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  • Newcastle bounce back to draw 2-2 with West Ham

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  • PCB celebrates anniversary of young guns’ splendid show in CWC19

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  • 15 held during crackdown against criminals, drug-pushers

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  • Rich tributes paid to frontline health workers in Attock

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    Islamabad-The Federal government is launching pilot project for using locusts for developing bio-compost with an expected return of around Rs2.80 billion in two years.Ministry of National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) is piloting a project to use locusts for developing bio-compost through community mobilization, said a spokesman for the NFS&R. The project is at approval stage and the ...

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    ISLAMABAD-The Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood said on Sunday that China and Pakistan have agreed on some proposals for Joint Ventures between Chinese and Pakistani companies, particularly in the value added agriculture sector. The Joint Venture with Chinese would benefit Pakistan because of its export potential not only in China but elsewhere as well, ...

  • EOBI pensioners to get Rs2.4b arrears in August with increased annuity

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    ISLAMABAD-The Employees’ Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) would pay three-month arrears amounting to Rs2.4 billion to around 400,000 registered pensioners with increased annuity in the next month, its Chairman Azhar Hameed said on Sunday.“Each retired employee registered with the EOBI will get increased pension of Rs8,500 coupled with Rs6,000 arrears of three months (April, May and ...

  • IRSA releases 323,700 cusecs water

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    ISLAMABAD - Indus River System Authority (IRSA) on Sunday released 323,700 cusecs water from various rim stations with inflow of 356,900 cusecs. According to the data released by IRSA, water level in the Indus River at Tarbela Dam was 1460.87 feet, which was 74.87 feet higher than its dead level 1386 feet. Water inflow in the dam was recorded as 175,000 cusecs and outflow as 170,000 cusecs. The ...

  • OGDCL injects 4 new wells in production gathering system

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    ISLAMABAD - The Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has injected four new wells, producing 540 Barrels per Day (BPD) oil and 33.25 Million Cubic Feet per Day (MMCFD) gas, in the transmission network during a period of just five days, from June 26 to 30, 2020. On June 26, the company had successfully started commercial production of 10 MMCFD gas from Thar East Well-I, while on June 28 ...

  • WAPDA produced highest ever hydel electricity in 2019-20

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    ISLAMABAD - Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar Sunday said WAPDA had produced highest ever hydel electricity in 2019-20 with an increase of 20 per cent compared to the previous year. In his tweet, the minister said massive hydel capacity increase was taking place with Dasu, Mohmand and Diamir Bhasha Dams being built. “We need to rely on local renewable ...

  • Technology at the forefront of Pakistan’s COVID-19 fight

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    As the world looks to establish a “new normal” amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, information and communication technologies (ICT) are coming to the fore in Pakistan as critical tools in protecting public health and in realising socio-economic stability. Understanding this digital shift is important to both businesses and government authorities as they seek new ways to confront the ...

  • Daraz Humqadam program on boards more than 5,500 offline businesses online

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    Lahore-Since the launch of the Daraz Humqadam program in May, which invited SMEs to set up their shops on the leading ecommerce platform to sell online in Pakistan, Daraz has provided business and financial support to 45,000 businesses across the country and enabled 5,514 SMEs to transition towards digital operations by setting up their stores on the platform. Shifting towards digital operations ...

  • KP to run 36MW Daral Khwar powerhouse under public sector

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    PESHAWAR-The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for the first time has decided not to hand over the contract of 36 megawatt Daral Khwar powerhouse of Swat, constructed with provincial resources, to local contractor but rather to run and look after its affair through public sector. This was decided in 46th Board of Directors meeting of Provincial Energy Development Organization (PEDO), said a press ...

  • 1link, cantonment boards sign e-payment agreement

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    Gujranwala - In line with Government of Pakistan’s e-governances policy an agreement has been signed between 1link and the cantonment boards of Pakistan that will now enable cantonment residents to pay their taxes and fees online. Cantonment residents can avail this facility by entering challan number mentioned on the challan in 1 bill option from any banks’s mobile app, ATM or online ...

  • Virtual Rawal International Expo 2020 to be held in August

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    RAWALPINDI - Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) would hold first virtual Rawal International Expo 2020 in August. President RCCI Saboor Malik told APP that this will be one of its different kinds that International Rawal Expo is going to be held virtually this year by providing opportunity to the business community of the new normal ways. Through virtual platform buyers and ...

  • Big Oil confronts possibility of terminal demand decline

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    Paris -Although crude prices have rebounded from coronavirus crisis lows, oil execs and experts are starting to ask if the industry has crossed the Rubicon of peak demand. The plunge in the price of crude oil during the first wave of coronavirus lockdowns -- futures prices briefly turned negative -- was due to the drop in global demand as planes were parked on tarmacs and cars in garages. The ...

  • Constant Reshuffles

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    It should not have come as a surprise that the position of the chairperson of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has been changed again. Member Customs Javed Ghani now becomes the fourth person in 22 months to be appointed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) as chairperson of the FBR, after his predecessor Nausheen Javed was removed due to alleged differences over policy changes and conflict ...

  • Encouraging Transparency

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    8 years after the death of 260 people in the Baldia factory fire, the Sindh government is planning to release the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) private report of the incident, and a separate one incriminating Uzair Baloch and his accomplices. Considering the damage the public has suffered at the hands of the fire and the criminal network in Lyari, the information should have been made ...

  • Condemning Bridal Exchange

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    The arrest of two men in rural Sindh for the torture and murder of 24-year-old Waziran, married off according to the bridal exchange (watta satta) tradition, shows that sections of societal thinking regarding women has not evolved beyond using them as a commodity. Bridal exchange—often criticised as a double-edged sword—dealt a fatal blow to Waziran, after her husband’s family ...