Aug 232017
 

ISLAMABAD: The regulatory body for power producers and distributors has announced a reduction of Rs1.70 per unit in electricity tariffs for July 2017, taking cue from cheaper fuel prices in the international market.

Following the tariff cut, electricity bills of consumers for September 2017 will reflect fuel price adjustment charges. Overall, power producers will refund around Rs20 billion to the consumers.

However, K-Electric and agricultural consumers as well as domestic consumers that use less than 300 units of electricity per month will not enjoy the relief.

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) took the tariff cut decision during the monthly public hearing on Wednesday following a petition filed by the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), which sought a reduction of Rs1.7090 per unit.

NEPRA, power ministry fail to agree on amendments to regulations

According to Nepra, the fuel cost of electricity delivered to the distribution companies was calculated at Rs4.78 per unit in July against the reference price of Rs6.49 per unit, which suggested that the consumers were entitled to a refund of Rs1.70 per unit.

As the power distribution companies had recovered an extra Rs20 billion through electricity bills for July, these would be refunded to the consumers in September bills.

Total energy generation in the country from all sources stood at 12,496.63 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in July at a cost of Rs58.65 billion.

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Aug 232017
 
Age of Empires IV is coming to PC and the trailer looks amazing

It’s been over two decades since the first edition of Age of Empires, developed by now-defunct Ensemble Studios, was released. Now, it seems that Microsoft is ready to bring the magic of Age of Empires back to life. Microsoft Studios has announced that Age of Empires IV is in development and will be released on PC. To recreate the magic of 90’s hit real-time strategy game, Microsoft has partnered with Canada’s Relic Entertainment, which has developed a number of well-known strategy game including Company of Heroes and Homeworld. “We can’t wait to tap into our strengths as a studio to fuse historical context with deep strategic gameplay, and to bring this franchise back to the forefront of gaming and into the hands of its beloved community,” said Relic in a blog post. AGE OF EMPIRES IV! #AgeOfEmpiresIV is officially in the works! Keep a eye out for more info https://t.co/Ss44bXcHcO https://t.co/sqBlIAcAZV — AgeOfEmpires (@AgeOfEmpires) August 21, 2017 “We look forward to sharing with you more details in the months to come. For now, just know we are beyond excited to be working on the next entry into the legendary franchise,” the statement added. “In our first full adventure, exploration, discover and conquest will stand the test of time,” you can hear the narrator in trailer as saying. Right now there’s not much information available about release of the game or where Age of Empires IV will fit into this history, besides a trailer filled with concept art of historical battles [Read More…]

Aug 232017
 

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has called for a special parliamentary session to discuss US President Donald Trump’s remarks that Pakistan was “harbouring agents of chaos, violence, and terror”. “We need to come together and send a message to the US that it can’t pin the blame for its own failures on Pakistan,” the PTI chief told reporters on Wednesday. “The government, the military and the nation are all united against the US’ allegations,” he added. Khan pointed out that both the PM and the foreign minister had not responded to Trump’s statement. Politicians react to Trump’s remarks against Pakistan over Afghan policy “The PM should send a strong message to the US,” he added. Khan said the US had completely ignored the sacrifices rendered by the Pakistan Army in the war against terrorism and appeared to be appeasing India. “Pakistan has made far more sacrifices than what the Americans have given it in financial assistance,” he remarked. “Instead of giving Pakistan credit for its efforts, the US is applauding India.” The PTI chief said terrorism in Pakistan originated across the border in Afghanistan. “It’s not Pakistan fault that the US can’t control what’s going on in Afghanistan,” he maintained.   The post Imran calls for special parliamentary session on Trump’s remarks appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 222017
 

LONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp concedes his side are already feeling the pressure this season ahead of the return leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim on Wednesday. Liverpool looked to have planted one foot in the group phase after going 2-0 up in last week’s first leg in Germany, only for Mark Uth’s 87th-minute reply to bring Hoffenheim right back into the tie. The five-time European champions needed a late Sadio Mane goal to see off Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday and Klopp anticipates another knife-edge occasion at Anfield in mid-week. Coutinho-less Liverpool down Hoffenheim “We all have pressure and it’s a quick start always,” said Klopp, who reached the Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund in 2013. “You need to be there immediately, deliver and all that stuff. The difference this year is that it’s really hard. We all know a draw (against Palace), two points instead of four or six, it doesn’t feel good, but you can sort it. You can’t do this in a Champions League qualifier. This intensity is really hard, for both teams.” Klopp made five changes to his starting XI for the 1-0 victory over Palace, with debutant Andy Robertson, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, James Milner and Daniel Sturridge coming into the side. Liverpool reject €100m Barcelona’s Coutinho bid: reports Having started on the bench, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and star signing Mohamed Salah are all expected to return to the starting line-up against Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim. Young right-back Trent [Read More…]

Aug 222017
 

ST JOHN’S: There was some rare good news for West Indies cricket when explosive opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder Marlon Samuels were included in the one-day squad for next month’s series against England on Monday. Gayle, one of the biggest draw cards in world cricket, has not represented West Indies since the 2015 World Cup, while Samuels has been absent for a year because of a dispute with the board. Stokes backs Jennings to return stronger Neither plays for a Test side whose much-mourned decline in fortunes was much in evidence during the innings and 209-run defeat at the hands of England at Edgbaston last week. Sunil Narine, and Dwayne and Darren Bravo all made themselves unavailable for the five-match ODI series, which begins in Manchester on September 19 and concludes in Southampton on September 29. “The panel welcomes back Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who will both add value to our batting and help with the nurturing of the young batsmen in the team,” CWI chief selector Courtney Browne said in a statement. Anderson strike puts England in control after Cook’s 248 “Both Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo have declined to be considered for ODIs in England. Narine has however confirmed his desire to play 50-over cricket again but has asked to play in our Regional Super 50 before he is considered and Darren said he was not available for selection. Dwayne Bravo said he is still not 100% fit, but is looking at a possible return to international cricket [Read More…]

Aug 222017
 

ISLAMABAD: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal committee’s meeting to sight the moon for Zilhajj has commenced in Islamabad. Ministry of Religious Affairs spokesperson Imran Siddiqui said the meeting was earlier scheduled for Karachi. Talking to The Express Tribune, Director General Pakistan Meteorological Department Dr Ghulam Rasul said “there were slight chances that the moon will be sighted today”. Zilhaj moon not sighted in S Arabia; Eidul Azha in Gulf states on Sept 1 If moon is sighted today, Eidul Azha will be observed on September 1, and will otherwise be celebrated the following day, he added. Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced on Monday that the Zilhaj moon was not sighted in the country, with Eidul Azha to be celebrated in Gulf countries on September 1. The post Ruet-e-Hilal committee meeting for Zilhajj moon sighting begins appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 222017
 

In a recent incident, a brutal acid attack was carried out on cows and oxen in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place in the village of Karmana, an area a mere distance of 5km away from the Taj Mahal, and spiked great tension in the surrounding areas, the Times of India reported. District administration also went into a state of agitation after a group of right wing activists highlighted issues regarding animals who had suffered burn injuries in the village. After the incident the district magistrate sent over a team of veterinary doctors to help the injured animals while the city magistrate, along with the police force, surrounded the area to make sure peace prevailed. No room at the inn for India’s ‘sacred’ cows District coordinator Mukesh Goswami said, “We had been receiving inputs about cows being attacked in Karmana and nearby villages, but we failed to identify the assailants. On Sunday, six cows were attacked and we informed local administration.” Meanwhile, station officer of Tajganj said: “We have filed an FIR against unknown persons under IPC‘s Section 429.” Ankaj Yadav, a villager, said cows and oxen which had come under attack were “only those cows and oxen who were abandoned for being unproductive”. According to a doctor the animals may “have been attacked by villagers when they spotted them in their field.” The post Acid attack on cows sparks tension in Indian state appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 212017
 
Bullish trend at cattle market as Eidul Azha approaches

PESHAWAR: With just a little over 10 days to go for the traditional festival of Eidul Azha, sale of sacrificial animals has picked up momentum in the city’s cattle markets where cows, buffalos, goats, sheep and camels are being herded in from Punjab, Sindh and different far flung districts of K-P in a bid to get maximum profit in the lucrative market of Peshawar. Livestock traders from Punjab and Sindh provinces besides local traders  have brought their animals in large numbers  to Peshawar’s to reap a windfall. A noteworthy feature of Peshawar being a focal trade point on the occasion is that  it not only attracts buyers from K-P and Fata only but buyers from neighbouring Afghanistan throng to the market to purchase animals for the festival. “I have so far brought six truckloads of cattle from Sahiwal and my brother will send another five more trucks shortly to Peshawar to get maximum profits ” Allah Bakhash, an inter-provincial exporter of Sahiwal told  the media. Another dealer at Lalla Kala market near Peshawar.said “I had refused an offer of Rs 120,000 for my ox ‘Janbaz’ last Sunday as I am demanding Rs.150,000 for it,” he added. People are seen to be visiting different localities for buying sacrificial animals in Lala Kala market, Pajagai road and Ring Road in Peshawar and the traders have also started roaming in streets with their animals to attract buyers. However, it has been observed that there are more visitors assessing prices at the moment than actual [Read More…]

Aug 212017
 

GILGIT: The first ever Sarfaranga Cold Desert Rally successfully concluded with Babar Khan emerging as winner in “A” category, completing the 30 kilometre trek in 18 minutes and 25.13 seconds. Qadir Nawaz Magsi stood second, with 18 minutes and 55:19 seconds and Mir Amer Magsi stood third (18:59.65) respectively. The defending champion, Nadir Magsi stood fourth with a time of 19: 10.11. As many as 73 four-wheelers and bikers competed in the rally amid applause by the spectators. The competition of crossing the Indus River on a “Zakh”, traditional river-crossing method, was also held. The Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman presented prizes and gifts to the winners and participants at the end of the rally.  He said the successful holding of Safaranga Cold Desert Rally has enhanced the image and prestige of GB being a tourists and sports friendly province of the country. Addressing the concluding ceremony of the first ever rally, the Chief Minister also announced to hold the rally every year with great pump and show. He said it was a unique recreational event, which would produce positive results and congratulated the organisers for its successful holding. The participation of a large number of people besides motorists and bikers in the rally would help improve the soft image of GB, he said. The CM said peace has returned to GB due to the government’s successful polices and the arrival of a large number of foreign and domestic tourists to the province was a testimony towards this fact. Published in [Read More…]

Aug 212017
 
Plan to prevent stunting in Kurram Agency

PESHAWAR: Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar with sponsorship of The United Nations World Food (WFP) and in collaboration with Fata Health Services Directorate has launched a USAID-funded programme to prevent stunting in the Kurram Agency. KMU Vice Chancellor Dr Arshad Javaid, WFP Country Director Cecillia Garzon and Fata Health Services Director Dr Jawad Habib were present at the occasion. Dr Javaid said the programme will provide specialised food for children and mothers to prevent stunting. He hoped that this programme will help reverse the trends of stunting in Fata especially in Kurram Agency. More than 75,000 children and women will benefit from the programme, and government staff will be trained to support and implement the programme to ensure its sustainability. According to Garzon stunting can rob children of the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. “In order to break the inter-generational cycle of under nutrition we need to focus on mothers and very young children. We have already seen this approach show very promising result in Sindh and we are hoping to see similar improvements in FATA”, she added. She further said that WFP is the world largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide delivering food assistance in emergency and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Under the USAID initiative Pakistan and will focus on preventing stunting during “1000-day window of opportunity,” the period between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday. Inadequate nutrition during this time can have irreversible affect on child’s cognitive and physical [Read More…]

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