A meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy was held with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in chair. The meeting reviewed progress of transmission line projects for Port Qasim, Coal-Fired Power Plants, Neelum-Jhelum project, Hydel Power Projects, Tarbela-IV and GolenGolHydel Power Project. The Prime Minister directed to expedite approval of PC-1 so that all the villages in Chitral can be electrified as soon as possible. The CCE approved the proposal and directed the Ministry to make immediate arrangements for purchase of additional electricity from Iran.

Canada seeks more bilateral trade with Pakistan

High Commissioner of Canada in Pakistan, Perry John Calderwood, on Thursday stressed the need for boosting bilateral trade and investment between the two countries. Addressing a meeting of exporters held at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), he urged Pakistani exporters to explore the trade markets of Canada. The Canadian envoy assured local businessmen of Canada’s will for investment and joint ventures in the value-added industries of Sialkot which would be beneficial for both sides. On the occasion, Sialkot’s business community urged for establishing strong business-to-business and people-to-people linkages between Pakistan and Canada.

RS 20 Billion being spent on construction of 13 small dams in KP

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, government is spending more than twenty billion rupees on the construction of thirteen small dams across the province. Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that these dams are being constructed in Malakand, Hazara, Kohat and Bannu divisions. The dams will help in bring more than sixty thousands acres barren land under cultivation besides controlling floods.

Pakistan Railways finalizes plans to upgrade tracks

Pakistan Railways has finalized arrangements for the upgrade and construction of more than 50,000 kilometres of tracks across the country on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis. In this regard, the railways ministry invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the pre-qualification of contractors, after which 10 companies were selected through a bidding process, officials told APP. They added that rehabilitation and improvement of existing tracks would also be carried out to achieve higher speeds of up to 160 km per hour for which feasibility studies of some of the sections were being conducted.

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