Death anniversary of legendary folk singer Mai Bhagi observed

The 38th death anniversary of legendary folk singer Mai Bhagi was observed today. Mai Bhagi was born in 1920 in a small village in Thar Desert. She started singing Thari songs as a child. By the early 1960s, Mai Bhagi was regularly appearing on Radio Pakistan singing songs in Thari and Sindhi languages. Mai Bhagi died on July 7, 1986 at the age of 66 years. Source: Radio Pakistan

PIA launches special flights for Najaf to facilitate pilgrims

Pakistan International Airlines has launched special flights for Najaf to facilitate pilgrims during Muharram. The flights operation called "Operation Ashura" is designed to provide a seamless travel experience for pilgrims during this significant period of religious observance. The return flights are set to begin on the 20th of this month to bring pilgrims from Najaf. Source: Radio Pakistan

Romina for launching TV channel to promote climate-resilient agriculture

Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Romina Khurshid Alam has announced to launch a dedicated TV channel tailored to support farmers in combating the impacts of climate change. In a statement today, he said that the idea of this innovative channel is to educate farmers on climate adaptation strategies, disaster management techniques, and sustainable practices to mitigate environmental degradation. The Coordinator said the channel will leverage the services of Pakistan Television to broadcast programs in six regional languages, ensuring that vulnerable communities receive timely information. The programs will be telecast through local PTV stations at the provincial level, maximizing and localizing the coverage and reach, she added. Romina Khurshid Alam also engaged with a private channel to amplify the voice of the Climate Ministry, promoting clean and green initiatives. She noted the TV channel will provide farmers with timely information and guidance on adapting to climate-related challen ges, including weather alerts to enable preemptive measures. She said that the channel will also feature initiatives promoting women's income generation, gender empowerment, and environmental sustainability. She said the government seeks to empower farmers with knowledge and tools to build resilience against climate change, leveraging the power of media. She stated media teams from relevant climate change departments and TV initiatives will collaborate to strengthen our efforts protecting the socio-economic impacts of climate change on the farming community. Romina Khurshid Alam is optimistic that this TV channel initiative will be a groundbreaking step towards a more climate-resilient and sustainable agricultural sector in Pakistan. Source: Radio Pakistan

CM Punjab directs administration to stay alert amid monsoon forecast

Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz has directed relevant departments and administration throughout the province to remain alert in view of monsoon rainfall forecast. In a statement, she directed to finalize precautionary measures to deal with urban flooding, landsliding and hill torrents. The Chief Minister said that in flood situation, flood affected people should be provided timely relief and assistance. Source: Radio Pakistan

PM Shehbaz to pay day-long visit to Karachi today

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif will pay a day-long visit to Karachi today. He will visit the Karachi port to review its operations and make important decisions for improvement. The Prime Minister will be briefed about Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim Authority and Pakistan National Shipping Corporation. He will also meet a delegation of businessmen from the export and import sector. During the visit, the Prime Minister will also take a briefing on increasing national income, facilities for the business community and reforms in the export and import sector. Important decisions will be taken in this regard. Source: Radio Pakistan

Tourism sector to generate revenue due to SIFC

Due to efforts of Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC), the tourism sector is poised to generate revenue exceeding 30 billion dollars during next five to six years. The 'Green Tourism Company' established in collaboration with SIFC has invested in dilapidated tourism to revive it them for promotion of Pakistan's status as a tourism-friendly country. Through mutual cooperation of all provinces under this effort, work is underway on short-term projects like setting up adequate service infrastructure and long-term projects like sustainable environment-friendly infrastructure. In the first phase of this initiative, 20 places have been selected from across the country out of which 25 percent are in Gilgit-Baltistan, for which three billion rupees have been invested by 'Green Tourism Company'. Under the initiative, more than 300 people in Gilgit-Baltistan will be provided direct employment while over 4000 will get indirect employment opportunities. It will be an eco-friendly project that promotes loc al culture, including local food, art and natural resources. Source: Radio Pakistan