FTA negotiations are underway with Turkey, Thailand and Iran to get access for Pakistani products in the potential markets
Over Rs6 billion allocated in current financial year to facilitate exporters under Textile Policy 2014-2019. The Government has taken a number of steps to enhance the country`s exports. According to official sources, over six billion rupees have been allocated in the current financial year to facilitate exporters under the Textile Policy 2014-2019. Efforts are also being undertaken including Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with Turkey, Thailand and Iran to get access for Pakistani products in the potential markets. A joint research study to assess the potential for a preferential arrangement with Korea is also underway.Various export promotional activities like trade exhibitions are organized by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan to promote exports to new markets.
In Balochistan, work on tube-wells polarization project will be initiated this year
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Balochistan will emerge as the richest province of country as a result of the incumbent government’s efforts. He was talking to newsmen after chairing meetings with the provincial leadership on law and order situation as well as development projects in Quetta on Saturday. The Prime Minsiter said law and order situation has improved in Balochistan, which revived development and economic activities. He said they have discussed the ways to further eliminate the threat of terror from the province besides ensuring the execution of development projects, committed by both the federal and provincial governments.
Anti-polio drive to begin in 4 districts of Balochistan from Monday
Three-day anti-polio campaign will be started from Monday in four districts of Balochistan.
Provincial Chief Coordinator Emergency Operation Centre, Syed Faisal told our Quetta correspondent that nearly eight hundred thousand children up to five year of age will be administered anti-polio vaccinations in Quetta, Pishin, Qilla Abdullah and Mastung. Three thousand eight hundred twenty-four teams have been constituted to administer anti-polio vaccinations to the children. Meanwhile, tight security arrangements have been made for security of polio teams.
Govt launches 6 months technical training programme for tribal youth
The Federal government has launched six months technical training programme for tribal youth. According to official sources, the youth will be trained in different trades including civil survey, draftsman, electrician, installation of solar power generation system, auto mechanic and operation of heavy machinery. The youth will be provided free boarding and lodging besides monthly stipends during the training. The last date for the submission of application for the training is 23rd of this month.
Azadi Train arrives at Bahawalpur Railway Station
Azadi Train has arrived at Bahawalpur railway station in its countrywide journey and welcomed by a large number of people at the station. People are showing keen interest in the floats and galleries of the train, decorated with the cultural models and writings by displaying the important events of the country’s history. The Azadi Train has started it journey from Peshawar is being run in connection with the 70th Independence Day celebrations. After staying for two hours at Bahawalpur, the Azadi Train will leave for Samma Satta at two pm.
Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State
Iraqi security forces launched on Sunday an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. "You either surrender, or die," Abadi said in a televised speech announcing the offensive, addressing the militants.A longtime stronghold of hardline Sunni insurgents, Tal Afar, 50 miles (80 km) west of Mosul, was cut off from the rest of the Islamic State-held territory in June.
Spanish police hunt for suspected Barcelona van driver
Spanish police put up scores of roadblocks across the northeast as the manhunt continued Sunday for the suspected driver of the van that plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona. Police in Catalonia are searching for Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan suspected of carrying out the attack Thursday in Barcelona that left 13 dead and over 120 people wounded. The investigation is also focusing on a missing imam who police think could have died in a massive house explosion Wednesday.
Five killed in air strike over rebel-held towns
In Syria, at least five people have been killed when government jets and artillery struck rebel-held towns of Hamouriya and Zalamka in Jobar district.
10 persons executed for plotting to assassinate PM in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, ten persons have been executed for plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid. The men were sentenced to death by firing squad for planting a huge explosive near the venue where Hasina Wajid was scheduled to speak during her first term as prime minister in 2000.