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Date: 26-03-2017 

Headlines:

 

Finance Minister says agreements with Switzerland and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development will help improve tax collection system.

 

Bhikki Power Plant will add seven hundred megawatt electricity to national grid next month.

 

Pakistan says it will continue to play its positive role in every international effort for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

 

Minister of State for Information has said solar and wind energy projects will be fully functional by next year.

 

A parliamentary delegation leaves for Turkey today to discuss enhancing bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

 

United States claims to have killed al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin  involved in attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

 

The United Nations has sought help from Russia, Iran and Turkey to restore ceasefire in Syria.

 

The first T-20 between Pakistan and West Indies is being played at Bridgetown today.

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COUNCIL:

The eighth meeting of Economic Advisory Council was held in Islamabad with Dr. Ishrat Hussain in the chair.

The meeting was aimed at submitting recommendations to the government on the upcoming budget and economic progress for ensuring relief to common people.

Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said agreements with Switzerland and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development will bring transparency and improvement to the tax collection system.

The Minister informed the meeting about economic stability, improvement in electricity provision and increase in foreign exchange reserves.

 

BHIKKI:

Power generation from second turbine of Bhikki Power Plant has begun.

According to a spokesman for Punjab Government, the plant, which started its test run two weeks ago, will add seven hundred megawatt electricity to the national grid next month.

He said Bhikki Power Plant will prove to be a milestone in the country's power sector by lowering the production cost and benefiting the consumers.

 

AHSAN:

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says the government policies moved the country on path of development, which is being acknowledged at international level.

In an interview, he said the world community is praising the government policies and using "Rising Pakistan" for the country.

The Minister said the government has reduced visibly electricity load-shedding due to prudent policies and started several mega energy projects. Terrorism incidents have also been reduced.

Replying to a question, he said PTI wasted its time in holding sit-ins and launching protest rallies in the country, and did not pay attention on development in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa.

 

SAAD:

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says structural reforms introduced in Pakistan Railways are motivating international firms for investment.

He was talking to Senior Vice President Asia Region of Motorola Solutions Muhammad Akhtar in Lahore.

Saad Rafique said Railways is gaining trust of international firms because of its performance.    

The Minister also approved constitution of a joint working group of Pakistan Railways and Motorola company to submit their report on train safety solutions.

 

MARRIYUM:

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says Pakistan is emerging as an economic power under the able leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.          

She was speaking after inaugurating International Earth Hour outside the Parliament House last night.

The Minister of State said the country is reaching new heights on energy conservation and Climate Change.

She said the Parliament of Pakistan is the first legislature in the world to convert on solar power.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the electricity load-shedding has reduced from 16-17 hours a day to almost three hours.

She said solar and wind energy projects will be fully functional by next year.

 

MUQAM:

Prime Minister's Advisor Ameer Muqam says representatives from FATA will be part of the next Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

He was talking to MNA from Khyber Agency Haji Shah Jee Gul Afridi in Peshawar.

Amir Muqam said the Prime Minister respected the mandate of the FATA representatives, and took a historic decision of FATA's merger into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for mainstreaming the tribal region.

 

NAFEES:

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakariya says Pakistan is committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan, and will participate in all efforts for reconciliation there.

In an interview, he said Pakistan believes in an Afghan-led peace process, which takes all the stakeholders on board for negotiations. 

The Spokesperson said Pakistan will attend peace conference on Afghanistan in Moscow on 14th of next month. 

The conference will be attended by twelve countries, including host Russia, Pakistan, China, Iran, India and some Central Asian states.

 

COAS:

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says fencing of Pak-Afghan border has been started and Bajaur, and Mohmand agencies being high threat zones are first priority in this regard.

He was talking to troops at Suran and Kalaya during his visit to Pak-Afghan border areas in Mohmand and Orakzai Agency.

The Army Chief said additional technical surveillance means are also being deployed along the border besides regular air surveillance.

He said a better managed, secured and peaceful border is in mutual interest of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

PASSPORT:

The regional passport office in Bajaur Agency has been made functional after ten years.

The passport office was established in 2005, but it was closed down in 2007 due to militancy in the region.

Senator Hidayatullah Khan inaugurated the passport office at a ceremony held on the office premises.  

 

DELEGATION:

An eight-member parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq leaves for four-day visit to Turkey today.

The delegation will hold meetings with the Turkish leadership and business community members to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors, including trade and investment.

 

US-AL-QAEDA:

United States has claimed to have killed al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin in Afghanistan, who was accused of involvement in an attack on a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, in 2009. 

In a statement today, the Pentagon said that the strike took place on 19th of this month in Paktika province.

In his remarks the US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, the death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice.

 

UN-SYRIA:

The United Nations has sought help from Russia, Iran and Turkey to restore ceasefire in Syria, warning that escalating violence is threatening peace talks in Geneva. 

UN mediator to Syria, Staffan de Mistura sent letters to Moscow and Tehran which back the Damascus regime as well as Ankara which supports the Syrian opposition, expressing concern over surging violence around the Syrian capital and central Hama province.

He asked the countries concerned to undertake urgent efforts to uphold the ceasefire.

 

IRAN-US:

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.

 

US-IRAQ:

The United States has claimed responsibility for the air strike in Iraq's Mosul city in which 200 civilians were killed last week.

The American confirmation comes following a decision by Iraqi government forces to pause their drive to recapture west Mosul after the air strike, and the high rate of civilian casualties.

 

TURKEY-EU:

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.

 

T-20:

The first T-20 of four-match series between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Bridgetown today.

The match will start at 2130 hours Pakistan Standard Time.

 

WEATHER:

Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, light rain with thunderstorm is likely to prevail at a few places of Malakand, Quetta and Zhob divisions.

Temperature of some major citied recorded this morning was:-

Islamabad twelve degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-two, Karachi twenty-five, Peshawar sixteen, Quetta and Murree fourteen, Gilgit seven and Muzaffarabad ten degree centigrade.


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