DATE: 12-02-2017                        


Finance Minister says after achieving economic stability, the government is striving to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth. 


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


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


South Korea has strongly denounced North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch.





Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says after achieving economic stability, the government is striving for sustainable and inclusive growth. 


Addressing a function in Lahore on Sunday, he said the international institutions have recognized improvement in Pakistan's economy.


Ishaq Dar pointed out that for the first time in history of the country, the government has successfully completed the IMF programme.



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.



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



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.


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.                       



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 on Sunday evening.


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



In the final of the T-20 World Cup for Blind against Pakistan at Bangalore, India were 5 in first overs for no loss of wickets a short while ago.


Earlier, Pakistan set a victory target of 198 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the stipulated overs.

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