(Alifweb) – The University of Karachi and the University of Karachi Alumni Association, Houston, Texas (UKAHA) in the United States have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide “need-based” scholarships to students.
Pakistani students to get ‘need-based’ scholarships in the US
International Relations, Economics, Psychology, Mass Communication, Chemistry, Statistics, Mathematics, and Computer Science students, to name a few, will have access to the scholarships for a full academic year.
UoK Vice Chancellor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Iraqi praised the alumni body’s role in helping students and its dedication to their alma mater when he signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the financial aid program “UKAHA Academic Achievement Award” with UKAHA Houston President Muhammad Azam Akhtar.
Dr. Iraqi remarked, “Our students have good potential and that is why they are making a name around the globe. They never forget their university and are always available to help the students studying in different departments.”
It should be mentioned that the UKAHA, in light of rising prices caused by inflation and rising living expenses, has increased the yearly financial assistance from Rs500,000 to Rs1,000,000 under the 2019 agreement.
Speaking at the event, UKAHA Houston President Akhtar thanked the university and its faculty for contributing to the alumni’s achievement and assured the students that the alumni body will continue to assist them in the future.
The Threat of Deportation has Driven almost 165,000 Afghans from Pakistan
Islamabad gave those foreigners it claims are illegally residing in Pakistan until November 1 to leave the country or face arrest and deportation. As the deadline drew near and police opened dozens of detention cells to house imprisoned Afghans, the vast majority of them rushed to the border in the past few days.
Attempts by Afghan authorities to process those returning — some of whom are stepping foot in Afghanistan for the first time in their lives — have been hampered by the sheer size of the exodus.
“We are constantly in contact with them (Pakistani authorities) asking for more time,” Khalil Haqqani, the Taliban government’s minister for refugees, told AFP.
After congestion at the border crossing caused an “emergency situation” for thousands of stranded individuals, Taliban authorities put up the centre several kilometres away, along with camps for families with nowhere else to go, according to an official.
Officials worked into the early hours of Thursday to remove a wait of 28,000 people that stretched for seven kilometres (four miles) at the main border crossing at Torkham in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Border officials in Chaman, Balochistan province, informed AFP that over 38,000 people had left from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The provincial home department estimated that 129,000 people had departed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Raids conducted by law enforcement
Officials have promised to continue holding hundreds of Afghans as part of their immigration drive, even as they urge undocumented families to keep departing freely as the situation at the borders improves.
On Thursday, police captured more than 100 people in a single operation in Karachi, the country’s largest metropolis, and 425 Afghans in Quetta, the city closest to the Chaman border crossing.
“I have the card but this morning cops stormed our home and told us they would verify our IDs. Hameed Khan, a 30-year-old potter who was born in a refugee camp in Peshawar and has since relocated to Karachi, told AFP at a police station that he and his family had decided to leave rather than face police raids at their homes.
For a male who is not a close relative to enter a home with women present is seen as a tremendous disgrace in conservative Afghan culture.
Following Thursday’s meeting between Pakistan’s interior minister and Afghanistan’s ambassador in Islamabad, Pakistan stated that women and children under the age of 14 who are willingly leaving the country would not be subjected to body searches or biometric scanning at the border.
Afghans have alleged weeks of arbitrary arrests and extortion, and lawyers and rights groups have accused the government of using these tactics to persuade asylum applicants to leave.
The refugees have been denied their right to a fair trial, according to human rights lawyer Moniza Kakar of Karachi. “The constitution of Pakistan gives every person who is present on this soil the right to a fair trial,” she said.
The fight goes on Pakistan against Afghans
Since the Taliban regime took control in August 2021 and imposed their draconian vision of Islamic law, millions of Afghans have flooded into Pakistan seeking refuge from a succession of horrific battles.
Pakistan claims the deportations are necessary to safeguard the country’s “welfare and security” in the wake of a dramatic increase in attacks, which the government attributes to extremists based in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Experts believe it’s part of a strategy to coerce the Taliban government into working with them on security matters.
While claiming that refugees are to cause for instability, the Taliban regime has urged Pakistani authorities to provide Afghan residents more time to leave with dignity.
Analysts claim that a prolonged refugee presence places a severe load on Pakistan’s infrastructure, hence the expulsion of undocumented Afghans enjoys strong support among Pakistanis.
Human Rights Watch has warned that Afghans who fled the Taliban administration and are currently waiting to be resettled in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, or Canada may be deported after their visas expired in Pakistan.
A hotel fire in Pattaya injures a Kuwaiti tourist and causes over a million baht in damage
(Alifweb) – A popular hotel fire in Pattaya, located on Third Road in the Nongprue sub-district, Banglamung district, Chon Buri province, was engulfed in flames early this morning.
The Pattaya hotel fire, which occurred at 3 a.m. today, resulted in moderate injuries to a Kuwaiti tourist. Because of the current fire investigation, the name of the hotel has been suppressed.
Firefighters from Pattaya City were quickly sent in response to the alarm to put out the flames.
The team arrived to find a large fire originating from a balcony on the second floor of the seven-story building. As visitors were being evacuated from the burning building, thick, billowing smoke filled the air.
The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes by the firefighting operation. Following this endeavor, a thorough investigation of the premises was carried out.
This investigation led to the discovery of an injured person, identified as 31-year-old Kuwaiti traveler Jaber M H S Alotaibi. Alotaibi had been staying in the room where the Pattaya hotel fire started.
Alotaibi was severely burned on his arms and legs in the Pattaya hotel fire. He received immediate first assistance at the spot before being transferred to Bangkok Pattaya Hospital for additional medical treatment.
Alotaibi presented a first-hand account of the incident during an interview with The Pattaya News. He claimed waking up to use the loo when he smelled something burning.
Upon further examination, he discovered a fire in his room.
Alotaibi was burned by the Pattaya hotel fire while exiting the room to save his life. He thought about his lucky timing, observing that if he hadn’t woken up at the right time, he could have been mortally burned while sleeping.
The Pattaya hotel fire caused substantial damage, estimated to be worth more than a million baht. According to Pattaya News, the exact cause of the fire is yet unknown as the investigation continues.
Day 2 of the Asian Games 2023 medal events: Learn about the schedule and how to watch live action on Monday, September 25.
(Alifweb) – On September 25, 2023, the 19th Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China, will continue with 38 medal events. Discover which events will be shown and when to tune in.
Day 2 of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou in the People’s Republic of China begins on Monday, September 25, 2023.
On the second full day of competition, 38 gold medals will be awarded.
The following are the medals that will be awarded on Day 2.
Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 – Day 2 – 25 September 2023 – medal schedule
All times China Standard Time (UTC +8 hours) and subject to change. Events are listed by sport.
- 10:00, 15:00, 19:30 – Women’s team final (three subdivisions)
- 09:00 – Women’s bronze-medal match
- 14:00 – Women’s gold-medal match
Cycling Mountain Bike
- 09:00 – Women’s Cross-Country Olympic
- 13:30 – Men’s Cross-Country Olympic
- 18:00 – Men’s saber semi-finals (bronze)
- 18:45 – Women’s foil semi-finals (bronze)
- 19:50 – Men’s sabre final
- 20:15 – Women’s foil final
- From 16:00 – Women’s -57kg
- Followed by – Men’s -73kg
- Followed by – Women’s -63kg
- Followed by – Men’s -81kg
- Followed by – Women’s -70kg
- 09:10 – Women’s single sculls final A
- 09:30 – Men’s single sculls final A
- 09:50 – Women’s pair final A
- 10:10 – Men’s four final A
- 10:30 – Women’s quadruple sculls final A
- 11:00 – Men’s quadruple sculls final A
- 11:20 – Women’s eight final A
- 09:00 – Men’s 10m running target
- 09:00 – Men’s 10m running target team
- 09:00 – Men’s 10m air rifle team
- 09:00 – Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol team phase 2
- 11:30 – Men’s 10m air rifle final
- 14:00 – Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol final
- 09:30 – Women’s park final
- 12:30 – Men’s park final
- 19:30 – Men’s 50m backstroke final
- 19:36 – Women’s 50m backstroke final
- 19:42 – Men’s 50m freestyle final
- 19:48 – Women’s 200m freestyle final
- 20:13 – Men’s 100m breaststroke final
- 20:28 – Women’s 200m individual medley final
- 20:54 – Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay final
- From 14:00 – Men’s -58kg
- Followed by – Women’s -49kg
- Followed by – Mixed team
- 09:00 – Women’s changquan final
- 14:30 – Men’s taijiquan final
How to watch the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou in 2023
Various TV broadcasters and on-demand streaming services provided by broadcasters will air competitions from the 2022 Asian Games held in 2023. The list includes:
- CCTV in China
- TBS in Japan
- Sony LIV (Sony Sports Network) in India
- MediaCorp Channel 5 and I watch. sg in Singapore
- MNCTV, RCTI, iNews TV, and Vision+ in Indonesia
- KBS, MBC, SBS, and TV Chosun in the Republic of Korea
- OneSports in Philippines
- RTM and Astro in Malaysia
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