Islamabad. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) in accordance with the Policy Guidelines of the Federal Government has determined the Regasified Liquified Natural Gas (RLNG) prices for sui companies with effective from March 1st, 2024 as under: The increase in RLNG prices is due to increase due to increase in the cost of supply.  The RLNG price notification for…

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Unequal Taxation Hits Electricity Consumers in Pakistan


Islamabad (Tanveer Hashmi): The revelation of unequal and unfair taxation on electricity consumers in electricity bills has come to light. Electricity duty is imposed on consumers in electricity bills without any legal basis, as revealed in the inquiry by federal tax authorities. It has been found that consumers, especially low-income individuals, are bearing the burden of income tax and sales…

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Government Faces Challenges in Formulating Strategy to Address Electricity Crisis


The federal government is grappling with the task of devising a strategy to tackle the ongoing power sector crises, with conflicting signals emerging from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) regarding the future of Distribution Companies (Discos). Under Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s leadership, the government appears undecided between two proposals: outsourcing Discos to the private sector through long-term concessional agreements or…

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IMF and Pakistan Reach Staff-Level Agreement on Final Bailout Review


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reached a staff-level agreement with Pakistan regarding the final review of a $3 billion bailout. This agreement paves the way for Pakistan to receive $1.1 billion upon approval from the Fund’s Executive Board. The agreement, recognizing Pakistan’s strong program implementation and ongoing reform efforts, aims to transition the country towards a sustainable economic recovery.…

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COP28 Goal of Tripling Renewables Feasible Only with Urgent Global Course Correction


Despite a record renewable growth in 2023, the energy transition remains off track due to persistent structural barriers and a notable shortfall in investment. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates/Berlin, Germany, – Achieving the global target set at COP28 to triple renewable power capacity by 2030 relies heavily on establishing conducive conditions for such growth. Tripling renewable power capacity by 2030…

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Red Solar Empowers Africa’s Solar Market with Cutting-Edge PV Solutions


Africa’s abundant sunlight presents a golden opportunity for solar expansion. In a bid to revolutionize Africa’s solar energy landscape, Red Solar has unveiled its innovative photovoltaic (PV) modules and technology solutions at The Solar Show Africa 2024. Held from March 18th to 20th at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, this event marks a significant milestone in Red…

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WhatsApp to Introduce Voice Message Transcription for Android


WhatsApp is gearing up to introduce a voice message transcription feature for Android users, mirroring the convenience enjoyed by iOS users for nearly a year. According to reports, WhatsApp is actively developing this functionality for its Android platform, aiming to provide users with a time-saving feature. The presence of code in WhatsApp Beta for Android (version suggests that this…

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Awais directs PPMC to prepare proposals for technological interventions in power sector


ISLAMABAD, Mar 19 (APP):Federal Minister for Power, Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, directed the Power Planning and Monitoring Company (PPMC) on Tuesday to prepare proposals for technological interventions in the power sector.“This step aims to improve the efficiency of the power sector by utilizing modern technology and to provide maximum benefit to consumers,” the minister said while chairing a meeting,…

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Only 10 countries had healthy air quality in 2023, report finds


GOLDACH, Switzerland – The average person can go up to two months without food, three days without water, but only a few minutes without air. Breathable air is essential to life. Yet a new analysis found that in 2023, only 10 countries and 9 per cent of global cities had air quality that met World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for harmful fine-particle,…

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500,000 households in Sindh don’t have electricity: Provincial Energy Minister


Newly appointed Sindh Energy Minister, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has said that some 500,000 households in Sindh don’t have electricity as they would be energised using the option of solar power.Talking to media persons on Monday, the new Sindh Energy Minister said that solar parks would be built in different cities to provide free-of-charge electricity to the underprivileged power consumers…

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