Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Youm-e-Takbeer is being celebrated with full zeal and fervor across the country on Sunday.
Revenue from telecom sector has crossed two hundred thirty-four billion rupees.
Power generation in the country has reached seventeen thousand four hundred megawatts.
Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attack in Egypt.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed on Sunday against the killing of twelve civilians by Indian troops.
The nation is celebrating Youm-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 Youm-e-Takbeer.
Talking to newsmen on the eve of Youm-e-Takbeer in Attock on Sunday, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab said the nuclear capability has made defence of the country invincible.
He said the government has launched mega development projects throughout the country for the welfare of the people.
Talking to Radio Pakistan Lahore correspondent, PML-N leader and Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board Siddiq-ul-Farooq lauded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif making Pakistan a nuclear state.
Another PML-N Leader and Special Assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister Rana Muhammad Arshad said that 1998 nuclear tests have made defence of the country impregnable.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says PML-N holds constitutional institutions of the country in high esteem.
Talking to a news channel on Sunday, she said that the appearance of the son of an elected Prime Minister before the Joint Investigation Team has substantiated PML-N stance in this regard.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Hussain Nawaz could have avoided the JIT notice but he appeared before it, although he has expressed reservations over two member of the JIT in his petition filed in the apex court.
Meanwhile, Hussain Nawaz appeared before the JIT in Islamabad on Sunday and recorded his statement.
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.
The revenues from telecom sector has reached over 234 billion rupees during first two quarters of current fiscal year.
As per official information, the commercial launch of 3G and 4G services has opened new opportunities for revenue generation for mobile operators in the country.
The availability of 3G and 4G services has enabled development of new applications and database services.
Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications is formulating Digital Pakistan Policy to rapidly transform IT sectors of economy.
The ministry will submit the policy document to Economic Coordination Committee for approval.
The policy will serve as foundation of a holistic Digital Eco-system with advanced concepts and components for rapid delivery of next generation digital services, applications and content.
The National Assembly and the Senate will resume their sessions in Islamabad on Monday.
The National Assembly will meet at 4:00 pm while the Senate will resume its session at 11:00 am.
Both the Houses will discuss the Finance Bill 2017-18.
Advisor to Prime Minister Amir Muqam has said that the government is working hard to eliminate load shedding by the next year.
Addressing a news conference in Peshawar on Sunday afternoon, he said work on mega power projects is in full swing.
The Advisor said PTI government could not produce even a single megawatt during the last four years.
He said PTI members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly are now attacking grid stations and trying to politicize the power issue.
Power production in the country has reached 17400 megawatts.
In a statement, spokesperson of the ministry of water and power said that uninterrupted power is being supplied to all parts of the country during the Sehar timings.
Punjab Food Authority has declared various cooking oil and ghee brands sub-standard and unfit for human consumption due to absences of various essential ingredients.
According to a spokesman of PFA, the brands include Kisan Sunflower Cooking Oil, Eva sunflower Cooking Oil, Darja Awal Cooking Oil, Sahar Cooking Oil and twenty-three Venaspati Ghee brands.
The result of the samples test are available on Punjab Food Authority website.
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.
Thousands of people, defying curfew and other restrictions, turned up at the funeral of martyr, Faizan Ahmed Butt at Tral area of Pulwama district on Sunday.
People from all walks of life including Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yasin Malik participated in the funeral.
In Iraq, thirteen PKK militants have been killed in air strikes by Turkish forces in Avasin-Basyan region.
Turkish military said in a statement on Sunday that the warplanes struck seven PKK targets.
The military said ten more PKK militants have also been killed in a separate air strike in Turkey's Van province.
In Sri Lanka, aid and rescue operations are underway in the areas hit by severe floods and mudslides.
Emergency teams are distributing aid to half a million people displaced by the floods.
Meanwhile, floodwaters are receding in some areas after a break in the rain.
Officials said on Sunday that many villages are still underwater.