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The Reforms Committee of the Government is working on priority basis for betterment of FATA . He expresses the confidence that situation in the region would improve further after introduction of reforms. No constitutional change will be introduced without taking the people of FATA into confidence. The Government has allocated a large sum for resettlement of displaced persons. Return of displaced persons to their homes of three agencies has been completed while return to other three agencies will be completed soon. Operation Zarb-e-Azb has produced positive results and situation is returning to normalcy in seven agencies of FATA . The Government would leave no stone unturned in rehabilitation of infrastructure in FATA destroyed as a result of terrorist activities. Development of education institutions, road networks and construction of hospitals are basic priorities of the Government .

PAKISTAN EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER DRONE STRIKE

United States Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale was called in today by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi to express concern over the drone strike on Pakistani territory on Saturday.

In the meeting, Tariq Fatemi pointed out that the drone strike was a clear violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a breach of the United Nation’s Charter that guarantees the inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member states.
 such actions could adversely impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban. The Special Assistant also underlined that Pakistan and the United States have been closely coordinating in the fight against terrorism and this cooperation is needed to be maintained.
 

The Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved special Ramadan Package worth 1.75 billion rupees for providing relief to consumers

The approval was granted in ECC meeting held in Islamabad today with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair. The package will cover 22 essential items of use available at the Utility Store Corporation of Pakistan.

International:

The first World Humanitarian Summit is being convened in Istanbul in a bid to better tackle what the United Nations has described as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. In his opening remarks UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says that the summit has given a chance to forge a different future. Ban urged those gathered to commit to reducing the number of people displaced from their homes by half by 2030.

Sports

2ND TEST: ENGLAND TO FACE SRI LANKA ON FRIDAY

The match will start at 3:00 pm Pakistan Standard time

Health:

LOW-SODIUM DIETS NOT ALWAYS WORTH THEIR SALT: STUDY

Maintaining a moderate intake of sodium each day is the healthiest choice for everyone, a study says. According to researchers cutting down one's daily salt intake could actually be harmful to its body, reported Health news. A recent global study conducted by researchers of the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences found low-sodium diets actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and death compared to diets with average sodium consumption. If the body doesn't get enough of it, a variety of health problems could result, including an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.  A high-sodium diet is only linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in populations of people with high blood pressure. For people with a normal blood pressure, the study found a high-sodium diet was not associated with cardiovascular disease.

"It appears that low sodium truly is harmful and we need to be cautious before recommending low levels for the entire population,"

Entertainment

RIAZ ADIL BOOK 'AIK MULK AIK KAHANI' PUBLISHED

National Book Foundation (NBF) has published renowned researcher Riaz Adil book 'Aik Mulk Aik Kahani'. The 176 pages book would be available at all bookshops of Foundation on cheap price of one hundred and sixty rupees. The book is collection of stories selected from the literature of Japan, Afghanistan, Turkey, India, Syria, Germany, China, Nepal, Philippine, Russia, United Kingdom, France and Italy. The book is specially written for the children. The selected stories are very much similar themes to Pakistan.

 

Weather:

Mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours. However, rain and thunderstorm associated with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad division, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions, FATA , Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.


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