DATE: 20-08-2017                                  


Free Trade Agreement negotiations are underway with Turkey, Thailand and Iran to boost Pakistan's exports.


Azadi Train has arrived at Bahawalpur and welcomed by a large number of people at the railway station.


Three days anti-polio drive will start from on Monday in four districts of Balochistan.  


In Syria, five people have been killed in an air strike over rebel-held towns of Hamouriya and Zalamka in Jobar district.





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 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.


The sales tax zero-rating regime for five export oriented sectors including   textile, leather, carpets, surgical and sports goods has been introduced.


In order to counter the import surge through unfair trade and strengthen trade defence mechanisms, National Tariff Commission Act has been revamped.



Hajj gift packs were distributed amongst Pakistani pilgrims in Makkah by the ministry of religious affairs as parts of efforts to make their stay in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalfa comfortable for performance of Hajj rituals.  


On behalf of the government, Director General Hajj Sajid Yousfani presented the gifts to the pilgrims.  Each gift pack comprises a prayer mat, Muzdalfa mat, inflatable pillow and a blanket.


Whilst distributing gifts, the director general Hajj also inquired from the Hujjaj about the facilities including those of accommodation, food and transport made available to them.          

The Hujjaj expressed satisfaction on the overall arrangements. They also expressed their happiness over receiving the gift packs.  


Later talking to our correspondent Zahid Hameed, Sajid Yousfani said that these gift packs will remain memorable for the pilgrims.


When asked about the arrangements put in place for Pakistani pilgrims in Mashaer, the director general hajj said that this time the pilgrims will be given three time meal.       



Federal Minister for Postal Services Maulana Amir Zaman has said the government is focusing on the development of Balochistan.


Addressing party workers in Loralai on Sunday, he said the government is ensuring jobs to the educated youth of Balochistan in order to overcome unemployment.


The minister vowed to resolve people problems within the available resources on priority basis.  



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 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.                                                                                                                      



Three days 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.                                      



The final round of Sarfaranga cold desert jeep rally is in progress at Skardu in Baltistan.


The renowned Pakistani jeep racer Nadir Magsi, Sahibzada Sultan, Sunail Munjj and many more are participating in the rally.


Tent village has established at Shigar valley for the tourist participating in the jeep rally. 


The prize distribution ceremony will be held after concluding final round on Sunday at Shigar.


On the eve of final round of jeep rally, talking to Radio Pakistan' correspondent Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan  Dr. Kazam Niaz  said Sarfa Ranga jeep rally will provide opportunities for the national and International tourist to see this beautiful area.



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.                           



In South Korea, four workers have been killed in an explosion at shipyard in Changwon city.


According to Fire officials, the workers were painting the interior of the tanker at Shipbuilding plant in shipyard.

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