Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Minister for Water and Power says 2665 MW additional electricity has been added in the system during the last three years.
Minister for States has said the committee constituted for reforms in FATA will finalize its recommendations soon.
Central Development Working Party has approved 700 kilometers long Gwadar-Nawabshah LNG Terminal pipeline.
The US Congress has expressed concern over the growing violence against minorities in India.
Ambassador to the United States will represent Pakistan at the funeral of boxing legend Mohammad Ali.
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif told the House that the present government has added 2665 MW additional electricity in the system during the last three years.
Taking part in the debate on the budget, he said 600 MW of electricity has also been rehabilitated from the existing units during this period.
The Minister said the government is making hectic efforts that there is not load-shedding during Sehr and Iftar times.
He said electricity supply and demand gap has decreased almost half than in the previous government.
Khawaja Asif said 36 billion dollars are being invested on energy plants under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said the government is completing several energy projects.
He told the House that on completion of these projects 11000 MW additional electricity will be added to the national grid and total generation capacity will reach 31000 MW by 2018.
He pointed out that Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project will be completed by August next year, 1320 MW Port Qasim project by June 2018 and Tarbela-IV by June next year.
National Assembly also resumed discussion on next financial years' budget.
Taking part in the debate, Pervaiz Malik appreciated the performance of the Ministry of Finance for taking proposals from business community before preparing the budget.
He said a comprehensive package has been given in the budget for development of agriculture sector.
He lauded the government for earmarking a huge amount for Public Sector Development Programme. He pointed out that increase in salaries of government employees and up-gradation of various posts are good measures.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan said there should be no discrimination in duration of load-shedding for urban and rural areas. He said the circular debt is again increasing.
Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui pointed out that residence of senior MQM leader Farooq Sattar was besieged on Tuesday in Karachi. He alleged MQM is being victimized. MQM also staged a token walkout from the House.
Nawab Yusuf Talpur in his speech said that agriculture is backbone of economy and this sector cannot be ignored.
Appreciating concessions given on fertilizers he said sales tax in agriculture sector should be abolished for growth of this sector. He criticized for allocating less funds for development in Sindh Province.
Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal criticized the opposition members for making political statements instead of giving concrete proposals for improving the economy during the budget debates.
He said 3600 MW LNG based electricity will be added in the national grid. He said PML-N Government believes in practical work for the betterment of the country rather than raising hollow slogans. He said Government is taking practical steps to eliminate corruption.
Participating in the debate, Shah Jee Gul Afridi stressed the need for making the Gwadar Port fully operational at the earliest.
Shafqat Mahmood alleged that fake and fudged figures have been provided in the budget especially of GDP growth, direct and indirect taxes.
Tahira Aurangzeb said International Financial Institutions have acknowledged that economy in Pakistan is improving.
The Government is ensuring uninterrupted supply of electricity to 94 percent area of the country during Sehr and Iftar.
This was stated by Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali while responding to a calling attention notice moved by Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh in the Senate on Wednesday.
He said it is utmost effort of the government to fully facilitate the people n the Holy month of Ramazan.
He said that no forced load-shedding is being carried out except in areas where percentage of losses is more than 60 percent.
Later, the house resumed discussion on the Finance Bill 2016-17.
Responding to another calling attention notice moved by Abdul Qayyum, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House that the committee headed by Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is finalizing recommendations for reforms in FATA.
He said these recommendations will soon be presented before the Prime Minister as well as the Parliament for approval. He said a Grand Jirga may also be convened in order to get final approval of the reforms package from the tribal elders.
Taking part in the debate, Abdul Qayyum said agriculture research centres should be strengthened in order to enhance agriculture yield. He said apart from giving subsidy to farmers, there is also need to bring better and latest farming practices.
Usman Saifullah Khan said the government should ensure equal development of all the areas in order to reduce poverty and create job opportunities.
Sardar Azam Khan Musakhel said the people of tribal areas have rendered immense sacrifices in the war on terror but only a meager amount has been allocated for their development.
He criticized the government for ignoring development of small provinces in the budget.
Rehman Malik pointed out that Balochistan is the most deprived province and steps should be taken to remove their sense of deprivation.
Hidayatullah appreciated the government's steps towards enhancing revenue and GDP growth rate.
Hari Ram said that maximum resources should be allocated for the promotion of health and education sectors.
Nehal Hashmi said the opposition parties should sit with the government and evolve a Charter of Economy for unhindered development of the country.
Nuzhat Sadiq said economy is on positive trajectory due to prudent policies of the present government. She said this fact has also been acknowledged by several international financial institutions.
Kalsoom Parveen said inputs of elected representatives should be included in the budget to make it more people and welfare oriented.
The House will now meet on Thursday morning at 11:00.
Central Development Working Party 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 trappings 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 catastrophies 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.
Ministry of Water and Power is making all out efforts to provide maximum relief to the domestic consumers at Sehri, Iftar and Taraweeh.
A spokesperson of the ministry said demand for electricity has gone up due to unprecedented heat wave in the country.
He appealed to the consumers to adopt energy conservation measures and avoid wastage of electricity.
He urged the consumers to minimize use of Air conditioners at the time of Sehri and Iftar so that maximum relief can be provided to the domestic consumers across the country.
The spokesman said there is no unannounced loadshedding in the country and power supply situation on Sehri, Iftari and Taraweeh was being monitored.
He said DISCOs have formed special teams to rectify faults at local level on emergency basis.
The spokesman said consumers can call on 051-9103888, 051-9206834 and 051-9204430 for registration of complaints or may register online complaints on www.mowp.gov.pk.
The US Congress has expressed concern over the growing violence against minorities in India.
The Human Rights Commission of the US Congress expressed these views at a hearing that coincided with the start of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official visit to the United States.
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the US Congress held the hearing on incidents of discrimination, intimidation and harassment against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Buddist communities in the so-called world's biggest democracy.
Namaz-e-Janaza of great boxer Mohammad Ali will be offered at Freedom Hall in the US city of Louisville on Thursday.
His coffin will be taken on a procession through the streets of Louisville on Friday for a formal funeral service at KFC Yum Center. The funeral service will be open to all.
He will be buried on the same day.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jillani will represent the country at the funeral of Mohammad Ali, on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The legendary boxer died on Saturday after protracted illness.
The World Bank says global economy will grow at just 2.4 percent this year.
It said it is much slower than the 2.9 percent it predicted in January this year.
The Bank said advanced economies are rebounding more slowly than expected and low commodity prices continue to hurt other countries.
Police in Papua New Guinea have opened fire on students protesting against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.
Several students were injured and opposition MPs said four were killed. No independent source has confirmed the claim of opposition.
They are demanding that he stand down and answer corruption allegations.
President O'Neill denies wrongdoing and has said he will not leave office.
Radio Pakistan in its national hook up at 1605 hours on Wednesday will broadcast a special documentary programme in connection with "WORLD OCEANS DAY".