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HEADLINES 

The government plans to formulate a national framework to generate new opportunities for unemployed youth.

Minister for Railways says efforts are afoot to modernize the department providing the best possible travel facilities to people.

Punjab Chief Minister has announced metro bus and safe city projects for Faisalabad.

UNHCR appeals for five hundred and fifty million dollars aid to ensure repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland.

Foreign Office says India stands totally exposed on the issue of terror financing and subversive activities in Pakistan.

North Korea has displayed new long-range missiles in Pyongyang as US. aircraft carrier group steams toward the region.

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DETAILS

PLAN

The government plans to formulate a national youth employment framework in collaboration with International Labour Organization.

According to official sources, the framework will focus on training and education and exploring employment opportunities for the youth at mega development projects including China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

It will also look into overseas employment opportunities for the youth and social protection for unemployed youth.

The sources said that the provincial governments have also agreed to develop provincial youth employment strategies under the national framework.

SAAD
Minister for Railways Khawja Saad Rafique says efforts are afoot to modernize Pakistan Railways, providing the best possible travel facilities to people.

He was talking to newsmen on the arrival of Jaffar Express train at Lahore Station today.

The Minister said trains are being up-graded in phases and condition of railways is far better than previous years.

He said railways will have a vital role in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects.

The Ministe said journey of Jaffar express linking all provinces is manifestation of national cohesion.

He said that local and foreign companies have shown interest in outsourcing of trains and this process will soon bear fruits.

MAMNOON 
President Mamnoon Hussain says the government believes in freedom of expression and problems being faced by the Media persons are being resolved.

He was addressing a ceremony in Karachi today in connection with handing over a cheque of grant from Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to the Karachi Press Club

President said that the grant of Punjab Chief Minister is a welcome step.

SHAHBAZ-METRO
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced metro bus project for Faisalabad.

Addressing local bodies convention in the city today, he said an IT university will be set up in the city while work on Faisalabad safe city project will soon be started.

Referring to the mega projects launched by the present government in the power sector, the chief minister said that seven thousand megawatt electricity will be added to the national grid by the end of this year.

MURAD
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah presided over a meeting in Karachi today to review the district annual development program.

The meeting discussed the development programmes of Thatta and Sajawal districts.

The meeting was informed that one hundred sixty one development schemes are being executed in Thatta and Sajawal districts at a cost of nine billion rupees.

Chief Minister directed the concerned departments to complete all schemes in stipulated timeframe.


FORESTRY.
Balochistan government is utilizing all available resources to preserve the existing forests and further enhance forestation.

Official sources told our correspondent in Quetta today that a multi-sectoral project for conservation of Juniper forest in the province is being executed at a cost of more than 493 million rupees.

Similarly, nurseries are also being developed at Nut Pine, Walnuts, Pistachio and Shina at a cost of 100 million rupees.

UNHCR
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has appealed for five hundred and fifty million dollars to ensure voluntarily repatriation of the Afghan refugees from Pakistan.

A UNHCR spokesman told our Peshawar correspondent that the world body needs additional resources to provide financial assistance to those Afghan refugees who have opted for voluntarily repatriation to their motherland.

The UNHCR has opened a repatriation center at Chamkani near Peshawar to register those refugees who want to go back to Afghanistan.

Pakistan is currently hosting one point three million registered and about one million unregistered Afghan refugees which have put extra burden on the resources of the country.

The stay of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan expires by end of this year. 


ASIM-ATC.
An Anti-Terrorism court in Karachi today allowed PPP leader Dr.Asim Hussain to proceed abroad for two weeks for treatment.

Dr. Asim Hussain had filed an application seeking permission to go abroad for treatment .

The court ordered him to submit surety bonds of two million rupees.


REFERENCE.
An accountability court in Karachi in a NAB reference against a former Inspector General Polic Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali and eight others has summoned the accused on Wednesday.

Former IG Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali has been accused of making eight hundred eighty-one illegal recruitments in Sindh Reserve Police Hyderabad region.


AMAN
Air Chief Sohail Aman has urged the youth to acquire skills in different spheres to cope with the future challenges.

Addressing the convocation of Air University in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan is our asset and everybody has to contribute for its development.

Air Chief said responsibility rests with the graduating students to dedicately fulfill their responsibilities for nation buoilding.


ISPR 
The intelligence agencies have foiled a major terrorist bid in Lahore on the eve of Easter.

According to ISPR, one terrorist was killed and a woman arrested during an operation of security forces near Punjab Housing Society in the city.

Four security personnel were also injured in the operation.

Suicide Jackets and explosives were also recovered.

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FC 
Frontier Corps Balochistan conducted an intelligence based operation in Loralai and recovered a large number of Improvised explosive devices which were dumped for terrorist activities.

According to ISPR, the FC action was part of operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.


FO
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya has said that India stands totally exposed on the issue of terror financing and perpetrating subversive acts in Pakistan.

Talking to Radio Pakistan today, he said India has been blowing the trumpet on the issue of terrorism since long but the fact is that the country's intelligence agency itself is involved in terrorism.

He said Kulbushan Yadav was an agent of RAW and serving officer of Indian Navy.

Spokesman said the agent has been awarded death sentence after due judicial process.

To a question, Nafees Zakariya said the United Nations and the US have expressed their desire to play a role for resolution of all disputes between the two countries including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. 

KASHMIR
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the detention of Hurriyet leaders and restrictions on a condolence meeting in Budgam.

In a joint statement in Srinagar the three leaders said puppet authorities are choking space for peaceful political activities.

They said the situation is increasingly turning from bad to worse, resulting in political uncertainty in the occupied territory.

They hailed the people of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam for their exemplary poll boycott. The resistance leadership said that this had conveyed a strong message to the world community that election drama amid ten hundred thousand Indian troops was unacceptable and could not be a substitute for the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

N.KOREA
North Korea has displayed new long-range and submarine-based missiles on the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father, Kim Il Sung, as a nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier group steames toward the region.

Officials said in Pyongyang that North Korea would stand up to any threat posed by the United States.

They said we will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack.

SYRIA
US-backed fighters have advanced to the edge of a key militants-held town in northern Syria.

A monitor said today that the Syrian Democratic Forces, an Arab-Kurdish alliance supported by US-led coalition air strikes and special forces advisers, surrounded Tabqa early this month.

Head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman said SDF fighters "are now hundreds of metres from Tabqa.

He said heavy fighting is taking place in the vicinity of the
two suburbs and IS is trying to counter-attack."


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