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PM congratulates his team as China approves 14 power projects of 10,400 MW ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday congratulated his energy and economic team on obtaining approval of the Chinese government for putting 14 power projects which would generate 10,400 MW electricity.The projects include Port Qasim (coal-fired) 1320 MW, Sukki Kanari (Hydropower) 870 MW, Sahiwal (coal-fired) 1320 MW, Engro Thar(Coal Fired- Mining of Block 2) 660 MW, Muzafargarh (coal-fired) 1320 MW, Gwadar (Coal fired) 300 MW, Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park (Cholistan) 1000 MW, United Energy (Wind power, Karachi) 100 MW, Dawood (wind power, Karachi) 50 MW, Sachal (wind power) 50 MW, Sunnec (wind power) 50 MW, Rahimyar Khan (coal-fired) 1320 MW, SSRL Thar (coal-fired) 1320 MW and Karot (hydropower) 720 MW.The projects will be started immediately and put into operation by the year 2017-2018. In addition, there are few other power generation projects totalling to 6445 MW which would be completed in the second phase on fast track basis.The Prime Minister ...

Turkey's Erdogan consolidates power with ascent to presidency ANKARA: Tayyip Erdogan will cement his position as modern Turkey's most powerful leader when he is sworn in as president on Thursday, advancing his drive to reshape the country but heralding what critics fear will be an increasingly authoritarian rule. In a final speech to supporters of his AK Party on Wednesday he spoke of his move from the prime minister's office to the presidential palace as the birth of a new Turkey. But he ...

Doctor dies of Ebola in Nigeria's oil hub Port Harcourt LAGOS: A doctor in Nigeria's oil industry hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola fever, after he was infected by man linked to the first case in Africa's most populous country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Heath Ministry spokesman Dan Nwomeh said the doctor had treated a primary contact of Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who brought Ebola to Lagos. Port Harcourt lies at the heart of Nigeria's two million barrels per day oil ...

France's Hollande says ‘unacceptable’ if Russian troops in Ukraine PARIS: French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that it would be "intolerable and unacceptable" if it was proved true that Russian troops had entered Ukrainian territory. "Europe will maintain (sanctions), even increase them if the escalation increases. I don't want it because it is neither in Russia's nor our interest," Hollande told an annual conference of French diplomats in Paris. "Russia cannot hope to be a 21st century power yet not respect the rules." ...

Global renewable energy expansion to slow to 2020: IEA LONDON: Growth in global renewable energy capacity will slow to 2020 if uncertain government policies continue to threaten investment, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. Last year power capacity from sources such as wind, solar or hydro expanded at its fastest pace to date, putting renewables on a par with natural gas at almost 22 percent of global electricity generation.However, annual growth in renewables capacity will slow and stabilise from next year to ...

Russian troops 'intervening directly' in Ukraine fighting: US ambassador KIEV: Russian is now "directly involved" in fighting in the war-torn east of Ukraine, the US ambassador in Kiev said on Thursday."An increasing number of Russian troops are intervening directly in fighting in Ukrainian territory," Geoffrey Pyatt wrote on Twitter, adding that Moscow was "directly involved in the fighting" and had sent in its "newest air defence systems including the SA-22".Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


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