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Headlines

JUNE 03, 2017

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Pakistan has strongly retaliated unprovoked ceasefire violations along the Line of Control, killing five Indian soldiers.

Interior Minister has categorically ruled out any confrontation between government and judiciary.

Pakistan has expressed desire to open new horizons of investment and cooperation with Russia.

The government has declared new IT companies free from tax in the new budget.

Verification process of blocked computerized National Identity Cards has been initiated in Bajaur Agency.

Pakistan has been elected chair of WHO Executive Board.

Indian authorities have launched a malicious campaign to malign Hurriyet leadership and ongoing freedom movement in Occupied Kashmir.

In Afghanistan, twelve people were killed in three bomb explosions in Kabul today.

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LOC
Pakistan has strongly retaliated to Indian forces' unprovoked ceasefire violations at Tatta Pani along the Line of Control today.

In a tweet message, DG ISPR said five Indian soldiers were killed and many other injured in the befitting response of the Pakistani side.

He said several Indian bunkers were also destroyed.

AJK-PRESIDENT
Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan says brave Kashmiri people are standing shoulder to shoulder with Pakistan army to protect frontiers of the country.

He expressed these views during his visite to Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Rawalakot today to inquire after the health of those injured in unprovoked Indian shelling at Tatta Pani sector the other day.

Sardar Masood Khan lauded the commitment and morale of the people residing along the Line of Control.

He said India is trying to divert the attention of international community from the core issue by resorting to unprovoked firing at civilian population at the Line of Control.

CH-NISAR
Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has categorically ruled out any confrontation between government and 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 honourable judge should not be painted as confrontation.

DAR-HALE
Ambassador of the United States David Hale called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.

During the meeting they discussed matters of bilateral interest and cooperation in different sectors.

RAILWAY
Pakistan Railway is making all-out efforts to upgrade its entire infrastructure to improve train service and facilities for passengers.

Presiding over two different meetings in this connection in Lahore today, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said that he wants to see all trains up-graded in the next two years.

He directed that traditional procedure of over hauling and repairing should be replaced with modern system and every repair work be done with latest technology.

The Minister was told that during the next two years, 475 coaches will be up-graded and for this purpose capacity building of workshops is also being enhanced.

The Minister said railway stations of Bahawalpur, Nankana Saha b, Sahiwal, Okara, Raiwind and Hassan Abdal are being reconstructed besides up-gradation of Sibbi and Harnai railway station.

He said Kohat-Rawalpindi section is also being restored and Karachi cantt station will also be up-graded.

MURTAZA
Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi says Pakistan is desirous of opening new horizons of investment and cooperation with Russia.

He was talking to Russian Minister for Industry and Trade Denis Manturov at Saint Petersburg in Russia.

He said that Russia must take advantage of Pakistan's investment friendly policies especially auto policy.

Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi apprised the Russian Minister about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project, political and economic stability and economic policies of the government.

The Russian Minister for Industry and Trade also offered Pakistan investment in Sukhoi Superjet 100.

The Minister is representing Pakistan at Saint Petersburg World Economic Form.

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

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.

HUSSAIN-MEDIA
Prime Minister's son Hussain Nawaz has said that his family members will continue to present themselves for accountability to bring the truth before the people.

He was talking to media after appearing before the Joint Investigation Team in Panama case in Islamabad today.

He said that he appeared for the fourth time before JIT and will appear again if summoned. He said that he has presented proofs before the JIT and answered all questions of investigation team.

He said the Prime Minister believes in the rule of law and also taught us to respect the judiciary and abide by the law of the state.

MARVI 
Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon has said fresh BISP survey would be launched in next three months in several districts of Sindh.

She was talking to our correspondent Ghulam Murtaza in an exclusive interview during visit to Radio Pakistan Karachi today.

The districts include, Badin,Thatta, Sanghar, Dadu and others. During the survey all houses would be listed for data collection of deserving families to extend them assistance.

She said Smart Card system has been replaced with Biometric Verification System for stipend payments to BISP beneficiaries to ensure transparency and effective service delivery.

TELECOMM
The government has declared new IT companies free
from tax in the next fiscal year budget 2017-18 to boost the local industry.

Spokesman of Ministry of Information and Technology and Telecommunication said this step will open new avenues for job market by ensuring and development in the sector.

He said the government has unveiled a progressive budget 2017-18 and exempted the new tech companies from Income Tax for next three years in the country.

He said with the induction of 3G and 4G technology in Pakistan, this sector has seen a surprising boom in the shape of various new tech companies and startups.

FORESTRY
The government has released an amount of 554 million rupees to ensure revival of Forestry Resources under Prime Minister Green Pakistan Programme.

Sources at Climate Change Ministry today said that the objectives of the programme will be achieved by implementing different
initiatives and projects.

The program has two major projects, which will be implemented over a period of five years 2017-2021.

The sources said another programme in this connection is revival of Wildlife Resources in Pakistan. The estimated cost of this project is over one billion rupees and will be implemented in five years (2017-2021).

The main objective of this programme is to revive and
functionally recognize wildlife departments in all provinces, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan through development of time-bound plans.

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.

CM-MEETING 
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the government has allocated three hundred and forty-five billion rupees for education sector in the next budget with increase of thirty-three billions rupees.

He was chairing a high-level meeting and reviewed Punjab School Reforms Road Map in Lahore today.

Shahbaz Sharif expressed satisfaction over the progress made on the School Reforms Road Map.

He said under Khadim-e-Punjab School program more than six billion rupees have been allocated in next fiscal year budget for building class room in the schools.

The chief minister directed to set up plan to outsource further ten thousand schools in the province.

SHAHBAZ
Meanwhile, talking to Head of British Department for International Development in Pakistan Joanna Reid in Lahore, Shahbaz Sharif said collaboration between Punjab government and DFID will increase in different sectors in coming years.

Joanna Reid said substantial improvement has been made in these sectors in the province. He said DFID will continue its cooperation with the provincial government in various sectors.

Both sides also discussed the ongoing programs being implemented in collaboration with DFID in education, health and skills development sectors.

BUDGET-PROJECTS
Punjab government has allocated a huge amount of ninety six point thirty eight billion Rupees for mega projects of southern Punjab in new financial year.

According to the budget statement twenty- four point five billion rupees have been fixed for the project of Khadim e Aalaa Clean Water programme in the twenty Districts of southern Punjab.

Fifteen billion rupees have been allocated for dualization of Lodhran Khanewal Road while twelve point seventy eight billion rupees allocated for the Safe City Programme for Multan and Bahawalpur.

CM-GB 
Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman has said that Health Protection Cards scheme would be extended to all districts of the region to facilitate the deserving patients.

Presiding over a meeting in Gilgit, he said the health protection scheme would also be initiated in Ghancha ,Hunza ,Nagar and Ghizer District

PROJECTS-GB
Nine hydro-power projects are being executed in Gilgit-Baltistan on priority to overcome electricity shortage.

Chairing a meeting in Gilgit, Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur Rehman said on completion these projects will add two hundred and fifty megawatt electricity to the system by 2020.

NAB
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said that NAB is committed to eradicate corruption by using all its resources in a transparent manner.

He was chairing a meeting to review progress on NAB's Awareness and Prevention campaign, "SAY NO TO CORRUPTION" in Islamabad today.

He said that Corruption is the root cause of all evils and initiatives taken by NAB have started yielding dividends as today conviction ratio is about 76 percent in investigation against white collar crimes.

BAJAUR
The government has initiated the verification process of the blocked computerized National Identity Cards of residents of Bajaur Agency.

Talking to newsmen in Bajaur Agency, official sources said the verification process has been launched on the directives of Interior Ministry.

Initially, the verification process has been started in five tehisls of the agency, including Nawagai, Chamarkand, War Mamond, Lovi Mamound and Barang.

A Cell has also been established in Khar to examine the causes behind the blockage of CNICs.

The verification process of the blocked CNICs would be extended to the entire agency very soon.

RANGERS
Sindh Rangers arrested seven criminals, including target killers, extortionists, drug peddlers and terrorists, in different raids in various areas of Karachi today.

According to spokesman of Sindh Rangers, the arrested criminals belong to militant wing of MQM London, a banned outfit and Lyari Gang war.

ARREST-KD
Earlier, police 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.

NARCOTICS
In Punjab, Police have arrested twenty-three criminal during search operations in Sargodha.

According to police spokesman, six kg hashish, over two hundred fifty bottles of liquor and illegal weapons have also recovered from them.

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.

KASHMIR
Indian authorities have launched a malicious campaign to malign Hurriyet leadership and the ongoing freedom movement in Occupied Kashmir.

The move comes after India's frustration over the exemplary unity among Kashmiri people and Hurriyet leaders.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian National Investigation Agency is continuing a massive crackdown against the resistance leaders to implicate them in false cases. Its aim is to break their resolve towards the freedom movement.

Meanwhile, two Indian army soldiers were killed and four others injured in an attack on their convoy on Srinagar-Jammu Highway near Qazigund area, today.

On the other hand, complete shutdown, marked by anti-India demonstrations, was observed in Islamabad town, today, against brutalities of Indian police.

Scores of youth raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans assembled in the town, and clashed with the police.

Fearing student protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmed Butt, and other youth by Indian troops, the puppet authorities continued to close colleges and schools in Srinagar and Islamabad districts, today.

AFGHANISTAN
In Afghanistan, at least twelve people were killed and eighteen others wounded in three bomb explosions in Kabul today.

The explosion took place near the funeral for a victim of violent clashes between Afghan police and protesters a day earlier.

INDIA
In India, security agencies have arrested more than ninety sympathizers of the Islamic State group.

This was stated by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh while talking to reporters in New Delhi today.

He said India's security agencies are keeping a close watch on activities of the Islamic State group.

MALAYSIA
Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines have agreed to conduct joint patrols in the Sulu Sea to counter the activities of Islamic State group.

This was stated by Malaysia's Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein while addressing an international security conference in Singapore today.

He said the three countries will begin joint sea patrols later this month, in the area bounded by Sabah and the southern Philippines, where the militants intend to establish their control.

MATTIS
The United States has appreciated China's commitment to work with international community toward denuclearization of Korean peninsula.

Addressing the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore today, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said his country is encouraged by China's efforts to restrain North Korea.

Speaking at the forum, Japanese Defense Minister, Tomomi Inada, said Tokyo will back any US option, including military strikes, to deal with North Korea. She said Japan is seeking a deeper alliance with Washington.

SYRIA
In Syria, a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance has seized new territory west of the Islamic State group's bastion Raqa, bringing it closer to a final attack on the city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said the alliance captured the town of Mansura late Friday and the adjacent Baath Dam on Euphrates river, west of Raqa, today.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the alliance said a U.S.-backed operation by Syrian forces to capture Raqqa from Islamic State will start in the coming few days.

WHO-YEMEN
World Health Organization has warned that cholera is rapidly spreading as a deadly disease across Yemen.

On its official twitter account, the organization said over 73,700 suspected cholera cases and 605 associated deaths have been reported in nineteen governorates of the country.

The organization also warned that healthcare system in Yemen is on the verge of collapse as many hospitals have been shut down due to the ongoing conflict.

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