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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…

Pir Pagara puts weight behind making south Punjab separate province

LAHORE: In support of newly-founded Junubi Punjab Sooba Muhaz (JPSM) party, President Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi alias Pir Pagara on Thursday threw his weight behind the cause of making south Punjab a separate province. "People of southern Punjab should rightfully get a separate province," he said in a joint press conference along JPSM leaders at Junubi Punjab Sooba Muhaz secretariat in Lahore.  Eight members of the PML-Nawaz on Monday announced to dissociate with the ruling…

USAID supports people of Sindh through various programmes: CM Murad

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday said United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports people of Sindh through a range of progammes focusing on energy, economic growth and agriculture, resilience, education and health sectors. He said this in a meeting with a delegation of USAID led by its Mission Director John Groarke at the CM House. The other USAID delegation members included Deputy Mission Director Denise A Herbol, Advisor USAID Dr Zulfikar A Gorar. The chief minister…

CM Punjab unveils extension of solar energy program across province

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Monday unveiled the extension of solar energy program across the province. Reviewing the solar program of Asian Development Bank (ADB) and AFD bank of France in a meeting, he said 15,000 schools of Punjab and University of Bahawalpur will be shifted on solar energy. “As per solar energy program, 7,000 basic health centres will also be shifted to solar energy,” he said. The meeting chaired by the CM Punjab also reviewed implementation on the agreement of installation of…

China targets parents in new religion rules for Muslim-dominated region

XINJIANG: Parents and guardians in China's heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang who encourage or force their children into religious activities will be reported to the police, the government said on Wednesday while unveiling new education rules. Hundreds of people have died in recent years in Xinjiang, the far western home to the Muslim Uighur people, in unrest blamed by Beijing on militants and separatists, though rights groups say the violence is more a reaction to repressive Chinese policies. The government strongly denies…