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Gwadar Port's master plan prepared by Arthur D Little forecasts freight sources in the short-term from urban development, industrialisation process, operation of the port, including petrochemical products relevant to heavy industry and manufacturing. According to the final draft of Operation Planning for Gwadar Port prepared by China Overseas Ports Holding Company Limited November 2014, the short-term forecast for Gwadar Port throughput is 42 to 65 million tons, with liquid bulk and containers as the main contributors. The long-term forecast for Gwadar Port is 321 to 345 million tons.

Power loadshedding is expected to increase dramatically across the country from December 25, 2014 onwards due to routine annual closure of canals resulting in a loss of 2000 MW electricity generated from hydel sources, well-informed sources told Business Recorder.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has divided Pakistan into two zones ie North Zone and South Zone, for determination of the highest retail price of cement sold in retail packing for accurate calculation of sales tax.
The federal government has directed as many as 15 public sector organisations to ensure that the process of appointments of their heads is completed by December 31. Sources in Establishment Division maintained that 33 departmental heads have been appointed and appointments of the heads of another 15 organisations, including Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP), are in final stages.
Textile exports from the country surged by 13.02 percent in November 2014 as compared to the corresponding period of last year, according to the data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
Despite closure of CNG stations in Punjab and a three-day gas suspension in Sindh, a low gas pressure has irked domestic gas consumers. Talking to Business Recorder here on Saturday, people complained that low gas pressure has forced them to use alternative fuels, but prices of such fuels, including LPG, Kerosene oil and firewood, are also out of their reach.
All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has approached the Ministry of Textile Industry for imposing safeguard measures on import of Indian yarn into Pakistan to stop the erosion of competitiveness of domestic textile industry, it is learnt. Official sources told Business Recorder that APTMA approached the Ministry of Textile Industry to take corresponding and reciprocal measures by providing level playing field to compete with the international market place and immediately impose safeguard measures on import of Indian yarn into Pakistani commerce.
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Arrow DJIA 17,804.80 0.15
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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln