Text Bulletin 2000 Hrs
The Federal Government will award fifty thousand internships in the second phase of Prime Minister's Youth Training Programme.
A high level meeting in Islamabad today reviewed problems confronted by Overseas Pakistanis.
China has expressed the hope for early completion of projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
UN observers' team monitored the process of census in Attock district today.
An OIC delegation arrives in Islamabad tomorrow to ascertain facts about Kashmir dispute.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian police and para-military forces have arrested hundreds of youth ahead of sham parliamentary elections in the territory.
In Iraq, sixty-one bodies have been recovered from a collapsed building in western Mosul.
The first T-20 match between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Bridgetown tonight.
The Government has started the second phase of Prime Minister's Youth Training Program.
During this phase, fifty thousand internships will be awarded to youth who have completed sixteen years of education.
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 entities for enhancing their skills and employability.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will visit Hyderabad tomorrow.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Senator Rahila Magsi told Radio Pakistan Hyderabad correspondent that the Prime Minister will hold meetings with party leaders and workers besides addressing a public meeting.
Delegations of different chambers of commerce and Sindh farmers will also call on Prime Minister.
Senator Rahila Magsi said that the Prime Minister is expected to announce establishment of a University, commencement of flights from Hyderabad airport, establishment of one thousand-bed hospital and special development package for Hyderabad.
Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar has said that overseas Pakistanis are keen to take advantage of investment opportunities in the country and government will facilitate them in all possible ways.
He was chairing a meeting of Capital Administration and Development Division and Capital Development Authority in Islamabad today. The meeting took stock of the proposed housing sector for overseas Pakistanis.
The meeting was briefed about CDA's plans for development of new sectors and commercial areas.
The Minister said that prioritization of different options for development of new sectors should be made after detailed technical assessments.
He said that proposed sector for overseas Pakistanis will afford them an opportunity of safe and secure investment besides providing them quality residential facility with all amenities.
Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain says the government has frustrated all internal and external conspiracies against China- Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
He was addressing a ceremony in Ferozwala, District Sheikhupura today.
The Minister said that CPEC projects will change the fate of the entire country.
He said faces of those politicians have been exposed who are creating hurdles in national development.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that the government is committed to eliminate terrorism in line with the vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
In a statement today, she said that Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has taken practical steps to purge the country from terrorists.
The Minister of State said that opponents instead of levelling baseless allegations, should return the looted money to national exchequer.
An eleven-member parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has arrived in Ankara on four-day visit to Turkey.
The delegation was received at the airport by Secretary General of Turkish Parliament and Deputy Governor Ankara.
Pakistan delegation will meet with the Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly Ismail Kahraman as well as Turkish leadership.They will also visit Konya and Istanbul.
It will also hold meetings with the Turkish business community members to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors, including trade and investment.
Former President Asif Ali Zardari has said that border management with Afghanistan through mutual consultation is imperative for peace and stability in the region.
In a statement today, he said securing of borders through mutual consultation will put an end to allegations of cross border incursion of militants that has badly affected relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He said concrete and sincere efforts by both countries are inevitable to overcome mutual mistrust.
China has reiterated that it attaches priority to its relations with Pakistan and bilateral relations will be further enhanced.
Speaking at a function in Beijing, Chinese Transport Minister, Li Xiaopeng said economic cooperation between China and Pakistan is a model for other nations.
He said an early harvest is expected for projects involving transportation, infrastructure and energy in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The United Nations Population Fund observer team led by Uzoma Okoye visited Hassanabdal today to monitor the standard of enumeration process of sixth national census being carried out in sixty three districts in the first phase.
They were briefed about the process of enumeration and various initiatives to ensure the process as per international standard.
Talking to newsmen on the occasion, Uzoma Okoye said the process is going on smoothly and the arrangements made for data collection are satisfactory.
She said every citizen should extend full cooperation to enumerators to make the exercise a success.
Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk has said that the present government has put the country on the path of progress.
Addressing a ceremony in Gujranwala, he said that the government is completing numerous development projects across the country without any discrimination.
National Highway Authority has completed five new interchanges during the last five years on the existing motorways network in the country.
The completed interchanges include Karnal Sher Khan Interchange, Wali Interchange and Army Welfare Trust Interchange on Peshawar- Islamabad Motorway while Neela Dulha Interchange and Hiran Minar Interchange on Islamabad-Lahore Motorway.Similarly, on Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad- Multan Motorway, Sangla Hill Interchange was completed last year.
NHA also plans to complete six interchanges on M-2, including Kot Pindi Das Interchange, Monsoranwala Interchange, Farooqabad Interchange, Sill River Interchange, Thallian Interchange and Khushab Interchange.
Work on Hazara Motorway is in full swing and it will be operationalized by the end of this year.
According to an official of NHA, work on the first two sections will be completed by August while the section three will be completed by December this year.
He said fifty-nine kilometers Burhan-Havelian section of the motorway is being completed at a cost of thirty-four billion rupees as part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that development of health sector is priority of the government and billions of rupees are being spent to improve healthcare facilities.
He was chairing a high level meeting to review the progress on the program of modern healthcare facilities to the masses in Lahore today.
The meeting gave approval for the procurement of the Ultrasound machines for basic health units in the province. The Chief Minister said that lady health visitors will be trained to operate these machines.
Meanwhile, talking to a Turkish health ministry delegation in Lahore, Shahbaz Sharif said that provision of best healthcare facilities to the masses is the mission of his government.
He said that Recep Tayyap Erdogan hospital in Muzaffargarh is being expanded up to five hundred beds.
The head of the delegation, Salami Kelec said that ministry of health of Turkey will extend all out cooperation to Punjab government for improvement of healthcare facilities.
Chief Minister Balochistan Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri has said Balochistan is changing and no one can stop its development and prosperity.
Speaking at the launching ceremony in Gwadar tonight, he said after international seaport of Gwadar becoming operational and launch of different mega development projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,Balochistan has become a very attractive place to local and foreign investors.
A three-member team of Punjab Information Technology Board has left for Nigeria for the automation of Nigerian Hajj operations.
The team is to develop an Information and Communication Technology platform on the pattern of system developed for management of hajj in Pakistan.
The Nigeria's National Hajj Commission has termed PITB's Hajj management system as a robust and pilgrim friendly ICT application.
Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair has invited investors from Portugal to invest in Sindh province especially Karachi in diverse fields.
This he said while talking to Charge d’affaires of Portugal Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa who called on him in Karachi today.
The Governor said Pakistan could also benefit from the experience of Portugal in tourism industry.
Speaking on the occasion, the Portuguese dignitary said Pakistan has emerged as a peaceful and investment-friendly country in recent years.
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has directed the Water Boards to introduce inspection system of filter plants in the province.
Presiding over a meeting on the issue of drinking water in Karachi today, he said that provision of drinking water to every citizen of the province is responsibility of the government.
Justice Amir Hani Muslim of Supreme Court has said if the government's institutions perform their responsibilities properly many matters can be resolved without seeking the courts' intervention.
He was addressing a farewell ceremony organized by Sindh High Court Bar Association Hyderabad chapter in Karachi today.
A British firm has agreed to construct cement plant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The government is taking concrete measures to provide improved infrastructure to the people in far flung areas of Balochistan.
According to official sources, construction of twenty kilometers long Turbat-Buleda Road has been approved and it will cost over nine hundred twenty-nine million rupees.
Another road project of sixty kilometers in Pishin district will also be completed at a cost three hundred seventy million rupees.
Forty-one suspects were arrested during search operations in Peshawar and Hangu district this morning.
According to detail, fifteen suspects including two proclaimed offenders were arrested in different areas of Peshawar while twenty-six suspects including four proclaimed offenders arrested in Hangu.
Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
Frontier Corps Balochistan defused a landmine on Dasht-Turbat Road today.
According to ISPR, the landmine was planted to target the personnel conducting census in the area.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, ten model schools for boys and girls will be established in every district of the region.
According to official sources, two hundred million rupees have been set aside for this purpose and the project will be completed by the end of the current financial year.
A delegation of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission will arrive in Islamabad tomorrow to ascertain facts about Kashmir problem.
The eight-member delegation will be led by the commission's Chairperson Med. S. Kaggwa and it will hold meetings with Prime Minister, Adviser on Foreign Affairs and Minister for Kashmir Affairs.
It will also visit Azad Kashmir to ascertain facts and have understanding on Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
The OIC Human Rights Commission had also requested the Indian authorities for access to Occupied Kashmir to assess the human rights situation but India did not respond.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider has said that consultation with all political parties is underway for amendments in 1974 Act.
Talking to senior political leader Sardar Sikandar Hayat in Kotli today, he said that committee constituted by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for the purpose will meet on Saturday.
Later talking to media persons, Raja Farooq Haider said Azad Kashmir will be made a model state in line with vision of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and development projects will be completed in all districts.
PML-N leader, Senator Abdul Qayyum has said that the Kashmiris freedom movement cannot be suppressed by India through use of force and brutalities.
Talking to APP in Lahore, he said Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including Kashmir, through negotiations. However, he said that desire should not be construed as our weakness.
The Senator praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's role in raising Indian atrocities internationally.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian police and paramilitary forces have arrested hundreds of youth during their massive crackdown operations ahead of farcical parliamentary elections in Srinagar and Islamabad-Anantnag districts next month.
These youth were arrested during raids in Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts.
Over 120 youth were detained in Pulwama police station alone. Many youth were arrested in Awantipora for carrying election boycott posters. All Parties Hurriyet Conference has denounced the arrest of the youth.
In a statement in Srinagar today, APHC said India and its local stooges want to create an atmosphere of threat and intimidation to force people to vote in the election drama.
The statement said that the arrests prove that the elections will be just a military operation, which cannot be termed a democratic practice.
High Court Bar Association in Srinagar has released a report of its team, visiting jails in Jammu, which paints a gloomy picture of inmates.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the report was prepared by the six-member team following its visit to Kotebalwal, Kathua and Udhampur jails.
The report reveals that the detainees lodged in these jails are not produced before trial courts, and are deprived of medical treatment. Their detentions are also being extended without any reason.
In Iraq, sixty-one bodies have been recovered from a collapsed building in west Mosul that was used by the Islamic State militants.
In a statement today, Iraqi military claimed the building was booby trapped and the militants had used residents inside basements as human shields.
Earlier, witnesses and local officials said two hundred bodies were pulled from a collapsed building after a US-led coalition strike targeted IS militants in al Jadida district last week.
U.S.-led coalition has confirmed a strike on militants in the area of the reported deaths, but said they are still investigating it.
In Syria, the Islamic State group today ordered residents of Raqqa to evacuate the city following reports that a dam on Euphrates River, which the US-backed forces are trying to capture may collapse.
The militants said coalition airstrikes have weakened the Tabqa Dam and water level behind it is rising.
Meanwhile, a leading Syrian opposition group has called on the U.S.-led coalition to stop targeting residential areas in and around the city.
A meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and eleven other leading oil producers is being held in Kuwait today, to review progress on their pact to cut oil supplies.
They will also discuss whether the agreement should be extended beyond June to help stabilize the market.
OPEC and non-OPEC countries agreed in December to cut their combined output by almost 1.8 million barrels per day in the first half of the year.
Iran has imposed sanctions on fifteen U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperation with Israel against Palestinians.
Quoting Iran's Foreign Ministry, the state news agency IRNA reported today that the sanctions encompass seizure of assets of the companies and ban on contacts with them.
The Iranian move comes two days after the United States imposed sanctions on thirty foreign companies and individuals for allegedly violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria.
The government and business leaders at the annual conference of Boao Forum for Asia held in Hainan province have agreed that China's Belt and Road Initiative is restructuring the global trade.
The participants were of the view that traditional international investment and trade structure is undergoing a readjustment.
Proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Belt and Road Initiative is aimed at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes.
China has decided to substantially cut the number of sectors closed to foreign investment.
This was stated by Governor of China's Central Bank Zhou Xiochuan, while addressing the Boao Forum for Asia, in Boao today.
He said Beijing is in talks with Japan, European and ASEAN countries about bilateral trade and investment agreements.
In Bulgaria, snap general elections are being held today.
These are the third snap parliamentary polls in a row since 2013, that came in the wake of resignation of the GERB party dominated government after the party's candidate lost the November 2016 presidential elections to a Socialist-backed opponent.
In the election, the main contest is between the pro-EU center-right GERB party and pro-Russian Socialist party.