DATE: 19-03-2017


Brisk preparations are underway to celebrate Pakistan Day on Thursday.  


Government is planning to establish Science and Technology Institutes for rapid socio economic development in the country.


Construction work of Dasu Dam will be started at a cost of more than four billion dollars to overcome energy shortage.


Punjab Chief Minister has said public funds are being spent in transparent manner on provision of basic amenities to people.


Three-day anti polio campaign begins in six districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA on Monday.


In Nigeria, four people were killed in three suicide attacks near northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday.





Brisk preparations are underway to celebrate Pakistan Day on Thursday.


Troops and organizers are busy round the clock in rehearsals of Pakistan Day Parade to be held at Shakarparian parade ground Islamabad.


Special feature of the parade this year will be participation of Peoples Liberation Army China's Tri Services and Saudi Special Force's contingents and Turkish Jannisary Military band.


Amongst other dignitaries, Chief of South African National Defence Force, General Solly Zacharia Shoke will also witness the parade.


Rehearsal of Pakistan Day parade was held at Shakarparian Parade Ground on Sunday.


Foot columns of Army, Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Frontier Corps, Northern Light Infantry, Mujahid Force and other services participated the event, while scores of fighter aircraft of PAF, Pakistan Navy and helicopters of Army Aviation also rehearsed flypast for the final day.


Strict security measures have been taken in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to avoid any untoward incident.


Pakistan National Council of the Arts is organizing a week-long Cultural Week in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations from on Monday to 26th of this month.



The Government is planning to establish Science and Technology Institutes in different disciplines for rapid socio economic development in the country.


For this purpose, Ministry of Science and Technology has devised a National Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy.


A summary for approval of the Strategy document has been sent to the Prime Minister.


After approval of the strategy document, different Science and Technology Institutes would be established across the country including backward areas within ten years.


Ministry of Science and Technology is also considering to establish Precision Systems Training Centre at Gwadar at a cost of over 777 million rupees.  Upgradation of fruit processing and analytical laboratories and establishment of gemstone cutting and polishing centre at Skardu are also under consideration.



Government has taken a number of steps for the protection of human rights in the country.


According to official sources, Action Plan for Human Rights approved by the Prime Minister last year is being implemented with particular focus on protection of rights of women, children minorities and marginalized groups. 


The Action Plan provides monitoring mechanism in order to ensure the protection of human rights in the country.


The Government has also established an empowered Commission on Human Rights to take action against any human rights violations.


Similarly, National Institute of Human Rights has been set up for free legal aid to the victims of human rights violations. A helpline1099 has also been launched for legal advice and addressing the grievances of victims.                



Work on the construction of Dasu Dam in district Kohistan will be started in next two months.  


Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the contract has been awarded to a Chinese firm.


World Bank is agreed to finance the project.


The project will be completed at a cost of more than four billion dollars by the end of 2021.


On completion it will generate two thousand one hundred and sixty megawatt electricity.



Punjab Chief Minister has said public funds are being spent in a transparent manner on provision of basic amenities to the people. 


He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Hepatitis Clinic in Lahore on Sunday. 


He said that this institute will play a lead role in waging a war against this viral disease particularly Hepatitis B and C.


He said that Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital Muzaffargarh is being upgraded from two hundred and fifty beds to five hundred beds.



Sindh Ministry of Health has directed all the government hospitals of the province to install biometric system at hospitals to ensure the presence of doctors and other staffs.


Official of Ministry of Health told our Karachi correspondent, that Sindh government is committed to provide best medical facility and in this regard an information unit has also been established in all hospitals.


He further said that hospitals are also directed to install the CCTV cameras at hospitals to ensure the performance of hospitals and monitor the provision of medical facility to the patients on daily basis.



Law enforcement agencies have arrested seventy suspects during search operations in different areas of Bannu district.


The arrests also include fifteen proclaimed offenders.


Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.                   



The Senate and National Assembly will resume their sessions at Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday afternoon after two days break.


The Senate will resume its session at 3:00 p.m while National Assembly at 4:00 p.m.


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


Bill for revival of military courts is also expected to be presented in the National Assembly on Monday.



A three-day anti-polio campaign begins in six districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas on Monday.


Sources of Provincial Health Department told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent, these districts include Peshawar, Kohistan, Shangla, Battagram, Abbottabad and Mansehra.


More than two million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops.


Special security measures have been chalked out to ensure security of polio teams.



Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov has commended development vision of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and appreciated steps taken for fast-track development in the province.


He stated this while departing from Lahore to Tatarstan at Lahore airport on Sunday. 


Shahbaz Sharif said that the visit of the President of Tatarstan to Lahore is a great honor for Pakistan.


He said the visit of the honorable guest will promote economic and trade relations between Pakistan and Republic of Tatarstan.


Tatarstan President was on two days official visit to Pakistan.



In Occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has criticized the Indian authorities for restricting and arresting pro-freedom leaders. 


In a statement issued in Srinagar on Sunday Syed Ali Gilani termed it as frustration of the puppet regime.


He said, the election process in occupied Kashmir has been reduced to mere drama by the Indian government and they are scandalizing the whole exercise through deceitful means.



North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine.


The country leader Kim Jong Un has termed it a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program. 


According to reports of Korean Central News Agency, Kim attended the test at the Sohae launch site.


He said the whole world will witness what eventful significance and the great victory we have achieved now.             



Turkey's Foreign Ministry has condemned Germany for allowing terrorist PKK followers to march in the city of Frankfurt. 


In a statement, the ministry said it is a thought-provoking case as Germany declared Kurdistan Workers Party as a terrorist group but allowed its symphatizers to use symbols and posters of jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan during the march.


The ministry said that Germany's envoy in Ankara has been informed about the discomfort on the issue.



Indonesia has deported two French journalists for committing visa violations.


Immigration Office said on Sunday that Jean Frank Pierre and Basille Marie Longhamp were present in Papua province for shooting a documentary film and they were sent home as they had no necessary documents from related institutions.



In Nigeria, four people were killed and eight injured in three suicide bombs attack near northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday.

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