DATE: 16-04-2017                        


Hajj applications under government scheme will be received from Monday.  


Security forces have carried out operations in Kurram and Orakzai agencies recovering a huge cache of arms.


Punjab Chief Minister says the government has ensured transparency and high standards in power generation projects.


In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed on Sunday against the killing of youth by Indian forces in Srinagar.





Hajj applications under the government scheme will be received from Monday.    


According to details, applicants can submit their forms with banks till 26th of this month and the draw will be held on 28th the same month.


Applications can be submitted with the branches of Habib Bank Limited, United Bank Limited, National Bank of Pakistan, Muslim Commercial Bank, Allied Banks Limited, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, Bank of Punjab, Bank Alfalah, Meezan Bank and Habib Metro Bank.


Successful applicants will be informed through letters and SMS. Results of the balloting for successful candidates will also be available at www.mora.gov.pk and www.hajjinfo.org



Security forces have recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from Kalaya, Orakzai Agency and Parachinar, Kurram Agency.


 According to ISPR, the recovered arms and ammunition include rockets, prepared IEDs, explosive, grenades, mortor bombs, different types of weapons and communication equipment.


The operations were launched on credible intelligence and TTP Markaz established in underground tunnels in Kalaya, Orakzai Agency destroyed during the offensive.


The recovery of such huge cache indicative of planning for major terrorist attack which has been averted.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says that early completion of power generation projects is our priority.


He was talking to Chairman WAPDA Muzamil Hussain in Lahore on Sunday. 


The Chief Minister said that every possible endeavor has been made during last four years to enhance power generation.


He said that several new power projects are now in the final stages of completion and thousands megawatts of electricity will be generated from them.


He said that the 3600-MW gas-fueled projects in province will be completed as soon as possible.


Shahbaz Sharif said the government has ensured transparency and high standards in these projects.



Eight hundred million saplings have so far been planted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under Tsunami Billion Trees Plantation Campaign.


Chief Conservator Forest Muhammad Siddique Khattak told our Peshawar correspondent that these saplings have been planted in Malakand, Hazara, Kohat and Dera Ismail Khan Divisions of the province.


He said that the target of planting one billion trees will be achieved by the end of this year.


This will help overcome pollution and land erosion in the province.



Three day anti-polio drive will be started in nineteen districts of Balochistan on Monday.


The Provincial Coordinator Emergency Operation Centre Balochistan Syed Faisal Ahmed told our correspondent in Quetta that during the drive, more than one million children up to five year of age will be administered anti-polio drops.


Replying to a question, he said that nearly four thousand mobile teams will administer anti-polio drops to children.


Fool proof security arrangements have been made for protection of polio teams.            



In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed on Sunday against the cold-blooded murder of a youth in Srinagar and ruthless beating of students by Indian troops in Pulwama district.


Call for the strike was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.


All shops and other business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road.


The resistance leadership condemned the killing terming it as brutal, barbarous and an attempt to muzzle the voice of Kashmiris.                         



In Turkey, a historic referendum on introduction of Presidential system of government is in progress.


The referendum gives people option to replace the existing parliamentary system with an executive presidency. 


If the "yes" vote prevails, the eighteen constitutional changes will abolish the office of the prime minister and grant extensive executive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.



In South Sudan, fourteen civilians have been killed in latest fighting between troops and armed rebels in northwestern town of Raga.


Meanwhile, the United Nations has once again warned of the risk of genocide in the country.


The acting envoy of the UN secretary-general, Moustapha Soumare says both sides must show restraint and protect all South Sudanese citizens.

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