DATE: 29-06-2016                                


Pakistan has urged global community to appreciate its efforts for hosting Afghan refugees for the longest period of time.


Appreciating government efforts WHO has said complete polio eradication will be a landmark victory for Pakistan.


European Union will provide about 47 million Euros to Pakistan for the development of rural areas in Balochistan.


PIA has offered full support to Turkish Airlines in transporting its passengers after terror attacks at Istanbul airport.


Hurriyat Conference has demanded release of all illegally detained Kashmiris before Eid-ul-Fitr.


South Korea, United States and Japan have conducted first ever joint missile-tracking drill in the waters off Hawaii.   





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.                       



World Health Organization has lauded Pakistan's efforts towards polio eradication. 


This was conveyed by World Health Organization Regional Head Dr Ala Alwan while talking to Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarrar in Islamabad on Wednesday.


The WHO regional head said complete polio eradication will be a landmark victory for Pakistan.


On the occasion the minister shared progress in the Prime Minister's health insurance program.  The WHO regional head while appreciating the program offered all possible support for the health insurance program.                         



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.                           



European Union will provide 46.8 million Euros to Pakistan for the development of rural areas in Balochistan.


An agreement to this effect was signed in Islamabad on Wednesday.


Speaking on the occasion, the EU representative said the union will continue to provide developmental assistance to Pakistan.


In another agreement, Germany committed to provide six million euros to Pakistan to meet the challenge posed by climate change.                              



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 on Thursday 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.                                           



Four Additional Judges of Sindh High Court took oath at a ceremony in Karachi on Wednesday.


Chief Justice Sindh High Court Justice Sajjad Ali Shah administered the oath. 


Those who took oath include Justice Muhammad Saleem Jessar, Justice Rasheed Ahmed, Justice Muhammad Humayun and Justice Arshad Hussain.


With the induction of four Additional Judges, the total number of the Judges of Sindh High Court reached to thirty-six.           



Islamabad high court has reserved judgement in bail petition filed by former Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi in Hajj corruption case.                            



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.



Three terrorists of a banned outfit involved in attacks on security forces and innocent citizens have been killed in an encounter with security forces in Awaran District of Balochistan.



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.                     



PIA has offered full support to Turkish Airlines in transporting their passengers disturbed due to flight diversions after the terror incident at Istanbul airport.


This has been stated by the spokesman of the national flag carrier in a statement in Islamabad on Wednesday.            



In Occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, has demanded release of all illegally detained Kashmiris before Eid-ul-Fitr.


In a statement issued in Srinagar, he said that hundreds of Kashmiris, who were languishing in different jails because of their particular political ideology, were facing tough times.


He pointed out that India had tried its every weapon including arrest to silence the voices of dissent in occupied Kashmir but miserably failed in its nefarious designs.


He demanded shifting of the Kashmiri detainees lodged in different Indian jails like Tihar and Rajasthan to the prisons of the Kashmir Valley.                             



South Korea, Japan and the United States held trilateral missile defence exercise in waters off Hawaii.


The exercises were aimed at countering the growing threat from North Korea.


 The trilateral exercise included a ballistic target tracking operation to test the Aegis anti-missile systems used by the United States and its two key Asian allies.                           



The United States says coalition forces were making progress against Islamic State militants and planning assaults on key cities in Iraq and Syria.


This has been stated by President Barack Obama's special envoy for the fight against Islamic State, Brett McGurk in a statement at US Senate Foreign Relations hearing in Washington.


He said efforts to find a political solution were making little progress and could not predict an end to fighting.



At least five people were killed and scores injured in a bomb attack in the Kurdish-held Syrian town of Tel Abyad near the Turkish border.



Scientists have discovered a large helium gas field in Tanzania.


Helium is used in hospitals in MRI scanners as well as in spacecraft, telescopes and radiation monitors.


Using a new exploration approach, researchers found large quantities of helium within the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley.


Geologists at Durham and Oxford universities say with world supplies running out, the find is a game-changer.

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