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Pakistan, China have emphasised need to further enhance scope of CPEC: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister of Planning, Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtiar on Friday said Pakistan and China had decided that the scope of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) needed to be further broadened.           "We have already expanded the scope of the CPEC in Joint Coordination Committee," he said in an interview with local Chinese TV channel in Beijing. To a query about opening up of the CPEC to other countries, he said there were a couple of projects which could attract trilateral or collateral…

Saudi corruption settlements will net ‘not significantly less’ than $13 billion in 2019: minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s finance minister said on Wednesday that cash settlements from an anti-corruption campaign would net “not significantly less” in 2019 than the 50 billion Saudi riyals ($13.3 billion) collected in 2018. Mohammed al-Jadaan also said in a Reuters interview that construction giant Saudi Binladin Group, in which the government took a roughly one third stake under the campaign, would soon have a “normal board” with family members and representatives of government ownership. He added that the kingdom’s…

Jordan, Nigeria diplomats discuss cooperation in defence industry with minister

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Jordan Maj Gen (Retd) Ibrahim Yali Mohammad (Osta Amadani) and High Commissioner of Nigeria Major General (Retd) Ashiminyu Adebayo Olaniyi called on Federal Minister for Defence Production Zobaida Jalal at the Ministry of Defence Production Rawalpindi on Tuesday. Both the dignitaries held valuable discussion with the minister on bilateral relations and current scenario of the world. Talking to Nigerian High Commissioner, the minister said that existing relationship between the two countries should…

People will not face gas load-shedding during winter: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Monday said that people would not face gas load-shedding during winter season this year. "Gas is being provided to the industry continuously and subsidy will be provided on bills from October 16 till June next year," the minister said while talking to newsmen in Lahore. Ghulam Sarwar Khan announced that subsidy would also be provided to fertiliser industry till March next year. Read More: Punjab to spend gas-less nights during winter It is fascinating to know…