Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

DEC 2017

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France keenly following one belt one road initiative developments: MPs

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

ISLAMABAD, DEC 12 (DNA) – Mr. Jean-Bernard Sempastous the President of France-Pakistan Friendship Group of the National Assembly of the French Republic and Senator Pascal Allizard have acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. They also vowed to maintain regular contacts with their Pakistani counterparts. The French parliamentarians are also keeping a close eye on the progress of China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and will submit a report to French Senate after conclusion of their Pakistan visit.

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China glad to see unity among Pak political parties on CPEC: minister Wang

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

ISLAMABAD, DEC 11 (DNA) – Assistant Minister of Communist Party of China (CPC) Wang Yajun has said China was glad to see that all political parties in Pakistan were supporting CPEC adding this goodwill gesture shown by the political parties augurs well for the future of the project.The Chinese minister was speaking on the occasion of Thematic briefing on 19th National Congress of Communist Party of China (CPC). The briefing was arranged by Pakistan-China Institute.

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Masood Barkati, editor of children’s mag Naunehal, passes away

DEC 11 (DNA) – Masood Ahmed Barkati, who edited children’s magazine Hamdard Naunehal for around 65 years, passed away after a protracted illness on Sunday. He was 87.His friends and family members said Masood Ahmed Barkati, a prolific writer of children’s literature who wrote 20 books, was ill and died on Sunday evening.He had been editing the magazine for the past 65 years without missing a single issue.Most critics said such a long period for someone to edit a publication might be a record in itself in the world.

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Orange Line Metro Train: Litigation to cost exchequer over Rs10 billion

LAHORE, DEC 10 (DNA) – Although the Supreme Court of Pakistan conditionally allowed the Punjab government to complete the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project, the litigation already delayed the project by a year and is likely to escalate cost by more than Rs10 billion. An executive of a contracting company told that all construction works near heritage sites had been halted since January 28, 2016, when the court issued the first stay order. The court took almost 22 months to announce its verdict about the project’s fate. This not only delayed the scheme, but caused huge financial losses to the public exchequer.

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Seeing the pain of the Palestinian people makes me cry: Bella Hadid

DEC 10 (DNA) – Bella Hadid has spoken up against the injustice towards Palestinians and she’s heartbroken. the model shared, “Watching the news and seeing the pain of the Palestinian people makes me cry for the many many generations of Palestine.” Bella is referring to Trump’s recent decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the US leader said in a speech from the White House. “It’s the right thing to do.”

ISLAMABAD, DEC 08: Diplomats posing for a picture on the occasion of Somalia's joining of COMSATS GROUP, during a ceremony on Friday.=DNA PHOTO

Somalia becomes part COMSATS group

ISLAMABAD, DEC 08 (DNA) -A number of foreign dignitaries, representatives of a number of Pakistan based and international organizations and Pakistani Ministries of S&T and Foreign Affairs gathered in Islamabad to celebrate induction of Somalia as the 26th Member State of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS). They were at the reception held in Islamabad on December 8, 2017, to mark the new induction.

ISLAMABAD, DEC 07: Chinese artists perform on the occasion of an event titled “Rhythm of Liaohai Gala” held at Pakistan National Council of the Arts, on Thursday.=DNA PHOTO

Chinese artists present “Rhythm of Liaohai Gala Performance” at PNCA

 ISLAMABAD, DEC 08 (DNA) – Cultural Office of China Cultural organised ‘‘Rhythm of Liaohai ’’ gala Performance in PNCA.The Chief Guest was Chinese Ambassador.Yao jing and State Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Marryam Aurangzeb.This event was a joint performance of Chinese Artists and Pakistani Artists which gave an immense pleasure for the audience of the performance, also high lights included ethnic dances from china and Pakistan traditional Chinese folk songs.