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China AIDS death toll up nearly 20,000 in a year

China AIDS death toll up nearly 20,000 in a year

BEIJING: The total number of reported AIDS deaths in China has jumped by nearly 20,000 since an official estimate last year, state media said Monday as Beijing vowed to step up efforts to curb its spread.
Deaths linked to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) since its emergence in China in the 1980s reached 68,315 by the end of October, state television said, citing figures from the health ministry. That compares with a tally of 49,845 reported deaths released by the

Japan plans to import mangoes from Pakistan next year

ISLAMABAD: Official sources have indicated that Japan plans to import Pakistani mangoes from next year and has shown keen interest in investing in the country’s dairy and horticulture sectors.
An eight-member delegation of the Japan Agriculture Association (JA) group led by its Vice Chairman Yasuhiro Nakagawa held meetings with the Agriculture Minister Nazar M Gondal and officials of Board of Investment (BOI) here on Monday.
According to official sources, JA delegation was

UHS reforms testing system – Single entry test for medical colleges from next year

LAHORE: University of Health Sciences (UHS) shall conduct a single and unified entrance test from next year for intermediate candidates interested in taking admission in medical and dental institutions of the Punjab, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubashar said on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference, Malik said the decision of conducting single entrance test was made keeping in view the best international practices. He said that entry test shall be held soon after FSc

FIPP to attract over $5b investment a year

KARACHI: The federal government is poised to launch its first Foreign Investment Promotion Policy (FIPP) and aims to maintain the level of inflow of foreign investments above $5 billion annually, by offering fresh incentives to investors.
According to the draft of the FIPP, made available to Pakistan Today, the federal government had almost completed the process of consultation with both provincial governments and private sector stakeholders. It is hoped that the policy will be

2010 ‘exceptional year’ for weather disasters

BERLIN: Catastrophic floods in Pakistan, wildfires in Russia, hurricanes in Mexico — 2010 has so far been an “exceptional” year for weather-related disasters, German reinsurance giant Munich Re said on Thursday.
“This year really has been a year of weather records,” Peter Hoeppe, an expert from Munich Re’s Geo Risks Research department, told reporters. “The first nine months of the year have seen the highest number of weather-related events since Munich Re started keeping

I’ll change justice system in 1 year as SCBA head: Asma

After the successful conclusion of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) presidential elections, decisions will be taken in the larger interest of the community with consensus of all members of the body, SCBA presidential candidate Asma Jahangir said on Monday, while claiming to ‘change the justice system within one year if elected president’.
Addressing a big gathering at a reception hosted in her honour, the renowned lawyer said that she was in the run to end

‘2010, the worst year of my life’

Pop star Cheryl Cole has said that she can’t wait for 2010 to end because it has been the “worst year” of her life. In the last few months, the pop star has had to cope with splitting from her soccer player husband Ashley Cole and has had to battle back from the brink of death after catching malaria.
“It has been the worst year, the worst in my life ever. You know what I want more than anything? Those last 10 seconds on New Year’s Eve (31.12.10), `10, 9, 8…. 2011! I’m going to

LG polls next year: PM

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has announced to hold of local government (LG) elections next year, but said a final date would be announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Addressing a gathering of the party’s parliamentary leaders at the Governor’s House on Saturday, Gilani said proposals from all the provinces would also be collected in this regard. The prime minister said the PPP government respected all institutions and had no intention to challenge the

Domestic debt expands by Rs 813 billion in one year

The country’s domestic debt has risen by Rs 813 billion (20 percent) over the last year, indicating massive borrowings by the government to control the widening fiscal deficit.
The domestic debt stood at Rs 4.05 trillion in August 2009, but expanded to Rs 4.863 trillion by August 2010.
In the first two months of this fiscal year, the domestic debt expanded by Rs 211 billion or 4.53 percent, mounting to Rs 4.863 trillion, the highest-ever mark in the country’s