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A quota of twenty five thousand has been allocated for Punjab, ninety five hundred for Sindh, three thousand for Balochistan, over fifty eight hundred for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one thousand for Azad Kashmir and fifty eight hundred for Gilgit Baltistan, FATA and Islamabad Capital Territory. The internees will be paid twelve thousand rupees per month as a stipend during the one year long internship.
The internees will be placed in Federal and Provincial Government departments, educational institutions and private sector bodies for enhancing their skills and employability. Fifty thousand internships will be awarded to youth having completed sixteen years of education.

China reiterates to give priority to Pak-China relations and work together to further enhance and cement existing bonds

Speaking at a function in Beijing, Chinese Transport Minister, Li Xiaopeng said the exemplary and longstanding friendship cooperation for economic development between China and Pakistan is a model for other nations. Li Xiaopeng said an early harvest is expected for projects involving transportation, infrastructure and energy in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. In an interview published in a number of Chinese newspapers, Chairman of Chinese power enterprise Wang Binghua said the new Hub coal-fire power plant adds variety to Pakistan's energy consumption system to help ensure energy security. Wang said the Hub coal fire power plant after completion in 2019 will generate about 9 billion KW of electricity to the national grid annually.

Hong Kong election: Carrie lam becomes first female leader 

Carrie Lam has been elected as Hong Kong's new leader, becoming the first woman to hold the top job. Hong Kong's chief executive is chosen by a committee heavily made up of pro-Beijing electors, rather than by holding a public vote. Meanwhile, Pro-democracy groups held protests outside the election venue today, calling the process a sham.

Iran denies harassing US warships in gulf, warns of clashes

Iran has warned the United States of clashes in the sea, denying US accusations that its fast-attack boats were harassing the US warships near Iranian waters.
Earlier, US Navy commanders had accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by harassing warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the key oil shipping route, and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash.

Operation Raad-ul-Fasaad continues in full swing across the country: police arrest 748 suspects in Karachi during March

Sindh Police have arrested 748 suspects including 667 illegal immigrants in an action carried out in various area of Karachi during the current month. According to official of Sindh Police, IG Police Sindh also issued the directives that police should step up its drive against the criminal in the province.

OIC delegation to visit Pakistan, AJK tomorrow

A high-ranking delegation of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) will visit Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir from Monday to Wednesday. According to Foreign Office, the 8-member delegation will be led its Chairperson of the Commission Med. S. Kaggwa.

Pakistan to attend 12-nation Moscow peace moot: FO

Pakistan will attend the peace conference on Afghanistan scheduled to be held in Moscow on 14th of next month. Foreign Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the extraordinary conference, on devising ways to end the conflict in the war-torn country, is a follow-up to earlier meetings hosted by Russia on Afghanistan. Pakistan is committed to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan and will participate in all efforts for peace in the war torn country. He said a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in Pakistan's best interest. The meeting will be attended by twelve countries, including host Russia, Pakistan, China, Iran, India and several Central Asian states. Nafees Zakaria says Pakistan believes in an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process bringing all stockholders to the negotiating table

Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

House Republicans' failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump's agenda: tax reform.
Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care.
Just as important, the loss on health care will deprive Republicans of $1 trillion in tax cuts.

U.S. military acknowledges strike on Mosul site where more than 100 were allegedly killed

The U.S. military acknowledged for the first time Saturday that it launched an airstrike against the Islamic State in the densely packed Iraqi city of Mosul, where residents say more than 100 people were killed in a single event.
If confirmed, the March 17 incident would mark the greatest loss of civilian life since the United States began strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Turkey may hold referendum on EU accession bid: Erdogan
 

Turkey has warned European Union of a referendum for EU membership bid.
In a statement, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that it would be easier for Turkey if European Union blocks its bid to join the bloc. He said Turkey could even hold a UK like referendum on the matter. It is the latest barb in the bitter dispute between Turkey and Europe after Germany and The Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from campaigning for vote in next month's referendum on boosting Erdogan's powers. 
 

Editorial

The SC is correct in saying that MPs and MLAs should not get unreasonable perks and pension (Hindustan Times)


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