Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Interior Ministry has issued notification extending powers of Pakistan Rangers in Karachi for another seventy seven days.
An official spokesman has denied media reports regarding any political consultative meeting at Prime Minister House as unfounded.
A three-day 'Ancient Pakistan' exhibition was opened in Islamabad on Monday to introduce country's rich heritage and culture to the world.
Pakistan Stock Exchange witnessed a record surge and hundred index crossed 36,200 points on Monday.
Senate and National Assembly meet separately in Parliament House on Monday afternoon.
The Interior Ministry has issued a notification extending the powers of Pakistan Rangers in Karachi division for another period of seventy seven days.
The powers have been extended on the request of home department Sindh.
A spokesperson of PM House has rejected media reports regarding any political consultative meeting at PM House.
The spokesman described all such reports as unfounded.
Pakistan ancient civilizations offer immense potential for bringing closer the people in the region.
This was stated by Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while jointly inaugurating a three-day "Ancient Pakistan" exhibition with Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid in Islamabad on Monday.
The objective of the event was to introduce to the world the country's rich heritage and culture.
The Advisor said Pakistan being located at the crossroads of South, Central and West Asia can promote regional ties through culture.
Speaking on the occasion, Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed said the exhibition would help promote the country's positive image abroad.
He also expressed satisfaction over the collaboration among the provincial archaeological departments for holding of exhibition.
The exhibition will continue till May 11.
Pakistan Stock Exchange witnessed a record surge at the start of the business week on Monday and hundred index climbed by two hundred twenty seven points.
The index crossed the limit of 36,200 points, which reflects investors' confidence in Pakistan's economy.
According to business experts, the market is witnessing bullish trend for the last few days and it is hoped that the Stock Exchange will further rise.
Renowned economist Mirza Ikhtiar Baig says political stability and consistent policies are inevitable to attract foreign investment.
Talking to PTV News, he said bullish trend in Pakistan Stock exchange is an outcome of government positive policies.
Ikhtiar Baig said Pakistan Stock Exchange is one of the best markets in the world. He said boost in Stock Exchange will help attract foreign investors.
Fertilizer companies have slashed prices of Urea by sixty rupees per bag after revision of gas prices.
According to APP, the production cost has decreased owing to reduced gas tariff. The price of a Urea bag has now been fixed at 1,790 rupees instead of 1,850 rupees.
National Accountability Bureau Balochistan has arrested ex-chairman Balochistan Public Service Commission Muhammad Ashraf Magsi for misuse of powers and involvement in illegal recruitment.
A spokesman for NAB Balochistan said in Quetta on Monday that a NAB team has taken Magsi into the custody and he has been shifted to NAB investigation center for interrogation.
According to the spokesman, the former chairman of Balochistan Public Service Commission had illegally recruited his two daughters, one son and several other persons.
The spokesman further said that NAB Balochistan had accelerated its efforts to arrest the accused in massive financial corruption in different government departments.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between University of Turbat and four universities of China's Hainan province to cooperate in research and academic programmes.
According to officials in Quetta, the MoU was signed at end of a three-day conference in Karachi.
Supreme Court has ordered to conduct fresh elections in Punjab Assembly constituency PP-240 Dera Ghazi Khan.
Shamoona Qaisarani of PML-N had won the elections in 2013, but an Election Tribunal had declared her disqualified for hiding assets.
She filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the tribunal's verdict, which was rejected by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Monday.
The Senate and National Assembly meet at the parliament house in Islamabad on Monday afternoon.
Besides the legislative business, the two houses will discuss important national issues including law and order and economic situation.
The House is also expected to pass National Accountability 2015. It will be a private members day.
The current session of the National Assembly will mark the end of parliamentary year.
In Peshawar, sixty suspects were arrested during search operations in Hayatabad and Phandu on Monday.
Police said thirty two Afghan nationals were among the detainees who were living without legal documents.
Illegal arms and drugs were also recovered from them.
In Karachi, two notorious criminals belonging to Lyari war gangs have been killed in an encounter with police in Kalri and Napier areas.
According to police, they were involved in target killings, grenade attacks and extortion.
Meanwhile, police in an overnight action in Malir, Lyari and Garden areas, have arrested several criminals. Weapons were also recovered from them.
Efforts are underway for opening of Naran Babusar road for all type of traffic by mid of this month.
This was stated by Member National Highway Authority Abdullah Jan while talking to Radio Pakistan Gilgit correspondent Sher Muhammad on Monday.
He said clearing of snow and avalanches debris from Kaghan to Naran has been completed while work in Jalkhat is in progress.
Naran Babusar is an alternative route to Gilgit from Mansehra which reduces four hours travel.
In Washington Pakistan Embassy has arranged a range of educational and cultural events that increased public awareness about Pakistan among Americans.
The Embassy joined embassies of some fifty other countries in celebration of an annual cultural event.
Thousands of Americans and members of Pakistani community visited the Embassy and expressed keen interest in food, art, fashion, music, folk dances and diverse aspects of Pakistan’s rich culture.
Documentaries depicting Pakistan's ancient civilizational roots, history, development, geographical diversity, and richness of culture were also screened in the Embassy auditorium.
In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has reiterated the Kashmiris' resolve to safeguard sacrifices of the martyrs.
The forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar paid great homage to Khanyar martyrs on their twenty-fifth martyrdom anniversary.
He said Kashmiris have offered countless sacrifices in men and material for their legitimate rights and vowed that their ongoing resistance movement will achieve the goal of liberation from India yoke.
In Somalia, at least five people were dead and ten injured when a car bomb hit the traffic police headquarters in Shangani district of Mogadishu on Monday.
Media reports that sporadic gun shots continue inside the building.
Iran has successfully test-fired a ballistic missile with a range of two thousand kilometers and having an accuracy of eight meters.
According to a senior Iranian military official, such tests do not violate the nuclear agreement with Western powers.
In the Philippines, seven people were shot dead and another was wounded when a convoy of vehicles was ambushed just before the polling in general elections on Monday.
Unknown gunmen opened fire on the jeep and two motorcycles in the town of Rosario, south of the capital Manila. Police suspected election rivalry may be the cause of the attack.
Millions of Philippinos are casting their votes to elect new leaders ranging from president to town councillor.