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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
27,206
7124hr
Pakistan Cases
1,223,841
2,58024hr
4.69% positivity
Sindh
450,126
Punjab
421,800
Balochistan
32,757
Islamabad
104,114
KPK
171,072

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PPL - positive prospects outweigh negativities

Finally, Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PSX: PPL) announced itsFY16 financial performance, and to no ones surprise, the oil and gas exploration and production company posted a decline in earnings for the year bitten largely by low crude oil prices.
Published 19 Jan, 2017 08:35am
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Reviewing cement exports

The cement industry is chugging forward into a bonanza of historic high dispatches, gross margins and profits, in spite of the sharp fall in exports to its key markets such as Afghanistan and South Africa.
Published 18 Jan, 2017 06:57am
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FDI 1HFY17: A ray of hope?

Fetching foreign direct investment has become arduous for Pakistan, and the slithering numbers month over month are a clear evidence of that.
Published 18 Jan, 2017 06:49am
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Charter of CPEC

There is little denying that historians will remember CPEC as one of best things that ever happened to Pakistan, provided of course this country does not deliberately goof up.
Published 17 Jan, 2017 07:38am
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CPEC: Waiting for Ba Tie Bao

What would really forge the relationship between two countries that already refer to each other as iron brothers (or ba tie in mandarin)? A steel plant! Even better, a massive steel plant in the middle of nowhere! This is where things seem to be headed if
Published 16 Jan, 2017 07:44am
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Telcos and taxes

In support of a wider ICT uptake, this column has been a strong proponent for reducing taxes (WHT and FED) on cellular and broadband services.
Published 13 Jan, 2017 08:35am
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Export package: What's in it for leather?

With so much buzz surrounding textile and the latest package, its easy to forget that it wasnt for textile only; the Rs180 billion package is actually for all five export-oriented sectors: textile, leather, surgical goods, carpets, and sports goods.
Published 13 Jan, 2017 08:28am
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Competition, a catalyst for growth: Autos

This column has at different points discussed the many virtues of greater competition in the auto sector; one that has long enjoyed protectionnot only from imports with tariffs exceeding 70 percent but also to a great extent from new players entering the
Published 13 Jan, 2017 08:16am
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Remittances under duress?

Remittances have also joined the worries; along with the already falling exports and declining FDI, the inflows from Pakistanis abroad - that the country has for long relied upon - are have started weakening as well.
Published 12 Jan, 2017 09:33am
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Cotton imports open!

With the announcement of the export package yesterday now comes duty free import of cotton something that the yarn manufacturers have been demanding for quite some time, particularly in light of another season of low cotton production.
Published 12 Jan, 2017 09:31am
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Opening up power transmission

There have been a couple of important draft guidelines published by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) recently including the those for competitive bidding as well as the concept paper on the rate of return for power sector projects.
Published 11 Jan, 2017 10:10am
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Energy sector - a few good steps

Globally, the oil and gas sector was marked with OPECs return in 2016, after it let the market forces play with the demand and supply for at least two years; with flagging prices, the cartel surprised many with the first cut in production since 2008.
Published 10 Jan, 2017 10:01am