Text Bulletin 1500 Hrs
Foreign investors are showing keen interest to invest in the LNG sector in Pakistan.
Sindh government has allocated forty billion rupees in the new budget for streamlining irrigation system in the province.
National Accountability Bureau has recovered forty five billion rupees in corruption cases during the last three years.
Pakistan handed over a list of 546 Indian prisoners to the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad today.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred thirty seven Kashmiris during last month.
In Afghanistan, thirteen militants have been killed in eastern part of the country.
The government is taking steps to further accelerate oil and gas exploration activities, to achieve self-sufficiency in the energy sector.
According to official sources, ninety eight oil and gas discoveries have been made over the last four years including five in the last four months in Sindh province.
Pakistan is also importing LNG from Qatar to meet its gas requirements.
The world's major players are also showing interest to invest in the LNG sector by setting up their own terminals and developing transmission network to supply the commodity to the consumers.
The government is encouraging involvement of private sector in the sector.
Work on the construction of Lawi Hydro power Project in Darosh area of Chitral is in progress.
Sources of Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization told Radio Pakistan correspondent Falak Niaz that the project will be completed at a cost of more than twelve billion rupees by 2019.
The project is being constructed through public private partnership and it will generate sixty-nine megawatt electricity.
Sindh government is streamlining irrigation system in the province to utilize maximum water for irrigation of agricultural lands.
Our Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzado reports that forty billion rupees have been allocated in the new provincial budget for this purpose.
He said main canals in the province will be lined at a cost of fifteen billion rupees.
Meanwhile, a project in cooperation with World Bank is also being worked out for strengthening flood embankments and construction of small dams in the province.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the provincial government has allocated funds worth millions of rupees to activate cooperative institutions.
In his message on the occasion, International day of Co-operatives today, he urged cooperative institutions to increase their performance by adopting the policy of transparency to provide better facilitates to the masses.
He said Punjab government has taken initiatives like the restructuring of Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank Limited, launching of Bio-metric Transfer of Plot in Cooperative Housing Societies and computerization of Cooperative Societies across the province.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says the organization is committed to ensure transparency and make the country corruption free.
In a statement in Islamabad today, he said during the last three years, the Bureau has filed more than one hundred and fifty corruption references against corrupt persons in Accountability Courts and recovered forty five billion rupees.
He said the figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2015 to 2017.
The Chairman said NAB has also introduced a new System of Combined Investigation Team in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers.
By-election in provincial constituency PS-114 Karachi will be held on 9th of this month.
The seat had fallen vacant after the Supreme Court declared PML-N's Irfan Marwat’s election from this constituency as null and void.
Twenty-seven candidates are contesting the election but the main contest is expected among the candidates of Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and MQM Pakistan.
Veteran journalist and activist of Pakistan Movement Sharif Farooq passed away in Peshawar this morning after protracted illness.
He was author of several books on Pakistan Movement.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad dismiss of the prominent journalist Sharif Farooq.
In their statements, they appreciated the journalistic work of the deceased and prayed for the departed soul.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra have also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Sharif Farooq.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar visited the residence of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed in Islamabad today and condoled the death of his father.
Four people were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency today.
According to official sources, those who embraced martyrdom include three volunteers and a security personnel, who were patrolling in the area.
Pakistan has handed over a list of 546 Indian prisoners to the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.
According to the Foreign Office spokesperson, the step is consistent with the provisions of the Consular Access Agreement between Pakistan and India, signed on 21st May 2008.
Under the agreement both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other's custody twice a year, on the 1st day of January and July.
The Indian Government will also hand over the list of Pakistani prisoners to Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred thirty seven Kashmiris including two young boys during the last month.
According to Kashmir Media Service, six youth were martyred in fake encounters.
During the period, seven hundred seventy five people were injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on peaceful protesters by Indian troops and police personnel.
One Hundred ninety six persons including Hurriyet leaders, activists and youth were arrested.
Meanwhile, four civilians including a woman were martyred and many others injured in indiscriminate firing by Indian troops on peaceful protesters in Islamabad district of occupied Kashmir today.
The people took to the streets, after Indian troops launched a violent cordon and search operation in Dialgam area of the district.
In Afghanistan, at least 13 militants, including five IS fighters, were killed after security forces targeted their hideouts in eastern parts of the country.
In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that Taliban shadow district chief, Mullah Bashir was also killed in fighting in eastern Wardak province.
The United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has reiterated his call for peaceful settlement of diplomatic row among Gulf states.
In a press conference in Geneva, a spokesman of the High Commissioner for Human rights urged the Gulf states to resolve their differences in a reasonable manner that might not impact their own as well as others' rights.
The spokesman expressed concern over the demand of closing down Al Jazeera channel and termed it an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression.
China says any activity in Hong Kong against China's sovereignty and stability would not be allowed.
He was addressing a ceremony to mark 20th anniversary of the city's becoming a semi-autonomous Chinese region after its handover from Britain. The Chinese President Xi Jinping said challenges to the power of China's central government and Hong Kong's leaders would not be tolerated.
Xi said China had made it categorically clear" in talks with Britain in the 1980s that "sovereignty is not for negotiation.
Earlier, in a message in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Hong Kong was strictly China's domestic affair.
United States and Philippines navies held a joint naval patrol in the southern Philippines waters today.
In a statement in Manila, the US embassy said that the exercise was aimed at deterring piracy and illegal activities in the region.
Pakistan will take on India in the ICC Women's World Cup at Derby tomorrow.
In other matches to be played tomorrow, 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.