DATE: 12-02-2017                       


Government has initiated a comprehensive reform agenda to improve performance of civil service. 


Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 2017 is continuing in the Arabian Sea aiming to boost allied nations' capabilities to overcome maritime threats.


Punjab Chief Minister has announced to set up Hepatitis Control Mobile Centers in all districts. 


AJK President has urged the international community to take notice of massive Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.





The government has initiated a comprehensive reforms agenda to improve performance of civil service in consultation with all stakeholders.    


According to Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, the reform agenda which is aimed at actualizing the objective of Pakistan Vision 2025, includes a number of initiatives to improve service delivery of public sector.


Under the reforms, the recruitment process of civil service is being calibrated according to international best practices. Proposal for creation of new cadres and cluster based competitive examination have been prepared to promote specialization in civil services.


Similarly, mandatory service-specific training regime is also being overhauled and reviewed. A government to government talent exchange programme is being initiated that will enable the foreign partner countries to exchange their best talent with each other. 


A committee has already been constituted to prepare objective and transparent criteria for performance-based remuneration.



Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 2017 are continuing in the Arabian Sea on the third day on Sunday.


Navies of thirty-seven countries are participating in the exercise. Nine of them, China, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, UK, US and Russia, are taking part in the drills with their naval assets.


Special Operations Forces of Pakistan Navy and participating countries are busy in presenting impressive Maritime Counter Terrorism exercises.  


The exercises s a fine display of strength and specialized skills to counter acts of maritime terrorism, refine special operating procedures, exchange of professional expertise and to enhance interoperability with participating Special Operations Forces teams.          



Senate begins its 259th session at Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday afternoon at 3:00.


The Upper House will debate important national issues besides carrying out legislative business.


On Monday the House will transact private members business.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute is a unique project which is a milestone in provision of quality healthcare facilities.


He was presiding over a high level meeting in Lahore on Sunday.


He directed to ensure provision of facilities in Pakistan kidney and Liver Transplant Institute in accordance with international standard.


The Chief Minister also directed for setting up Hepatitis Control Mobile Centers across the Province.


He said that Hepatitis Control Mobile Centers will be set up in a phased-programme in all districts of the Province.              



Construction of Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway, which is part of the Western Route of China-Pakistan economic Corridor, is in progress at a faster speed.


National Highway Authority told our Peshawar correspondent that the two hundred and eighty-five km long motorway will be completed at a cost of one hundred and forty-two billion rupees next year.                        



Thirty suspects were arrested during a search operation in Mandan area of District Bannu on Sunday morning.


Arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.



President of Azad Kashmir Masood Ahmed Khan has urged international community to take notice of massive Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.  


He was talking to media after visiting mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi on Sunday.


While eulogizing the efforts and struggle of Hurriyet leaders, he said Pakistan will not bow to Indian threats and will continue its diplomatic and ethical support to Kashmiris.


Masood Khan said India will not succeed on violation of Indus water treaty and we are satisfied with the performance of Kashmir Committee.



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their stepped-up state terrorism killed four youth in Kulgam district, on Sunday.


Deputy Inspector General of the State Police talking to media confirmed that youth were killed in an operation launched jointly by Indian Army and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force in Frisal area of the district.


Two Indian troops were also killed in clashes.



South Korea has strongly denounced the North Korean test-launch of a ballistic missile, calling it an explicit and clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. 

The South Korean Foreign Ministry, in a statement said the launch was a serious threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the international community.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Strategic Command confirmed North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch, saying the projectile is believed to be either a medium- or intermediate-range missile.



In the sixth match of Pakistan Super League, Lahore Qalandars will face Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai tonight.


Earlier, Quetta Gladiators defeated Karachi Kings by seven wickets in Dubai on Saturday night.

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