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Load shedding in Pakistan will become a reference of history: Sharif

Updated: Nov 30, 2016 12:04 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov.30 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the problem of load shedding in the country will soon be a "reference of history".

Presiding over a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy, Sharif said he was satisfied with the progress being made on energy-related projects.

Water and Power Secretary Younas Dagah was quoted by the Dawn, as saying that circular debt has been capped, recoveries were satisfactory and line losses reduced.

The committee was informed that all transmission and distribution lines projects were on track.

Last week, the government had told the Senate that circular debt (in the power sector) stood at Rs.328 billion. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, speaking on behalf of Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif, had acknowledged that the matter was a serious one, but said that the government had taken a number of steps to bring it under control.

According to an official handout issued by the Prime Minister's Office, the Cabinet Committee on Energy reviewed progress on ongoing power projects, including coal-fired power plants, hydel projects and LNG power plants.

The projects are expected to add considerable power to the national grid in 2017 and before March 2018 - the year set as the deadline to eliminate load shedding from the country. (ANI)

Trump wants US to expand nuclear arsenal

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 05:09 IST

London [UK], Feb. 24(ANI): US President Donald Trump expressed that he wants to expand America's nuclear arsenal adding that the country has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity.

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London [UK], Feb. 24(ANI): Iraqi security forces recaptured the Mosul airport from ISIS, a key part of the government's offensive to drive the Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city.

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New York [USA], Feb. 24(ANI) : US President Donald Trump described his administration's moves to deport illegal immigrants as a military operation.

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Beijing [China], Feb. 24(ANI): Following the visit by Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar's to the country for the strategic dialogue, China hopes that it has achieved its expected goals and is of positive significance for promoting bilateral relations.

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Trumps calls Tillerson trip to Mexico 'tough'

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 01:32 IST

New York[USA], Feb. 24(ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has termed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Mexico as 'tough'.

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Pakistan, Turkey agree to boost cooperation

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 21:14 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Pakistan and Turkey on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to continue to transform their special relationship into a strong strategic partnership.

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PM Hasina to visit India in April

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 20:14 IST

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb. 23 (ANI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit India in April.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Sindh Home Department on Thursday issued a notification listing areas of Karachi which could be the next targets of the terrorists.

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Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Pakistani Army claimed on Thursday that it has averted a major terrorist incident which could have targeted university students in Balochistan.

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Afghan envoy demands reopening Torkham border

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 17:55 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Afghan ambassador to Islamabad Omar Zakhilwal has demanded authorities to reopen the Torkham border, which was shut down by Pakistan following the Sehwan attack.

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Ankara [Turkey], Feb. 23 (ANI): Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag on Thursday called on the newly installed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to extradite cleric Fetullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the last year's failed coup attempt.

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Lahore [Pakistan], Feb 23 (ANI): At least eight people have been killed and several others injured after a powerful explosion rocked an under-construction building in Lahore's busy Defence Y block area.

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Four killed, six injured in Lahore blast

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 13:07 IST

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Pakistan and Iran have agreed that the Border Security Commission of the two countries will meet soon to ensure that terrorists and smugglers are not able to operate from each other's territories.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara on a three day official visit to Turkey.

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