President Mamnoon Hussain says China Pakistan Economic Corridor will bring economic revolution in the country as well as in the region. He was addressing a seminar on CPEC in Islamabad on Wednesday. Educational institutions and scientists to play their due role in overcoming the challenges confronting the country.
PM’s Recent Visit to Hyderabad Reflects Government’s Development Agenda and Vision. Addressing PML-N workers convention in Hyderabad day before yesterday, the Prime Minister said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will prove as a game changer in the region.

Operation Raddul Fasaad to root out menace of terrorism: Yousuf

A conference on interfaith harmony in Muzaffarabad has supported operation Raddul Fasaad to root out the menace of terrorism. The conference organized by Ministry of Religious Affairs was attended by scholars from all Islamic schools of thought and other religions. Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf was chief guest. The moot urged international community to make collaborated efforts to address its basic causes of extremism and terrorism, instead of linking Islam with them.    

2nd block of Census first Phase-I to begin from Friday

The second block under first phase of the 6th population and household census will begin from Friday and conclude on April 13. During this stage 6445 blocks of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 125 of FATA, 20188 of Punjab, 9081 of Sindh, 2814 of Balochistan, 1222 of AJK and 360 of Gilgit Baltistan will be covered. The house listing operation in the second block of phase one will start on Friday and will continue for three days. A control room has been established at Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in Islamabad and general public can dial toll free number 0800-57574 for any complaint regarding the census. 

Shutdown in IOK against killing of youth

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, today, against the brutal killing of four youth by Indian troops in Chadoora area of Budgam district. The troops had shot dead three youth Zahid Rashid, Saqib Ahmad and Ashfaq Ahmad by opening fire on demonstrators who had gathered at Chadoora to rescue some youth besieged by the troops, yesterday. Over thirty people had sustained injuries in the troops’ firing on the protesters. Another youth was killed when Indian forces’ personnel blasted a house in the area.

British prime minister signs Brexit letter to EU

Theresa May will strike a conciliatory tone as she invokes Article 50 this afternoon, offering a partnership with the rest of the European Union and imploring Britain to "come together".
The Prime Minister will formally launch the process for the UK to leave the European Union in a letter that will be hand delivered to European Council President Donald Tusk at around 12.30pm. After marking out hard lines on future payments to the European Union and the influence of EU law after Brexit, the text of the Prime Minister's letter is expected to offer some room for manoeuvre in negotiations. Addressing MPs in the Commons as the letter is delivered, Mrs May will vow to "represent EU nationals who have made this country their home". The European Parliament, which can veto an UK-EU deal, is next week expected to make the guarantee of full EU citizen rights a red line.

Iraqi forces battle toward landmark Mosul mosque

Iraqi special forces and police fought Islamic State militants to edge closer to the al-Nuri mosque in western Mosul on Wednesday, tightening their control around the landmark site in the battle to recapture Iraq's second city, military commanders said. Thousands of residents have fled from IS-held areas inside Mosul, the militants' biggest remaining stronghold in Iraq. But tens of thousands more are still trapped inside homes, caught in the fighting, shelling and air strikes as Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition advance in the west.

Russia, Iran agree to strengthen democratic Afghanistan

Iran and Russia have agreed to continue strengthening a democratic Afghanistan to help it on the way toward prosperity. It was stated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Speaking at a joint press briefing Rouhani linked lasting peace and stability in the Middle East to the eventual defeat of terrorism. He said we discussed cooperation and interaction to fight against terrorism and we will continue this struggle until the end of all terrorist activities in the region.

Arab League Summit kicks off in Jordan with Palestine topping agenda

The Arab League Summit starts its 28th session on Wednesday in the Jordanian Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh, with the Palestinian issue topping the agenda. The summit, which around 16 heads of state are expected to attend, will tackle developments in various regional issues, including Palestine, the crises in Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, as well as the peace process in Sudan's Darfur. Only head of states of Algeria, Oman and United Arab Emirates will not be attending the Summit.  Syria had its membership in the Arab League frozen in November 2011, with the Syrian government crackdown on opposition protests during the Arab Spring cited as the reason.


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