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Trump says U.S. govt shutdown to last until agreement on border wall

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the partial shutdown of the federal government was going to last until his demand for funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is met. The U.S. government partially shut down on Saturday, and there is not yet any sign of tangible efforts to reopen agencies closed by a political impasse over Trump’s demand for border wall funds.  “I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen,” Trump said, speaking after a Christmas Day video conference with U.S.…

Agreement signed between Wapda & USAID for Mangla Dam Refurbishment

LAHORE: The $78 million Project Implementation Letter (PIL)-2 for Mangla Dam Refurbishment Project (MRP) was inked between Wapda and the USAID on Wednesday. Muzammil Hussain, Chairman Lt General (retired) of the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) and Jerry Bisson, Mission Director in Pakistan of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed the agreement on behalf of their particular associations. According to details, the USAID funding will be spent to commence a variety of works of…

Govt, protesters reach agreement to end countrywide protests

ISLAMABAD: The government and the Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) protesting the acquittal of Aasia Bibi in a blasphemy case have reached an agreement following successful negotiations to end demonstrations across the country. According to the agreement, a review appeal filed in the case of Aasia Bibi is a legal right of the complainants and government will have no objection on it. Besides, the government will take legal measures to place Aasia Bibi's name on the Exit Control List (ECL) and protesters taken into custody…

Facebook signs agreement to end discriminatory ad targeting

Facebook Inc has signed an agreement with the state of Washington to stop third-party advertisers in the United States from excluding protected groups from seeing their ads, the Washington State Attorney General said on Tuesday. Facebook confirmed the agreement with the state and said the announcement is part of a long process to ensure that tools used to target ads on the social network are safe, civil, and fair. “We’ve removed thousands of categories related to potentially sensitive personal attributes — like race,…

‘Indian aggression or misadventure shall always get a befitting response’

SIALKOT: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday said Pakistan's commitment to abide by the ceasefire agreement of 2003 should never be misconstrued as response limitation. "Indian aggression or any misadventure shall always get a most befitting response," he said while visiting the Line of Control and Working Boundary in Khuiratta / Ratta Arayan sectors. Local commanders briefed the COAS on Indian ceasefire violations specifically targeting civil population across the LoC/ Working Boundary.…

Govt approves negotiation with Russia for agreement on construction of 600mw NGCC power plant

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet has approved initiation of agreement between Russia and Pakistan on Cooperation for Construction of 600 MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant at Jamshoro. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the cabinet meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday. The meeting authorized Power Division to negotiate the details of draft Framework Agreement with Russian authorities and bring the agreed version before the cabinet. It would also finalize the terms and conditions of the loan in consultation…

300 MW coal fired power plant to be established in Gwadar under CPEC

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government and a Chinese company signed an agreement on Tuesday to build a 300-megawatt coal fired power plant in Gwadar. The project will be established under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The agreement to this effect was signed between Private Power and Infrastructure Board and China Communications Construction Company. Read More: China risks wasting $490 bn on coal plants: campaigners This should be noted that a China is also building a new Hub coal-fired power plant in…

Pakistan, China sign agreement for upgradation of Karachi-Peshawar railway line

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China on Monday signed a framework agreement for upgradation of Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line (ML-1). National Railway Administration of China and Ministry of Railways Pakistan signed the agreement in Beijing. Commercial contract for preliminary design for upgradation of ML-1 Project was also signed on this occasion. Chinese side was led by Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng while Pakistani side by Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Khawaja Saad…

Pakistan, China sign agreement for Haveli Bahadur Shah Combined-Cycle Power Plant

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday signed a 12-year Operations and Maintenance (O&M) agreement with China for its 1,230 MW Haveli Bahadur Shah Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Lahore. The agreement was signed between Pakistan’s state-run National Power Parks Management Company (NPPMCL) and China’s state-owned company Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation III (SEPCOIII). The agreement has a reference value of US$ 148 million over 12 years. With this O&M agreement, NPPMCL has managed to save the consumer…