Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Finance Minister says prudent policies of the government have made Pakistan the fastest growing economy in the Muslim world.
Commerce Minister has said a significant increase has been witnessed in the country's exports during past three months.
Balochistan government in collaboration with federation is taking concrete measures to overcome energy crisis in the province.
AJK Prime Minister has announced to hold local government elections in the territory in May this year.
Turkish President says his country will continue military operation against Islamic State group in Syria.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected as new German President.
World Radio Day will be observed tomorrow to highlight importance of Radio in social life.
Tushna Patel has won women event of Cholistan Jeep Rally.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says government is striving to achieve sustained economic growth to ensure welfare and prosperity of the people.
Addressing a function in Lahore today, he said all-out efforts are underway to make the country financially strong.
Finance Minister said twenty-two international institutions have recognized improvement in Pakistan's economy. (TAPE)
Muhammad Ishaq Dar said it is due to government serious efforts, Pakistan is the fifth fastest growing economy of world, and top economy in the Muslim world, which is a great achievement of PML-N government.
He said that Pakistan is a developing country which has a great untapped potential, which if successfully utilized, can change the fate of the nation.
In his address, Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana said the government is taking various measures for country's progress and prosperity.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says the economic achievements and transparency in the institutions are being acknowledged and appreciated by the world financial magazine and institutions.
Talking to media in Rawalpindi today, she said due to effective steps of PML-N government peace has been restored in the country.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Pakistan economy is rapidly growing under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
The Minister said as for the menace of terrorism, Pakistan of 2017 is much better than that of 2013 as the government's goal of eliminating terrorism from the country has been achieved to a large extent.
She said that Prime Minister Health Reform's project is the biggest health program of the region.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said the government is taking bold steps to promote games in the country, which were badly affected due to menace of terrorism.
Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that equal facilities will be provided to local and foreign investors for the establishment of Industrial Zones under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said this while talking to newly elected office bearers of Union of Journalist in Gujranwala today.
The Minister restoration of peace and economic stability have created positive image of Pakistan in the world.
Khurram Dastgir Khan said a significant increase has been witnessed in exports during the last three months.
He said a reduction in energy crisis has reiterated confidence of local and foreign investors in Pakistan.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that China is investing billions of dollars in Pakistan through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Addressing a public meeting in Lahore, he said that progress is being witnessed in various economic sectors including Pakistan Railways.
Saad Rafique said every step is being taken for the welfare of people.
He said only Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has constructed Motorways and brought huge foreign investments in the country.
He said law and order situation in the country has considerably improved and anti-terrorism operations have broken the back of the terrorists.
Khawaja Saad Rafique urged PTI leadership to give up use of indecent language and pay attention on welfare of people in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir says country is moving ahead on the path of development and progress in all sectors.
Addressing a ceremony in Nankana Sahib, he said journey to development and progress will continue on solid footings.
The Minister said foes of Pakistan are much perturbed over its fast economic growth and development.
Engineer Ameer Muqam, the Advisor to Prime Minister says PML-N government has put the country on the path to development and prosperity.
Addressing a public gathering in Lower Dir today, he said the federal government has started a number of development projects in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.
The Advisor said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will usher a new era of development in the region.
Ameer Muqam said the process of introducing reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas is in progress to bring the region at par with developed parts of the country.
Criticizing the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ameer Muqam said the provincial government has disappointed the people and it deceived them in the name of change.
On the occasion, Ameer Muqam announced a number of developmental projects for the area, including supply of gas and establishing a grid station.
Construction of Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan Motorway is in progress at a faster speed.
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Balochistan government in collaboration with the federal government is taking concrete measures to overcome energy crisis in the province.
An official of Balochistan government told our correspondent today that a three hundred megawatt solar power plant will be constructed in Kuchlak area of Quetta.
He said efforts are also underway to supply electricity to all government buildings through solar energy system.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said Army will continue its efforts supporting mainstreaming of FATA as per aspirations of the local tribes.
He said this while talking with the troops deployed at forward posts in South Waziristan Agency today.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed to continue focusing on stability operations and socio-economic development for enduring peace in the area.
He also acknowledged and appreciated resolve of tribal brethren and the local administration for supporting Army's effort.
On his arrival, Army Chief was briefed about security and stability situation in the Agency including border management and rehabilitation of Temporary Displaced Persons.
He also expressed his satisfaction on operational gains, development works and measures for better border security management.
Three-day anti-polio campaign begins in five districts of Punjab, Karachi and FATA tomorrow.
Sehat Muhafiz polio teams of Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department will go house-to-house to vaccinate children under five years of age.
Similarly, all arrangements have been finalized for the anti-polio drive in Karachi,
About nine hundred thousand children will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute is a great project and providing quality healthcare facilities to the people.
Presiding over a high level meeting in Lahore today, he directed to ensure provision of facilities in the Institute in accordance with international standards.
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.
Two persons were killed and a child sustained injuries when a toy bomb exploded in Buner today.
According to police, two brothers along with children were herding sheep in the mountains of Dewana Baba when the bomb exploded.
Meanwhile, nine security personnel have been injured in a roadside bomb blast in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency.
Anti-Narcotics Force has seized huge cache of narcotics valuing thirty-four billion rupees during its countrywide operations.
The force also arrested nineteen people involved in drugs smuggling
ANF carried out operations in Quetta, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, and other parts of the country.
Iranian authorities handed over fifty illegal Pakistani immigrants to FIA at Taftan border in Chjaghi district today.
They were living in Iran without valid legal documents.
Senate begins its 259th session at Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow afternoon at 3:00.
The Upper House will debate important national issues besides carrying out legislative business.
The government has initiated a comprehensive reforms agenda to improve performance of civil service in consultation with all stakeholders.
According to Ministry of Planning and Development, the reforms 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 the best international practices. Proposal for creation of new cadres and cluster based competitive examination have been prepared to promote specialization in civil services.
Under the reform agenda, 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.
Radio Pakistan in its national hookup will broadcast a "special drama" at 2110 hours.
Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN 2017 are continuing in the Arabian Sea on the third day day today.
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.
In today's events, paratroopers jumped into the open sea besides carrying out other demonstrations.
Special Operations Forces of Pakistan Navy and participating countries are busy in presenting impressive Maritime counter terrorism exercises.
Meanwhile, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah visited ships from Russia, Turkey and Indonesia and discussed professional matters.
Maritime economy and environment remained in focus at the "7th International Maritime Conference 2017" in Karachi.
According to a press release issued in Karachi today, Rear Admiral (Retd) Pervaiz Asghar expressed his thoughts on “Emerging Opportunities in the Indian Ocean Trade Regime”.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Wang Dakui from China emphasized on having a cooperative mechanism for Indian Ocean Region to deal with environmental hazards and early warning risk assessment.
Dr. Steen Christensen, from International Union for Conservation of Nature, shed light on regional collaboration amongst countries in the Indian Ocean for better coastal management and ocean governance.
The 7th International Maritime Conference is being held in tandem with the 5th biennial multinational Naval Exercise “AMAN 2017”.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has announced holding of local bodies elections in the territory in May this year.
He said this while addressing PML-N leaders and workers in Mirpur today.
Raja Farooq Haider Khan said the government is encouraging private sectors in hydel and tourism sectors to create more job opportunities and alleviate poverty.
Earlier, AJK Prime Minister inaugurated construction work of two roads in tehsil Dudyal.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Masood Ahmed Khan has urged the international community to take notice of massive Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.
He said this while talking to media after visiting mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi today.
Masood Ahmed Khan urged the world powers to pressure India to give right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people.
He hoped that Pakistan will continue its diplomatic and ethical support to Kashmiris.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their stepped-up state terrorism martyred six youth in Kulgam district today.
Deputy Inspector General of the State Police talking to media confirmed that youth were martyred 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 the clashes.
Meanwhile, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani and Chairman of Hurriyet Forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have paid glowing tributes to martyred Kashmiri youth in Kulgam.
In his statement, Syed Ali Gilani said youth are sacrificing their precious lives for the sacred cause of freedom.
The APHC Chairman urged Indian authorities to desist from their rigid and stubborn approach.
He asked Indian authorities to stop committing atrocities and resolve Kashmir dispute through peaceful means.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the people of the territory are rendering unprecedented sacrifices for right to self-determination.
He criticized India for turning a deaf ear to the genuine demands of the Kashmiri people.
The Leader of Opposition in Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Chaudhary Muhammad Yaseen has appealed to international community to take notice of Indian state terrorism in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad today, he said peace loving countries should exert pressure on India to give Kashmiris their internationally recognized right to self determination and stop committing atrocities on them.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said that his country will continue military operation in Syria.
Addressing a news conference in Istanbul today, he said final goal of a Turkish military action in Syria is not just to retake the city of al-Bab from Islamic State, but to cleanse the border region, including Raqqa, of the militants.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected as new German president.
He was chosen by a Federal Assembly meeting in parliament in Berlin today.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier has also served the country as foreign minister.
In Myanmar, ruling party leader Aung San Suu Kyi has urged ethnic rebels to sign the cease-fire agreement with the government.
During a meeting with ethnic representatives in Panglong, she said the country is struggling to end one of the the world's longest running civil wars.
Myanmar still witnesses some of the fiercest fighting between certain rebel groups and the military.
The country will hold second meeting of the Union Peace Conference on 28th of this month.
In Greece, a 500-pound unexploded World War-II bomb has been defused after evacuation of 75000 people from northern city of Thessaloniki.
This was announced by governor of Central Macedonia Apostolos Tzizikostas.
World Radio Day is being observed tomorrow.
The theme for the Day this year is “Radio is You!”, a call for greater participation of audiences and communities in the policy and planning of radio broadcasting.