Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
DATED: JUNE 01, 2017
President will address joint session of the Parliament in Islamabad on Thursday.
Minister of State for Information has said government wants a transparent investigation into Panama Papers case.
The government has reduced prices of petroleum products for the current month.
In Turkey, thirteen people have been killed in a military helicopter crash in Sirnak province.
The ICC Champions Trophy begins at Oval on Thursday.
The joint session of the parliament will be held in Islamabad on Thursday at 11:00 am.
President Mamnoon Hussain will address the joint session on the beginning of the fifth and last parliamentary year.
He will highlight the achievements of the government in diverse sectors, including war against terrorism, law and order, economic challenges, power generation and agriculture.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the government wants a transparent investigation in Panama Papers case.
In an interview, she said family members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are appearing before the Joint Investigation Team despite reservations on two of the JIT members.
She said two members of JIT are not impartial and Hussain Nawaz has raised his concerns through a legal process before the Supreme Court.
The Minister of State said the top court should ensure a transparent investigation on the issue.
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain says Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had different attitude as compared to other political parties as it is pursuing the politics of confrontation and agitation.
In an interview, he said PTI chief Imran Khan, who wanted unrest and chaos in the country, is in the habit of using derogatory language against his political opponents.
To a question, he said the prime minister's son Hussain
Nawaz had appeared before the JIT and given answer to its questions.
Similarly, Imran Khan should also give answer to questions about the money trail for purchase of Bani Gala land in the court.
Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the government is heading towards zero loadshedding next year.
In an interview, he said Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz government after coming into power had focused on resolving the energy crisis and started many projects to meet growing demand of electricity in the country.
The minister said huge amounts are being spent on power projects to curb energy crisis and more than 10,000 megawatt of electricity will be added to the national grid next year.
The Minister said import of LNG would also help overcome energy shortage.
The government has reduced prices of petroleum products for the current month.
This was announced by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad.
According to the new prices, petrol will be available at 72.80 rupees per liter with a reduction of 1.20 rupees and diesel at 81.40 rupees with a reduction of 1.60 rupees.
The prices of the light diesel and kerosene oil will remain unchanged.
Federal Investigation Agency has identified various people involved in illegal activity of human organs' transplantation.
This was informed during a high level meeting held in Islamabad with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the chair.
The meeting was informed that 358 proclaimed offenders have been arrested in Punjab, 17 in Sindh, 56 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 12 in Balochistan and 119 in Islamabad.
The Minister directed FIA to gear up efforts towards apprehending proclaimed offenders wanted in various cases.
He also directed NADRA and FIA to complete, within a week's time, digitization of red-book containing the names of most wanted human traffickers.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri says measures are being taken for early recovery of the abducted Chinese couple.
Addressing a press conference in Quetta, he said law and order situation is better in the province due to operation taken by the law enforcement agencies.
Sardar Shair Jan Muhammad Hassani and Mir Haider Muhammad Hassani on the occasion announced to join Pakistan Muslim League-N by expressing confidence in the leadership of Sardar Zehri, who, they said, is working for development in the province.
Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana has summoned the Punjab Assembly session in the assembly chambers in Lahore on Friday.
Provincial Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghous Pasha will present the annual Budget for the financial year 2017-2018.
She will also present Supplementary Budget Statement for the financial year 2016-2017 in the assembly.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said that NAB attaches high value to partnership with National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom.
He was talking to Country Manager NCA Osman Ahmed in Islamabad.
The Chairman appreciated NCA arranging two study visits of NAB officers to UK for capacity building, which proved very productive in improving the investigation skills and techniques of NAB staff.
Osman Ahmed said all the courses offered will be fully funded by NCA-UK to further enhance abilities of NAB staff to inquire and investigate corruption cases including white collar crimes.
Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Masood Khalid says government has started a comprehensive programme by sending its young people to China learning Chinese language and culture, and China is also doing the same for learning each other’s culture.
In an interview, he said China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the pilot project of `One Belt and One Road’ would see more opportunity of development.
Ambassador said various power projects including construction of infrastructure and Gwadar port, on completion will usher an era of development and prosperity in the country.
Minimum amount of Fitrana and Roza Fidya for the current year has been fixed one hundred rupees per head.
This has been announced by Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman in a statement in Karachi.
Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman said with respect to wheat, the Fitrana amount is one hundred rupees per head.
In respect of Oat (JO) it is 240 rupees and in respect of Dates and Raisins (Kishmish) it is 1600 rupees per head.
Deputy Controller News of Radio Pakistan Khalid Mehmood has passed away in Islamabad after a protracted illness. He was a cardiac patient.
His body has been shifted to Karachi, where his funeral will be offered on Thursday after Namaz-e-Zohar at Taimooria Masjid, North Nazimabad area of Karachi.
He will be laid to rest at Paposh Nagar graveyard in Karachi.
China says it fully supports the European integration process.
This was stated by the visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang while talking to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
Li Keqiang said China wants to see stable Europe as it will be conducive to the world multipolarization and economic globalization.
In Syria, the founder of Islamic State group's notorious Amaq propaganda agency, Rayan Mashaal has been killed in a US-led coalition airstrike.
He was killed along with his daughter in air strike on Mayadeen town in Deir Ezzor province.
In Turkey, thirteen people were killed when a military helicopter crashed in Sirnak province near Iraq border.
Government troops are engaged in operations against Kurdish militants in the area.
A military statement said the crash appears to be accidental.
The ICC Champions Trophy begins on Thursday with first encounter between host England and Bangladesh, at Oval.
The eight participating teams are divided into two groups:
Group A consists of Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and England while Group B include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Pakistan will play their first match against arch-rivals India on Sunday at Birmingham.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, however, on Thursday rain thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Bannu, D.I. Khan, D.G. Khan, Sargodha, Bahawalpur divisions, upper FATA and Kashmir.
Temperature of some major cities recorded on Thursday morning was:-
Islamabad nineteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-four, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-four, Quetta fifteen, Gilgit and Murree, fourteen, and Muzaffarabad eighteen degree centigrade.