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President is in Ashgabat to attend inaugural ceremony of 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games beginning tomorrow.

Interior Minister says participation of World XI in Independence Cup tournament in Lahore has promoted soft image of Pakistan at international level.

Punjab Chief Minister says 300 MW Bahawalpur Solar Power Project by Turkish investors will be completed in November this year.

Election Commission has finalized all arrangements to conduct bye-elections in NA-120 Lahore in a free and fair manner.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to construct CPEC City on Islamabad-Peshawar-Motorway near Swabi.

China has asked the United States to resume dialogue for peace in the Korean Peninsula instead of hurling threats.  

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PRESIDENT-GAMES

President Mamnoon Hussain has arrived in Turkmen capital Ashgabat on a three-day official visit. 

On his arrival the President was welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan and other senior officials. Pakistan`s ambassador to Turkmenistan Murad Ashraf Janjua was also present on the occasion.

Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal Khan is accompanying President Mamnoon Hussain.

The President will attend the inaugural ceremony of 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat tomorrow.

A one hundred and thirty member Pakistani contingent that has already reached Ashgabat will participate in the games.

Over fifty five hundred players from sixty four countries will also take part in these games.

AHSAN-LAHORE

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan became an unprecedented story of success during the last four years due to upward trajectory in diverse fields.

Addressing a news conference in Lahore on Saturday, he said incidents of terror have reduced by eighty to ninety percent as compared to 2013 and peace has been restored in the length and breadth of the country.

The Interior Minister said a star studded world eleven Independence Cup tournament imparted a positive and soft image of the country at international level.

WORLD ELEVEN

Meanwhile, players of World Eleven cricket team have gone back to Dubai after a historic visit to Pakistan.

They were warmly seen-off by the PCB officials at the Lahore airport.  

Talking to media on the occasion, the Captain of the World Eleven Du Plessis expressed the hope that other teams will also come to Pakistan after this tour.

He said he is proud of playing in Pakistan and hoped it will help bringing international cricket back to Pakistan.

SHAHBAZ-TURKEY

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says 300 MW Bahawalpur Solar Power Project by Turkish investors will be completed in November this year.

Addressing different delegations of Turkish investors in Istanbul on Saturday he said he is grateful to the Turkish leadership for their cooperation in various fields.

The Chief Minister said Bahawalpur Solar Power Project will be the first one to provide low cost electricity to the people.

ADD SHAHBAZ-TURKEY

Later, addressing a delegation of Pakistani students at University of Istanbul Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said Punjab government will send more students to Turkey to learn Turkish language.   

He advised Pakistani students to learn Turkish language with  dedication as hard work is a key to success.

Shahbaz Sharif said all Pakistani students in Turkey are ambassador of Pakistan.  

POLLING

Polling in NA-120 Lahore will be held tomorrow. 

A spokesperson of Election Commission in Lahore said the polling will be held from 8 am to 5 pm without any break.

He said there are 3,21633 registered voters including 1,79505 male and 1,42128 female voters in NA-120.   

A total of 220 Presiding officers, 568 Assistant Presiding Officers and 568 polling officers will perform their election duties. 

Meanwhile, all necessary administrative and security measures have been finalized to hold free, fair and impartial by-election.

CPEC-CITY

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to construct CPEC City on Islamabad-Peshawar-Motorway near Swabi.

The government sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the city will be constructed on eighty thousand kanals of land at a cost of over four billion dollars under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.    

The CPEC City will consist of education and commercial zones, public buildings, apartments, Golf Course, Theme Park and sports facilities.

CAMPAIGN

A three-day polio eradication campaign began in Karachi on Saturday.

During the campaign polio drops to over two million children will be administered up to the age of five years.

ZHOB

Balochistan government is taking all necessary steps to provide potable water to the residents of the far flung areas.

Talking to various delegations in Killa Saifullah on Saturday the Balochistan Minister for Public Health Engineering Department Nawab Ayaz Khan Jogezai said water pumps will be installed in remote villages of the province to meet shortage of drinking water. 

He said a major project is in progress in Zhob under the governor's special funds at a cost of fifty million rupees to ensure supply of drinking water to the city and its outskirts. 

CEREMONY

A ceremony in regards with internal coastal cleanup day, being observed on Saturday, was held at Sea View in Karachi.

Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan was the chief guest on the occasion. 

He also led a walk arranged on the occasion to create awareness among people about keeping the coastal area clean.

Senator Mushahidullah Khan said efforts are afoot to make the sea and lakes pollution free.

DRAP

The Government is vigilantly taking steps to provide safe, effective and quality medicines to the people.     

According to official sources, the Federal Government is also supporting the Provincial Governments for eradicating the spurious drugs. 

The Federal and Provincial Drug Testing Laboratories tested,' analyzed 4199 samples from January to June this year and declared forty nine samples as spurious.

ZONE

In Gilgit Baltistan preparation of feasibility report to set up an economic zone under China Pakistan Economic Corridor is in progress.

Official sources told our Gilgit correspondent that the government has acquired two hundred and fifty acres of land at Maqpoon Das in Gilgit for the project.

The sources said the government also acquired one hundred and sixty acres land in Minawar Gilgit for establishment of Industrial zone.

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred another two Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district on Saturday.

UN

United Nations says humanitarian situation in parts of Bangladesh sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees continues to deteriorate.

A spokesperson for UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told journalists in Geneva that it appears to be one of the fastest growing refugee crises of recent years.                

Meanwhile, UNHCR has appealed for an initial amount of thirty million dollars for its emergency response in the country until the end of this year.            

CHINA

China has called on the United States to refrain from making threats over North Korea.  

Chinese Ambassador told reporters in Washington that United States should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue for peace in the Korean Peninsula. 

TURKEY

Turkey has signed an agreement with Russia to purchase the advanced S-400 missile defense system. 

According to Turkish media, this is the most advanced integrated air defense system that can hit targets as far as 400 kilometers away.   

Meanwhile, Turkey’s NATO allies have expressed concerns that the Russian system is incompatible with the air defenses of other NATO members.

Deputy Chair and Spokesman of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development, Mahir Unal said there is no question of our not fulfilling any of our responsibilities in our relations with NATO.

Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that a first payment for the S-400 had been made to Russia.

IRAQ

In Iraq, government troops have launched a multi-pronged operation to capture Akashat town near Syrian border from Islamic State group.

Spokesman for Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, said operation is aimed at securing part of borders and area north of the vital highway that links Baghdad to neighboring Jordan and Syria.

The spokesman said U.S.-led coalition is offering aerial support for different factions of troops.

NIGER

In Niger, fifty four people have been killed by flooding unleashed by three months of torrential rain in Capital Niami.

UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said more than 11,000 homes were destroyed, displacing nearly 200,000 people.

 


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