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HEADLINES

27-September-2016

Opposition Leader in National Assembly has demanded convening of joint session of Parliament for discussion on Kashmir issue.

Pakistan and China have agreed to expedite implementation of railway projects to expand connectivity between the two countries.

Pakistan has stressed for enhanced cooperation with the United States in various sectors.

In occupied Kashmir, despite curfew, forceful demonstrations were held in Kishtwar town today.

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The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair. 

Rising on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah demanded convening of joint session of the Parliament for discussion on Kashmir issue in the wake of bellicose statements issued by Indian leadership.

He said India is raising new issues to pressurize Pakistan. He said Kashmir issue has acquired importance due to increased atrocities by the Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.

Syed Khurshid Shah said there is a need to hold a thorough debate in the Parliament on the issue.

PAK-CHINA

Pakistan and China have agreed to expedite implementation of railway projects to expand connectivity between the two countries.

The consensus was emerged at a meeting between Federal Ministers Khawaja Saad Rafique, Ahsan Iqbal and Administrator of the Chinese National Railways Administration Lu Dongfu in Beijing.

During the meeting, both sides expressed satisfaction over cooperation in railways projects including the ML1 (Karachi-Peshawar) railway project underway between Pakistan and China.

Lu Dongfu said friendship between the two countries provided the essential strength to overcome potential obstacles.

He said both countries share the vision for developing effective railway system from Kashghar to Gwadar, which would provide a cost competitive mode of transportation and instant connectivity to China for transportation of goods.

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal on this occasion said the CPEC projects are on ground and ahead on implementation.

BALIGH

Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Baligh-ur-Rehman has stressed for enhanced cooperation between Pakistan and the United States in various sectors.

Addressing a joint workshop in Islamabad today, he said bilateral cooperation would provide an opportunity to share knowledge on challenges affecting laboratory network systems and trainings.

He also called for education and awareness about bio safety and bio security at international fora.

Baligh ur Rehman expressed the hope that the United States will fully support Pakistani's laboratories becoming more effective in a safe and secure manner.

TOURISM DAY

World Tourism Day is being celebrated today.

The aim is to foster awareness among people on the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

The theme of this year is 'Tourism for all - promoting universal accessibility'.

In his message on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said purpose of celebrating the World Tourism Day is to search new tourist places and venues to protect Archaeology.

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, despite curfew, forceful demonstrations were held in Kishtwar town today after Indian police conducted nocturnal raids to arrest people.

The authorities had imposed curfew in Kishtwar, Bhaderwah and Doda districts to stop people from holding protests against arrests and police highhandedness.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in Doda and Bhaderwah districts against arrest of three people and imposition of curfew.

WHO

World Health Organization says over ninety percent people globally are breathing poor quality air.  

This has been stated by Head of WHO's department of public health and environment, Maria Neira while talking to reporters in Geneva. 

She called for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year.

Neira urged governments to cut number of vehicles on road, improve waste management and promote clean cooking fuel.

TAIWAN

In Taiwan, over thirty-two people have been injured due to strong wind and rain.

Most schools and offices were shut and the north-south bullet train suspended services as Typhoon Megi; packing winds of well over 160 kph roared in from Pacific and hit eastern Taiwan.

T20

Third and final T20 match between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Abu Dhabi tonight.

Pakistan is leading three-match series two-nil.

 

 


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