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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…

Pakistan to be among strongest countries of region: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir on Sunday said the government had brought cohesion and national harmony by its development projects across the country. “The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) government during its five year tenure has changed the economic lot of the people and put the country on the path of development and prosperity,” he said in a statement. Read More: National Security Committee reviews international, regional situation Barjees Tahir said…

Israel bans Palestinian minister from east Jerusalem school

JERUSALEM: Israel barred the Palestinian education minister, Sabri Saidam,from visiting a in the Old City of annexed east Jerusalem on Monday, officials said. "The minister entered Jerusalem but was prevented from entering the school. Israeli security banned him at the door of the school," ministry spokesman Sadiq al-Khadour told AFP, saying it was the third such incident. "This ban comes in the context of escalation against Palestinian education in Jerusalem." Palestinian official media said the tourism minister,…