Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says implementation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor project will put the country on the path of sustainable progress and development. He was addressing a ceremony after performing ground breaking of Pakistan-China Optical fiber cable project in Gilgit today. Mega project will not only bring economic benefits for the people but also help address the issue of extremism with the provision of job opportunities to the youth. Pak-China Optical Fiber cable project will prove to be a milestone in the development of IT and telecom services. It will help to provide these facilities to the underdeveloped areas. The project will bring 3-G and 4-G services in Gilgit Baltistan. This project is a part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. PM announces the construction of a technical training institute in Gilgit to equip the youth of the area with the modern technical education. Initially the government will provide a grant of 100 million rupees for the institute.

National Assembly today unanimously passed “The Constitution (Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2016"

It was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid. The bill envisages qualifications and procedure for appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan. The bill says that in case there is no consensus between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition over appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner, then both of them shall send separate lists to the Parliamentary Committee for consideration, and the Committee shall approve one of them. Two hundred thirty-six members cast their votes in favour of the bill and none against. Electoral laws will soon be finalized by the committee.

India's evolving nuclear doctrine can pose to Pakistan's security and evolve Pakistan's strategic response: Sartaj Aziz

 Pakistan has expressed serious concern over nuclearization of Indian Ocean by India and declared that it will take all necessary measures to augment its defence capabilities. Making a statement in the Senate today, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan is not oblivious to its defence needs and would upgrade its defence capabilities through suitable technologies without entering into arms race. Referring to India's recent interceptor missile test and submarine-launched K-4 nuclear capable missile test, the Adviser said these developments are part of a massive conventional, nuclear and missile development programme pursued by India, leading to nuclearization of Indian Ocean. He pointed out that introduction of these systems in Indian Ocean will not only upset strategic balance in South Asia but also affect maritime security of all 32 littoral states around Indian Ocean. He said this is contrary to the policy of peaceful and friendly neighbourhood, which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has espoused.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria at the weekly briefing in Islamabad today said Indian action has upset balance of power in the region and Pakistan has informed the international community about its concerns on the Indian ambitious missile programme. Pakistan was not oblivious to its defense needs and we will be compelled to upgrade our defense capabilities. We reserve the right to maintain effective deterrence and Pakistan is ready to defend its borders and people. In discriminatory action is being taken against all the militant groups and Quadrilateral Coordination Group has acknowledged Pakistan's sincere efforts for peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. QCG is trying to bring all the Afghan groups to the negotiating table.

Egypt Air flight carrying 66 passengers disappears from radar

Egypt's national airline said that an Egypt Air flight carrying 66 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean Sea. Officials with the airline and the Egyptian civil aviation department told Reuters they believed the Airbus A320 had crashed into the sea. Egypt Air says the plane sent an emergency signal, two hours after it disappeared from radar screens. The aircraft was carrying 56 passengers, including one child and two infants, and 10 crew-members. They included 30 Egyptian and 15 French nationals, along with nationals from 10 other countries.

National Wrestling Championship begins from May 26

The 62nd National Wrestling Championship (Free Style) and 6th Beach Championship will be held from May 26-29 in Gujranwala. Secretary Pakistan Wrestling Federation Arshad Sattar told that as many as ten teams from all over the country would take part in these two events. The teams include Pakistan Railway, Pakistan Army, Pakistan,WAPDA, Pakistan Police, Punjab, KPK, Balochistan, Sindh, Islamabad and FATA. Wrestlers will contest in eight weight categories - 57 Kg,61Kg, 66Kg, 70Kg, 75 Kg, 86 Kg, 97 Kg and 120 Kg.

Lok Virsa to screen classic film 'Aaina' on May 21st

Lok Virsa will screen a classic film 'Aaina' in Islamabad on Saturday. Renowned actress Bahar Begum will be chief guest on the occasion.

GEM exhibition starts in Islamabad tomorrow

A three-day Gems Exhibition will start for promoting gems and jewelry sector in Islamabad tomorrow. Main purpose of the exhibition is to promote this export oriented sector which had a potential to fetch huge amount of foreign exchange for country . Exhibition would provide opportunity to showcase the best of Pakistani gemstones, diamonds, jewelry, and mineral specimens from across the country including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Chaghi, Gilgit-Baltistan, Hunza, Chitral and Peshawar. The exhibition would remain open till 22nd of this month.

Science & Technology

NRA prepared to align nrd with global sustainable development goals: Tanveer

National Research Agenda has been prepared to align the national Research and Development and innovation activities with the global Sustainable Development Goals. This was stated by Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain while addressing 72nd session of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific in Bangkok. National Research Agenda has been prepared in consultation with all stakeholders including scientists, engineers, researchers, industrialists and policy makers.


Eating potatoes four times a week raises risk of high blood pressure

Eating potatoes four times a week increases the risk of high blood pressure. Even eating mashed, boiled or baked potatoes is linked to an increased danger, because they are nearly as likely to raise blood pressure as eating chips, Health news reported.

Chips contain far more fat because of the frying process, which raises other health risks. 
The researchers said Over time, this may cause blood sugar problems.


Weather Expected

Mainly very hot and dry weather is expected over most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours. However, very hot weather conidtions would continue over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Sindh, Sibi and Kakran divisions.

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