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PM inaugurates Thal Express

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ISLAMABAD: PM Imran Khan has inaugurated the Railway Live Tracking System and Thal Express here today. 

Addressing the audience on the occasion PM reiterated his government’s resolve to devise people-friendly policies on a priority basis to take masses out of poverty. He said that uplift of the trains system of Pakistan Railways would be taken with the cooperation of China.

PM noted that  China was far ahead of other countries in the development of train systems and like other areas, we will also seek their cooperation in railways sector to make Pakistan Railways modern and customer friendly passenger service. He said work on Main Line-1 project will be expedited.

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said Thal Express will connect Rawalpindi to Multan. He said two VIP trains called Jinnah and Sir Syed will be run from next month.  The Minister said twenty more trains will be launched this year. He said the number of freight trains has been increased to 14 which will be further increased.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said in order to reduce expenditures of Pakistan Railways, the schools and colleges run by it as well as its hospitals will be privatized. He said the vigilance cell in Pakistan Railways has also been abolished.  The Minister said 365 acres of land has been acquired in Gwadar from Balochistan government for railway division. 

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12th 5-years plan envisages 5.4% growth 

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar has said that the 12th Five Year Plan envisaged an average growth of GDP at 5.4 percent and the expected outlay of the Plan would be Rs 11.750 trillion including Rs 1 trillion involving innovative financing through a public-private partnership.
He said the plan extensively covered growth, macro stability, expand agriculture production, galvanize agro-business potential, industry and export competitiveness, human resource development, integrated energy planning, infrastructure development, social safety nets, poverty reduction, achieving SDGs and administrative reforms along-with focus on less developed areas, climate change and environment.
The Minister was chairing a briefing to Economic Advisory Council on draft 12th Five Year Plan here on Friday.
Advisor to PM on Commerce & Industry Abdul Razzak Dawood, members Economic Advisory Council, Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan, Secretary BISP Ali Raza Bhutta, Chief Economist Ejaz Wasti, Members Planning Commission and senior officials of all sections of the ministry were present during the briefing.
Makhdum Khusro said that it has been decided to conduct quarterly reviews of the plan at the Ministry and bi-annual reviews will be made by the Prime Minister for its effective implementation in achieving all the set targets.
He stated that priority will be given to projects related to infrastructure development, transport, housing, communication, energy, and water sector.
The Minister said that development strategy also entails boosting the country’s exports as well as envisages a mechanism to monitor the progress of ongoing projects.
He added that the Plan aims at improving the productivity of all sectors of the economy. He said that the Government was committed to ensuring timely completion of all ongoing projects without any cost escalation.
Makhdum Khusro appreciated the macroeconomic framework prepared by the Planning Commission.
Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan said that Plan document has been prepared through an extensive consultative process involving dialogue with stakeholders, formal consultation with the members of different working groups formulated for different sectors.
So far, more than thirty sessions have been held with stakeholders for preparing the draft of the next Plan. He apprised that after taking the inputs and suggestions from the members of the Economic Advisory Council, the Plan will be placed before the National Economic Council for consideration and approval.

 

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BMW, Daimler to invest 1b euros

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BERLIN: German auto giants BMW and Daimler said Friday they would invest one billion euros ($1.1 billion) in combining and extending their carsharing schemes, in future offering a slew of joint “mobility services”, including for electric cars.
“We are pooling the strength and expertise of 14 successful brands and investing more than one billion euros to establish a new player in the fast-growing market for urban mobility,” Dieter Zetsche, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler said in a statement.

 

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Senate Standing Committee visits Wafaqi colony

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LAHORE: Senate Standing Committee on Housing and Works led by its chairman Mir Kabeer Ahmad Muhammad Shahi on Friday visited 60 newly constructed apartments in Wafaqi Colony.
Talking to media men on the occasion, Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmad said the Senate standing committee on housing and works was thoroughly briefed by the ministry of housing and works regarding its projects in Lahore. He said that out of 60 apartments, 16 had been handed over. The cost of one flat was Rs 68,00,000, he said adding that it was ‘reasonable price’ in view of the project location.
He informed that the Senate standing committee also met Punjab Governor  Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Thursday and discussed matters with him. He said the Governor assured to extend all possible support to retrieve Housing and Works land from Board of Revenue. Later, they also visited Wafaqi colony, federal lodges and reviewed the facilities being provided there. Senate standing committee members including Senator Mirza Muhammad Afridi and others were also present.

 

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