DATE: 18-06-2017                         


The most exciting final of the ICC Champions Trophy between Pakistan and India is in progress at Oval.


The government has ensured fifty percent participation of women in Prime Minister's Youth Loan Schemes.


Balochistan government plans to establish over seven hundred new primary schools in the province.


Punjab government has set up Anti-Quackery Cell to check illegal practitioners and quacks.


Curfew and curbs continue in parts of Occupied Kashmir to prevent protests against brutal killings by Indian troops.





A total of 128 One-day Internationals have so far been played between the two countries.  Pakistan won 72 matches, while India got victory 52 times. Four matches concluded without any result.  


Pakistan have qualified for the final of the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time, while India won two titles of the tournament.                                                  



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said sports play a vital role in portraying country's soft image.


In an interview, she said on Sunday's final match between Pakistan and India has generated excitement among the people on both sides of the border.


The Minister of State said political atmosphere in Pakistan is intense, but on Sunday, everyone is focusing on cricket instead of politics.          



Pakistan is keen to introduce screen tourism to highlight its cultural diversity and scenic beauty at the international level.


This was stated by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb in an interview.   


She said that revival of Pakistan's film industry is prerequisite for screen tourism to showcase country's true culture and heritage.    


The minister of state said the trend of screen tourism is increasing worldwide to attract tourists from across the globe.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said Pakistan should be recognized as a peace loving country among the nations, and films can play a critical role to achieve that objective.



Pakistan has urged the Afghan government to ensure early recovery of the officials of its Jalalabad Consulate General who went missing while coming to their country on Friday.


In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said on Sunday that Islamabad is in constant touch with Afghan authorities for safe recovery of two officials.


He said the Afghan authorities have informed that three distinct investigating groups have been constituted to ensure safe recovery of the officials.



The government has ensured fifty percent participation of women in Prime Minister's Youth Loan Schemes to empower of women.


According to official sources, the government is committed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, Gender Equality by ending all forms of discrimination against women in the country.


According to Economic Survey 2016-17, Punjab government has lifted ban on recruitment and 25,000 posts for women have been created at different tiers. Seventy percent jobs in primary education have been earmarked for women.


The women are being encouraged to fully participate in electoral process and a Gender Cell in Election Commission of Pakistan has been established in this regard.



Construction work of Chashma Right Bank Canal in Dera Ismail Khan will be started this year. 


Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent, that the project will be completed at a cost of one hundred and twenty billion rupees. Sixty five percent of the amount will be provided by the federal government.


On completion, the canal will bring two lakh and eighty-six thousand acres of barren land under cultivation in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts.



Balochistan government has chalked-out a five-year plan to establish new schools and upgrade all existing schools in the province.


Official sources told Radio Pakistan on Sunday, that under the plan, 725 new primary schools will be established. Five hundred schools will be upgraded to middle level and five hundred middle schools to higher level. 


The sources said that under the plan, more teachers will be recruited on merit.



The Punjab Government has launched crackdown against unqualified medical practitioners and quacks in the province. 


According to official sources, the Provincial Healthcare Commission has established an anti-quackery cell which has largely curtailed such malpractices. 


A comprehensive process of screening of all Healthcare Establishments was done by the commission to identify and take action against the illegal practitioners and quacks.


Moreover licensing is made mandatory and no Healthcare Establishment can function or operate without prior permission from the Commission.



Sindh government is launching tree plantation drive under Green Pakistan Program from 15th of next month to reduce the rising temperature. 



Thousands of residents have returned to their respective towns in Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir of Chaman near to Pak-Afghan border.


They had been removed to safer places after unprovoked firing  by Afghan forces into Pakistani territory.


District Police Officer Killa Abdullah Sajid Mahmand told our correspondent, that the government is making arrangements to rehabilitate and provide maximum relief to them.


Medical camps have also been set up to provide them with medical facilities.           



The customs intelligence has seized eight thousand metric ton Kerosene oil in an operation carried out at Karachi Oil Terminal.


According to Deputy Director of customs intelligence Shah Faisal, the Kerosene oil was imported illegally from South Korea by two companies of Karachi and one of Lahore.



In Occupied Kashmir, the Indian authorities continued to impose curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the territory to prevent protests against the brutal killings by troops in Kulgam district.


The authorities once again placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.


Meanwhile, complete shutdown is being observed in Pulwama town for the second consecutive day on Sunday against the killings of youth by Indian troops.


All shops and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport is off the roads.


Indian troops had killed four youth in Arwani during a military operation on Friday. Later, two civilians were also killed in firing by Indian troops on protesters in the area.



International Fathers' Day is being celebrated on Sunday.


The objective of the day is to recognize the contribution and services of fathers for their children.



Negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union will begin between British and European officials in Brussels, on Monday.


Britain voted by fifty two per cent in favour of leaving the European Union in a referendum last year.



In Afghanistan, five policemen were killed and eight injured in an attack on Police Headquarters in Paktia province on Sunday.


According to Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman, three attackers were also killed in retaliation by security forces.


Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.



The Azerbaijani military has killed six Armenian soldiers in border clashes.


According to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, one Azeri soldier was also killed in the clash.



Meanwhile, Pakistan and India will also clash in the Hockey World League Qualifiers at London on Sunday evening.        

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