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Top 5 news stories you need to know about today

Top 5 news stories you need to know about today

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Major changes to PML-N; Maryam Nawaz among 16 vice presidents, Abbasi named senior VP

It looks like major changes are happening in all political parties. A day after Shahbaz Sharif steps down as the Public Accounts Committee chairman and only hours after the Supreme Court turned down Nawaz’s appeal to extend his bail, the PML-N has announced a new structure. PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif approved major changes to the party’s structure on Friday, with former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi being named the PML-N senior vice president and Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of ex-premier Nawaz Sharif, being appointed a vice president for the first time. The restructuring of the party also sees Ahsan Iqbal, who was previously the party’s acting secretary general, being named the PML-N secretary general, and Hamza Shahbaz making it to the list of 16 vice presidents that also includes Maryam.  The other 14 vice presidents include: Abid Sher Ali, Ayaz Sadiq, Chaudhry Barjees Tahir, Dr Darshan Lal Punchi, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Khurram Dastagir, Mian Javed Latif, Mohammad Zubair, Mushahidullah Khan, Nelson Azeem, Pervaiz Rasheed, Raheela Durrani, Rana Tanveer Hussain and Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan.

8 million people may go below poverty line in Pakistan, warns economist

Dr Hafeez Pasha, a distinguished economist of the country has given us a warning, that within the next 2 fiscal years, 8 million people may go below the line of poverty. He says with the current growth expected from our economy, unemployment is bond to increase. This coupled with increased inflation will push 8 million people below the poverty line. More importantly, inflation is feared to reach a peak double-digit rate in 2019-20 particularly due to the continuing depreciation of rupee and higher indirect tax burden. And it will stay high single-digit the next two years and the target is to bring it down to below 5 percent from 2021-22 onwards,” he said. Dr Pasha mentioned that the current financial year will end up with almost 7 percent budget deficit. This time, he said, the debt servicing will eat up mammoth amount of Rs2.6 trillion and the defence budget will also increase given the situation on eastern and western borders. He worries about political unrest too, as that could put Pakistan in a more vulnerable state.

Indus second most polluted river in the world

Pakistan consumes a total of 55 Billion plastic bags every year and Indus is the second most polluted river in the world. This was said during a climate change awareness seminar in Azad, Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). According to World Economic Forum, 90% of plastic polluting our oceans comes from just 10 rivers, including the Indus. With such a large poluution problem, this type of warning sign needs to be dealt with.

Disney’s Star Wars Park is almost ready

Disney’s plan to take over the world is just getting started! After one of the biggest buyouts in history, Disney is doing what is does best now; Theme parks. Building off of a very loyal fan base, Disney is making a $1 Billion park just dedicated to Stars Wars. And the best news, it’s almost done! So you do not have to wait too long! It shall be here soon!

CM Buzdar declares to ban plastic bags in Punjab

Plastic bags have been banned from Punjab following a cabinet meeting held in Lahore yesterday. Headed by Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, the meeting took place in Lahore on Monday to review the cleanliness in Lahore and other cities. This type of law is surprising coming from Buzdar, who gain some controversy when he was appointed. With pollution at an all-time high, this is a welcomed move!

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