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Climate Minister Zartaj seeks long term planning to cope natural disasters

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul has urged to devise long-term policies to counter natural disasters. Speaking at the National Conference on Climate Change at Bahria University in Islamabad on Thursday, she said all academic institutions of Pakistan must join hands to make Pakistan a progressive country. Zartaj Gul said as the country was facing natural disasters from several years and acknowledged the commitment of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who understands these issues and already working on…

Jump-start of special economic zones govt’s top priority: development minister

ISLAMABAD: While highlighting the focus of the government, Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms (PD&R) Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar on Tuesday said it was top priority of the government to jump-start special economic zones (SEZs). “It is our top priority to jump-start SEZs, and Rashakai Special Economic Zone will be the first one in the line,” he said during a meeting with a delegation headed by Chief Financial Officer China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) Dong Futang, who called on him in Islamabad.…

Railways planning to utilize 11000 acres barren land

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways is planning to utilize its nearly 11,000 acres barren land across the country, by executing various projects to earn more revenue for the department. Sources in the ministry said Pakistan Railways had over 8,000 acres barren land in Punjab, over 1300 acres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 260 acres in Sindh and nearly 900 acres land in Balochistan. The source said Pakistan Railways had leased out over 15,000 acres land for various purposes across the country and more than 3,300 acres land was under…

FIFA planning special meeting to discuss new competitions

ZURICH: FIFA will hold a special meeting to discuss ambitious plans for a revamped version of the Club World Cup and a new global Nations League competition, soccer’s world governing body said on Monday. FIFA did not, however, comment on a BBC report that the meeting would take place in May and that the two competitions could generate up to $25 billion between 2021 and 2033. The plans were initially discussed at the last FIFA Council meeting in Bogota in March. Earlier this month, FIFA president Gianni Infantino…

China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

TOKYO: North Korea’s growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defense planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead. China has stepped up military spending and already dominates the South China Sea, through which Japan’s trade with major markets including Europe and the Middle East flows. Now, Japanese military experts are worried Beijing may be on the brink of opening access to the Pacific through a…

Young Danish girl jailed for planning bomb attacks on schools

COPENHAGEN: A 17-year-old Danish girl who offered to fight for Islamic State was sentenced on Monday to eight years in prison by the Danish high court for planning bomb attacks on two schools, one of them Jewish. The high court on Friday found the girl - who was 15 years old at the time - guilty of the offences, upholding an earlier district court ruling. The district court had initially sentenced her to six years in jail. Read More: UN fears 2017 will be record year for attacks on schools The prosecutor had called…

CTD police arrest suspect planning to attack Shehbaz Sharif

LAHORE: Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of police on Monday arrested a suspect designing to execute a suicide attack on Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, ARY News reported. The suspect was arrested from Model Colony of Defence area in Lahore. Maps, weapons and extremist literature were also recovered from his possession. Sources said the suspect was planning to target Shehbaz Sharif. He has been shifted to an undisclosed location for further interrogation so that his other accomplices could also be nabbed,…

CPEC soars to $54 billion, says minister for planning, development

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal Saturday said the government is making all out efforts to take all provinces on board in the execution of projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). "The amount of CPEC has been increased from $46 billion to $54 billion with the potential to increase more with the inclusion of future projects," he said while talking to a PTV program. Ahsan Iqbal said nine sites for industrial zones have been decided in consensus with all stakeholders.…