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Updated at: 1247 PST,  Monday, October 10, 2011
 MUMBAI: Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan has joined a campaign to help cut thousands of easily-preventable deaths across the world through the provision of basic toilet facilities.

The 45-year-old star has been named a global ambassador for sanitation and hygiene as part of a United Nations-backed campaign to tackle diseases such as diarrhoea, which is the second-biggest killer of children worldwide.

“It is shameful and tragic that every 30 seconds a child dies from preventable diarrhoea — that’s two unnecessary child deaths per minute,” Khan said in a statement released on Monday.

“Toilets for all will make India and the world a healthier and cleaner place, particularly for poor women, girls and others at the margins of our societies,” he added.

Khan’s new role comes as specialists and non-governmental organizations working to improve public health gather in Mumbai this week at a Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) conference.

Halving the number of people living without access to basic sanitation by 2015 is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals covering issues from poverty and hunger to education and tackling HIV/AIDS.

WSSCC executive director Jon Lane said Khan’s involvement would give “huge impetus to moving the agenda forward” amid fears that the target on improving sanitation would not be met.

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The Representation of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pakistan is seeking candidates for the following vacancies for its Brach Office in Islamabad:

VN/2011/241,

Assistant Database Officer, NOA

VN/2011/240

Protection Associate, G16

For post-related information interested candidates are requested to visit the following website: http://www.unhcr.org.pk where related job descriptions are posted.

Qualified candidates should express their interest in a letter indicating the Vacancy Number they wish to apply for. Letters with no reference to the vacancy in question will not be considered.

Hard and Electronic applications will be accepted. Applications should be addressed in writing to the Human Resources Unit UNHCR, P.O. Box # 1263, Islamabad or sent electronically to the e-mail address: pakishr@unhcr.org within the personal history form (P-11)
Applications received are not acknowledged .

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply