Text Bulletin 2000 hrs

General Bajwa assured the Chief Minister that Pak Army would keep on cooperating with the provincial government in connection with elimination of terrorism in the province.

 

CM-GB
Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman says government is focusing on development of Agriculture sector to bring a positive change in life standard of farmers.

 

G-B
The Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Election Commissioner has suspended membership of twenty members of Legislative Assembly for not submitting assets details.

Notification in this regard has been issued.

Out of thirty three members of Legislative Assembly, thirteen have submitted their assets details sofar.

They include CM Hafiz-ur-Rehman, Deputy Speaker Jafarullah Khan, Cabinet members Muhammad Imran, Jan Baz Khan, Haider Khan Muhammad Shafiq and Assembly members Razwan Ali, Imtiaz Haider, Skindar Ali Ghulam Hussain, Muhammad Amin and Rehana Ibadi.

 

AJK-DEVELOPMENT
Federal Government is focusing on communication sector in Azad Kashmir to promote tourism, trade and economic activities besides better traveling facilities to the masses.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Muzaffarabad correspondent that two mega projects including Authmuqam Tao Butt highway and Kohalla Muzaffarabad via Lower Toppa road would be launched soon.

Both the projects would be completed at a cost of over 37 billion rupees.
Two tunnels would also be constructed on Authmuqam Tao Butt road at Neelum.

Meanwhile,work on Authmuqam Kairran By Pass Road and Leswa Kairran By Pass Road costing about 1.70 billion rupees is underway.

Moreover,over 20 billion rupees are being spent on 190 kilometers long Tourism Corridor to boost tourism in the state.

Similarly, 142 billion rupees would be spent on Mansehra, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur Mangla Expressway under CPEC.

 

KASHMIR
In occupied Kashmir, people including women staged massive demonstrations across the territory, on Friday to protest against the incessant braid-chopping incidents.

Several people sustained injures due to the use of brute force by Indian police and troops on the protesters.

Call for the demonstrations was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The puppet authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and sealed Jamia Masjid on the fourth consecutive week, disallowing the Juma prayers at the historic mosque.

People including women and children took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipore, Islamabad, Sopore, Shopian, Kulgam, Tral, Pulwama and other areas.

Raising high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protesters termed the braid-chopping spree as a well-thought-out conspiracy masterminded by the Indian agencies to create a sense of insecurity and fear-psychosis among the masses particularly womenfolk.

Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Leadership in a statement in Srinagar called for complete shutdown and to observe civil curfew, on Thursday to register protest against the unabated disgraceful acts of braid chopping.

 

DAY
The World Osteoporosis Day was observed at a ceremony by the Pakistan Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled in Lahore on Friday.

Addressing the ceremony, President PSRD Parvez Masud said osteoporosis is one of the major leading causes of disability globally.

He stressed the need for making collective efforts to cope to combat disease.

The day is dedicated to raising awareness about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, a silent, debilitating and deadly disease which weakens bones and is the leading cause of fragility fractures and disability in older people.

 

MOON
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has announced that the crescent of Safar-ul-Muzaffar has not been sighted and 1st Safar-ul-Muzaffar 1439 Hijri will be on Sunday (22nd October).

This was announced by the chairman of the Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman after the meeting of the committee in Karachi a short while ago.

 

SPAIN
Spain’s government and the main opposition party have agreed to hold a new election in Catalonia in January to resolve the country’s deepest political crisis in decades.

The central government will hold a special Cabinet session on Saturday to begin the activation of Article 155 of Spain’s 1978 Constitution, which allows for central authorities to take over all or some of the powers of any of the country’s 17 autonomous regions.

Socialist party official Carmen Calvo said on Friday in Barcelona that an agreement was reached with Spain’s government on holding a new election .

 

IRAQ
In Iraq, government forces took complete control of Kirkuk province on Friday.

The last Alton Kupri district north of Kirkuk city have been made free after fierce clashes between Kurdish and Iraqi troops , days after the Iraqi army took control of disputed areas.

Iraqi Defense Ministry said in a statement that federal police and counter-terrorism forces have deployed in and imposed security on the sub-district.

Iraqi forces have this week taken over swathes of territory which had been held by the Kurds since 2014.

Iraqi forces are seeking to reestablish Baghdad’s authority over territory which the Kurdish forces occupied outside the official boundaries of their autonomous region.

 

SYRIA
A US-backed Syrian force declared victory over Daesh group in its former “capital” of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence.

At a press conference held inside the city , the Syrian Democratic Forces formally handed over administration of the devastated northern city to a council made up of local officials and tribal leaders.

IS took over Raqqa, located on the Euphrates River, in January 2014, and transformed it into the epicenter of its brutal rule.

The fall of Raqqa marks a major defeat for IS, which has seen its territories steadily shrink since last year.

 

ADD SYRIA
Meanwhile, at least 16 civilians including several children have been killed in Russian air strikes in Deir Ezzor province.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the civilians were killed as they tried to cross the Euphrates river near the town of Abu Kamal.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict erupted in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

 

UNICEF
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund has expressed grave concern over plight of Rohingya Muslim refugees’ children in Bangladesh.

The Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake said in a statement in Geneva that about one in five children in the area is “acutely malnourished and many of them have suffered tremendous loss.

 

KOREA
North Korea has refused to hold any talks with Washington saying that possessing nuclear weapons is a matter of life and death for the country.

Director-general of North American department of North Korean foreign ministry, told a non-proliferation conference in Moscow that the United States would “have to put up” with North Korea’s nuclear status.

 

BREXIT
EU leaders have agreed to start internal work on the bloc’s relationship with Britain after Brexit.

EU President Donald Tusk said in a tweet the bloc’s other 27 leaders meeting in Brussels had agreed to begin preparations for trade talks even though not enough progress has been made on the terms of separation.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May at a Brussels summit on Friday said that Britain would only agree a detailed financial settlement for Brexit once its future relationship with the EU was agreed.

 

NATO
NATO ambassadors will hold talks with Russia’s envoy next week during NATO-Russia Council meeting.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s said in Brussels on Friday that the meeting will be held on Thursday at NATO Headquarters.

Developments in Afghanistan, the situation in Ukraine and reducing the risks of clashes and accidents during military exercises or border surveillance will be discussed.

NATO has stationed 4,000 troops in the Baltic countries and Poland in response to fears of Russian aggression.
Moscow says the Western military alliance is closing in on its borders.

 

MADAGASCAR
In Madagascar,the death toll from a plague outbreak has risen to 94 with the number of suspected cases jumping to more than eleven hundred.

The World Health Organization said in Geneva on Friday that it has sent 1.3 million doses of antibiotics to Madagascar, enough to treat 5,000 patients exposed to the infectious disease.

Madagascar has suffered plague outbreaks almost every year since 1980 typically between September and April.

The current outbreak is unusual as it has affected urban areas especially the capital Antananarivo increasing the risk of transmission and sparking panic in the population.

 

KENYA
In Kenya, four people have been killed in recent opposition demonstrations in Nairobi.

Police sources said on Friday that Opposition protesters are demanding electoral reforms.