DATE: 25-12-2016                                  


Quaid-e-Azam's 141st birthday is being celebrated on Sunday to highlight his guiding principles.


Minister for Railways says the government is taking concrete steps to overcome all challenges facing the country.


Work is in full swing on Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway costing forty-two billion rupees to be opened for traffic next month.   


Hurriyet leaders have expressed the determination to strongly oppose India's attempt to change Kashmir's demography.


Israel has stopped funding to UN following Security Council resolution demanding an end to Jerusalem settlement in Palestinian territories. 


The second test between Pakistan and Australia to be played in Melbourne on Monday. 





The nation is celebrating 141st birthday of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah with national zeal and enthusiasm on Sunday.


The national flag is hoisted atop all public and private buildings.


The day dawned with Qur'an Khawani at the Quaid's mausoleum in Karachi.  A change of guard ceremony was held at Mazar-e-Quaid on Sunday morning. Cadets of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul took the charge of guard duty.


Various events, including seminars, debates, exhibitions, and shows of performing arts have been arranged to highlight various aspects of personality of the founding father, his teachings and achievements.


A grand ceremony is being held at Liaquat Gymnasium, Sports Complex Islamabad on Sunday.


A function in connection with the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was held in Peshawar on Sunday.


Quran Khawani was also offered for the soul of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.


Radio Pakistan and Pakistan television are broadcasting and telecasting special programmes in connection with the birth anniversary of the Quaid-e-Azam.



The Christian community is celebrating Christmas with religious zeal and festivities across the world on Sunday.


In this connection special prayer services were held at almost all Churches in Pakistan. Special prayers were offered for the progress and prosperity of the country. They also paid gratitude to the Pakistan government for looking them after in a better manner.


Special services are being held in churches chalked out by various organizations across the country.



Minister for Railways Saad Rafique has said that Pakistan Railways has arranged the first ever Christmas Peace Train with the aim to share their joys on the eve of Christmas.


He was talking to newsmen at Lahore Railway Station after visiting the special Christmas Peace Train on Sunday.


Speaker of National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also accompanied him on the occasion.


Saad Rafique said that government is taking various concrete measures to overcome challenges like terrorism and power shortage. He said that due to successful government policies, the backbone of terrorism has been broken while power crisis will soon be over as well.


Talking on the occasion, the Speaker of National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said Christian community is playing a great role for the development of Pakistan.


He appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Railways by running this special train.    



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is determined for the development and prosperity of the country.


She was talking to newsmen at a cake cutting ceremony in connection with Quaid's birthday in Islamabad on Sunday.


The Minister of State said ceremonies and functions are being held for the last one week to celebrate the birth anniversary of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.


While congratulating the Christian, Marriyum Aurangzeb said Christian community is playing its role in the progress and development of the country.  She said the Government is working on promoting inter-faith harmony in the country.



The Federal Government has released over two hundred seventy-nine billion rupees for various development projects across the country out of eight hundred billion rupees Public Sector Development Programme of the current financial year. 


According to the Planning Commission, forty-eight billion rupees have been released for different development projects in water and power sector upto 23rd of this month.  Over seventy-nine billion rupees were released to National Highway Authority for different road projects.


Likewise, over forty-two billion rupees have been released for Special Federal Development Programme for Temporary Displaced Persons and Security Enhancement.  Twenty billion rupees released for development of Special Areas including AJK, Gilgit Baltistan, States and Frontier Regions and FATA.


Twenty billion rupees were released for Prime Minister's Sustainable Development Goals Achievement Programme and eight billion rupees for Prime Minister's Youth and Hunarmand Programme during this period.


Similarly, about fourteen billion rupees were released for Railways development and upgradation projects and nine billion rupees for projects being implemented by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.



The federal government has established a special unit in FATA secretariat Peshawar to expedite exploring natural resources in FATA.    


According to official sources, survey in fifteen different areas has been completed and licenses issued to different companies for drilling of oil and natural gas.


According to an estimate, twenty trillion cubic feet gas reserves have been identified in the tribal belt.



Frontier Work Organization says eighty kilometer long portion of Karachi Hyderabad Motorway-M9 will be opened for traffic from next month.


Talking to Radio Pakistan Hyderabad Correspondent, FWO spokesman said one hundred thirty six kilometers- M9 Motorway will be completed by the end of next year at a cost of 42 billion rupees.


The project includes construction of eight interchanges and service roads.



The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is working on a number of micro hydro power projects in Hazara division.


According to sources, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has directed Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization to start forty six new mini hydel projects in districts Mansehra and Torghar.


The feasibility and designing of Brondo dam in district Torghar has also been completed and its construction would start soon.


The project will cost five billion rupees and will generate over seven megawatt of cheap electricity. 



In Occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have termed the New Delhi’s attempts aimed at changing the Jammu and Kashmir’s demography as unacceptable.


Addressing the people, during visiting of South, North and Central Kashmir areas, they vowed to oppose the move to change the disputed nature of the territory.


They paid glowing tributes to the youth martyred in the firing by Indian forces during the ongoing resistance movement.


Meanwhile, the forum condemned the continued detention of Hurriyet leader Ghulam Nabi Zaki despite the court ordered his release.



Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama district on the first martyrdom anniversary of a mujahid, who was martyred by Indian troops on this day in Bandipora district, last year.


All the shops remained closed while transport was off the roads.



Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has directed to stop funding to U.N. institutions following the adoption by the Security Council resolution demanding an end to Jerusalem settlement building in Palestinian territories.


In a broadcast remarks, he said Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations including the Israeli funding of UN institutions and presence of U.N. representatives in Jerusalem.



US President-elect Donald Trump has that the UN vote demanding Israel halt settlements in Palestinian territory would make a peace deal "much harder.


In a message on Twitter, he said the big loss for Israel in the United Nations will make it much harder to negotiate peace.


The UN vote Friday marked a stark turnabout in longstanding US custom at the world body.



A Russian military plane crashed with ninety-two people on board over Black Sea.


Earlier, plane has disappeared from radar just minutes after take-off from the Black Sea resort of Sochi.


Russian media say, aircraft belongs to the defence ministry, flying to Syria's Latakia province.


Meanwhile, Debris from a Russian military plane has been found in the Black Sea.                 



In Afghanistan, two people were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Laghman province on Sunday.


No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.



A Saudi soldier was killed and one injured in a cross-border firefight with Yemeni rebels, near Yemen borde.        



The second test between Pakistan and Australia begins in Melbourne on Monday.


Australia have retained their first test squad while Pakistan skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq says the team will be announced before beginning of the test on Monday.

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