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PM urges Punjab govt to adopt innovative methods in governance

LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the Punjab government to adopt innovative methods in governance. "The provincial government should pay its full attention on bringing about a significant change in the common man's life," he said while chairing a meeting about Prime Minister's Punjab Initiatives in Lahore. The prime minister reviewed implementation of Punjab government's targets in the first 100 days. The meeting discussed various proposals and their implementation for transformation in governance…

Govt committed to adopt international standards of governance: finance minister

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday said the government was fully committed to ensure transparency and adopt international standards of governance. "The government's accessions to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters and submission of letter of intent to join Open Government Partnership (OGP) are proofs of the government's commitment," he said while chairing a meeting in Islamabad regarding OPG initiative. Finance…

UN set to adopt treaty banning nuclear weapons

UNITED NATIONS: A global treaty banning nuclear weapons is set to be adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. Supporters describe the treaty as a historic achievement but the nuclear-armed states have dismissed the ban as unrealistic, arguing it will have no impact on reducing the global stockpile of 15,000 nuclear weapons. Led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand, 141 countries have taken…

Elderly Indian couple files plea to adopt PM Modi

GHAZIABAD: A couple in their 70s has filed an application with the relevant authorities in Ghaziabad, seeking to adopt Indian Prime Minister Narendra as their ‘son’. "I have no political agenda," says Yogender Pal Singh, nicknamed 'Yogi' when asked about his application. The 79-year-old Modinagar resident, who lives in Patla village with his septuagenarian wife, Atar Kali, filed adoption papers at the office of the deputy registrar of Ghaziabad. This was on February 21. The application was promptly rejected, and Yogi…