Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
Prime Minister says confidence of international financial institutions over Pakistani economy is proof of the success of government policies.
Ministry of Petroleum says important oil and gas discoveries are expected in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in near future
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have killed another civilian in Srinagar taking the death toll to ninety-three.
Iran has begun construction of its 2nd nuclear power plant with the help of Russia.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the ultimate aim of the government's endeavors in energy, economy and infrastructure sectors is to raise living standard of people.
He was talking to Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq in Islamabad on Saturday.
The Prime Minister said the government is making all out efforts to resolve power and gas shortage in the country.
He said the government has invested billions of rupees in the energy sector and through completion of the ongoing energy projects, it would provide cheap electricity to consumers.
The prime minister hoped that the completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would not only prove to be a game changer for the country but also a fate changer for the whole region.
He said the country's law and order situation has significantly improved and its impact is already being grasped by the business community.
Prime Minister Sharif said the confidence of the international financial markets in Pakistan's positive economic outlook is a proof of successful march towards attaining long term economic stability.
He said the government is pursuing its development agenda simultaneously for creation of economic activities and generation of employment opportunities leading to reduction in poverty.
The government has started the process of awarding thirty-two new oil and gas exploration blocks to exploration companies.
According to official sources, the Ministry of Petroleum and natural resources is encouraging investment in oil and gas exploration sector.
Exploration activities have picked up momentum in recent times and some important discoveries are expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in near future.
Hajj rituals have begun in Makkah.
Millions of Aazmeen-e-Hajj, including one hundred and sixty thousand Pakistanis, started heading for Mina after Fajar prayers this morning.
They will reach Arafaat tomorrow by bus or train where the Hajj sermon will be delivered at Masjid-e-Nimra.
After the Hajj sermon, the faithful will offer Zohar and Asar prayers together and proceed to Muzdalfa, where they will spend the night in open.
Sindh government is implementing fifty schemes costing over four billion rupees to promote culture, Tourism and preserve archeological sites.
Our Karachi correspondent reports that these schemes include establishment of Sindh Cultural Heritage Institute in Karachi.
Besides, cultural complexes and centers are also being established in Umarkot, Thatta, Shaheed Benazirabad, Larkana, Jamshoro, Tharparkar, Badin, Shikarpur and Jackobabad districts.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has introduced a number of reforms and initiatives to ensure access to quality health services.
According to official sources, the government has extended kidney transplant and dialysis facility to four major hospitals, including Lady Reading, Khyber Teaching Hospitals and Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar and Ayub Medical Complex in Abbottabad.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have killed another civilian in Srinagar, taking the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada to ninety-three.
The 47-year-old civilian, Abdul Qayoom succumbed to his injuries at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar, last night.
Iran has begun construction of its 2nd nuclear power plant with the help of Russian.
The project will cost ten billion dollars and produce 1057-megawatt electricity.
In Bangladesh, fifteen people have been killed and seventy injured in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a packaging factory in the town of Tongi.