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27-11-1438

20-08-2017

 

HEADLINES

Prime Minister says gas supply will be expanded to every district headquarters in Balochistan by end of this year.

Punjab Health teams have arrived in Peshawar to help control dengue fever there.

Azadi Train leaves Multan for Bahawalpur today (Sunday).

US delegation which visited North Waziristan has been briefed about Pak-Afghan border security mechanism.

Iraqi forces have begun an operation to retake Tal Afar, the last major city held by the Islamic state group.

In first Test match, England beat West Indies by an innings and 209 runs at Birmingham.

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PM   

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Balochistan will emerge as the richest province of country as a result of the incumbent government’s efforts.   

Talking to newsmen in Quetta, the Prime Minister said law and order situation has improved in Balochistan, which has revived development and economic activities in the province.

He said in his meetings with Provincial leadership, they discussed ways to ensure execution of development projects, committed by both the federal and provincial governments.

The Prime Minister said in pursuance of former PM Nawaz Sharif’s announcement, it has been decided that gas supply will be expanded to every district headquarters this year.

He said work on the longstanding project of solarizing tube-wells will also be initiated this year.

The Prime Minister said Kachi Canal Project will start functioning within 10 days to irrigate around 70,000 acres of land in Balochistan.

He said the federal government’s social welfare schemes of health cards as well as Benazir Income Support Program will be expanded across the province.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said former President Asif Zardari should become part of the grand dialogue on democracy.

He said the PML-N does not believe in confrontation with any institution. He said the people will be the better judge in the next election.

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MUSHAHID  

Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan says the democratic system in the country is passing through its transitional period.  

Talking to PTV, he said former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had given sacrifices for democracy and always respected and trusted the national institutions.

He said despite reservations on the disqualification decision of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz accepted it for supremacy of law.

Mushahidullah Khan said difference of opinion is the beauty of a democratic system and every big political party have different view points on many matters.

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TANVEER   

Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain has said that Pakistan Muslim League-N is the only political party which can resolve all the issues in the country.

Addressing an inaugural ceremony of Lahore Transport Service from Narang in Lahore, he said PML-N had strengthened economy by launching several big projects including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, power projects, motorways and providing modern transport facilities to the citizens besides up gradating railways.

Rana Tanvir challenged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan to bring about a change in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa instead of criticizing others.

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DENGUE  

Punjab Health teams and mobile unit have arrived in Peshawar to help in controlling dengue fever.

This was told at a meeting held in Peshawar with Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in the chair.

He directed the concerned authorities to chalk out a proper strategy to control dengue at the earliest.

Meanwhile, a delegation led by Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Imran Nazir called on the governor.

He informed the governor that the Punjab health teams  will work in close coordination with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to eliminate dengue virus from Peshawar and other areas where the virus have been found.

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AZADI TRAIN  

After staying at Multan Cantt Station, Independence Train will leave at 09-00 am today (Sunday) for its next stay at Bahawalpur Railway station.

During its stay at Multan Cant. Station, People of Multan and its surroundings showed keen interest in floats and galleries which were diligently decorated with cultural models and writings displaying important events of our country’s history.

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ARRESTS  

Sindh Rangers have arrested eleven criminals during raids in different areas of Karachi.

According to Rangers spokesperson, the arrested also include two criminals belonging to militant wing of MQM London and four belonging to Lyari gang war.

He further said that the criminals were wanted by law enforcement agencies in a number of cases of heinous crimes.

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CENTCOM   

The US delegation headed by CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel has visited North Waziristan Agency.

According to ISPR, the delegation was briefed about Pakistan Army's operations in North Waziristan and Pak-Afghan border security mechanism through enhanced surveillance measures.

The delegation was also informed about progress on the socio-economic developments in the area, including return of Temporarily Displaced Persons.  

The delegation appreciated efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan Army and local tribes for re-establishing peace and order in the area.             

The delegation also realized the importance of Pak-Afghan bilateral border security coordination.

Later, the delegation visited Army Public School Miranshah and interacted with the students.

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PAK SRILANKA  

Pakistan's High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Dr, Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra has said Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been linked in relations of mutual cooperation for benefit of the masses of both the countries.  

This he said while addressing launching ceremony of a book "An Enduring Friendship" Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Colombo.

Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament Hon. Karu Jayasooriya and former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga have also graced the occasion.

Besides, renowned scholars, intelligencia, former Sri Lankan Ambassadors and a large number of people from different walks of life attended the ceremony.

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NAB   

Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhary has said corruption is major hurdle in the progress of Pakistan which deprives deserving persons of their due rights.

In a statement in Islamabad, he said the bureau has successfully recovered fifty billion rupees from corrupt elements and deposited in the national exchequer which is a record achievement.

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RASHID  

A national hero of Pakistan, Pilot Officer, Rashid Minhas' 46th martyrdom anniversary is being observed today (Sunday).  

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IRAQ

Iraqi ground forces have begun an operation to retake Tal Afar, the last major city in the country held by the Islamic State group.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a televised speech announcing the offensive overnight, said the jihadists had the choice between surrender or die.

The army targeted Tal Afar after seizing Mosul, IS's main stronghold in July.

Iraqi warplanes have bombarded IS positions in the city for several days, in preparation for ground operations.

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LEBANESE

Lebanese army recaptured the last remaining IS stronghold in the country.

According to Lebanese army about 20 militants have been killed in the latest operation and 10 soldiers have been injured.

The army says there are about six hundred militants in the mountainous region, which IS had held since 2014.

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CRICKET  

In first test match England beat West Indies by an innings and 209 runs at Brimingham.

Score - 

England 514 for 8 declared

West Indies 168 and 137 runs

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WEATHER

Mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, rain with thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara Peshawar, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions, lower Sindh, FATA, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning

Islamabad twenty-three degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-seven, Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-six, Quetta nineteen, Gilgit twenty-one,  Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty degree centigrade.

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INDIA-TRAIN  

At least 23 people were killed and more than sixty others injured when a train derailed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Police said that at least eight carriages jumped the tracks near Muzaffarnagar, about one hundred thirty kilometer north of the capital Delhi.

The train had been travelling to the Hindu holy city of Haridwar.

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IRAQ-SHIP

In Iraq four people have been killed as ship sank after a collision with a bigger foreign ship in territorial waters off the country's southern coast.

The boats of the Iraqi naval force carried out a search at the scene and found eight surviving sailors and four bodies, out of 21 crew members of the Iraqi ship.


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