The government is ensuring uninterrupted supply of electricity to 94 percent area of the country during Sehr and Iftar times.

Central Development Working Party has approved several development projects.

The US Congress has expressed concern over the growing violence against minorities in India.    

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States will represent the country at the funeral of Boxing Legend Mohammad Ali, on the directives of the Prime Minister.



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 today.

 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.



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 meagre amount has been allocated for their development.

He criticized the government for ignoring development of small provinces in the budget.



The House 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.

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 yesterday 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.

Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal criticized the opposition members for making political statements instead of giving concrete proposals for improving the economy during the budget debates.



Central Development Working Party approved several development projects costing billions of rupees.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal presided the meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The projects approved included Gwadar-Nawabasha LNG Terminal pipeline.

Representatives of Federal and Provincial government are attending the meeting.



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.                                                   


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.



The funeral prayers of great boxer Mohammad Ali will be offered at Freedom Hall in the US city of Louisville on Friday.

The funeral service is open to all.

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. 



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.


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