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Rental power company packs up, leaves KESC short of another 50MW

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) on Sunday lost 50 megawatts (MW) electricity supply from rental power plants installed at the SITE Gas Turbine Station and West Wharf. With the closure of these units, fears abound of at least 14 hours of power load shedding from Monday since the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) is also set to reduce gas supply on account of repairs in Bhit Shah gas field.
The 50MW were being generated by a Dubai-based company, M/S EGRICO; the

PML-N: long on rhetoric, short in action

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders claim that the party is playing the role of a real opposition and are not hand-in-glove with the PPP government. Its actions speak otherwise. Case in point is the party’s recently-aborted plan of releasing white paper on the government’s three-year performance.
The PML-N has not only withheld a caustic white paper on the government’s wrongdoings and failures but has also backtracked from its public stances to save the

Short film ‘Inaam’ to be screened at Cinegold on 9th

LAHORE – Akifa Mian’s short film Inaam will be screened at Cinegold Cinema, Bahria Town on April 9. Inaam has made its mark at the 13th London Asian Film Festival 2011. Inaam is a short film, which has a universal appeal, as its story is based on a young man who struggles as an immigrant in a new culture.
The short film was filmed at London with an international cast and crew. The film is based on socio political issues faced by Pakistani immigrants living in a small community in

Chaudhrys blame Gilani for short honeymoon

COMMENT – The Chaudhrys hold Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani responsible for undoing the initial understanding reached between the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q)and the Pakistan People’s Party for future political cooperation. In a surprising move, the PML-Q leadership decided the other day to stay away from the presidential address to the joint session of parliament to be held today (Tuesday), showing new strains in relations between the two parties. Chances of future

Short of pumps, Saudabad gets a black market for fuel

KARACHI – A black market for petrol and diesel is thriving in Saudabad – a locality of Malir Town with few pumps and many customers – where a litre of petrol is being sold at 82 rupees as opposed to the Oil Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA)-defined rate of Rs 76.77 rupees per litre, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Four shops were discovered by Pakistan Today that are involved in selling fuel in black: one is situated near the RCD Ground (adjacent to Hafiz Sweets), another located at

Worries mount, food runs short for Japanese victims

RIKUZENTAKATA – A widening cloud of radiation on Tuesday added to the misery of millions of people in Japan’s devastated northeast, already short of water and food and trying to keep warm in near-freezing temperatures.
As bodies washed up on the coast from Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, injured survivors, children and elderly crammed into makeshift shelters, often without medicine. By Monday, 550,000 people had been evacuated after the cataclysmic events that

Egyptian military sets short timetable for democracy

CAIRO – Egyptian military has set a vote on constitutional change provisionally for March 19 as a prelude to a parliamentary election in June followed by a presidential poll to usher in full democracy, army sources said on Tuesday.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, running the Arab world’s most populous nation since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak on February 11, is sticking to a short timetable to open a new chapter in modern Egyptian history.
“The timeframe the

UN’s Sri Lanka flood appeal falling short

COLOMBO – International aid for 1.2 million Sri Lankans affected by monsoon flooding has fallen far short of the immediate humanitarian needs, United Nations figures showed Wednesday. The UN said it received only $8.4 million as of Tuesday in response to an appeal for $51 million to meet urgent relief requirements in the island’s north, centre and east.
Fresh flooding has submerged large areas of the country’s rice-growing area, just as villages were trying to recover from

South Africa clinch series as Pathan-led India fall short

CENTURION – Yusuf Pathan’s blistering century proved in vain for India as South Africa won the fifth and decisive one-day international by 33 runs on Sunday to take the series 3-2. Morne Morkel bagged four wickets and Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe two apiece for the hosts who dismissed India for 234.
India had been set a Duckworth/Lewis revised target of 268 to win in 46 overs following a rain delay. India were in desperate trouble at 119 for eight before Pathan resurrected

POL U-turn: short term relief

KARACHI – The government is likely to suffer a potential revenue loss of Rs 28.9 billion in the second half of financial year 2011 if oil prices sustained current levels. The government had to slash Petroleum Levy (PL) on different products in order to keep petroleum prices stagnant.
Market analysts lamented that the government’s decision to withdraw an increase in petroleum products prices will only be a short-term relief. However, in the long-run it has far reaching

Fertiliser supply likely to fall short

KARACHI – The increased gas curtailment to 20 percent and 12 percent from the Sui and Mari gas networks respectively is expected to lead to the supply falling below the expected demand of six million tonnes in 2011.
This is will likely force the government to import more urea and earlier than anticipated. Moreover, the recent price hike of Rs190 per bag of urea is more than enough to offset any production losses.
Despite gas curtailment since April 2010, urea offtake in

sunday bazaar update – Onion run short, prices spiral

LAHORE – Customers criticised the government for allowing onions to be exported to India and creating a shortage in the local market, while the prices of vegetables and fruits increased at Sunday Bazaars.
The prices of onions have seen a sharp increase over the last two months. The vendors also complained about low consumer turn out and said high prices had decreased their profits.
Customers said the government should at least decrease the export of onion so that its price

LESCO issues bills at a short notice

LAHORE: Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) delivered bills in majority of the city areas only two days before the due date, making it difficult for the consumers to pay bills in time, the consumers told Pakistan Today on Wednesday.
Consumers criticised the late delivery of utility bills and demanded from the company to extend the due date, as it was not possible for them to pay bills over such a short notice. The resident of different areas; Multan Road, Township, College

Pharmacies thriving on short supply of Heparin

LAHORE: An acute shortage of life-saving drug heparin, used in kidney dialysis, is causing a lot of inconvenience to patients, while profiteers were fleecing customers asking for the life-saving injection, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to an estimate, nearly 300 dialysis are performed across government hospitals in the provincial metropolis everyday and the use of heparin is vital in it. Mayo Hospital Urology Department Head Dr Nawaz Chugtai said that during dialysis blood

Measuring short

LAHORE: The customers at the city’s Sunday Bazaars complained that the measuring scales had been tempered with and vendors gave short measures of vegetables and fruits.
Customers said the management had failed to maintain the product quality and now it was helpless against vendors measuring short. They said the authorities should bind the vendors to have electronic scales.
None of the bazaars have electronic scales and the vendors weigh vegetables and fruits manually. A