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HEADLINES 0800 hrs
Power generation in the country has reached its highest level of 18904 megawatt.
Minister of State for Information has said the government will launch a dedicated television channel for coverage of parliamentary proceedings.
Pakistan has rejected Afghan allegations about safe havens of Haqqani network in North Waziristan.
Indian troops have again resorted to unprovoked firing at Nezapir sector on LoC injuring two civilians.
United Nations says US withdrawal from Paris Agreement is a major setback to global efforts for climate initiatives.
In the ICC Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka will take on South Africa at Oval today.
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif says power generation in the country has reached its heighest level of 18904 megawatt.
In a tweet message he said hydel generation is 6033 MW, GENCOs 3078 MW and IPPs are producing 9793 MW power.
The Minister said that the government will deliver as per its promises and load shedding will be eliminated shortly.
He said substantial increase in power generation has vindicated that the system is improving continuously.
Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar has appreciated continued British government support for different initiatives and projects in Pakistan aimed at economic development and well being of the people.
He said this while talking to British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew who called on him in Islamabad.
The British High Commissioner extended invitation to the Finance Minister to attend the Family Planning Summit scheduled to be held in London next month.
The Finance Minster said that family planning is an important issue and the government would like to benefit from the ideas to be presented in the Summit.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said on special directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a dedicated television channel is being launched for coverage of parliamentary proceedings.
Talking to a news channel, she said Parliament is the only platform to raise the public issues through their representatives and launching a separate channel for this purpose is need of the hour.
The Minister of State said Parliament and democracy are being strengthened.
Replying to a question regarding permission of telecasting the speech of opposition leader Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah on PTV, Marriyum Aurangzeb said she had assured the opposition to telecast his speech later, as it was not possible to make a live telecast due to Ramazan transmission.
She regretted that the matter was politicized by the opposition.
A tax-free people-friendly Punjab budget for next fiscal year with a total outlay of over 1970 billion rupees has been presented.
Punjab Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha while presenting the budget in the Provincial Assembly said Punjab is expecting an income of eleven hundred fifty four billion rupees from the federal government, and there is an estimate of provincial revenue of three hundred and forty-eight billion rupees.
She said a record six hundred and thirty five billion rupees with an increase of twenty-nine point five percent have been proposed for annual development programme.
Ayesha Ghaus Pasha said fifty-nine percent of total budget has been allocated for education, health, agriculture, law and order and local governments and one thousand seventeen billion rupees have been allocated for these sectors.
She proposed ten percent raise in the salaries of the provincial government employees and pensions. She said the minimum monthly wages of laborers and industrial workers will now be fifteen thousand rupees.
Meanwhile, commenting on the new budget Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said it will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in the province.
In a statement in Lahore he said ample funds have been earmarked for welfare of farmers and promotion of agriculture sector in the new budget.
Shahbaz Sharif said additional funds worth billions of rupees have also been allocated for the public welfare schemes and development of southern Punjab in the upcoming financial year.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah says provincial government is striving hard to overcome the recent power crisis and inauguration of 100 Megawatt Nooriabad Power Plant is a step forward in this regard.
Talking to media in Nawabshah he said work on road projects worth billions of rupees is in full swing in the province.
He said Nawabshah-Saeedabad road would be completed by the end of this year.
The Chief Minister said citizens of Nawabshah will soon get clean water from the Ultra Filteration Plant constructed at a cost of 1.5 billion rupees.
Sayed Murad Ali Shah said construction of 300 bed Mother and Child Hospital and 300 bed Benazir Kidney Transplant Centre would start shortly.
Indian troops have again resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control in Nezapir sector causing injuries to two civilians.
Pakistani troops effectively responded to the Indian firing.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Sates Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry says Pakistan and Afghanistan should work together on counterterrorism operations.
In an intervew with Washington Times, he vehemently denied Afghan intelligence accusations that Haqqani Network is operating from Pakistan's North Waziristan region.
Aizaz Chaudhry said the Haqqani Network is on the run in the wake of large-scale counterterrorism offensives in North Waziristan and they have moved into Afghanistan and need to be taken care of there.
He said scapegoating Pakistan for failures in Afghanistan will not help improve security situation in either country.
Amnesty International has sought a probe into the killing of protestors during the firing by the Afghan security forces in Kabul.
In a statement, the Amnesty International South Asia Director said such an excessive and deadly response by the Afghan forces is not justified.
At least four people were killed and fifteen other wounded after police opened fire to halt protesters demanding the government to step down in the wake of a devastating bomb attack in Kabul.
The United Nations Security Council has expanded sanctions to blacklist more North Korean companies and individuals after its repeated missile tests.
The resolution, adopted unanimously by the 15-member Council, sanctioned four entities including the Koryo Bank and Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People's Army and fourteen people.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said the threat from North Korea is clear and present as it has increased its pace and scope of developing nuclear weapons.
He was speaking at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
He called for international cooperation to denuclearise Korean Peninsula.
James Mattis said the United States is encouraged by China's efforts to restrain North Korea from pursuing nuclear program.
The United Nations has said the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major setback in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.
A spokesman for Secretary General Antonio Guterres told reporters in New York that Paris Agreement offers a meaningful framework for action by all countries.
The second match of ICC Champions Trophy between Australia and New Zealand ended in a draw due to rain at Birmingham last night.
Batting first, New Zealand made 291 all out in 45 overs.
Chasing a revised target of 235 in 33 overs, Australia were 53 for the loss of 3 wickets in 9 overs when rain stopped the match.
Both the teams were given one point each.
In today's fixture, Sri Lanka will meet South Africa at the Oval whereas Pakistan will take on arch rivals India at Birmingham tomorrow.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, very hot weather is likely to prevail over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, upper Sindh and its adjoining areas.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-
Islamabad, twenty-four degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty-six, Quetta twenty-one, Gilgit fourteen, Murree and Muzaffarabad twenty degree centigrade.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says an independent judiciary is imperative for the country’s development.
Talking to a news channel he said there is no rift between the government and judiciary.
He said PML-N Chief Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif himself led party workers march towards Islamabad for the restoration of judiciary.
He said Nehal Hashmi’s remarks were based on his personal viewpoint and terming them a conspiracy against the judiciary is not appropriate.
Seven towers of Guddu transmission line have been repaired and power supply link between south and north has been restored.
A spokesman of National Transmission and Despatch Company has said that overall sixteen towers were damaged due to thunderstorm in Dadu and other areas.
In Iraq, one hundred and twenty people have been killed by Islamic State group over the past forty-eight hours in western Mosul.
According to an Iraqi army officer, some of the civilians were killed as they attempted to flee the clashes between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants in the region.
The United Nations says that nearly eight hundred thousand people have fled northern Iraq's Mosul city since start of the military operation in February while one hundred eighty thousand are still living in the areas that are under the control of Islamic State group.
In the United States, a strong earthquake has struck the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake having intensity of 6.9 at Richter Scale is not expected to cause a tsunami.