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DATE: 19-06-2017                       

 

China has offered to make Diamer-Bhasha Dam part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

 

Punjab Chief Minister says Haveli Bahadur Shah power plant will start trial production of electricity from tonight.

 

Prime Minister has approved launching of 'Green Pakistan Programme' to fight climate change.

 

Sindh Governor has said Green Line, Lyari Expressway and M-9 projects on completion will provide better transport facilities to people of Karachi.

 

Asian Development Bank will provide forty-two billion rupees for construction of Rapid Bus Transit System in Peshawar.

 

OIC Secretary General has strongly condemned continued violence by Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris.

 

Turkish troops have held joint military exercises with their counterparts in Qatar.

 

An international football team, including renowned footballer Ronaldino, will arrive in Pakistan next month.

 

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NA-COMMITTEE

China has offered to bring Diamer-Bhasha Dam project under the umbrella of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

 

This was informed at a meeting of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms in Islamabad on Monday.

 

Chairman WAPDA, Muzamil Hussain told the committee that the project has been pending since long, as Asian Development Bank has declined to fund it, raising objection on its location.

     

He informed that currently, no mega hydro-power project is included in CPEC, therefore governments of both Pakistan and China are seriously mulling over including this project in CPEC.

     

Chairman WAPDA said other hydro-power projects including Neelum Jhelum and Tarbela extension would be completed by May next year which would provide additional 2500 MW electricity.

     

He said work on Dasu project would be started next month, and completed by 2022.                              

 

CPEC

National Assembly's Standing Committee on Communications was informed on Monday that "Western Route" of China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed by June next year.

 

The committee, which met in Islamabad on Monday with Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi in the chair, was informed that Western Route has been divided into five zones and work is in progress on all these zones.

 

The meeting directed that Motorway Police be equipped to meet the needs of CPEC.              

 

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says Haveli Bahadur Shah Gas power plant will generate one thousand two hundred thirty megawatt electricity by next year.

 

He was speaking during a surprise visit to Haveli Bahadur Shah in Jhang district on Monday where he reviewed the construction process of the project.

 

Shahbaz Sharif expressed satisfaction over the efforts of the team and said that the power plant will start trial production from tonight.

 

He said seven hundred sixty megawatt electricity will be added to the national grid from the plant next month.                    

 

MURAD

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved the allotment of over six thousand seven hundred acres land for establishing solar powered energy projects to eighteen national and multinational companies.

 

A spokesman of Sindh government told Radio Pakistan that the land will be allotted to fourteen companies in Thatta, Sukkur, Jamshoro, Shaheed Benazirabad and Dadu districts for producing five hundred MW solar electricity.

 

He further said the matter of allotment of land to another four companies was in process and will be finalized soon.     

 

CLIMATE

The Ministry of Climate Change has planned a number of new projects to be executed in the next fiscal year for ensuring better environment.

 

Official sources told APP that Prime Minister has approved the launching of Green Pakistan Programme to increase forest cover of the country.

 

The sources said Climate Resilient Urban Human Settlement Units, Climate Change Reporting Unit, and Pakistan Water and Sanitation Hygiene Strategic Planning and Coordination Cell, would also be established to achieve the targets.                         

 

EXHIBITION

Commerce Minister, Khurram Dastgir Khan says e-commerce technology will bring an era of development and prosperity in Pakistan.

 

He was addressing the opening ceremony of first exhibition of hand embroidered shawls prepared by beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Programme and its e-commerce launch in Islamabad on Monday.

 

Khurram Dastgir Khan said peace has been restored in the country and terrorists and their remnants have also been eradicated.

 

He said Pakistan is marching towards economic prosperity and stability under vibrant leadership of the Prime Minister.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon said women are backbone of our economy and Benazir Income Support Programme provides them a platform to contribute in the national economy.

                 

SAIRA

Minister of State for Health Saira Afzal Tarar says government is committed to provide best possible health facilities to masses.

 

She was addressing the launching ceremony of National Health Programme in Abbottabad on Monday.

 

Saira Afzal Tarar said those who earn daily wages of less than two hundred rupees qualify for the National Health Programme.

 

On the occasion, she announced to issue over thirty thousand health cards in district Abbottabad.

 

She said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is personally involved in this initiative and desires this scheme to cover the whole country.

 

The Minister said under this scheme, underprivileged people will be able to receive treatment at private and public hospitals free of charge.

 

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, while speaking on the occasion, said two state of the art hospitals will be established in Havelian and Haripur.                    

 

GB-MINISTER

Under Prime Minister's Health Insurance Scheme, thirty two thousand Health Cards have been distributed among deserving persons in Gilgit-Baltistan.

 

In a statement in Gilgit on Monday, Gilgit-Baltistan Finance Minister Muhammad Akbar Taban said these cards have been distributed in Skardu, Shigher, Kharmang and Diamer.

 

He said forty two thousand Health cards have been distributed among needy persons in Gilgit since its inception.                          

 

PAK-IMF

International Monetary Fund has termed Pakistan's economic outlook "favorable" with improved availability of energy, and growth-supporting structural reforms.

 

According to the latest report released by IMF, confidence of investors in Pakistan is growing as its economy has stabilized after successfully completing a bailout program.

 

It cited Chinese infrastructure investments as one of the reasons for economic development.

 

The report pointed out that hopes are pinned on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative, which will link the China's Xinjiang region with the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.

 

The report predicted that Pakistan will achieve six per cent GDP growth because of CPEC investments. 

         

ZUBAIR

Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair says completion of mega projects, including Green Line, Lyari Expressway and M-9 will provide better transport facilities to the people of Karachi.

 

During his visit to Lyari Expressway in Karachi on Monday, he said north track of the project will be completed by October this year. 

 

He said federal government is a partner with Sindh government in the mega projects like K-IV and Lyari Expressway.

 

The Governor said the Prime Minister will announce a development package for Karachi shortly.

                   

Meanwhile, the Governor inaugurated Abdul Sattar Edhi Inter-change of Green Line Bus Project in Karachi on Monday.

 

Speaking on the occasion, he said Karachi is economic hub of the country therefore its development guarantees development and prosperity of the entire country.

 

The Governor said Green Line is the cheap and easy transport project that will also reduce traffic burden on the city.

 

JHAGRA:

Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has directed the concerned authorities to complete ongoing development projects at Nathia Gali in stipulated time.

 

He issued these directives during his visit to Nathia Gali on Monday.

 

KHATTAK

Asian Development Bank will provide forty-two billion rupees for construction of Rapid Bus Transit System in Peshawar.

 

This was stated by Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak while presiding over a meeting in Peshawar on Monday.

 

Pervez Khattak said the provincial government will spend seven and half billion rupees on the project from its own resources.

 

He said four hundred air-conditioned buses will ply on twenty-eight kilometer long route from Chamkani Interchange to Hayatabad.

 

The Chief Minister said the project on completion will facilitate five hundred thousand commuters daily and solve the traffic problems of Peshawar city.              

 

ECP

A five-member bench of the Election Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan heard contempt of court case against PTI Chairman Imran Khan in Islamabad on Monday. 

 

PTI chairman again failed to submit his reply in the case. The Election Commission asked the counsel of the PTI to submit the reply on the next hearing on 4th of next month.

 

Talking to media, PML (N) leader Daniyal Aziz said PML (N) leaders have presented themselves for accountability but the PTI chairman is trying to escape accountability.

 

Founding member of PTI Akbar S Babar said PTI Chairman has failed to submit replies in any of the cases being heard by the Election Commission.                       

 

BUDDHIST

Punjab government is utilizing all means to preserve an ancient site from Buddhist period, "Mound Dillu Roy," located on the border line of Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan districts.

 

Officials said the site was notified as protected site in February 1964.

 

Study carried out on the site and the ancient objects found from there reveal that it was occupied by the Buddhists in the Scytho-Parthian period dating back to the Ist century B.C. to 2nd century A.C.

 

The officials said the site will also be excavated for the first time ever in decades to make more discoveries.

                 

PAF

A delegation of Pakistan Air Force is attending the four-day 52nd Paris Air show the French capital.

 

An impressive inaugural ceremony was attended by the Pakistani delegation, Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moin-ul-Haque and over three hundred delegates from other parts of the world.

 

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron opened the ceremony amid spectacular show of commercial and defense planes and jets.

 

Later, the Ambassador and members of the delegation visited various sections of the exhibition.                              

 

AJK-BUDGET

AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad continued general debate on budget proposals for the fiscal year 2017-18 on the third consecutive day on Monday.

 

Members from treasury benches in their speeches termed the budget as balanced. They said enhancing annual development programme to over twenty three billion rupees is the major achievement of PML-N government.

 

They thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for enhancing development budget of the state in addition to inclusion of major projects in Federal Development Programme.

         

Taking part in the discussion, parliamentary leader of PPP Chaudhry Abdul Majeed criticized government for ignoring opposition in consultation process. He stressed the need for equitable distribution of development fund and its transparent utilization.                    

 

KASHMIR

In Occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other resistance leaders have greeted Pakistani team on winning the Champions Trophy.

 

In their statements, they said they shared joyful moments with Pakistanis. 

 

On Sunday night, tons of fire crackers went up as thousands of youth celebrated on streets in Srinagar, Baramulla, Islamabad, Kulgam, Badgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Bandipora and Gandarbal districts.

 

In the hostels of the University of Kashmir, the inmates came out and started singing and dancing. Mosques at many places hummed with pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans and Pakistan anthem was played at many places. Two youth were injured when Indian troops fired pellets on them in old Srinagar city.

 

Meanwhile, shutdown continued in Islamabad, Kulgam and Pulwama areas on the fourth consecutive day on Monday, against martyrdom of five youth by Indian troops at Arwani on Friday. All shops, business establishments and schools remained closed, while traffic was off the road.  

 

The brother and nephew of Democratic Freedom Party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, were injured after Indian troops fired several rounds of pellets on their vehicle while they were on way to Srinagar.                          

 

OIC

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen has strongly condemned continued violence by Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris in the held valley.

 

In a statement, he said Kashmiris remain victims of denial of their inalienable rights to self-determination and have been suffering from the non-implementation of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

 

He called upon India to immediately stop committing human rights violations of the Kashmiri people.                         

 

OIC-SESSION

Preparations are underway to convene the 44th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 10th of next month. 

    

The two-day session will be held under the theme of "The Role of Youth, Peace and Development in a World of Solidarity."

 

Some of the prominent issues that will top the agenda of the conference include countering terrorism, extremism and Islamophobia as well as the latest developments in the regional and international scenes.

 

The foreign ministers will also deliberate on the situation of Muslim communities in different countries.

 

There will be meetings of the OIC Contact Groups on Muslims in Europe and on Jammu and Kashmir which will be held on the sidelines of the conference.                      

 

UK-TERRORISM

British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to fight terrorism and extremism after an attack on Muslim worshippers near a London mosque.

 

Speaking outside her Downing Street residence, Theresa May said the attack was a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms and our determination to tackle them must be the same.  

 

Earlier, one person was killed and ten were injured when a van driven by a white man ploughed into a crowd of worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque.                     

 

QATAR-DRILLS

Turkish troops held joint military exercises with their counterparts in Qatar on Monday.

 

Qatar's news channel Al Jazeera showed footage of a column of armored personnel carriers moving through the streets.

 

The exercises are part of a mutual agreement aimed at strengthening the defence capabilities of both countries, as well as maintaining stability in the region.            

 

SYRIA-TALKS

Russia says Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana will be held on tenth of next month.

 

Speaking at a news conference in Beijing, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will take part in the Russian-backed talks.          

 

CHINA-RUSSIA

A Chinese naval fleet is steaming towards the Baltic Sea to participate in joint exercises with Russia.

 

The three ships will join Russian fleet for drills near St Petersburg and Kaliningrad.

 

Russia and China have taken turns hosting the exercises, dubbed "Joint Sea", since 2012.

 

SYRIA

Meanwhile, Russia has called the shooting down of a Syrian war plane by the US military an act of aggression.

 

Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov while talking to newsmen in Moscow said this strike has to be seen as a continuation of America's line to disregard the norms of international law.                      

 

NATO

NATO has held its first war games focused on defending the Suwalki Gap, a land corridor critical to the security of its Baltic allies.

 

The narrow stretch of the Polish-Lithuanian border is sandwiched between Russia's highly militarised Kaliningrad exclave and Belarus.

 

A spokesman for the multinational exercise said on Monday that formally called Iron Wolf, the "Suwalki exercises involve more than one thousand five hundred service members from the US, Poland, Britain, and Lithuania."

 

Russia says the recent NATO build-up in the Baltic region on its border has upset the balance of power.

               

NIGERIA

In Nigeria, twelve people have been killed and eleven wounded in separate suicide bomb attacks in northeastern Borno state.

 

State police spokesman said five female bombers were involved in attacks that occurred in the village of Kofa near Maiduguri.  

 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.                        

 

MALI

Malian security forces have killed five militants involved in an attack on a luxury resort outside capital Bamako.

 

Unidentified gunmen attacked the resort on Sunday, killing two of the guests. Security forces rescued 36 residents, including 13 French citizens.                         

 

COMMUNIQUE

Foreign ministers from BRICS nations have called for the use of preventative diplomacy to tackle situation in Libya and the Korean Peninsula.

 

A communiqué issued by the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa in Beijing on Monday called for using all political and diplomatic means to resolve disputes in Libya and on the Korean Peninsula.

 

The document also condemned unilateral military interventions and economic sanctions that violate international law or internationally accepted norms.

 

BRICS leaders will meet in the southern Chinese city of Xiamen in September.


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