NOVEMBER 14, 2016      


Planning Minister says backward and neglected areas have been given priority in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Work is in full swing over Thar coal project block-II to generate 600 megawatt electricity.

Senior PPP leader Jahangir Badar passed away in Lahore last night.

US President-elect Donald Trump says he will deport or jail up to three million illegal immigrants.

In Syria, twenty three people have been killed in clashes between pro-government and IS militants in Alleppo.

There will be Super Moon today evening at 18:52 PST after a gap of sixty-eight years.



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says backward and neglected areas have been given priority for the first time in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to bring them at par with other developed areas.

In an interview, he said the government is committed to complete China-Pakistan Economic Corridor by 2030 at every cost.

He said CPEC is a project of national importance and all forces in the country should express solidarity instead of making political point scoring by making the project controversial.

Ahsan Iqbal said the government is working on eleven points of CPEC agreed with all provinces and did not deviated even from a single point.



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said start of trade operations through cargo ships from Gwadar Port would usher a new era of economic prosperity and global integration. 

In a statement, she said the Government under the leadership of  Nawaz Sharif had opened a corridor of progress and development for Pakistan.

The minister said this was the start of the period that would be epochal in the history of Pakistan, as an era of economic prosperity and global integration.     

She said China Pakistan Economic Corridor in the near future would provide opportunities for the youth that would encourage and inspire those who have to go abroad to look for opportunities.

She said the project would change the destiny of the nation by utilising vast national resources effectively.



Chief Executive Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Shamsuddin Shaikh has said that Thar coal is a mega project which would resolve longstanding energy crisis of the country by generating thousands of megawat electricity.

Addressing a press conference at Mithi, Shamsuddin Shaikh said people of Tharpakar are lucky enough to have 175 billion ton of coal reserves. 

He said in block II coal reserves were into the depth of 150 metres and drilling work is in progress and forty metres drilling had been completed while reaming 110 metres work would soon be completed.             

He said that project of worth 210 billion dollar on Thar coal block 2 would be completed in next three years which would generate 600 megawatt electricity.



Advisor to the Prime Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Zafarullah Khan has said all relevant documentary evidence would be submitted before the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.  

In an interview, he said the Supreme Court could form a judicial commission to investigate the matter. Normally the apex court did not investigate cases.    

He said the lawyers of Sharif family would follow directions of the court, whether it wanted to form a commission or hear arguments of both sides.    

He said the legal team of prime minister was of the view that it could challenge the maintainability of the case before the court, but the prime minister had declined to do so and presented himself for accountability.    

He said PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi had filed two petitions against PTI chief Imran Khan and the third one would soon be filed by some other persons.


Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited civil hospital in Karachi and inquired after the injured of Shah Noorani suicide terrorist attack.

Corps Commander Karachi and DG Rangers also accompanied him.



The spokesman of Prime Minister Musaddiq Malik and  Chairman Board of Investment Miftah Ismail visited the Civil Hospital in Karachi and inquired about the health of the injured of Dargah Shah Noorani blast.   

Speaking on the occasion, Musaddiq Malik said that blast on Dargah Shah Noorani was a cowardly attack. He said injured are being provided best possible treatment. 

He said that terrorism will be eliminated from the country at all cost.

Miftah Ismail said the Prime Minister has announced financial assistance for the victims of the blast.



A delegation of the Senate of Cambodia arrives in Islamabad today on a three-day official visit to Pakistan.

During the visit, Memorandum of Understanding would be signed between the Cambodian Senate and the Senate of Pakistan to enhance mutual cooperation.    

Both sides will brief each other on working of their Senate, committee systems, legislative aspects and functions of different branches of the secretariats.



A three-day special anti-polio drive begins in district Shangla and Kohistan today.

More than one hundred fifty thousand children below the age of five years would be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.

Five hundred eighty six teams have been constituted for this pupose.

Strict security arrangements have been made for security of the polio teams.



The first meeting of a parliamentary peace committee was held in Gilgit and discussed the issue of ban on religious functions in educational institutions.

The Parliamentary peace committee will meet again today and finalize its recommendations after consultations with all stakeholders to maintain peace in Gilgit.



Senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party Jahangir Badar passed away due to cardiac arrest in Lahore last night.

According to family sources, he was rushed to a hospital but could not survive.

He was also a kidney patient. 

He became a member of National Assembly from Lahore in 1988.



The US President-elect Donald Trump says he plans to deport or jail as many as three million undocumented immigrants in the country.

Setting out his priorities as America's head of state in his first television interview since his election, Donal Trump said, the crack down will be focused on the people with criminal records.

He also reiterated his stance on building a wall or fence on the Mexican border.

Meanwhile, demonstrations in major U.S. cities against Donal Trump's election as President continue.



In Syria, twenty three people, including eleven children, have been killed, in the ongoing clashes between pro-government and opposition forces in Alleppo and other areas in northern part of the country.

Eight more people were killed in a suspected airstrike on a crossing point connecting Kurdish-held areas with rebel areas in Aleppo province.



Israel's ministerial committee for legislation has approved a controversial draft bill aimed at legalising Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.  

However, the bill will now pass through parliament and also be ratified by the supreme court before becoming a law.

The international community considers all Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank as illegal.



In Bulgaria, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has announced to resign after his party candidate Tsetska Tsacheva's defeat in presidential elections.

According to exit polls,Tsetska Tsacheva, got only 35 percent votes in yesterday's run-off election while his rival pro-Russia candidate Rumen Radev, won more than 58 percent votes.



In Moldova, the pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon has claimed victory in the second round of presidential election.

With almost all the ballots counted, Mr Dodon, has got 55 percent of vote, while his rival Maia Sandu, is far behind with 45 percent.



There will be Super Moon today evening at 18:52 PST after a gap of sixty-eight years.

Meteorological Office reported, the moon will be seen bigger and brighter because it will be at the closest distance from the earth. When the moon comes close to the earth it appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the normal full moon. This is called the Super Moon.

Last such type of Super Moon was seen in 1948.                                  



Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today.

Shallow foggy conditions are expected to prevail over plain areas of Punjab during morning hours.

Minimum temperature of some major cities recorded this morning are:

Islamabad six degree centigrade, Lahore thirteen, Karachi seventeen, Peshawar ten, Murree five, Muzaffarabad nine, Quetta and Gilgit zero degree centigrade.

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