DATE: 18-12-2016                                 


Government has initiated various electricity projects having capacity of over seventeen thousand MW to end load-shedding. 


Railway tracks from Karachi to Peshawar will be made gate-free and signal-free under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


Polio eradication drive to begin in Punjab, Balochistan and Gilgit from on Monday.  


UN Security Council is due to vote on whether to send observers to Syrian city of Aleppo to monitor evacuations.


In Afghanistan, fourteen people were killed when a civilian bus hit a fuel tanker in Farah Province on Sunday.





The Government has taken various steps to eliminate load-shedding in the country by the year 2018.


According to official sources, the Government is focusing on exploring, acquiring and utilizing affordable, sustainable and modern energy resources.


Under China Pakistan Economic Corridor, electricity generation projects having total capacity of 17045 MW are being implemented.  These include Wind, Solar, Hydro and Coal generation projects.


Due to sincere and hectic efforts of the present Government, duration of load-shedding is decreasing gradually, despite continuously increasing electricity demand in the country. 


Power load-shedding for industries has been eliminated which helped in enhancing the industrial production.



Railway tracks from Karachi to Peshawar would be made gate-free and signal-free under the next phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


According to official sources, a fence would be built around the tracks, similar to Motorway, and an underpass or overheard bridge would be built at every gate on the tracks.


Work on the project would be initiated from January. The first phase of the project would focus on railway tracks between Rawalpindi and Peshawar.


The sources said authorities have completed the planning for the project.


Meanwhile, Pakistan Railways is also preparing a feasibility report for linking Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Peshawar and Torkham through a railway line.


In another strategy, Pakistan Railways is devising a strategy for an alternative route of Chaman-Spin Boldak to approach Afghanistan and Central Asia via Torkham by focusing on trade volume.



A three-day anti-polio vaccination campaign will begin in Punjab, Balochistan and Gilgit from on Monday.


In Punjab, eighteen point four million children below the age of five years would be administered polio drop.


Forty-four thousand six hundred and fifty-four teams have been constituted to achieve the target. 


Nearly two point five million children below five year of age in Balochistan while more than forty thousand children in Gilgit would be administered anti polio drops.


Strict measures have been taken for security of the polio vaccination teams.



Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan has said the entire nation is committed and united to eliminate terrorism and extremism.


Addressing a ceremony in Gujranwala, he said that terrorists have no religion and we have rendered huge sacrifices for restoring peace. 


He said that government is taking various steps for the welfare of minorities including Christian community.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says Pakistan is moving towards the destination of a peaceful, secure and bright country. 


He was talking to Chairman Turkish Investment Group Ahmet Albayrak in Lahore on Sunday.


The Chief Minister said People of Pakistan and Turkey are tied in historical brotherly relations.


He said Punjab government is providing special facilities to the foreign investors for investing in the province.


During the meeting, Ahmet Albayrak expressed his interest for investing in the housing sector and for the development of social sector in the province.



The Senate will begin its 257th session at Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday afternoon at 2:00 pm.


The Upper House will transact private members business.


Meanwhile, the National Assembly will resume its session in Islamabad on Monday afternoon at four pm.


Both the Houses will discuss important national issues besides carrying out legislative business. 



Pakistan International Airline operated a C-130 flight for passengers between Islamabad and Gilgit on Sunday.


Official sources told our Gilgit correspondent, the C-130 flight will continue its operation from Islamabad to Gilgit till completion of ATR Plane checking.



Twelfth Session of the Governing Council of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology begins in Islamabad on Monday.


An International Conference is also part of three-day GC Session to discuss the role of Public policies in facilitating innovation and effective partnerships for sustainable development. 


Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain will inaugurate the GC and the International Conference on Innovation Strategies for Sustainable Development. 


The Governing Council comprises fourteen members States including China, Fiji, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.



The week long celebrations marking the birth anniversary of Founder of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah begin on Monday.   


The Quaid-e-Azam week will be celebrated till 25th of this month, the date of Quaid`s birth.


Special programmes highlighting different aspects of Quaid`s personality and his undaunted and historic struggle will be hallmark of these celebrations.


Radio Pakistan has prepared week-long special programmes titled "Quaid Ka Pakistan" to celebrate birth anniversary of father of nation, Quaid -e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in befitting manner.


Radio stations all over the country have arranged "Quaid Quiz" among students and girl students of colleges and universities.   



International Migrants Day is being observed on Sunday to recognize the efforts, contributions, and rights of migrants worldwide. 


Each year United Nations invites governments, organizations, and individuals to observe International Migrants Day by distributing information on the human rights and migrants’ fundamental freedoms. 



In Occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik has said that Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute, which also been acknowledged by Indian Parliament.


In a statement, reacting to the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict that Jammu Kashmir had no vestige of sovereignty outside the constitution of India, he termed the verdict of no consequence.


Meanwhile, Hurriyet forum leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has condemned the illegal detention of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi despite court quashed draconian law, Public Safety Act on her.



The UN Security Council is due to vote on whether to send observers to the stricken Syrian city of Aleppo.


France has proposed that officials should monitor evacuation efforts and report on the protection of civilians.

It circulated a draft text stating that the council is alarmed by the worsening humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, where "tens of thousands" are in peril.


Cold and hungry civilians remain stranded in the rebel-held east of the city, waiting to be moved to safety.



In Afghanistan, fourteen people were killed after a civilian bus hit a fuel tanker on the main highway in western Farah province on Sunday.


Provincial governor spokesman said that the bus was on its way from western Herat toward the capital, Kabul, when the accident took place.



In Yemen, at least thirty soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack in the city of Aden on Sunday.


The military officials said the soldiers were queuing to collect salaries near a military base when the attacker blew himself up.



Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teenage boy near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah in latest act of violence on Sunday.                



Gilgit Baltistan is under grip of severe cold weather condition and minimum temperature has gone below freezing point.


Skardu remained coldest district in Gilgit-Baltistan with minimum temperature minus ten degree centigrade on Sunday.


Gilgit met has predicted cold and dry weather during the next twenty four hours.



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook-up at 1530 hrs a special feature programme in connection with death anniversary of renowned musician "RASHEED ATRAY".


In another hook-up at 1405 hrs, it will broadcast a discussion programme hrs titled "Sahiwal Power Project".

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