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15-07-2017

20-10-1438

HEADLINES

Minister of State for Information says the government will not accept any addition to volume 10 of JIT report after 10th of July.

Finance Minister has said improved security situation has attracted international companies and investors to explore business opportunities in the country.

By-election for NA-260 Quetta-cum- Chaghi is being held today.

Leader of Islamic State group in Afghanistan Abu Sayed has been killed by US forces in Kunar province.

Turkey is celebrating first anniversary of last year's failed coup today.

In Geneva, latest round of UN-backed Syria peace talks has ended without any breakthrough.

In the ICC Women's World Cup at Leicester England, Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka this afternoon.

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MARRIYUM

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said the government will not accept any addition to the volume 10 of the report after Monday last, which was the cutoff date for JIT to complete its task.

In a statement, she expressed serious concern over reports that JIT is still active, despite submitting its final report in the Supreme Court.  

The Minister of State said that Supreme Court had allowed the JIT to close its office within 7 days, but instead of closure of office, all JIT members and their assisting staff are still working and none of the JIT members had reported back to their respective departments as yet.

She said the JIT should have formally sought more time from the Supreme Court  if it could not complete its work.

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DAR

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said the improved security situation in the country has attracted a number of international companies and investors to explore business opportunities in Pakistan.

He said this while chairing a meeting to review matters related to financial requirements of Pakistan Air Force in Islamabad.

Ishaq Dar assured the government will fulfill financial needs of armed forces to ensure country's security and defence.

The Finance Minister praised PAF's instrumental role in the ongoing operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd ul Fasaad.

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PAK-UK

Pakistani High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Syed Ibne Abbas has reiterated government's resolve to further strengthen Pak-UK ties and working for the welfare of over 1.2 million Pakistani community in UK.

He was addressing a reception hosted in the honour Pakistani-origin British Parliamentarians, including Lords and newly elected MPs in London.

Syed Ibne Abbas welcomed the Parliamentarians, exchanged views on different issues pertaining to the Pakistani nationals living in the UK and Pak-UK bilateral relations, with a special focus on enhancing trade ties between the two countries in post Brexit scenario.

Pakistani High Commissioner also briefed them on the High Commission's efforts in connection with renewed cultural diplomacy initiatives regarding the 70th Independence Day Anniversary of Pakistan and the 70 years of establishment of Pakistan-UK diplomatic ties.

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BY-ELECTION

Polling for by-election in NA-260 Quetta-cum-Chaghi constituency has started a short while ago.

According to provincial election commission, polling process will continue till 5 pm without any break.

The provincial government has announced that schools and colleges in Quetta and Chaghi will remain closed today.

The seat fell vacant due to death of MNA Abdul Rahim Khan Mandokhail of  Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party.

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BAJWA

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has appreciated achievements of Army, FC, Police, intelligence and other agencies including provincial administrations in improvement of security situation in Balochistan.

Addressing a briefing on security situation in Quetta, he assured to extend all out cooperation in elimination of terrorism and improving law and order in the province.

He said Balochistan was in his prime focus and prosperity of people of the province at par with other provinces was the main objective.

The Army Chief also hailed efforts of the Pakistan Army in socio-economic uplift of the people of Balochistan.

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NDMA

National Disaster Management Authority has assured that all the concerned departments have already been put on alert in the wake of heavy monsoon rains in the country.

In an interview, member NDMA Brig Mukhtar Ahmed said that the government has issued various precautionary directions to people regarding floods in the coming days.

He said all the provincial Disaster Management Authorities have been provided funds to adopt precautionary measures and meet any emergency.

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DAY

World Youth Skill Day is being celebrated today to raise awareness about growing needs of employment for youth and issues of their learning.

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, the leader of Islamic State group in the country, Abu Sayed, has been killed by US forces in a raid in Kunar province.

This has been stated by Pentagon spokesperson Dana White in a statement in Washington.

The spokesperson said other members of the militant group were also killed in the raid that will significantly disrupt the group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan.

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TURKEY

Turkey is celebrating the first anniversary of last year's failed coup today, in which 250 people were killed and over two thousand others injured.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced holding democracy watch rallies in the entire country today and tomorrow to mark the anniversary.

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SYRIA

The latest round of UN-backed Syria peace talks in Geneva has ended without any breakthrough.

It was the seventh round of the peace talks that was attended by a delegation from Syrian government and rebel negotiators, to resolve the devastating conflict.                        

Later talking to reporters in Geneva, the UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said he plans to convene an eighth round of peace talks in early September.

He said all sides have been informed to be ready to tackle the flashpoint issue of political transition.

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UN-VENEZUELA

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for a national dialogue in Venezuela to end the ongoing crisis in the country.

In a statement, he said a national dialogue is urgently needed between the government and opposition to end violence and ensure agreement regarding a new constitution.

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US-NIGERIA

The United Sates says it plans to confiscate 144 million dollars in corruption-tainted assets of Nigerian oil executives in the country.

Assistant US Attorney General Kenneth Blanco said in Washington that if the illicit funds are within reach of the United States, these will be forfeited and returned to the victims.

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PANAMA-BOMBS

The United States will destroy eight World War-II era chemical bombs left on the San Jose island in Panama.

Panama's Foreign Ministry said the step is being taken under an agreement between the two countries.

The project is supported by the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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SATELLITE

Russian has launched an imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites into orbit from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Russian space agency Roscosmos and research centre Glavcosmos said it is for the first time in the world that such a complex and large mission has been developed and implemented.

The Kanopus-V-IK satellite will provide wide-angle images of Earth and will be used especially to detect forest fires or to update the topography of maps.

According to Russian news agencies all the satellites have successfully separated and released into three different orbits .              

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ICC

In the ICC Women's World Cup at Leicester England, Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka this afternoon.

The match will start at 2 30 pm Pakistan Standard Time.

In another match of the tournament, India Women and New Zealand Women will contest for semi-final of the tournament today.

England, Australia and South African women have already qualified for the semi final.

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WEATHER

Rain/dust-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is expected at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Dera Ghazi  Khan divisions, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, Zhob, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Kalat, FATA and Kashmir during the next twelve hours.

Rain may also occur at scattered places in Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad and Karachi divisions.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning

Islamabad and Lahore twenty-seven degree centigrade, Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-five, Quetta and Muzaffarabad twenty-four, Gilgit twenty and Murree eighteen degree centigrade.

 


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