J UNE 29, 2016


Over five thousand women will be equipped with computer skills under Women Digital Empowerment Program during the next fiscal year.

The World Bank approves  200 million dollars for a water management project in Balochistan.

Pakistan denouncing terrorist attacks in Turkey has reiterated to root out terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

At the United Nations, Pakistan has called for collective efforts to meet basic needs of millions of displaced people around the world.



Over five thousand women from under developed areas will be equipped with computer skills under the Women Digital Empowerment Program during the next fiscal year.

In the Annual Development Plan for the next year, the government has earmarked over 5,020 million rupees  for the Information Technology sector with emphasis on developing human resource and accelerating the pace of  e-government to facilitate people in access to government services.

In this connection, some major projects include establishment of Software Technology Park, National Data Center and work on high resolution Remote Sensing Satellite to help in disaster management such as flood forecasting and damage assessment.

The Ministry of Information Technology is also focusing on minimizing the IT gap between urban and rural communities by extending cellular and telephone services to one hundred and seventy two unserved areas of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Ministry also plans to establish five hundred Universal    Tele-centres(UTCs)  for public access to Information and Communication Technology.



The World Bank has approved  200 million dollar for a water management project in Balochistan which will benefit some 43,000 farm households in the province.              

Balochistan Integrated Water Resources Management and Development Project will support investment in two of the eighteen basins in Balochistan  Nari and Porali river basins.


International Development Association will finance the project.



Senate Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage will meet tomorrow to get detailed briefing on Ramzan transmission on Television channels and role of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority.

The meeting will be chaired by Senator Kamil Ali Agha.



Lowari Tunnel has been closed due to heavy rains and floods.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent, the flood water washed away several vehicles.

Efforts are underway to open the road for traffic.



Two terrorists have been killed in an encounter with Sindh rangers in Lyari area of Karachi.

A spokesman of the Sindh Rangers said the Rangers raided a building in the Nawalane area of the city. The outlaws resorted to firing on rangers, in retaliation two of them were killed while two others fled away.



In Turkey, at least thirty-six people had  been killed and  one hundred and fifty others  injured in suicide bomb attacks and gunfire at Ataturk international airport, Istanbul officials said the death toll may rise further.



Pakistan has strongly denounced the terrorist attack at Ataturk airport in Istanbul.

In a statement , Foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said Pakistan offers heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and to the brotherly people and government of Turkey at this hour of grief. He said  we also pray for the speediest and fullest recovery of those wounded in this despicable attack.

He reiterated Pakistan's condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations. He said like always, we stand in strong solidarity with the fraternal people of Turkey in their fight against terrorism. There is no doubt that this scourge would be decisively defeated with Turkey's iron will and unshakeable resolve.



President Mamnoon Hussain has condemned the terrorist attack in Turkey.

Deploring the loss of precious lives in the despicable incident, he said the people of Pakistan stand by the people of Turkey in this hour of grief.

He said the Islamic countries should join hands to confront the menace of terrorism.

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has also condemned the deadly blast at  the Istanbul Airport.

In a statement he expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the attack.


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned  terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport.               

He expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey.



Pakistan has urged United Nations collective action to meet humanitarian needs of millions of displaced around the world.

Addressing to the UN Economic and Social Council, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi hoped that the international community's response to the world's weak and vulnerable is based on compassion and a spirit of brotherhood.

Ambassador Lodhi also urged the international community to prioritize the issue of Afghan refugees and help Pakistan and Afghanistan in their repatriation and resettlement in an honourable and sustainable manner.  

She called on the global community to better appreciate Pakistan's hospitality and its challenges in hosting the most protracted presence of refugees anywhere in the world.

About 130 million people around the world requiring aid and an unprecedented 65 million are displaced.

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