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Pakistan’s water crisis: a contaminated supply hits two thirds of households – Pakistan

Barely 15 days old, Kinza whimpers at an Islamabad hospital where she is suffering from diarrhoea and a blood infection, a tiny victim among thousands afflicted by Pakistan’s severely polluted and decreasing water supplies. Cloaked in a colourful blanket, Kinza moves in slow motion, like a small doll. Her mother, Sartaj, does not understand how her daughter became so ill. “Each time I give her the bottle, I boil the water,” she tells AFP. But Sartaj and her family drink…

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In a first, states to be ranked on logistics performance; results tomorrow

The commerce ministry will come out with a Logistics Performance Index (LPI) on January 8, ranking states in terms of the logistical support they provide to promote trade, a senior government official said. “This will be a perception based ranking and it is the first time in the world that it is coming at the sub-national level,” the ministry official said. The index will act as a dynamic tool for the ministry to identify bottlenecks in this area. “We will…

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Building a sustainable economy –

The year 2018 will require operators and contractors to continue to focus on becoming more efficient, more agile, more productive in all their key business activities, says PDO Managing Director, Raoul Restucci What is PDO’s outlook for 2018? Notwithstanding the recent oil price increases, Oman is projecting sustained fiscal and current account deficits and PDO will need to perform as proficiently as ever , further stepping up efforts to realise increased revenue generation. In the near-term, you can expect PDO…

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On the Eve of 2019 Elections!

THISDAY:  A SPECIAL REPORT 2018 depicts the beginning of a crucial election year’s eve. That is under normal circumstances. Under Nigeria’s peculiar circumstances, however, this month represents the start of the real election year, as preparations for the 2019 general election are expected to bring the whole country to a fever pitch.  Though the electoral commission has slated general elections for  February 16 and March 2, 2019, election  processes will begin this year with formal declaration of ambitions by aspirants…

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From shacks to des res: one village’s great leap in China’s march to the future | World news

Xiao Ercha lives in a tumbledown shanty beside a pigsty, thousands of miles and a world away from the awe-inspiring skyscrapers of Beijing and Shanghai. Tatty mosquito nets hang from the bamboo poles propping up the shack’s cracked asbestos roof; kittens and chickens scuttle across its earthen floor. Xiao, 57, shakes his head when asked to name the leader of his nation, the second largest economy on earth. “Xi Jinping who?” says Xiao. “I recognise his face from the television – but…

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A life of hope, dignity

Palliative care should be introduced in major hospitals and healthcare institutions in the country to give patients, who suffer from life-threatening illness, dignity and hope, said health experts at a roundtable yesterday. If a patient receives the care, despite knowing that her or his illness is not curable, she or he would be able to live a normal life. Palliative care focuses on a patient, not the disease she or he is suffering from, said cancer specialist Bimalangshu R Dey.…

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A look back at the year that the Sub-Saharan African startup scene found its stride

African tech in 2017 was about the normalization of market events mostly absent even a decade ago. There were acquisitions, multiple investment rounds, lots of expansion, big strategic partnerships and some surprise failures. Africa is fast becoming home to a dynamic tech sector. Here’s a snapshot of the news that shaped that transition over the last year. Investment Andela’s $40 million VC raise in October was one of the continent’s most notable. The technology training and job placement firm received Series C…

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I Have What It Takes To Lead Ghana To Prosperity— Spio-Garbrah | Politics

A flag bearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has laid claim to the NDC flagbearership and the presidency, declaring that he has what it takes to address the concrete challenges bedevilling the country. “I am the man who deserves the support of Ghanaians to occupy the highest office of the land,” he said at a media soiree in Accra last Wednesday. Media soiree The media engagement, which brought together dignitaries including some editors, was meant…

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Youth Unemployment Stalks Matric Class of 2017 – EE – NEWS & ANALYSIS

Dreams Deferred: Youth Unemployment Stalks Matric Class of 2017 As we await the results of the tenth cohort of learners to sit for the National Senior Certificate (NSC), the excitement must be tempered with the hard post-school reality that many will grapple with. At a time when matriculants ought to be contemplating various future prospects for study and work, joblessness lurks as an increasingly likely post-school reality. Equal Education (EE) has previously cautioned against a matric certificate being touted as a guaranteed…

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The job stats facing SA’s matric class of 2017

Non-governmental organisation Equal Education (EE) has cautioned the matric class of 2017 that many will grapple with joblessness despite their qualifications. A total of 634,527 full-time and 168,109 part-time candidates were registered to write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams in 2017. “There are real benefits to completing matric, and providing quality basic education for all is pivotal as a sustainable solution to addressing unemployment,” it said. “However, the difficult truth is that even the educationally privileged among the Class…

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Equatorial Guinea: oil rich with grinding poverty

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, seen addressing the UN General assembly last year, is Africa’s longest-serving president after 39 years in power — but rights groups condemn his violent suppression of the opposition, civil society groups and the media Equatorial Guinea is ruled by Africa’s longest-serving president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who took power by overthrowing his uncle and has since weathered several coup attempts himself. After claims of a new attempt late December, here is some background about the small nation…

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America’s Health Care System Is an International Disgrace, and It’s Only Getting Worse

Photo Credit: Lordn / Shutterstock A common talking point among American exceptionalists is that the United States is blessed with one of the best health care systems in the world, and that residents of Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and New Zealand would all trade places with us if they only could. Sadly, their claim couldn’t be further from the truth. While the U.S. does have its share of first-rate physicians, nurses, clinics and hospitals, gaining access to them remains an…

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Kenya Revenue Authority to auction uncollected goods :: Kenya

Some of the cars at a freight warehouse KRA auctioned in 2016: The authority plans to auction uncollected goods on January 3, 2018   ALSO READ: KRA’s journey to deliver a digital Customs MOMBASA, KENYA: Prospective shoppers will today converge at the Port of Mombasa for an auction of uncollected goods. According to a notice by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the auction is meant to clear abandoned goods from Customs’ facilities. The notice did not reveal the value of…

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Will US Natural Gas Futures Start 2018 on a Positive Note?

Will US Natural Gas Futures Start 2018 on a Positive Note? PART 5 OF 5 By Gordon Kristopher  | Jan 2, 2018 9:56 am EST Moving averages  February US natural gas (UNG) futures contracts were above their 20-day moving averages on December 29, 2017. However, February US natural gas (DGAZ) futures contracts were below their 100-day and 50-day moving averages on December 29, 2017. Prices rose 14% on December 21–29, 2017. The bullish momentum could push natural gas prices higher this week. US natural gas…

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