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Date: 17-04-2017

Headlines:

 

Banks start receiving Hajj applications under the Government Scheme from today.

 

A three-day anti polio drive began in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan today.

 

Foreign Office Spokesman says border management with Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region. 

 

Pakistan has urged the United States to play its role for resolution of Kashmir dispute.

 

Turkish President has clinched victory in a referendum on constitutional amendments.

 

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HAJJ SCHEME:

Banks will start receiving Hajj applications under the Government Scheme from today.

According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, applicants can submit their forms in banks till 26th of this month. The draw will be held on 28th April.   

Forms would be submitted with the branches of Habib Bank, United Bank, National Bank of Pakistan, Muslim Commercial Bank, Allied Banks, Zarai Taraqiati Bank, 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

 

POLIO-CAMPAIGN:

A three-day anti polio campaign began in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan today. 

Provincial Health Department sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that more than six point six million children up to five years of age are being administered anti-polio drops during the campaign. 

More than one million children are being vaccinated against polio in nineteen districts of Balochistan.

The anti-polio campaign is also underway in district Thatta of Sindh province today.

Polio teams will also be available at railways stations, bus stands and public places to ensure administering anti-polio drops to every child.  

Special security measures have been taken to ensure security of polio teams.  

In Punjab, three-day anti-polio campaign began in all thirty-six districts of the province.

Over eighteen million children are being administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.  

 

SESSIONS:

Senate and the National Assembly meet at the Parliament House in Islamabad today at four pm.  

Both the houses will discuss important national issues, besides transacting legislative business. 

 

SAAD:

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says economy coaches will be converted into air-conditioned to provide better facilities to passengers.    

Chairing a meeting in Lahore, he directed to ensure cleanliness in all trains to provide better travelling environment to the passengers.   

 

PAF:

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to provide four thousand kanal land to Pakistan Air Force for various development projects in the province.

According to official sources, the projects include construction of Air University and Aviation Training Center in District Nowshera.      

The PAF will also open a cadet college in the province.                                       

 

FO:

Pakistan says it is trying to secure its border with Afghanistan to eliminate terrorism.

This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakria in an interview.

He said border management with Afghanistan is very important and Pakistan is not violating international laws in this regard.

He said many terrorist organizations have established their networks in Afghanistan.

Nafees Zakria said Pakistan wanted to resolve all issues with Afghanistan through dialogue. Pakistan has endorsed every initiative to establish peace in Afghanistan. 

Replying to a question, he said India is involved in spreading terrorism and financing terror activities in Pakistan. 

The spokesman said Indian subversive designs against Pakistan have been exposed after the trial of Kulbhushan Jadhav.

He urged United Nations and international community to put pressure on India to implement UN resolutions on Kashmir.

 

MALEEHA:

Pakistan has called on the United States to play role for defusing tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi by resolving Kashmir issue.

Speaking in television programme of World Affairs Council, a Washington-based think-tank in New York, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said that solution of Kashmir is important for lasting peace in the region.           

She said the grave situation  in Occupied Kashmir and it poses a critical threat to regional peace and security.

Regretting the continuing tensions between India and Pakistan, the ambassador underscored the need for a dialogue to resolve Kashmir and other issues between the two countries.

 

REFERENDUM:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in a referendum on constitutional changes.  

In a post-referendum speech at Huber Palace in Istanbul, Erdogan said with this victory, Turkey has resolved a two hundred year old conflict in its administration.

Turkish President said 25 million Yes votes were cast, with a 1.3-million vote margin of victory.

Meanwhile, thousands of flag-waving supporters of the President rallied in Ankara and Istanbul in celebration.

Under the constitutional changes, the president will appoint the cabinet and vice-presidents, besides selecting and removing senior civil servants without parliamentary approval.

 

FELICITATION:

Pakistan has extended felicitations to the government and people of Turkey on the outcome of referendum for the constitutional amendment.

In their separate messages to Turkish leaders, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that this affirmative vote for a constitutional amendment in referendum is reflective of the desire of the Turkish people for a strong Turkey. 

They reaffirmed the strong desire of the people of Pakistan for further strengthening the historic bonds of friendship between the two countries through mutually beneficial cooperation and exchanges.

 

AFGHANISTAN:

United States has vowed to support and cooperate with Afghanistan on a number of issues.

The assurance came during a meeting between US national security advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.

President Ashraf Ghani said that serious steps are needed to eliminate terrorism.

 

US-KOREA:

The United States says it is working with its allies and China on a range of options on North Korea.

In an interview, the US top security adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster said tensions are mounting over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

He, however, said President Trump was not considering military action for now.

 

ABE-KOREA:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged North Korea to comply with UN resolutions and abandon its nuclear and missile development. 

Addressing the Japanese parliament, he said he would exchange views on North Korea with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a summit meeting later this month.   

Meanwhile, US Vice President Mike Pence visited a military base in South Korea near border with North Korea today.

 

SYRIA:

Syrian army has retaken control of the strategic town of Soran near Hama city.

Most of the rebels had retreated from the town after troops stormed it following dozens of strikes by Russian jets.

The air strikes also hit other towns in the area, including Latamneh and Kafr Zeita.

 

IRAQ:

In Iraq, flooding in Tigris River has cut off aid supplies and escape routes for people fleeing Islamic State militants in Mosul city.

With the bridges down, hundreds of civilians crossed the surging river on small wooden boats.

Around four hundred thousand people are still in the city where Iraqi military forces are trying to dislodge IS from the Old City area.

 

FRANCE:

In France, hundreds of demonstrators have marched in Paris to protest against far-right National Front leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

Protestors handed out pamphlets denouncing xenophobia and racism that they allege Le Pen and her anti-immigration party represent.

 

WEATHER:

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

Very hot weather is likely in Naseerabad, Makran, Sibbi, Sukkur, Shaheed Benazirabad, Larkana, Hyderabad, Multan, Sibbi, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, D.G. Khan, D.I.Khan and Faisalabad divisions.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad sixteen degree centigrade, Lahore and Karachi, twenty-six, Peshawar twenty-one, Quetta and Gilgit twelve, Murree fourteen and Muzaffarabad eighteen degree centigrade.

 

MASHALL :

Federal government will provide all possible assistance to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for forensic examination of Mashaal Khan's Facebook account.

In a statement, interior ministry spokesperson said the provincial government has not yet made formal request in this regard.

 

DAR-CHEQUE:

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has handed over a cheque of one million rupees as special assistance to Altaf, son of census worker Abdul Qadir who died in an accident in Neen Ban village, Mansehra district.

The Minister expressed condolences over the death of Abdul Qadir and sympathized with members of the bereaved family at a meeting in Islamabad.  

The deceased's son has already been provided job in the education department.


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