Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Economic Coordination Committee has approved one point six billion rupees Ramzan Package to provide relief to the people through Utility Stores Corporation.
Finance Minister says upcoming general elections will be held under new electoral reforms.
Interior Minister says steps are being taken to improve monitoring mechanism of borders with Iran and Afghanistan.
In Occupied Kashmir, a number of students were injured when Indian forces resorted to use of brute force against protesters in different cities today.
GCC Foreign Ministers are meeting in Riyadh tomorrow to finalise agenda for the upcoming Arab-Islamic-US summit.
An International Wrestling Competition is to be held in Karachi tomorrow.
The Economic Coordination Committee has approved Ramzan Package with subsidies worth over one point six billion rupees to provide relief to the general public during the upcoming Ramzan.
The approval was accorded at a meeting of the Committee presided over by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.
Under the package, nineteen food items will be provided to people through utility stores at subsidized rates.
Food items include wheat flour, sugar, ghee, oil, pulses, white grams, baisen, dates, rice, squashes, black tea, milk, and spices.
Moreover, the Utility Stores Corporation will also reduce prices of over 2,400 other items by 5 to 10 percent by obtaining special discount from suppliers and reducing its own profit margins.
The ECC also decided to increase the quantity of urea approved for export from the existing 0.3 to 0.6 million metric tons.
The Committee also extended the deadline for export of urea till 31st of October.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that general elections will be held next year under the new electoral reforms.
He was speaking after a meeting of the electoral reforms committee in Islamabad today.
The Minister said that contentious points will be further deliberated upon the sub-committee on electoral reforms meeting to be held tomorrow.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the entire nation acknowledges services and sacrifices of Civil and Armed Forces in ensuring internal and external security.
He was talking to Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan (South), Major General Sardar Tariq Aman who called on him in Islamabad today.
The Minister said in view of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and law and order in Balochistan, role of Frontier Corps in the province has become more important.
Chaudhry Nisar said federal government is trying to meet the FC's operational requirements through capacity building initiatives.
He said measures are being taken to improve monitoring mechanism of common borders with Iran and Afghanistan to curb human trafficking and smuggling.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that solar power is a successful alternate for oil energy and can solve the issue of fuel shortage.
He was talking to news persons at the 15th Pakistan Oil and Gas Energy Exhibition in Karachi today.
The Minister said that government is making concerted efforts to resolve the issue of power shortage in the country and load-shedding will be overcome by the end of this year.
He said that petroleum prices in Pakistan are at the lowest level and benefit of reduction in oil prices in the international market has always been shared with the people.
Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf says Islam is a religion of peace that teaches tolerance and welfare of humanity.
Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad today, he said terrorists have no religion and militancy should not be linked to any religion.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that the government is investing in human resource development.
Addressing an education expo in Islamabad today, she said under the PM Youth program, several projects have been started for education, skill enhancement and professional development of the youth.
The Minister of State said the provincial governments are also paying special attention towards the education and health sectors.
She said textbooks of Punjab Textbook Board have been digitalized in order to ensure their easy access.
Meanwhile, in a reaction to tweets of PTI leaders Shirin Mazari and Naeemulhaq, Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that irresponsible comments are aimed at fanning anarchy in the country.
A delegation of Chinese power company TEBA met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Beijing today and discussed cooperation in solar energy projects.
Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government is also setting up alternate energy projects.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his recent visit to China along with Prime Minister has been successful and it will help resolve longstanding development issues of the Province.
Talking to newsmen in Karachi today, he said efforts are being made to initiate work on projects like Karachi Circular Railway, Keti Bandar and industrial zone at the earliest.
Murad Ali Shah thanked the Punjab Chief Minister and Federal Ministers for Planning, Finance and Railways for supporting him the meetings for these projects.
Replying to a question, he said CPEC will help generate new employment opportunities in the province.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the visit of Pakistani delegation to China under the leadership of the Prime Minister has been successful from all aspects.
Talking to news persons in Nowshera today, he said that up-gradation project of railway track from Peshawar to Rawalpindi under CPEC is a significant achievement.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will help improve the overall economic and industrial prosperity of tribal population.
He was talking to Advisor to Prime Minister Amir Muqam in Peshawar today.
The Governor said FATA is being connected with CPEC through link roads.
He said tubewells in FATA have been shifted to solar energy that will not only help save electricity for industrial, agriculture and domestic consumers but also ensure provision of clean drinking water to tribal people.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, polling for by-election of forty-three vacant seats of local government in fourteen districts will be held tomorrow.
A six member delegation of Pakistan Britain Business Council will visit Pakistan from Thursday to promote bilateral economic relations.
The delegation will visit Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and will also sign MoU with FPCCI to promote commercial relations between the two countries.
In occupied Kashmir, many students were injured when Indian forces resorted to use of used brute force against protesters in Baramulla, Kulgam, Bandipora and Islamabad districts.
Students raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans marched on the streets in Pattan, Hajin and Dooru areas. Over a dozen female students also fainted after receiving injuries in the Indian forces' action.
Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference and the forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in their statements denounced the statement of puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that people of Kashmir would have to choose between terrorism and Kashmiriyat.
The Foreign Ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council are meeting in Riyadh tomorrow.
GCC Secretary General Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said that the ministers will review the preparations for Arab-Islamic-US Summit to be hosted by Riyadh on the 21st of this month.
International wrestlers from twenty countries will showcase their actions at the World Heavy Weight Pro Wrestling Competition in Sports Complex Karachi tomorrow.
Twenty international wrestlers, including former WWE star Wade Barrett arrived in Pakistan this morning.
The second event will be held in Lahore and third in Islamabad at the Liaquat Gymnasium of the Pakistan Sports Complex.
Rain with dust and thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next twelve hours.
The rain may also occur at isolated places in Multan, Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Quetta and Zhob divisions.