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Energy-starved Pakistan relies on a multitude of dams and barrages to prevent Himalayan rivers from flooding and help meet its power needs, but their failure to prevent disaster four years running is making some experts question their utility. Every year since 2010, which saw the worst floods in Pakistan''s history, the country has experienced catastrophic inundations that kill hundreds and wipe out millions of acres of prime farmland, harming the heavily agrarian economy.

A three-member Pakistani delegation of water experts reached Himachal Pradesh town on Sunday to inspect an upcoming hydropower project in the Lahaul Valley, an official said. "The delegation, led by Pakistan''s Indus Waters Commissioner Mirza Asif Beg, would visit the 120-MW Miyar hydropower project near Udaipur town in Lahaul-Spiti district on Monday," Central Water Commission regional director P. Dorje Gyamba, who is accompanying the team, told media here. The project is being commissioned by private firm, Moser Baer, in the Miyar Valley on a tributary of the Chandrabhaga River.
Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Ali Majedi called on Islamabad to expedite accomplishment of the 700-kilometer-long Pakistani side of the gas pipeline with Iran. "Iran is waiting for Pakistan''s practical measures to complete the IP gas pipeline," Majedi said. He urged the Pakistani officials to try to remove the obstacles as promised before, and said, "It will certainly be a step forward."
A MoU was signed between Punjab government and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) for mechanical mining of indigenous coal in salt range here Sunday. Secretary Minerals Dr. Arshad Mehmood signed MoU on behalf of Punjab government while Vice President Jingkai on behalf of CMEC.
A delegation headed by Pakistan Indus Basin Commissioner Mirza Asif Baig will leave for India today (Sunday) as India approved site inspection of the 140 megawatt Miyar Powerhouse on the River Chenab in Indian-occupied Kashmir. According to the Ministry of Water and Power, the delegates from Pakistan will at first reach New Delhi and later proceed to Kashmir. Changing the route of the Miyar Valley associated with the River Chenab, the site inspection of 140 megawatt powerhouse would continue from September 21 to 24.
A Special Committee headed by Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar comprising Secretary Finance, Secretary Establishment, Secretary Water & Power and Additional Secretary, Cabinet Division as members, had interviews with prospective candidates for the slot of Chairman, Nepra on Saturday. Six short-listed candidates appeared for interview. A decision regarding final selection would be taken in due course.
The country is facing load shedding of around 10 to 12 hours in the cities owing to 6,000 MW shortfall between demand and supply with the Ministry of Water and Power not ready to share any details of power shortages facing the country today but conceded that load shedding has increased dramatically during the last few days. Ministry of Water and Power, National Transmission and Distribution Company (NTDC), and National Power Control Center (NPCC) have reportedly strictly prohibited the staff from sharing electricity demand-supply statistics with media, this correspondent was informed in no uncertain terms.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln