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CM orders sugar mills to pay farmers in 48 hours  JHANG: Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has ordered sugar mills to pay outstanding dues to sugarcane growers within 48 hours. He issued the orders on the demand of flood-affected people during his visit to Kot Khaira, Chund and Wijhlana. He said the Punjab government would bear all losses to motors and tube-wells by floodwater in affected areas. He said PM Nawaz Sharif would not stop helping affectees till the last affectee was settled.DCO Raja Khurram Shahzad Omer briefed him about the flood situation, losses and relief activities. The chief minister was told that a breach in an embankment near Wijhland had inundated many localities but the city remaind safe.The chief minister said all losses would be compensated and the government would reconstruct houses demolished by flood. "For every casuality in floods, the government will pay Rs 1.6m to the family and every affected family would get Rs25,000 before Eid," he ...

IESCO issues power suspension programme ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) on Tuesday issued power suspension programme for various areas of its region due to necessary maintenance and routine development work.According to IESCO Spokesman, the power supply of the following Feeders/ Grid Stations would remain suspended as under:September 17-20-22-24-27- 29 From 08:30am to 02:30pm, Major Riaz Shaheed feeder September 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30 From 07:00am to 10:00am, Dhudial City feederSeptember 22 From 09:00am to 02:00pm, Shahdra, Company ...
Heavy rain exposes poor conditions of roads ISLAMABAD: After taking a pounding from rains, the condition of the roads in twin-cities had exposed the shoddy work that was undertaken before the monsoon.The asphalting has been cleaned up at many places exposing potholes and uneven stretches making the journey of motorists unsafe.After the rains that lashed the cities, different roads have broken and even big holes could be seen which pose serious threat to the vehicles and their drivers Bashir, a motorist apprised ...
ECP announces schedule of by-polls for NA-149 ISLAMABAD: The by-elections in the constituency vacated by Javed Hashmi would be held on October 16, announces Election Commission of Pakistan.According to schedule issued by Election Commission of (ECP) NA-149 Multan II the nomination papers would be received on September 22 and 23 and their scrutiny would be held on September 24, 25.Candidates can withdraw their names by September 30 and the final list of the candidates would be published next day.President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) ...
River Chenab in high flood at Panjnad ISLAMABAD: River Chenab is in high flood at Panjnad, where water level is 413,569 cusecs.According to Flood Forecasting Centre Lahore, at present the water level is steady at Panjnad but likely to increase, Radio Pakistan reported.The flood water has also inundated Muzaffargarh.A peak of upto five hundred thousand cusecs will pass at Guddu, from Tuesday to Thursday.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...
Domestic pilgrims to number 174,556 ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Hajj has announced that 174,556 domestic pilgrims are performing Hajj this year through an integrated-services system provided by the government.The Hajj Ministry has also stepped up efforts to offer superior services to the pilgrims and upgrade the existing services, Arab News Reported.The ministry's low-cost Hajj programme has attracted almost 41,000 domestic pilgrims. As part of its plan to provide optimum services to pilgrims, the ministry held a training workshop on Sunday ...
Flood emergency imposed in Nasirabad QUETTA: The district management has imposed flood emergency in Nasirabad district keeping in view the high floods in Indus River. Officials said on Tuesday that leaves of all government employees have been cancelled and asked to immediately attend their duties. " We have made all arrangements to deal with any emergency situation if flash flood enters the district," they said. Meanwhile, officials in Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said that they have provided emergency relief ...


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