DATE: 05-03-2017                               


The Government has released about twelve billion rupees for twenty-three projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.


A survey is being launched to assess metallic mineral reserves in Sindh and Balochistan. 


Final of Pakistan Super League is being played between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi in Lahore tonight.


In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops martyred two youth in Pulwama district on Sunday.


In Syria, forty militants have been killed in an air strike in Hama province.





The government has released about twelve billion rupees for twenty-three projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor under Public Sector Development Programme.


According to latest data released by ministry of planning, the federal government has also released 126 million rupees for construction of Cross-Border Optical Fiber Communication system between China and Pakistan twenty million rupees for Pak-China technical and vocational institute at Gwadar.            



The Geological Survey of Pakistan will launch 3D mineral survey to assess metallic mineral reserves of iron, copper, gold, silver and molybdenum in potential areas of Sindh and Balochistan.   


According to official sources, the project will be completed in four years over cost of six hundred million rupees.


They said the survey would be carried out at two prospective sites including Moti Jo Wandio in district Tharparkar of Sindh and Mashkichah in district Chagai of Balochistan to evaluate potential economic mineral resources.


The sources said mining activities would start resulting in utilization of the hidden natural resources and enormous economic activities.



The Government is taking concrete steps to improve the overall trade volume on Ports of the country. 


According to official sources, Deep Water Container Port has been established having a capacity to handle 3.1 Million containers including transshipment containers.


A ten years Business Development Plan is also under process for the Karachi Port Trust with an aim to achieve efficiency and productivity as per international and regional benchmarks.    



The Government is making all out efforts to address the environmental issues related to marine pollution.


According to official sources, Marine Pollution Control Department has been established by the Karachi Port Trust for monitoring and managing the oil piers.


Focus will be particularly laid on creating awareness and building capacity of Port staff regarding the environmental issues.                                    



The Senate and National Assembly meet in Islamabad on Monday at three and four in the afternoon respectively.


Both the Houses will discuss important national issues besides transacting legislative business.



The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to purchase nine hundred kanals of land for establishment of new bus terminal in Peshawar.


Official sources told Radio Pakistan correspondent that besides general transport, one hundred and ten kanals land will be utilized for Rapid Bus Transport Service.


Initially, seven hundred million rupees have been released for purchase of land.



Twenty-nine suspects were arrested during search operations in different parts of the country on Sunday.


Twenty-two suspects were arrested in Peshawar four in Sahiwal and three in Karachi.


Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.



Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada says the PSL Final in Lahore on Sunday is the victory of government`s resolve against extremism and terrorism.


He was talking to News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan on Sunday. 


He said the successful conduct of the event will give a new impetus to the sports and cultural activities in the country.


Talking in the program, Minister of State for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman said foolproof security arrangements have been made for the mega event. 



All necessary administrative and security measures have been finalized for the final of second edition of the Pakistan Super League being played at Qaddafi stadium Lahore tonight. 


Quetta Gladiators will face Peshawar Zalmi in the final.


Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, in a surprise visit to Qaddafi Stadium and its surrounding areas, expressed satisfaction on security measures.


Quetta Gladiators include South African player Morne Van Wyk, Inam ul Haq of Bangladesh, West Indian cricketer Rayad Emrit, Elton Chigumbura and Sean Michael Ervine of Zimbabwe while Darren Sammy of West Indies, England's Chris Jordan, West Indian Marlon Samuels will play from Peshawar Zalmi.



The US state department has accused India of committing significant human rights violations against minorities, women folk and children.


The state department 2016 Country Report on Human Rights Practices cited restrictions on religious freedom disappearances, hazardous prison condition and delay in justice due to court backlogs.



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two Kashmiri youth and injured many during a military operation in Tral area of Pulwama district on Sunday.


Large number of People flouting curfew and other restrictions staged a protest against the killing of the youth. 


Earlier, an Indian army Major, two soldiers and a CRPF trooper were wounded during the operation on Saturday night.



A Syrian military plane has crashed near the border between Syria and Turkey.


Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said a search operation is under way for the plane.


Meanwhile, Syrian army  has expanded its control over former Islamic State-held villages gaining more territory in Aleppo province.


On the other hand, forty militants and ten civilians have been killed in Russian airstrike at the training camp in the eastern Hama countryside.


The United Nation's humanitarian coordination agency in its report on Sunday said that fresh fighting has displaced more than 66,000 people from Al-Bab city and nearby Tadef town in Aleppo.



In Iraq, US-backed forces have launched a new offensive against Islamic State-held old city center of Mosul.


According to the military sources Iraqi forces are advancing from the south and the southwest.



In Afghanistan, twenty five people including seven security personnel were killed in latest spate of violence across the country on Sunday.


At least, five members of the Afghan security forces personnel and eighteen militants were killed in Kunduz province.


Almar district police chief and a local security forces commander were killed in the separate attacks in Faryab province.



The International Monetary Fund has agreed to provide a fresh loan of one billion dollar to Ukraine to help it revive its stagnant economy.


This was stated by the Fund's country director Ron van Rooden, in a statement in Kiev.



The United Nations say droughts are worsening food security, despite robust food supply conditions in East Africa.


The Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization in a statement said access to food has been dramatically reduced in multiple countries simultaneously suffering civil conflicts.


He said famine has been formally declared in South Sudan, and the food security situation is also of grave concern in northern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.



Sri Lanka has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities.


President Maithripala Sirisena in a statement in Colombo on Sunday vowed to not prosecute soldiers.

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