DATE: 09-07-2017                        


Two hundred thousand laptops will be distributed among students under fourth and fifth phases of Prime Minister's Youth Scheme, beginning on Monday.     


Anti-polio campaign will kick off in various parts of the country on Monday.


A renowned Indian human rights activist, Gautum Navlakha has urged international community to hold New Delhi accountable for its crimes in Occupied Kashmir.


The 50th death anniversary of Madar-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah is being observed with reverence on Sunday.


The second international football exhibition match between Ronaldinho-7 and Giggs-7 will be played in Lahore on Sunday evening.





Fourth and fifth phases of Prime Minister`s Youth Laptop scheme begins on Monday.   


Two hundred thousand laptops will be distributed among students of public sector higher education institutions across the country.


Students enrolled in Ph. D, MS, M Phil, Masters and Undergraduate courses are eligible to apply.


Special quota is reserved for students pursuing two or three-year Diploma of Associate Engineering programmes at government colleges and the students of intermediate, graduate and post-graduate programmes at public sector colleges or universities of FATA and Islamabad Capital Territory.


Disabled students are also placed in the reserved quota to benefit from the scheme.


Students can register their profiles by 30th of September at pmnls.hec.gov.pk.



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line will be upgraded under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. 


In a tweet message, he said that a high level delegation of China National Railway will arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday to finalize terms and conditions of the upgradation.


The Minister said that after upgradation of the Railway Line, the speed of trains will reach up to one hundred sixty kilometers per hour.


He said that all railway crossings will be eliminated by underpasses and flyovers.



The construction work on Sukkur-Multan section of Karachi-Lahore Motorway (M-9) is in full swing at a cost of two hundred billion rupees.  


Our Karachi correspondent reports that 1152 kilometers long motorway connecting Karachi and Gwadar ports with China, Afghanistan and Central Asian states will be completed by end of next year.


The first phase of M-9 has already been completed.



Adviser to Prime Minister Engineer Amir Muqam says the government is making sincere efforts to make the country a developed and prosperous.


Addressing a public gathering at Pabbi in district Nowshera on Sunday, he said PML (N) government has launched mega development projects for the welfare of people.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the country has embarked on road to progress under Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's leadership.


In a message from Lahore on Sunday, he said that 1320-megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in record period of twenty-two months.


Shahbaz Sharif said 760 MW first phase of Havali Bhadur Shah Power Plant has been started, while power projects, with a total generation of 400-MW are also being completed at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, Bahawalpur.



Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says the provincial government has made the province a model through good governance.


Speaking at a public gathering at Akora Khattak in district Nowshera on Sunday, he said huge funds have been allocated for promotion of health and education sector.


He said doctors and para medical staff have been recruited to overcome shortage of staff in hospitals.


The Chief Minister said that embankments are being constructed on River Kabul at a cost of thirteen billion rupees to protect Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera from flood devastation.



Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman has directed to complete all development projects at the earliest.


This he said while presiding over a high level meeting in Gilgit.


The Chief Minister constituted a committee to strengthen coordination among Works Department, Local Bodies and Gilgit Development Authority.


He also directed to formulate policy to enhance capacity building of all departments.                 



A three-day anti polio campaign begins in twelve districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two tribal agencies on Monday.


Sources of Provincial Health Department told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that more than three point two million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops in Peshawar, Haripur, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Batagram, Kohistan, Torghar, Shangla, Swat, Upper & Lower Dir, Chitral and Khyber and South Waziristan Agencies.


Meanwhile, a six-day special anti-polio campaign in nine union councils of Khairpur district will also start from on Monday.


Over eighteen thousand children will be vaccinated against polio. 


Special security measures have been taken to ensure security of polio teams.



Polling for by-election in Sindh Assembly constituency PS-114 Karachi is in progress. It will continue till 5.00 pm without any break. 


A large number of people are using their right to franchise to elect the representative of their choice. 


Tight security arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of polling.


Similarly, people are costing votes in by-election for Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly seat GBLA-4 Hunza Nagar.  Nine candidates are in the run.


The polling will continue till 4.00 pm without any break.                                           



Meanwhile, DG Rangers Sindh Major General Mohammad Saeed has expressed satisfaction over the peaceful polling process.


Talking to media after visiting various polling stations, he said that people have come out to cast their votes without any fear.


He said security personnel will remain there till the end of polling process.



Three people were killed and eleven other injured when a passenger coach overturned near Kund Malir area on Makran Coastal Highway on Sunday.


The coach was on its way to Karachi from Gwadar.



Renowned Indian human rights activist and civil society member, Gautum Navlakha has denounced the clampdown in occupied Kashmir on the eve of Burhan Wani’s martyrdom anniversary.


In an interview in New Delhi, he said that India is ruling the held territory through its military power where soldiers are free to operate at will.


Gautum Navlakha also criticized the international community for criminal silence and failure to hold India accountable for its crimes in occupied Kashmir.



Meanwhile, Amritsar-based Sikh organization Dal Khalsa has paid glowing tributes to Burhan Wani on his first martyrdom anniversary.


In a statement in Amritsar, Dal Khalsa leaders H S Dhami and Kanwar Pal Singh said martyrdom of Burhan Wani has infused a new life in freedom struggle in Occupied Kashmir.


They urged the world powers to break their silence, rise above their commercial interests and help the Kashmir's get their right to self determination.



The 50th death anniversary of Madar-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah is being observed on Sunday with reverence.


Various government and private organizations are holding special programs to highlight the services rendered by Fatima Jinnah for creation of Pakistan.



In Iraq, the government forces are poised to take full control of Mosul city.. 


Thousands of Iraqi security forces, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Arab tribesmen and militiamen, supported by US-led coalition warplanes have been involved in the battle to retake Mosul.



A U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire deal for southwestern Syria took effect at noon on Sunday.


The United States, Russia and Jordan reached a ceasefire and de-escalation agreement at the G20 summit in Germany paving the way for a broader and more robust truce.                  



In Egypt, security forces have killed 14 terrorists in an encounter in the country's northeast on Sunday.                         



The second international footballer friendly exhibition match between Ronaldinho Seven and Giggs Seven will be played at Fortress Stadium in Lahore on Sunday.  

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