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Finance Minister has warned of stern action against profiteers raising prices of daily use commodities on the pretext of budget.

Attorney General says Pakistan possesses solid evidence about Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav's involvement in terrorist acts on its soil.

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed on the second day today against the use of brute force by Indian troops on unarmed civilians.

North Korea test fired a short-range ballistic missile early this morning.

World Table Tennis championship begins in Germany today.

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DAR

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has warned of stern action against profiteers who raise prices of daily use commodities on the pretext of the budget.   

In a statement, the minister asked relevant departments to check the prices in the market and take action against profiteers accordingly.

He said that no price hike was made in daily use commodity in the federal budget, so anyone using it as pretext for raising prices should be punished.

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TEXTILE

The government has announced one hundred eighty billion rupeess package in the new budget for the textile sector to boost exports.

According to budget documents, the government has given relaxation on the import of textile machinery for enhancing the capacity of the textile sector.

It was the huge package announced in the country’s history to  decrease the cost of doing business aimed at enhancing business activities.

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SESSION

Senate and National Assembly will resume their sessions at Parliament House in Islamabad today at 11 a.m and 4 p.m. respectively.

The Lower House will hold general debate on the budget  for the next fiscal year.

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KHURRAM

Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan says the government is striving hard for strengthing national economy. 

Addressing a ceremony at Gujranwala, he lauded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for making every effort for the development of the country.

He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will prove as a fate-changer for the region. He said energy projects under CPEC will ensure zero load shedding in next few months.  

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TARIQ

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry says the PML-N led government will continue its journey  towards the development, peace, prosperity and stability of the country.

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, he  said Pakistan has the capability to lead the Islamic world due to its rapidly improving economy and a strong defence system.

He said that law enforcement agencies of the country have rendered unprecedented sacrifices for restoring peace and eliminating  terrorism from the country.

He said due to government efforts peace has been restored in Karachi.

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HUSSAIN

Chairman Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Senator Mashahid Hussain Syed says China Pakistan Economic Corridor will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in the region.  

 In an interview, he said that Chinese vision of One Belt One Road  will have sound impact on all countries including Central Asian States.

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 BAZAARS

Punjab government has directed to take steps for monitoring quality, supply and prices of eatables in Ramzan bazaars.  

The direction was issued at a high level meeting chaired Provincial Minister for Planning and Development Malik Nadeem Kamran in Lahore.   

The meeting was informed that flour, sugar, pulses, ghee, vegetables and fruits would be available on concessional rates in the Ramzan bazaars throughout the province.

 All deputy commissioners have been directed to launch a crackdown on profiteers and hoarders for ensuring availability of daily-use commodities at fixed prices. 

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WATER

Balochistan Government is making untiring efforts to provide clean drinking water to people in remote areas of the province.

An official of Public Health Engineering Department told our correspondent in Quetta, that a water supply scheme is being completed in Kachhi district at a cost of over one point seven billion rupees.

He said several water supply schemes worth over one billion rupees  are also being launched in different areas of the province.

The official informed that several water supply schemes are underway in Loralai District.

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ACCIDENT

Two people have been killed and two injured in a road accident at Haripur.

 The injured have been shifted to District Headquarters Hospital.

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AUSAF

Attorney General  Ashtar Ausaf has said Pakistan will present all evidences before the International Court of Justice in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

In an interview, he said Kulbhushan is an Indian agent and we have solid evidence about his involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.

Ashtar Ausaf said  ICJ has not rejected Pakistan's stance  in Kulbushan case as interim verdict is not a defeat or victory of any country.

Replying to a question, he said Pakistan will never compromise on national integrity.

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KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown continues on the second day today, to protest against the use of brute force by Indian troops on unarmed civilians, after martyrdom of Sabzar Ahmad Butt and his associates.

Call for the strike has been given by joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.

In a joint statement in Srinagar, the resistance leadership also called for a march towards Tral tomorrow to pay tributes to Sabzar Ahmad Butt and other youth martyred by Indian troops.

Paying homage to Sabzar Ahmad Butt and his associates, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said their sacrifices would not be allowed to go waste and their mission would be accomplished at all costs.

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DAY

International Day of UN Peacekeepers is being observed today across the world, with the theme, "Investing in Peace Around the World." 

The Day offers a chance to pay tribute to the contributions of uniformed and civilian personnel for peacekeeping.

The United Nations has currently deployed more than one hundred thirteen thousand military, police and civilian personnel in sixteen peacekeeping operations, around the world.

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NK-MISSILE

North Korea test fired a short-range ballistic missile early this morning that landed in the sea off its east coast.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the "unidentified ballistic missile, was fired from the coastal city of Wonsan. 

The statement said, South Korean and US experts are analysing the event for further detail.

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SHINZO

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch.

In his brief televised remarks, Shinzo Abe vowed to take action, along with other nations against Pyongyang, to deter it from repeated provocations.

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ISRAEL

Palestinians have strongly condemned Israel for holding a cabinet meeting near a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem.

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat called the meeting a "provocation." He said it sends "a clear message to the Palestinian people that the systematic violations of their inalienable rights are going to continue."

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SYRIA

In Syria, eighteen people have been killed in airstrikes, south of Raqqa city.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrkes hit buses on the road between villages of Ratla and Kasrat.

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PHILIPPINES

In Philippines, government has formally called off the latest round of peace talks with communist insurgents.

The move comes after the parties failed to resolve a dispute over a rebel order for fighters to step up attacks against government.

It was the fifth scheduled round of talks since the resumption of formal negotiations between Manila and the communists in August.

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HOCKEY

Pakistan hockey team has left for London to participate in the World Hockey League, beginning on 15th of next month.

The tournament will serve as the qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.

Pakistan will also play a three-match series against Ireland in Belfast.

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TENNIS

World Table Tennis championship begins in Germany today.

A four member Pakistani squad is taking part in the tournament.

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WEATHER

Mainly very hot and dry weather is expected in plain areas of the country during the next twelve hours. .

However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Gujranwala, Lahore divisions and Kashmir. 

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-

Islamabad twenty-two degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-five, Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-five, Quetta twenty, Murree nineteen, Gilgit fourteen and Muzaffarabad nineteen degree centigrade.


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