Last update: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06am

General News: Pakistan


A 16-year-old Bengal tiger died due to illness at Karachi Zoological Garden on Friday. The Bengal tiger was brought to the zoo in 2014, according to the Zoo's administration who said that the tiger was not eating properly since few days after which he was medically examined and found ill. The tiger died today morning due to deteriorated health. As per Karachi Zoological Garden sources, Bengal tigers usually live not more than 17 or 18 years. They also said that a tender for purchasing a new tiger for the zoo will be submitted tomorrow.
All timings are in PST (Pakistan Standard Time).

The federal government has been told by the court to file a response by May 17 following a petition challenging a ban on the locally made film "Maalik". The government's rare step of directly banning the film has sparked public debate and sparking crises of censorship. Maalik, which had already been playing in cinemas, was declared "uncertified for the whole of Pakistan" by the Ministry of Information.
In a weather advisory for the farmers awfully busy in harvesting wheat crop across the country, Met Office said on Friday hot & dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during next two days (Saturday & Sunday), and the days temperatures are expected to remain 2-4°C above normal in most parts of the country.
The weather report on Friday (April 29, 2016) and the forecast for Saturday (April 30, 2016).

Pakistan is among the eight fast growing economies of the world due to structural reforms introduced by the present government, Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said on Thursday. While addressing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Investment Conference, held in Chinese Capital Beijing, he said that Pakistani nation is united on agenda of economic development. He said that there is no threat of political instability in the country.
Pakistan has urged the United Nations Department of Information (DPI) to maintain neutrality in reporting news coverage of events and ensure that their reports were unbiased. Speaking in the Committee on Information, which oversees the work of DPI, Pakistani delegate Masood Anwar said neutrality in UN reports was "very important." "We urge DPI to ensure that this neutrality is maintained and there is no bias for or against any member state in their reports," Anwar, who is press minister at the Pakistan Mission to the UN, told delegates on Wednesday.