DATE: 04-09-2016                                   


Water and Power Development Authority has accelerated work on Tarbela 4th Extension hydropower project to generate 1,410 megawatt electricity.  


Punjab Chief Minister says some political elements are trying to hinder the process of economic development.


The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has taken a number of initiatives to provide best treatment facilities to people.


Two-day G-20 summit began in Chinese city of Hangzhou on Sunday to bring reforms in global economic governance.


United States has assured Turkey to bringing the attempted coup plotters to justice.





Water and Power Development Authority has accelerated  work on Tarbela 4th Extension hydropower project to complete in accordance with timelines.


Chairman WAPDA Lt General Muzammil Hussain (Retd) visited the under-construction 1,410 MW Tarbela 4th Extension hydropower project and reviewed progress on the project.


During the visit, the chairman witnessed in detail the construction works on various sites of the project.


The project will increase generation capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station from 3,478 MW to 4,888 MW, after installation of three units with the installed capacity of 470 MW each.


The World Bank is providing over eight hundred million dollars for the construction of the project.



Balloki Combined Cycle Power Plant will start adding 386.5 MW of electricity to the national grid by August next year in the first phase.    


According to official sources, the under-construction 1223 MW power plant having latest and environment friendly gas turbine technology will start operating at full capacity in the beginning of 2018.


The plant could be operated both on gas and diesel, however Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas would be its prime fuel.  


Balloki Power project which is a joint venture of two companies from China and Pakistan is an excellent example of time-tested Pakistan-China friendship.



Analysts have hailed the Government`s move of utilizing the coal, solar and wind energy sources to overcome power shortage in the country.


Speaking in Radio Pakistan`s News and Current Affairs Channel, they said it is commendable that research and development in the country has reached a point where new sources for generating power are becoming commercially viable.


Energy expert and former Secretary Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Dr Gulfaraz Ahmad said the pace of research in energy sector indicates that by 2020 the wind and solar energy will be cheap and easily accessible.


Taking part in the discussion economic expert Dr Shahid Hassan Siddiqui said the latest development in energy project will help augment the industrial activity in the country besides overcoming the power shortage.


He said economy of the country will boost in the long term only if we continue utilizing the available water and coal resources to generate electricity.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that some political elements are trying to hinder the process of economic development.


Talking to a delegation of PML-N's elected representative in Lahore on Sunday, he said that street agitation and sit-ins in the year 2014 caused loss worth billions of rupees to the national economy.


He said that the protesting parties have nothing to do with the problems of a common man.


He urged the political parties to shun negative politics and work for the welfare of the masses.



The Punjab government has decided to issue Kisan cards to small farmers to facilitate them during various subsidy packages.


According to spokesman for the agriculture department, Kisan cards would be issued to small farmers who have land of up to twelve acres.


He said process is being completed and registration for issuance of small cards would be started soon.



The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has taken a number of initiatives to provide best treatment facilities to people.


According to three years progress report of the Health Department, the government has allocated more than three billion rupees for giving special financial incentives to the doctors serving in far flung areas of the province.


One thousand nurses, six hundred paramedics and three hundred doctors have also been recruited in order to cope with the shortage of medical staff in hospitals.   



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is making all out efforts to introduce modern methods to improve yield of various crops and fruits.


Official sources of Agriculture department told our correspondent Matiullah on Sunday that  about one hundred acres of land has been identified to establish a modern date farming and processing unit in DI Khan with the operational capacity of 50 tons a day.


The officials said that high quality date is being produced in DI Khan, Tank, Lakki Marwat and Bannu.


He said the Date is one of the important cash crops because Pakistan ranked among the top ten Date exporting countries.                                                                   



The Senate will begin its 252nd session in Islamabad on Monday at three pm.


Besides carrying out legislative business, the House will also discuss important national issues during the session. 


On Monday the Upper House will transact private members business.


Meanwhile, the National Assembly is resuming its session in Islamabad on Monday at 5:00 p.m after two days break.



Director General Hajj Makkah Dr Sajid Yousafani has appreciated the excellent arrangements made by the Saudi Government and the local administration of Makkah and Madina for facilitating Pakistani pilgrims. 


Addressing a banquet in Makkah, he said that Pakistani pilgrims are very pleased and satisfied over all the arrangements.



The special Azadi Train which left for Karachi from Hyderabad on Sunday has arrived at Kotri a short while ago.


A large number of people from different segment of life welcomed the train on arrival at Kotri station.


Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent on board Azadi Train  Farooq Hussain reports that the train will arrive Karachi Cant tonight at 22:30.



Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq says leaders of Jamat-e-Islami, Bangladesh are being punished because of their love for Pakistan.


He was speaking in Islamabad on Sunday after offering Namaz-e-Janaza in absentia of Jamat-e-Islami Bangladesh leader Mir Qausem Ali who was executed on Saturday.


Special prayers were also offered for the departed soul.



In Occupied Kashmir, over one hundred people were injured in firing of pellets and bullets by Indian troops on protesters in Shopian, on Sunday morning.


According to Kashmir Media Service, the personnel of Indian police and paramilitary forces used brute force on participants of a pro-freedom rally in Penjoora village.


Forces used heavy tear smoke shells and indiscriminate pellets on the protesters.


On the other hand, several persons were injured in Islamabad district, after Indian armed forces used force on an anti-India and pro-freedom rally in Fatapora Larkipora.



Two-day G-20 summit began in Chinese city of Hangzhou on Sunday to discuss efforts to reform global economic governance.


The theme of the summit is Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy.


Addressing the opening ceremony, Chinese President Xi Jinping said we should improve global economic governance to strengthen global financial networks.


He urged to build a macro-economic policy coordination system.



China says it would continue to safeguard its sovereignty and maritime rights in the South China Sea.


This was stated by the Chinese President Xi Jinping while talking to US President Barack Obama at Hangzhou on Sunday.


US President urged Beijing to uphold its legal obligations in the disputed waters of the South China Sea and stressed US commitments to its regional allies.



United States has assured Turkey to bringing the perpetrators of the attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to justice.


At talks with Turkish President on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Obama said the US is committed to investigate the matter and assured Erdogan of American cooperation.  


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on U.S to adopt a collective appraoch against terrorism.           



In Afghanistan, at least fifty people were killed and twenty eight others injured when a passenger bus struck with a fuel tanker in the province of Zabul on Sunday.


According to report, the collision sparked an inferno and many of the victims, including women and children were burned.


The passenger bus was on its way from Kandahar to Kabul when it collided with a fuel tanker. 

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