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LHC orders restoration of varsities’ grounds used for Orange Line project within five days

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday ordered restoration of grounds of varsities, which were used by the previous provincial government for Orange Line Metro Train project, ARY News reported. The court ordered the authorities concerned to get land on all five grounds vacated and restored within five days. Director of Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) informed the court that people occupying the land were also involved in extracting ground water and two of the owners had now been served Rs 6.7 million…

PM directs to complete Peshawar BRT project, Swat Motorway in time

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday directed to complete Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit project and Swat Motorway in time. He gave these directions during a meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet in Peshawar. The prime minister said all projects should be completed within the stipulated time and with utmost transparency. He also directed to take more steps for the promotion of tourism in the province.  He said setting up of hospitals' boards and administrative reforms in the health sector should be completed…

State minister orders audit of all delayed communication projects

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Communication Murad Saeed vowed to launch the E-Tendering and billing system across the country to ensure transparency and accountability within the ministry. Upon assuming the charge as state minister after his portfolio was changed yesterday, Saeed stated that they have embarked on a voyage of reforms and development with full zeal and enthusiasm under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The state minister reiterated that there will be no compromise on transparency and…

Pakistan resolves to implement IP gas pipeline project

ISLAMABAD: Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost on Wednesday called on federal minister for petroleum and natural resources Ghulam Sarwar Khan. The ambassador congratulated the federal minister on behalf of Iranian petroleum minister on assuming new responsibilities, and invited him to visit Iran to work on cooperation in the petroleum sector and the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline. The ambassador also offered further cooperation for exploration in the energy sector especially IP gas pipeline, and the import of…

Caretaker PM inaugurates Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable Connectivity project

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister retired Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk on Friday inaugurated Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable Connectivity project at a ceremony in Islamabad on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, he said the project would go a long way towards further developing telecommunication infrastructure in northern areas of Pakistan as well as along China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Nasir said the project would provide firsthand land-based strategic communication link between Pakistan and China. He said it…

India set to miss key target for Japan-backed bullet train project: sources

PALGHAR, India/TOKYO: India is set to miss a December deadline to acquire land for a Japan-backed $17 billion bullet train project following protests by fruit growers, government officials said, likely delaying one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most ambitious projects. Modi’s office is now monitoring the project week-to-week, as Indian officials seek to reassure Tokyo that the hurdles can be overcome through intense negotiations with sapota and mango growers in the western state of Maharashtra. Protests, backed by…

Thar coal power project to be operational by 2018 end: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said for the first time, under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a genuine programme had been initiated -- to mine coal from Thar -- and this first coal power project in the area will become operational by the end of the following year. "The Thar coal project is enough to generate 5,000 megawatts of electricity for four hundred years," he said while addressing a function organized by Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies in…

CM launches $98m WB-assisted project to make Karachi “more livable”

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday said that the Sindh government is putting in its efforts to transform Karachi into a more livable, green and resilient metropolitan city by formulating and following a well thought out Karachi Transformation Strategy (KTS). “The objective of KTS is to improve physical and socio- economic infrastructure and services delivery in water supply,  sanitation, transportation, urban spaces and institutional strengthening and transformation,” he said while addressing the…