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Power shortfall decreased to 3,500 MW ISLAMABAD: The power shortfall in the country on Tuesday decreased to 3,500 MW as the total generation was recorded as 9,000 MW against the demand of 12,500 MW at 1300 hours. According to the data released by National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC), the hydel generation stood at 1650 MW, Thermal 1850 MW and IPPs 5,500 MW. Hydel generation also witnessed decreased due to canal closures for annual de-silting. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015

Bangladesh charges opposition leader in arson case DHAKA: Bangladesh police said Tuesday they have charged opposition leader Khaleda Zia with "abetting" an arson attack during a period of deadly political unrest in the country.At least 36 people have died in anti-government protests unleashed by Zia's January 4 call for a nationwide transport blockade to try to topple the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.Hundreds more have been injured and more than 750 vehicles firebombed or vandalised to keep them off the road, ...

S&P cut Russia credit rating 'on Washington's orders': Moscow MOSCOW: Moscow on Tuesday condemned a decision by Standard and Poor's to strip sanctions-hit Russia of its investment-grade rating, saying the downgrade to "junk" status had been ordered by the United States."I personally have no doubt that this was done not even on the prompting but on direct orders from Washington," Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya was quoted by the state RIA Novosti news agency as saying."Russia faces coordinated actions to undermine its economy. These ...

Teachers get gun training after Peshawar massacre     PESHAWAR: Teachers in northwest Pakistan are being given firearms training and will be allowed to take guns into the classroom in a bid to strengthen security following a Taliban massacre at a school last month.Heavily armed militants killed 150 people, 132 of them children, in a bloody December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, the main town in Pakistan's northwest."Carrying firearms for every teacher is not obligatory, but all those who want to ...

Attempts to rewrite history 'unacceptable': Putin MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed what he called attempts to rewrite history as he presided over a politically sensitive ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops."Any attempts to hush up these events, distort, re-write history are unacceptable and immoral," Putin said at a Jewish museum in Moscow. He is conspicuously staying away from the main events in Poland in a gesture laying bare sharp divisions with the ...

New York travel ban lifted after snowstorm      NEW YORK: Blanket driving bans were lifted and limited New York public transport was to reopen Tuesday after a night of snowfall that dumped up to two feet (60 centimeters) in some areas.New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said a travel ban would be lifted at 8:00 am (1300 GMT) and that limited service on the New York city rail and subway lines would begin at 9:00 am.New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also announced that ...


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