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HEADLINES

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The leaders round table conference in the Belt and Road Forum began in Beijing this morning.

 

Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to further enhance bilateral relations by increasing cooperation in multiple spheres.

 

A three-day anti-polio campaign began in different parts of the country today.   

 

The United States and Japan have called for an emergency meeting of UN Security Council over North Korean latest missile test.

 

In Central African Republic, thirty civilians have been killed by militants in Bangassou town.

 

 

Pakistan have won the three match series against West Indies 2-1, beating the hosts by 101 runs in the third Test in Dominica.

 

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CONFERENCE

The leaders round table conference in the belt and road forum began in Beijing this morning.

 

Addressing the conference, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that one belt and road initiative is a mega project to connect the world through economic integration.

 

He said we should adopt a free trade policy to enhance business links with each other.

 

He said peace and stability is imperative for the progress and prosperity of the world.

 

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is attending  the leaders conference.

 

On the second and concluding day of the conference, the global leaders will sit together and discuss policy and roadmap regarding 'one belt one road initiative.

 

In the second session of round table conference the leaders will discuss "Connectivity cooperation for inter connected development".

 

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  will address both sessions.

 

One Belt One Road initiative will connect the Asia, Africa and Europe. China Pakistan Economic Corridor is the most important part of this initiative.

 

NAWAZ-ERDOGAN

Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to further enhance bilateral relations by increasing cooperation in multiple spheres.

 

This was agreed during meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of One Belt, One Road Forum in Beijing.

 

They also discussed issues of bilateral interest and exchanged views on matters of regional and international importance.

 

The meeting was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir.

 

DAR

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said China One Belt One Road initiative will provide immense opportunities for economic cooperation and  financial integration.

     

Speaking at the special session of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, he said the OBOR provides a unique opportunity to connect countries and achieve higher growth in the region.

  

Ishaq Dar said regional connectivity, along with economic and financial integration, was the way forward for a prosperous future for the Asian region, and better access to regional and global markets for Pakistan.

               

He said a strong and efficient financial system would serve as the backbone for the success of OBOR.

                               

On the sidelines of the event, Ishaq Dar had meetings with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Jin Liqun. 

               

He also signed Guidelines on Financing of OBOR along with finance ministers and representatives of 18 other countries.

 

AHSAN

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has urged the Chinese leading IT manufacturer Huawei to open a research and development centre to support Pakistan in its information and knowledge revolution.

 

He expressed these views while inaugurating Huawei Technologies Pakistan 3rd Seeds for the future program in Beijing.   

 

The Minister said that CPEC does not focus on infrastructure and railway but it also includes a strong data optical fiber project so Pakistan can take advantage of the technological revolution.

 

He said that now we are in the information and knowledge revolution era which is driven by the digital world and success now depends on the brain power and data backbone.

 

SARTAJ

Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says One Belt One Road concept is the most significant transformative initiative in recent human history.

               

He was addressing the thematic session on 'Connectivity of Think Tanks' in Beijing.

 

He said the CPEC is making excellent progress. He said that in its first phase, the focus is on building the requisite infrastructure and establishing connectivity.

 

He said several energy generation and  distribution projects had been launched, while Gwadar port is being developed as the corner stone of OBOR.

    

The advisor said gas and oil terminals would distribute energy throughout Pakistan and pipelines could be set up for transporting oil and gas to western China.

               

WEIDONG

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong says Beijing  will  further promote substantial and overall cooperation with Pakistan  for the benefits of  people of the region.

 

In an interview with APP,  he said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  is playing a pivotal role and has become the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative.

 

The ambassador said both China and Pakistan are all weather strategic partners and working together for the success of CPEC. 

 

He said Belt and Road Initiative is not only beneficial for China but for the region and entire world.

 

POLIO-CAMPAIGN

A three-day anti-polio drive began in different parts of the country today. 

 

More than six point six million children up to five years of age are being administered anti-polio vaccine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.

 

According to a spokesman of Punjab Health Department, the campaign is being held in  Multan, Khanewal, Faisalabad, Hafizabad and Rawalpindi districts.

 

Over two million children are being administered anti-polio vaccine in thirty districts of Balochistan.  

 

In Muzaffarabad, more than one hundred and twenty thousand children will be vaccinated against the disease.

 

In Gilgit Baltistan, over two hundred and thirty six thousand children are being administered anti polio vaccine drops.

 

Polio teams are also available at railway stations, bus stands and public places to ensure that every child is vaccinated. 

 

NORTH KOREA

The United States and Japan have called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on North Korea tomorrow, after Pyongyang's latest missile test.

 

US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said in a tweet that . "there are no excuses that justify North Korea's actions."

 

Meanwhile, North Korea said today that the newly developed mid-to-long range missile test fired on Sunday, was aimed at verifying the capability to carry a "large scale heavy nuclear warhead."

 

CAR

In the Central African Republic, thirty civilians have been killed by militants in the border town of Bangassou.

 

The militants have also been targeting U.N. base in the area, prompting the deployment of extra troops to the remote town in anticipation of further attacks.

 

[0700]A spokesman for the U.N. mission said the situation is extremely deplorable and they are doing everything to rapidly retake control of Bangassou.

 

Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed "outrage" over the attacks on the UN mission around Bangassou, in which six peacekeepers were killed.

 

TEST

Pakistan won the three match test series against West Indies 2-1, beating the hosts by 101 runs in the third and last test at Dominica last night.

 

It is Pakistan's first ever victory against West Indies on home ground.

 

Chasing  a victory target of 304, West Indies were all out for 202.

 

Pakistan's Yasir Shah took five wickets in the second innings and was declared man of the series.

 

RL Chase who scored an unbeaten century in the second innings was declared man of the match.

 

It was the last test match of the career of legendary Pakistani batsmen Younus Khan and Misbah ul Haq.

 

GAMES

Pakistan Tennis team has qualified for the final of Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games being held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

 

Pakistan Tennis team, consisting of Aqeel Khan, Muhammad Abid and Muzammil Murtaza, won all the matches in Group `B'. 

 

Pakistan will meet Turkey in the final today.

               

In the shooting competition, Pakistan's Khalil Akhtar and Ghulam Mustafa Bashir qualified for the final round. 

 

WEATHER

 

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours. 

 

However, rain and dust-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Islamabad, upper Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, while at isolated places in Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Multan, D.G. Khan and Bhawalpur divisions during evening or night time.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

 

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


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