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DATED: 01-07-2017

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HEADLINES

Prime Minister will attend Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan summit in Dushanbe on Wednesday.

Minister of State for Information says the government is committed to make the country a cradle of peace.

Work on Hazara Motorway is in full swing to ensure its completion before the scheduled time.

US and Turkish Presidents have urged Qatar and other Gulf countries to reduce tension.

Aisam-ul-Haq and his Swedish partner have won doubles final of ATP World Grass Court Tennis Championship.

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SARTAJ

Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says consultations are underway on Pakistan-Afghanistan coordination mechanism for peace and stability in the region.

 

Talking to journalists in Islamabad he said relations with Afghanistan are improving after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of SCO summit in Astana.  

 

The Advisor said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Tajikistan on Wednesday to attend Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan summit.

 

PM-HAFEEZ

Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafeez-ur-Rehman has called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad.

 

Matters pertaining to the development of Gilgit Baltistan came under discussion.

 

The Chief Minister thanked the Prime Minister for increasing Gilgit-Baltistan budget besides giving approval to a huge amount for public sector development projects in the area.

 

Hafeez-ur-Rehman said the Prime Minister will visit Gilgit Baltistan on 20th of this month and lay the foundation stone of Gilgit Skardu road expansion project.

 

CM-GB   

Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will generate jobs and promote tourism in the area.

 

Talking to a news channel, he said road infrastructure, hotels, health and other facilities will also help improve the living standard of the people of the area.

 

Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman said besides Engineering and Medical College, two universities will be established to facilitate the students of Gilgit-Baltistan.

 

To a question, he said completion of power projects including Dasu will meet the growing demand of electricity in the country.

 

MARRIYUM

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said the government is taking steps for the promotion of sports culture in the country.

 

In an interview with PTV, she said sports promote peace, harmony, and love in the world.

 

She said Prime Minister's vision is to make Pakistan a cradle of peace by involving the youth in healthy and positive activities.

 

The Minister of State urged media to help explore new talent of men and women in sports.

 

YOUSAF

Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will expedite pace of economic development in the country.

 

Addressing stone-lying ceremony of the Karmang Road in Manshera, he said Pakistan is progressing fast and will become a developed country by 2020.

 

Sardar Muahmmad Yousuf said the government has started several developmental projects in Hazara division worth millions of rupees.

  

The Minister said the Prime Minister would soon inaugurate 860 megawatts Suki Kinari Dam. 

 

He said work on Hazara Motorway is going on speedily and it would be completed ahead of the schedule time.

 

POL-PRICES

The government has reduced prices of the petroleum products for the current month. 

 

The new price of petrol is 71.30 rupees and high speed diesel 79.90 rupees.

 

PROJECTS

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources would spend over five hundred fifty-four million rupees under Public Sector Development Programme in next fiscal year to step up exploration activities of natural resources for achieving self-reliance in the energy sector.

 

It will launch two new projects worth one hundred ninety million rupees for coal exploration in Balochistan.

 

More than thirty-seven million rupees would be spent on appraisal of newly discovered coal resources in Badin and its adjoining areas.  

 

Similarly about four million have been reserved for exploration of Tertiary Coal in the Central Salt Range of Punjab.

 

DG ISPR

Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor has ruled out presence of Da'ish in Pakistan.

 

In an interview, he said Pakistan Army has successfully foiled terror activities in Pakistan through intelligence based operations.

 

He said border security mechanism with Afghanistan is being improved and better coordination with Afghan authorities to cope with terrorist threats are also being enhanced.

 

TRUMP-ERDOGAN

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump have held a telephonic conversation over the resolution of the dispute between Qatar and other Gulf countries.

 

According to a Turkish news agency,  the  two leaders agreed that the ongoing tension should be reduced for the sake of the region's security and stability.

 

They also discussed bilateral ties, and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

 

 

UN-BUDGET

The United Nations has approved a nearly six-hundred million dollars cut to its peacekeeping budget following pressure from the United States.

                  

The UN General Assembly approved by consensus the annual budget expected to total 7.3 billion dollars down from the current 7.87 billion dollars spent on peace missions worldwide.

 

US-KOREA

President Donald Trump has called on regional powers to implement sanctions on North Korea.

 

He made the demand in a statement after one-on-one talks with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, in Washington.

 

President Trump urged North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons programme.

 

The two leaders said they are open to renewed dialogue with North Korea provided Pyongyang gives up its weapons programmes.

 

US-FIRING:

In New York, a gunman opened fire inside a hospital north of Manhattan, killed a doctor and wounded six other people before taking his own life.

 

IRAQ

The United Nations has warned that the intense fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul has put innocent lives in greater danger.

 

According to the UN report, supplies have run low and drinking water is scarce for the civilians held as human shields by the militants.

 

Meanwhile, hundreds of civilians fled Mosul's Old City as Iraqi forces slowly squeezed the last pockets of Islamic State militants.

 

 

 

DAY

International Co-operative Day is being observed on Saturday, with this year's slogan  "Co-operatives ensure no one is left behind".

 

The Day is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement observed on the first Saturday in July since 1923, marking establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance.

 

WORLD CUP

Pakistan will take on India in the ICC Women's World Cup at Derby on Sunday.

 

In other matches to be played on Sunday, Australia will play against New Zealand at Bristol, England will take on Sri Lanka at Taunton and South Africa will face West Indies at Leicester.

 

 

 

FOOTBALL

The final of Confederations Football Cup will be played between World Champions, Germany and Chile at St Petersburg in Russia on Sunday.

 

TENNIS

Pakistan's tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq and his Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt have won the doubles final of the ATP World Grass Court Tennis Championship in Antalya.

 

The top seeds held a comfrotable 7-5, 4-1 lead in the final , when second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic retired from the match.

 

This is the first title for the Pak-Swedish duo and third for Aisam-ul-Haq this year.

 

 

WEATHER:

Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

 

However, more rain-thunder-showers with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions and Kashmir.


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