Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister has invited Chinese companies to invest in coal power projects and transmission lines in Pakistan.
Minister for Planning says nine special economic zones planned to be set up along CPEC will strengthen national economy.
President has directed to expedite the process of tax refunds to small industrialists and exporters.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor has distributed cheques among victims of Parachinar blasts as announced by the Prime Minister.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated state terrorism martyred another youth in Pulwama district on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited Chinese companies to expand and diversify investment in power sector in Pakistan by setting up transmission lines and coal power projects.
He was talking to a Chinese delegation headed by Chairman National Energy Administration China Nur Bekri in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan is fully committed to the timely and effective implementation of all projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Nawaz Sharif said the completion of Sahiwal coal-based power plant in record time will greatly help the government in overcoming power shortage in the country.
Talking to the Prime Minister Nur Bekri said that National Energy Administration of China is rigorously executing energy projects in Pakistan. Appreciating the development vision of the Pakistan government, the Chairman said that National Energy Administration China is committed to complete the on-going energy projects in Pakistan within stipulated time lines.
The Chinese delegation also called on Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif. Talking to the delegation, he said North Indus Cascade feasibility is major leap towards tapping indigenous hydropower resources.
He said it is a big achievement which will not only meet for electricity requirements of the country but also provide life line to the CPEC in the long run.
Nur Bekri termed the two countries best neighbors, best friends and best brothers. He termed the meeting on Diamer Bhasha Dam as successful.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif leaves for Tajikistan on Wednesday for talks with Tajik leadership on strengthening bilateral relations and economic cooperation.
President Emomali Rahmon has extended an invitation to the prime minister for the visit.
During the visit, he will be accompanied by a high-level delegation.
At Dushanbe, the leaders of the two countries will discuss bilateral relations with particular emphasis on promoting trade, investment, energy cooperation and regional connectivity.
Tajikistan is also hosting a summit of CASA-1000 member states, including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Under CASA-1000, electricity produced in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will be supplied to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Prime minister will also participate in trilateral summit between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says nine special economic zones planned to be set up along CPEC will strengthen national economy.
He said this while chairing a high level meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, which was convened to discuss special economic zones.
The Minister regretted rumours are being spread among the business community about economic zones.
He said the enemies of the country earlier tried to create rift between provinces and federation on CPEC and now they are trying to sabotage the project.
The Planning Minister urged local businessmen to start joint ventures with Chinese investors to bolster economic growth of the country.
President Mamnoon Hussain has directed the authorities concerned to address problems faced by fan manufacturing industry.
He was talking to a delegation in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The President said the process of tax refunds to small industries should be expedited.
Hussain Nawaz is recording his statement before the Joint Investigation Team probing Panama papers case.
It is the sixth time that Hussain Nawaz has appeared before the JIT.
Marriyum Nawaz is to appear before the JIT on Wednesday.
The Joint Investigation Team has already submitted three periodic reports to the Supreme Court in this regard and it will submit its final report on tenth of this month.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says the terrorists will not succeed in their nefarious designs to weaken morale of the nation.
Talking to tribal elders in Parachinar on Tuesday, he said the security forces and tribal people have rendered great sacrifices in the war on terror.
The Governor gave away cheques of one million rupees each to the legal heirs of martyred and five hundred thousand rupees each to those injured in the Parachinar blasts in Parachinar.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan performed ground breaking of 69 megawatt Lawi Hydropower project in Chitral on Tuesday.
The power station will be completed with a cost of twenty-two billion rupees in five years.
Speaking on the occasion, Imran Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government plans to set up one thousand mini hydropower stations in different parts of the province.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, thirty three thousand families are benefitting from "Sehat Insaf Card Scheme."
Sources of Provincial Health Department told our Peshawar correspondent that under the scheme, families are getting free health facilities including checkup, admission and medicines in over one hundred selected government and private hospitals across the province.
Each family can get free treatment up to five hundred and forty thousand rupees annually.
In Sindh, mangrove plantation at thirty seven thousand acres of coastal land has been completed to stop sea erosion.
Quoting official sources, our Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzado reports the Sindh government has launched various schemes to tackle deforestation in the province.
He said over four hundred million rupees will be spent for revival of forestry during the current financial year.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have martyred another youth in Pulwama district on Tuesday.
The troops shot dead the youth during continued crackdown in Bahmnoo area of the district.
The troops had martyred two youth, Jehangir Khanday and Kifayat Ahmad, in the same area, on Monday.
The troops have also damaged four residential houses in the area so far during the ongoing operation.
Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders and organizations while paying great homage to Pulwama martyrs have reaffirmed the resolve to accomplish martyrs’ mission at all costs.
In Afghanistan, four Islamic State militants including a senior commander have been killed in American drone strike.
According to the Afghan officials, Islamic State commander Hazrat Gul and three fighters were killed in a mountainous area controlled by the militants.
Meanwhile, a senior police official was killed by a bomb planted in his car in Kabul.
Meanwhile, at least four people were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Farah province.
The 17th death anniversary of renowned folk singer Alan Faqeer is being observed on Tuesday.
He was particularly known for his ecstatic style of performance. He was given President's Pride of Performance award in 1980.
Alan Faqeer died in Karachi on July 4, 2000.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hook-up on Tuesday at 1530 hours a special documentary about the "Role of Radio Pakistan in Promotion of Democratic Traditions" under the documentary series "Rishta Awaz Ka" in connection with "70-years of Independence Celebrations of Pakistan"
In another national hook-up at 1605 hours, Radio Pakistan will broadcast a special feature in connection with the death anniversary of renowned Sindhi Folk Singer "Alan Faqir".