant landscapes, Ghizer is a diamond in the dirt.

5. Definitely something taken out of a Hollywood movie?

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Not to be. These are the Rakaposhi-Haramosh Mountains, Karakoram. Amongst the largest in the world, these mountains are a trekker’s fantasy.

6. Did you just open your window in a Khatmandu resort?

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A window does open, but from the Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Balistan. The Burushaski speaking locals live a happy, peaceful life amidst cold weathers.

7. A temple for the faithful situated near the holy river Ganges?

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The Katas Raj Temple in Chakwal, Punjab. Remains of the Buddhist Stupa, the Katas site houses the Satgraha, a group of seven ancient temples.

8. Foreigners sidelining along the blue lines of Goa?

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The Arabian Sea says no! Cape Monze or locally known as Ras Muari, the Cape Mount Beach floats near the Gadani Beach, Karachi.

9. Stone-walls in the Grand Canyon or Mount Rushmore?

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The muscled formation of Hingol National Park in Hingol, Balochistan. Home to exotic wildlife, the Hingol National Park can serve as a stupendous tourist spot.

10. An artist’s imagination as he draws a landscape in Iceland?

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A view of the frozen sunset captured in Shandur Lake, Gilgit-Baltistan. Where the locals like to play Polo and live ordinary lives, Shandur serves as a tourist’s delight.

11. Wooden cottages on a lush top in Ireland?

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This astounding, lush green tourist spot is Arang Kel, Azad Kashmir. Located on an altitude of 8,379 feet, this striking sight is a 2km trek from Kel.

12. The dukes and duchesses of Scotland must’ve walked on these fields?

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Overcast weather in Dharam Sar Lake, Kaghan Valley. Resting in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, this attraction was largely rebuilt after 2005’s earthquake.

13. A heaven to the foreigners. Must be Brazil or Chile?

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The double-bed waterfall rests in Sajikot, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Stagnant in the Hazara region, Sajikot would put any South American country to shame.

14. An insight on the dazzling caves of South Africa?

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This tourism deprived sight is known as Moola Chotok in Khuzdar, Balochistan. Amidst tense hold of nationalists in the Jhalawan belt, Chotok seems like a lost cause.

15. Where are the tourists? This must lead to the Niagara Falls?

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Fortunately, no! This peach of a view is from the Neelam Valley, Kashmir. One of the better tourist ranges in Pakistan, this valley is a 200km long bow-shaped, deeply forested region.

16. Book-cover material. Has to lie in the outskirts of Belgium?

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Wrong again! This shot from heaven was captured at the Attabad Lake, Hunza Valley. Created by a landslide in 2010, the locals like prefer referring to it as the Gojal Lake.

17. The astounding waterfalls from Leura Cascades, Australia?

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No chance. This is an awe-inspiring view of Pir Ghaib, Balochistan. Locals here believe in the myth of the Invisible Saint (Pir Ghaib), who was saved by the Almighty.

 

Courtesy: Shuga Dot Com/Dardistan Times

Teach for Pakistan announces 2019 Fellowship

tfpTeach for Pakistan has recently announced its fellowship program for the year 2019. Teach for Pakistan leverages promising young talent to create a multiplier effect on the education system.

​It recruits and trains top graduates and young professionals from all fields for a two-year Fellowship to teach in low-income schools that lack quality teachers. After the Fellowship, the alumni use their experiences to tackle Pakistan’s most pressing problems in education, fostering action to change policy and curriculum, mobilizing resources, turning around schools, and spurring social innovation. Collectively, this movement aims to transform systems of educational inequity and promote excellence in education.

The deadline to submit a completed application is 11:59pm on April 5th, 2019.

Interested graduates can register themselves via the following link

https://www.tfaforms.com/forms/view/4706275/?tfa_dbWorkflowId=4150&tfa_dbWorkflowStep=0&tfa_dbWorkflowControl=f773edb14a06d21d2438e4b48c91b621

Planning Commission of Pakistan announces Young Development Fellowship 2019

Planning Commission of Pakistan has announced Young Development Fellows Program for the year 2019. The detail of the YDFP 2019 is as under .

Young Development Fellows Program Batch 5 announced .

Eligibility Criteria :

  • Between 18-30 Years of Age
  • Hold PHD/Master/ Professional Degree from a recognized from a local in the fields mentioned below
  • Preferably, some relevant professional experience related to development or continued academic study at doctoral level
  • has not joined first four batches of YDFP

Fields

  • Economic and Finance
  • Social Sector
  • Energy
  • Science & Technology / ICT
  • Water resources
  • Governance and Public Policy
  • Industrial Development
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Food and Culture
  • Climate Change

Age Limit : 18 to 30 Years

Job’s Location : Islamabad , Pakistan

Download Application Form : (Click Here to Download)

Apply Online : (Click Here)

How to Apply Online YDF Programme 2018

  • Visit Planning Commission of Pakistan Website or Click Here
  • Fill online Application Form and enter all details .
  • When you have completed all the steps , Click submit button . Your application will be submitted successfully.

For more details regarding YDF Programme batch 5 please see the complete Advertisement.

IRM to hire suitable candidates for its Civil Society Project

The mission of Institute of Rural Management (IRM) is to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and improve the quality of life of the rural communities by empowering them to harness their true human, social and economic potential.

Through its various projects it works to:

  • Enhance human productivity
  • Reduce poverty
  • Conservation of environment
  • Upgrading the technical and managerial skill of rural poor
  • Efficient use of local resources and reduce dependency on external resources
  • Innovate and develop courses to meet evolving community and staff needs
  • Strengthen village infrastructure to support economic growth

For its Civil Society Stregnthening project, IRM is looking for suitable candidates for the following positions:

  • Project Manager
  • CSO Liasion Officer
  • M&E Officer
  • Training Coordinator

The deadline for receiving the application is December 16, 2018. Interested candidates can send theirr CVs to cso@irm.edu.pk .

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Poverty Reduction through Social Mobilisation in South Asia

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Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Pakistan is holding a large conference, the 21st Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) and 11th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES), with the theme of ‘Corridors of Knowledge for Peace and Development’. The event is from 4th to 7th December, 2018 at Islamabad.

In this event, RSPN is holding an exclusive panel discussion, titled “Poverty Reduction through Social Mobilisation in South Asia” on Friday, 7th December, 2018 (tomorrow) from 09:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Panel will share lessons and challenges of the social mobilisation approach of Pakistan’s Rural Support Programmes (RSPs) and its adaptations in India and Tajikistan. The panel structure and associated details are given as follows:

Session Chair Panellists: Panel Discussants
Dr Tariq Banuri, Chairman Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. Speaker 1 – (Pakistan). Mr Shoaib Sultan Khan, Chairman RSPN. Discussant 1 – (Pakistan). Mrs Munawar Humayun Khan, Chairperson, Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP).

Discussant 2 – (Pakistan). Mr Ejaz Rahim, Advisor to the RSPN Board.

Discussant 3 – (Pakistan). Dr Tariq Husain, Senior Development Consultant & Evaluation Expert.

Speaker 2 – (Tajikistan). Mr Koshif Rijabekov, Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP).
Speaker 3 – (India). Mr Rajsekhar, Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty and National Rural Livelihoods Mission, Government of India. Via Skype.
Speaker 4 – (India). Mr Sampath Kumar, on Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna (RGMVP) Via Skype.

The venue for the panel discussion is Sangam Hall, Hotel Margala, Kashmir Highway, Near Convention Center, Islamabad.