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NA session likely to be convened on Aug 12: minister

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Law, Barrister Ali Zafar has said the Session of National Assembly was likely to be convened from August 12 to 14. Speaking to media persons outside the Supreme Court, Barrister Ali Zafar said a summary had been sent to the president for convening the NA Session. The minister said the newly elected members would take oath in the assembly session, adding the assembly would then elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House. He said under the…

Minister sees foreign hand behind opposition to Kalabagh dam

ISLAMABAD: In a rare yet surprising admission connected to water scarcity in Pakistan, Federal Minister for Water Resources Syed Ail Zafar believes that foreign hand is behind the opposition of long-proposed Kalabagh Dam in the country. Addressing a press conference here, he said India built dams and set up water reservoirs, but unfortunately Pakistan could only build two dams instead of the proposed seven or eight dams and no major progress could be achieved on building of water reservoirs. He underlined that India is…

Experts tasked to devise comprehensive plan to overcome water crises

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Water Resources Syed Ali Zafar on Friday chaired a high-level meeting of a committee constituted a few days earlier to take immediate action on priority basis to tackle the worsening water situation.  The high-powered committee represents highly qualified professional both from the government and private sectors having wide experience in water sector. The meeting was attended by former Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Shamsul Mulk, former minister Nisar Memon,…

Now you can find load shedding schedule on ‘Roshan Pakistan’ website: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minster of Energy Syed Ali Zafar on Friday announced that a website (http://www.roshanpakistan.pk), Roshan Pakistan, had been set up where people could find load management schedule in their respective areas along other information. This he announced in a meeting held on June 14, 2018, by the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) to review supply and delivery of electricity. Syed Ali Zafar said that information on exact load shedding hours must be shared along with details of when and how long load shedding…

France alarmed after Trump ‘practically hugged’ Kim: minister

PARIS: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian criticised Donald Trump's "destabilising" foreign policy on Wednesday after the US leader fell out with historic US allies then "practically hugged" North Korea's dictator in a matter of days. Le Drian said Tuesday's historic summit between Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un was "an undoubted step forward", but he expressed concern about the US president's diplomatic manoeuvres. "In the space of just a day you see President Trump attacking Mr Trudeau who is a historic…

Rs 45 bn approved for HEC development

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal has approved allocation of Rs 45 billion for the development budget of Higher Education Commission (HEC) under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19. The HEC has recommended to allocate Rs 35 billion for the upcoming fiscal year but the minister gave additional ten billion to prepare doable projects to ensure more competitive higher education based on modern techniques and technology. Chairing a meeting of Annual Plan Coordination…

‘Pakistan to be declared polio-free country soon’

FAISALABAD: State Minister for Commerce and Textile Industry Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari claims that Pakistan will soon be declared a polio free country because of the “committed and continuous efforts of the incumbent government.” However, the private sector should expedite its efforts for the rehabilitation of polio infested children, he added. Inaugurating a polio rehabilitation center in Surayya Majeed Hospital, he said that the government is making all out efforts to provide best possible health facilities to the…

India warns against social media data misuse ahead of elections

NEW DELHI: Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday warned against any abuse of social media in elections, following reports that a British consultancy improperly accessed information on millions of Facebook users to target U.S. voters. India is due to hold a national election in 2019 and several states will elect new assemblies this year and next. “Abuse of social media including Facebook cannot be allowed to impact the fairness of elections,” Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters. “In the wake…