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President Mamnoon Hussain arrived in Asatana this afternoon to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's Science and Technology Summit. The two day summit would begin at the Kazakh capital tomorrow.  The Summit is the first of its kind as it specializes on issues related to health, education, innovation, research, space exploration, climate changes, food security and other vital issues for development.

Topic: Government committed to reduce poverty and enabling poor to earn their livelihood- Budget allocation for BISP increased to 121 billion rupees. PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the government is committed towards poverty alleviation and enabling poor earn their livelihoods.  He said this during a briefing on the performance of the Benazir Income Support Programme given to him by BISP Chairperson Marvi Memon in Islamabad on Friday. The Prime Minister stressed the need for enhancing transparency and operational efficiency of the program. Marvi Memon apprised the Prime Minister that the budget allocation for BISP has been increased to 121 billion rupees. She said quarterly stipend has been enhanced from 3000 rupees per quarter in 2013 to 4834 rupees per quarter. She said over354,847 BISP households have been enrolled in Prime Minister's National Health Program.

Topic: Finance Minister lauds Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC)'s initiative for bringing member countries closer through cooperation in trade and transportation

Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs held a meeting with Mr. Takehiko Nakao, President ADB here.  Various matters related to ADB financed development projects in different sectors came under discussion.  Finance Minister appreciated ADB's support to the CAREC initiative which was helping to bring the member countries closer through cooperation in areas like trade and transportation. He said that regional connectivity was extremely important for the member countries of CAREC as this region has lacked regional trade and cooperation in the past compared to other regions in the world.

Topic: Pakistan, China air forces hold joint training exercises

Pakistan Air Force has dispatched JF-17 Thunder fighter jets and early warning aircraft to join Pak-China air forces joint ongoing training exercise 'Shaheen VI.' According to the spokesman for People's Liberation Army Air Force Shen Jinke, Chinese J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces are taking part in the exercise. The air forces of China and Pakistan began joint training exercises in China on Thursday, which will continue till 27th of this month. The "Shaheen" joint training was launched by the Chinese and Pakistani air forces in March 2011.

Topic: China appreciates Pakistan's contribution for int'l counter-terror cause

China has appreciated Pakistan's contribution for the international counter-terror cause. The appreciation was expressed by Political Bureau Member of Communist Party of China Central Committee Meng Jianzhu during a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Zhongnanhai Ziguangge. Meng Jianzhu said Pakistan and China should deepen anti-terror cooperation. The Foreign Minister said Pakistan is willing to keep close cooperation with China in combating terrorism.

Topic: Security forces recovered huge quantity of arms during search operations in Mohmand agency, upper Dir

The security forces conducted search operations in Autto Khel area of Mohmand Agency and Wari Tehsil of Upper Dir, recovering a huge quantity of arms and ammunition. According to ISPR, these include heavy machine guns, motors, rocket launchers, grenades, explosives and communication equipment.

Topic: HEC to develop 20 new research universities under vision 2025

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will develop twenty new TIER 1 research universities under Vision 2025 to produce skilled human resource for catering to the new trends of development. According to official sources, the special focus on research at these universities will help enhance competencies of the prevailing and emerging disciplines of specialized studies to spur rapid development in the country.

Topic: 270,000 Rohingya Muslims seek refuge in Bangladesh in two weeks: UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency says an estimated 270,000 Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the numbers are so alarming-it really means that we have to step up our response to address the situation in Myanmar urgently. Meanwhile, US Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley said United States will continue to urge Myanmar security forces to respect civilians as it conducts security operations.

Topic: UN Security Council urged to discuss Rohingya crises

New York-based international human rights agency, Human Rights Watch has called on the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Director South Asia of Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly, said Rohingya refugees have harrowing accounts of fleeing Burmese army attacks and watching their villages destroyed. She said the United Nations and concerned governments need to press Burma right now to end these horrific abuses against the Rohingya.

Topic: US intends to seek sc vote for imposing additional sanctions on North Korea

United States says it intends to call a meeting on Monday to vote on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear program. In a statement, U.S. Mission to United Nations said that United States wants Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean laborers abroad, and to subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban. A Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by permanent members Britain, the United States, France, Russia or China to pass.

Topic: Millions in Florida evacuate as Hurricane Irma pounds Cuba, heads north

Hurricane Irma lashed Cuba as it roared toward Florida on Friday after hitting the eastern Caribbean with its devastatingly high winds, killing 21 people and leaving catastrophic destruction in its wake. Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, was expected to hit Florida on Sunday morning, bringing massive damage from wind and flooding to the fourth-largest state by population.

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