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The government has released over two billion rupees for supply of gas to various villages and localities.

 

Punjab government has allocated over one hundred forty billion rupees in the new budget for uplifting of agriculture sector.  

 

Two terrorists have been killed in an encounter with Counter Terrorism Department in Lahore. 

 

Formal talks on Britain's exit from European Union will begin in Brussels today. 

 

Pakistan have clinched ICC Champions Trophy defeating arch rivals India in the final with a massive margin of 180 runs at Oval.

 

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PETROLEUM

The government has released over two point eight billion rupees for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources under Public Sector Development Programme.

 

According to official data, over 415 million rupees have been released for acquisition of four drilling rigs with accessories for the Geological Survey of Pakistan. 

 

Over 131 million have been provided for appraisal of newly discovered coal resources of Badin Coal Field in Sindh, and twenty million for to exploring and evaluating metallic minerals in Bela and Uthal areas, district Lasbella of Balochistan. 

 

The government also provided over eleven million for exploration of tertiary coal in the Central Salt Range, Punjab, besides releasing over 2,059 million funds for supply of gas to various villages and localities.

 

 

DAR

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says that due to prudent policies of the government, sixty percent growth has been witnessed in tax revenue collection in last four years.

 

Chairing a meeting in Islamabad he urged the Federal Board of Revenue to take all necessary measures to meet the tax collection target for the current fiscal year.

 

He expressed the confidence that the measures announced in the new budget would enable Pakistan to achieve higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

 

Earlier, the FBR chairman briefed the Finance Minister on the status of tax collection during 2016-17.

 

He said all efforts are being made to attain the collection target for the current fiscal year while a comprehensive

strategy is being finalized for tax collection in new financial year.

 

 

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says agricultural sector is of paramount importance for the country's economy as well as for prosperity of farmers.

    

He stated this while talking to a delegation of the PML-N in Lahore.

 

The chief minister said over 140 billion rupees have been allocated in the new budget for agriculture, irrigation, livestock, forests, fisheries and food.

  

Shahbaz Sharif said setting up Punjab Agriculture, Food and Drug Authority aims to  provide quality medicines and food to people.

   

He said all possible resources for promotion of agriculture sector is being utilized. He emphasized  to modernize the agricultural sector to make farmers well-off. 

         

The Chief Minister said the government has also given Special Kisan Package worth billions of rupees for the development of

agriculture.

 

DRAP

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has decided to issue new Good Manufacturing Practice check list to ensure quality of manufactured drugs.

 

The decision was taken during the 254th meeting of Central Licensing Board of the Authority in Islamabad.

 

The board also approved New Drug Manufacturing Licenses to three new companies, additional Manufacturing Sections to six companies and Renewal of Drug Manufacturing Licenses to seven companies.

 

The Board issued Show Cause Notices to six companies for suspension and cancellation of Licenses on account of violation of Drug Act. The Board also approved prosecution of two accused in the Court of Law.

 

TERRORISTS

Two terrorists have been killed in an encounter with the Counter Terrorism Department at Saggian Bridge last night in Lahore.

 

According to CTD sources, heavy cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from them.

 

 

NIGHT

Thousands have attended an enthralling performance of Pakistani culture during the celebration of “Pakistan Night” as part of 8th International Ramazan Festivities held in Ankara, Turkey. 

 

A broad range of Pakistani products including colorful textiles, traditional handicrafts, truck art, coffee table books, photographic display of Pakistan’s natural beauty and key events of Turkey-Pakistan relations, and tourism materials were displayed at Pakistan House.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Keçiören Municipality Mayor Mustafa Ak said that such events provide an opportunity to the people of Turkey to know more about the Pakistani culture.

 

Representatives of seventeen countries from different regions of the world participated in the Festival.

 

 

BREXIT

Britain and European Union are starting negotiations in Brussels today on UK withdrawal from the union.

 

Brexit minister David Davis will hold talks with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier.

 

The first issue at the Brussels talks will be the status of millions of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and British residents of the other 27 countries, including their right to stay,  work, and access medical care.

 

FRANCE

French President Emmanuel Macron's party has won a clear  majority in parliamentary election.

 

A record number of  one hundred fifty six women were elected  to National Assembly. Voter turnout was projected to be a record low at about forty two percent.

 

SYRIA

The United States military has shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter  SU-22 near the Syrian town of Tabqa in Raqqah.

 

American military statement said Syrian Jet dropped bombs near its partner force Syrian Democratic Force and it acted in "collective self defense" of its partner forces.

 

Meanwhile, Iran has fired several missiles at Daesh's headquarters in Dayr al-Zawr killing a  "large number" of  militants and destroying their equipment and weapons.

 

Iranian Revolutionary Guards in its statement said the missiles were launched from Iran's western provinces of Kermanshah and Kordestan in response to the recent Daesh-claimed terror attacks in Tehran.

 

LONDON

In London, ten people have been injured when a vehicle struck pedestrians on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park.

 

Britain police announced that one person has been arrested following the incident.

 

CRICKET

Pakistan beat arch rival India with a massive margin of 180 runs to clinch the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval.

 

Chasing the target of 339, India were all out for 158  in 31st over. Fakhar Zaman was declared Player of the Match for his brillent knock of  114 runs of 106 balls.

 

Muhammad Amir and Hasan Ali secured three wickets each.

 

Hassan Ali was declared winner of the Golden Ball and player of the tournament.

                               

FELICITATION

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have congratulated  the nation and cricket team on winning the ICC Champions Trophy.

 

In his message, the president said that national cricket team has attained historic victory by demonstrating their firm resolve and unity.

 

In his message, prime minister said players and management of the team deserve the nation's profound gratitude and appreciation for their remarkable performances.

 

He expressed the confidence that Pakistan cricket team will continue to put in their best in all formats of the game in the days ahead.

 

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Federal Ministers Ishaq Dar, and Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa have also congratulated the Cricket Team for the historical win.

 

CELEBRATIONS

Meanwhile, in occupied Kashmir, people specially youth came out of their homes and celebrated Pakistan's victory in ICC champions trophy.

 

Reports of celebrations were received from all the districts of the Kashmir Valley.

 

                

WEATHER

 

Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next 12 hours.

 

However, rain/dust-thundershower with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in  Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, D.G.Khan, Multan, Faisalabad, D.I khan, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions, FATA, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan & Kashmir.Light rain-thunderstorm/drizzle expected at few places along Sindh coast.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-

 

Islamabad  twenty-six degree centigrade, Karachi and  Lahore thirty, Peshawar thirty-one, Quetta twenty-four, Gilgit and Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-two degree centigrade.


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