Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
PSL final between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi has just begun at Qaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Defence Minister says the Pakistani armed forces have rendered unprecedented sacrifices in the war against terrorism.
The JUI-F Chief has said protection of the rights of people is essential for restoration of peace in the country.
Most parts of the Western Route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed by the end of the next year.
Experts have termed Pakistan-China-Russia nexus as emerging scenario of change in South Asia.
A survey is being launched to assess metallic mineral reserves in Sindh and Balochistan.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred two more youth in Pulwama district today.
In Iraq, more than forty five thousand people have fled west Mosul after fresh offensive of government forces.
The Final of second edition of Pakistan Super League between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators has just begun at Qaddafi stadium Lahore.
Quetta Gladiators won the toss and elected to field.
Earlier, a colorful closing ceremony in connection with PSL Final was held in which prominent singers performed.
Folk dances were also performed to depict various cultures of the country.
Rich tributes were paid on this occasion to the martyrs of the country who laid their lives while defending the homeland.
A large number of people present in the stadium also lauded PCB for holding final of PSL in Lahore.
Chairman Pakistan Super League Najam Sethi while addressing the ceremony said holding PSL final in Lahore was impossible without the support of the people.
He said that the people of Pakistan are peace loving and disciplined.
He also thanked patron-in-chief of Pakistan Cricket Board Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for supporting the PSL final in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took aerial view of Gadaffi Stadium Lahore today where final of second edition of Pakistan Super League is underway.
Prime Minister aboard a helicopter witnessed the arrangements made for final between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says international cricket is going to be revived in Pakistan after today's match in Lahore.
In an interview with PTV today, she applauded all of those who are involved in holding and arranging the PSL final in Lahore.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said that today a great zeal and enthusiasm is being witnessed among people of the country which is symbol of a healthy society.
Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor has said that sports promote peace.
In a tweet message today, he welcomed the foreign players and guests and expressed his good wishes for both finalist teams.
Minister for Defense Khawaja Asif has said that the security forces have rendered unprecedented sacrifices for elimination of terrorism from the country.
In a statement in Sialkot today, he said that Pakistan Army responded befittingly at both internal and external fronts and proved its professional capabilities.
Khawaja Asif said conspiracies against the country could not lower morale of the nation.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Choudhry Barjees Tahir says agriculture sector is progressing due to effective steps of the government.
Addressing a ceremony in Nankana Sahib today, he said hundreds of thousands of farmers are getting benefit from the Prime Minister's Kissan Package.
He said farmers' per acre cost on crops has reduced considerably due to subsidy given to them on pesticides and urea.
He said Punjab government is providing billions of rupees worth of interest free loans to small farmers that will help boost agriculture production.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad has said that the government is taking revolutionary steps for development of the country.
Addressing a function in Attock today, he said a number of mega projects, have been launched for the development of infrastructure in the country.
He said the government is also spending billions of rupees for improvement of education sector.
Parliamentary Secretary for Information Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha has said that the PML-N government is utilizing all sources for bringing prosperity and progress in its country.
Addressing a Sui Gas supply ceremony at Chak Badla near Sargodha today, he said Punjab government has provided billions of rupees for provision of basic facilities to people in all districts of the province.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has approved a grant of two hundred and fifty million rupees for Houbara Bustard Endowment Fund.
This amount will be utilized for the rehabilitation center and breeding of the Houbara Bustard in Cholistan desert.
Senate will resume its session tomorrow at three in the afternoon and the National Assembly at four p.m.
Both the Houses will discuss important national issues besides transacting legislative business.
Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Maulana Fazul-ur-Rehman has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a game changer and now friendship between two countries has converted into economic relationship.
Addressing a public gathering in Quetta this afternoon he said that protection of rights of people will ensure peace in the country.
He said that Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam will continue its efforts for social and economic uplift of poor masses of the country.
Hakla-Yarik section of Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed by October next year at a cost of one hundred and twenty nine billion rupees.
According to official sources, the 285-kilometer section is being constructed in five different packages and work on package-I Yarik-Rehmai Khel will be completed in September next year at a cost of over thirteen billion rupees.
Similarly, two per cent work on 52-kilometer section of package-III from Mianwali to Tarap has been completed.
According to the sources, total distance of Western Route from Khunjrab to Gwadar is 2,494 km which will pass through Burhan, DI Khan, Zhob, Quetta, Surab and Hoshab upto Gwadar.
The government has released over eleven billion rupees for twenty-three projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor under Public Sector Development Programme out of total allocation of over fifty-four billion rupees during the current financial year.
According to data released by Ministry of Planning, over five billion rupees have been released for construction of Burhan-Hakla Motorway out of the total allocation twenty- two billion rupees for current fiscal year
Similarly, Thakot-Havelian phase-I project has received six hundred million rupees out of total allocation over sixteen billion.
An amount of three hundred ten million rupees has been released for Basima-Khuzdar N-30.
Likewise, project construction and black topping of access road from Makran Coastal Highway to New Gwadar International Airport has received forty million rupees out of hundred million.
The government has released full amount one thousand three million rupees allocated for the CPEC related security projects.
Experts have termed Pakistan-China-Russia nexus as 'scenario-changer' for South Asia.
They were addressing a session on 'Trump's South Asia Policy: Quadrilateral interaction between Pakistan, China, India and USA and Challenges to CPEC' held in Islamabad today.
Director China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations Hu Shisheng said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has immense potential for all its stakeholders.
He said transparency must be induced as an integral part of all CPEC projects to ensure their smooth progress.
Another Chinese delegate Lin Yiming said that Pakistan and China are enjoying cordial relations since decades and these relations are based on deep-rooted trust and mutual respect.
The special assistant to President CICIR Du Yanjun said that emerging nexus of Pakistan, China and Russia will be yet another important outcome of CPEC along with many others.
She said that the Chinese are eagerly looking ahead for this trilateral collaboration and its possible outgrowths.
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 at a cost of six hundred million rupees.
The sources said the survey would be carried out at two prospective sites, including Moti Jo Wandio in district Tharparkar of Sindh and Mashkichah in district Chaghi, Balochistan to evaluate potential economic mineral resources.
Work on two coal- fired power projects at Port Qasim with a total capacity of one thousand three hundred twenty megawatts is underway and is expected to start producing electricity by the end of next year.
Our Karachi correspondent reports that the projects are being carried out under China-Pak Economic corridor at a cost of two billion dollars.
The generated power will be transmitted through a 180km-long 500KV transmission line connecting the project with the national grid.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says one hundred fifty-one small hydel power stations are under construction in different parts of the province.
Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar today, he said that feasibility of three hundred and ten more power projects has also been completed.
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 today.
Twenty-two suspects were arrested in Peshawar while four in Sahiwal and three in Karachi.
Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
The 82nd anniversary of Radio Pakistan Peshawar is being celebrated tomorrow.
It was on this day in 1935 that Radio Peshawar started its transmission.
A week-long anti-Polio campaign will begin in Karachi tomorrow.
During the drive about two point two million children of upto 5 years of age will be administered polio vaccine.
Radio Pakistan in its National hookup will broadcast a special drama at 2110 hours tonight.
AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has stressed the need for national unity to defeat the extremist forces.
Addressing a students' convention in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan has entered into an era of development and future of the youth is more safe and bright now.
The AJK President said that Pakistan and Kashmir are connected by natural and historical bonds and they are inseparable.
He urged youth to utilize their capabilities and play their proactive role for the peace and progress of the country.
Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says highlighting India's human rights violations in occupied Kashmir at international level and supporting Kashmir freedom movement is top priority of his government.
Talking to various delegations of civil society and workers of PML(N) in Kotli he said the second priority of his government is fight against corruption and nepotism.
Raja Farooq Haider Khan said development in health, education and infrastructure sectors and setting up hydro power projects to overcome energy crisis, remain third priority of his government.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred two more Kashmiri youth during a 14-hour long military operation in Tral area of Pulwama district, today.
The killings triggered massive protests in the area. People, defying curfew and restrictions, came out of their houses in large number and raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Many youth were injured in clashes with the occupying forces.
In a statement in Srinagar today, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth.
He said India’s intransigence is the main cause of bloodshed in the occupied territory.
Anti-India protests were also held in Kulgam and Islamabad districts against highhandedness of Indian army and police. The protesters raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
In another incident, an Indian soldier committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in Lower Krishna Ghati area of Poonch today.
This raise the number of such deaths amongst Indian troops and police personnel to 379 since January 2007.
At the United Nations in Geneva, a Kashmiri delegation has urged human rights organizations to take notice of human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
Kashmiri delegation led by human rights activist Altaf Hussain Wani called on diplomats and representatives of various human rights organizations and apprised them of the prevailing human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.
The delegation met Ambassador of Malaysia, UN special reporter on situation of human rights defenders and the Executive Director of World Organization against Torture.
Describing massive troops' concentration in the region as one of the major causes of human rights violation delegation stressed the need for early settlement of Kashmir dispute.
In Iraq, the US-backed government forces have launched a new offensive against the Islamic State-held city center of Mosul today.
An Iraqi military spokesman said the government forces are fighting their way towards the old center of the city, advancing from the south and the southwest.
Earlier, the government forces' advance in western Mosul had paused over the past 48 hours because of bad weather.
International Organisation for Migration says more than forty five thousand people have fled West in Mosul after government forces launched operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group.
According to the organization, more than seventeen thousand people left the city last Tuesday alone while over thirteen thousand on last Friday.
Iraqi forces launched a major push to recapture west Mosul from IS on 19th of last month, retaking the airport and then pushing up into the city from the south.
Iran says there has been substantial progress in talks with Saudi Arabia on allowing its citizens to join this year's Hajj.
A senior Iranian official responsible for Hajj affairs said that most of differences have been resolved, except a couple of issues.
Iranians were barred from attending last year's Hajj after diplomatic ties severed between the two countries and they failed to agree on security measures for the pilgrims.
In Turkey, thousands of women held a rally in Istanbul today to express their support for Presidential form of government.
The ruling Justice and Development Party is running "Yes" campaign in favor of Presidential system, saying the changes will bring political stability in the country.
Turkey will hold referendum next month on the constitutional amendment in this regard
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has extended term limits of its leaders, giving the incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a chance to contest next party as well as general election.
Abe was to step down as party leader and prime minister in September next year.
The party congress approved extending the limit to three consecutive three-year terms as against the previous two consecutive three-year term limit.
In Japan, three people were killed when a helicopter crashed on a snowy mountainside near Nagano city today.
The incident took place when the helicopter was conducting a mountain rescue exercise with nine officials on board.
China says its defense budget will reach 151 billion dollars this year.
This was stated by Chinese Finance Ministry in Beijing today.