Text Bulletin 0800 hrs
World Bank says it will help Pakistan and India to find solution to the issue of implementation of Indus Waters Treaty.
Commerce Minister says Pakistani exports to European Union countries have been increased by 37 percent in the last three years.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting says PTI is promoting culture of rudeness and indecency in the country.
Punjab Government and a Turkish Power Company have signed an agreement for setting up 100 MW solar power plant in Bahawalpur.
In Occupied Kashmir, ten Indian soldiers have been killed in avalanches.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says all macro-economic indicators show that Pakistan is on a rising growth trajectory.
He said this while talking to delegation of World Bank led by Chief Executive Officer of World Bank Group Kristalina Georgieva in Islamabad.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar told the delegation about the economic progress and other achievements of the government.
Speaking on the occasion, Kristalina Georgieva said the World Bank would continue to assist Pakistan with consideration of a bigger package, including the International Development Assistance program and IBRD.
She said the World Bank would also help Pakistan and India to find solution to the issue of Indus Water Treaty between the two neighboring countries.
Minister of Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif who was also present in the meeting conveyed the importance of the Diamer Bhasa Dam and requested the Bank for providing assistance for its development.
The CEO World Bank assured their positive consideration for Pakistan’s development needs and higher financial allocations.
Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar says reliable data gathered from the census will play a vital role in adequate planning, policy-building, and effective delivery of services to the people.
He said this while chairing 11th meeting of the Governing Council of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in Islamabad.
During the meeting, he was briefed on the preparations and work plan for the 15th population and housing census which is scheduled to commence in March this year.
Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir says GSP Plus offered huge potential for enhancing mutual trade between Pakistan and the European Union.
He expressed these views during his meeting with European Union Parliamentarian Jan Zahradil, Member of the Committee on International Trade in Brussels.
Khurram Dastgir said Pakistan's exports to Europe have increased by 37 percent during the last three years while demand of Pakistani products also increased in the European markets by 14 percent.
He said all economic and social indicators are on the rise in Pakistan.
The Minister held meetings with Pakistani origin members of the European Parliament and appreciated their support for Pakistan in the European Parliament.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said the government has allocated huge amount for development of higher education in the country.
He was addressing the closing ceremony of three-day 'National Conference on Improving Examination System in Islamabad.
The Minister said budget for higher education was doubled from hundred billion to two hundred billion rupees.
Ahsan Iqbal said the National Curriculum Council would be able to finalize an exemplary and modern educational curriculum for primary level till next year.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Marriyum Aurangzeb says PTI has contributed nothing in politics, except the culture of rudeness and indecency.
Talking to media in Islamabad, she said PTI has now started defaming constitutional institutions in the face of their defeat in Panama Papers case.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said such politics is only designed to disturb the process of progress and prosperity started by the PML-N government.
Speaking on the occasion, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said the rumpus created in National Assembly by PTI members of parliament speaks of their frustration.
He said the incident is condemnable as it has tarnished the sanctity of this august institution of the country.
The National Assembly will meet in Islamabad at 10.30 today.
The house will discuss important national matters besides legislative business.
Punjab Government and Turkish Power Company Zorlu Enerji Holding signed an agreement for setting up 100 MW solar power plant at Quaid e Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur.
The Turkish Company will establish the plant in six months.
This project, after completion, will help in provision of electricity to public at cheaper rates.
Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister said provincial government will also take benefit from the expertise of Turkish Company in the energy sector.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says work on energy projects under CPEC is underway in the province.
Presiding over a meeting on CPEC in Peshawar, he said, in the first phase, projects of one thousand and seven hundred megawatt electricity will be completed in Hazara and Malakand divisions.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir says Pakistan would continue to extend full moral, political and diplomatic support to its Kashmiri brethren in all circumstances.
Talking to Acting Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Ch Tariq Farooq in Islamabad, he said Indian forces are playing havoc with precious lives of innocent Kashmiries on daily basis.
In Occupied Kashmir at least ten Indian soldiers have been killed and four missing in avalanches.
The avalanches hit an army camp in Gurez sector of Bandipora district.
In Afghanistan , twenty-seven children have been killed due to heavy snowfall and freezing weather in northern Jawzjan province.
The British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on US President Donald Trump to renew the special relationship between Britain and the United States.
Addressing Republican leaders ahead of her visit to the United States , she said UK and US should united to confront new challenges.
US President Donald Trump wants to seek a tax on goods imported from Mexico and use the revenue to build a border wall.
The plan was announced just after the Mexican president cancelled a visit to Washington, amid a row sparked by the question of who will pay for the wall.
Russian and Turkish jets carried out air strikes on ISIS targets near the Syrian town of al-Bab.
According to a statement from Russian Defence Ministry, the Russian planes destroyed three command and communication centres and several fortified positions.
In Gambia new President Adama Barrow has returned to the country to assume power, days after his predecessor Yahya Jammeh left to go into exile.
Barrow, who has been in neighbouring Senegal, won elections in December.
More intermittent rain with snowfall over the hills is expected at scattered places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Malakand, Hazara, Lahore, Gujranwala divisions, upper FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next twelve hours.
Intermittent rain may trigger landslides in the vulnerable areas of Malakand, Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad and Lahore ten degree centigrade, Karachi twelve, Peshawar eight, Quetta minus two, Gilgit four, Murree minus five and Muzaffarabad three degree centigrade.