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Minister reviews Tarbela Dam extension projects ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Wednesday visited Tarbela Dam to review extension developmental projects T-4 and T-5 and expressed his satisfaction at the pace of work.General Manager Tarbela Dam, Iqbal Masood Siddiqui and Project Manager briefed the minister about the extension programmes.Talking to media, the minister said the projects were due to be completed in 2018 but on the special direction of Prime Minister the said projects would be completed by June 2017.He said 1410 MW electricity each would be produced from these two projects , adding low rates power production would benefit the industry and agriculture sector.He said work on all pending projects would be started soon and priority would be given to hydel projects.The minister said Prime Minister would sign various agreements on power production during his upcoming visit to China.He said the government was also chalking out policy to run tube-wells ...

President asks VCs to give proposals about revision of national curriculum ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday asked vice chancellors of federal universities to give proposals regarding revision of the national curriculum.He was talking to vice chancellors of federal universities who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr.The President said that all provinces had agreed to work jointly for revision of the national curriculum. The President sought recommendations for inclusion of religious seminaries in the national curriculum.The President said that degradation of society had declined in the education ...
Govt announces Rs 3,000 support price of cotton: NA told ISLAMABAD: Minister for Textile and Industry Abbas Khan Afridi Wednesday informed the National Assembly that the government had announced Rs 3,000 per 40 kilograms support price of cotton. In Question Hours, he said, Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) had been directed to purchase the cotton from the farmers. The Minister said the government was committed to protect the interest of the farmers and TCP had started to purchase cotton from the farmers. He said cotton ...
Committee constituted to make EOBI sustainable: NA told ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain on Wednesday said a committee has been constituted to make Old Age Benefit Institute (EOBI) self sustainable and viable institute to enable it to pay pensions of registered employees in a smooth way. Responding to Calling Attention Notice moved by Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mian Abdul Manan, Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh and Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, the minister said the committee headed by Finance Minister Ishaq would submit its report ...
PM discusses political situation with Saleem Zia, Sherpao ISLAMABAD: Secretary General Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sindh Saleem Zia and Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao separately called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here at his Parliament House Chamber on Tuesday.Overall political situation came under discussion during the meetings. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...
Steps being taken to prevent damage from Nilofar: NA told  ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Tuesday informed the National Assembly that all possible steps were being taken to prevent damage from the Nilofar cyclone. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was coordinating with the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities in this regard, he said while responding to a point of order raised by former Speaker National Assembly Fehmida Mirza, who asked what steps were being taken by the government to ...
Asif asks MQM not to link political issue with religion ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif on Monday asked the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) not to link a political issue with religion.Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly, the minister urged the MQM to end tension with Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah as he had twice tendered apology on the matter."I request the MQM not to drag the issue as the country cannot afford politics of confrontation,", he added.Asif ...


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