PIA Banned from Flying to Europe for Six Months

The European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended the authorisation for the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate in Europe for six months, the airline’s spokesman said on Tuesday. The move follows the grounding of 262 pilots whose licences Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan termed “dubious”. “EASA has temporarily suspended PIA’s authorisation to operate to the EU member states for a period of 6 months effective July 1, 2020, with the right to appeal against this decision,” a PIA statement said. It added that PIA would discontinue all its…

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The US has a lot of natural gas that may have to stay in the ground due to never-ending legal battles to get pipelines built

By Ken Silverstein, award-winning columnist who has covered energy and the environment for more than two decades. Follow him @Ken_SilversteinAfter Russia, Iran and Qatar, the US has the world’s greatest natural gas reserves. But unlike those other countries, it has trouble building pipelines, threatening its ability to supply domestic and international markets. Americans tend to see issues in black and white: it is industry versus the environment, with little common interest between the two. It’s either you are for us or against us. And this tension is playing itself out in US politics. But…

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Temperatures climb to 38C in COLDEST city on Earth – records broken as Russian Arctic endures more ANOMALOUS hot weather

Scientists are already alarmed at the spike in temperatures in Russia this year. While the mercury is creeping up everywhere, in Siberia it has spiked dramatically, delivering unprecedented heat. This summer is on course to be the hottest since record-keeping began, in the world’s largest country. Towns usually still blanketed by snow at this time of year are experiencing a blazing heatwave, thanks to the escalating climate crisis. The effects of global warming have arrived and are already causing problems, especially in Siberia. A massive oil spill in the far…

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Highest ever hydel generation in a fiscal year |Wapda provides 37.4 billion units to national grid in 2019-20

The outgoing year 2019-20 proved to be a historic for hydel power generation in Pakistan, as WAPDA provided highest ever number of hydel electricity i.e. 37.4 billion units to the National Grid. Previous record of hydel generation in a fiscal year was 33.15 billion units that was set way back in 2015-16. The surged hydel generation in 2019-20 not only helped the country overcome power shortages but also stabilize the power tariff. Further, WAPDA hydel power generation during fiscal year 2019-20 registered an increase of 6.23 billion units if compared…

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Made in Pakistan Ventilators on EU standard

In a very short period of time after COVID-19 Pakistan has started the local manufacture of ventilators according to the standards of European Union. The first batch of ventilators named “PAKVENT-1” will be delivered to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in the first week of July 2020. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry in a video statement said that Pakistan has joined the ranks of those few countries which are producing their own ventilators. “The ventilator is a complicated machine and not a lot of countries in the…

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Bill Gates says COVID-19 ‘will be back in big numbers’ in October-November when US temperatures turn lower

Bill Gates is warning that the US is still “very much in the thick of things” when it comes to COVID-19. And he believes that, given that many people refuse to wear masks and practice social distancing, that we are heading for another big round of infections in the fall. “Better treatment is reducing the deaths, but, particularly as you get into October and November, this thing will be back in big numbers, if we don’t restrain our behavior more than it looks like we are right at the moment,”…

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Bill Gates says pandemic could get ‘worse than I would have expected’ — and calls for leadership

Tech leaders typically use their TED talks to sketch out an optimistic vision of the future, but today Bill Gates used his to warn about a rough autumn ahead due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. “There’s good progress … but nothing that would fundamentally alter the fact that this fall in the United States could be quite bad, and that’s worse than I would have predicted a month ago,” he told moderator Chris Anderson during a live-streamed TED2020 Q&A. Although Gates didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, he faulted…

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WHO Chief On COVID-19 Pandemic: ‘The Worst Is Yet To Come

The head of the World Health Organization is warning that the COVID-19 pandemic is speeding up, and he criticized governments that have failed to establish reliable contact tracing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Speaking at a briefing in Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over.” “Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up,” he said.…

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