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Wednesday, May 8th, 2019


Pakistan, Latvia identify areas for future cooperation


ISLAMABAD, May 08 (DNA): The 5th round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Latvia was held in Riga. Additional Secretary (Europe) Zaheer A. Janjua and Ambassador Janis Mazeiks, Under Secretary of State and Political Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, led their respective delegations. The two sides undertook a comprehensive review of the bilateral relations and identified areas for future cooperation in political, economic, trade, investment, education and cultural fields. The Additional Secretary briefed on the political and economic developments in Pakistan, including the strengtheningRead More

Govt accepts IMF demand of increasing electricity, gas prices


ISLAMABAD, May 08 (DNA): The federal government has accepted the demand of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of increasing electricity and gas prices in the country. The consumers will pay Rs340 billion in three years for electricity and gas. The government has also agreed to make the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) an autonomous body to set electricity prices. Sources said only exporters will be given limited subsidy in industrial consumers. Sources said the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) will also be made autonomous in setting the prices.Read More

Governing is easier than opposition, PM quips


ISLAMABAD, MAY 08 (DNA) – A pun-intended remarks came from Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday when he said governing Pakistan was easy. In a response to a journalist’s question asking, what was more difficult, sitting in opposition or governing the country, the prime minister said: “It is very easy to govern.” Prime Minister Khan’s witty reply came following the meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Parliamentary party. Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan briefed the PTI parliamentary party about new Local Government system, as per sources. The prime minister presented theRead More

Govt to bring reforms through legislation: Dr Firdous


ISLAMABAD, MAY 08 (DNA) – Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Wednesday said the government wanted to bring reforms by introducing legislation in the Parliament. She made the remarks during a meeting with office bearers of Parliamentary Reporters Association (PRA) here at Parliament House. She congratulated the newly elected office bearers of Parliamentary Reporters Association. Legislation in public interest was imperative, she said adding media should not let point-scoring by the opposition. She said each minute of proceedings in the Parliament was costing aRead More

Five-year lunar calendar to be finalised before 15th Ramadan: Fawad Ch

BISP will continue to run under Ehsas program: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD, May 08 (DNA): Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, on Wednesday said that the lunar calendar for next five years will be prepared before 15th Ramadan, however, the cabinet is fully authorised for its acceptance and rejection. While addressing a press conference, Chaudhry said that reformations were also introduced in the information ministry and directives were issued to provide equal air time to opposition parties on state television. The federal minister said that he, as the minister for information, had attempted to bring a transparent system for distributionRead More

Iran desires to become part of CPEC: Mehdi Honardoost


ISLAMABAD, MAY 08 (DNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost on Wednesday called on Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Nadeem Babar in Islamabad. During the meeting, the ambassador said that the Iran desires to become part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a gam changer project for the entire region, and Iran can play its role in it. They agreed to collaborate to check smuggling of petroleum products at Pak-Iran border. They also vowed to further enhance cooperation between the twoRead More