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  1. Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Leghari in a meeting with Ambassador of China Yao Jing. ? APP ISLAMABAD: The Power Division has decided to engage and meet all the investors under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) energy projects individually, in order to further expedite these projects and remove any difficulties. This was said by Minister for Power Division Awais Leghari in his meeting with Ambassador of China Yao Jing. He thanked the Chinese ambassador for his choice of the Power Division for his maiden visit after assuming the charge. Leghari, while appreciating the contribution of the Chinese investors in the power sector, said the CPEC was the epic of relations between the two countries and in the time to come the cooperation would further boost to new heights. He also invited suggestions of the Chinese ambassador for the planned meetings with Chinese investors. Highlighting the importance of service at the DISCOs level and the proposed law likely to be enacted soon for private sector participation at the distribution level, the minister invited Chinese investors to participate in consumer services, as Pakistan has achieved bridging of the demand and supply gap through Chinese assistance. He said the market for service delivery at DISCOs level offers lucrative returns. All the power sector stake-holders like PPIB, AEDB and NTDC would be part of these meetings in this regard, a press statement read Wednesday. Ambassador Jing, while thanking the minister for the warm reception, said the performance of power sector under the CPEC had been a success story, which had been acknowledged at different forums in China. He specially mentioned the Power Division role in leading the CPEC projects and facilitating Chinese investors. He said the investors in China are keenly observing the rapidly growing power sector in Pakistan and its progress had been reckoned as exemplary. The Chinese ambassador assured that his country would keep on further extending assistance to Pakistan in the power sector as it had been instrumental for the success of CPEC, besides its significance for Pakistan. He said China would also look into investing in service delivery at the distribution level and in this regard he would soon engage leading service providers in China. Jing appreciated the Power Division's decision to meet each investor under the CPEC individually for further boosting the cooperation. On suggestion of the federal minister, he agreed to nominate a focal person at the embassy level for coordinating the extension of cooperation at service delivery distribution level.
  2. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi/File photo ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday launched power consumer friendly net-metering framework, under which power consumers would be able to generate their own energy and sell the surplus to the national grid. Addressing a ceremony here earlier today, Prime Minister Abbasi said the country stands at the threshold of providing cheap, efficient, reliable and sustainable electricity to consumers. Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Leghari said on the occasion that solar energy-based net metering has become an economical and financially viable option for average energy consumers, even at household and commercial levels. Federal cabinet to meet today over Trump tweet PM Abbasi to chair the emergency federal cabinet meeting to discuss strategy in wake of Trump's latest statement Later today, the Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the federal cabinet to discuss strategy in wake of US President Donald Trump's tweet, in which the US president accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists and threatened to cut off its aid. The meeting will also discuss the national as well as regional security situation, and the prevailing economic and social affairs of the country.
  3. In this picture taken on October 25, 2017, Pakistani cadets parade at the Pakistan Army´s first Girls´ Cadet College in Mardan. Photo: AFP MARDAN: At a revolutionary school in Pakistan, Durkhanay Banuri dreams of becoming military chief. Thirteen-year-old Durkhanay, a student at Pakistan's first ever Girls' Cadet College, established earlier this year in the deeply conservative northwest, brims with enthusiasm and confidence as she sketches out her life plan. "I want to be the army chief," she tells AFP. "Why not? When a woman can be prime minister, foreign minister and governor of the State Bank, she can also be chief of the army staff ... I will make it possible and you will see." The dreams of many women in the region were once limited to merely leaving the house. In this picture taken on October 25, 2017, Durkhanay Banuri, a Pakistani cadet, gives an interview to AFP at the Pakistan Army´s first Girls´ Cadet College in Mardan. Photo: AFP1 Durkhanay and her 70 classmates in Mardan, a town in militancy-hit Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) province roughly 110 kilometres (70 miles) from Islamabad, are aiming much higher. Cadet colleges in Pakistan, which are run by the government with officers from the military´s education branch, strive to prepare bright male students for the armed forces and civil services. Their graduates are usually given preference for selection to the army, which in Pakistan can mean their future is secured: they are likely to be granted land and will benefit from the best resources and training in the country. In this picture taken on October 25, 2017, Pakistani cadets warm up at a training session at the Pakistan Army´s first Girls´ Cadet College in Mardan. Photo: AFP As a result, such colleges play an outsised role in Pakistan´s education system, which has been woefully underfunded for decades. Military might According to a 2016 government study, a staggering 24 million Pakistani children are out of school, with a larger share of girls staying home than boys -- 12.8 million compared to 11.2 million. Hundreds of boys study at the cadet colleges across the country. But girls are still not allowed in these elite schools, with the special college at Mardan the one exception. In this picture taken on October 25, 2017, a Pakistani cadet, read books in a library at the Pakistan Army´s first Girls´ Cadet College in Mardan. Photo: AFP "Such colleges can help girls qualify to be part of the armed forces, foreign service, civil services or become engineers and doctors," said retired Brigadier Naureen Satti, underscoring their importance in the long fight for equality by Pakistan´s women. In starched khaki uniforms and red berets, Durkhanay and her classmates march the parade ground, stepping to the beat of a barking drill instructor, before racing to change into physical training and martial arts kits. 'Game changer' The military would not disclose how many of its members, which a 2015 Credit Suisse report said number more than 700,000 active personnel, are currently women. But a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity that at least 4,000 are now believed to be serving in the armed forces. In this picture taken on October 25, 2017, Pakistani cadets parade at the Pakistan Army´s first Girls´ Cadet College in Mardan. Photo: AFP He gave no further details, and it is unclear how far the women have managed to foray from their administrative past, though some have managed to become high profile role models -- including, notably, Ayesha Farooq, who in 2013 became Pakistan´s first-ever female fighter pilot. The Girls' Cadet College principal, retired brigadier Javid Sarwar, vowed his students would be prepared for whatever they wanted to do, "including the armed forces". "I want these girls to avail their brilliance and fight injustices in society, and this is possible if they get a standard education," he told AFP, adding that plans are to induct a second batch of 80 girls from all over Pakistan by March next year. For 57,000 rupees ($540) each three-term semester, his students get room and board along with access to computers and the internet, a luxury for some Pakistani schools. It is a "game changer" in a region where religious conservative norms see many women keep some form of purdah -- confined to women-only quarters at home -- and "could only dream of coming out of their houses in the past", says college vice-principal Shama Javed. Durkhanay and her classmates are confident the college will give them a fighting chance in Pakistan. Affifa Alam, who wants to follow Farooq´s path and become an air force pilot, said the college represents a "big change". "This will help us (in) realising the dream of women´s empowerment," she said.
  4. A woman crosses the Millennium Bridge during strong winds in London, Britain, December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay LONDON: Britain suffered power outages and travel disruption Wednesday, with flights delayed because of brief runway closures as adverse weather hit large swathes of the country. More than 73,000 homes were left without power in central and southern English regions through the morning, due to snow and high winds. Western Power Distribution -- serving 7.8 million customers in western and central England and Wales -- said 52,705 households had been restored by 4 PM (1600 GMT), with another 1,500 to be back by midnight. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, covering some of the other areas impacted, said it had restored power to 17,100 customers by lunchtime. Another 1,800 remained without electricity by the evening. Meanwhile, Stansted Airport, serving predominantly low-cost carriers like Ryanair and easyJet, twice temporarily shut its runway due to "adverse weather conditions". "Incoming and departing flights have been disrupted, with some flights cancelled," a spokeswoman told AFP. Flights were also cancelled or delayed at Luton Airport -- also a hub for budget airlines just north of London -- after aircraft needed de-icing. The airport restricted plane numbers to prevent congestion on the ground, a spokesman said. Large parts of Britain experienced at least some snowfall Wednesday, alongside near-freezing temperatures and gusty winds. Wales, western England and Scotland saw the worst of the weather. Sennybridge in Powys, Mid Wales, recorded the largest snow total with 6 centimetres (2.4 inches), the Met Office, Britain´s weather service, reported. On the roads, a spate of accidents caused traffic delays, with the main M1 motorway along the spine of the country severely impacted by southbound lane closures. The latest disruption comes just over two weeks after hundreds of schools were closed, homes left without power, and airports disrupted by a previous round of snowfall. Richard Dawson, an engineering professor at Newcastle University who specialises in climate impact on infrastructure, told AFP Britain suffers from "an intermittency issue" in coping with adverse weather. He explained the country does not receive snow regularly enough to justify the kind of expenditure needed for a more impressive response to when it does, intermittently, occur. "So I guess the organisations are trying to find a sensible balance," he added.
  5. Catalan Ciudadanos leader Ines Arrimadas speaks at a Ciudadanos rally after results were announced in Catalonia's regional elections in Barcelona, Spain, December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard MADRID: Forget the traditional Socialist opposition and perhaps even the Catalan separatists: the main threat to Spain?s conservative prime minister may now come from a Barcelona politician dedicated to national unity - Ines Arrimadas. The 36-year-old leader of the liberal Ciudadanos party in Catalonia has jumped to the frontline of Spanish politics by coming out on top in elections to the region?s assembly. Supporters even compare her performance with Emmanuel Macron?s meteoric rise to the presidency across the border in France. Laying down the gauntlet to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the separatists alike, Arrimadas boosted her party?s share of the vote to more than 25 percent in Thursday?s snap election, up from just 7.6 percent two years ago. That made Ciudadanos (?Citizens?) the biggest group in the assembly, ahead of parties backing either more Catalan autonomy or outright independence which had won every regional election since the restoration of Spanish democracy in the 1970s. Arrimadas will struggle to form a regional coalition as collectively separatist parties achieved a narrow majority. Still, she celebrated victory with hundreds of supporters in the streets of Barcelona on Thursday night, flanked by her party?s national leader, 38-year-old Albert Rivera. On Friday she made an appeal for unity following October?s independence referendum which led to the Catalan leader fleeing the country, other separatists leaders landing in jail and Madrid imposing direct rule. ?Yesterday was a great night, a historic night and for me the start of reconciliation in Catalonia, even if sometimes things take a little longer than what we would expect,? she told Onda Cero radio. Her performance echoed similarly strong showings from centrists in French presidential and legislative elections earlier this year, raising the hopes of Ciudadanos. ?This result is fully transferable to national politics,? said Toni Roldan, a lawmaker for the party in the Spanish parliament who is also from Catalonia. ?It takes Ciudadanos to the next level and we will be competing on equal footing with Rajoy in the next Spanish election.? Describing Arrimadas as a ?political jewel?, Roldan said the choice for all Europeans was now between liberalism and populism. In this struggle, Ciudadanos stood alongside Macron - who beat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to the presidency - and was now ready to blow apart the traditional left-right divide in Spain, Roldan added. Big headache Ciudadanos, which has its roots in Catalonia, will need strong momentum if it is to threaten Rajoy?s grip on power as the party came only fourth in last year?s national election with 13.9 percent. An opinion poll taken before the Catalan vote put it still in fourth. However, alone among the major parties, its support was up to 17.5 percent, suggesting voters are being won over by its tough stance on Spanish unity and against corruption, as well as its young professional leaders. A veteran politician who has survived past crises, Rajoy leads a minority government and has yet to get a 2018 budget through parliament. However, he is under no immediate pressure as he can simply roll over the 2017 budget for months. Also, the opposition is so fractured that it probably cannot bring Rajoy down and no serious leadership rival has emerged within his traditional centre-right Popular Party (PP). If the secessionists pursue their aims by negotiation, they too are unlikely to pose a great threat to Rajoy, who could also re-impose direct rule in the region if they decided to act unilaterally. Arrimadas was born in the Andalusian town of Jerez, far from Barcelona where she moved after completing a law degree. Her husband was a lawmaker for separatist leader Carles Puigdemont?s party, before resigning in 2016 to avoid complicating her political rise. Both have said their passion for Barcelona football team brought them together. She was first elected as a Ciudadanos lawmaker in 2012 at 31, two years after a colleague at the consultancy where she worked in Barcelona had invited her to a party rally. ?The political and social situation was so serious that I felt the need to stop complaining from the sofa and go on to propose ideas and debate from parliament,? she told an interviewer in 2015. Since then, her party has made a successful move into national politics, backing Rajoy?s minority government although not joining it. ?Ciudadanos is creating the next big headache for Rajoy. They can extract concessions from the PP without any political cost. And if Rajoy fails to pass the budget because of the Catalan issue, he won?t be able to blame Ciudadanos for the stalemate and a potential snap election,? said Teneo Intelligence analyst Antonio Barroso. Barroso and other analysts said the moment of truth may come in the second half of 2018, should Rajoy have failed to normalize the situation in Catalonia. Rivals express grudging admiration for the party. ?Ciudadanos has managed to bring together all unionism in a technically perfect campaign,? a source close to Puigdemont said on condition of anonymity. ?It is an artificial product that represents the feelings of many people.?
  6. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files NEW YORK: The three main US stock indexes rose on Thursday, boosted by bank and energy stocks as investors bet on more economically sensitive sectors. Energy and financial stocks led gains among the 11 major S&P sectors. Financials have gained 21 percent this year, compared with a 20 percent gain for the S&P 500. Energy, by contrast, has underperformed this year, with a 4.2 percent loss year-to-date, and some analysts suggested that Thursday?s gains reflected a rotation to stocks particularly responsive to economic growth. ?Today of late, (energy has) picked up significantly,? John Stoltzfus ? the chief investment strategist at New York-based Oppenheimer Asset Management ? said. ?In particular, it reflects the effect of growth outside the US and the demand for imports of oil... There?s an opportunity to see oil run further.? Chevron shares jumped 3.3 percent. The shares earlier touched a record high of $125.35, after broker Cowen & Co raised its price target on the stock by nearly a third to $160. The US Congress approved a $1.5-trillion tax bill this week that will slash corporate income tax rates to 21 percent from 35 percent. Investors are hopeful that the lower rates will prompt companies to spend more on dividends and share buybacks. ?There?s still the after-effects of tax reform being passed,? Michael Antonelli ? the managing director at Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird ? said. ?I get the sense that the market is very optimistic about next year.? The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 55.64 points (0.23 percent) to 24,782.29, the S&P 500 gained 5.32 points (0.20 percent) to 2,684.57, and the Nasdaq Composite added 4.40 points (0.06 percent) to 6,965.36. Adding to the upbeat sentiment, third-quarter data showed that the US economy grew at its fastest pace in more than two years, powered by robust business spending. A separate report showed a jump in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week, but the underlying trend in jobless claims remained consistent with a tightening labour market. The utilities sector ? among sectors likely to benefit the least from tax cuts ? fell 1.2 percent, in a fourth consecutive day of declines. Shares of Accenture PLC rose 1.6 percent after the consulting and outsourcing services provider reported a quarterly profit that topped Wall Street forecasts, driven by digital and cloud services business. The shares earlier hit a record high of $158.44. Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.54-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.60-to-1 ratio favoured advancers. Volume so far on US exchanges was 6.08 billion shares, compared to the 6.88 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.
  7. WASHINGTON: The World Bank today approved a package of $825 million to improve the national power transmission system in Pakistan, and enhance health and education service delivery by strengthening financing management and procurement systems. The $425 million National Transmission Modernization Project-I (NTMP-I) will modernize the national transmission system to enable new power generation to reach consumers by upgrading, expanding and rehabilitating selected 500kV and 220kV substations and transmission lines. ?With a substantial volume of new generation now coming online, the strengthening of the transmission and distribution systems is critical,? says Illango Patchamuthu, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan. ?The improved power supply will help meet the unserved demand from consumers and reduce the number and duration of power outages?. NTMP-I will improve supply reliability and lower losses in the transmission network. The project will also modernize the information and communication technology infrastructure and strengthen financial and accounting systems of the National Transmission and Dispatch Company using information technology. This will result in more efficient operation and business decision-making processes, higher productivity and upgraded staff skills. Public financial management inefficiencies contribute to Pakistan?s weak performance in health and education sector, and despite a substantial increase, financial resources fail to reach clinics and schools on time. [embed_video1 url= style=center] The $400 million Public Financial Management (PFM) reform program will address these challenges through the enactment of a robust public finance management law, which will lead to decentralization of payment and empower the front-line service delivery managers. The program will also focus on strong cash management; timely and comprehensive reporting; improved federal-provincial coordination; timely release of funds; streamlined payroll and pension systems; efficient and transparent procurement, and user-friendly reports for citizen engagement. ?The public financial management challenges undermine the delivery of health and education services to the population?, said Illango. ?The new program will support the government to strengthen their public financial management and make it more transparent and accountable by introducing new aspects like, social audit of public expenditures by beneficiaries.? The NTMP is financed by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, part of the World Bank Group that lends to credit-worthy low and middle income countries. It is a fixed-spread loan with a maturity of 21 years, including a grace period of 6 years. The PFM reform program is financed by the International Development Association, the World Bank?s fund for the poor, with a maturity of 25 years, including a grace period of 5 years.
  8. South Korea said on Wednesday it plans to increase its solar-generated power by five times current amounts by 2030 to boost use of renewable sources in the nation?s energy mix. Since President Moon Jae-in came to power in May on a platform of cutting South Korea?s reliance on nuclear power, his government has torn up plans to build six more reactors in favour of ?eco-friendly? energy sources. The world?s fifth-biggest nuclear energy user currently operates 24 nuclear reactors that generate about a third of its total electricity needs. ?We will fundamentally change the way renewable energy is developed by creating an environment where the public can easily participate in the renewable energy business,? said Paik Un-gyu, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy. South Korea plans to provide a fifth of the country?s total amount of electricity from renewable energy by 2030, up from 7 percent in 2016. To meet that goal, it plans to add 30.8 gigawatts of solar power generating capacity and 16.5 gigawatts of wind power capacity by 2030. As of 2017, South Korea has 5.7 gigawatts of generating capacity from solar power and 1.2 gigawatts from wind power. The additional capacity will come from major projects, as well as by converting individual households, farms and small businesses to renewable energy, the ministry said. South Korea aims to have one out of 30 households equipped with solar power generation by 2022, the ministry said, and to emphasize renewable energy projects with generating capacity of about 5 gigawatts between 2018 to 2022.
  9. This picture obtained on the twitter account of Mike Vizdos and taken on December 17, 2017 shows passengers waiting in the terminal of the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta´s airport, the busiest in the world, was hit by a power outage on that caused hundreds of flights to be delayed or canceled. Photo: AFP2 WASHINGTON: The world's busiest airport, in the US city of Atlanta, said early Monday that power was back on after an outage left passengers in the dark and affected hundreds of flights. "Power has been restored on all concourses," the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said on its Twitter account, about 11 hours after first reporting an electrical disruption. Giving an idea of how many people were affected, the airport added: "5,000+ meals are being delivered to passengers." It did not indicate how long it might take to clear the backlog of flights but said it was offering affected passengers "free parking until 8:00 am," (1300 GMT) or for about eight hours after the lights came back on., which tracks air travel data, listed hundreds of flights as being delayed, cancelled or diverted since Sunday afternoon, but it also began to show several departures as scheduled for 6:00 am Monday. The Georgia Power company, in a statement, said: "power had been restored for all essential airport activities including all concourses and flight operations." It described the outage as "very rare." Although the exact cause is not yet known, Georgia Power said preliminary investigation suggested that a fire damaged cables and caused the power disruption. "No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time," the company said. Photos and videos from the airport showed people walking or sitting in crowded airport corridors, with windows only partially cutting through the gloom. Numerous aeroplanes could be seen parked on the airport tarmac. 'Thousands of stories' A woman said she was waiting in the security line when "they turned off the lights -- a few times they went off, and then finally they shut off completely." One passenger, Mike Vizdos, told AFP that he and other passengers got trapped on their aircraft because the power went out just as it reached the terminal gate after arriving from Costa Rica. "Sat on the plane for six hours and then cleared customs and immigration, Vizdos said, still hoping to reach his home in Richmond, Virginia the following day. "There are thousands of stories," he said. The airport earlier announced that it "sustained a power outage shortly after 1:00 pm today (Sunday)." That led the Federal Aviation Administration to place a "ground stop" on flights inbound for Atlanta, meaning they are held at the airports from which they were to depart. "The FAA Tower can operate normally, however, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working," it said on Twitter. Those stuck at the airport were predictably not amused. "I haven´t eaten since 8AM central," one user tweeted. Others said they were waiting on the tarmac: "Atlanta airport doesn´t have power. I´m trapped on the runway, I´m hungry, and slightly buzzed..... Send help!!!" Others said people were not being permitted to leave the airport, including a mother who tweeted: "My kid is trapped with the others at the Atlanta airport. No one is allowed to leave. Isn´t this kidnapping?"
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  11. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is expected to lay down the foundation stone of a power plant in Jhang today. Photo: courtesy CNN JHANG: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is expected to lay down the foundation stone of a power plant in Jhang today, Geo News reported. The 1,263 Megawatt LNG power plant will be constructed near the Trimmu Barrage. The project, which is estimated to cost USD800 million, is being funded by China and Punjab government. The project is slated to be completed in 26 months. It will start power generation of 810 MW within 14 months and 1,263 MW once it is completed. CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif will also attend the event. On September 29, an agreement was signed with a Chinese company to set up a 1263 MW LNG-fueled power plant in Jhang. Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif vowed an end to the load shedding issue with concrete measures taken by the PML-N government. Agreement with Chinese company to set up 1263MW LNG power plant in Jhang Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif vows an end to load shedding with the help of such projects The Chief Minister pointed out that all power projects have been completed speedily with utmost transparency. Taking aim at his opponents, Shehbaz said, ?If they cannot bring themselves to mention the names, they should at least appreciate the [development] projects.? The Chief Minister said the first phase of power plants at Bhikhi and Haveli Bahadur Shah is already functional. Sahiwal Power Plant and Solar Park Bahawalpur are being completed under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, he added.
  12. A new austere update of global messaging platform WhatsApp will increase the power bestowed upon the group administrators, meanwhile reducing the role of the group members to that of mere silent spectators. The feature came to attention after a user posted on WABetaInfo, in the beta versions of the messaging platform for Android and iOS (2.17.430). The group admins will be able to activate the functionality though the Restricted Groups setting, according to an Independent report. If there exist more than one admin then the superior bunch will be able to send the messages on the group while other members will only read them. The non-admins can send a message to the group?s admins, which if approved, will be then shared on the group. The admins will be able to change the settings every 72 hours and members can be hopeful that WhatsApp can make the update a tad more flexible when it is officially released.
  13. Leader of Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan. Photo: File KARACHI: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has nearly lost its authority in the Centre, while its prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has no individual standing in the party, said Leader of Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan. While speaking on Geo News' Capital Talk, the senator referred to the sit-in at Faizabad interchange and said decisions regarding dispersing the protesters were not taken at Prime Minister House. He added after talks were held a soldier was seen distributing envelopes to the protesters, ?a site no one had imagined would ever be seen?. However, Aitzaz said, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif claimed to have solved the matter, even though his province was where the issue came from. According to the senator, the protesters came to the federal capital after holding talks with the Punjab government. Nevertheless, he said, his party ? Pakistan Peoples Party ? was clear on their stance throughout the days. ?We were of the view that the entire matter be discussed in the Parliament. About Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi using Article 245 of the Constitution, Aitzaz said it was the right of the federal government, which they used. But, he added, the army came on their own conditions. As per Article 245, the armed forces, under directions of the federal government, shall defend Pakistan against threats and act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so.
  14. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi/File photo KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is set to arrive in Karachi on a one-day visit on Wednesday, where he will inaugurate a coal power plant under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Port Qasim. The prime minister will also chair a high-level meeting in Karachi later today to discuss the law and order situation in the metropolis. Earlier this week on Monday, PM Abbasi met King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz during his visit to Saudi Arabia, where the two dignitaries discussed bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar. PM Abbasi, King Salman discuss bilateral ties, regional issues PM Abbasi lauds efforts of Saudi leadership in bringing peace and stability to the region PM Abbasi lauded the efforts of the Saudi leadership in bringing peace and stability to the region and assured the Saudi King of Pakistan?s full support in this regard. On the occasion, King Salman praised the excellent relations that exist between the two sides and efforts of Pakistan in rooting out the menace of terrorism and extremism from its soil.
  15. Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said that his party does not wish to take part in politics based on power and religion. Photo: Geo News file KANDHKOT: Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said that his party does not wish to take part in politics based on power and religion. ?The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) does not wish to take part in politics that is based on power and religion,? Shah said while addressing Pakistan Peoples Party?s (PPP) workers convention in Sindh?s Kashmore District. Lashing out at local political parties, the PPP leader said that it is unfortunate that 'a foundation of politics based on abusive language? has been laid in the country. Shah also addressed the plight of the masses and said that it was Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who thought for the underprivileged people. ?Bhutto laid the foundation to give power to the masses,? he said, adding that his leader?s ideology was the nation?s ideology and his daughter, Benazir Bhutto, sacrificed her life for the cause. Govt does not exist anymore: Khursheed Shah 'A grand alliance is created each time elections are held' In an earlier address on Monday, Shah had come down hard on the ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League ? Nawaz (PML-N), stating that the ?government does not exist anymore.? He had said that a grand alliance is created each time elections are held. Shah had also addressed the possibility of early elections, stating that PPP wants the general elections to be held on time and the government to complete its tenure. The ruling party, earlier on Monday, had attempted to approach the PPP in light of the delimitation bill that was to be presented in the Senate. According to a statement by Shah, PML-N had approached him through its ally Chief of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai and requested for support on the delimitation bill. He had also said that his party does not believe in any 'undemocratic and unconstitutional' process. The Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2017 that pertains to the fresh delimitation of constituencies in line with the provisional results of the latest census in light of the general elections next year was expected to be taken up in the Senate today (Monday). The upper house of the Parliament has thrice tried to pass the bill but the absence of lawmakers, from both opposition and treasury benches, has delayed the bill's approval. A two-thirds majority is required by the house that comprises of 104 seats to pass the bill. According to the new delimitation, Punjab's seat share in the National Assembly will decrease by nine seats, while Islamabad will get one more seat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five and Balochistan three more. Earlier, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had said after chairing a meeting of parliamentary parties that the total NA seats will remain 272 but there would be a change in the allocation of NA seats for the provinces. On November 13, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) approved delimitation of new constituencies on the basis of provisional results of Population Census 2017, paving a way for timely conduct of next general elections.
  16. A solar-powered floodlight along the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan, Pakistan - REUTERS LAHORE: Pakistan has approved rules allowing owners of solar panels across the country to sell power they create to the country?s energy grid, and moved to convert tens of thousands of water pumps in southwestern Balochistan province to solar power. The country?s Alternative Energy Development Board, a government agency, said solar panels owners throughout Pakistan can for the first time take part in net metering, a billing mechanism that credits solar panel owners for the electricity they contribute to the country?s power-short grid. The board?s chair, Sardar Awais Ahmed Leghari, said the expansion of net metering ? which is already in place in a few cities - and simplification of the approval process would encourage more consumers to install solar panels and sell excess power to the national grid. That could boost generation of green energy in the country by 5,000 to 7,000 megawatts ? potentially enough to nearly overcome the country?s electricity shortfall in the summer, a time of peak demand. Right now 150 solar installations ? including one at Islamabad?s Parliament House - are adding 4 MW of power to the grid through net metering. The board hopes extending net metering will add 1,000 MW of solar power by 2021 and 4,500 MW by 2025. ?We are bringing the profitable business of electricity generation to people?s doorstep,? Leghari noted in a press release. Solar installers say they hope the shift will lead to a surge in business. ?Net metering will offer an incentive to people to shift to solar power. It will be beneficial to them,? said Abdullah Iqbal, a businessman who deals in solar technology. Right now, most people with solar panels use the energy for power and also to charge a battery that provides power at night, though the system is not highly efficient, Iqbal said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Being able to sell excess power to the grid ?and see a quick payback ? will encourage more homeowners and businesses to adopt solar panels, he predicted. ?Previously, fewer people would go for solar. Now more common people will opt for it. Net metering will mean immediate benefits, from the very next month. More demand will mean more supply and a slide in prices of batteries, panels and inverters,? Iqbal predicted. The new rules ease the previously complicated process for owners of smaller solar installations to connect to the grid. Rehman Maqbool, a former National Transmission and Dispatch Company official, said the change made sense as ?the previous rules were lengthy and cumbersome?. Net metering will ?help in increasing generation capacity, reducing fuel import bills, decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases and strengthening the national grid,? Maqbool said in an interview. The Alternative Energy Development Board also announced a public awareness campaign to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the new solar buy-back plan. It also approved a plan to convert all grid-powered water pumps in Balochistan province to solar power. More than 30,000 electric water pumps, using more than 480 MW of power, run in Balochistan province to provide water for irrigation. The government pays more than 21 billion rupees ($325 million) a year to subsidise the operation of the largely fossil-fuel-powered pumps. In the first phase of the project, expected to run through next year, solar power will be connected to run 10,000 of the pumps, the board said.
  17. Zimbabwe´s incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks to supporters flanked by his wife Auxilia at Zimbabwe´s ruling Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare. -AFP HARARE: Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing Thursday for his new role as president after a triumphant return home following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe, ending 37 years of authoritarian rule. Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the army and the security establishment, returned to a hero's welcome in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, telling crowds of supporters in Harare they were witnessing the start of a new democratic era. The 75-year-old will be sworn in as president at an inauguration ceremony on Friday and state media suggested that Mugabe may attend and receive a "farewell" guard of honour. Mugabe fired Mnangagwa as vice president on November 6 over a succession tussle with the first lady, Grace Mugabe. That prompted the military's intervention and eventually led to the president´s resignation on Tuesday. Mnangagwa told hundreds of supporters on Wednesday that they were witnessing "a new and unfolding full democracy". 'All I want is job creation' "Great speech all round, can't describe how I felt seeing him after what he went through. All I want is job creation," said Remigio Mutero, 30, an unemployed IT graduate. The inauguration will be held at the 60,000-capacity National Sports Stadium, and organisers have called on Zimbabweans "from all walks of life" to come and witness the "historic day". Supporters of the governing ZANU-PF party will be bussed to the ceremony from across Zimbabwe for the "once in a lifetime event", a party planning note said. Ahead of the inauguration, the army warned that criminals had been impersonating soldiers since the crisis and extorting money from the public and called on Zimbabweans to obey the law. Mnangagwa also wrote a note to the public, acknowledging the uncertainty that has plagued the country since the army took power. Britain, the former colonial power, said it would send Africa Minister Rory Stewart to the ceremony, but it is understood that no member of the royal family will attend. Regional heavyweight South Africa said President Jacob Zuma would not be present as he would be hosting a visit by Angola's new head of state. Zuma also praised Mugabe, noting "his contribution to the liberation of the Southern African region and the decolonisation of the continent". Mugabe's iron grip ended Tuesday in a shock announcement to parliament, where MPs had convened to impeach the 93-year-old leader who had dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades. He was last seen in public on Friday and gave a televised address on Sunday, but neither he nor his wife Grace has been seen since, with their whereabouts unknown. Loosing the 'democratic genie' A former key Mugabe ally, Mnangagwa had fled the country after his dismissal, saying he would not return without guarantees for his safety. Critics describe Mnangagwa as a ruthless hard-liner, warning that he could prove just as authoritarian as his mentor. Peter Fabricius, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, said opposition figures would be expecting Mnangagwa to establish a power-sharing government. "In toppling Mugabe, (the generals and Mnangagwa) also let the genie of democracy out the bottle, propelled by euphoria," he wrote in a research note. "Trying to squeeze it back in may not be easy." The main opposition group, the Movement for Democratic Change, said it was "cautiously optimistic" that Mnangagwa would not be as "evil, corrupt, decadent" as Mugabe. "We shall closely watch his next move," said party spokesman Obert Gutu. Addressing the economy Mugabe´s resignation capped a chaotic week in which the military seized control and tens of thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets in an unprecedented show of dissent against Mugabe, who left behind an economy in ruins. "We hope to be able to access our money from the bank come December and the US dollar must come back," said Talent Chamunorwa, 37, a brick seller. He was referring to Zimbabwe's chronic shortage of cash and a mistrusted scheme for "bond notes" whose value is supposed to be linked to the US currency, but which trade at a significantly lower rate in reality. The state-run Herald newspaper said in Thursday's edition that "doors will now be open" for economic growth. Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe almost unopposed since independence in 1980, eventually becoming the world´s oldest serving head of state.
  18. Chinese smartphone maker Gionee has launched its first edge-to-edge smartphone - the M7 Power in India. Unveiled in China in September, the M7 Power is the first from the brand to come with an 18:9 display. The main highlight of the device is it's 5,000mAh Battery, for which the M series is popular for. The Gionee M7 Power features a 6-inch FullView IPS LCD display with a 1440x720 pixel resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with an Amigo 5.0 skin on top. It is powered by a 1.4GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. For storage, it offers 64GB of internal storage and microSD card support of up to 256GB. © Gionee In terms of optics, the Gionee M7 Power features a 13MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and LED flash, while for selfies, there is an 8MP sensor in front. The device houses a 5000mAh battery with fast charging and the device offers 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC as connectivity options. It also offers Private Space 2.0, fingerprint security and app lock for enhanced security. Commenting on the launch, David Chang, Global Sales Director, Gionee India, said, "The M7 Power is another intuitive product which, in the true sense, is a device that promises to empower users with superior quality and seamless experience with many firsts to its credit -- from the 3D photo concept to a FullView infinity display." © Gionee Priced at Rs.16,999, it will be available in Blue, Gold and Black colour variants across all retail stores starting November 25. Pre-bookings for the M7 Power can be done via Amazon starting November 17. Buyers pre-booking the device will get exclusive offers like extra Rs.3,000 off on exchange and extra 10GB of 4G data from Jio for 10 months on recharging their connection with Rs.309 and above. Customers will also get a one-time free screen replacement within 6 months from the date of activation of the smartphone. Apart from this, the company is also offering no cost EMI on credit cards starting at Rs.1,417 per month. © Gionee "Gionee has strategically decided to tap into its power to create smart products with exclusive features, especially customised and localised for our growing consumer base in India," Chang also added. Gionee currently has 6 percent of the smartphone market share in India and has been actively launching newer devices to take on the likes of OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi in the budget range.
  19. What happens when Hollywood legends Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg come under one roof? An explosion of awesomeness! Seriously, this deadly combination has all the possibilities to win an Oscar. The trailer that was released recently only goes on to prove why we and every other person who has seen a glimpse of this period film might be right in considering it Oscar-worthy. © 20th Century Fox We are talking about the upcoming movie 'The Post', which surprisingly marks the first ever collaboration of Hanks, Streep and Spielberg. Why did Hollywood not think of pairing the three legends earlier? Well, their 2015 release 'Everything Is Copy' cannot really be considered their first movie as it was a documentary on the life of writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron. © 20th Century Fox Set in the backdrop of 1970s America, 'The Post' follows the journey of Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), the country's first female newspaper publisher of The Washington Post, who joins forces with the Editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), to unravel some of the deepest and darkest secrets and lies of the government. Can the two journalists overcome their differences to expose a massive cover-up that might hold the key to the buried secrets of the government, which spanned three decades and four US Presidents? This ethical dilemma of choosing to save their skins or putting everything (their life, careers, freedom) at stake for what is right, weaves the rest of the plot. The press and the government have always been at loggerheads for reasons everyone knows but never talks about. They are like a bickering couple, who can never come to terms with each other and will always have something or the other to blame. It's a clear “can't live with them or without them” situation. © 20th Century Fox Honestly, there could not have been a better time for Spielberg to come up with a movie like this. After Donald Trump's win in the 2017 Presidential Elections, the government's rift with the press and the media's frustration has only worsened and become more evident. Earlier, this year Streep even called out President Trump during her speech at the Golden Globes. So, it will be interesting to see how Spielberg weaves his magic around this sensitive issue and turns it into a movie that both the press and government might look forward to. © 20th Century Fox 'The Post' also stars Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Sarah Paulson, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Zach Woods. The mere mention of names like Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and the fact that they will touch base with one of the most controversial issues in the history of America, has catapulted our excitement into space. We cannot be more eager to watch this promising masterpiece that is slated to release on December 22, 2017.
  20. DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's arrest of prominent royals and businessmen under the banner of battling corruption could, in fact, be more a case of internal power politics, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Late Saturday, authorities in the Gulf powerhouse launched what they said was an anti-graft drive which netted dozens of high-profile businessmen and politicians. Those detained included billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal and the head of the national guard, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah. Powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the arrest orders after he became head of the Anti-Corruption Committee created earlier the same day. "The middle-of-the-night simultaneous establishment of a new corruption body and mass arrests over corruption raise concerns that Saudi authorities detained people en masse and without outlining the basis of the detentions," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at the New York-based HRW. "While Saudi media are framing these measures as Mohammed bin Salman's move against corruption, the mass arrests suggest this may be more about internal power politics," she said. HRW said the mass arrest of princes, current and former government ministers and officials, as well as prominent businessmen, raises human rights concerns. Saudi authorities should immediately reveal the legal and evidentiary basis for each person's detention and ensure that each can exercise due process rights, it said. Riyadh has defended the arrests as legal, saying that the suspects had been subjected to extensive investigation. The authorities also said they were freezing the bank accounts of the accused and promised they would be tried in a court of law. "It's great that Saudi authorities are declaring that they want to take on the scourge of corruption, but the right way to do that is through diligent judicial investigations against actual wrongdoing, not sensationalistic mass arrests to a luxury hotel," Whitson said. The Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh is rumoured to be the site where many of those arrested are being held.
  21. Saudi Arabia's King Salman attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Kadobnov/Pool/Files RIYADH: Saudi King Salman appointed two new ministers on Saturday to key security and economic posts, removing one of the royal family?s most prominent members as head of the National Guard and boosting the kingdom?s young crown prince. The king also announced the creation of a new anti-corruption committee chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that, according to Al Arabiya TV, had already detained 11 princes, four current ministers, and tens of former ministers. The suspects were not named. The cabinet reshuffle saw Prince Miteb bin Abdullah replaced as minister of the National Guard by Khaled bin Ayyaf, while Economy Minister Adel Fakieh was removed in favour of his deputy Mohammed al-Tuwaijri, according to a royal decree carried by state-run media. Prince Miteb, the preferred son of the late King Abdullah, was once thought to be a leading contender for the throne before the unexpected rise of Prince Mohammed two years ago. He had inherited control of the National Guard, an elite internal security force built out of traditional tribal units, from his father, who ran it for five decades. Prince Miteb was the last remaining member of Abdullah?s branch of the family to hold a position in the upper echelons of the Saudi power structure. The move consolidates Crown Prince Mohammed?s control of the kingdom?s security institutions, which had long been headed by separate powerful branches of the ruling family. Prince Mohammed, the king?s 32-year-old son, already serves as defence minister and was named the heir to the throne in a June reshuffle that sidelined his older cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef who had also served as interior minister. He has been responsible at the same time for running Saudi Arabia?s war in Yemen, dictating an energy policy with global implications and behind the plans for the kingdom to build a future after oil. Prince Mohammed, who has pledged to go after graft at the highest levels, will now also head up the new anti-corruption body, which was given broad powers to investigate cases, issue arrest warrants and travel restrictions, and freeze assets. ?The homeland will not exist unless corruption is uprooted and the corrupt are held accountable,? the royal decree said. New economy minister The country?s new economy minister, Tuwaijri, is a former Saudi air force pilot and former chief executive of HSBC?s Middle East operations who has led the economy ministry?s program to privatize some $200 billion of government assets. He replaces Fakieh, who served as the point man for the kingdom?s wide-ranging economic reforms since his appointment as the economy and planning minister in 2015. A former food executive with a reputation for pushing through politically sensitive reforms, Fakieh had previously served as labour minister, health minister and mayor of Jeddah. Fakieh faced down fierce opposition from the business community as labour minister when he established quotas for foreign workers to boost jobs for Saudis. Under Prince Mohammed, Fakieh led the development of a national transformation plan and privatization drive launched last year to end the kingdom?s vulnerability to an unpredictable oil market. His replacement comes as the kingdom makes adjustments to that plan, a process dubbed NTP 2.0. The royal decree did not say whether Fakieh would hold any other government position. Former ministers often serve in advisory roles after leaving their posts.
  22. [embed_video1 url= style=center] LAHORE: A blanket of smog continues to cover Punjab forcing road closures, flight disruptions and power outages. Over the last 24 hours, road accidents due to low visibility claimed six lives, leaving over 40 injured. Smog ? a chemical reaction that causes air to be significantly polluted and hinders traffic visibility ? has impaired traffic routes as well flight schedules. The M3 motorway have been closed for all traffic while the M2 has been closed for heavy traffic. Extremely low visibility - 15 to 20 meters - is creating challenges for drivers leading to accidents. Road accidents Ten people were injured in a road accident on the M2 motorway near Faisalabad on Saturday morning. Over the last 24 hours, six people were killed and dozens injured in various accidents. Five people lost their lives while nine were injured in Kamonki when a passenger van collided with a bus on Friday. A truck-bus crash on the motorway near Jalalpur Bhattian left one man dead and five others wounded. Smog affects country's power distribution system Four nuclear power plants, Chashma I-IV, have been shut down in addition to four other power plants producing 4,250mw of electricity A multi-vehicle accident on M2 motorway ? near Sargodha section and involving eight cars ? left 10 people injured. The wounded were subsequently moved to Kot Addu Hospital, rescue sources said. A passenger van slammed into a truck in Sheikhupura, leaving 15 people injured. All the wounded belonged to the same family. In Lahore, four people were brought to a local hospital after they were injured in a car crash. Four others were hurt after an oil tanker ran over a motorbike before bumping into a truck in Arifwala. Flight disruption On the other hand, some five flights out of Multan and Faisalabad were canceled due to the dense haze. Smog: What role can you play? A guide on steps people can take to combat smog Earlier, three international flights ? en route to Faisalabad ? were disrupted; they were consequently diverted to Lahore. The smog has also triggered the closure of multiple sections of the motorway, primarily during nighttime. Motorway police commented that the visibility had dropped down to only 25-50 metres at various places from Lahore to Bhera. Authorities have, therefore, advised citizens to be careful while driving on highways and strongly recommended the use of fog lights. Power outages Various power plants tripped due to smog, causing prolonged electricity outages in different cities ? primarily in Punjab. The Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) has announced to carry out hour-long, scheduled load-shedding every hour today. On the other hand, the duration of power outages in many cities of Sindh has also been extended. Govt to re-open oil plants to overcome power crisis after smog The unprecedented severe dense smog is posing serious challenge to the national transmission system and the Power Division, a press release said In order to curb the shortfall, the government has announced to re-open furnace oil-based power plants. The Chashma nuclear power plants which - according to the Atomic Energy Commission - were shut down due to a fault in the NTDC system, have also resumed producing electricity. Health issues The thick fog that is blanketing large parts of the province has disrupted routine life by causing adverse effects on the citizens' health. Many people ? especially the elderly ? have been forced to stay indoors since they experience difficulty in breathing, skin and eye irritation, and coughs. City-wise visibility as per PMD Jhang: 10 metres Faisalabad: 30 metres Multan: 50 metres Sahiwal: 200 metres Lahore: 300 metres Khanpur, Nurpur Thal: 500 metres Inter-city road visibility as per Motorway police Pattoki-Chichawatni section: 0-150 metres Mian Channu-Khanewal section: 0-50 metres Mian Channu-Multan section: 0-50 metres Mian Channu- Bahawalpur section: 0-50 metres Lahore-Kot Momin section: 50-200 metres
  23. [embed_video1 url= style=center] ISLAMABAD: The government has announced to re-open furnace-based oil power plants in light of severe power crisis in Punjab and Balochistan. The Chashma Nuclear Power plant units 1 through 4, which were forced to close due to tripping, have restarted producing electricity after necessary technical and security protocols, said a press release by the National Transmission and Distribution Company. According to a Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) spokesman, the power plant was shut down due to a fault in the NTDC system and not due to smog. However, a press release on Friday by the NTDC had claimed the plant had tripped due to smog. Smog forces road closures, power outages, disrupts flight schedules in Punjab M3 motorway closed for all traffic, heavy traffic restricted on M2. Power plants tripping due to smog increase load-shedding across the country. The unprecedented severe dense smog is posing a serious challenge to the national transmission system and the Power Division, and the authorities are closely monitoring the situation, the press release said. ?Under the directions of Federal Government, the power sector has also closed all expensive furnace oil/ diesel run power plants of a cumulative capacity of 4250MW,? the press release stated. The NTDC has said that special teams and lines formations have been deputed by the authorities to meet any emergent situation due to the weather conditions . Patrolling of all high transmission lines has been increased by NTDC, the press release stated.
  24. ISLAMABAD: The smog blanketing large parts of Punjab is not only affecting the air people breath but is also affecting power distribution. A statement released by the power division stated that the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) on Friday acted to save different cities of the country from a blackout after 200 and 500KV grid stations were affected by smog. The thick fog blanketing areas of Punjab is proving to be a challenge for the transmission system, added the Power Division statement. Four nuclear power plants, Chashma I-IV, have been shut down in addition to four other power plants producing 4,250mw of electricity. Due to various power plants being shut down, there is a likelihood of load-shedding increasing in the country. An emergency plan will be put into action to deal with the issues faced by power division, added the statement. Residents of various parts of Punjab continue to face health and commutation problems as smog engulfs most parts of the province, including province's capital Lahore. What is smog? Smog, also known as ground-level ozone, is a thick yellowish black fog which suspends in the air. It is caused when air pollution, emissions and fumes combine with fog and sunlight, forming a thick layer of smoke-like film in the atmosphere. According to experts, emissions from industries and vehicles and cutting of trees worsen the phenomenon. Smog continues to choke Punjab As many as 12 people have been injured in a traffic accident involving a tractor trolly due to smog at Vehari The Met Office has released a weather warning describing the smog ? comprising nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and other aerosols ? as a result of cold high pressure in the upper atmosphere. Suspended matter accumulates in the lower atmosphere, colliding with water vapour which causes a chain reaction that produces smog. People may experience short-term skin and respiratory conditions such as eye irritation, coughing, throat/chest irritation and skin irritation as a result of smog. Health experts recommend artificial tears for eyes as one way of dealing with smog. The public is also advised to adopt preventative measures such as avoiding the outdoors and using face masks when going out, especially young children, elderly and patients.
  25. Photo: FILE BAHAWALPUR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is all set to hold a power show in Ahmed Pur East, Bahawalpur, for which all arrangements have been finalised. The public meeting in Dhurkot area of Ahmed Pur East tehsil, will be addressed by PTI chairman Imran Khan and other noted leaders of the party. A large ground, near MNA Amir Yar Waran's side house (Dera), has been chosen as venue for the public gathering. Around 10,000 seats have been placed at the venue to accommodate participants, whereas a separate enclosure has also been made for female activists, which lies close to stage. Over 50 seats have been placed on the stage for PTI leaders coming from different cities, as well as local office-bearers.