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Gas distribution companies are at the verge of bankruptcy as the unaccounted for gas (UFG) losses are getting out of bound. Ironically, this is adding on to the list of white elephants in public sector companies at a time when government is eyeing privatizing the loss making companies. Both SSGC and SNGPL are listed on the stock exchange but have not released their financial accounts for last 30 months which is a violation of SECPs rules - last quarterly accounts were published in March 2013. There is something terribly wrong somewhere.
Generation Z (Gen. Z) is having marketers and employers scratch their heads. Born in the Information Age, these folks - loosely classified as those born after the mid nineties, whereas some researchers classify Gen. Z from 2005 onwards - are exhibiting increasingly complicated attitudes, behaviours and characteristics (ABCs). They are not a monolith, that much is known. But who they really are is little understood.
Last week, this column discussed Karachi's vulnerability to earthquakes, highlighting the geological concerns as well as the structural issues of buildings. Today, the discussion continues on a broader basis regarding building codes in Pakistan.
After two consecutive months of decline, KSE returned to its investor-friendly days in October with the benchmark index climbing 6.1 percent. As foreign selling continued in the countrys largest bourse, mutual funds were the biggest net buyers in the month, after being net sellers throughout the third calendar quarter.
The growth in the consumption of processed food and beverages has tapered off lately in Pakistan which is probably due to a slowdown in the rural economy. Sadly in the depressed period, the masses have less resource to smoke and drink. Alas nothing to toast for losses in crop income!
"Private power producers in Pakistan should be driven to improve efficiency and raise output", General Electric Power & Water CEO Azeez Mohammad stated in an interview with BR Research. At the Minds + Machines Conference in Dubai, he lamented the lack of incentive for private power producers to produce more electricity; more efficiently.
Today is the second day of Board of Investments (BoI) conference in Islamabad. One of the items on the agenda today was to discuss whether China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a game changer for Pakistan and the region. Only that, thanks to an unexpected change in programme agenda, that very session has already happened yesterday, much to the dismay of delegations that were supposed to arrive today just for the CPEC panel.


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