There is not load-shedding during Sehr and Iftar times: Khawaja Asif

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif informs the House that present government has added 2665 MW additional electricity in the system during the last three years. He said this while 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. It is the efforts of the government that there is not load-shedding during Sehr and Iftar times. Khawaja Asif said electricity supply and demand gap has been decreased almost half than in the previous government. 36 billion dollars are being invested on energy plants under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said government is implementing several energy projects corruption-free. On completion of these projects 11000 MW additional electricity will be added to the national grid. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali while responding to a calling attention notice today in senate said the Government is ensuring uninterrupted supply of electricity  to 94 percent area of the country during Sehr and Iftar. He said it is utmost effort of the government to fully facilitate the people in the Holy month of Ramazan.

CDWP approves several mega development projects costing billions of rupees

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal presided the meeting in Islamabad today. The approved projects related to energy, water reservoirs, communications, and governance and information technology. The meeting approved a project costing over one billion rupees to check electricity tripping in various areas of Sindh and Balochistan. It also okayed 700 kilometers long Gwadar-Nawabasha 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.

Nadra to strictly follow the timeline for launch of the CNIC re-verification drive  

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed National Database and Registration Authority to strictly follow the timeline for launch of the CNIC re-verification drive across Pakistan. He said no slackness will be tolerated to complete the drive within six months. The Interior Minister asserted that a set-timeline also be given by NADRA for sending short-message-service to all the 105 million CNIC customers. The Chairman NADRA also briefed the minister about the media campaign for awareness of the general masses in relation to re-verification drive of CNICs. Meanwhile, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also approved the central database format prepared for the proclaimed offenders. The Minister was informed that Federal Investigation Agency, Islamabad Police and Anti Narcotics Force have so far provided record of 7678 Proclaimed Offenders for inclusion in the Central databank.

US Congress voices concern over growing violence against minorities in India

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. Joseph R Pitts, Co-Chairman of the Commission noted growing ties between the United States and India in different sectors but said these relations have failed to take note of the rising tide of human rights violations in India.


Pakistan team head coach to arrive in Lahore tonight

Newly-appointed head coach of national cricket team Mickey Arthur will arrive Lahore tonight from Australia. On Thursday, he will meet PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, Chief Selector Inzimam-ul-Haq, Test skipper Misbaul Haq, ODI captain Azhar Ali. Arthur will also address a press conference on the same day. South African Mickey Arthur was appointed as head coach of the national team on May 6, replacing Waqar Younis who resigned after a disastrous World Twenty20 in April. The 48-year old successfully coached his native South Africa from 2005-2010 before migrating to Australia, where he remained coach of the Australian team for 19 months. But he found his job in danger after Australia lost a Test series in India 4-0 and followed it up with a poor showing at the Champions Trophy in England.

PCB governing board to meet on Friday

A meeting of Pakistan Cricket Board governing board will be held on Friday at Lahore. The meeting will approve budget for the upcoming England tours. Besides it will discuss other cricketing affairs.

First Islamabad Mayer Cricket Cup 2016 to be held in Ramazan

First Islamabad Mayer Cricket Cup 2016 will be held during the ongoing holy month of Ramazan. The event will be held under Islamabad Metro Corporation and as many as 50 teams from different union councils of the Capital will chip in the tournament.

Judoka Shah will be sent to Spain or Greece for Olympics preparations

Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) has decided to send judoka Shah Hussain Shah to Spain, Greece or some other country to prepare him for a podium finish at the Rio Games, scheduled to be held in August. “So far he is country’s only athlete who has qualified for Olympics under the continental quota. He is a highly talented judoka. He may pull a surprise at Olympics and bring home a medal,” President PJF Col (Retd) Shujat Ali Rana said on Wednesday. Japan-based Shah qualified for the Rio Olympics under-100kg weight category last week under the continental quota. Shujat said that Shah’s impressive performance in various world qualifiers had ensured his place at the world’s coveted sports event. “He has worked really hard for that during the past two years.  That finally paid him off and he created a history by becoming the first Pakistani judoka to ever qualify for the Olympics.”

Pak-French joint team set to undertake first summer expedition

An-eight member joint expedition team of Pakistan and France have reached at the base camp of Gasherbrum-II peak to undertake this summer’s first expedition. Also known as K4, the 8035m high Gasherbrum-II peak is located in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is the fifth highest mountain of Pakistan and 13th highest of the world. “Yes, a joint Pakistan-French team, consisting of two French and six Pakistani climbers have reached at the base camp and will be embarking from there on the 45-day long expedition in next two to three days,” Karrar Haidri, the spokesman of Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) said on Wednesday. “The base camp is also serving as acclimatization camp as the climbers do trekking daily to get familiar with the conditions,” he added.                                                                                                                                      

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