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ECC approves Rs 844.389m for restore, upkeep of judges’ residences



ISLAMABAD: The Financial Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cupboard has authorized Rs. 844.389 million for restore and upkeep of Supreme Court docket of Pakistan constructing, Judges Residences , Relaxation homes & Sub-offices in numerous cities.

Federal Minister for Finance and Income Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar presided over the assembly of the ECC of the Cupboard, at this time.

Sources stated that ministry of Housing and Works has requested ECC for extra funds amounting to Rs844.389 million Technical Supplementary Grant (TSG) in respect of restore and upkeep of Judges residence relaxation homes and sub-offices in numerous cities for clearance of matured liabilities and to hold out pressing restore and upkeep works throughout CFY.

The Ministry of Housing and works approached the Finance division for allocation of further funds amounting to Rs844 million by means of TSG and the finance division agreed to the proposals and suggested this ministry to provoke a abstract for ECC of the cupboard accordingly.

In response to the Finance ministry, ECC in favour of the Ministry of Housing and Works for restore and upkeep of Supreme Court docket of Pakistan constructing, Judges Residences, Relaxation homes & sub-offices in numerous cities.

The ECC additionally thought of a abstract of the Ministry of Nationwide Well being Companies, Laws and coordination and authorized a rise in MRPs of 1 (01) drug as per suggestion of the Drug pricing Committee.

The ECC granted approval to a abstract submitted by Ministry of Commerce and allowed TCP to hold on pre-shipment inspection of imported Wheat at load ports by its already pre-qualified six (06) Worldwide Pre-shipment inspection companies (PSIAs) to make sure high quality of imported Wheat as per authorized specs. It was knowledgeable that quite a lot of wheat consignments are due within the coming months.

The ECC thought of a abstract of the Ministry of Power (Petroleum Division) and granted extension in Adam X-1 improvement and manufacturing lease for a interval of 5 years w.e.f. 10-02-2022 with a view to improve the home oil and gasoline manufacturing and to cut back burden of imported power. Adam X-1 Improvement and Manufacturing lease was granted for a interval of seven years w.e.f. 10-02-2015, overlaying an space of 19.42 sq. kms and positioned in district Sanghar. The sector nonetheless has potential for additional business manufacturing.

The ECC thought of one other abstract of the Ministry of Power (Petroleum Division) and allowed one-year prolonged Properly Testing (EWT) over Umair SE-1 Discovery Guddu (E.L) w.e.f. begin of manufacturing below EWT preparations. It was knowledgeable that  an exploration licence (EL) was granted over Guddu Block in 1999, operated by M/s OGDCL. Primarily based on the outcomes of seismic information , OGDCL has made a brand new discovery within the Guddu EL from the Habib Rahi Limestone and Pirkoh Limestone by drilling a effectively specifically Umair S.E-1.  

The ECC thought of a abstract of Ministry of Poverty alleviation & Social Security on subsidy for wheat seed (Rabi 2022-23) and allowed provision of Rs. 8.39 billion by means of TSG in favour of BISP for money subsidy to farmers of flood affected areas as a substitute of provision of wheat seeds as per suggestions of the Committee. Additional, the ECC directed BISP to provoke money disbursement by means of its accomplice financial institution as per eligibility standards and the quantity to be disbursed to every eligible particular person recognized by Authorities of Sindh.

The ECC additionally thought of and authorized two summaries of Ministry of Inside relating to grant of monetary assist of Rs. 10 million to the authorized heirs of the deceased who died through the current suicide blast at I-10 Markaz , Islamabad and Rs. 20 million for the authorized heirs of the deceased who died through the current lengthy march of a political social gathering.

The ECC mentioned a abstract of Ministry of Nationwide Meals Safety & Analysis for Technical Supplementary Grant of PCCC Staff and shaped a committee consisting of Secretaries of MNFSR and Commerce headed by SAPM on Authorities Effectiveness Dr. Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan to judge viable choices for the monetary sustainability of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) and to submit report in 15 days.

The ECC additionally authorized Technical supplementary/Supplementary Grants Rs. 3 billion to Cupboard Division for improvement expenditure below SDGs Achievement Programme (SAP). 

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Alvi emphasises significance of oral hygiene in stopping 95pc of ailments



ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi emphasised the significance of oral hygiene in stopping ailments in his message to the nation on World Oral Well being Day. He stated that 95 % of ailments will be prevented by adopting the follow of cleansing the mouth twice a day with a toothbrush or twig.

Highlighting the importance of oral cleanliness in Islam, the president talked about that the prophet used to steadily clear his mouth and enamel. He additionally quoted a hadith saying that cleanliness is taken into account half of religion in Islam and emphasised that 21 hadiths in Sahih Bukhari stress the significance of cleansing and utilizing twigs.

Moreover, Dr. Alvi warned in regards to the risks of betel nut, which may trigger oral most cancers and urged individuals to keep away from it. He emphasised that oral ailments are troublesome and costly to deal with, however will be prevented by correct oral hygiene.


In the meantime, President Alvi urged the necessity for a visionary method to increased schooling in Pakistan, bearing in mind the huge potential of the nation’s youth.

Talking on the fifth Vice-Chancellors’ Discussion board of Universities within the Islamic world in Islamabad, he careworn the significance of adopting know-how to maintain up with the fast-changing world.

Minister for Federal Training Rana Tanveer Hussain echoed the president’s views, emphasising the function of universities in growing abilities and addressing the challenges of the fashionable world.

He additionally referred to as for the creation of a framework for mutual recognition of levels amongst OIC member states to reinforce cooperation and facilitate the motion of expert manpower.

The Discussion board, which has introduced collectively over 250 vice-chancellors, together with forty from twenty OIC nations, goals to advertise collaboration and dialogue between universities within the Islamic world.

It additionally seeks to share experiences, pool sources, and strengthen networks to form the way forward for increased schooling within the area.

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Naqvi warns of stern response to future PTI ‘assaults’ on police



— Interim authorities constitutes JIT to probe violent clashes between police and supporters of Imran Khan

LAHORE: The caretaker authorities of Mohsin Naqvi in Punjab has shaped a joint investigation staff (JIT) to analyze the alleged torture of police personnel by the hands of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) supporters in Lahore over the previous week.

Saying the choice in a press convention on Monday, the interim chief minister additionally warned the opposition social gathering of former prime minister Imran Khan that any “future mistreatment” of legislation enforcement officers can be met with an “equal response.”

Intermittent clashes between Khan’s supporters and Punjab police and paramilitary Rangers personnel have erupted over the previous few weeks.

The clashes started when Islamabad police tried to arrest Khan at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore in reference to the Toshakhana case. PTI supporters resisted the arrest, leading to a number of accidents among the many police personnel.

One other conflict erupted on Saturday when legislation enforcement businesses raided Khan’s home in his absence. PTI employees reportedly clashed with police whereas attempting to cease them from getting into the home.

Naqvi expressed concern over the “mistreatment” of legislation enforcement officers and warned that the police will now reply to any mistreatment equally. He additionally famous that the police had been unable to implement courtroom orders as a result of their lack of ability to enter the home.

Naqvi additionally criticised Khan’s “behaviour” and threatened to withdraw the safety the federal government supplied if he continues to verbally abuse police personnel. He declared that the police couldn’t defend somebody who mistreated them and anticipated the identical drive to safeguard them.

He additional mentioned he had given full powers to the provincial police chief, Usman Anwar, to do what he deemed applicable, and that no political social gathering had reacted as aggressively as PTI throughout its protest.

Naqvi additionally assured the police that authorized motion can be taken wherever mandatory and warned that anybody resorting to violence would face a stern response. He introduced that the caretaker authorities would write a letter to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) concerning the matter.

Moreover, Naqvi introduced compensation for injured police personnel, with Rs100,000 for minor accidents and Rs500,000 for main accidents.

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Dammed thirsty: the cross-border battle for water



PARIS: With half the world experiencing water shortage for no less than a part of the 12 months, the large dams being constructed by some nations to spice up their energy provides whereas their neighbours go parched are a rising supply of potential battle.

Forward of a UN convention in New York on world entry to water, AFP appears at 5 mega-projects with very totally different penalties, relying on whether or not you reside upstream or downstream.


The waters of Africa’s longest river, the Nile, are on the centre of a decade-long dispute between Ethiopia — the place the Nile’s largest tributary, the Blue Nile, rises — and its downstream neighbours Sudan and Egypt.

In 2011, Addis Ababa launched a $4.2 billion hydroelectric challenge on the river, which it sees as important to lighting up rural Ethiopia.

Sudan and Egypt, nonetheless, see the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as a menace to their water provides — Egypt alone depends on the Nile for about 97 p.c of its irrigation and ingesting water.

Ethiopia has insisted the dam won’t disturb the stream of water and turned on the primary turbine in February 2020.


Lengthy used to drilling for oil, war-scarred Iraq is now digging ever deeper for water as a frenzy of dam-building, primarily in Turkey, sucks water out of the area’s two nice rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates.

Turkey launched the development of a big complicated of dams and hydroelectric crops throughout the southeast within the Eighties.

In 1990 it accomplished the large Ataturk Dam on the Euphrates River, simply 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Syria’s border.

Extra not too long ago, in 2019, the traditional city of Hasankeyf on the Tigris was submerged to make method for the huge Ilisu Dam.

Iraq and Syria say Turkey’s dam-building has resulted in a drastic discount of the water flowing via their lands.

Baghdad recurrently asks Ankara to launch extra water to counter drought, however Turkey’s ambassador to Iraq, Ali Riza Guney, ruffled feathers final July when he stated, “water is essentially wasted in Iraq”.

Syria’s Kurds in the meantime have accused their arch-foe Turkey of weaponising the Euphrates, accusing it of intentionally holding again water to spark a drought, which Ankara denies.


China is a frenetic dam builder, setting up 50,000 dams within the Yangtze basin up to now 70 years — together with the notorious Three Gorges.

However it’s China’s tasks on the Mekong River, which rises in China and twists south via Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, that the majority alarm its neighbours.

The Mekong feeds greater than 60 million individuals via its basin and tributaries.

Washington has blamed China’s actions for inflicting extreme droughts in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

In 2019, the US monitor Eyes on Earth revealed satellite tv for pc imagery displaying the dams in China holding “above-average pure stream”.

Beijing insists its reservoirs assist to keep up the steadiness of the river, by storing water within the wet season and releasing it within the dry season.


The Indus River is likely one of the longest on the Asian continent, reducing via ultra-sensitive borders within the area, together with the demarcation between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

The 1960 Indus Water Treaty theoretically shares out water between the 2 nations however has been fraught with disputes.

Pakistan has lengthy feared that India, which sits upstream, may limit its entry, adversely affecting its agriculture. And India has threatened to take action from time to time.

In an indication of the tensions, the arch-rivals have constructed duelling energy crops alongside the banks of the Kishanganga River, which flows into an Indus tributary.


The Itaipu hydroelectric plant, located on the Parana River on the Brazil-Paraguay border, has typically been the supply of tensions between the 2 co-owner nations.

One of many two hydroelectricity crops that produce essentially the most energy on the planet, alongside China’s Three Gorges, had its vitality shared out underneath a 1973 treaty.

However Paraguay demanded extra and ultimately acquired thrice more cash from Brazil, which makes use of 85 p.c of the electrical energy produced.

In 2019, a brand new deal on the sale of energy from Itaipu almost introduced down Paraguay’s authorities, with consultants arguing it could scale back Paraguay’s entry to low-cost energy.

The 2 nations promptly cancelled the deal.

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