Illegal gateway exchange raided in Lahore

ISLAMABAD (INP): PTA, in its ongoing efforts to control grey trafficking, has unearthed an illegal gateway exchange in Lahore. According to details, a successful raid against the grey operators was carried out along with FIA teams at Ichra Shopping Centre, Lahore. Illegal exchange comprising of one gateway, 16 ports, alongwith other equipments like CPU, switches, SIMs, Laptop and Modem of various companies were confiscated. One person was arrested on the spot, who is in the custody of FIA for further investigation, The successful raids against the grey operators were made possible because of continuous monitoring, commitment and persistent efforts by PTA in curbing the menace of grey traffic thus curtailing the loss to the national exchequer.

Bio-slurry good quality of

organic fertilizer

FAISALABAD (APP): Bio-slurry discharged from bio-gas plant is a good quality of organic fertilizer which retains sufficient quantity of organic elements including nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. This was stated by Dr Faqeer Hussain Anjum, an expert of vegetable and oil department of Ayub Agriculture Research Institute (AARI) Faisalabad, here Monday. He said bio-slurry was very useful for cultivation of vegetable and other crops which caused 30 percent increase in per acre yield and 50 percent cut in expenditures for use of chemical fertilizers. He said bio-slurry was a mixture of dung and water which was discharged from bio-gas plant.

He said that agriculture experts in their research had proved that bio-slurry could be used as organic fertilizer which was very useful to fertile the land and increase in production.

He said that 25 cubic meter bio-gas plant produced 9,780 kilogramme bio-slurry which included 76 kg nitrogen, 96 kg phosphorus, 107 kg potassium, 37 kg iron, 1437 gram zinc, 469 gram copper and small amount of other elements. He said that bio-slurry was also a source of increasing resistance power in plants against high temperature in summer and different diseases.

Railways to upgrade waiting halls at 16 major stations

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Railways would upgrade waiting halls at its 16 major stations by providing air-conditioners, Internet kiosks, televisions and other facilities. The waiting rooms at the stations are generally well maintained, however, proposals are under consideration to improve facilities for passengers at Railway stations in the country. Official sources on Tuesday said the selected 16 stations are Karachi City, Karachi Cantonment, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Okara, Raiwind, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Hassanabdal, Nankana Sahib, Narowal, Peshawar and Quetta. The sources said the scope of up-gradation will cover all allied amenities for convenience of passengers.

Industries Ministry secy calls

on president

ISLAMABAD (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday appreciated the Ministry of Industries and Production for providing essential edible items to public at affordable rates through Utility Stores Corporation (USC) especially during the month of Ramazan. The President was talking to Secretary Ministry of Industries and Production, Muhammad Arif Azim, who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, said a press release issued by the President’s Office here. The President observed that the Ministry looks after the administrative and policy matters of some very important state industrial enterprises and business concerns and advised that these may be run effectively and efficiently.

The Secretary Ministry of Industries and Production briefed the President about various administrative and policy matters pertaining to the ministry.

World oil prices slip amid

demand forecast

LONDON (AFP): Global oil prices declined slightly on Tuesday as the International Energy Agency predicted slowing global demand for crude next year. Prices were lower also following weak data out of China, the world's biggest consumer of energy. Brent North Sea crude for delivery in November dipped 13 cents to stand at $49.73 per barrel in afternoon London deals. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in November slid 26 cents to $46.84 per barrel compared with Monday's close. The world's appetite for oil is expected to slow in 2016 in response to a more pessimistic outlook for the global economy, likely keeping the crude market oversupplied, according to the IEA.

That will probably mean a continued oil supply glut next year, especially with the expected arrival of Iranian crude, it said.

Global consumption is expected to average 95.7 million barrels per day next year, down 100,000 from IEA estimates in last month's report.

Data released Tuesday meanwhile showed Chinese imports plunged by more than a fifth last month, as slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy wreaks havoc on global commodities prices and the country's own customers