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StartUp Cup Competition Launched in Islamabad

Islamabad( Staff Report )The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Islamabad Chapter and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad today launched the 2013 Pakistan StartUp Cup, an intensive four-month business competition for aspiring entrepreneurs.

MEET AND GREET

Islamabad ( PR )John Kerry Secretary of State had a special meeting with the staff of U.S. Embassy. He was introduced to the staff, many of them knew him already. Secretary Kerry admired the courage and determination of the staff that they are expressing while working for USA in a difficult atmosphere. Following is the text of the speeches of Ambassador Olson and Secretary Kerry on this occasion that was marked as Meet and Greet.

Imran Khan refuses to meet Kerry at US Embassy

Islamabad ( DNA )Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has refused to hold a meeting with US secretary of State John Kerry at United States Embassy.According to PTI, US diplomats have contacted Khan to arrange his meeting with Kerry who is due in the country on Wednesday evening.

However, Khan has refused to meet the secretary at US Embassy and has offered to meet him anywhere except the embassy. The PTI chief is likely to raise the issue of war on terror and concerns over drones attack in the tribal belt of the country.

GULALAI ISMAIL WEEK'S INSPIRATION

Washington ( Monitoring Desk ) US-Pakistan Women's Council has selected Gulalai Ismail for This week's inspiring woman. Gulalai is the founder and Chairperson of a young women led Organization Aware Girls. She completed M.Phil in Biotechnology from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad in June 2012. She laid the foundations of Aware Girls at the age of 16 to provider a leadership platform to young women and girls of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; the north west of Pakistan and to challenge the gender discriminations and human rights violations.

Promotion of tolerance and religious freedom around the world is a top priority for the U.S. government - Kerry Hosts an Iftar

Washington ( Monitoring Desk )When I told a friend that I would be volunteering at the Secretary of State’s annual Iftar this summer, she asked me whether “iftar” was yet another State Department acronym. I laughed, explaining that the Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims break their fast during the month of Ramadan. For a wide-eyed intern like me, I told her, the Secretary’s Iftar would be a highlight of the summer. As it turns out, I was right!

American Muslims' contribution hailed by Obama

Washington ( Monitoring Desk ) United States President Barack Obama has praised Muslim-Americans for their contributions in helping build the country, saying Islam has contributed to the character of America.At an Iftar hosted by him at the White House to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramzan, Obama said a key part of US engagement with Muslim communities around the world has to be supporting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship.

U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield Visits Pakistan

Islamabad( PR )U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield is visiting Pakistan this week to meet with business leaders and government officials, and with U.S. companies investing in Pakistan. The OPIC delegation will also tour one of its investment projects, the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical Foundation in Karachi, which is known for its work on social welfare in Pakistan.

U.S. is Constructing Three New Faculty of Education Buildings for Sindh

Hyderabad( PR ) U.S. Consul General in Karachi, Michael Dodman and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director, Gregory Gottlieb joined Commissioner Hyderabad Jamal Mustafa Syed to launch the construction of three U.S.-funded faculty of education buildings at universities across Sindh. These state-of-the-art buildings are being constructed at Shah Abdul Latif University in Khairpur, University of Karachi, and the University of Sindh in Hyderabad.

Pakistani Fulbright participants encouraged to make a difference

Islamabad ( Staff Reporter+DNA) US Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Richard Hoagland congratulated 180 Pakistani graduate students who will soon depart for master’s or doctoral studies at American universities on U.S.-funded Fulbright scholarships.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship academic exchange program of the U.S. government. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the awards cover travel, living stipends, health insurance, and tuition for the entire period of study.

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