Text Bulletin 0700 Hrs
Prime Minister has decided to appear before JIT on Thursday.
Over forty-nine thousand fresh graduates have benefited from Prime Minister's Youth Training Scheme.
In France, President Macron's party has secured majority in the first round of parliamentary elections.
The G-7 nations have vowed to continue efforts to contain devastating climate change despite US withdrawal from Paris accord.
In the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka at Cardiff today.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to appear before the Joint Investigation Team on Thursday, formed to probe into Panama Papers case.
This was stated by Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, while talking to PTV.
She said the third-time elected Prime Minister of the country will present himself for his accountability to uphold rule of law and the constitution.
The minister of state said despite reservations, Sharif family is appearing before the JIT, which is a testimony of Nawaz Sharif's belief in accountability, rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said Sharif family had been running their businesses since 60's when Nawaz Sharif held no public office and the relevant record of their financial transactions is available with Federal Board of Revenue.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said people's trust in the Railways had been restored due to sound policies of the government.
Addressing a meeting in Lahore, he said Railways would provide travelling facility to more than 500,000 passengers through its Eid operation.
He said the number of railway passengers had increased to
fifteen million per annum.
The minister said connecting people with their loved ones is
a sacred duty and a pleasant responsibility which the Railways
is fulfilling with dedication.
Over forty-nine thousand fresh graduates have been granted 12-month paid internship in public and private sector organizations under Prime Minister Youth Training Scheme.
According to Economic Survey, the initiative had been taken by the government for socio-economic development of youth in order to get productive jobs.
A number of other initiatives had also been introduced including Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loan in which over eighteen billion rupees have been disbursed so far.
Under Prime Minister’s Interest Free Loan Scheme over six billion rupees have been awarded to people in forty-four districts.
In Prime Minister’s Youth Skill Development Program 73,627 youth both male and female has so far been trained.
In phase-II of Prime Minister’s Program for Provision of
Laptops to Talented Students, 200,000 laptops have been delivered to HEC recognized universities across the country. The distribution of laptops to students is in process.
Under Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme over six billion have been released since 2012-17. Higher Education Commission has paid around 5.74 billion tuition fee to deserving students of less developed areas.
The National Assembly will resume its session at the Parliament House in Islamabad today at four in the afternoon.
According to the agenda, general discussion and consideration of the recommendations made by the Senate of Pakistan will be held during the session.
The Finance Minister will also wind up the general discussion on the Budget for the next fiscal year in the house.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says the government is making all-out efforts to turn the country into a welfare state through series of measures adopted for socio-economic reforms.
Addressing a Iftar-dinner in Karachi, he said restoration of peace in Karachi, created positive atmosphere for investors as well as for all relevant stakeholders.
Muhammad Zubair said economic empowerment is crucial for poverty alleviation and this finally leads to formation of a social welfare state.
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has said the government allocated over forty billion rupees for the development of agriculture sector.
He said this while addressing on the concluding ceremony of a 3-day 52nd National Mango and Fruits Festival in Mirpurkhas.
The chief minister said that the province is exporting different verities of mangoes to Middle East, European Countries and America.
He said that his government is planning to initiate new research in agriculture sector on public private partnership basis to ensure food security of the nation.
Adviser to Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan is highlighting continued Indian forces atrocities on innocent Kashmiris at all international fora.
In an interview, he said the situation in the occupied Kashmir is worsening and international community is being pursued in bilateral meetings to help resolve Kashmir issue.
Commenting on Indian violations along Line of Control,
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan's valiant armed forces are giving
a befitting response to the enemy.
The advisor said Pakistan fully supports peace process in Afghanistan to bring stability in that country as well as in the region.
He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan should make collective efforts to combat terrorism which is a common challenge for both the countries.
He said Pakistan has rendered unprecedented sacrifices to overcome this menace and it will work with all neighboring countries for complete elimination of terrorism.
In India, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit has termed his country's army chief General Bipin Rawat as a street goon.
In an interview, he said General Bipin Rawat should not issue statements like goons.
Indian Army Chief is under severe criticism from country's political elite and intelligentsia.
In France, President Emmanuel Macron's party Republique en Marche, has topped the first round of voting in parliamentary elections.
With ninety seven percent of ballots counted, Macron's party and its ally MoDem have won more than thirty two percent of vote.
The centre-right Republicans have under sixteen percent while the previous ruling party, the Socialists, have won just 7.3 percent of vote.
Projections show La Republique en Marche and its ally MoDem as set to win up to 445 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, after second round.
The G-7 nations have vowed to continue their efforts to contain the devastating climate change, despite US withdrawal from the Paris accord.
They understanding was reached on the first day of two-day talks of G-7 environmental chiefs in Bologna, Italy.
The UN official in charge of implementing the Paris accord, Patricia Espinosa, said America's pull-out would not make any difference in the short-term.
A final comuniqué will be issued at end of the meeting today.
In Syria, the US-backed rebel fighters have seized Al-Romaniya neighbourhood on the western front of Raqa, after two days of clashes.
They are now pushing deeper towards the city centre from Al-Meshleb district, which they had captured on Tuesday.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring said the rebels have also seized almost half of the adjacent district of Al-Senaa.
In Russia, ten people have been killed and twenty others injured when a bus crashed on a motorway between the cities of Irkutsk and Chita.
The bus carrying fifty pilgrims who were returning from a visit to a convent in the region.
In the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka at Cardiff today.
The match will start at 2.30 pm Pakistan Standard Time.
Hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Malakand, Hazara, D.I. Khan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:-
Islamabad and Quetta twenty-two degree centigrade, Lahore tweny-seven Karachi thirty-one, Peshawar twenty-five, Gilgit fourteen, Murree fifteen and Muzaffarabad eighteen degree centigrade.