Wahab Kamran

Oil tanker drivers call off strike in Islamabad, Rawalpindi after successful negotiations

They have an issue with the Sihala Oil Depot Logistics general manager

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Back to business: No more food to be served at or after IT ministry meetings

The IT ministry has banned lunches, dinners and hi-teas for ministry officials after its meetings. The only thing members of the ministry will be served is tea and green tea. Even mineral water has been banned at official meetings. A notification of this has been forwarded to the various departments of the ministry. Khalid Maqbool…

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Ogra proposes hike in petroleum prices

The prices of all petroleum products may go up from August 1, if the caretaker government accepts recommendations of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra). In its summary, based on general sales tax, the Ogra has advised the government to raise Rs2.45 per litre in price of petrol, Rs2.70 in diesel, Rs3.25 in kerosene…

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Govt allows Chinese firm to convert trash into electricity

For the first time in Pakistan, the government has issued licence to a Chines company for power generation from municipal solid waste, SAMAA reported Monday. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has issued the licence to Lahore Xingzhong Renewable Energy Company (Private) Limited. The company will establish a 40 MW waste to energy based power…

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Only 100m acre feet of water left in Pakistan: WAPDA chairperson

The Wapda chairperson told the media that Pakistan has 100 million acre feet of water left. Lieutenant General (retd) Muzzamil Hussain was speaking to the media after the Supreme Court-ordered committee for the construction of dams held its first meeting on Thursday. He said that since Pakistan’s creation, only two big dams have been constructed….

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NAB arrests PML-N leader Captain (retd) Safdar

Captain (retd) Safdar arrived in Rawalpindi on Sunday to surrender himself to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). At around 4:50pm, he was arrested by the authorities. However, workers of the PML-N pulled Captain (retd) Safdar away from the NAB team. He was whisked away from the area in party leader Chaudhry Tanveer’s car. Before surrendering…

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You now have to pay 300% more for gas

Gas tariffs in Pakistan have reached a record high, with domestic gas tariffs being increased by 300%. The price of gas for domestic consumers has been increased by the caretaker government and approved by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority. In four years, the authority will be able to raise Rs117 billion in revenue from…

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The govt raised Rs790b from taxes on petroleum products last fiscal year

The government raised at least Rs790 billion in taxes through the purchase of petroleum products during the 2017-18 fiscal year. This revenue was generated, in part, through the Rs31.9 that consumers pay for every litre of petrol and the Rs45 they pay for every litre of diesel. A litre of petrol costs Rs91 and a…

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Twin cities lose power after rainstorm

The twin cities were hit by rain after days of high temperatures. However, the rainfall soon turned into a curse rather than a blessing, with several areas losing power due to the downpour. Many low-lying areas were flooded and several electricity feeders tripped, resulting in areas in Islamabad and Rawalpindi as well as in Chakwal…

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PTI-Gulalai promises tickets to four transgenders for general elections

Ayesha Gulalai announced on Sunday that she would field four transgenders in the upcoming general elections against rival candidates. “We have issued tickets to the transgenders and not charged any fees,” she said. Speaking to media, Ayesha Gulalai said that only her party had the capability to do anything for the poor. She said that…

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Ahead of Ramazan, power breakdown hits country

The PM was chairing a parliamentary committee session when it went dark. Islamabad, Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa faced a power breakdown as Tarbela and Guddu power plants developed a “technical fault”. “The situation will become better in some time,” says the minister for power division, Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari. “The inquiry on the power breakdown…

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Govt cuts sales tax on petroleum products

The federal government has decided to reduce the sales tax on petroleum products, according to a notification issued Monday. General sales tax on petrol has been slashed by six percent and five percent on kerosene oil and light diesel. The GST on high speed diesel was kept unchanged at 27.5%. After the decision, the GST…

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Overnight power breakdown sparks countrywide crisis

Power outages affected several parts of the country after high transmission lines of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) tripped, triggering a shortfall exceeding 6,000 megawatts on Tuesday. The overnight power failure affected the entire country except Karachi. The ministry of water and power directed the people to consume electricity sparingly as all four Chashnupp…

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Abida Parveen in Islamabad sufi night

Abida Parveen, a renowned sufi singer, enthralls with her mellifluous notes and heart-melting style. In Convention Center, Islamabad, a sufi night was organized where she worked her vocal magic, leaving audience spell-bound.

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