Hesco starts crackdown to curb power theft

NAWABSHAH (APP): Massive crackdown has started against power consumers found involved in electricity theft and women task force has also been constituted to nab these defaulters. This was stated by Superintending Engineer Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) Nawabshah Circle, Farooq Ahmed Afgan in an informal talk with media persons at Nawabshah Press Club on Saturday. He said that government announced strict punishments for power thieves that included up to three years imprisonment and fine of Rs 10 million. He pointed out that those found stealing power through kunda system would also have to face imprisonment of three years and fine of Rs 3 million.

He said that consumers using commercial or industrial meters detected in manipulating the meter would face imprisonment of three years, fine of Rs 6 million or both punishments at the same time. He said that agriculture consumers found involved in tempering of meters would also face the similar music.

Engineers’ moot in Karachi on 16th

KARACHI (APP): A two-day moot of the electrical and electronics engineers would be organised in the metropolis from March 16. The organisers said Saturday that latest development in the related disciplines of engineering would be discussed at the multi-topic symposium to be organized by the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Pakistan (IEEEP). This was also aimed at sharing as well as dissemination of knowledge and working towards the process of development and progress in the country. The CEO of K. Electric, Tayyab Tareen, will be the chief guest at the inaugural session of the symposium on March 16. Keynote speaker in the session will be Dale Sinkler, Chief Generation and Transmission Officer of K. Electric.

In all 20 selected papers will be read out by practicing engineers at different sessions of the moot. A students’ seminar would also be the part of the moot in which six best papers would be presented. The salient feature of the event would be a panel discussion on ‘Coal-based power vs hydro electric power: Preferred solution’.

Rains to help improve agri production

ISLAMABAD (APP): The current rains will have a positive impact on overall agriculture production of major Rabi crops, especially wheat, gram and pulses. A senior official of Ministry of Food and Agriculture Saturday said that besides wheat, which has been sown over 8.8 million hectare of land in the country, rain will also help to boost the production of pulses like grams, moong and vegetables, and oil seeds which were cultivated over a vast land to fulfil the domestic requirements in the country. He said that the recent rains would have a very positive impact on standing crops, including wheat, gram and orchards, adding the spell particularly would be very fruitful for these crops in rain-fed areas.

“The rains will also improve per acreage yield as well as crop health,” he said. He said that if a minimum temperature prevails till the end of March, production of wheat will be impressive, but sudden rise of air temperature in March can negatively affect on wheat crop as it would reduce grain yield.

Pakistan agriculture Research Council (PARC) senior official told APP that the current wheat crop outlook was quite satisfactory in the country, adding that it is also expected that output of the crop would also remain positive. He advised the farmers to regularly monitor their crops and use proper pesticides and uproot weeds to enhance per acre out-put to make the country self-relaint in food production. It is pertinent to mention here that according to Met Office, more rains are expected in most parts of the country during the next three days.

Agri dept advises growers to start pumpkin cultivation

MUZAFFARGARH (APP): The agriculture department has advised growers to cultivate pumpkin in March. According to Assistant Director Agriculture (Information) Naveed Asmat Kohloon, pumpkin vegetable is cultivated at an area of 5,772 hectares and the country used to produce 60,824 tonnes. It had complete nutrition and contained starch, iron, phosphorus and other nutrients. There are two types of pumpkin, one in long shape while other in spherical shape. The agriculture expert urged farmers to cultivate recommended varieties only as these had ability to produce 10 to 10 ton per hectare. The farmers should use 2Kg seeds in per acre.

Textile industry improving

KARACHI (NNI): Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Khan Zehri has said that textile industry in Pakistan is improving. He was addressing the closing ceremony of 15th Textile Asia in Karachi on Saturday. He congratulated the organisers on holding such a mega fair, and noted that the textile industry was changing, as hundreds of people were joining it, which, he said, was a good sign. “One main reason for this is improved law and order situation of Pakistan,” he added. The CM told the gathering that his government was working on introducing tax-free industrial zones in the province. “There are already some tax-zones, but due to the Pak-China Economic Corridor Balochistan has become a very important province,” he pointed out.

He also informed that his government was busy attracting the industrialists, who were not only being provided land but also other facilities.

All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association Chairman Zulfiqar Ali Chaudhary, Rear Admiral Arif Hussaini, Commander Navy Fleet, Rear Admiral Waseem Akram, Commander, Karachi also graced the closing ceremony.

Being Pakistan’s biggest B2B textile, garment, embroidery, digital printing machinery, chemical and allied services trade fair, the three-day event was visited by more than 65,000 people, relating to the corporate sector.

While more than 550 international brands displayed their products at over 700 booths and over 500 foreign delegates from 27 countries, mainly from Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, USA and others went to the fair.

PRGMEA Central Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Shafiq thanked Government of Pakistan, especially the Ministry of Textile Industry and Ministry of Commerce for their all-out support that made it the most extravagant international textile and garments trade fair.

Ecommerce Gateway Pakistan President Dr Khursheed Nizam said on the occasion that 15th Textile Asia was the only UFI (Paris) approved trade fair in South Asia, and he was extremely thankful to all the national and international exhibitors, foreign delegates and trade visitors.

“The event showcased immense buying selling potential of the textile, garment and allied industries, and introduced overseas suppliers of textile and garment materials, accessories & parts and machinery to the textile and garment industry of Pakistan.