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Interior Minister has said there is no confrontation between government and judiciary. 

President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has termed Punjab budget for next fiscal year relief-oriented for people. 

Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister says nine hydro-power projects are being completed to overcome electricity shortage.

Pakistan has been elected as chair of WHO Executive Board.

In ICC Champions Trophy, a match between Sri Lanka and South Africa is in progress at Oval.

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NISAR

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has said that there is no confrontation between the government and the judiciary.

  

In a statement, he said certain elements want to give the impression of confrontation and chaos in the country for their vested political interests.

      

He said the government's response to the remarks of an honorable judge should not be painted as confrontation.

   

PML-N

PML-N leaders say the government believes in rule of law and has always respected the judiciary.

 

Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, Prime Minister's Advisor Asif Kirmani said we are extending full cooperation to the JIT on Panama Papers case and the judiciary. He said we want dispensation of justice in the case.

 

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary said his party has rendered sacrifices for restoration of judiciary. He said we respect the institutions, the media and the opposition.

 

I T

Information Technology related exports have increased almost by one hundred percent over the last four years.

    

According to officials, currently the IT exports of Pakistan stand at 2.9 billion dollars as against the 1.4 billion dollars recorded in 2013.

  

The officials said Pakistan Software Export Board is aiming to cross six billion dollars mark in IT exports in the next couple of years. The target will be achieved by registering new companies and by creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop new products and services for export purposes.

      

They said a software technology park is also being established in the federal capital with the cooperation of Korean Exim bank in order to fully exploit potential of the sector.

 

HEC

The government plans to expand the number of higher educational institutions in the country under the HEC Vision 2025.

 

According to official sources, over thirty-five billion rupees have been allocated for this purpose during the next fiscal year.

 

Under the plan, one hundred and fifty affiliated community colleges will be established in each district across the country to produce skilled human resource.

 

Fifteen new research universities will be established offering innovative programmes in technologies, medicine, agriculture, communication allied health professions.

 

The plan envisages setting up more than one hundred smart campuses of different public sector universities in underdeveloped areas.

 

Sub campuses of FATA University in all agencies are also part of the comprehensive plan.

 

SCHOOLS

Various projects are being executed for promotion of education sector in Balochistan.

 

 A senior official of provincial Education Department told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that additional class rooms are being constructed at several schools in Mastung district at a cost of 58 million rupees.

 

Fifteen new primary schools are being built in Kohlu District at a cost of 30 million rupees.

 

Similarly, construction of additional class rooms and boundary walls of various schools in Pishin District is to be completed at a cost of 22 million rupees.                                                                                                                                                       

 

SHAHBAZ

Head of British Department for International Development in Pakistan Joanna Reid called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore today.

 

The ongoing programs being implemented in collaboration with DFID in education, health and skills development sectors were discussed in the meeting.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Joanna Reid said substantial improvement has been made in these sectors in the province, and DFID will continue its cooperation with the provincial government in various sectors.

 

Shahbaz Sharif said collaboration between Punjab government and DFID will increase in different sectors in coming years.

 

LCCI

The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has termed Punjab budget for the next fiscal year relief-oriented for people.   

 

In a statement, LCCI President Abdul Basit said allocation of hefty amounts for energy and agriculture is a good omen.

 

He said elimination of double taxation, broadening the tax net and cut in discretionary powers of the tax collection machinery is the right step of the Punjab government.

 

Abdul Basit said allocation of huge funds for maintenance of law and order in the province is a proof that the provincial government is serious to improve law and order situation.

 

HAFEEZ

Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur Rehman says nine hydro-power projects are being implemented in the region on priority to overcome electricity shortage.

 

Chairing a meeting in Gilgit, he said on completion these projects will add two hundred and fifty megawatt electricity to the system by 2020.

 

GAS

The federal government has approved a plan for provision of natural gas to ten villages of Swabi District.

 

Sources at Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited told Radio Pakistan Peshawar Correspondent that the project will be completed at a cost of more than four hundred and eighty million rupees by the end of this year.

  

It will benefit more than five thousand households of the area.

 

ARREST

Law enforcement agencies and police have arrested fourteen criminals, including two women, during targeted raids and search operation in various areas of Karachi.

  

Illegal weapons, ammunition and drugs were recovered from their possession.

 

WHO

Pakistan has been elected as chair of World Health Organization's  Executive Board during its141st session in Geneva.

 

Director General Health Dr. Assad Hafeez formally assumed office as Chairman of the Executive Board.  Twenty-two members of the executive board out of 34 voted in favor of Pakistan.  

 

APHC

In Occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have paid tribute to martyrs and condemned Indian oppression. 

 

All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has said sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would bring results soon.

 

Paying tributes to martyred youth Basharat Ahmad Sheikh and Aijaz Ahmad in Srinagar, he said our youth are laying down their lives to end the age-old slavery and occupation of the Indian forces.

 

IHK ATTACK

In occupied Kashmir, one Indian soldier was killed and five others were injured in an attack in Islamabad district, today.

 

Some unknown gunmen attacked a convoy of Indian Army on Srinagar-Jammu Highway at Lower Munda near Qazigund area of the district.

 

Soon after the incident, Indian troops and police personnel cordoned off the area and launched a massive search operation to nab the attackers. The Srinagar-Jammu Highway has been closed for traffic.

 

UNSC

The United Nations General Assembly has elected Kuwait, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Peru and Poland as non-permanent members of the Security Council.

 

These will fill seats to be vacated by Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay on December 31. All new Council members will take their seats on January 1, 2018, for a period of two years.

 

ODI

In  ICC Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka at the Oval, South Africa were 24 for no loss in  7 over a short while ago.

 

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field.

 

Pakistan will play their first match against India at Birmingham tomorrow.


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