Russia delivers Mi-35 assault helicopters to Pakistan
RAWALPINDI: Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have insinuated that there is ample evidence to believe that Russia delivers Mi-35 assault helicopters to Pakistan
Recently, the Consul General of Russia here while answering to this scribe’s query, about a long-awaited delivery of helicopters, had indicated that the deal would soon be materialized.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan and Russia had finalized the $153m deal for the supply of helicopters when former COAS Gen. Raheel Sharif visited Moscow in June 2016. The initial contract was inked at GHQ here in August 2015.
Pakistan-US Effort to Safeguard Children’s Food
ISLAMABAD: Researchers, government agencies, and private businesses from Pakistan and the United States announced today their cooperation to eliminate a toxic fungus that causes liver cancer and stunting in children. The joint effort also aims to improve nutrition and safeguard the health of Pakistan’s citizens by securing a disease-free food supply.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working with the Pakistani company Rafhan Maize Products to target the fungus aflatoxin, which occurs naturally in crops. The project will use a cutting-edge USDA technology that works to eliminate aflatoxin in the fields, where it affects up to 25% of all crops grown. This joint effort will make Pakistan a leader in global efforts to grow safer vegetables, such as maize, as well as nuts, such as pistachios, and will even help secure the health of livestock by protecting the plants grown as feed for the animals.
At the event to announce the project, Deputy Chief of Mission John Hoover from the U.S. Mission Pakistan congratulated the partners working on this effort and highlighted the long history of U.S.-Pakistani cooperation in the field of agriculture. Commenting on the impact that fighting aflatoxin will have, Hoover, commented, “It will affect the health and job prospects of thousands of Pakistanis and improve the economic viability of Pakistani commodities for export.”
Key partners working with the USDA to safeguard Pakistani crops include the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Agricultural Research Centre, and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International.
Information Minister says accountability will continue!
ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has categorically declared that an across the board accountability process will continue without any discrimination.
Talking to newsmen outside the Parliament House on Wednesday, he said government does not believe in any political victimization but will bring to justice all those who plundered the national exchequer. He said any amount of hue and cry would not hinder the ongoing accountability process in the country.
He said opposition parties should come out with concrete proposals to amend the accountability laws to ensure transparency in the process.
Fawad Chaudhry said the government did not oppose the participation of opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif in the National Assembly Session and he has been brought to Islamabad from Lahore on production orders by the Speaker National Assembly.
PM Imran pledges Govt. support to Media
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government will extend its full support to the media for the promotion of democracy, good governance, ensuring transparency and merit.
Talking to a delegation of All Pakistan Newspapers Society in Islamabad, he said media has played an important role in conveying the ideology of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to the masses and making it a success.
The Prime Minister said PTI has not grown in any incubation center and it has attained this position after a struggle of twenty-two years. He said media is the opinion maker of society and it would have to play its role to protect the country. He said Pakistan was pushed into debt-trap during the last ten years and the country’s debts increased from six trillion rupees to 30 trillion rupees.
The Prime Minister said the government is conducting an audit of 30 trillion rupees loans so that it could be traced out where the money was spent and which projects were materialized from those loans.
He said the FIA has unearthed several fake accounts and the government is bound to rectify that situation. Imran Khan said current foreign remittances of the country are around 40 billion dollars, out of which only 20 billion dollars are being received through banking channels, which would be enhanced to 30 billion dollars. He said the present government is taking concrete steps to block money laundering.
The Prime Minister said a strategy is being formulated for the payment of arrears of media, pending since the previous governments, so that the problems of the newspaper industry could be resolved.