Archive for March, 2006
US and Australian military personnel helping with earthquake relief in Pakistan said farewell on Thursday after nearly six months of life-saving helicopter airlifts.
At a ceremony in a massive hangar at the Qasim Army Aviation Base in Rawalpindi, US and Pakistani officials exchanged gifts and compliments before the official end of the mission on Friday.
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The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) on Thursday committed the first £5 million (527 million Rs) of its support to earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation work.
The funds will be spent in the three key areas of Bridging, Health and Education. The education and health programmes will be managed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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Two more Chinook helicopters departed from Pakistan as reconstruction efforts turn to land transport to deliver reconstruction materials, a US Embassy statement revealed.
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All children leaving the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps will be vaccinated against infectious diseases. The vaccination will be carried out by female health workers, the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday at a meeting chaired by Mohammad Nasir Khan, the federal Health minister.
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The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), announced fee relaxation to the earthquake-affected students seeking admission in the Spring and Autumn semester 2006.
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IOM will coordinate with the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), and provide free transport to those who wish to return to their villages and towns in the earthquake affected areas from Monday.
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American troops engaged in relief and reconstruction activities in Pakistan’s earthquake-hit areas will begin leaving on March 21.
Quoting US sources, Geo television reported that the withdrawal of American troops will conclude in a few weeks. More than 1,000 troops reportedly arrived in Pakistan after the October 8 earthquake. According to Geo TV, Gen Peter Pace, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, will visit Pakistan next week for talks on security issues.
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Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that the distribution of the next instalment of funds for the reconstruction of houses damaged by the October 8 earthquake will start in the first week of April.
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