Prime Minister inaugurates Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore

Prime Minister said various power projects are being completed speedily, as sufficient electricity is key to industrial development. He said that development work and network of motorways and highways is being expanded in all parts of country, including Balochistan. Nawaz Sharif said these development projects are removing the sense of deprivation in Balochistan and will bring a revolution in the lives of people. He said that Gwadar will be made a city of international standard with the provision of all world call facilities to the people./ He said as a result of the construction of highways, the people of Gwadar can travel to Quetta far easier than the past.

Pakistan-China friendship will continue to flourish with each passing day

President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan's sea and water routes are generating new economic opportunities not only for the country but the whole region. He was addressing the passing out parade of cadets at Marine Academy in Karachi today. The President said completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will enhance Pakistan's stature among comity of nations. He rejected the impression about change in western route of CPEC and said all segments of the society should play their role for successful implementation of the project.

Efforts to normalize relations being sabotaged by India

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says India is sabotaging efforts to normalize relations with Pakistan and is using flimsiest reasons to avoid talks. He urged New Delhi to come to the dialogue table and show seriousness in resolving the Kashmir issue.  India has tried to do everything to sabotage every goodwill gesture Pakistan made towards normalizing relations. Every time there is prospect for talks, but New Delhi comes up with a new excuse.

Dar directs statistics Division, PBS to take steps for credible Census next year

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has directed Statistics Division and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics that every effort should be made to ensure credible and transparent national census next year. Dar said to take all necessary steps to start the 6th National Census on March 15 as decided by the Council of Common Interests.

Population welfare top priority of present government

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says the Prime Minister announcement to start census from March 15, next year is manifestation of the fact that the government wanted to resolve social problems on priority basis. It was priority of the government to hold census before 2018. 

Aleppo evacuation: Thousands in Syria hope to be moved

Thousands of Syrian civilians and rebels are hoping to leave the city of Aleppo despite the suspension of an evacuation agreed with the government. There are also expectations that some 4,000 people will be evacuated from two towns, Kefraya and Foah, loyal to the government and besieged by rebels. At least 6,000 people have left Aleppo.

US hacking claims: Obama told Putin to 'cut it out'

President Barack Obama has said that he ordered Russia's Vladimir Putin to "cut it out" in a conversation about email hacking ahead of the US election. Implying that the Russian president knew about the hacks, Mr Obama said: "Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin." The president said he had warned Mr Putin of serious consequences at a summit in September.

Turkish blast: Several dead as Kayseri bus hit

Several people have been killed and more wounded by an explosion near a bus in the central Turkish city of Kayseri, security services say. The bus was carrying off-duty soldiers, according to reports, and was opposite a university campus when the explosion occurred.

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