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Power shortfall forces IESCO to 6-8 hours load-shedding ISLAMABAD: The power shortfall in the country has also compelled the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) to resort to 6-8 hours scheduled power load-management across its region including twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.The power shortfall in the country again surged to 2,600 MW as the total generation on Thursday was recorded at 10,100 MW against the demand of 12,700 MW at 0900 hours forcing the power distribution companies to load-management programme.According to daily data released by National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited (NTDC), the hydel generation stood at 3,445 MW, Thermal 1,275, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and 5,380 MW.With rising of mercury level, the demand for electricity has also jumped to 12,700 MW.It is pertinent to mention here that the IESCO carried out minimum load-shedding in its region during the last few weeks owing to better load- management.Meanwhile, the IESCO spokesman also requested the consumers to use minimum electricity ...

Ministry asks charitable organisations to submit Hajj applications by May 20 ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Thursday asked charitable organistaions/ public sector entities to submit their sponsored Hajj applications by May 20.According to a notification issued here charitable organizations and public sector entities may furnish the list of sponsored employees, who are going to perform the sacred religious obligation on reserved seats on their expense.With the application - the organisations may submit names of employee, father name, designation, computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) ...
Pakistan terms Indian criticism on its institutions baseless ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said that the Indian criticism on its institutions was baseless and those involved in the propaganda should first look into their internal matters.Foreign Office spokespersons Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing, said negative reporting in connection with Hamid Mir's episode was done.She condemned attack on Hamid Mir and prayed for his speedy recovery. Commenting on election process in Indian Kashmir she said the election could not be the alternative of Kashmiris' ...
PR to run shuttle trains between major cities of Punjab ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways has planned to start an intercity shuttle train service in major cities of Punjab with cooperation of the provincial government.On the directive of Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, the train service would run between Lahore-Gujranwala, Lahore-Faisalabad, Lahore-Narowal-Sialkot and Lahore-Okara sections, an official source in the department told APP.After the completion of study on the routes, work on the projects will start.Pakistan Railways is also drawing an outline for transportation of 12 ...
Parliament to use solar energy ISLAMABAD: The whole electricity system of the Parliament would be shifted to solar system within one year."Parliament of Pakistan would be the first in the world which will be shifted to solar system" said an official of National Assembly while talking to APP.Memorandum of Understanding with China had already been signed. China would provide grant for the implementation of the project, he added.He said that for the first time energy audit of the Parliament was ...
BDU defuses 4kg IED at Matani PESHAWAR: The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) here on Thursday defused a 4kg Improvised Explosive Device (IED) found in a garbage pile in Adizai area of Matani, on the outskirt of the district.According to spokesman of Matani police station, locals of the area spotted an IED, dumped in a garbage heap near Government High School Adizai and called Matani police for investigation.The police called officials of the BDU for examining the IED, who later defused the ...
Two young girls killed and three injured due to landsliding BATAGRAM: At least two young girls died on the spot and five others sustained injuries in village Shagi Toghar due to landsiliding here on Thursday.According to details, ill-fated young girls were going to take mud for house use, suddenly due to landsiliding Humaira age of 18 and Shahnaz Bibi 15 died on the spot, while five others sustained injuries.Local police rushed at the scene and shifted the bodies and injured to the nearby hospital.Copyright APP ...


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