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HEADLINES

13-August-2016

Prime Minister has laid the foundation stone of Shorkot-Khanewal Section of M-4.

Nation celebrates Independence Day tomorrow with traditional zeal and zest. 

Crew members of Punjab Government`s Mi 17 helicopter that had crash landed in Afghanistan have safely returned to Islamabad.

Sixty six thousand kanals land has been acquired for construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam.  

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PM

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of Shorkot-Khanewal Section of M-4 in Shorekot today.

Information Minister Pervez Rashid, Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Sun Weidong were also present on the occasion.

The project will be completed at a cost of around twenty-two billion rupees in two years.

After completion, the project will improve the country’s vital north-south road network and promote economic growth, create jobs  and ensure regional connectivity.

ADDRESS

Addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister said country's economy is progressing due to government's successful economic policies. 

He said the government has worked tirelessly for progress of every sector including agriculture, business and industries.

He said the nation has stepped into the path of hope by defeating the darkness of disappointment.

Nawaz Sharif said after completion of this project, distances between parts of country will be reduced and farmers will transport their products to other parts of country in shorter span of time.

DAY

The nation celebrates Independence Day tomorrow with traditional zeal and a renewed pledge to safeguard the country against any threat and make it a truly Islamic welfare state as envisioned by founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. 

The day will dawn with thirty-one gun salute in the federal and twenty-one gun salute at the provincial capitals.         

Special prayers will be offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country, unity of the Muslim Ummah and for the success of the long drawn struggle of Kashmiris after Fajr prayers.             

The main event of the day will be a flag hoisting ceremony at Convention Center in Islamabad where President Mamnoon Hussain will be the chief guest. He will address the nation on the occasion.

In Karachi, the change of guard ceremony will be held at Mazaare-e-Quaid in the morning. A contigent of Pakistan navy will take the command of the Mazaar.

People belonging to different walks of life will visit the Mazar to pay tribute to the father of the nation for his untyring efforts to get an independent homeland for Muslims of the sub-continent.

And in Lahore a simple but graceful Change of Guard ceremony will be held at Mazar-e-Iqbal tomorrow morning. People belonging to various segments of society will visit the Mazar to pay tribute to the national poet.         

Flag hoisting ceremonies would also be held at the provincial capitals and district headquarters besides other important national institutions.     

Meanwhile, all the major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been decorated with illuminations, national flags, portraits of the national leaders, banners and buntings to give a festive look.   

DAY-TWO

Azadi Train formally started its one-month journey from Peshawar yesterday.

The train displaying different aspects of Pakistan movement as well as culture and traditions of the country will stay in Rawalpindi for two days. The general public can visit the train without any ticket.     

Radio Pakistan will broadcast a special full day transmission on the Independence Day.

CREW-RETURN

The crew members of Punjab Government`s Mi 17 helicopter that had crash landed in Afghanistan have safely returned to Islamabad.

According to reports, the Taliban made the six-crew members hostage when the helicopter made crash landing in Afghan province Logar on fourth of this month.

Authorities in Pakistan immediately contacted the Afghan Government after the incident to ensure the safe return of the members, which also included a Russian navigator.

 

DAM

Sixty six thousand kanals land has been acquired for construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam. 

WAPDA sources told our Peshawar correspondent that owners of the land have been paid forty five billion rupees.

The dam will be completed at a cost of fourteen billion dollars by 2020 and it will generate four thousand five hundred megawatt electricity.

The sources said widening of Karakoram Highway is in progress to facilitate shifting of heavy machinery to site of the dam.

FC

Three terrorists of a banned outfit have been killed in an encounter with Frontier Corps Balochistan in Hazar Ganji area of Quetta.

According to an FC spokesman, the raid was conducted on a hideout of terrorists on a tip. One FC personnel was also injured during exchange of fire.

Arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.                                                                 

TEST

In the Oval test against England Pakistan will resume their first innings at overnight score of 340 for six wickets on the third day today.

England in their first innings had made 328 runs.

 


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