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Agriculture: Start cultivation of bhindi immediately!

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FAISALABAD: Agriculture experts have advised the growers to start cultivation of bhindi (okra/ladyfinger) immediately and complete it by end of March to get a bumper crop.
According to the Agriculture Department, the best time for the cultivation of okra crops is mid-February to the end of March. 
The growers should also use recommended varieties of okra as these varieties not only have disease resistance but also give maximum production.

Relevant: Punjab Agriculture Minister Malik Nauman Ahmad Langrial said that per acre yield of important crops would increase besides exports due to farmers friendly policies of the incumbent government. He said this addressing the launching of Punjab Agriculture Policy at a local hotel on Wednesday. Unfortunately, in past attention was not paid towards the preparation of comprehensive agriculture policy and for resolving the problems of the farming community, he added. Financial betterment of farmers was the top priority of the incumbent government, he said and added that was why the government had decided to provide beneficial subsidies directly to farmers in the form of cash transfer. The Minister stressed the need for utilizing available water in an appropriate manner and also lauded the steps of the Punjab government for the promotion of modern ways of irrigation. Punjab Agriculture Secretary Wasif Khursheed said all stakeholders had been consulted during the preparation of the agriculture policy and added that USAID experts had also extended assistance in this regard. Under this policy investment and mechanization would get promoted in the agriculture sector, the secretary added. He said in future annual developmental projects would be made in accordance with the agriculture policy guidelines. Wasif Khursheed said, almost development upto 4 to 5 per cent would take place in the agriculture sector with effective implementation of this policy. Provincial Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht and others also spokes on the occasion.

 

 

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Nahakki Tunnel opened for traffic

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ISLAMABAD: The 745-meter-long Nahakki Tunnel has been completed in Mohmand Agency.
The tunnel has been opened for all kinds of traffic as well. Locals talking to a private news channel said after the construction of the tunnel, traveling of five hours has been reduced to merely 2.5 hours.
People said they were happy with this infrastructure as it would facilitate them in traveling and save time.

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Turkey hits out at Moody’s after credit rating cut

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ANKARA: Turkey on Saturday lambasted Moody’s ratings agency after it cut Ankara’s credit rating further into junk territory, saying the downgrade raised concerns over the institution’s “objectivity and impartiality”.
The agency downgraded the long-term debt rating to B1 from Ba3 and said it maintained the negative outlook for Turkey, in a statement late Friday.
Although the country had a “large, diverse economy” and government debt was low, Moody’s said this was outweighed increasingly by “continued erosion in institutional strength and policy effectiveness on investor confidence”.
But the Turkish treasury and finance ministry said the move was “incompatible with the Turkish economy’s fundamental indicators”.
“As a result, this raises questions over the objectivity and impartiality of the body’s analyses,” the ministry added in a statement.
It pointed to rising tourism revenues, falling inflation, and a new judicial reform package as examples of “very positive developments that we sadly see are being ignored”.
The Turkish economy entered into recession for the first time in a decade last year following a currency crisis in the summer amid tensions with the United States.

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Russia warns against ‘hasty conclusions’ over tanker attacks

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MOSCOW: Russia warned Friday against jumping to conclusions over the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman after US President Donald Trump blamed them on Iran.
“We consider it necessary to refrain from hasty conclusions,” the Russian foreign ministry said, calling for a thorough international investigation.

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