HANOI/KUALA LUMPUR – The Irish Government is again promoting Ireland as an education destination for Asian university students, with Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi on Monday meeting Vietnamese officials and students. “I want to encourage connections between Vietnam and Ireland and want to see more Vietnamese students come to study in Ireland,” Min. Costello said. 24 Vietnamese are currently enrolled in Ireland’s universities funded by Irish Government scholarships, with an alumni network of Vietnamese who studied in Irish universities now numbering over 100.
BAGH — The drive across Azad Jammu and Kashmir would ordinarily be a compelling experience for any traveller. The 10,000 foot-high Himalayan foothills provide a backdrop of stunning beauty. Pine trees cover the rocky slopes, and along the horizon, the snow-peaks of the Karakorum and Himalayas emerge between the lower peaks in this desolate area of northern Pakistan. But these snow-peaks are a harbinger of a different reality for northern Pakistan. What United Nations boss Kofi Annan terms ‘the merciless Himalayan winter’ has arrived – with snow already piling on densely-populated higher ground, hundreds of cases of pneumonia, and, children dying. Another harbinger: on Tuesday 6 last, the Pakistani Met Office forecast an even harsher-than-usual winter for Kashmir and the northern areas of the country.