Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Finance Minister says reforms in energy sector will impact overall economic progress of the country.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs says CPEC has strengthened relations between Pakistan and China.
Over four hundred thousand girls are getting scholarships in sixteen backward districts of Punjab.
Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mirpur-Mangla Expressway will be constructed at a cost of 142 billion rupees.
The United States says it has close partnership with Pakistan on regional peace and security.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik, in Srinagar on Friday.
Asian Development Bank will finance three hundred million dollars in Sustainable Energy Sector Reforms program in Pakistan.
An agreement to this effect was signed by Secretary Economic Affairs Division Tariq Pasha and ADB`s Country Director Xiaohang Yang in Islamabad on Friday. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also witnessed the signing ceremony.
Under the agreement, the bank will assist Pakistan in improving reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy sector to support the economic growth.
Speaking on the occasion, the Finance Minister said energy sector is central to this program and the efforts in this sector will impact the overall economic progress of the country.
He expressed the confidence that there will be no power load-shedding after November this year.
Ishaq Dar said ADB is appreciative of the achievements Pakistan has made so far to overcome the challenges of energy sector.
On the occasion, the ADB Country Director said the agreement is important as Pakistan is making serious efforts to overcome the energy crisis.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says China is Pakistan's close and iron friend.
He was addressing a ceremony after inaugurating Pak-China Study Centre along with Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong in Islamabad on Friday.
The adviser said the multi billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has further strengthened relations between the two countries over the last four years.
He said the mega project will improve connectivity among peoples in the region.
Sartaj Aziz pointed out China is the second biggest economy in the world. He said both Islamabad and Beijing can make forward movement by taking advantage of each other's experiences.
In his remarks, the Chinese ambassador said the establishment of the study centre will help peoples of the two countries better understand each other's policies.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says education sector has been improved with the unprecedented steps taken by the provincial government.
In a statement issued in Lahore on Friday, he said four hundred and sixty-two thousand girls are getting scholarships in sixteen backward districts of the province.
The Chief Minister said six point five billion rupees have been allocated for this program in next fiscal year's budget.
He said thirty-six thousand additional rooms are being built in schools under Khadim-e-Punjab School program.
Shahbaz Sharif said twenty thousand schools will be converted on solar panels in southern Punjab.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has planned to provide scholarships to top twenty position holders from each board of intermediate and secondary education in the province.
Sources at Elementary and Secondary Education Department told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent Matiullah that two hundred and sixty million rupees have been allocated for this purpose.
Each student will be given one point two million rupees annually.
Special measures are being taken to improve quality of education, enhance enrolment, and discourage cheating culture in examinations in Sindh.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzado that one hundred fifty buildings have been constructed at shelter-less schools during the current financial year.
He said fifty new buildings were built to upgrade primary schools to the elementary level.
The official said around two hundred and seventy-five buildings of primary, elementary, secondary and higher secondary schools were renovated and rehabilitated.
A meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment in the superior courts was held in Islamabad on Friday with Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour in the chair.
The Committee confirmed nomination of three Additional Judges of Sindh High Court recommended by Judicial Commission.
They include Justice Rasheed Ahmed Soomro, Justice Arshad Hussain Khan and Justice Muhammad Saleem Jessar as judges of the High Court.
Sindh High Court has rejected the petition of Hajj Organizers Association of Pakistan seeking increase in quota of private Hajj operators.
Hearing the case in Karachi on Friday, the court ordered to maintain the quota of private Hajj operators at forty percent. The court also removed stay order on Hajj Quota Policy 2017.
Hundreds of thousands of faithful will observe Aitkaf across the country on Friday, practicing the Sunnah of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW).
The faithful observing Aitkaf will sit in seclusion in mosques, before Maghrib on Friday and worship till the sighting of Shawwal moon. During this period, they will offer special prayers and seek Allah Almighty's blessings and mercy.
In major mosques across the country like Faisal Masjid in Islamabad, lectures from religious scholars have specially been arranged for Aitkaf observers to educate them about true Islamic teachings.
The United States and Pakistan have a close partnership on regional peace and security.
A US State Department spokeswoman, Ms. Heather Nauert said in Washington that the two countries are continuing to work in many areas including counterterrorism.
She dispelled the impression that the policy review is Pakistan-specific. The Spokesman said policy review is part of an ongoing broader review of our national strategy for South Asia, which includes Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other regional countries.
AJK Minster for Finance Dr. Najeeb Naqi says over twenty-three billion rupees have been allocated for Annual Development Programme of the next fiscal year.
Addressing post-budget news conference in Muzaffarabad on Friday, he said communication, tourism and hydro-power sectors have been given special attention to make the state economically stable and overcome unemployment.
The Minister said under the first phase of CPEC, Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mirpur-Mangla Expressway will be constructed at a cost of 142 billion rupees.
He said Lower Toppa Kohala Expressway is part of Federal Development Program costing over 20 billion rupees. The Minister said Special Economic Zone status has been given to Mirpur under CPEC.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik in Srinagar on Friday.
Police took Muhammad Yasin Malik into custody from the party office in Aab-e- Guzar area of Srinagar and lodged him at Kothi Bagh police station to prevent him from leading anti-India demonstrations.
The puppet authorities also put Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza under house arrest.
The joint resistance leadership has given call for peaceful demonstrations after Jumma prayers on Friday to protest against the brutalities of Indian troops in the held valley.
Meanwhile, the authorities have suspended Internet services across the held Valley.
The US administration will send nearly four thousand additional troops to Afghanistan.
An official of the Trump Administration said the deployment will be the largest of American manpower under the current government.
Youm-e-Ali, the martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (R.A.), will be observed with due solemnity in the country on Saturday.
In this connection, Majalis will be held and processions will be taken out during which scholars will shed light on the life and martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (R.A.)
Special arrangements have been made to provide security to the mourners attending Majalis and processions.
Radio Pakistan in its national hook-up on Friday will broadcast a special talk at 1520 Hrs in connection with 70 years Independence Celebrations of Pakistan.
Immediately after that, another special program in connection with Martyrdom Day of Ameer-ul-Momineen Hazrat Ali (RA) will be put on the air.
A special feature program in connection with the death anniversary of renowned folk singer Sayin Akhtar Hussain will be broadcast just after the news bulletins of 4:00 pm.