DATE: 28-05-2017                              


The government has allocated over forty-two billion rupees in the budget to reinvigorate railways network.


The number of beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Programme has reached over five point four million.


In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed on Sunday against the killing of twelve civilians by Indian troops.


In Philippines, nineteen civilians have been killed in fighting between government forces and militants in Marawi city. 





The government has allocated over forty-two billion rupees in the new budget to reinvigorate the country's railways network. 


Under the annual development plan 2017-18, over twenty billion rupees have been apportioned for procurement and manufacturing of new locomotives, high capacity bogie freight wagons and passenger coaches.


A memorandum of understanding has also been signed with China for up gradation of Peshawar to Karachi railway, the ML-1 which is infrastructural backbone of the country.


Over four billion rupees have been allocated for preliminary design for rehabilitation of ML-1 line and establishment of dry port near Havelian.



World Bank has upgraded the rating of Benazir Income Support Programme as `Highly Satisfactory'.


According to Economic Survey 2016-17, Department for International Development conducted the annual review-2016 of BISP with an overall score of A.


The survey said that BISP is committed to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and to be the major contributor in eradication of extreme poverty.   


The number of BISP beneficiaries has increased from 3.73 million in 2012-13 to five million in 2014-15. At present the number of beneficiaries is around 5.42 million.     



Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Daniyal Aziz says PML-N respects constitutional institutions.


Talking to media outside the Judicial Academy in Islamabad on Sunday, he said appearance of Hussain Nawaz before Joint Investigation Team has substantiated our stance that we respect institutions.


Earlier, talking to media, Hussain Nawaz said he received the notice on Saturday and will present his stance before the JIT along with his counsel.



The nation is celebrating Yaum-e-Takbeer with zeal and fervor on Sunday to commemorate 1998 historic nuclear tests.    


With demonstration of nuclear capabilities Pakistan became the seventh nuclear world power and the first in the Muslim world.


The nuclear tests made Pakistan's defence invincible. 


Different organizations are holding special programmes and functions to highlight importance of the day.


Radio Pakistan is broadcasting special programmes in connection with Yaum-e-Takbeer. 



Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a bus in Minya Province of Egypt, resulting in the loss of precious lives.


In a statement on Sunday, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the people and the Government of Pakistan extend their deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and pray for early recovery of the injured. 


He said that Pakistani nation stands in solidarity with the people and government of Egypt in their struggle against the scourge of terrorism.


The spokesperson said Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.



Pakistan has called for firm measures to end attacks on medical facilities and staff engaged in saving lives in conflict zones around the world.   


This was stated by Pakistan's Ambassador to UN Maleeha Lodhi during a debate at Security Council in New York.


She said all parties to armed conflict must unequivocally reaffirm that health care must be protected and the perpetrators of such attacks held accountable.


The ambassador said parties to armed conflict must ensure the safe, unimpeded and sustained passage of humanitarian access. She said the protection of civilians should be prioritized in UN peacekeeping operations.                              



In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed across the Valley on Sunday, against the martyrdom of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmed Butt and eleven other youth by Indian troops.


All shops and other business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road.


Meanwhile, curfew and other restrictions have been imposed in Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad, Gandarbal and other districts of the territory.


Occupation authorities have placed almost all Hurriyet leaders under house arrest.



In Israel, thousands of people have held rally in Tel Aviv in support of a Palestinian state.


Israeli opposition Labour party leader Isaac Herzog also attended the rally and supported a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


A message of support from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was also read out at the rally.



In Philippines, nineteen civilians have been killed in street-to-street fighting between government forces and militants in Marawi city.


The violence began when dozens of gunmen went on rampage in the city, after government forces attempted to arrest a local militant leader.


Most of the residents of Marawi have fled their homes because of the fighting.

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