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Brunei Darussalam and Pakistan has signed a number of Memorandums of Understanding and agreements as well as bilateral forums to benefit both countries. This was stated by His Excellency Retired Major General Tariq Rashid Khan, High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Brunei Darussalam at the reception on the occasion of Pakistan Day last night.

Tuberculosis or TIBI is both preventable and curable. With a combination of vaccination, accessible healthcare, early screening and diagnosis, it is possible for a country to eliminate TB as a public health problem. However, even after significant advancements in healthcare, a third of the world's population has been exposed and is currently infected with T-B. In fact globally, it is responsible for 9 million new cases and 1.5 million deaths each year. This was among the matters underscored in the message by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doktor Awang Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, Minister of Health in conjunction with World TB Day.

The Council of ASEAN Chief Justices is being urged to maintain the momentum it had gained over the years in building its partnership and enhancing cooperation as it will only grow stronger as long as it remains committed to the vision for court excellence for all ASEAN Member States. This was stated by by the Honourable Dato Seri Paduka Haji Kifrawi bin Dato Paduka Haji Kifli, The Chief Justice of Brunei Darussalam at the Opening ceremony of the 5th Council of ASEAN Chief Justices, CACJ Meeting, this morning.

The propagation of Islam in the country continues to shine with the increase of new converts embracing Islam as their new faith. This afternoon, a conversion ceremony was held for an Iban couple. The function took place at Kampung Labi Mosque in Kuala Belait.

The government spending control measures that have been implemented are among the Prudent Spending Initiatives which was one of the main focuses of the Financial Year 2017-2018 Budget. The initiative supports the theme 'Balanced Expenditure to Support Sustainable Economic Growth' to protect the country's financial strength from being jeopardised following the current uncertain global economic situation, which is unpredictable in the years to come.

According to the Water Service Department's study and statistics, water usage in Brunei Darussalam is among the highest in the region. The total amount of water used for domestic purposes is estimated at more than 420 litres per person per day, compared to the amount used in the neighbouring countries of about 200 to 250 litres per person per day. Such a difference shows that water usage in this country is far more than elsewhere in the region. Currently, it is estimated that over one billion people across the globe are not receiving clean water and the number is expected to rise up to 2.8 billion by 2025. This is a cause for great concern if no effort is made to save water. The matter was highlighted in the Friday Sermon today.

In conjunction with World Earth Day that falls every end of March, the Tutong District will conduct Tutong Earth Hour tomorrow. The event will take place in the Parking Area of the Tutong River Jetty, starting at 8 in the evening.

Ghanim International Corporation, the trading and marketing arm of the bruneihalalfoods brand, launched additions to their chicken products range manufactured by Ghanim International UK Limited this afternoon. The product launch was held at Giant Supermarket in Rimba.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in February 2017 rose by point 5 percent over January 2017. Both Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Index and Non-Food Index increased by point 1 percent and point 6 per cent, respectively.