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Headlines

JUNE 19, 2017

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China has offered to make Diamir-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.

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.


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NA-COMMITTEE
China has offered to bring Diamir-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 today.

Chairman WAPDA, Muzammil 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.

Chairman WAPDA said other hydro-power projects including Neelum Jehlum 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 today that "Western Route" of China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed by June next year.

The committee, which met in Islamabad today with Muhammad Muzammil 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 today 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.

SAAD
The construction plan for the "Main Line-I" of Pakistan Railways, from Karachi to Peshawar, has been presented to Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique in Lahore.

Speaking on the occasion, he said Pakistan Railways is entering a new era of rehabilitation with the upgradation of Main Line One.

He said that after completion of this upgradation project, the train speed on the main line will touch one hundred sixty km per hour.

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 today.

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.

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 today.

Khurram Dastgir Khan 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.

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.

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.

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 today.

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

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

KASHMIR
In Occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat 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.

Meanwhile, shutdown continued in Islamabad, Kulgam and Pulwama areas on the fourth consecutive day today, against martyrdom of five youth by Indian troops at Arwani on Friday.

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 right 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.

QATAR-DRILLS
Turkish troops held joint military exercises with their counterparts in Qatar today.

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.

ICC
The ICC has announced the "Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017" with Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed as its captain.

The side was selected by a jury of cricket experts, which included former captains Michael Atherton of England, India’s Sourav Ganguly and Ramiz Raja of Pakistan among others.

The squad includes four Pakistanis, three Indians, three Englishmen and one Bangladeshi, with Kane Williamson of New Zealand as 12th man.

Pakistani players are Fakhar Zaman, Sarfraz Ahmed, Junaid Khan and Hassan Ali.

DG ISPR
An international football team will arrive in Pakistan next month.

This was stated by Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor in tweet today.

Renowned football legend Ronaldino with seven other international footballers will participate in joint venture of Pakistan Army and Leisure League.

They will play football matches at Karachi and Lahore to promote the game in Pakistan and to hunt talent.

WEATHER:

Rain with dust-thundershower and isolated heavy falls with gusty winds are expected at scattered places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Upper Punjab, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, FATA and Kashmir during the next twenty-four hours.

However, rain with dust-thundershowers may occur at isolated places in southern Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and Zhob division.


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