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Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Monday, April-03-2017

Minister for Water and Power says all out efforts are being made to increase power generation to meet the rising energy demand.
Population count of second block in first phase of census has started in sixty-three districts after completion of house listing.
In Punjab, ban on cotton cultivation has been lifted.
In occupied Kashmir, APHC has urged Indian Prime Minister to resolve the Kashmir dispute in its historical perspective.
FATA Super League began at Jamrud, Khyber Agency on Monday.
A three day rain spell in different parts of the country is likely to begin tonight.
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has says all out efforts are being made to increase power generation to meet the rising demand in the country.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday, he said hydel power generation is currently two thousand megawatt which will be enhanced to three thousand and five hundred megawatt next month.
The Minister said one thousand megawatt electricity has been added to national grid since last year.
He said there will be no additional load shedding after the end of current month.
The government has launched an ambitious plan to expand railway network throughout the country to link all parts together, especially Balochistan. 
According to details, 2,965 kilometer long new tracks will be laid throughout the country which include 1,761 kilometers in Balochistan.
Under the plan, 2,617 kilometer-long track will be upgraded, which include 1,064 kilometers in Balochistan.
The government has invited expression of interest for laying of new railway track, rehabilitation and up-gradation of existing tracks on various sections on Build-Operate-Transfer basis.
The plan will help materialize Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's dream of a developed and economically strong Pakistan.                               
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says PTI Chief Imran Khan will have to answer for his misdeeds and corruption.
In a statement, she said PTI leader is now avoiding giving details of his party's foreign funding before the Election Commission of Pakistan.
She said Imran Khan should answer for investing people's donations in businesses.
The State Minister said PTI workers and the entire nation want Imran Khan to give details of foreign funding of the party.
Population count of second block in first phase of census has started in sixty-three districts after completion of house listing.
This was stated by Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa during a media briefing in Islamabad on Monday.
Replying a question, he said population and housing data in North and South Waziristan agencies will be calculated in collaboration with FATA Disaster Management Authority.
He urged people to cooperate with census teams and report to PBS at the toll free number in case census teams have not reached their home or area.                 
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says Punjab's economy has been boosted through reforms.
He was addressing opening ceremony of Punjab Economic Forum in Lahore on Monday.  
He said through our own provincial resources, Punjab is setting up gas power projects with capacity of 3600-MW to resolve energy issues in the province.
Meanwhile, addressing the forum renowned economist and former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Ishrat Husain said Punjab Government has taken solid measures for strengthening the economy.
Punjab Agriculture Department has immediately lifted ban on cultivation of cotton before 15th April in Cotton zone of the province.
A spokesman of Punjab Agriculture Depart Multan Chaudhry Asmat Naveed Kahloon told Radio Pakistan Multan correspondent Rao Umar Draz Khan that this ban was imposed for the purpose to save cotton crop from pink boll worm.   
He said Punjab government has fixed the target of sowing cotton of six million acres while the target of production of cotton is ten million bales in the province this year.                         
Sindh High Court has suspended the notification of removing A.D. Khawaja from the post of IG Sindh and has ordered that he would remain on the position till the next hearing that will be held on 6th of this month.
During hearing of the case against the removal of A.D. Khawaja from the post of IG in Karachi on Monday, the Court also ordered the acting IG Sindh Sardar Abdul Majeed to leave the charge of IG office immediately and hand over it to A.D. Khawaja.
Talking to media after the hearing, the lawyer of A.D. Khawaja said that IG Sindh can be removed from office on the orders of Federal Government and not the Provincial Government.
The voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to their motherland started on Monday.
A repatriation center has been opened at Chamkani near Peshawar to register refugees who want to go back to Afghanistan.
Sixteen thousand Afghan refugees have already been registered with the center and they will be repatriated to Afghanistan by the end of next month.
Afghan refugees from Hazara region are being provided repatriation related documentation facilities at a center opened at Chamkani near Peshawar.
UNHCR representative in Haripur told our Abbottabad's correspondent that two hundred dollar are also being provided to each returning Afghan refugee besides food and other basic items.
An Afghan delegation comprising journalist and academics called on Adviser to Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Monday.
The Adviser briefed the delegation about different aspects of Pak-Afghan relations.
Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan believes in peaceful Afghanistan for peace in the region.                                          
Lowari Tunnel will be opened for traffic from on Tuesday.
According to schedule, the tunnel will open for traffic at 04:30pm and close at 10:30 pm.
Police foiled an attempt of terrorism and arrested a member of a banned outfit from Rajjar area of district Charsadda on Monday morning.
One kilogram explosive material and a hand grenade were recovered from him.                        
The hero of 1965 war retired Air Marshall Azim Dawoodpota , who also served as Governor of Sindh passed away in Karachi on Monday. He was 84.
According to the spokesperson of Pakistan Air Force, his Namaz-e-Janaza will be offered at PAF Faisal Base after Zohar prayer.
Azeem Dawoodpota joined the Air Force in 1955 and served the country with valour in 1965 war for which he was awarded Sitara-e-Jurrat. He was also awarded with Sitara-e-Imtiaz.
He served as the Governor of Sindh from 25th October 1999 to 24th May 2000.                           
In Occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to act as a statesman and resolve the Kashmir dispute in its historical perspective.
In a statement, referring to Indian Prime Minister visit to occupied Kashmir, APHC spokesman said, Kashmir is a sensitive political issue and extraordinary courage is needed to resolve it.
He termed the last day’s shutdown as a message to the Indian rulers, that Kashmir issue could not be solved.
Meanwhile the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt has said that visits of any Indian Prime Minister to the territory cannot change nature of Kashmir dispute
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that roads and tunnels cannot make a nation change its freedom course.          
The FATA Super League began at Jamrud, Khyber Agency on Monday.
Twenty-four teams from all over FATA are participating in the league.
Inaugurating the FATA Super League, Advisor to Prime Minister Amir Muqam said the government has introduced reforms in the tribal areas to bring it in the mainstream of national development.
Amir Muqam said after the merger of FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the tribal areas will receive one hundred and ten billion rupees in addition to their annual budget allocation.
Senator Shah Jee Gul Afridi in his address lauded the steps taken by the federal government for introducing reforms in FATA.                
A three-day rain spell in different parts of the country is likely to begin tonight
Director General MET office Dr. Ghulam Rasool, in an interview with Radio Pakistan said rain-dust and thunderstorm associated with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
He said isolated places in D.G. Khan, Multan, Sahiwal, Quetta, Zhob divisions may also be affected.
Meanwhile hot and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.
Dr Ghulam Rasool said that heavy falls are also expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara divisions and Kashmir, while hailstorm is likely in Islamabad, upper Punjab, upper KP and Kashmir. 
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