Malala urges G20 to boost funds for girls’ schooling

In this file photo, Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai gestures while talking during a session at the Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, eastern Switzerland on Jan. 25, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 22 March 2019
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Malala urges G20 to boost funds for girls’ schooling

  • Malala became a global symbol for girls’ education
  • She is the youngest-ever person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014

TOKYO: Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai Friday urged Japan and its fellow Group of 20 nations to pledge new funding for educating girls at June’s G20 summit, hosted by the Japanese.
Speaking alongside Shinzo Abe, the celebrated Pakistani education activist told Japan’s Prime Minister about “the importance of investing in girls now for future economic growth and global stability.”
“As the chair of this year’s G20, I hope Prime Minister Abe in Japan will lead on girls’ education and encourage all leaders to commit to new funding to prepare girls for the future of work,” she told reporters.
“I hope he can use his G20 presidency to help my sisters in Japan, G20 countries and around the world to reach their full potential because the world works better when girls go to school.”
Malala became a global symbol for girls’ education and human rights after a gunman boarded her school bus in October 2012, asked “Who is Malala?” and shot her.
After medical treatment in the UK, she continued her vocal advocacy and became the youngest-ever person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.


Pakistan train collision kills at least three: officials

Updated 20 June 2019
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Pakistan train collision kills at least three: officials

  • Hundreds of people gathered to rescue the injured
  • Investigation has been launched to determine the causes of the accident

KARACHI: At least three people were killed and several others injured when two trains collided in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province on Thursday, officials said.
A driver, assistant driver and a guard were killed when a passenger train traveling to Lahore from the southern port city of Karachi hit a goods train that had stopped at a crossing, railway spokesman Riaz Abbasi told AFP.
Ishaq Baloch, a railway official confirmed the death toll and told AFP that an investigation has been launched to determine the causes of the collision.
Baloch said the crash occurred on the main railway track and that train services from Karachi were suspended while the wreckage was being removed.
All passengers on the train were safe, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the country’s minister for railways told private TV channel ARY.
Video footage on local media showed the damaged engine and bogies of the trains and rescue workers and hundreds of people gathering to rescue the injured.
Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.