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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that international investors are now showing keen interest for investing in Pakistan which is a manifestation of our successful economic policies and investor friendly environment. He was chairing a high level meeting in Islamabad today where he was briefed on the progress made in the recently held 6th meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee on CPEC in Beijing. The Prime Minister was informed that agreement on 300 MW power project has been signed and it will be started soon. Similarly, Gwader water supply project, hospital, technical institutes and mass transit railway project in the provincial headquarters were also discussed in JCC at China. China has agreed to consider and examine Indus Cascade projects in CPEC. The Prime Minister congratulated the Water and Power Ministry for securing 1.5 billion dollar Lahore – Matiari Transmission Line project agreement to be funded under CPEC and directed to actively pursue its implementation. He also felicitated the Pakistani team for inclusion of Mass Transit projects in the four provinces and directed Railways Minister to facilitate the province's by giving his ministires technical advice for project feasibilities . Nawaz Sharif said road connectivity projects will open up under-developed areas of Pakistan to investment. About establishment of Industrial Parks, the Prime Minister directed Federal authorities to initiate process of providing electricity, gas and telecommunication to the proposed sites.

US URGES PAKISTAN, INDIA TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES ON INDUS WATERS TREATY THROUGH DIALOGUE

United States has urged Pakistan and India to resolve their differences on Indus Waters Treaty through dialogue. This has been stated by US State Department spokesman John Kirby at a daily press briefing in Washington. He termed Indus Waters Treaty an example of peaceful cooperation between the two countries which is being respected for the last fifty years. The spokesman said Secretary of State John Kerry has also discussed this issue with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. He said United States is in regular contact with India and Pakistan on a wide range of issues. The spokesman said Washington welcomes Pakistan, Russia and China talks for peace in Afghanistan.

IRAN HANDS OVER 97 DEPORTEES TO PAKISTAN

Iranian authorities have handed over ninety seven Pakistani immigrants to FIA at Taftan border in Chagai. The detained people were living in Iran with out valid travelling documents.

10,000 SCHOLARS WILL BE SENT TO US FOR STUDY IN NEXT 10 YEARS: AHSAN

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has emphasized upon forming of a working group to foster development of science and technology in the country. He said this while addressing Round Table Conference on ‘Promoting Scientific Education and Research in Pakistan’ in Islamabad. Ahsan Iqbal said knowledge and technology are pivotal to advancement of our human civilization. He said 10,000 Pakistani scholars will be sent to the United States for study in the next ten years under US-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor. The participants of the conference highlighted various options to promote science education and research in the country. They emphasized to revise the science curriculum, science teacher’s training, developing computer and science labs in primary and high schools, conducting science fairs and competitions for students.

INDONESIA SUSPENDS MILITARY CO-OPERATION WITH AUSTRALIA

Indonesia has suspended all military co-operation with Australia. Army spokesman Maj Gen Wuryanto said there were many reasons behind the move without giving details. Local media reported that Indonesian troops had been offended by training material found at an Australian base.

TURKEY EXTENDS EMERGENCY RULE BY THREE MONTHS

Turkey's parliament voted on Tuesday in favour of extending emergency rule by a further three months, effective from Jan. 19, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Emergency rule, first imposed in Turkey after a failed military coup on July 15 and then extended in October, enables the government to bypass parliament in enacting new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms when deemed necessary.

GUTERRES CALLS FOR REFORMING WORLD BODY'S DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM

The new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has underlined the need to reform the world body's development system. Speaking on his first day in office in New York, he underscored multilateralism and teamwork as critical to achieving the world body's goals. He urged the United Nations to overcome its shortcomings and get rid of bureaucratic set up.

Britain's EU envoy says Brexit aims unknown, deplores muddled thinking 

Britain's outgoing ambassador to the European Union said Prime Minister Theresa May's negotiating objectives for Brexit were unknown to her government's representatives in Brussels. In a letter to staff announcing his resignation less than three months before May triggers formal exit talks, Ivan Rogers said London lacked experienced negotiators and urged the team on the ground in Brussels to challenge muddled thinking.

At Mosul front, Iraqis fleeing and returning cross paths

The two teenage sisters hid at home for most of the two years of rule by the Islamic State group. This week, as fighting engulfed their neighborhood in the northern city of Mosul, Rusul and Doha Ghanem and their family made a run for it. It took them three days, and they slept in empty houses. Finally, they reached the safety of government-held territory. "We just cannot believe we got out alive," said the 18-year-old Rusul, though her relief was temporarily dampened as troops lined her father and brother up with other men for security checks. Rusul and her family were among hundreds of dazed men, women and children who fled fighting in their neighborhood of Karama this week after it became a front line in the battle against the Islamic State group, hauling their belongings down a main street in bags and suitcases and on push carts.

Editorials:

1.There was a time when greetings were real (Khaleej Times) 

2. Invisible Rahul misses chance to target Modi (Hindustan Times)

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