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News & Current Affairs Channel starts weekly program in collaboration with the UN 

News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan has started a new series in collaboration with the UN. Under the series, the half hourly segment will be broadcast in English program 'Perspective' on every Wednesday. NCAC has held over 60 interviews of UN officials in the past. Today's first program featured UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information Ms. Cristina Gallach.

Cristina Gallach (UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information):

"UN’s partnership with Radio Pakistan will help identify and advance key issues of development in Pakistan. Radio being the mass medium can help educate and aware people and representatives of various issues of importance. Radio is a critical communication medium that helps in dissemination of information. United Nations’ radio section is very active in forging partnerships and networking with local, regional radio partners. Radio is a source of inspiration and more useful in areas where the penetration of technology is not common. The networking between News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan and various UN agencies is a delightful development." 

CDWP approves projects worth billions

Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved several development projects costing billions of rupees. Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal presided the meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday. The approved projects related to energy, water reservoirs, communications, governance and information technology. The meeting approved a project costing over one billion rupees to check electricity tripings in various areas of Sindh and Balochistan. It also okayed 700 kilometers long Gwadar-Nawabshah LNG Terminal pipeline. Two and half billions of rupees had been approved for Sindh Resilience Project to tackle losses caused by catastrophes and climate change. The meeting approved 890 million rupees for Pakistan Glacier Monitoring Network to monitor climate changes and water position in the upper Indus basin.

Analysts:

Mobin Saulat (MD, Inter-State Gas Company):

“Government has taken a number of steps to resolve the energy crisis. The LNG agreement signed by the government with Qatar envisages regular supply of gas to Pakistan that will be used for domestic consumption as well as power generation. The terminal already built at Karachi has helped in processing of LNG from the ships to the pipelines. The import of gas will also help start production of at least 2,000 megawatts of electricity from power houses that are currently non-operational.”


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