Text Bulletin 0800 hrs
SEP 03, 2016
Prime Minister will inaugurate forty megawatt Coal-fired Power Project in Faisalabad today.
Finance Minister says the country cannot afford politics of protests and sit-ins.
Government has expressed the resolve to take the operation against terrorists to its logical end soon.
Hurriyet leadership says Indian decision to send an All-Party delegation to Occupied Kashmir is a ploy to mislead the international community.
China has ratified the Paris agreement on emissions-cutting.
The UN Security Council has warned South Sudan of an arms embargo if it rejects deployment of additional peacekeepers.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate a forty Mega Watts Coal Fired Power Project in Faisalabad today.
Commissioning of this Power Plant is a step towards achieving self reliance in power generation. Such initiatives by the Private sector are extremely encouraging and will prove helpful in overcoming the energy shortage in the country.
The Government is heavily investing in energy sector to rid the country of energy deficit by 2018. A policy of energy-mix that focuses on diverse sources of energy is earnestly pursued at the Government level.
The 40 MW Coal Power Plant at Sitara Chemical Industries Ltd Faisalabad is the largest of its kind in the industrial sector of Faisalabad. The plant’s boiler is based on Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion technology having the best automation system.
The present government has made tireless efforts to provide a conducive environment for the business community to accelerate economic activities in the country.
Finance Minister says the country cannot afford protests and sit-ins any more as these are major hindrances in the development process.
In an interview, he said the last sit-ins in the federal capital caused billions of rupees of losses to the country.
The Finance Minister said now the country has been put on the path of progress and development. He said the economy and security of the country have been strengthened and major issue of power shortage is being resolved permanently.
He said the history will not forgive those who will create obstacles in the path of development again.
Ishaq Dar said the government wants to reach a consensus with opposition on the issue of inquiry of panama leaks. He said the bill presented by the government in the National Assembly aims to weed out corruption across the board.
The US Deputy Secretary of Treasury Ms. Sarah Bloom Raskin telephoned Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and thanked for Pakistan's support in re-election of Dr. Jim Yong Kim as President of the World Bank Group for another five year term.
The Finance Minister informed her that the World Bank and Dr. Kim had been partners of Pakistan in key infrastructure projects. He said Dr. Kim had an impressive performance for global economic revival, development and poverty alleviation, therefore Pakistan was the first country to propose his re-election.
Both sides also agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the upcoming annual meetings of World Bank and IMF in Washington in October this year.
Prime Minister's spokesman Dr. Musadik Malik says operation against terrorists will soon reach its logical ending.
In an interview, he said the government and armed forces are determined to weed out the menace of terrorism from the country.
He said hideouts and strongholds of terrorists have been dismantled through operation Zarb-e-Azb and they are on the run.
The spokesman said terrorists are now making desperate attempts to create panic and prove their existence by attacking soft targets and public places.
An inter-provincial meeting has developed a roadmap to minimize the gender wage-gap from thirty-six percent to ten percent in next three years in favour of women workers.
The meeting of Treaty Implementation Cell was held in Islamabad with its Convener and Attorney General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali in the chair.
The meeting also developed a mechanism to benefit from the best practices being followed by the provinces to introduce new legislation and implement administrative steps with regard to human, women, child and labour rights, anti-corruption drives, narcotics and environmental protection.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah says steps are being taken to generate electricity based on coal-fired power plants.
He was presiding over a meeting in Karachi to review the progress of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company in mining operation.
The company has started work in Thar Coal Filed Block-II to install a coal-fired Power Plant that will generate 660 MW electricity by 2019.
The Chief Minister directed that maximum locals be provided jobs in the company.
He also directed IG police to provide more security at Thar coal field Block-II for Chinese engineers.
Meanwhile, since the martyrdom of Burhan Wani Indian forces and Police have resorted to violent action against innocent Kashmiris during peaceful protests across the valley.
In a letter to US secretary of State John Kerry non resident Kashmiris have said that Indian forces used pullets, birdshot from pump-action shotguns and extreme cane beatings against some 200,000 mourners who attended Wani's funeral.
They said curfews and clashes have now been sustained for over five weeks, with limited or no access to the basic necessities of life, including food, power and fuel.
During the unabated attacks injuries have reached close to 10,000 while deaths over 85, and some 570 left blinded by pellet guns.
In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders and organizations have expressed serious concern over the stepped up Indian state terrorism in the territory.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader Muhammad Yousuf Naqash in a statement termed the sending of All-Party delegation by New Delhi to Kashmir as a ploy to mislead the international community.
He said the move is aimed at suppressing the ongoing uprising which had unnerved India.
He said resolution of the long-pending Kashmir dispute lies in tripartite talks involving Pakistan, India and genuine Kashmiri leadership in line with the UN resolutions.
Another APHC leader, Hakim Abdul Rasheed, in a statement in Srinagar condemned the continued imposition of curfew and other restrictions on the people’s movement.
China has ratified the Paris agreement on emissions-cutting ahead of the G- 20 summit beginning in Hangzhou tomorrow.
The Chinese official news agency Xinhua reports that country's legislature voted to ratify the agreement this morning.
Paris agreement calls on countries to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and update targets every five years.
President Barack Obama is also expected to join his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in announcing their countries are formally taking part in a historic global climate deal at the G-20 Summit tomorrow.
Two-day G-20 summit of the world's major economies will start in Chinese city of Hangzhou tomorrow to discuss efforts to reform global economic governance.
The theme of the summit is Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy.
The G20 represents over 85 percent of the world's economy and two thirds of global population.
The UN Security Council has warned South Sudan of arms embargo if the government rejects a plan to bring in another 4,000 peacekeepers.
The diplomats representing all 15 council members are expected to meet with President Salva Kiir today in capital Juba to ensure a peace deal to protect civilians.
In Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a state of lawlessness after a bomb blast that killed 14 people and wounded 70 in Davao.
Under the decree troops would be deployed in urban centers to back up the police in setting up checkpoints and increasing patrols.
Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov who died of haemorrhage yesterday will be laid to rest at ancient city of Samarkand today.
He was 78.
He ruled the country for 27 years.
The fifth and final One Day International between Pakistan and England will be played at Cardiff tomorrow.
England leads the series by 4-nil.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:
Islamabad twenty degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-five, Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty four, Quetta, Gilgit and Murree sixteen and Muzaffarabad eighteen degree centigrade.