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Projects in less developed areas of KP, Balochistan priority: planning minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar on Friday said projects on the Western route were a priority of the government that would open and ensure uplift of less developed areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. He said this while chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor in Islamabad on Friday. The conveners of the Joint Working Groups on Energy, Infrastructure, Gwadar, Planning and Industrial Cooperation briefed the committee about the…

Pakistan Railways to utilize 10,913 acres barren land for projects

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways is all set to utilize its 10913 acres barren land across the country by executing various projects under public private partnership to earn more revenue for the department. “The department owns 1,67,690 acres land all over the country, out of which 90326 in Punjab, 39428 in Sindh, 28228 in Balochistan and 9708 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” an official in the Ministry of Railways told a state run wire service. Regarding the barren land, he said that Pakistan Railways has 8424 acres barren land in…

No plan to put CPEC, ongoing projects at back burner: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Communications Murad Saeed on Wednesday said, “There should be no misconception about the incumbent government’s intention to put the game changer China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and former government’s projects at the back burner”. In an interview with the state-run wire service, the minister said, “CPEC and ongoing projects of the ministry would be completed on priority basis whereas no new project has been added in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19”. He…

KP govt completes 255 mini hydro-power projects

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakthunkhwa government has completed 255 mini micro hydro-power projects in 12 northern districts of the province to provide inexpensive electricity to people. "Work on 67 others mini macro hydro-power projects is also in full swing to provide affordable energy and clean drinking water to the people," officials in KP energy department said. The sources said the KP government had also proposed seven mega projects for inclusion in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) including Mujigram-Shghor…

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan sign MoUs for education, health projects in Azad Kashmir, KP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Thursday signed three Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) for grant projects in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the health and education sectors. Secretary Economic Affairs Division Syed Ghazanfar Abbas Jilani and the chief executive officer Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) signed the MoUs on behalf of their respective governments. The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Finance in Islamabad following a meeting between Finance Minister Asad Uma and a…

PTI govt to complete all projects of CPEC, says state minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Communications Murad Saeed said on Sunday the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would complete all projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). "Reforms are being introduced in the communication sector besides eradicating corruption," he said while addressing a news conference in Islamabad. The minister of state said six projects are being sent for third party audit while 34 other completed projects would be scrutinised. He said e-billing would be introduced to curb…

‘Pak-China ties must go beyond economic zones’

ISLAMABAD: Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar on Thursday said industrial cooperation between China and Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) should not be limited to special economic zones only. "There will be industrial relocation in Pakistan under larger industrial cooperation between Pakistan and China," he said while talking to media in Islamabad. He said the ongoing projects under the CPEC would be completed within the stipulated time. Khusro Bakhtiar said progress would also be made on the…

Rival warplane projects underline Europe’s divisions

FARNBOROUGH, England: Britain’s showy launch of a new fighter jet project at this week’s Farnborough Airshow has laid bare political tensions that are threatening to tear Europe apart and deepened scepticism about the future of European defense cooperation. The new UK program - launched with 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) of seed money just nine months before Britain leaves the European Union - rivals a Franco-German project begun over a year ago that has yet to be funded. France had hoped to work with Britain on the…

Chairman WAPDA briefs PM about water, dams, hydropower projects

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (retd) on Monday briefed Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk about water, dams and hydropower projects in Pakistan. The prime minister, in the meeting, was also apprised of WAPDA projects, particularly Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dams. The prime minister was briefed that construction work on Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dams will be started in fiscal year 2018-19. Diamer Bhasha Dam Project has a gross water storage capacity of…

Over Rs494 million released by govt for revenue division projects

ISLAMABAD: The government has so far released Rs494.994 million for various ongoing and new projects of revenue division under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the current fiscal year (2017-18). The government in its Federal PSDP had earmarked Rs790.100 million for the revenue division projects, with foreign exchange component of Rs105 million, reports said. The government released the total amount of Rs148 million for the establishment of inland revenue offices in the country, earmarked for the…