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The Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) on Thursday recommended the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) raise the power tariff by Rs0.22 per unit in fuel adjustment charges for August, ARY News reported. According to the application by CPPA, 38.10% of electricity in August was produced using hydraulic power, while 15.39% by coal. 7.27% of electricity was produced using furnace oil, 12.49% by RLNG, 13.34% by Nuclear power plants, and 9.36% by using local gas. The per unit price of coal-produced electricity was Rs20.54, furnace oil Rs35.61, local gas Rs10.49 while power produced using RLNG cost Rs24.72 per unit. A…

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ISLAMABAD: The federal capital has reported 73 more dengue cases in the last 24 hours taking the total tally of cases to 2,235 in the current season, ARY News reported quoting District Health Officer (DHO) Islamabad.  According to the statistics provided by the DHO Islamabad, 41 of the total 73 cases were reported in rural areas of the capital while the rest 32 were reported from urban premises. Overall 1,336 dengue cases have been reported in rural and 899 have emerged from urban areas of Islamabad. Read more: Dengue cases continue to rise in Karachi The total number of dengue cases…

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KARACHI: Six members of a family, four of them children, received burn injuries in a fire that broke out after a gas-leak explosion in their house in Miran Naka area of Karachi s Lyari, ARY News reported on Thursday. According to details, the explosion occurred due to accumulation of gas in the house in Miran Naka area followed by its leakage. The injured people include four children, a woman and a police officer – identified as Arif. The police officer was posted in Security Zone-I. Read More: AT LEAST 15 KILLED, SEVERAL INJURED IN KARACHI S SHERSHAH BLAST Earlier in January,…

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WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister (FM) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has opposed freezing assets of Afghanistan and urged the world to stay engaged with the Taliban-led Kabul government. Addressing a press conference at the Pakistani Consulate in Washington, FM Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said he has presented Pakistan’s clear stance before the United States (US) regarding freezing Afghanistan’s assets. “Today, assets of Afghanistan have been frozen, tomorrow it might be another country or Pakistan,” Bilawal said. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that his purpose for visiting the US was to help the flood victims in Pakistan. “The top priority is to aid flood victims;…

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ISLAMABAD: After Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Aminul Haque has urged Meta, the parent company of Facebook, to establish its office in Pakistan. In a series of tweets, the Ministry of IT & Telecom shared that the minister met a high-level delegation from Meta in Romania. Some 186 ministerial delegations have gathered in Bucharest, Romania for the Ministerial Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU PP-22). During the dialogue, Haq once again urged Meta to open a local office in Pakistan to which the platform s representatives assured to visit the country soon.…

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LAHORE: At least 22 suspects have been arrested by Lahore police for torturing the anti-encroachment team and assistant commissioner (AC) City, ARY News reported on Wednesday. The incident took place in the vicinity of Chung police station in which the administration and security guards of a private housing society tortured the AC City and anti-encroachment team on Tuesday. Lahore police conducted raids to arrest the accused. At least 22 suspects were arrested by police during raids in Lahore today. Police also raided a private housing society to arrest the absconding persons. It was also learnt that police teams also raided…

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LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Sirajul Haq has demanded to launch a judicial inquiry of Prime Minister s Office (PMO) audio leaks, ARY News reported on Wednesday. The JI chief Sirajul Haq said in a statement that back-to-back audio leaks were creating confusion amongst the masses that the national politics are running on the basis of conspiracy. He said that Islamabad turned into a circus and the current rulers were damaging the reputation of the country globally through their actions. He added that the accused in corruption cases should not be allowed to assume public offices. READ: AUDIO LEAKS PROVE PM…

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ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has allowed the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to import 300,000 metric tonnes of urea on a government-to-government basis for the upcoming Rabi season. The federal cabinet, which met in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair, gave this approval on the recommendations of the Ministry of Industrial Production. The cabinet also approved constitution of a steering committee, comprising all the relevant federal ministries, provincial governments, including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir under Living Indus Initiative. It emphasized on including the initiative in the curriculum of schools and colleges to create awareness at the grass…

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ISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee (NSC) on Wednesday approved the constitution of a high-powered committee led by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah to probe the audio leaks featuring candid conversations between key government figures, ARY News reported. The decision was taken in NSC session chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Shari. The meeting was attended by ministers for defence, energy, information and broadcasting, interior, finance, human rights, planning, development and special initiatives, chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, services chiefs, national security adviser and senior officers. According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister s Office (PMO), the meeting also decided to…

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has stayed the action against former director-general (DG) of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore, Shahzad Saleem, ARY News reported on Wednesday. The LHC stayed action against Shahzad Saleem who was holding an inquiry into harassment allegations against NAB chairman Justice Retd Javed Iqbal levelled by Tayyaba Gul. The LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti heard the petition against the call-up notice to ex-NAB DG before the inquiry commission who had challenged the order via Safdar Shaheen Pirzada. The high court sought a reply from the government lawyer. An inquiry commission had summoned Shahzad…

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