Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
MAY 19, 2017
National Economic Council has approved two point five trillion rupees Public Sector Development Program for next financial year.
Prime Minister says development projects should not be politicized, as it hampers the progress of the country and prosperity of the countrymen.
Pakistan has sought French cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear technology and support for its membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.
In Balochistan, twenty-six militants surrendered to authorities in Khuzdar today.
In occupied Kashmir, forceful anti-India demonstrations were staged today against detention of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson.
National Economic Council has approved a record 2.5 trillion rupees Public Sector Development Program for next financial year, showing highest-ever increase in development budget.
This was announced by Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal at a press conference after a meeting of National Economic Council chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today.
The new budget includes 1001 billion rupees Federal Public Sector Development Programme, 1112 billion rupees provincial PSDP while 400 billion rupees would be spent by various corporations to carry out their development projects.
Ahsan Iqbal said 411 billion rupees would be spent on infrastructure development, 43 billion for different projects of Railways, 404 billion for energy while 180 billion rupees on projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The minister said that the Prime Minister during the NEC meeting directed for devising a mechanism for providing more funds to AJK, Gilgit Baltistan and FATA.
The Minister said that the social sector is being given importance in the development budget, financing for which has been increased from 90 billion to 153 billion rupees.
He said that in order to promote higher education, the budget for Higher Education Commission has been increased from 21 billion to over 35 billion rupees.
He said that seventeen billion rupees has been specifically approved for Balochistan to improve communication system and for different water related projects.
The minister said that state media would also be strengthened and various centers of it would be upgraded to facilitate people.
Hefty amount will be provided for drastic changes in Radio Pakistan and PTV.
Earlier, addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister said Pakistan's economic indicators have significantly improved, which has also been acknowledged by international financial and rating institutions.
Mian Nawaz Sharif said Federal and Provincial governments are working in harmony for development of the country. He said development should not be politicized as it is for prosperity of every Pakistani.
He said the government is paying special attention to energy projects, as uninterrupted power supply at affordable rates is priority of the government.
Second Gas Turbine at 1230MW Haveli Bahaduar Shah Power Plant in Jhang District has started power generation on trial basis.
This is a great achievement for the country, especially before the Holy month of Ramazan.
State Minister for Education and Interior Balig-ur-Rehman has said the government is taking all possible steps for the welfare and development of students.
He stated this while addressing eleventh convocation ceremony of Islamia University of Bahawalpur today.
The State Minister said provision of quality education to students is the top priority of the government, He said indigenous and foreign scholarships are also being provided to deserving students.
The Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman says Pakistan has taken many concrete steps to create an enabling environment for E-commerce online businesses.
This she stated during meeting with Senior Advisor of the International Trade Center James Howe Leslie in Islamabad today.
They also discussed matters pertaining to E-commerce platforms and other value chain component as well as E-Solutions.
Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literature Irfan Siddiqui has said that Benazir Income Support Programme is playing an important role in poverty alleviation.
This he stated during a meeting with Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon in Islamabad today.
Irfan Siddiqui said continuity of policies has created maturity in political parties and BISP is a good example of this tradition.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a project of prosperity and development in the region.
In a message, he said that under CPEC, China is investing billions of dollars in Pakistan in the various sectors, which will create vast employment opportunities.
Punjab government is establishing "Madni Dastarkhwans" to provide free Sehri and Iftari to the poor across the province.
This was stated by Punjab Chief Minister's Special Assistant Muhammad Nawaz while chairing a meeting in Sargodha today.
Madni Dastarkhwans are being set up on the direction of the Chief Minister Punjab.
National Highway Authority is planning to rehabilitate Peshawar-Kohat section of Indus Highway (N-55).
An official source told APP today, that Asian Development Bank is financing the project and the civil works will be completed by November this year.
He said the construction period of project is twelve months and it PC-I is currently under preparation.
Election Commission of Pakistan has introduced electoral rolls' computerized system in Punjab and Baluchistan.
ECP Director Electoral Rolls Wing Babar Malik said that after introduction of this system, the training process of district election commissioners, election officers and other concerned staff has started.
He said after training the staff and implementation of this system in the entire country, people would have latest facility of their vote registration.
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has issued a reminder to all satellite TV channels and FM radio stations to strictly follow the Ramadan guidelines.
PEMRA will be constantly monitoring the Ramadan transmissions of all the satellite TV channels and FM radio stations.
Strict action will be taken against those violating the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015.
In Balochistan, twenty six militants surrendered to authorities in Khuzdar district today.
The surrendered militants, belonging to an outlawed organization, also included their commander, Omar Baloch.
The militants laid down their arms during a ceremony at Kalat Scouts Camp. PML-N Senator Naimatullah Khan Zehri, Commandant Kalat Scouts Colonel Rizwan Afzal and other officials were also present.
Pakistan has sought France’s cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear technology and support for its membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.
Pakistan conveyed its desire to France during a meeting in Islamabad today to discuss issues related to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
The French delegation was headed by Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs Nicolas Roche, while Ambassador Tasnim Aslam represented Pakistani side.
The two sides had a detailed, constructive and candid exchange of views on a wide range of issues, including emerging threats to strategic stability at the global level as well as in their respective regions
In occupied Kashmir, people including students staged massive anti-India demonstrations today.
Call for the demonstrations was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to register protest against invoking of draconian law Public Safety Act against Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi.
People including students took out to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Baramulla, Islamabad, Pulwama, Hajin, Shopian, Kulgam, Kupwara, Bandipore and other areas in the held valley.
AND FINALLY THE WEATHER:
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.
However, rain with thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at a few places of Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, D.I. Khan and Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Lahore Gujranwala division, Islamabad, FATA and Kashmir.