WASHINGTON: US lawmakers have reached an agreement in principle to avoid a new government shutdown at the end of the week, senators announced Monday, including $1.375 billion for a wall on the southern US border.
“We’ve reached an agreement in principle between us on the Homeland Security and the other six bills,” Senator Richard Shelby, a key Republican negotiator, told reporters.
Senior congressional aides told media the agreement included $1.375 billion in funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border — a key campaign promise of President Donald Trump, who had demanded $5.7 billion for his pet project.
The agreed figure would fund approximately 55 miles (89 kilometers), all to be located in the Rio Grande Valley area of south Texas, the aides said.
The deal still faces White House approval.
The Democrats and Trump have been clashing for weeks over funding a barrier on the border.
The gridlock prompted the longest government shutdown in US history — lasting over a month — that ended January 25 when Trump signed into law a deal giving lawmakers three weeks to come up with an agreement, or face further paralysis.
As Monday’s tentative deal was announced, the president was holding a campaign-style rally in the frontier city of El Paso, Texas — a place where he claims walls have eradicated an out-of-control influx of criminals from Mexico.
7 militants dead in clash in N. Afghanistan
MAIMANA: Seven militants were killed and four others injured as clash erupted in Garziwan district of Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province on Saturday, an army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said.
According to the official, the clash erupted early morning after the militants attacked some security checkpoints, and security forces retaliated forcing the militants to flee after leaving seven bodies behind, and four others injured. There were no casualties on security personnel, the official said.
Registered workers’ applications for Hajj!
ISLAMABAD: The Workers Welfare Fund (WWF), Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development, has asked the registered workers of capital based factories/establishments to submit their applications for inclusion in Hajj draw by 28th February.
According to a WWF official, ten registered industrial workers from Islamabad would be chosen through balloting, whose hajj expenses would be borne by the Fund.
The minimum age of the applicants should be 40 years and must not be over 60 years. They should fulfill the criteria of a worker as defined by IRA-2017, and be registered with Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) or Employees Social Security Institutions (ESSI). They are required to submit an affidavit stating that they had not performed Hajj at least in last five year (from 2014-18).
The applying worker must submit a certificate from his respective institution that the institution is situated and registered within the limits of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). In the case of women worker, all expenditure and another arrangement of her accompanying Mehram will be paid by herself.
WWF would pay the expenses as per the announced Hajj Policy 2019, complete applications should be sent to Assistant Director (Welfare) WWF, Building No 2, Street no 39, Mauve Area, G-10/4, Islamabad.
In case a selected worker is failed to go to perform Haj, he/she will not be entitled to receive the money. His berth will be allotted to next waiting candidate to avail the free hajj facility. The decision of WWF will be final and cannot be challenged in any case.
NASA welcomes Pakistani girl for one-week internship
NEW YORK: Raadeyah Aamir, 13, has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a one-week internship.
She is a student of class eight at the British Overseas School, Karachi. Aamir is among a group of 26 students selected for NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre’s one week programme. She was selected for the programme after her outstanding academic performance and keen interest in aerospace.
Through the internship, she will be able to get training as the next generation of space explorers in the Astronaut Training Experience, land walk and drive on Mars through virtual and motion simulation, and conduct a spacewalk in a microgravity experience.
The group will depart for Florida today (Saturday).