While talking to delegation of World Bank led by Chief Executive Officer of World Bank Group Kristalina Georgieva in Islamabad Ishaq Dar says. All macro-economic indicators show that Pakistan is on a rising growth trajectory.He told the delegation about the economic progress and other achievements of the government. Kristalina Georgieva says the World Bank would continue to assist Pakistan with consideration of a bigger package, including the International Development Assistance program and IBRD. World Bank would also help Pakistan and India to find solution to the issue of Indus Water Treaty. Minister of Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif in the meeting conveyed the importance of the Diamer Bhasha 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.’

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged Capital Administration and Development Division and provinces to prepare a coordinated strategy for improvement of Math and science education.

He was speaking at the launching ceremony of the report "Powering Pakistan for 21st Century: How Math and Science Power Nations" in Islamabad.The Prime Minister asked them to review the findings and recommendations of the report and prepare the strategy accordingly.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pointed out that Muslims have a rich background of contributing immensely to promotion of scientific knowledge. He said Pakistan is bestowed with capable manpower.

Pakistan and the European Union enhancing trade- Pakistan's exports to Europe have increased by 37 percent- Khurram Dastgir

During the meeting with European Union Parliamentarian Jan Zahradil, Member of the Committee on International Trade in Brussels. GSP Plus offered huge potential for enhancing mutual trade between Pakistan and the European Union.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. All economic and social indicators are on the rise in Pakistan.

Trump defends restricted entry for Muslims- Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright shows solidarity with Muslim community-Pakistani, Afghan visa applicants to face extreme vetting: Trump

US President Donald Trump has indicated that both Pakistan and Afghanistan will be among the countries whose citizens will have to go through an “extreme vetting” process before entering the United States.In an interview to ABC News, Mr Trump also said he was going to sign an order placing a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US on Wednesday but it was delayed, apparently because of a huge public backlash.Interviewed on ABC News, Trump denied that it was not a ban on Muslims.“No it's not the Muslim ban, but it's countries that have tremendous terror,” Trump said.

U.S.-Mexico crisis deepens- Mexican President cancels summit with President Trump

Mexico’s president on Thursday scrapped a planned summit with Donald Trump in the face of insistent tweets from the US president demanding Mexico pay for a border wall, a spat that threatens Mexican efforts to salvage trade ties.Taking a page out of Mr Trump’s playbook, President Enrique Pena Nieto fired the salvo on Twitter; after Trump’s call for Mexico to foot the bill for his planned wall prompted a groundswell of calls in Mexico for next week’s meeting to be called off.Trump said in a Twitter message earlier on Thursday that his Mexican counterpart should cancel his scheduled visit to Washington if Mexico refuses to pay for the wall that he has ordered constructed along the border.

UN aid supplies to Syria - UN aid Chief accuses Syria of blocking help to neediest

The U.N. humanitarian chief accused the Syrian government on Thursday of blocking aid to hundreds of thousands of the country's neediest people despite a nationwide cease-fire that has given "a glimmer of hope" that the conflict might be coming to an end.Undersecretary-General Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council that a two-step approval process that the government agreed to for humanitarian convoys to cross conflict lines to get to besieged and hard to reach areas "has become, in practice, a 10-step process."Despite the Dec. 30 cease-fire and a humanitarian task force whose sole purpose is to ensure access, he said, "we continue to be blocked at every turn, by lack of approvals at central and local levels, disagreements on access routes, and violation of agreed procedures at checkpoints by parties to the conflict."


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